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this Week .......... page 1A .......... page 2A 3A CHENEY Thursday, November 25, t982 Free Press Neighbors and friends are continuing to meet on Saturdays at the Popchock residence near Marshall to help finish the construction of the Popchock home by Christmas. Earlier this fall, James, head of the household, passed away as the result of a sudden heart attack. in the tasemeht of the unfinlShed'honl on Gardner Reiad at the time was his wife, Susan, a nurse at DeaConess HOspital and a mother of seven. Above, oldest son Jim, right, a student at Eastern Washington University, helps Jim McBride trim window fittings this past Saturday. Watching, at left, is son Pete. Other Popchock children are Nathaniel, Chris, Phillip, Richard and Jenny. Among others helping Saturday morning were James Colley, a Cheney plumber, assisted by his sons James Jr., Curt and Scott, as well as his father, Oscar Colley. George Skala also stopped by to help with the masonry work for the woodstove. The public is welcome to donate time or materials to help finish the home. A memorial fund has been established at the F&M Bank of Cheney. nominates officers, hears of CPR, 9-1-1 Sherm Blake. Judi White was nominat- ed as president-elect, and Thorne 'l'ibbitts was nominated as vice presi- dent. Nmninated to fill opening seats on the board ot directors were Dave Itarrisnn. Tom Stewart, Dan Arnold, Amy Sony and Darlene H.itter. The olficial vote will he taken at the Chamber's Christmas Party on l)ec. 16. Cheney Fire l)epartment Secretary Chamb- Were approved luncheon Station. for 1983 was Robin Keyes presented a film on CPR training to the Chamber, urging in- (lividtmls to take the life-saving elasses offered through the Fire Department in Cimney. Classes are held the last Monday of ever)' month. Arrangements also can be made by businesses or organizations wishing to train their employees or members. 'It (CPR) is especially important in rural areas," stressed Keyes, who noted that response times by the fire department in the rural areas may not be within the critical four minutes after a person's heart has stopped. Cheney School Superintendent Gale Marrs reported that CPR instruction is given to all students at the junior high school and that two students already have used their new skills in emergency situations, Keyes also reminded Chamber members to use the new 9-1-1 Emerg- ency Telephone Service for any fire, poliee or medical emergency. She reported that a ealler's phone number flashes on the terminal screen in the new Central Dispatch Center at the Eastern Washington University Red Barn so that dispatchers can trace any call, espeeially in the event that a caller doesn't know or forgets to give his or her address before hanging up. To find out more about CPR instruc- tion in Cheney, contact the Cheney Fire Department at 235-6280. 9-1-1 open house Cheney's new 9-1-1 Emergency Tele- phone service recently was kicked off at the Eastern Washington University Red Barn, site of the new Central Dis- patch Station for the city and the uni- versity. Above, Police Department Sec. retary Shelia Minuto shows Mayor Tom Trulove how police records are kept safe on the new computer terminal. At left, Cheney Councilman AI Ogdon, left, and Spokane County Commissioner Grant Peterson of Cheney, center, wel- come Phil Brennan, director of the Spo- kane 9.1-1 Service. The county-wide ser- vice helps to fund the Cheney system. Dispatchers, though, are paid for by the city and the university. Weather Words By Bob Qumn Date: Nov. 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Max. Temp.: 31 35 47 44 37 34 30 .... Min. Temp.: 22 27 34 33 29 26 20 12 Rainfall: ........ . .... Snowfall: .................... 4.33 .... The season's first major snowstorm came this past weekend, bringing with it arctic air. The cold weather should hold to the end of the week, diverting Pacific storms to the south into Cali- fornia. By the weekend, though, storms once again will brush the area, increas- ing temperatures and the chance for more snow. In the meantime, high temperatures will be in the 20s, with lows in the teens and single digits. City prepares budget by Tom Thrun Cheney officials expect to end 1982 with a balanced budget, according to City Administrator Jim Reinbold, who told the Free Press late last week that revenues are coming into the city a little better now than what was predict: ed in September. Reinbold's. statement came following a Thursday morning meeting of the Revenue Commit- tee, which is comprised of council- persons Fred Johns, Karen New bauer and Chairman Ray Solter0. The committee, according to Rein- bold, took its first look at the projected revenues for 1983. The revenue projections will be used in the coming weeks as the City Council begins work on the 1983 budget. Reinbold said the council will get its first look at the pre- liminary budget at its Dec. 14 meeting. At that time, the ad- ministration will present its re- commendations, based on sugges- tions from the various depart- ments. A "conservative" estimate of 1983 revenues, according to the administrator, is $1,781.045, which is about $280,000 above the 1982 revenues of $1,506,205. Approxi- mately half of the increase, though, is money for park capital improvements that only is being included in the budget for "plan- ning purposes". Reinbold said that $144,918 may be removed from the budget at a later date as these funds represent only possible grants and donations to the Park Improvement Fund. Even with conservative revenue projections last year at this time for 1982, Cheney officials found themselves running short of reve- nues by August of this year. As a result, Mayor Tom Trulove co- ordinated the department heads, all of whom worked to save on expenses where they could. "The department heads really did a tremendous job of coming up with ideas to save the people (employees) we have," said Rein- bold. By eliminating the half-time animal-control position and by transferring personnel in other departments, the city was able to save some $11,000, said Reinbold. Other measures taken to save money recently inclued the turning off of some 125 streetlights in areas of the city, where security and safety would not affected. Savings also were realized by stepping up the conversion to the new city computer system. "We are watching things really close," said Reinhold, noting that all areas of the city are monitored monthly. Reinbold noted that the city stands to gain $45,000 in new monies this next year from the equalization of the present %-cent sales tax. Cheney's share of the tax revenue will be 40 percent of the statewide average. The council is faced with final- izing the 1983 balanced budget by the end of December. According to the Public Dis- closure Law, copies of the pre- liminary budget are made avail- able to citizens upon request. The law guarantees full access to in- formation, with exceptions made for privacy of individuals and efficient administration of govern- ment. Transit hearing slated Spokane Transit Authority officials will give area residents a chance this will give area residents a chance Nov. 24 to cmnment on service modifi- For those unable to altend the hear- in, written comnenls on route and service proposals should be sent to: Richa,-(t (;ow, chairman of the STA board, Suite :,30, First Interstate Bank Building, N. 9 Posl St, Spokane t1201. The hearing will be held at 3 p.m. in lhe Spokane County Public ttealth Building Audih)rium, W ll0t College Ave,, Spokane. Among the items to be eonsi(lered will be improvement to the mi(t-(hLv service to Airway Ileights. For more details, call 458-2570. Snowfall Cheney shoveled out from the first snowfall of the season Sunday morning after four inches fell during the night and early morning. More snow may fall this weekend. (See weather notes on this page:) Windsor school plans benefit Popchock dinner A benefit spaghetti dinner for the Popchock family will be held Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Windsor Elementary School. Money raised will help the family move into its new home before Christ- mas, following the sudden death of James Popchock, the father, earlier this fall. Tickets for the dinner are: $3 for adults; $2 for students; $1 for preschool children; and $12 for family tickets. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the school or at the door the night of the dinner. Tickets also will be for sale for a side of beef and other items to be given away the night of the dinner. People wishing to help work on the home near Marshall are welcome to help each Saturday until the home is complete. Also, a memorial building fund has been established at the F&M Bank of Cheney. For more details, call Dorothy Fowl- er at 458-9593 or Carolyn Bohlman at 448-0681.