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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 3,, 2015 NEWS ncil continued from page 1 on the west side of the Columbia River. From the east side of the Columbia to Idaho, the trail is largely uncontrolled, but open to public use. Schmick has said the 250-mile long trail is infre- quently used, in need of improvements and attracts crime, and both he and Dye have cited adjacent land- owners concerns over impacts to their property from ill use as reasons for closing the section from Vantage to Malden, Wash. The pair inserted the closure language at the last minute into the state's capital budget, only to have it nullified due to a typographical error that said the trail would be shut down "from the Columbia River to the Columbia River." The provision has been nullified until the language is corrected or amended. "They tried to sneak this thing in," Cheney City Administrator Mark Schuller told the council. "It was done in the middle of the night sort of thing and put into the capital budget where there was no chance for public comment." Tekoa is trying to get the provision removed, claiming the trail is used a lot by cyclists and horse riders. Schuller said Tekoa Mavor John Jaeger con- tacted Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove to ask the city to back them in their campaign. Others have done so, including the Spokane City Council. In supporting Tekoa, Cheney officials noted that the popular local Fish Lake Trail joins the larger Co- lumbia Plateau Trail just outside the city, and that trail then links to the John Wayne, creating regional interconnectivity for trail-use 6nthusiasts in Cheney and Spokane. The resolution calls not only for pre- serving the John Wayne as is, but allocation of state funding to provide for necessary maintenance and improvements east of the Columbia. Also at the meeting, the council approved autho- rizing the mayor to sign a local agency agreement with the Washington Transportation Improvement Board that will allow the city to receive funds the Re- continued from page 1 in the FAFB APZ 2," and in so doing remove con- cerns about encroachment around the airbase. The city is seeking a grant to assist it in de- veloping the new hous- ing site, and part of the application requires it to "support the proposal Airway Heights Correc- and designate a specific tional Center to convert area for the funds to from using drinking wa- targeted." ter to reclaimed water The council will also' fromthe city's reclaimed be asked to express its water plant for irrigation supportf0'rthe :ity's2016 use, a move that could state legislative agenda as save Airway Heights put forth by City Manag- $700,000 and provide er Albert Tripp. Agenda water for approximately items include getting the 360 new homes. Photo by AI Stover Almost there Cheney High alumna and Western Wastiington UniverSity Student Kali Klotz- Brooks (left) and her WWU teammate Taylor Guenther are moments away from crossing the finish line at the annual Turkey Trot fun run on Thanksgiving. The agenda also in- cludes asking the Depart- ment of Transportation to halt its plans to trans- fer maintenance of road and highways, such as State Highway 2, from the state to cities, and consideration of support for the city's proposed recreation complex. The city views the project as a means of economic development through improved quality of life. The council will also consider for approval an application for a new Planning Commission member, and review the first reading of a com- prehensive plan amend- ment for a rezone request. It also will consider an agreement for profes- sional services the city feels it needs in evaluating the potential impacts of a request by the Kalispell Tribe to change the status of property it owns in the city from real property to "in trust" land. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. light Washington program. The city has been notified that it is eligible to receive $264,260 in TIB funding for its $315,360 project to replace 732 high-pressure sodium lights with energy efficient LED lights. The 51,100 balance will be paid for through Bonn- eville Power Administration's conservation program. In ordinances, the council voted to have all three readings and final passage at the Nov. 24 meeting of the city's general property tax levy. Cheney voters approved lifting the property tax levy lid in the Nov. 3 general election to $3.10 per $1,000 of assessed prop- erty value, and the approved ordinance is needed to give Spokane County the authority to begin levying the new amount. Finally, the council held the second reading on the city's $25.34 million 2016 budget. Besides two public workshops, the council has also held public hearings on the budget at its Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Nov. 24 meetings. Finance Director Cindy Niemeier noted that the budget did include the proposed TIB funding for the relighting project. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. HARMACY ~Starting Sunday, December 6 Cheney Owl and Medical Lake Owl will be open 11 am-3 pm every Sunday Everyone at Avista would like to thank you for your patience while our crews restored service to our community. On November 17 our community experienced a near-hurricane-force windstorm that was one of the worst natural disasters our region has ever faced. Yet, this difficult situation also brought out the best in our community. We have been overwhelmed with the support and kindness shown to our crews. And we are grateful to the contractors and mutual aid crews from six Western states and British Columbia who traveled here to assist. We've also seen, firsthand, people helping their neighbors, opening their homes and showing the region's generosity. Our customers, first responders, city and regional leaders and many others, came together to help each other. It's been a humbling and inspiring example of the strength of this great community. So from all of us at Avista, thank you.