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Bavarian (Leavenworth) Substation Update »

Leavenworth and Upper Valley-area customers:

The PUD began working with the community in 2015 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 May 1, 2017, PUD Commissioners voted to buy 3.01 acres next to Chumstick Highway in Leavenworth. The property has been added to what is now a list of three potential sites for the new substation. The purchase preserves an option for a possible location. The PUD has not made a final decision on the location for the new substation. The Chumstick property has favorable characteristics for siting a substation including lower costs for real estate, transmission, access and groundwater remediation. Because the site is closer to existing transmission lines, fewer structures would be needed lessening the impact and visual foot print for the community. Given the PUD’s current estimate, it identified at least $1M and up to potentially $2M in savings over the MEND site. Much of the cost savings comes from needing less transmission to serve a site the Chumstick property.

The MEND property, site 14, continues to be evaluated and the PUD is working through potential site boundaries and acreage with multiple property owners. The City property, site 8a, is still a viable alternative. A feasibility report will be complete on all three sites.

PUD staff met with the Leavenworth community focus group on May 11 to provide an update on the new site and reviewed comparisons of preliminary cost estimates and line routing for the three sites. The focus group endorsed moving ahead with the Chumstick site as the preferred alternative.

PUD staff will continue to further develop the feasibility analysis for all three sites. We anticipate the feasibility report to be completed by the end of June and a recommendation to be made to PUD Commissioners in early July.

PUD staff will be presenting an update on the Leavenworth substation to Commissioners on Monday, May 15 at 1pm in the Commission Board Room at 327 N. Wenatchee Ave. in Wenatchee. Board meeting agendas are available on our website prior to each meeting. Presentations and an audio file are available on our website after each meeting.

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

We will continue to update our website and our outreach efforts via email and direct mail will continue as we move into the next phase of this project.

For a complete history of the project and other current information on the Bavarian substation project, please visit chelanpud.org/NewLeavenworthSubstation.

Timeline, Meetings & Documents

News & Comments

Thank you,

Teka Sellers
Customer Outreach Specialist II
Chelan County PUD
teka.sellers@chelanpud.org
509-661-4294


Now Hiring: Festhalle Custodian / Janitor – 24 Hrs/week »

FESTHALLE CUSTODIAN / JANITOR
24 HR/WEEK

The City of Leavenworth is now accepting applications for the Festhalle Custodian/Janitor position. This position is scheduled for a maximum of 24 hours per week with an hourly wage of $11.00 – 14.50/hr. Applicants must be a  minimum of 21 years old and hold a WA State Driver’s License with a record that is acceptable to the City. The position will require the applicant to pass a pre-employment physical and drug screening.  Individual must be able to work weekends, holidays, early mornings, and evenings. Duties include all necessary janitorial cleaning tasks and event setups as required for Festhalle events.

Job application and full job description are available on this web page, at City Hall, 700 US Highway 2, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, via our website at http://www.cityofleavenworth.com/city-government/employment/, or by contacting us at (509) 548-5275.

Applicants will be interviewed upon submittal of application. Job will remain open until filled. The City of Leavenworth is an equal opportunity employer.


Regionalization Study Request for Qualifications »

REGIONALIZATION STUDY
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATION

The City of Cashmere, City of Leavenworth, Chelan County, Chelan County PUD and the Peshastin Water District are requesting Statements of Qualifications (SOQ’s) from qualified consultants to conduct an analysis and study of the five organizations in order to advise the agencies about a potential consolidation and merger of their respective water and wastewater utilities. The purpose of the consolidation and merger analysis would be to identify opportunities to expand, and/or to strengthen the delivery of water and sanitary sewer services to the utility accounts of the agencies listed above. The individual or firm that is most qualified and best meets the needs of the Members Stakeholder Group will be selected. Response to this RFQ is due on May 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

The detailed Request for Qualifications may be obtained by accessing it on the City of Leavenworth webpage at: http://www.cityofleavenworth.com or by contacting City Hall. Work will be completed under a Professional Service Contract with the selected firm and the City of Leavenworth.

Questions regarding these services should be directed to:

Joel Walinski, City Administrator
City of Leavenworth
700 US Highway 2 / PO Box 287
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Phone (509) 548-5275. Fax (509) 548-6429.


Now Hiring: City Pool Employees »

The City of Leavenworth, an equal opportunity employer, is now accepting applications for Certified Lifeguards or those willing to become certified. In addition to applicable certifications, job seekers must possess strong public relations and communication skills, along with the ability to understand and implement all rules related to the facility.

Job applications can be downloaded or picked up at City Hall, 700 US Hwy. 2, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or by contacting us at 509 548-5275.

Application deadline has been extended to 5:00 PM on  Friday, May 12, 2017


Chumstick Highway Safety Improvement Project »

LEAVENWORTH — Work begins May 1 on the installation of more than 300 new roadway safety signs along Chumstick Highway.

The safety improvement project includes the installation of a variety of traffic signs, from speed limit and curve warning signs to school bus stop and fire station caution signs. The project will upgrade existing signs as well as install new ones.

The signs will be installed by contractor KRCI, LLC along the highway from Leavenworth (at milepost 0.11) to the top of Beaver Hill (at milepost 12.37). The project is expected to take 28 working days, with crews working 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning Monday, May 1. Work is expected to begin near Leavenworth and continue toward Beaver Hill.

Motorists should expect one-lane, flagger-controlled traffic in the area where crews will be working each day. Motorists may experience minor delays of up to 15 minutes. In some areas of Chumstick Highway, a pilot car also may be used in conjunction with flaggers. Motorists are asked to please plan for the delays.

The purpose of the project is to improve traveler safety on Chumstick Highway.  Collision data from 2008 to 2015 shows road conditions such as curves, excess speed, wet and icy surfaces, and low ambient lighting contribute to a large portion of collisions on the highway, in particular collisions involving vehicles running off the road. The installation of the signs is the second phase of the project. Last summer, centerlines and wider edge lines were painted on the highway.

For more information, please contact:

Jill FitzSimmons
Public Information Officer
Chelan County Public Works Department
Office: 509-667-6415
Fax: 509-667-6250


Request for Proposal: Leavenworth Festhalle Operations Consultant »

CITY OF LEAVENWORTH
LEAVENWORTH FESTHALLE OPERATIONS CONSULTANT
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

THE CITY OF LEAVENWORTH, WASHINGTON is seeking the services of an Operations Consultant to oversee the marketing, reservations and event oversight of the Leavenworth Festhalle Civic Center. The City of Leavenworth will contract with the individual or firm that is most qualified; whom best meets the needs of the City; and provides the lowest responsible offer.

The detailed Request for Proposal may be accessed from this web page or by contacting City Hall.

The City’s selection of an Operations Consultant for the Leavenworth Festhalle Civic Center will be made from the Proposals submitted and received at City Hall no later than 4:00 PM on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Questions regarding these services should be directed to:

Joel Walinski, City Administrator
City of Leavenworth
700 US Highway 2 / P.O. Box 287
Leavenworth, WA  98826
Phone (509) 548-5275. Fax (509) 548-6429.




City of Leavenworth Credit Rating Upgraded to AA »

Leavenworth Rating Upgrade – Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Upgrades Leavenworth

The City of Leavenworth was recently notified on March 15, 2017 that the City’s rating grade was increased from “A+” to “AA”.  As part of the process, the City’s staff provided information and answered questions from the rating analyst of S&P Global Ratings.

According to City Administrator, Joel Walinski, “the City is very pleased to receive a rating upgrade to AA.  This is a great accomplishment for the City and its citizens!  We understand that it is very unique to receive a two grade increase (i.e., A+ to AA- to AA).  A rating grade in the AA range is considered high investment grade quality.”

Councilwoman and Finance Committee Member Carolyn Wilson went on to say “This bond rating grade reflects that the City of Leavenworth is very well-managed and has excellent financial practices and policies in place for the benefit of our citizens.”

“The higher the rating grade, then the lower the interest cost.  We are very pleased and proud to achieve the AA rating grade”, according to Councilman and Finance Committee Chairman Richard Brinkman.

Finance Director, Chantell Steiner explained  “the AA bond rating grade was based on the following key factors:  1. Demonstrated track record of strong fund balances in the General Fund; 2. Strength of the local economy; 3. Growth in assessed value; 4. Formal debt management policy and reserve policy; and 5. Experienced management in operating the City in an efficient manner.”

View full Press Release here


Call for Bids: Whitman, Commercial, and Enchantment Way Street Improvements Project »

CALL FOR BIDS

CITY OF LEAVENWORTH
WHITMAN, COMMERCIAL, AND ENCHANTMENT WAY STREET IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT

Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the City of Leavenworth City Clerk until 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at which time bids will be opened and publicly read aloud.

Bid proposals may be sent by mail, or hand delivered, to the City Clerk at City of Leavenworth, City Hall, 700 Hwy 2, Leavenworth, WA 98826, prior to the opening. The envelope shall be plainly marked with “SEALED BID for the City of Leavenworth – Whitman, Commercial, and Enchantment Way Street Improvements Project” and shall clearly indicate the name and address of the bidder. The bid opening will take place at the City of Leavenworth, City Hall, 700 Hwy 2, Leavenworth, WA 98826. Proposals received after the time fixed for opening will not be considered.

The improvements for which bid will be received are generally described below:
Includes approximately 477 cubic yards of roadway excavation, 7,831 square yards of 10-inch, full depth reclamation (FDR), 7,831 square yards of shaping, grading and compacting of FDR, 7,831 square yards of hot mixed asphalt (3″ thick), 5,970 linear feet of asphalt wedge curb, roadway surveying, temporary traffic control, and related miscellaneous items.

Bids must be completed on a lump sum and unit price basis as indicated on the BID PROPOSAL, and the total price shall be used for comparison of bids. The owner reserves the right to waive any informalities, minor defects, or to reject any or all bids.

All bid proposals shall be accompanied by a bid proposal deposit in cash, certified check, cashier’s check, or surety bond in the amount equal to five (5%) of the amount of such bid proposal. Should the successful bidder fail to enter into such contract and furnish satisfactory performance bond within the same time stated in the specifications, the bid proposal deposit shall be forfeited to the City of Leavenworth.

Plans, specifications, addenda, bidders list, and plan holders list for this project will be available April 6, 2017, from Builders Exchange Online Plan Center. Free access is provided to Prime Bidders, Subcontractors, and Vendors by going to: http://www.bxwa.com , and clicking on: Posted Projects > Public Works > City of Leavenworth > Projects Bidding. Bidders are encouraged to receive automatic email notifications of future addenda and to be placed on the Bidders List. This online plan center provides Bidders with fully usable online documents, with the ability to download, print, and order full or partial plan sets. Contract documents are also on file for inspection at the City of Leavenworth, City Hall, 700 Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA, and area plan centers. Bidders are not to contact the City of Leavenworth or the Engineer to obtain bidding documents.

If a bidder has questions regarding this Call for Bids, please contact City of Leavenworth, City Administrator – Joel Walinski at (509) 548-5275. No bidder may withdraw their bid after the hour set for the opening thereof or before award of contract, unless said award is delayed for a period of exceeding thirty (30) days.

First Publication: Daily Journal of Commerce – Thursday, April 6, 2017

Second Publication: Daily Journal of Commerce – Thursday, April 13, 2017

Print Complete Call for Bids Document



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