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Regular City Council Meeting Agenda

City Council Chambers & Zoom

September 14, 2021 - 6:00 p.m.


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Call to Order - Pledge of Allegiance


Roll Call - Excused Absences




Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of August 24, 2021

  1. 8-24-21.pdf



Voucher Total = $551,314.32


Payroll Total = $996,446.98


Claims for Damages


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


Information Items




Citizen Comments: Open to Public (two minute limit)

Council comments may be submitted via email to or by dropping off written comments in the drop box at Cheney City Hall, 609 2nd St. All comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. the day of the meeting. In-person and virtual participants will have the opportunity to comment during the meeting.


Action Items


Public Hearings




21-082 - Resolution E-939 - Authorize the Purchase of 16 Axon Taser 7s

This purchase request is needed to replace our aging taser inventory which is five years old and/or an obsolete model. The useful life of a taser is five years, after which there is an increased risk of failure. We have been advised by Axon that our current X-26 Tasers can no longer be supported due to the obsolescense of the technology.  


21-083 - Resolution E-940 - Purchase Axon Body Cameras for the CPD

After several months of research, City staff has concluded that Axon body-cameras are essential equipment to improve police accountability, improve transparency and will allow the CPD to meet the State-wide 2021 Police Reforms.  Therefore, a request to purchase body cameras and associated equipment is recommended.


21-084 - Resolution E-941 - COVID-19 Compliant City

A resolution designating the City of Cheney as a COVID Compliant City.


21-085 Resolution E-942 - COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for City Employees

A resolution making COVID-19 vaccination a condition of employment for City of Cheney employees.


21-087 - Resolution E-944 - EWU Energy Conservation Advertising Agreement

These funds will be used to advertise the City’s BPA Conservation rebate program at EWU athletic events. EWU Athletic Department In-game promotion during the football games, a fixed illuminated sign in the basketball arena and online advertising.  Funding is $7,500 per contract year (July 1 - June 30) for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. Installment billing schedule is invoiced on 1/1/2022 and 1/1/2023.


21-088 - Resolution E-945 - BPA Notification Letter 2025-2028

The purpose of this letter is to notify BPA of the maximum amount of non-federal resources that the City will use to serve load for FY’s 2025-2028.   Also known as an “Up to” amount. In the event the City’s load growth exceeds its “Up to” amount, then BPA will serve the load growth with its Tier Two Rate. An important flexibility is the City may increase its “Up to” amount at a later date without penalty (decreases are not allowed).  Therefore, setting the amount to zero is notifying BPA that the City will use BPA Tier Two Rate to serve all of its load growth for FY’s 2025-2028. However, it still retains the flexibility during a volatile market to increase this “Up to” amount at a later date, and purchase non-federal resources if they are more affordable to serve load growth.


21-089 - Resolution E-946 - Inland Cheney Location Exchange Agreement

This Agreement allows Inland Power and the City of Cheney, which are both members of Northwest Energy Management Service (NEMS) to each exchange 1 MW of power in 2022 at no cost.  The City of Cheney will exchange 1MW of power purchased from TransAlta for 1MW of power from Inland Power purchased from Shell via NEMS. The City would then receive its entire market purchase of 2MW’s of power from Shell in 2022. This consolidation of power to one provider creates high administrative scheduling efficiencies for NEMS and its counterparties.  NEMS will also provide a $1,000 credit to be applied to the City’s 2022 power supply costs for participating.


21-090 - Resolution E-947 - Gen Pac Software Purchase

The Cheney Light and Water Departments utilize Multi-Vendor Reading System (MV-RS) software from General Pacific, Inc., within ITRON’s Fixed Network system. This software enables the remote read of utility meters and the conversion of that data in order to conduct monthly utility billing.  On December 31, 2021 both utilities will no longer be able to receive any maintenance, support or software upgrades for General Pacific’s MV-RS system due to its retirement. It is being replaced with a new software technology called Field Collection System (FCS). Staff is requesting to upgrade to the FCS system which is sole sourced by General Pacific, Inc. and costs $19,999.00 plus applicable taxes.


21-091 - Resolution E-948 - 2021 Asphalt Repairs

The Public Works Department requested quotes for asphalt repairs.  Two quotes were received with Diamond Asphalt Paving submitting the lowest responsive quote in the amount of $ 14,706.25.


21-092 - Resolution E-949 - EWU Football Standby Agreement for 2021

Resolution for the 2021 EWU Emergency Medical Standby agreement for home football games.




21-069 - Ordinance Y-13 - Inland Power Franchise Agreement 3rd Reading

The Light Department is recommending that the City Council approve granting a Non-Exclusive Franchise to the Inland Power and Light Company. This would allow Inland Power to construct, operate and maintain electric facilities in the City, in order to provide services to persons and businesses within and/or adjacent to the City, as approved by the City.


21-077 - Ordinance Y-14 - Clover Court Rezone 2nd Reading

A proposal by the residents located within the defined geography outlined above to rezone approximately 12.07 acres from the R-2 (Two-family residential) zone to the R-1 (Single-family residential) to facilitate more single-family residential development which is what a majority of the neighborhood is comprised of in terms of housing.


Other Business


Staff Reports


Mayor's Report


Council Reports


Executive Session


Executive Session as per RCW 42.30.110(1)(c) to consider the minimum price at which real estate will be offered for sale or lease