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WSDOT Alert: Avalanche Control US 2 both directions from milepost 58.0 to milepost 80.0 »

Alert Updated 10:41 am
Avalanche Control US 2 both directions

US 2 Stevens Pass will close on Monday, March 1st at 9:00 a.m. for extended avalanche control work. The highway will be closed in both directions from milepost 58 at Scenic to milepost 80, approximately 19 miles west of Leavenworth. There is no estimated time for reopening but WSDOT will provide an update at 1:00 p.m. following an evaluation of the amount of snow and debris that may need to be cleared from the highway. An extended closure may become necessary.

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The City of Leavenworth has an opening on the Festhalle Oversight Committee! »

The City of Leavenworth has an opening on the
Festhalle Oversight Committee!

The City of Leavenworth is seeking one volunteer to fill a vacancy on the Leavenworth Festhalle Oversight Committee.

The Festhalle Oversight Committee provides direction and recommendations on marketing and promotion of the Festhalle use, is the working group to review any physical improvements to the Festhalle, and makes recommendations on funding, expenses and the designs of those improvements. The committee also reviews the ongoing operations of the Festhalle through the review of the Festhalle Facilities Policy and annual operating budget; the committee provides a recommended annual budget and any recommended changes to the use policy for the City Council review and approval.

The appointment is made by the Mayor for a three-year unexpired term. The Committee meets the second Monday of each month at 10:00 AM. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, reside or own property inside the city limits of Leavenworth, and can provide their expertise or experience in the operations and operations & maintenance of the Festhalle.

Please submit a letter of interest to:
Sue Cragun
City of Leavenworth
PO Box 287 / 700 Highway 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826

You may also email your letter of interest or request additional information to: scragun@cityofleavenworth.com

Letters of interest will be accepted until the position is filled.

NOW HIRING: Communications Analyst »

Communications Analyst

The City of Leavenworth is seeking an energetic self-directed individual for a full-time position as Communications Analyst within the Administration Office.

Under the direction of the City Administrator, and with the assistance of administrative support staff, this position serves as a link between the City and the community, media, and other government entities.  The position supports the Mayor, the City’s management team, and staff in formulating internal and external communications.

Any combination of education and/or experience is qualifying. Must have a minimum of 3 years in municipal government or a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism or related field. Candidates must possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License.

The salary range for this position is $4,080 – $5,249 per month; starting salary based on qualifications and experience; excellent benefits and retirement package included.

How to apply:

Submit the following materials to acortez@cityofleavenworth.com – Subject Line: COMMUNICATIONS.

  1. Portfolio of press releases, op ed pieces, social media, and other relevant products
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references
  4. Cover Letter explaining your experience managing communications, work with elected officials, social media skills, and work in fast paced environments.

Open Until Filled. First review of applications February 22, 2021.

The City of Leavenworth is an equal opportunity employer.

Download full Job Description and Job Advertisement

Osborn Property Community Forum on 2/13/2021 at 10:00 AM »

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County seeks public input to help determine runoff relief measures in Ski Hill Basin area »

Chelan County – Flood Control Zone District

County seeks public input to help determine runoff relief measures in Ski Hill Basin area

LEAVENWORTH – The public is invited to participate in a survey that will be used in completing an analysis that will identify solutions to reduce the impacts of water runoff coming from the Ski Hill Basin in Leavenworth.

The analysis, paid for by the Chelan County Flood Control Zone District (FCZD), was started in 2019 and now has reached a critical point where input from the community is sought. Six alternatives have been identified that will mitigate, to various degrees and costs, flooding in the Ski Hill Basin. The public is asked to evaluate those alternatives.

Comments are being taken via a GIS StoryMap, which uses maps and descriptions to explain the water runoff problems in the Ski Hill Basin. It can be accessed online at the link below, or via the FCZD website (www.co.chelan.wa.us/flood-control-zone-district). The FCZD asks people to complete the survey by Feb. 26.

“We’re especially interested in hearing from those people living and working in the Ski Hill Basin and our partners in the Leavenworth community,” said Bob Bugert, Chelan County commissioner and FCZD supervisor. “Important mitigation efforts like these include gathering thoughts and opinions from the community.”

Located just north of the city of Leavenworth, the Ski Hill Basin stretches from the Cascade Range to the Wenatchee River. It includes national forest lands and the Ski Hill Lodge as well as residential and commercial areas. In most recent years, the area west of Titus Road has seen much residential development and growth.

In years past, basin homeowners have reported some flooding issues typically occurring during rapid snow melt in late winter and early spring. Water runoff in the basin also has overwhelmed county ditches and culverts, causing mud and debris to go across the road and impact traffic. The 2017 Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan, also a project of the FCZD, identified Ski Hill as a top priority for flood mitigation efforts and called for an analysis of the basin to form an action plan for reducing flooding impacts to public and private property within Chelan County and the city limits of Leavenworth.

Ski Hill Basin Analysis webpage

FitzSimmons, PIO Date: 01/25/2021
509-667-6415, jill.fizsimmons@co.chelan.wa.us

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WSDOT Active Transportation Plan is Rolling – Webinars Available »

People who are interested in the future of active transportation in Washington are invited to comment on a draft of the new State Active Transportation Plan, 2020 and Beyond. The plan serves as the needs assessment for accessible pedestrian and bicyclist facilities. Deadline for comments is Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, 5 p.m.

WSDOT has established an online open house to provide plan information for review with an accessible PDF of the draft document and a SurveyMonkey form for feedback.

WSDOT will host virtual events during which staff will provide an orientation to the draft plan document and share information on the safety, mobility, and accessibility issues the plan is intended to address. Register at the links below.

Webinar 2: Noon 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021
Webinar 3: 4 to 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

Free, temporary internet access is available to those who do not have broadband service in locations throughout the state. To find the nearest Wi-Fi hot spot visit the list maintained by the state Department of Commerce. During the overview sessions slides will be presented with captioning and descriptions of visual content. Participants will be able to submit questions and comments using the chat function in the presentation software. A PDF of the slides will be linked in the online open house in advance; webinars will be recorded and available online after they’re completed.

The plan’s materials can be made available in an alternate format by emailing the Office of Equal Opportunity at wsdotada@wsdot.wa.gov or by calling toll free, 855-362-4ADA(4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711. (More on Title VI and ADA)

The new plan comes during a time when more people than ever are walking and bicycling, both as alternatives to transit use and to maintain physical and mental health during the pandemic. WSDOT’s multimodal transportation dashboard shows dramatic increases in usage at locations around the state where permanent counters provide a comparison from 2019 to 2020.

At the same time, a preliminary assessment reported in the annual active transportation safety report found that fatal crashes involving those vulnerable road users appear to be occurring in 2020 in higher numbers than the averages for 2010-2019. The draft plan’s emphasis on safety and complete, comfortable connections addresses the types of issues these numbers serve to highlight.

Thank you for your interest in safer and more accessible connections for walking and rolling. Your comments are critical to the final plan and future implementation steps.

Barb Chamberlain
Director – Active Transportation Division
WA State Dept. of Transportation

Now Hiring: Parks & Recreation Service Area Community Recreation Coordinator »

The City of Leavenworth, an equal opportunity employer, is seeking applicants for a Parks & Recreation Service Area (PRSA) Community Recreation Coordinator to help establish a strategy for the future continuation of the PRSA. The position is expected to review, research, and understand existing recreation facilities, clubs, and plans for the Upper Valley and engage the community in a visioning process. The Coordinator position is expected to thoroughly engage the Upper Valley Community and work with the Board to prepare for a new PRSA tax levy in the Spring of 2022.  

Review the full Job Description

To apply, applicants should send a cover letter, hourly rate, and resume to:

Ana Cortez, City Administrator

Subject Line: PRSA JOB

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