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Page 2A ..heney Free Press [] [] Thursday, November 25, 1982 Ordinance safeguards community It has taken well over a year, but a group of Cheney residents and city officials finally have agreed upon a format for reviewing permit applications in the city for the primary purpose of mitigating undesirable effects of new construction upon existing neighborhoods. In particular, Ordinance M-9, recently adopted by the Cheney City Council, addresses the concerns that residents of the Clay Street area had with a piece of property on the other side of Clay Street, which may be used for commercial purposes. Residents were concerned that any development there may have adverse effects in generating more traffic through the nearby residential area. Thus, they approached the Cheney Planning Commission, seeking some method of reviewing applications for permits before they are granted in order to mitigate "negative" impacts before they occur. In short, Ordinance M-9 requires a developer to submit an environmental checklist in such instances mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Determining mitigating requirements 1 Application jEnvironmenal checklist Yes No 1 1 Applicant submits Permit Issued checklist 1 City staff reviews list and makes recommendation to mayor Measures taken to mitigate impact Mayor makes 'l determination of imiact of A determination A determination of "significant" is "non-significant" made by mayor is made by mayor 1 City prepares impact statement, cost paid by applicant mmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm m mmm where there is to be built an apartment building with five or more units, an office or commercial building, a service or storage building with 4,000 or more square feet of floor space or rezones or subdivisions. Checklists will be reviewed by the city staff, with the building official, fire chief and planning coordinator advising the mayor on concerns. These concerns may be related to traffic flow, noise, light, odor or other environmental impacts. Officials then will suggest measures of "buffering" that may help mitigate any adverse impacts. Such measures are defined further in the ordinance. The mayor then will review the application and determine whether or not the project should be deemed environmentally "significant or non- significant". If a "significant" determination is made, the city will contract with a private agency for an environmental impact statement, the cost of which will be paid by the applicant. Any mitigating measures recommended then must be met before the permit is issued. The mayor may, on the other hand, determine that a particular project may be "non-significant", but still may require some lesser buffering measures. These, also, must be met before a permit is issued. Built into the ordinance, however, is a clause allowing the mayor to: 1) prescribe buffering measures prior to the issuance; 2) forward the checklist to the Planning Commission so it can conduct a public hearing on any possible buffering measures; or 3) approve the checklist without any mitigating measures and approve the permit, but only in cases where impact is not sufficient to warrant any corrective measures. If any developer disagrees with the suggested buffering measures, he or she also is given a chance to appeal to the City Council. The council, by a simple majority vote, can uphold, alter or deny the suggested requirements. To date, no environmental impacts have been required within the City of Cheney. However, this is not to say that a situation may not come up where one would be useful in helping to maintain the quality of environment local residents have grown accustomed to. The Free Press does not necessarily like to see government interfering with private enterprise; but, by the same token, neither do we like to see the health, safety or general welfare of the community threatened before the community has had a chance to see how they might work with incoming business and/or industry to truly make Cheney a nice place to live, work, play and to raise a family. State voters turn school levies down by Adelle Ferguson Well, a lot of special levies for schools went down the tube on election dav, which might not have if the promoters had remembered one sterling rule: Never, never run a special levy election during a general election. That's when 95 percent of all school levies go down. Sure, that's when you get the biggest turnout of voters, but a big turnout does not equate with a big "yes" vote for schools. Note how many other pocketbook issues also go down. The only way to win a school special levy election is to aim it at a very small, very refined bunch of "yes" voters -- parents, teachers, friends of schools. And the perfect time to do it is in the first Tuesday in February. That is exactly 51 weeks after each taxpayer got his last property tax statement (Feb. 14, Valentine's Day, of the previous year). Now, I'm not the levy whiz who Olympia Report figured this out. It was told to me by a friend of mine who used to be with the Bellevue School District, and who was their levy elec- tion strategist. Bellevue, as most school administra- tors know, has a deserved reputation as one of the top districts in the state when it comes to putting levies over. And every levy election was always carefully monitored. On election day, about 4 or 5 p.m., my friend would visit some of the several polling places and check out the number of persons who had voted so far. School levies, as most voters know, require a 40 percent turnout of the previous election voter turnout, just to validate the election. Then 60 percent of , those have to vote yes. "You're either going for the 60 percent yes, or the 40 percent valida- tion," said my friend, "and you always want to run for the validation." If he saw, late on an election day, that the turnout appeard to be low (and it nearly always was), he and others in the school administratioan got on the telephone and started calling people to ask if they'd voted yet and if not, to get at it. If they could persuade the local radio and television stations to do it, he said, they asked for advisories to be broad- cast saying the levy appeared to be going dow m But they had to give that up, after KOMO-TV consulted with attorneys and determined that carrying such a news story in itself influenced the election. But the telephone banks worked well and Bellevue's levy record was the envy of all the other school districts in the state. Then several years ago, after my friend had gone on a sabbatical, Belle- vue's new school superintendent de- cided that he didn't want to run the levy election in February. He wanted to save the cost of such a special election and do it during the general election in November. A group of Bellevue civic leaders called on him and attempted to dis- suade him. Their principal argument, however, that they had always done it the other way because my friend the strategist had convinced them it was the way to go, didn't cut much ice with the super. He scheduled the election for Novem- ber. To the chagrin of the super and the astonishment of the community, the levy went down. The next time, the levy went on in February... % 0014Y Jo00tINY CIkN'T A, pRQ00eNT t Lette{,00 Note: The following letters to the editor come from Bernice Byer's seventh grade language arts class at Cheney Junior High School: Dear Editor, I think that the potholes in Cheney are bad, and they are getting worse. On the back roads just out of Cheney, they are really bad. I live on Murphy Road out by the Jr. High. The road out there is really bad. They have patched and patched the road, but that makes it lumpy and you can feel the bumps when you go over them in a car. I feel that the harvest trucks are the culprits, but many people who harvest live on Murphy Road. I think the only way we can stop this, is to have a weight limit on this road. Julie Throckmorton Dear Editor, I think something should be done about the stray pets in Cheney. Have you ever woke up in the morning to hear a dog barking under your window? Well, I have, and it's very annoying. When I went to see who it was, I got bowled over and had my face liked over several times. It turned out to be a half-starved bloodhound. It didn't have a name tag, so we had to keep it leashed. It cost us money to feed it and to take it to the dog pound. This has happened several times, so we've discontinued doing it. It makes me sad to see some starving animal out in the cold or dead and run over. I think that people should take into consideration that the animal that they throw out is going to cause trouble. Who ever reads this, I hope that some day when you are going to throw out an animal, you will take it to the Humane Society or do away with it. Paul Lowe Dear Editor, I think there should be something done about the football strike because there is a lot of money being lost from it. Also, there is all the fun for young people. Also, fans will get disillusioned if a player (their favorite player) strikes just for more money. One thing I think they should do is, the players just take what they're being given. They are lucky that they still have a job to go to. They want so much that they don't even need when there are some people that don't even have enough money to buy their food without using food stamps. So, I think that they should stop the strike and play some football. Chris Bledsoe Dear Editor, I think we have a problem with stray cats anddogs. We should encourage people to take care of these animals. In my neighborhood, all the kids got together and decided that they would raise money to feed and take care of the animals. Tracey Jackson Dear Editor, I do not like all the stray dogs that roam around Cheney. There are too many dogs that run around loose and they all knock over garbage cans and roam around people's yards. I think the problem is getting out of hand. The owners should keep their dogs to them- selves for the consideration of other people. Many people believe that dogs need to run around. Please keep dogs in the house, tied up or in a fenced yard. This may help prevent the complaint. Many people's dogs also get hit or run over. Please make our city cleaner! Sincerely, Kim Bocaz Dear Editor, I think we have a problem with jay walkers! When you go downtown, you see at least 25% to 50% jay walking across the streets just because they are in a hurry to get some place. The problem with this is: one, a driver could be paying attention to one and not see the person. And also, a car could be coming around a corner and a person could be behind a parked car and get hit. I think we should be more cautious and aware before we cross the street. Sincerely, Charlene Vernon I think that Cheney should take better care of the roads. I have seen many streets that are in desperate need of care. The road here by the Junior High is a good example. The road contains many potholes, fillers from previous potholes, and pipe ditch coverers. All this makes the road very bumpy, and uncomfortable. I think the bike area next to the road was a very good idea. There are only about 2 problems with that: 1) The curb is falling apart and needs repair. 2) Bikes must be cautious and ride slow because of broken glass and pipe ditch scars that had not been filled properly. I would hope that sdme changes will take place. Sincerely, Gregg Geschke Dear Free Press editor, I believe that the Cheney Police Force is a good one. They are very prompt when it comes to getting a call. No matter what they are doing or where they are, they respond. I think they are all very good policemen and women. Together they make a very good team. So, I think the people of Cheney should feel safe. Sincerely, Brenda Cox Now that have we sing in action) seems we do so li men that have are still giving. locked in a prison world, not bers you or careS. Has our on the fighting Asia? After all, there for a moral obligation their power to men or their b ies' Cindy CooneY Back in the Nov. 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