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I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, November 19, 2015 NEWS By JOHN McCALLUM ance, bringing that to . the council's attention Editor $814,361. to several items that had The 2016 budget took Revenues for the city's changed in the budget center stage at the Airway enterprise funds, mostsince the last review. Heights City Council's dealing with water-sew- Projected jail costs have Nov. 16 meeting, er, are estimated at $6.56 dropped by $89,000 to The council first con- million with expenses $95,500 while the city is ducted a public hear- targeted at $8.38 million, looking at making several ing on the proposed leaving the city to call fund transfers, notably $16.13 million overall upon $1.81 million from $75,000 from the Real Es- budget. Total revenues the fund's beginning rate Excise Taxes (REET) in the current expense fund balances. Those be- I account to the Parks and fund are estimated at ginning fund balances Recreation Department $6.27 million while ex- are projected to drop to for maintenance and op- penses are projected at $8.98 million by the end erations, and increasing $6.18 million, enabling of the year. the REET 2 transfer to the $84,361 to be added to City Clerk/Treasurerstreet fund from $35,000 the beginning fund bal- Amy Wiedrich directed to $50,000. rway No members of the public were present to comment during the public hearing. Council then ad- dressed four ordinances dealing with the 2016 budget. They suspended rules and approved the first reading and final passage of an ordinance that set the annual prop- erty tax levy increase at zero, the debt service levy for principal and interest for the 2005 gen- eral. obligation refund- ing bonds at $110,000 and established an ad- ditional voter-approved 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for the Emergency Medical Ser- vices levy. Council subsequent- ly held a first reading on ordinances amending several account budgets, setting the positions, salaries and compensa- tion for city employees for 2016 and on the final city budget. Council also approved resolutions suspending transfers of funds from the current expense to the executive reserve fund and the council meeti fire equipment reserve fund. Council also ap- proved resolutions au- thorizing the transfer of $75,000 from the capital improvement fund to the current expense fund for the purpose of public safety, and $50,000 from the special projects fund to the street fund. In non-budget items, the council adopted an ordinance amending its municipal code regard- ing the operation of the city's youth commis- sion. Parks and Recre- ation Director J.C. Ken- nedy reminded council the amendment allows the youth commission members "more flex- ibility in their meeting time" in order to better conduct commission business. The council also passed a resolution ap- proving the city's up- dated Parks and Recre- ation Master Plan, and a resolution finalizing the second addition, phase 2 of the Traditions Development. Develop- ment Services Director Derrick Braaten said this dealt with the last 24 lots in the subdivision. "There are minor is- sues to be addressed, but nothing to hold up finalization," Braaten added. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. Looking for your own space? Call us to schedule a tour and consider the possibilities for this large space. Cheney 509-235-8485 These two trees were lost on Erie Street between Washington University's campus. Elm Photo by John McCallum and Cedar near Eastern continued from page 1 on top of her near 14th and Walnut. right of ways of any trees, The other fatality oc- branches or brush that curred on State Route 904 might fall and deny cus- When a tree fell onto the tomers power, highway and on a car just "Our crews did a great south of Four Lakes, killing job," he said. "A signifi- the female driver inside. cant chunk of that (power The storm brought outage) was transmis-,,i SUStained winds be- sion, which was out of tween 30- 40 miles per mph at Mission Ridge Ski area near Chelan, which occurred at 6 p.m. Closer to home, Spo- kane International Airport and Fairchild Air Force base recorded gusts of 71 mph, the former at 3:53 p.m. and the latter at 6:03 p.m. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge reported a our control." hour, if not higher, along 56 mph gust at 5:28 p.m. The storm did result in with some pretty intense J o h n M c C a l - two fatalities. A woman gusts. 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