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Update: PUD Substation »

Leavenworth and Upper Valley-area customers:

The PUD is working with the community to find a location for a new substation in the Leavenworth area to support growth and development in the Upper Valley. The existing double-bank substation serving this area is nearing capacity.

On November 2, 2016 PUD staff presented an update on the substation siting process at a community meeting. At this meeting, PUD staff presented the consultant’s high level analysis which included a map showing the three sites under consideration and possible transmission line routing, along with renderings of possible transmission options, and site considerations for each of the three sites. The PUD also heard input and answered questions from the community.

In November and December, the PUD’s consultant will continue to perform analysis which will include detailed costs, more detailed transmission and distribution route alternatives, and renderings of what a substation would look like on each of the identified locations.

PUD staff anticipates hosting another community meeting in late January 2017 to gather input from the community on the detailed cost analysis and renderings. Once this meeting is scheduled, PUD staff will advertise in the following ways: direct mail postcard, email distribution list, webpage, Leavenworth Echo, Leavenworth Echo online events page, and KOHO radio. The public is invited to that meeting for discussion and questions.

The PUD is always open to hearing from the public. You can share public comments on the siting of the Leavenworth substation using the public comment form on the substation webpage or by emailing teka.sellers@chelanpud.org or calling 509-661-4294.

For more information and notes about the Bavarian substation project, please visit chelanpud.org/NewLeavenworthSubstation.

Teka Sellers
Customer Relations Administrator
Chelan County PUD
teka.sellers@chelanpud.org
509-661-4294

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Resignation of Councilmember John Bangsund & Appointment of Sharon Waters to the City Council »

PRESS RELEASE
CITY OF LEAVENWORTH
700 HIGHWAY 2
POST OFFICE BOX 287
LEAVENWORTH, WASHINGTON 98826

TELEPHONE: (509) 548-5275
FAX: (509) 548-6429

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Joel Walinski
City Administrator
November 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

RESIGNATION OF COUNCILMEMBER JOHN BANGSUND
AND
APPOINTMENT OF SHARON WATERS TO THE LEAVENWORTH CITY COUNCIL

On Monday November 7th, 2016, newly appointed Councilmember John Bangsund tendered his resignation to the City of Leavenworth City Council. Councilmember Bangsund stated that a newly discovered health issue required him to reconsider his appointment to the Council and balance that time commitment with his family and medical treatment. While he has a strong commitment and dedication to the City of Leavenworth and the community, his family time is the priority. Councilmember Bangsund was appointed to the position on October 18th, and took the Oath of office on October 25th, 2016.

At the City Council meeting on November 8th, 2016, the City Council reviewed the options on filling the vacancy of the open seat by Councilmember Bangsund’s resignation. A motion was made for the Council to consider the appointment of Ms. Sharon Waters to the Council. Previously on October 18th, 2016, both Bangsund and Waters were interviewed by the City Council to fill the vacancy of Position #5 created by the resignation of Councilmember Bob Francis. The Council vote at that time was split 3 – 3 with Mayor Farivar casting the final vote for Mr. Bangsund. The Council did discuss a reposting of the position; however, given the timelines, the majority of the Council felt it was appropriate to consider an appointment of Ms. Waters. The Council, on a motion made by Councilmember Brinkman, unanimously appointed Ms. Waters to fill Position #5 on the City Council. The term of office runs through December 31, 2017.

Ms. Waters is a longtime resident of Leavenworth. She was employed at the Cascade School District for 32 years before retiring. Ms. Waters stated that she has had a longtime interest in being on the City Council and is frequently in attendance for various meetings held by the City. Ms. Waters wrote that she believes that working with the citizens of Leavenworth is a very important job; she’s a team player and believes “that together we can achieve more”. Ms. Waters is scheduled to take the office on Tuesday November 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM.



Bavarian (Leavenworth) Substation Community Meeting ‐ Nov. 2 »

Bavarian (Leavenworth) Substation Community Meeting
Wednesday November 2, 6‐7pm
Leavenworth Fire Hall, 228 Chumstick Highway

Growth and new construction in Chelan County are on the increase ‐ especially in the Upper Valley. In order to provide electric service and reliability, the PUD needs a new substation in the next three to five years.

We have been working with a group of your neighbors since January of this year to identify possible substation locations. Three locations were identified and in June we met with many community members to talk about those areas. Now it’s time to provide you more detail. On Wednesday, Nov. 2 we will have more information and we want to hear from you.

Please join us. You can view information about the project at chelanpud.org/NewLeavenworthSubstation.

If you can’t make it to the Nov. 2 meeting, there will be updates on the website and you can always contact us. Also, a public comment form is available on our website.

Questions? Contact teka.sellers@chelanpud.org

Meaghan Connell on behalf of Teka Sellers
Customer Relations Administrator
Chelan County PUD teka.sellers@chelanpud.org
509‐661‐4294

Meeting Agenda



Mr. John Bangsund appointed to fill City Council vacancy »

PRESS RELEASE
CITY OF LEAVENWORTH
700 HIGHWAY 2
POST OFFICE BOX 287
LEAVENWORTH, WASHINGTON 98826

TELEPHONE: (509) 548-5275
FAX: (509) 548-6429

October 19, 2016

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Joel Walinski
City Administrator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Mr. John Bangsund appointed to fill vacant position on
City of Leavenworth City Council

Mr. John Bangsund was appointed to the vacant position on the Leavenworth City Council Tuesday October 18, 2016. Yesterday afternoon the City Council conducted interviews of the 2 candidates that had provided completed applications for the position. Ms. Sharon Waters and Mr. John Bangsund. After completion of the interviews, the Council vote on appointment was 3 in favor of Bangsund and 3 for Waters. Mayor Cheryl Farivar broke the tie with a vote for Bangsund. Prior to casting her vote Mayor Farivar asked for a moment of contemplation as both candidates were longtime residents of the City and heartfelt friends of the Mayor. After casting the vote for Mr. Bangsund, the Mayor asked a round of applause for Ms. Waters.

John M. Bangsund is serving his second term on the Leavenworth City Council. He was elected to office in 2013 and served a two year term before conceding to Councilmember Gretchen Wearne in his re-election bid. He has previously served the community as a Fire Commissioner of Chelan County Fire District #3 for 18 years. John was the founding principal of Upper Valley Christian School in Leavenworth and continued there until 2010 when he retired. He has also served as an assistant football coach at Cascade High School since 1986 through 2015. Together, he and his wife Kathy operate an Adult Family Home, The Dwelling Place, home of the 5 Amigos. John grew up in Seattle, graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1971, and then moved to Western Alaska where he and Kathy taught school in three small Eskimo villages for 7 years before they moved to Leavenworth and the Icicle Valley in 1978.

Mr. Bangsund will take his oath of office prior to the October 25, 2016 Council Meeting. The term for this position runs through December 31, 2017 Under Washington law qualified applicants must be a registered voter, must reside within the City, and have lived within the City limits for at least one year.


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