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Fire, water head up priorities


September 7, 2017

John McCallum

Cheney City Administrator Mark Schuller said some much needed parks and recreation projects are on the table for possible funding in the 2018 budget. Among those are repairs to restrooms and picnic shelters, such as the one above at Centennial Park, that have been damaged by vandalism or need upgrades.

The seasons are changing.

Summer becomes fall. Baseball winds down, football ramps up.

It's also time for a season most people seldom paid attention to until its impacts are felt later.

Yes, it's budget season, and it begins with Cheney department heads scrambling to collect yearly numbers, gather input from staff and council members and assemble it into a form painting a picture of what the city needs, wants and most importantly, can afford.

City Administrator Mark Schuller sees several issues in 2018: rebuilding reserves, replacing the fire department's No. 1 attack engine and dealing wit...

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