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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 24, 2015 NEWS Chen council ma hor[ work of final meetin Meeting marks end of Councilman Graeme Webster's six-year service By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney City Council needed just one minute - if even that much - to do business at the final meeting of 2015 on Dec. 22. With just four of seven members present, council members Doug Nixon, Ryan Gaard and Graeme Webster were absent, the council unanimously ap- proved the only item of business on its agenda - the paying of vouchers totaling $317,819.51. The meeting, which began at 4 p.m. and was actually the continuation of the Dec. 8 meeting, marked the end of council service for Webster, who decided to not run for re-election to a third term this year. Webster has served on the council for the past six years. He first ran for a seat on the dais in 2009, losing to former Councilman Fred Pollard in the election for Position 1. Webster was subsequently appoint- ed by the council to fill the remaining two years of the Position 7 seat left vacant when then Councilman Tom Trulove defeated incumbent Allen Gainer in the mayor's race. Webster defeated Allen Gainer's brother Tim Gainer in the council race in 2011. Webster was honored by the city council at the Dec. 8 meeting with a plaque and words of appreciation for his years of diligent service, and for being the "bringer of doughnuts" to committee meetings. Cheney Realtor Dan Hilton, who ran unopposed in the November 2015 election for council Position 7 seat, suc- ceeds Webster. The council's first meeting in 2016 is Tuesday, Jan. 12. John McCallum can be reached at Phofo by John McCallR:m Coloring the season : Four of the five winners of the Cheney Post Office's annual Christmas cO or ng contest are pictured above. From left to right are Tre Burks-Jenkins (age 9), Hans Allestad (age 6), Paige Nielson (age 11) and Alethea Jensen (age 3). Not pictured is the age 9 - 10 winner Mia Ashcroff. continued from page 1 also increased, as did rates for using specific outdoor lamps and per charges for non-residential us- ers who exceed 50,000 kilowatt-hours (kW) per month. A separate reso- lution changed how this is measured from kW to kilovolt amps (KVA). Currently the $ity in- stitutes a kW demand and power-factor charge, but new metering technology now allows the Light De- 14, states city utility taxes along the Cheney-Spokane partment to use the more ' that are imposed are done Road to Fish Lake, another accurate KVA measure- so as a cost to the respective stretching about 2-3 miles ment, which merges both utility fund as a percentage towards Turnbull National factors into one and makes of gross income. Wildlife Refuge and a short it easier to assess and un- The tax is therefore im- one north along Murphy derstand a customer's posed on the entire utility's and Paradise roads. bill." Residential custom- electric service area and not "They were getting a ers won't see these new as a Surcharge upon the better deal for being a city measurements as Light individual rate. As such, versus those inside Department Director Steve it becomes a cost of doing the city/' Boorman said. Boormansaid they mainly business that can then be Another code amend- apply to industrial loads, passed along to users, ment adds a requirement Residential Light De-Boorman said 250 offor an external service dis- partment customers out- the system's 5,500 total connect switch to all new side Cheney's city limits meters are outside city permanent commercial will see other changes on limits, mostly along a line and direct meter indus- their bills, namely in the form of taxes and fees cur- rently charged to in-city users. A new section, "Mu- nicipal tax on electric util- ity" in the code's Chapter Dr. David Turner, DMD Modern Most dental dentistry insurances with oldaccepted fashioned including Tricare care ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Davenport Family Dentistry 707 Logan St., Davenport, WA 509-725-1181 9 i~K#IeI~la&~I~t~I@l~tl$IC4$11Wl#l~ltmlata~ 235-2322 2640 First Street Cheney, WA 99004-1906 trial installations, similar to The final code addition user as one requiring over what is currently required is a new section regard- one average megawatt of for residential users. The ing "New Large Singlepower. It also allows the amendment also includes Electric Load" users. This council to take into con- a requirement for all direct- would apply to new users sideration the financial metered commercial and requiring high amounts of impacts to the city of a industrials meters to have a electricity, such as a server such a users, i.e., number bypass-style meter base. farm, and allows the coun- of jobs brought to the Boorman said the rea- cil to determine the rate and community. soning behind this new class of the user depending "It's a policy question provision is safety-based, upon a number of factors, at that time, one that the Fire department personnel including impacts to exist- council should answer," will not enter a possible ing users, price of power Boorman said. burning building unless from BPA and additionalFee, rate and service they can be certain the transmission costs, charge changes take place power is disconnected. "We want to make sure30 days after City Council "If there is a disconnect these users don't harmner passage of the resolu- (switch) and they can go existing customers' rates," tion. and shut it off, they can Boorman said. J o h n M c C a I - get right to it," Boorman The section defines alure can be reached at said. "New Large Single Load" We thank you for yourcontinued support and wish you a joyous It's been a pleasure serving you this year. Thanks! Christmas Eve Hours 6:30 am - 3 pm Closed Christmas Day holiday season! . ......... ~t I e I 7611 W. Sunset Hwy. 838.8372 thanks & warm wishes your way! y pr6spero Afio Nuevo! MARISA SHELDON REALTOR 509-290-81 08 Hablo Espat~ol