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NEWS CHENEY FREE PRESS I Thursday, December 24, 2015I FROM STAFF AND NEWS SOURCES Spokane County releases holiday schedule In observance of the Christmas holiday, all Spokane County administrative offices will close on Thursday, Dec. 24 atnoonand will remain closed through Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25. Several other county offices will maintain office hours as noted below. Spokane County courts (Superior, District and Ju- venile) will remain open all day on Thursday, Dec. 24. SCRAPS (Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service) will be open until 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24. The North County and Valley transfer stations will reopen with regular business hours (8:30 a.m. - 4 p:m.) on Saturday, Dec. 26. County offices and courts will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, Dec. 28. In observance of the New Year's holiday, all Spokane County offices, courts (Superior, District and Juvenile), Veteran Services, SCRAPS, and the North County and Valley transfer stations will close on Friday, Jan. 1.2016. The transfer stations will reopen with regular business hours (8:30 a.m. -- 4 p.m.) on Saturday, Jan. 2. County of- rices and courts will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, Jan. 4. Saving Cheney depot campaign underway The Cheney Depot Society has kicked off a major fundraising effort to acquire a permanent home for the Cheney's former Northern Pacific Depot and to restore and repurpose it as a community landmark. Former Cheney resident Dr. Peter Hansen has offered to ma h up to $500,000 in depot relocation and restoration funds. The society is involved in fundraising efforts, and is offering a society $25 gift membership (which includes a subscription to the Cheney Depot Society's quarterly newsletter) as one option. More information is available via email at, or at the website www. Time running out on transportation survey There are only two weeks left to weigh in on what types of local transportation projects should be funded, using the Spokane Regional Transportation Council's (SRTC's) online web tool. Transportation funding in the area is very limited, so SRTC has been asking members of the public to take an online survey that demonstrates the difficult financial tradeoffs that must be made to maintain and improve our transportation system. New federal and state regulations require Met- ropolitan Planning Organizations like SRTC to cre- ate and track performance measures and targets to ensure the transportation system is developing as planned. This is being done through a project called the "Horizon 2040 Implementation Toolkit." Horizon 2040 is the region's long-term transportation plan that guides how our transportation system will grow between today and the year 2040. The Horizon 2040 Implementation Toolkit will identify measures and targets that can be measured using available data that relate to Horizon 2040"s Guiding Principles. The web tool will help users understand how invest- ments and outcomes are related and allow identification of priorities of the region that will help develop those targets. There is a link to it on the home page of the SRTC website at The tool allows users to choose an estimated level at which they would like to fund cat- egories such as roadway preservation and maintenance, congestion management, bicycle and pedestrian improve- ments, transit improvements and transportation safety. The last day the Horizon 2040 Implementation Toolkit is available is Thursday, Dec. 31. Some Cheney to increase in 2016 sewer rates Monthly and unit charges for city of Cheney sewer services are scheduled to increase in early January 2016. As per a City Council approved resolution, separate family residence sewer service will rise from $33.67 per month to $36.37, with apartment house and mobile home court service increasing from $31.12 to $33.61 per month. Motel sewer service goes from $16.04 per month per unit to $17.33 while commercial, school and industrial sewer service increases from $42.01 to $45.37 per month, with an accompanying 7 cents increase per hundred cubic winter water use of over 3,500 cubic feet. According to information from city officials, Cheney continues to have the lowest total utility burdens in the region at $154.01 per month for solid waste (64 gallon container), water (per 1,000 cubic feet), sewer and power. Rate information for 2015 per monthly rates for similar services in Airway Heights at $218.78, Medical Lake at $183.55, Spokane at $181.98, Spokane Valley at $184.67 and Liberty Lake at $173.63. The Washington statewide average for services in 2012 was $207.37. Cheney's rates indude a recent 8 per- cent sewer rate increase and 12 percent electricity rate increase. i:i:ii i ii ililii i!!!il ii% i!iii iii!i!i i il!i ii!i Avista announces $505,000 in seasonal donations Avista Corporation need, without regard to to qualifying Washington and additional seasonal and the Avista Foun- their heating source.Avista customers who are giving of $40,000 will go dation announced in a Another $200,000 goes in need this winter and towards helping agen- Dec. 21 news release that to CARES (Customer As- who may have exhausted cies meet the needs of vul- they are giving a total sistanceReferralandEvalu- all other available energy nerable and low-income of $505,000 to non-prof- ationService) energyassis- assistance resources,residents is an especially it organizations in the tance program to help with Regional food banks are difficult task at this time company's service ter-grants for energy s tanq slated to receive $40,000, ofyear. and Alaska this holiday season. The funds will help support programs, includ- ing food banks, energy as- sistance, shelter and cloth- ing and holiday meals. The total value of Avista's grants and donations for 2015 is more than $2.7 mil- lion from both corporate and foundation sources. Funds for Avista Corp. donations come from com- pany profits They are not included as a cost to cus- tomers in developing re- taft rates. Avista makes a portion of its community investments through the Avista Foundation. Seasonal donations to organizations are included $225,000 for Project Share. Project Share provides one- time emergency energy assistance to families in Photo by John McCallum Stockings with care Cleone's Closet Thrift Store in Airway Heights helped spread a little needed Christmas cheer on Tuesday, Dec. 22, by distributing stockings full of goodies to their food bank clients. Kenneth McDowell (above) was one of the recipients, picking up stockings for himself and eight other family, members. 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