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Week at the Cheney " page 11 )lmmWmlmleRImll ....... page 12 J. H N Vol. 86--No. 26 Thursday, November 1982 IIIII Illllll I IIII u Cheney Washing|on 99004 2E Jill I I I II Serving the Communities of Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights )ii : ,= i ommon sight in the fall. Ilhted off the Tickets go on sale Monday Lottery that Airway Shoppe at Street is Sales to sell Counter will join of the and Speedi about region. I and have through- in- tickets. Lottery is of processing 1,100 ap now being . In the past received, on the average, 300 applications per day. Lottery personnel are working seven days a week and into the evening to keep up with the number of applications they must review prior to approval and issuance of licenses. Lottery tickets go on sale Nov. 15 for $1 each. After prizes and overhead are paid, profits from the lottery will go toward the state treasury. Pro- moters of the lottery are hopeful that $20 million will be raised by July. The first lottery will be an instant-winner game. On each. ticket, six dollar amounts will be covered with latex, as will be a validation number. The buyer scratches off the covering and if any three match, he or she wins that amount. Those winning $100 will be able to draw for one of two grand prizes in which $1 million will be awarded. Free Press n house to stop office in this Friday for the event The Diet Free Press Building. The Free Press moved to its new location this past January after being located in the downtown for over 100 years. See our full-page advertisement in section two of this week's paper! ii i  i : Tom Trulove appointed to state commission Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove has been .... : named to the Washington State Ad- :: visory Commission on Intergovern- mental Relations by Governor John Spellman, who sits as chairman of the i commission. Trulove, who attended his first meet- ing of the commission on Oct. 29 in Olympia, said the commission is meet- ing to work out problems related to the New Federalism, especially as it re- lates to the new roles of state and local governments. In particular, Trulove said the commission will sort out which agencies are to pay for certain services to the public in the future. The Cheney mayor said the 21-mem- ber commission also will be reviewing road, water, sewer and other systems in the state. "We know, nation-wide, there has been a lot of neglect for many years," said Trulove, adding that a little pre- planning now will help to prevent crisis situations in Washington State such as are being experienced in older areas of the nation. Trulove, who has served on the Association of Washington Cities' Board of Directors since 1979, said he suspected his appointment also came as a result of his role at Eastern Washington University as a professor Tom Trulove of economics. Trulove has been at Eastern for 14 years, having earned his Ph.D at the University of Oregon. The commission is expected to meet monthly, with all costs being covered by the Governor's Office. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!111111111111 Surplus food offered on Monday Low-income families of the Cheney and Tyler areas will be able to take advantage of the second free distribu- tion of surplus government food at the Cheney Community Center on Monday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cheese, butter and milk will be distributed, but those seeking the items must be prepared to show proof of residency with a driver's license or other form of identification. The Community Center is located in the upstairs of the Wren Pierson Building, located next to the Cheney Fire Station. Parking is available in the Community Center lot, which can be reached from C street. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIii1111111111111111111111111111111111111111 Cheney planners hear of water system needs By Tom Thrun Cheney's water system is in need of serious repairs, not only to increase water pressures in certain areas, but also to improve the city's insurance rating. Cheney Planning Commission members Monday heard this comment from Jeff Daggett of Century West Engineers, a Spokane firm which has completed a 10-year water study for the city. "The system needs significant cash input over the next 10 years," said the engineer to planners who are all too aware of the financial situation facing Cheney. The only consoling news, according to Daggett, is that Cheney is not alone, as many cities across the nation also have neglected their water and sewer sytems for too long. According to the proposed 10-year plan for Cheney's system, repairs and the purchase of needed equipment and perhaps a new well could total more than $3.1 million--a figure already based on 1981 dollars with no allow- ances for inflation. Daggett urged the city to conduct a Snow plow budget shortfall reported Budget shortfalls within the Cheney Street Department may result in fewer streets being plowed or more streets being plowed less often. Street Department Director John Bruce, Monday noted that the staff available for plowing has been reduced to a half-time position and that there is no money available for over-time and night plowing until Jan. 1 and perhaps longer. Bruce, however, said that this was not to mean that there would not be any night plowing. "If we get a really heavy snow at night, we'll probably get enough volun- teers to plow," he commented. City Administrator Jim Reinbold and Police Chief Jerry Gardner joined Bruce in saying, that cars will be towed from streets in the event that they are left out when streets are to be plowed. Currently, the city's policy is to tow cars to the nearest plowed street and to ticket them no less than $30. "If we plow, we'll tow," said Bruce, noting it is bes,t for cat" owners to arrange for a place to park off the street whenever there may be a snow- fall. Main arterials in Cheney will receive immediate attention whenever the decision is made to plow, and resi- dential streets will be cleared when needed and as time provides. The city's fleet of four plows, one grader and one loader all are reported in good working order. "We just don't have any money to do it," concluded Bruce. What happens to the department budget in January depends on upcom- ing budget hearings. With the return of winter-like weather, Cheney residents are being urged by the Cheney Light Department to take precautions in their homes against the cold. Those homeowners who heat with electricity probably are well aware of the recent hike in electrical fees and stand to save money on their electric bills by taking certain weatherization steps. First, a common-sense approach to saving warm air in the house is to close off any drafts of cold air. Crawl spaces and doors should be closed, and cracked or broken basement windows should be replaced. In unheated parts of the home, pipes should be insulated. Those having outdoor water meters also should make sure lids are not broken or missing. Meters also should not touch the inside of the pit or box. Unheated indoor meters should be protected with an insulated box. Pipe should be wrapped or taped. As temperatures begin to dip near zero, extra steps must be taken to keep pipes from freezing. If a person has any doubts about his or her pipes freezing, a small stream of water can be left running from one or more taps in the home. l)ours below sinks also should be opened during extreme cold if the sink is located on an outside wall. Light bulbs placed near pipes also can help to prevent freezing, but care should be used to not create a fire or electrical hazard. Homeowners who heat with electric- ity from the Cheney Light Department also should be aware that they stand to receive up to 100 percent reimburse- ment for ceiling and floor insulation through the Bonneville Power Admini- stration buy-back program. For more details on home audits, call 235-8443. Conserve power during peak periods Weather Words By Bob Quinn Date: Nov. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Max. Temp.: 42 46 49 39 39 39 41 .... Min. Temp.: 24 31 37 33 30 30 28 30 Cool, partly-cloudy and mostly dry weather will continue through much of this week, with high temperatures in the 30s and 40s and low temperatures in the 20s. A slightly-warmer trend will develop through the weekend, increas- ing the chance o( showers or snow. geological study of the rock formations under the city before investing in any new wells or in the repair of well #4. Improvements in the water system, resulting in better pressure and mea- sures to counter any emergency caused by any power outage to one or another of the wells, could improve the city's fire rating of "five" by at least one point. The upgrading of the Fire De- partment also will help in improving the rating, said Daggett. In other matters, the city continued to review the final draft of the Compre- hensive Land Use Plan Update, focus- ing on community facilities and circu- lation. Planner Tom Richardson reported he met recently with officials from East- ern Washington University, who report- ed that the university probably would not be building any additional dorm space for students. He also reported that the campus' long-range plan calls for the closing of Washington Street. Richardson, though, said walkways over Washington Street may help to protect Eastern's mall concept as it expands to the west without sacrificing a main collector street. In reviewing the past bike route in town, planners decided to make few changes. The new plan will continue to route bikers through campus behind Showalter Hall. 3"he commission will meet again on Dec. 13 to finish discussion of the plan and to set the required public hearing date. Cheney City Light Department would like its con- sumers to be aware o! how they use electricity. The Light Department pays Bonneville Power Ad- ministration a charge based on the peak electrical use for the month. If the city can reduce the peak load and keep it closer to the daily average load, the Light Department could save possibly as much as $1,200 for the month of November. In November, the daily peak is in the morning from 7 to 11 a.m., with a second peak at night from 5 to 8 p.m. In the morning, most consumers wake up, turn on the heat, use hot water for showers, turn on the stove !or breaklast and turn on several lights. By turning on fewer appliances at the same time, or delaying some activities until off peak hours, the city could realize a considerable savings.