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Week Fair ........ page 2 programs ... page 3 prts ....... pages 6- 7 H N i i 'Vol. 86- No. 30 Thursday, December 9, 1982 i ml i i i UP8 I02-240 Chancy, Washington 99004 25 Serving the Communities of Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights forecasts slow economic growth here of "fiscal i the nation and Cheney Trulove made recently while Lake professor of Washington 14 has for the Cities and he State Advis- has not Trulove aow have pre- this coming spring will not be as strong as expect- ed." The Pacific Northwest, Trulove continued, will even recover at a slower rate because the building and mining industries have been harder hit here than other industries elsewhere in the nation. "Chene, though, should do relatively better than other parts of the state," Trulove said optimistiely. Most of the local economy in Chancy is related to education, and education still is being supported by the State Legislature. However, Trulove ob- served that K-12 education is receiving the greatest support, and that the universities may be ctit further. "If this happens, we may experience some stress here," said the mayor. Trulove also was somewhat critical of Eastern's recent purchase of a large building in downtown Spokane in which it hopes to expand upon program offerings. He said more programs in Spokane could affect the number of students at the Cbeney campus and the amount of money spent by students and faculty in Chancy. "If this happens, we may experience some stress here," said the mayor. Trulove also was somewhat critical of Eastern's recent purchase of a large building in downtown Spokane in which it hopes to expand upon program offer- ings. He said more programs in Spo- kane could affect the number of stu- dents at the Chancy campus and the amount of money spent by students and faculty in Cheney. Speaking of the "New Federalism", Trulove said states are just now de- il begins budget talks Tues- and a half to about half before this coming i11 continue at Hall. in 1983, Tom Tru- also the for the represents an Over the 1982 were pro- in all areas, depart- state- this budget !bUdget cuts or showing a year and the Is suggesting Budget, are this year to said the rule- equal budget. is being mayor's recommendation that $2,500 be allocated for new part-time help for the Court Clerk. A total of $1,500 was left in this area, with the extra $1,000 being put into the Executive Reserve should it be needed. City Administrator Jim Reinbold said a person is needed each Thursday to man the tape recorder during court, as required by law. Trulove noted that the Police Department secretary will be expected to help with some of the court work, but noted much of the work can not be taken out of the court office. Voting "no" on the ammendment to put the $1,000 into the reserve were councilpersons Karen Neubauer and AI Ogden. The other increase in the court budget is $1,000 for the Public Defender to cover conflict-of-interest cases and to cover a posting of a list for a call for defenders for trial cases. Wren Pierson Building A budget of $9,000 to cover public utilities was approved for the Wren Pierson Building, an increase from the $6,351 approved last year. Discussion centered around trying to find a Bonne- ville Power Administration or Washing- ton Water Power program to help with weatherization improvements. Council- man Ray Soltero was the most out- termining how they might make up for reductions being made in the way of services by the Federal government. He said Washington State presently has fewer taxes than in the early 1970s. "What this should tell you is that we are just going to have fewer govern- ment services," said Trulove. Nationally, cities across the country, according to the economist, have financed many program. by deferring needed maintenance t roads, sewage systems, water systems and other forms of "intrastructure". Chancy, said the mayor, has been conservative in its program over the years. "We've only taken on those programs we've been able to maintain, except for the Wren Pierson Building, and that was mandated by the voters in an election," he said. Because of inflation, Trulove main- rained that there is less (actual) money available today for governments than a by cities and counties on the sale of alcoholic beverages. Councilwoman Neubauer asked the administration to find out where the money goes and who decides how it is spent in the state. She said the newly- formed Substance Abuse Committee in Chancy wishes to receive some of these funds for local use. Chancy Public Library A Library Budget of $36,168 for 1983 was approved, down from the 1982 figure of $37,108. The new budget shows a slight reduction in funds for repair and maintenance, as well as for office supplies. Mayor Trulove said employee time may be found this year to refinish and repair tables which had been recommended for replacement. Other- wise, no capital expenditures are plan- ned in the new budget. Finance Department Councit members added $2,600 te the recommended Finance Department Budget in order to purchase a new postage machine-one that also licks envelopes. Reinbold said the old ma- chine could break at any time and that no replacement parts are available. The total budget approved for the Finance Office for 1983 was set at $219,440, showing an overall decrease from last year's amount of $221,462. decade ago. The mayor noted that the revenue from the State for the Arterial Road Fund has dropped from $150.000 to $16,000 since 1972. Similarly, the money budgeted by the city for streets has fallen from $120,000 to $40,000 during the same period, he said. Trulove indicated that serious con- sideration is being given to a new "chip" method of rapturing streets which may prove to be better and cheaper that the "hot-mix" asphalt now being used. Speaking of the city budget in gener- al, Trulove said, "We have a situation that is at least bearable." However, he said some serious decisions may have to be made in the future as to whether or not the present level of services being offered should be continued, while also trying to find new ways to put more money into capital improve- ments. Cheney economy analyzed Chancy Mayor Tom Tmlove, Speaking to the Cheneyl Medical Lake Rotary Club recently, said he did not expect to see any sudden economic recovery in the Pacific Northwest. A professor of economics at Eastern Washington University, Trulove is serving on a new committee--appointed by Governor John Spellman-.to address state problems in terms of the New Federalism. Trulove was the guest of Rotarian Jim Reinbold, left, who also Is Cheney's city admini- strator. _ Ii i IIIIIII Cheney.area residents will have an opportunity to I--I'ood donate food tothe Cheney Food Bank on Dec. 11. Santa Caius (Ray Osterberg and friends) will be at -- ||L t each of the three Clney grocery stores from 9 a.m. S O U until noon. The drive is part of an Eagle Scout project, planned by Boy Scout Kelly Osterberg. Scouts also will be collecting food donations from local homes on Satudey. Post Office slates Saturday hours Chancy Post Office will hold special a.m. to noon both Saturdays. Those Christmas hours on Saturdays, Dec. 11 mailing packag are urged not to use and 18. string, but reinforced packaging tape that does not get caught in the posting The Post Office will be open from 9 machinery. the money Street Fund area will 1982 to $84,577 for a higher to trt- to an for 1983. were at- relations Publication services to revise and . Also, the a new ! COUncil will unions in need zn 1982 to by the off the spoken in saying that the building can easily become a major expense for the city if power rates continue to climb. Detention A total of $4,000 was approved for detention of prisioners. The item was removed from the Police Department Budget and covers detention fees from Spokane County for jail and work release. Public Health The council approved the expenditure of $30,504 for local contribution to the Spokane County Public Health depart- ment--a mandated cost. Last year, $23,932 was budgeted in this area. Trulove noted that the Health Depart- ment, in years past, had spent from its reserves in order to keep local as- sments to a minimum. He added that the 1983 amount may be reduced, pending negotiations between the City of Spokane and Spokane County. Alcoholism The council approved the expenditure of $2,153 in mandated costs for the state alcoholism program. The amount rep- resents two percent on the amount Chenev is given from the profit shared ! Going to Gi_'ve Market Funds Your Money. your Farmers & Merchants Bank. @ Trulove noted that the same level of service will be continued, even though there has been the elimination of some part-time positions. Savings have been realized this past year with the new computer system. Council put off action on the ex- penditure of an additional $13,000 to $15,000 for new meter recording ma- chines, which are carried by the meter readers. City Clerk Grant Murie noted the recorders would save an immense amount of employee time now spent on manual entry of data. Council decided to consider the item later under the Capital Budget. Legal An increase in the Legal Budget of $26,849 for 1983 from $23,291 in 1982 was approved by the council, allowing for more professional services for conflict- of-interest cases and Superior Court cases outside the regular duties of the City Attorney. The City Attorney also will be involved in the code revisions that are planned. Civil Service An increase in the Civil Service Budget was approved. The 1982 figure will be $2,110, as compared to $1,857 last year. Council granted the expenditure of $300 to allow the secretary to travel to workshops, but denied an increase in the salary, which still stands at $1,500. Councilman Soltero noted that he would like some sort of an hourly breakdown of the time spent each month by the secretary in the future. "Knowing the number of hours she puts in would tell us if an increase is needed," he said. Planning A reduction in the Planning Depart- Cont. on page i0 Key Tronic layoff seen as temporary move Some 21 part-time employees at the new Cheney Key Tronic plant, who recently were laid off, may be rehired as soon as this coming February or March. Plant Manager Tom Stewart told the Free Press Monday that the employees had been hired to help meet a critical production period. "Our capabilities presently have exceeded our need for more people," Stewart said, mentioning that some employees have been transferred back and forth from the main plant in Spokanejn order to protect those with more experience. "We're still growing," said Stewart, speaking of the new plant. Stewart said the plant is expected to grow another five percent per period (month) for each of the next three periods. After that, the plant is expect- ed to grow by I0 percent per period through June. Weather Words .._ Date: Nov. 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Max. Temp.: 31 37 30 34 49 41 34 .... Min. Temp.: 27 27 27 27 31 29 23 18 Preclp.: .03.02 .... .25.28 --- .21 .... Snowfall: ....................... 5.1 --- Cold, arctic air drifted Into the Pacific Northwest, following Monday's snow- storm. The cold weather should hold through the end of the week, with most- ly clear skies. High temperatures should be in the 20s, with lows in the teens and single digits. A new series of Pacific storms will begin to advance over the region by the weekend, bringing warmer temperatures and another chance of rain and snow. November precipitation was 1.97 inches, about .30 inches below normal. Snowfall was 4,20 inches, about one inch below normal. December should see below normal temperatures, above normal snowfall and normal precipita- tion. Skiers will be happy! C,entennial group publishes book Dreamers and Schemers: A she helped to coordinate a conven- year, White also has served five History of Pioneer Chancy, 1880- tion for the National Stanadards years on the Chancy City Council 1895, a publication of the Chancy Council of AmericanEmbroiderers and eight years with the Welfare Chamber of Commerce's Centen- this past June in Chancy. Committee of the Chancy Com- nial Committee, will go on sale this munity Services Council, running coming week at the Book & Brush Besides having served on the the first food bank out of her Store in downtown Chancy. Centennial Committee this past garage. Historian and author of the 120- page paperback is Cheney's Vir- ginia White, who is a part-time Eastern Washington University teacher, specializing in textile and women's history. In addition to over 10 chapters on such topics as ..... the Benjamin P. Chancy Academy, Indians, social life, farming, early city government, early news- papers and others, the book also contains over 50 old photo- graphs. The cover design, created by EWU, shows Cheney's Senator William Sutton, standing in front of his barn--now a part of EWU's campus. White said she first started work on the book over six years ago, but then put it away until last year. During the last year, she has worked with Dr. Emerson Shuck, who read and edited the work. "I would especially like to recog- nize his efforts," said White of Dr. Shuck, former EWU president and who _i8 retired fro ooooooog the _WU Department of English. Funding for the book came fi-om contributions from organizations, businesses and individuals in the community. Centennial Committee Chairman Hugh Mills noted that profits from the first printing of 1,000 copies will help to support other Centennial activities and to purchase a Centennial memorial for City Park. Selling price of the book is $6. White recently authored another book on the needle work of the Hmong refugees from Southeast Asia who now reside in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, she is a Cheney.area residents looking for a special and contributing editor to an inter- Cheney unique gift this year may want to give copies of a new book on Cheney's eady history, authored by national textile publication and has Virginia White. Dreamers and Schemers: A History had several other textile articles h ist o ry o, Pioneer Chancy, 18801895 goes on sale this next published nationally. Locally, week for $6/copy at the Book & Brush.