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I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 10, 2015 NEWS al continued from page 1 ally slow, but speed up near the end of the drive, something she hopes will happen. In 2013, Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids provided gifts for 197 children. This year's registration deadline is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. Sign- ups take place at Cheney Outreach, 616 Third St., Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Wednesday, Dec. 16. Sign ups are limited to Cheney-area families. Parents need to bring proof of residence - a utility bill for instance - income, photo ID and a family Social Security card. Volunteers are needed, and monetary donations are accepted. Checks should be made out to Cheney Outreach and the phrase "Christmas Gifts" on the memo line and dropped off or mailed to Cheney Outreach, P.O. Box 444, Cheney, WA 99004. The gifts are for children ranging in age from infants up through teens, with organizers suggesting a price range of $15 - $25 per gift. Gift ideas include hats, scarves and gloves/toys, cologne gift sets, books, games and electronic items along with arts and crafts supplies and stuffed animals. Over half of kids registered by their families are typically teenagers, which is a tough group to buy for, Lusk said. In trying to present ideas for teenagers, Lusk decided to consult several experts - a pair of teenagers who baby-sit her children. The 16-year-old and the 18-year- old had the ready answer - gift cards. "That's kind of the age we live in now," Lusk said. "That's something' those kids enjoy though." Some suggested gift cards include iTunes, Starbucks, Forever 21 (a cloth- ing outlet), Macy's, Best Buy (especially boys) and Cheney fast food places. Lusk said donations have also been slow, with most of what has been received being blankets and stuffed animals. In several cases, it appeared as if the donor cleaned out their closets of items and dropped them in the boxes. Lusk said that while all gifts are appre- dated, what a child receives on Christmas Day might be how they remember that morning for the rest of their life. "Here's a gift for a child that might be the only gift they get this Christmas sea- son," she said. "We want it to be special." Donations can be made at drop boxes around Cheney up to Dec. 15. Drop boxes are located at Apex Physical Therapy, Cheney City Hall, Cheney Federal Credit Union, Cheney Library, Cheney Owl Pharmacy, Jarms Ace Hardware, SNAP Fit- ness, Dr. Martinssen Dental office and the Eastern Washington University President's office in Showalter Hall. John McCallum can be reached at j Festival life Visitor's to the Turn. bull National. Wildlife R bg,o's a nua!!Wi : terfesi "aut0 .toqr last Saturday to a yariety of,;wi[dli : includirig elk(top), ' d swans near Ch over Pond. Contributed photos by Carlene Hardt. continued from page 1 table the resolution until later in the meeting over concerns about the bidding process the city had taken. Braaten pro- vided clarification by saying they had looked around, first considering purchasing the vehicle off the state bid list. A comparable vehicle on the list came in at over $28,000, however, and Braaten said they also received pricing on three other comparable trucks, listed in the packet as NW Motors- ports, Taylor and Sons Chevro- let and Barton Chrysler/Jeep. All three listed prices near $20,000, not including taxes and fees, which are included in the Parker price. Council eventually ap- proved the purchase. In other resolutions the council approved the city's leg- islative agenda for 2016. City Manager Albert Tripp pointed to three specific items the city is looking to lobby for in the coming session, the first being acquisition of $700,000 in state funding to hook up the Depart- ment of Corrections Airway Heights Center to the city's reclaimed water system. Airway Heights also hopes to dissuade the Department of Transportation from transferring maintenance duties of some of its highways to cities these roadways pass through. Finally, the. city is looking for state funding for its proposed recreation complex on Deno Road to compliment hoped for funding from a Spokane County ballot measure. The council approved the second reading of an ordinance adopting the city's $16 million overall 2016 budget, as well as ordinances setting the posi- tions, salaries and compensa- tion for city employees and amending the 2015 budget. Council also held the first read ing of an ordinance rezoning a one-acre parcel of land from Industrial to R-3 residential multifamily, with Braaten ex- plaining to them the Planning Commission had recently ap- proved amending the rezone to R-2 duplex residential. The council also made sev- eral appointments, approving the appointment of Sal Teresi III to the park advisory board, Braaten and Parks and Recre- ation Director J.C. Kennedy to the lodging tax advisory com- mittee and Nicholas Messing to the Planning Commission. John McCallum can be reached at continued from page 1 to the section regarding rules and procedures for applying for and re- view of property whose owners are seeking his- torical designation con- formed to federal and state requirements, thus enabling the potential for monetary reimburse- ment. A third section dealing with rules and procedures for modifica- tions or new construc- tion within a registered district also seemed ap- propriate, if not imme- diately useful. "Currently, we don't have a local registered district," Commission administrative assis- tant Sue Beeman said. "If in the future, you decided to create one, these would apply." Commissioner Mar- tin Seedorf noted most new construction is tending to take place in the north part of the city, not the neigh- borhoods in the older section around Eastern Washington Univer- sity and downtown. Ableman pointed out new construction fall- ing under the historic rules and procedures could take place in th~ older section should an existing structure be destroyed and then rebuilt. The Historical Pres- ervation's next sched- uled meeting will take place the first Thursday in February 2016. John M'cCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. [TA{..]AN ~TAU R~.~T FREE Parking 7 Nights A Week 245 W. 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