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" /i ) Smatl Town Peoem 5026 Cak 'nla Seattle WA 1136-1208 U _1_ .t_ .I._ _ :it_ lI_ _it ..... ti_ .t i. -L- ii i. :tl The cheney Free Press is online at www.cheneyfree- and is updated every Friday by 5 p.m. December 18, 2008 Your West Plains Newspaper Since 1896 75 cents li in to an industrial park, which does not have a lot of requirements. She Cheney Planning Commission hears proposals on guidelines for prospective park tenants said in an industrial park the buildings might be low-cost, concrete By DAVID TELLER S taff Reporter With the Cheney Light Industrial and Research Park scheduled to begin construction this spring, the Cheney Planning Commission held a public hearing during their meeting on Dec. 8 to receive public comment on the proposed standards and guidelines for would-be park tenants. Cheney planner Elisa Rodriguez explained to the commission that the property where the park is going to be built will be rezoned from light industrial (!-1) to business park (BP),saying the Economic Development Act grant the city received i~ to attract businesses offering higher skilled jobs, which in turn would bring higher wage jobs to Cheney. "A warehouse is not conducive," Rodriguez said of the direction the city wants the park to be developed. She added that a business park has a different perception compared or metal construction. An example Rodriguez made was "the business park in Hayden Lake, north of Coeur d" Alone. She said the park is owner-driven and contains a variety of businesses. The ,~ngineer that Cheney has con- tracted to design the park, Taylor En~eering, is designing it to be similar to the Hayden Lake park. '~ See Industrial park page 10 Photo by Paul Delaney That Cheney Christmas spirit Volunteers Sally Shamp and Hazel Newkirk Io0k over some of the books that were collected as part of the annual Cheney Outreach gift drive that just con- cluded. Donations were distributed to area families this past Tuesday at the Cheney United Church of Christ. "We were overwhelmed with the generosity of the community," Shamp said. Cheney Outreach, with the help of area businesses, collected toys, blankets and coats that went to nearly 190 families. Council agrees to administrative and utility wording changes By CARA LORELLO Staff Reporter Medical Lake's City Councilbreezed through a light agenda on Tuesday, unanimously approving a i new resolution setting administrative and utility fees / for 2009, and updating a current interlocal agreement with Spokane County's Joint Steering Committee for the state Growth Management Act. Most of the changes being proposed in the fee set- ting resolution, City Administrator Doug Ross said, were basically updates to,reflect wording changes in current resolutions. Building, plumbing and mechanical permit fees have remained unchanged Since 1991, according to city records. The fees shall be updated from their current uniform building code to reflect current international'.r~.~;dential and inteav4ka',',9_n commercial codes, which tomatica!l.y renew with each three-year code update.Valuakions used to determine building permit fees are also being updated to reflect current building standard valua- tions that are calculated yearly to determine costs per square foot in total construction values. Also not updated since 1991 is tje checklist fee for the state Environmental Policy Act, which the city's Planning Department is proposing increasing from See Council page 9 Medical lanning mmission ep Required public hearing on long-awaited decision to be scheduled in January 2009 Currently the city is still operating north and expanded east and west by 79 under a 1997 UGA boundary that has acres total, but their request was never 117 acres zoned for residential develop- approved by Spokane County. County By CARA LORELLO because planning reports indicated the awaited decision at their Dec. 11 meeting ment lying directly north of the Fox Hol- officials requested the city show work Staff Reporter city had enough undeveloped land to to keep the boundary as written in the low subdivision. Commission membersto explain how they came up with their It seemed last summer, members of support population growth projections revised 2007 comprehensive plan they moved to revise that boundary to avoid findings and how it substantiated their the Medical Lake Planning Commis- for the next 20 years, concluded that keeping land north of the encroachment into the Fairchfld Air Force population growth projections. sion were in favor of doing away with But the commission, minus one city available for new growth is better to Base crash zone in 2007, proposing the the city's Urban Growth Area (UGA), member, made a unanimous and long-have than not. boundary be reduced by 110 acres to the See UGA page 9 Photo by Cara Lorello Festive friends Mark Hodgson (pictured right) filled the role of auctioneer at last Saturday's annual Medical Lake Friends for Children benefit raffle, held at Picnic Pines on Silver Lake Restaurant where numerous items were auctioned off by raffle or bidding to benefit the local charity. Cheney police eye fingerprint scanner New equipment carries a $30,000 price tag, but would help expedite identification process By DAVID TELLER Staff Reporter Would-be criminals should heed warning: Their prints will soon follow them more quickly. Cheney police are trying to obtain a fingerprinting scanner to expedite the identification process as the traditional sys- tem is wrought with delays, so they are trying to get $30,000 approved to buy an Automated Fingerprint Identification Sys- tem (AFIS). For now, the Police Depart- ment will be borrowing the extra unit the Spokane International Airport Police Department has. Cmdr. Rick Campbell said ac- quiring a permanent AFIS scanner is very preliminary and there are a lot of obstacles other than funding on their skin, the prints typically do not come out clear enough to examine. Prints can also be smeared if the subject being that need to be worked out even fingerprinted is combative. He before the department could be- said if a fingerprinting techni- gin to start using a scanner, clan does not get a clear set, they The traditional method of will send the prints back to the fingerprinting is messy and time agency providing them and ask exhaustive. Campbell said if the for another set. person being printed has dirty hands or an aburtdance of lotion See Scanner page 10 Clarification on Cheney 2009 budget The Dec. 4 Cheney Free Press story on Cheney's proposed 2009 bud- get stated almost $7 million was trimmed from the coming budget. The money trimmed was due to a reduction in expenses for sewer capital projects the city carried in the 2008 budget, but no longer needed to carry in the 2009 budget because the projects are completed or nearing completion. Chief among those projects is the city's wastewater treat- ment plant upgrade, which the city spent $2.6 million on in 2008, and drilling new Well No. 8, which came in at $534,000. Other departments found savings, and overall, city officials state Cheney's finances are stable and in good shape. in the [~C~e Cheney continues to exceed the state average for the num- ber of teachers with national accreditation as eight more join the ranks. See the story on... Page 2 A orts Also inside... What is it with these crooked Giddy-up horse: Eastern's Cheney boys and girls bas- Business/ServiceSec. 2 Page 4-5 poli'ticians7 Are we getting broadcasting legend Larry ketballteamsbreakintothewin WestPlainsBriefs Page 3 West Plains Police Page 5 whatwepaidfor? Theeditorial Weir's calledjustaboutevery- column, while the ML Lady A&ECalendar Sec. 2 Page 1 board ponders these questions thinginsports-excepthockey.Cards get a split See all theWestPlainsClubsSec. 2 Page 3 in In Our Opinion on... See the story on... local sports action on... kegals Sec. 3 Page 6 Page 4 Sect. 2, Page 1 Sect. 3, Page 1 Classifieds Sec. 3 Page 8 Vol. 112-- No. 35 i '[ :n rnF 'if , !' 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