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Two Sections rving 80--No 32 Growing Communities Cheney, Washington 99004, Thursday, December 30, 1976 20 Cents Per Copy Silent pe Winter beauty at the Christmas-vacated campus of Eastern Washing- ton State College as seen from the northeast end of the college. Snow covered much of the Cheney area last Thursday night, as nature bade !i!!iiiii!i!i the region a white and merry Christmas. Warm winds and rain removed the snow by Monday afternoon. 11 hearing set 00itizen00 aid sought in application bbhey City Counfil will ggeStions from the elec- lkane _  ed communities within aty (except metropolitan e) through the Housing p [Vnunity Development d Lit i D [ es and areas the funds [: aPPlied to if Cheney re- " I thena are wide, and in- [ i rehase of blighted proper- Vding cleanup and renova- [ hat property tlisitio i: n of property for ) [ration, preservation or re- ition purposes. %rsion of land to park, aSte disposal or drainage srtruction of public works, hood facilities, sewage systems, fire protection facili- ties. --Residental rehabilitation pro- grams. --Clearance, demolition, re- moval and rehabilitation of build- ings for other activities that they are not currently used for. --Special improvements for the a Where to place empha- he pre-application phase m ,000 federal Community rant during a 7:30 p.m. p [sdan II, according to City =J llStrat0r Charlie Earl. "I un I tic are being made avai- County and in- elderly and handicapped such as curb cuts, improved access to buildings. --Employment, economic de- velopment, child care, health im- provements. --Preparation of a community development plan. The council decided to hold the hearing at their Dec. 14 meeting, when it was noted that several possible areas--including the completion of First Street from A to C Street, water main exten- sions, Central Business District parking, water development and the possible demolition of the school administration building- were under consideration. Counc- ilman Ray Hamel made the motion that the hearing be set 00heneyites collect $35 in ystery Merchant Contest Brenda three. His hobbies are playing with the children, water skiing, racquetball and wrest- ling--he was a high school and col- lege varsity wrestler until he gave up the sport in his junior year to better pursue his profes- sion. Archie Laird-longtime ML resident Archie Laird, 38, is the man- ager of Dex Bailey Auto Center, and father of three children. He was born Feb. 10, 1938 in Oak- land, Calif., moving with-his family to Richland in 1942 and later Eastern Oregon where he graduated from Pilot Rock High School in 1956-one of 22 graduat- ing seniors. \\; After high school, Arehie moved to Spokane, and has been in the Inland Empire since, living in Medical Lake the past 12 years. Archie and his wife Glee, mar- ried in November of 1962, have been blessed with 12-year-old Deann, 10-year-old Melody, and four-year-old Scott. Arehie's hob- bies include snowmobiling, mot- orcycle riding, and collecting glass cars. d. n Glenn, a Cheney col- lent, was a reveat winner yheney Free Press Mys- ' rchant Contest and $I0 for Y guessing the identity of  s Phantom pharmacist, mCGinnis o. just a $15 bonus missed ng 15 of the 16 available fl'.e P eviousr week, Audrey 'd [ guessed the correct |r of clues as well as the  of Mys- Ihir d tery Merchant Arch- r to win $25. ,,.gritz a Highlander 'Ins was )orn in Spokane o, 1947, r :lie p_ . g aduating from  ark High School in 1965. ned his B.A in Pharmacy fi':._and Worked at a Clarks- g' Store for two years fol- aduation : an assistant manager l a Walla pharmacy for ^i a half years after Clacks- wed by a year and a half L Pharmacy in   came to Cheney as part " an, rr-aa.Z " manager of Owl -,''YW- in June of this y. ear . as married to his wife aa ,., and the couple have mldrn"Sandee six, and Jan. II, feeling that citizen input was needed before the council formualted a shopping llst. Cheney has applied for the grant before, unsuccessfully, in 1975. It is hoped that careful prep- aration and a demonstration of need in the city's application this time around will improve Chen- ey's chances for getting the fed- eral funds. Application process midway The city is currently about mid- way through the application pro- cedure, having discussed the grant at the Nov. 23 and Dec. 14 meetings. Publication of notices for public hearings on the appli- cation began Dec. 23. After the council gauges the wishes of residents at the hear- ing, a review of citizen comments and selection of projects to be listed in the application will be the next items on the calendar. If all goes well, the council will authorize Earl to submit the pre- application at the Jan. 25 meet- ing. The city would know by May 1 the chances Cheney had for get- ting the federal monies from the Dept. of Housing and Urban De- velopment, and whether or not it would be prudent to submit an official application. According to Earl, it is the pre-application pro- cess that will make or break the city's opportunity for the funds. "The key of the possible suc- cess of our application depends on how specific we can get on our projects and how the planning for the grant is carried out...we have to come up with a three-year community development plan be- fore we can apply for the grant, for instance," Earl told the Free Pre: Cheney's chances for getting part of the funds might be better due to their failure in applying for a similar program in 1975, but Earl says there's no way of know- ing the city's chances for the grant until HUD responds to the pre-application this coming spring. Earl says the city's planning for the grant, and its selection of projects will have a lot to do with whether or not it succeeds in 1977...which makes the amount of feedback to the council by inter- ested Cheneyites all the more crucial to the success of the effort. Con't page 4 Cleaning up Cleaning up after the snowstorm with his dumptruck is serious work for four-year-old Jeremy Alvis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Alvis of 123 Pineview Court, Cheney, and here the youngster rushes to the task. Afterall, even though the city clears the streets, someone has to do the job in the front yard--Right Jeremy? Test well status atred by counctl Chances of the Cheney City Council author- izing a further 500-foot extension of test well number five in the southwest portion of the city seemed good Tuesday night after the council heard Tuesday night that evidence in- dicated that more than sufficient ground water is available at the site. Ted Olson, representing the Spokane office of the Department of Ecology, urged the council to drill the Salnave Park test hole to 1,500 feet, basically because of geological evi- dence that seems to point toward the site as a potentially productive location for a large well possibly capable of pumping from 1,500  to 2,000 gallons per minute-three to four times the productive ability of any one exist- ing well in the city water system. The council authorized City Administrator Charlie Earl to formulate a cost comparision report for various methods available to extend the depth of the project--now near i,000 feet, the contract level-to 1,500 feet or granite, whichever comes first. The council also learned that earlier reports that the test hole had not produced appreciable signs of water were inaccurate, and that indeed, the test well had crossed several water sources, one over 100 feet thick. Olson, in urging a deeper probe, told the council that even though the council may have a producing well right now--one that could perform on par with other existing city wells--the chances were good that the supply could be significantly increased by further drilling. "Even if you don't reach granite with another 500 feet and decide to stop the project at that point, you still could have a good pro- ducer," he explained. Mayor Gerald Blakley had reminded the council earlier in the discussion that drilling a well that could only deliver present gallons- per-minute levels would only meet present water needs, and that the council ought to be looking further down the road when water use would grow as they considered their course. When the vote came on Councilman Al Og- den's motion, the vote was unananimous. The possibility of the city getting Referen- dum 27 funds to aid in the future stages of the project as also discussed. Those funds are available for work done to install the actual well, but are not available for the city's current exploration project. Citing the recent discussion over whether the city should meet its water needs in the future with local development or by joining the West Plains Water Project, Councilman Ray Soltero noted that the choice for local de- velopment seemed to be supported by data available on the Cheney-area's geological for- marion. "The depth of the basalt (the current test hole, at or near 1,000 feet is in basalt) seems to indicate a greater water supply than we ever dreamed of. It seems to me there's more reason than ever to go local now," Soltero said. In other matters, the council: --Authorized the use of Federal Aid Urban Systems Funds of $64,950 to improve Elm Street from Seventh Street south. --Approved a labor settlement that granted a 5.3 percent salary hike across the board for city employes and $5 additional per month in medical benefits in the first of a three yar contract. (See related story, this page.) --Approved the construction of special school crossing lights, with the Cheney School District participating in two-fifth's of the cost. 'Reasonable' enforcement eyed for snow ordinance According to Cheney Chief of Police Jerry Gardner, enforce- ment this year of Cheney's snow ordinance will feature "an ap- proach of reasonableness" by the City's police officers. Gardner said city policemen would be flexible in enforcing the ordinance, and "will enforce the regulations on days when Mother Nature gives a good reason to." Gardner said the CPD is work- ing closely with the Cheney Street Dept. on enforcement of the snow ordinance, and generally will en- force the rules in areas scheduled for snow plowing. "We're going to try not to work areas of the city that are not being attended by the street doesn't make sense to tow awaY a car from a street that's not going to be plowed," Gardner explained. Gardner noted though that "highly traveled streets" will h more "vulnerable" to enforce- ment of the ordinance during periods of snow. No vehicles were impounded during the brief snowy period last week, Gardner said. Under the provisions of the or- dinance, parking on any street during the hours of 1 a.m. to 6 Inside Today Inside this week's issue of the Cheney Free Press you'll find: EDITORIAL COMMENT-The Free Press addresses three issues in it's editorials this week-- the future of EWSC under new president Dr. H. George Freder- ickson: the benefits of the BPA infrared photo flyover of Cheney, and the need for community input for the council's application for federal funds under the Commun- it>" Development Act. Also...Ade- le Ferguson Reports, This N That. Environmental Action Cor- ner. all on page 2. FEATURE-Retiring watch man and jeweler Pete Smith is- the subject of an interview on page 3. MEDICAL LAKE NEWS--Cov- erage of the Medical Lake news scene is on page 6. SPORTS--Local sports cover- age and the sports column Side- lines, page 10. PARK AND RECREATION-- The winter offerings of the Chen- ey Parks and Recreation Dept., pago I I. a.m. from Dec. 1 to March 1 is Shoveling or removal ol snow forbidden, as well as parking dur- off a private residence or bust- ing heavy snowfall (except in the ness onto the street or a city alley central business district)...heavy during the snow period is also snowfall being defined as a snow- illegal, except when the snow is fall of two inches or more at any being removed from a public time between the hours of 4 p.m. sidewalk and 7 p.m. 5.3 percent wage hike granted city union The City of Cheney will give its union employes a 5.3 percent salary increase and a $5 per month boost in medical benefits as part of a three-year labor con- tract agreed on by the Cheney City Council in a Dec. 22 execu- tive session, according to City Administrator Charlie Earl. Final and official approval of the contract for 1977 through 1979 came Tuesday night at the regu- lar council meeting. The agreement will be effective Jan. 1, 1977 through Dec. 31, 1979, Earl said, and will include the position of Animal Control Offi- cer and Utilities Clerk in the bar- gaining unit of AFSCME Local 270-C. Also, holidays will be amended to conform to state law, including 11 paid holidays. Under the agreement, the city will give a 5.3 percent wage in- crease across the beard effective Jan. 1, 1977. In 1978, the city will increase the pay scale for all classes by one percent less than the percentage increase in the National Consumer Price Index from Aug. 1976 to Aug. 1977, with a maximum increase of seven percent. THE FARMERS FRIEND SINCE 1906 Farmers & Merchants Bank has been the farmer's friend for over 70 years. Our bank has helped finance some of the first equip- ment he purchased. Meet the farmer's friend today.., a friend of yours for many years to come. fitllmegs00meRcHflnT$ .... nnn00 MEMBER FDIC r"