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Regular City Council Meeting Agenda

City Council Chambers & Zoom

January 24, 2023 - 6:00 p.m.


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Call to Order - Pledge of Allegiance


Roll Call - Excused Absences


Citizen Comments: Open to Public (two minute limit)

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Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of January 10, 2023

  1. 1-10-23.pdf



2022 Voucher Total = $775,207.06


2023 Voucher Total = $562,582.20


Claims for Damages


Chad Eastep = $5,500,000.00


Small Contracts (Less than $10,000) - Approved by Mayor


Sticks & Twigs - butterfly garland class = $7.00 per registered participant


Hailey Van Soest - volleyball camp = $70.00 per registered participant


Information Items


Officer & Dispatcher of the Year




Action Items


Public Hearings




23-004 - Resolution F-111 - Water Department Vehicle Purchase

The Public Works Department has budgeted for the purchase of a service truck for the water department.  The purchase would be for a cab and chassis through National Auto Fleet Group under the Sourcewell Contract 091521-NAF.


23-012 - Resolution F-119 - LUA2022-011 Golden Hills 6th Addition Replat

The Cheney Planning Commission held an open public record hearing on January 9, 2023.  The Planning Commission recommended approval subject to some additional conditions to address drainage, drainage maintenance, and soils/slopes.   The staff report has been amended to include those conditions of approval on page 14 of the report.


23-013 - Resolution F-120 - Establishing Water and Electrical Rates for 2023-2028

In 2022, the City contracted with FCS to conduct an electrical and water rate study.  FCS’s study presented multiple rate structure options. Upon evaluation of those options, City Council chose to adopt option 3 for the electrical rate structure and option 1 for the water rate structure for a period of 5 years. Annual electrical and water rate adjustments consistent with the FCS rate structure for years 2023 through 2028 will be reviewed by City Council and confirmed through annual resolutions.


23-014 - Resolution F-121 - Scheduling Vacation of Alleyway Hearing Date

Hough C. / Pearce PLLC and Emmanuel Lutheran Church are requesting to vacate the alleyway in Bock 31 of the Reservoir Park Addition for the purpose of adjoining properties and intentions of expanding the existing medical facility.  Pursuant to RCW 35.79.010, the City may schedule a hearing on the vacation through the passage of a resolution. The hearing date set forth in the resolution can be no sooner than twenty days nor any later than sixty days from the date the resolution is passed. Resolution F-121 sets a hearing date for February 14, 2023.


23-015 - Resolution F-122 - Esvelt Environmental Engineering Agreement Amendment One

On July 23, 2019 the City entered into a professional services agreement with Esvelt Environmental Engineering for design of the City of Cheney Purple Pipe to Parks and Playfields. Amendment One modified the services to include Construction Engineering Services.


23-016 - Resolution F-123 - Well One Rehabilitation Project Appropriation Increase

City Council approved the 2022 Well One Rehabilitation Project on October 11, 2022 (Resolution F-85). The pump was removed, inspected, and recommendation was made to purchase a new pump bowl assembly in the amount of $ 16,585.00 plus applicable tax. Staff is requesting an additional $ 14,700.00 to cover the purchase of the new pump bowl assembly.


23-017 - Resolution F-124 - Utility Rates and Fees

The attached utility charges and fees schedule will update the Electric Rates and Water Rates to the recommendation from the Electric and Water Cost of Service Rate Study performed by FCS Group.    


Council will consider F-120 on January 24, 2023 to approve or deny the FCS multi-year rate schedule.  If approved, this resolution will be considered the same night. 


The City Council will continue to study the rates and revenues received during the budget cycle of future years and will set by resolution future scheduled rate increases.   


Also included in the electric rate schedule are some non-rate increases:  Meter Tampering, Disconnect/reconnect at the pole, after hours reconnect at the pole, pole attachment fees.  


This rate increase is for electric and water only, sewer and solid waste rates remain the same.    The effective date of the resolution is immediate, but the City has chosen a later effective date to provide a longer period for public notification.   The first bill to include the new rates will be from meter read date range mid-March to mid-April with bills being issued April 28, 2023.  




Other Business


Staff Reports


Mayor's Report


Council Reports


Executive Session


Conclusion of Meeting