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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, November 26, 2015 NEWS continued from page 1 Mutschler said they've talked to a number of people about the effort to save the 86-year-old station. All of them have been receptive to the effort, but want to see someone else come forward with a large donation before they do. "It's that chicken and egg thing," Cheney Depot Society member and City Councilman John Taves said. "We're try- ing to get the chicken to hatch." The society took a significant step forward last week when Cheney Farm- ers Insurance owner and Councilman Doug Nixon made out a $5,000 check to the station efforts. Nixon hopes it will be the start of a truly community-wide preservation effort. "This project is something for all of the city, not just a few businesses," Nixon said. "I want this to succeed. It would be a great thing to have." Taves said he is also donating $500, with that money earmarked to cover the group's 501 (c) 3 non-profit application, thus freeing up other donations to go towards the station. Besides businesses in the area, the Cheney Depot Society will also be reaching out to other community non-profit organizations as well as the community itself. That effort includes do- nation canisters in local businesses, with information cards about the depot avail- able in a side pouch in each canister. Mutschler said there are a lot of good reasons why preserving the depot is essen- tial. Opened in 1929, the station's unique- ness lies in its architectural style, which is a Spanish style typical, of depots in the Southwest rather than the Northwest. The reason that occurred is a product of an individual Mutschler termed as Cheney's "boy made good" -. Clarence Mar~. Martin's family owned the Martin Flour and Milling Company on land now occupied by the ADM mill, and it was a major shipper on the Northern Pacific line. Martin served as a Cheney coun- cilman, mayor and Washington state governor, becoming the first Washing- "Northern Pacific didn't tend to build custom sta- tions for 'X' number of places." EWU archivist Dr. Charles Mutschler ton-born and first Eastern Washington- born individual to occupy the governor's mansion. It was Martin, Mutschler said, who lobbied the Northern Pacific to build the depot in a unique style. "Northern Pacific didn't tend to build custom stations for 'X' number of places," he added. That depot carries a lot of sentimental value for Hansen, who said as a kid he used to mow Martin's lawn. Hansen's grandfather pastured horses in Cheney that he rented to the Northern Pacific for its railroad maintenance work. The depot served as an arrival and depar- ture point for many residents as well as students coming to attend EWU's predecessors. "My brother-in-law came here from Montana in 1956,, Hansen said. "He got off at the station and walked up the street (College Avenue) with his duffel bag and started college." The depot's current owners, Burling- ton Northern Santa Fe, have filed for de- molition permits, but said they wouldn't pursue anything until efforts to move the station have been exhausted. Taves said the society has an estimate of $170,000 to remove, move and remount the station on a new foundation, and have a couple locations they are eyeing. He also said the State Office of His- torical Preservation ]s very interested in the project, and he hopes to interest BNSF in supporting their efforts through a donation -a donation of a different kind. "They've said it would cost $19,000 to demolish it," Taves said. "We figure it's worth at least $19,000 to take it off their hands." John McCallum can be reachecl at continued from page 1 area to single-family resi- dential on an interim basis until the city can determine the proper land use. "Part of this ordinance is to call a time out and al- low the council and the Planning Commission to take a look at what really should be done here," city attorney Stan- ley Schwartz said. The ordinance re- quires the ci~ to hold a public hearing within 60 days of enactment, is only effective for six months, but can be extended up to a year if a work plan is developed for a longer period, and requires the council to take action as is necessary to modify its permitted land use. Able- man said a public hearing would be scheduled for the planning commis- sion's Dec. 14 meeting. Also at the Nov. 10 meeting the council approved awarding a $77,535 contract to Spe- cialty Pump Services for rehabilitation of city wells appropriate approved by council was $93,000, which covers the work and any contingencies. Council also approved a resolution amending the interlocal agreement be- tween Cheney and Medi- "Part of this ordinance is to call a time out and allow the council and the Planning Commission to take a look at what really should be done here." City attorney Stanley Schwartz I and 2. Ableman said the contract is for pump com- ponents only, adding the request for bid was sent to other pump contractors as well, but none replied owing to a lack of qualifi- cations. The total amount of the cal Lake for municipal court services. The amend- ing, passed earlier by the Medical Lake City Coun- cil, adds the responsibil- ity for courtroom security to Medical Lake, which agrees to provide the ser- vices of Spokane County Sheriff's Office reserve deputy Don Mayfield. The amendment re- quires Cheney to pay for Mayfield's services, and make arrangements for courtroom security should he not be available. The ac- crued costs for his services will be credited each quar- ter against Medical Lake's payment to Cheney for the court services. TerriCooper, Cheney's Municipal Court admin- istrator, said the amend- ment was needed due to a recent Washington State Supreme Court ruling that inmate defendants need not be shackled while attending court- room proceedings. John McCal- lum can be reached at NOVEMBER 27, 28 & 29 All giftware and decor FREE Parking 7 Nights A Week 245 W. Main, Spokane 509-624-5226 Open 7 Days A Week Dr. Cazan & Dr. Menke o AIRWAY HEIGHTS DENTAL CENTER Military families welcome, inviting ~ ~.. new patients, sedation provided, --~ ~ experienced providers and staff! '=~Z ~ ~ % ,,.o. 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