It’s not all business at Cheney City Council meetings.
The council took time out of its usual meeting Tuesday night to recognize the Special Olympics basketball team from Cheney. The team came to meet the council and present participants of the Polar Bear Plunge in Medical Lake with framed, autographed pictures of the team and thank you cards for raising more than $6,000 for the Special Olympics team.
The team also shared with the council an amazing basketball shot by Special Olympian Scott Tobin.
On Feb. 26, the team played an exhibition scrimmage during halftime of a Whitworth University game.
Paul Simmons, director of parks and recreation, said students at the game were on their feet cheering for the team the whole time, and they got a surprise at the end of the scrimmage.
Tobin sank a miracle shot from beyond half court. Simmons played the council a video of the game that has been put on YouTube. Council chambers erupted with cheers and applause when they watched Tobin make the shot.
Simmons said that he’s been working with parks and recreation for a long time, but this moment was special.
“It was the single most exciting moment I’ve had in my career,” Simmons said.
When the council got back to business, it agreed the city can begin selling Spokane Transit Authority bus passes.
“We’ll be selling them in finance,” said Cindy Niemeier, city clerk.
Employees in the finance department will sell the passes and STA will collect any unsold passes and the funds. The council voted unanimously to make City Hall a place to purchase the passes, with the exception of council member Teresa Overhauser, who abstained. Overhauser is an employee of STA.
The council also heard its first reading of an ordinance that will institute civil infractions for chronic nuisance code violations in Cheney.
Brian Jennings, director of community development, said the violators will first receive a warning, with the hopes the problem will be fixed. The warning letters will be mailed to the property owner and one will be left at the residence.
If the problem is not taken care of, the city can issue tickets with monetary penalties.
Any money the city collects from these tickets will go into the city’s general fund.
The council will have a second reading of this ordinance at its next meeting, March 23.