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Climate Resiliency Strategy report – a county-wide, community effort »

Contact: Mike Kaputa, Chelan County Natural Resource director, (509) 670-6935 or mike.kaputa@co.chelan.wa.us

Public Meetings Dec. 2 & 3

Climate Resiliency Strategy report a county-wide, community effort

WENATCHEE, WA A multi-year effort that brought together more than 100 people from organizations throughout Chelan County has resulted in a draft Climate Resiliency Strategy report that builds a foundation for future climate resilience and adaptation work. It outlines strategies in several topic areas – including wildfire, snowpack and streamflow, flooding, and water supply – and calls out next steps for implementation and coordination.

The community will have opportunities to hear more details about the report and provide input during two upcoming meetings:

Wed., Dec. 2 – 9 a.m. to Noon      Register here

Thurs., Dec. 3 – 9 a.m. to Noon    Register here      

Draft Agenda for December Meetings

The climate resilience planning effort aims to achieve two benefits: 1) improved communication and coordination, and 2) opportunities to advance projects that provide multiple benefits. Each of the four topic areas – wildfire, snowpack and streamflow, flooding and water supply – outlines how community partners are preparing for change, along with additional input from the planning team and the community engagement process.

“Although the projected impacts of climate change can seem dire, our future doesn’t have to be,” said Mike Kaputa, director of the Chelan County Natural Resource Department. “We have choices that can prevent the worst impacts of climate change.”

In addition to the two December meetings, a round table meeting will be held in early 2021.

To view the climate report, visit: https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/natural-resources/pages/county-wide-climate-resilience-planning

Download Climate Resiliency Strategy – October 2020 Draft

***Please note that the contact on this is Mike Kaputa, director of the Natural Resource Department.


COVID-19 Free Drive Through Testing Locations & Dates »

Free Drive-Thru Testing Dates/Locations

Location Dates Time Notes
Wenatchee High School
1101 Millerdale Ave.,
Wenatchee, WA
Nov. 21 – 22
Saturday & Sunday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Drive-thru
Pre-register here
Cashmere High School
329 Tigner Rd.,
Cashmere, WA
Nov. 19
Thursday
3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Drive-thru
Cashmere High School
329 Tigner Rd.,
Cashmere, WA
Nov. 20
Friday
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Drive-thru
Wenatchee High School
1101 Millerdale Ave.,
Wenatchee, WA
Dec. 19 – 20
Saturday & Sunday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Drive-thru
Pre-register here

Locations Of Test Sites

Facility Phone Number
Confluence Health (509) 663-8711 Option 1
Cascade Medical Center (509) 548-5815
Columbia Valley Community Health (509) 699-1372
Lake Chelan Community Hospital/Clinic (509) 682-2511 or (509) 682-3300

Case Investigations & Contact Tracing

Public health professionals perform case investigations and contact tracing to help slow and prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. When public health learns that someone has tested positive for COVID-19, an interviewer reaches out to talk to that person, usually by phone – this is known as a case investigation.

When talking to the person who tested positive for COVID-19, interviewers work to determine their close contacts – anyone who has been within six feet of them for 15 minutes or more while they were infectious. Interviewers then reach out to inform close contacts of possible exposure. This is the next step to prevent the spread of disease, known as contact tracing. Interviewers do not reveal the name of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 when speaking with close contacts.


Chelan Douglas Health District Live Townhall Style Event »

Chelan-Douglas Health District
200 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Phone: (509) 886-6400 | Fax: (509) 886-6478 | www.cdhd.wa.gov
Always Working for a Safer and Healthier Community

Contact: Veronica Farias
Phone: (509) 886-6427
Email: veronica.farias@cdhd.wa.gov

*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***
November 16, 2020

Tune in Thursday to Live Townhall-Style Event

Wenatchee – Local elected and health officials will come together on Thursday to speak to the community in a townhall-style event that will be broadcast live for the public.

During the event, various local elected leaders will gather with Dr. Peter Rutherford, CEO of Confluence Health, and Dr. Malcolm Butler, health officer of the Chelan-Douglas Health District, to speak about the rapidly increasing cases of COVID-19 in Chelan and Douglas counties. Nate Weed, CDHD interim director, will host the discussion.

The event will be 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, in the LocalTel Event Center of Pybus Public Market.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, the event is not open to the public. Instead it will be broadcast live by NCWLIFE on Charter’s channel 19 and LocalTel channel 12. The event will be available over the air, for people who use an antenna.

The event also will be streamed live on a variety of local medias’ social media. Media outlets have been invited to the event and will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.

A video of the event with Spanish subtitles will later be available on the CDHD YouTube channel.

COVID-19 precautions, including masking and social distancing, will be followed during the event.

PDF Notice in English     PDF Notice in Spanish


Press Release – Winter Special Use Permits »

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION

November 12, 2020

The City of Leavenworth is pleased to announce the availability of Winter Special Use Permits (WSUP).  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the City closed Front Street early in May and subsequently permitted many businesses in the Downtown Core to create patio areas outside their businesses.  These patios, guided by Special Use Permits, allowed many of our businesses to increase their sales amid a pandemic.  The Special Use Permits expire on December 1, 2020.  For this reason, merchants and the Chamber of Commerce have requested options for the Winter.

Led by Mayor Florea, a WSUP Summit was held in early November. The City announces its new WSUP which are available immediately.  “The City’s focus on collaborative work with its partners, continues to produce great results.  In the summer, this collaboration facilitated a thriving summer season for our Downtown with many visitors who have congratulated us on our safety measures and concerns for preventing spread of COVID-19. For the Winter months, this same approach has created a new framework for Special Use Permits” said Mayor Florea.

Administrator Cortez provided key components of the WSUP program:

  1. Merchant on Front Street and on 8th may request a WSUP- these permits are not limited to those who obtained SUP’s in the summer.
  2. Requests will be evaluated by staff who will look at lay out, proposed snow management and performance under previous SUP’s.
  3. The WSUP will require nightly removal of furnishings in the agreement area to within 10’ from the curb.
  4. The WSUP will not allow tents, canopies (some exceptions), enclosures, igloos or other similar temporary shelter units and extension cords.
  5. The WSUP will allow canopies less than 120 sqf. inspected by the Fire District, umbrellas 8’ in diameter or less, propane heaters (approved by Fire District).
  6. The City will vigorously enforce the WSUP. Violations to the conditions will lead to fines and revocation of permit.

The City strongly encourages interested merchants to contact the City’s Development Services Department.

For more Information/ para más información: Leavenworth City Administrator Ana Cortez (509) 630-4157.

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Now Hiring Part Time Assistant City Clerk »

Part-Time Assistant City Clerk

The City of Leavenworth, an equal opportunity employer, is seeking applicants for a part-time non-union position in the City Clerk Department.  Hours vary with evenings for council meetings required.  Responsibilities include clerical support to the City Clerk that includes preparation of city council meeting agendas, minutes and meeting support, filing and archiving of public records, and providing back-up coverage to the front desk.  Applicant must have experience in electronic and paper records management, professional oral and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail, and excellent customer service skills.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office products required.  A six-month probationary salary will start at $20 to $30 per hour DOE; position does require participation in the Public Employees retirement system.  To get more details and submit your application, contact the City of Leavenworth at (509) 548-5275, Ext 123 or email Chantell Steiner Finance Director/City Clerk at chantell@cityofleavenworth.com. Download the  job description and application.

Deadline for applications is 12/4/2020 at 5 p.m.

 


ROAD IS REOPENED – Hwy 2 is closed from milepost 84.5 to milepost 99, detour available »

Alert Cleared 2:54 pm
Closure US 2 both directions

Previous Message: ***ROADWAY REOPENED*** US 2 is closed west of Leavenworth from milepost 84.5 to mile post 99 through Tumwater Canyon due to a collision. There is a detour available using the Chumstick Highway and SR 207. There is currently no estimated time for reopening. ***ROADWAY REOPENED***

US 2 Both Directions – US 2 is closed west of Leavenworth from milepost 84.5 to milepost 99 through Tumwater Canyon due to a collision. There is a detour available using the Chumstick Highway and SR 207. There is currently no estimated time for reopening.

Last Updated: 11/12/2020 8:55 AM

From milepost 84 to milepost 99


Request for Qualifications for Real Estate Broker Services »

City of Leavenworth
Washington

Request for Qualifications for
Real Estate Broker Services

The City of Leavenworth, Washington will receive submissions for Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to provide Real Estate Broker Services for 9111 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, WA, a City owned property. Responses will be received until 3:00 PM on November 27, 2020. Responses submitted after the above time will not be accepted.

Please submit responses to:

Ana Cortez-Steiner, City Administrator
City of Leavenworth
PO Box 287 / 700 US Hwy 2
Leavenworth, WA  98826
acortez@cityofleavenworth.com

For more information or questions please contact Ana Cortez-Steiner above.

The City of Leavenworth reserves the right to reject any or all responses and to waive irregularities or informalities as may be deemed in the City of Leavenworth’s interest. It is the City’s intent to award the project to the lowest responsive and responsible proposer.

Each proposer is responsible for either delivering to Administrator Cortez-Steiner a sealed envelope containing the response, marked REAL ESTATE BROKER, on or before the due date and time.

The due date for this Response is 3:00 PM on November 27, 2020

Download Request for Qualifications



Press Release: Mark Barnes ia a fully accredited Certified Building Official (CBO) »

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION

October 19, 2020

After 12 months of preparation, City of Leavenworth Building Inspector Mark Barnes is now a fully accredited Certified Building Official (CBO). We wish to congratulate him on this tremendous accomplishment!

Mark began working for the City in 2018 as the Building and Code Inspector. The City quickly identified his talent, knowledge, and leadership ability and put him on the path to attain this very important credential, which he enthusiastically took to task. The Community can be further assured that our homes and buildings are safe.

“A Building Official’s duty is much more than knowing and enforcing building codes and regulations. I feel my primary role is one of educator, to inform the public of the importance of building regulations in order to reduce and eliminate possible dangers to homeowners and the general public”, said Mark Barnes.

Development Services Manager Lilith Vespier stated that, “Mark has been a thoughtful, hardworking, dedicated building inspector and we are excited that he will be able to bring his excellent work skills to the Building Official position.”

The City of Leavenworth is building its internal capacity to better assist its residents, businesses and visitors.  Administrator Cortez added “we are hiring two new code enforcement positions to assist Mark and Development Services; next year we will add two new positions under the Clerk’s Office and under the Mayor’s Office.”

For more Information/ para más información: Leavenworth City Administrator Ana Cortez (509) 630-4157.

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Now Hiring: Assistant Planner »

Development Services Department
Assistant Planner

The City of Leavenworth, an equal opportunity employer, has an opening for an Assistant Planner within the Development Services Department.  This full-time position includes an excellent benefit and retirement package; the individual must be able to work weekends, holidays, and overtime.  Primary focus of this position is code compliance with other duties including processing land use and development applications, SEPA preparations, coordinating plan review with other agencies, presenting to the Hearing Examiner and Planning Commission, interpretation and application of local, state and federal laws, creation of maps and data extraction using GIS, and providing clerical and customer service support.  The Salary Range is $4,181 – $5,378 in accordance with union specifications for step increases over time.  To request an application packet, contact the City of Leavenworth at (509) 548-5275 or 700 US Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA 98826 or visit the City’s website at https://cityofleavenworth.com/employment-opportunities/ to download the full job announcement/supplemental questionsjob description and employment application.  Deadline submission for first review is Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Position is open until filled.


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