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No Charge COVID-19 Testing for Leavenworth Community »

PRESS RELEASE- FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION

September 1, 2020

The City of Leavenworth and the National Guard are setting up COVID-19 testing for the larger Leavenworth community.  Two rounds of drive through testing will take place. The first event is scheduled for Wednesday September 2, 2020 through Friday September 4, 2020. Drive through testing will be held at the Leavenworth Hatchery from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The public is asked to access the Hatchery from the gate at East Leavenworth Road.

“The tests will be conducted for any member of the community who wishes to access this information; the tests are minimally invasive and include a nose swab that will be self-applied by the individual” said Mark Thomas of the National Guard.

Mayor Florea of Leavenworth indicated “we are grateful to the National Guard and Mr. Thomas for bringing these resources to our City; as we fight to contain the spread of COVID-19, we as a community, embrace knowledge. Getting tested is one minor yet important step for our City and surrounding valley to fight the pandemic with facts.”

City Administrator Ana Cortez indicated that the second testing event will take place Tuesday September 8, 2020 through Friday September 11, 2020. “The times for the testing will be the same: 2:00 to 7:00 PM. As soon as we can confirm a location that is convenient for drivers, we will announce it” she indicated.

Mayor Florea shared his hope that the greater Leavenworth community will take advantage of this free testing.  “Not having to make appointments, or even leave your vehicle should eliminate barriers for our community.  This is a free, accessible test” said the Mayor.

La Administradora Cortez invita a la comunidad Hispana a que aproveche esta oportunidad.  “Nuestra gente has sido afectada por el virus; esta es una oportunidad de confirmar que uno no carga la enfermedad.  Es importante tener certeza de nuestra salud para proteger a nuestras familias” dijo la Sra. Cortez.

For more information/ para mas informacion: City Administrator Ana Cortez (509) 630-4157.

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PRESS RELEASE: Chelan County Public Works Moderate Risk Waste Facility »

Chelan County Public Works
316 WASHINGTON STREET, SUITE 402
WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON 98801
TELEPHONE (509) 667-6415

www.co.chelan.wa.us/public-works
Contact: PIO Jill FitzSimmons,
jill.fitzsimmons@co.chelan.wa.us
509-667-6415

PRESS RELEASE

More people using MRWF than expected
26 tons of household hazardous waste has been collected so far

WENATCHEE — More than 26 tons of household hazardous waste has been collected since the beginning of the year at the new Chelan County Moderate Risk Waste Facility (MRWF).

That number averages to about 81.4 pounds per household, or 13 pounds more per household than what was anticipated when the facility first opened, said Brenda Blanchfield, solid waste manager for Chelan County Public Works.

“Those numbers tell us this facility was much needed in Chelan County,” Blanchfield said. “More than 26 tons of household hazardous waste has not only been removed from people’s homes but also diverted from our local landfills. If not properly disposed of, these materials have the potential to contaminate our water sources.”

Opened in December 2019, the 5,000-square-foot facility was built with a mix of state, county and city monies. The year-round facility serves as a drop-off location for citizens with household hazardous wastes such as antifreeze, gas, common cleaners, lawn and garden pesticides, motor oil, paint thinners and spray paints. It is packaged for shipment at the facility, and a contractor hauls the material away for safe disposal.

Tracking of the material brought into the facility shows the MRWF is averaging about 100 visitors a month. (The facility was closed for six weeks this spring because of COVID-19 concerns.) The majority of people using the facility are from Wenatchee (38 percent) and the unincorporated areas of Chelan County (35 percent). Other users are split among the communities of Chelan, Entiat, Leavenworth and Cashmere.

Breaking down the household hazardous waste, tracking shows that much of the material brought in is flammable or toxic, including:

• 13,456 pounds of paint-related flammable liquids (oil-based paints, for example)
• 11,220 pounds of used oil (motor and hydraulic)
• 9,936 pounds of toxic flammable liquids (liquid pesticides, automotive fluids, linseed oil)
• 6,400 pounds of flammable liquids (gas, diesel and kerosene)

Numbers also show that only 10 percent of the material collected was disposed of via incineration. The majority s either recycled (40 percent) or used as an energy resource (48 percent) for incineration.

“About 2 percent of the material dropped off is only partially used and in good, clean condition,” Blanchfield said. “We place those containers on our free reuse cart. We encourage people to take a look through the cart, which includes everything from spray paint to motor oil to household pesticides.”

Chelan County Commissioner Bob Bugert said it is gratifying to see the many county residents who are taking advantage of the MRWF, a project that brings much value to Chelan County households and the community as a whole.

“We have seen a strong response by people throughout the cities and unincorporated areas of the county,” Bugert said. “The Moderate Risk Waste Facility was a solid investment that will benefit Chelan County residents for many years to come.”

The MRWF is open three days a week, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. It is located at 3612 Highway 97A in Wenatchee. For more information, including a list of what is accepted at the facility, go to www.co.chelan.wa.us/solid-waste-management.

Photo Cutline: Aaron Johnson (left), hazardous waste lead technician, and Travis Casey, solid waste assistant, empty used oil and antifreeze that a Chelan County resident dropped off at the Moderate Risk Waste Facility for safe disposal. Used oil has been the No. 1 household hazardous waste dropped off at the facility since it opened.



Chelan County Fire District #3 – Fire Restrictions in Effect »

CHELAN COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #3

The Bavarian Village in the heart of Washington State

228 Chumstick Hwy. • Leavenworth, WA. 98826 • (509) 548-7711
www.chelanfd3.orgchief3@chelanfd3.org

FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT

TO:         Residents and visitors within Chelan County Fire District #3 jurisdiction
FROM:  David J Nalle, Deputy Fire Chief
DATE:   08/20/2020

RE:          Fire Restrictions

Fire restrictions include:

No outdoor fires and/or outdoor open flame devices are allowed within the boundaries of Chelan County Fire District #3, as of 08/20/2020, except the following:

(i)            Pressurized or bottled liquid fuel stoves LPG, barbecues, lanterns, or heating devices are permitted, provided such devices are used in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable material within 3 feet of the device.

Dave Nalle
Deputy Fire Chief of Prevention
Chelan County Fire District 3
228 Chumstick Hwy
Leavenworth, WA  98826
509 548-7711
dave@chelanfd3.org



Public Open House – Paid & Timed Downtown Parking Program »

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Expect delays on US 2 between Leavenworth and Cashmere for chipseal work beginning 8/10/2020 »

TRAVEL ADVISORY
August 7, 2020

Contacts: Lauren Loebsack – Communications (509) 667-2815

Expect delays on US 2 between Leavenworth and Cashmere for chipseal work next week

Leavenworth – Work to chipseal the wheelruts on US 2 between Leavenworth and Cashmere will continue Monday through Thursday next week. Working hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

On Monday, a contractor for the Washington State Department of Transportation will continue work 1 mile east of Leavenworth and proceed east toward the Don Senn Memorial Interchange (Big Y). Travelers should plan for flagger controlled traffic with pilot car and extended delays on Monday.

Tuesday through Thursday, the contractor will continue working towards Cashmere, with single lane closures.

Updates will be shared on the travel alert page, and on Twitter @WSDOT_East.

Hyperlinks within the release:
• WSDOT Central Washington travel alerts: https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/central.aspx
• @WSDOT_East: https://twitter.com/WSDOT_East


Now Hiring: Water Plant / Wastewater Treatment Plant Utility Worker »

WATER PLANT/WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT UTILITY WORKER

The City of Leavenworth, an equal opportunity employer, is now accepting applications for a Water Plant / Wastewater Treatment Plant Utility Worker. The position is year- round. Compensation package includes medical, dental benefits, and PERS. Probationary pay starts at $3,702/month increasing to $4,497/month after one year and successful completion of 6-month probationary period. The individual must be able to work weekends, holidays, and required overtime.

Duties include: performing day to day operations for the water plant, performing regular and recurring operations and maintenance for the operation of the City’s Waste Treatment Plant, assist in the implementation of the Fats/Oils and Grease (FOG) control program, and assisting with cross connection field work and inspections. The tentative schedule would be four 10-hour days, Thursday thru Sunday. Individual must be available for on-call work when needed as a backup operator. Individual must be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Health Water Treatment Plant Operator Level 1 license and a Class I State Certificate or higher as a Waste Treatment Operator within 18 months of assignment to this position.

The minimum requirements for this position include a H.S. Diploma, Class B CDL, and minimum 2 years experience of similar work. This union covered position is conditioned on passing a pre-employment drug / alcohol screening and physical.

Job Application and full Job Description are available at City Hall, 700 US Hwy. 2, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, via our website at www.cityofleavenworth.com, or by contacting us at (509) 548-5275.

Application deadline is 5:00 PM on August 14, 2020.


Chelan County River Recreation Survey »

Wenatchee River and Icicle Creek Recreation Use Survey

This survey is intended to document and understand river recreation use in the Leavenworth area. Questions apply to river recreation use within the study area which is the Wenatchee mainstem from the Icicle Road bridge to Barn Beach and Icicle Creek from the USFWS fish hatchery to the confluence with the Wenatchee river. Survey results will help inform future management actions.  Chelan County drafted these survey questions with input from a stakeholder working group.



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