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Free shredded wood chips available for use within the Apple Maggot Quarantine Area of Chelan County »

Free shredded wood chips available

Chips from Leavenworth site must be applied in Apple Maggot Quarantine Zone

LEAVENWORTH – Free shredded wood chips are available at the county’s Leavenworth brush drop-off site for application within the Apple Maggot Quarantine Area of Chelan County.

The chipped product was made from brush dropped off at the Leavenworth site by people living in the quarantine area, which covers much of western Chelan County, including Leavenworth, Plain and Lake Wenatchee. The wood chips cannot be transferred out of the quarantine area or used in a pest-free zone.

To determine if you live in the Apple Maggot Quarantine Area, visit the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Interactive Apple Maggot Quarantine Map.

The material is available 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays at the Leavenworth pit, which is at the intersection of East Leavenworth and Icicle roads. It should be available for about a month.

The shredded wood varies from 3 to 7 inches in size. It is a good source of moisture retention and ground cover for yard plants and garden beds. It can be used to protect plants in the fall when temperatures get cooler. The material also can be used in compost.

People interested in the shredded wood chips will need to load the product themselves. So bring a shovel, gloves and any other necessities. Trailers are also welcome. The county will provide a loader to help with loading large trailers or trucks on July 26 and August 2 at the Leavenworth site.

The shredded wood chip material is available in the condition AS IS. Chelan County is not liable for the shredded wood chip material and is not responsible for the material once it is removed from the Leavenworth pit. The shredded wood chip material may contain hawthorn tree remnants and is not certified weed free.

For those people wanting mulch for application outside of the quarantine area (in the pest-free zone), free shredded wood chips are available at the Dryden Transfer Station, 9073 Highway 2 in Dryden. The transfer station is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

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

Have you experienced traffic congestion or had safety concerns while driving, cycling, or walking on US 2? »

Have you experienced traffic congestion or had safety concerns while driving, cycling, or walking on US 2?

The Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council and numerous other partners launched the US 2 Upper Wenatchee Valley Corridor Transportation Study to determine how to best improve mobility and safety on US 2 between Coles Corner and Cashmere.

Tell us which projects ideas you like best and also add ideas of your own by visiting our interactive map by July 31st.

The URL is https://us2upperwenatchee.participate.online/talk-to-us

Help us spread the word! The project team will collect public input through the summer and aims to present a final list of recommendations this fall.

Timeline for Pine Street Reconstruction Project Phase I »

June 10, 2019

Memorandum: Pine Street Reconstruction Project – Phase I

The City of Leavenworth City Council awarded the Pine Street Reconstruction Phase I Project to Strider Construction on May 20, 2019. The onsite construction is scheduled to begin on June 17, 2019. The construction schedule is very compact, 44 working days; the tentative completion time for the project is the week of August 19th. To accomplish this goal, the work schedule for Strider Construction will be 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, with a number of 10-hour days. Work will begin at 7:00 AM.

Beginning on Monday, June 17th, Pine Street from Titus Road to Ski Hill Drive will be closed to all traffic except residents needing to access their property. The multiuse pathway located along the north side of Pine Street will also be closed for safety concerns for the duration of the project. In addition, the project does include the replacement of all corner street lights in the project area. The current streetlights will be removed and the intersections will be dark until the new streetlights are in place.

The contractor will try and provide property access to the individual homes on Pine Street; however, there will be times during the construction day when access may be closed for periods of time as work is being completed. In addition, some homes may be without water for several hours during the day as this project does include the replacement of some sections of water transmission lines. A notice will be provided to those homes when the loss of water is anticipated.

If additional information is needed at this time, please contact me at (509) 548-5275 or at jwalinski@cityofleavenowrth.com We do know that road construction projects are disruptive and at times a significant inconvenience. I appreciate your support during the construction phase of the project.


Joel Walinski
(509) 548-5275

Request for Proposals – Permit Tracking System »

Request for Proposals
Permit Tracking System

Notice is hereby given that the City of Leavenworth is seeking qualified providers for a Permit Tracking System to obtain the most comprehensive tracking program with competitive pricing, reflecting the City’s current and projected permit volumes for Development Services and Public Works permits.

The detailed Request for Proposal may be obtained by accessing it on the City’s webpage at: www.cityofleavenworth.com or by contacting City Hall at (509) 548-5275.

Proposal submission deadline is Friday, June 28, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Questions regarding these services should be directed to:

Lilith Vespier, Development Services Manager
City of Leavenworth
(509) 548-5275, Ext. 131

Addendum #1: Request for Qualifications & Proposal for Architectural Services for Front Street Park »


ADDENDUM DATE: June 3, 2019


Architectural Services for Front Street Park Restroom and Stairway Access

Contact: Joel Walinski, City Administrator, jwalinski@cityofleavenworth.com , (509) 548-5275

This Addendum refers to the Request for Qualification/Proposal for Architectural Services for Front Street Park Restroom and Stairway Access and a question raised during the solicitation period regarding the selection process.

The evaluation and scoring of firms providing a proposal will be based on qualifications and experience as stated in the RFQ/P. The City will not be using the Rate and Fee information in the scoring and selection process. The RFQ/P requests that the Rate and Fee information be provided with the submittal information in a separate sealed envelope. The rate and fee information will not be reviewed until after the selection process is completed.

The Proposal deadline remains unchanged at this time: 4:00 PM on June 7, 2019.

Addendum No. 1Printable copy

Notice – Public Workshop on June 6, 2019 »


June 3, 2019

The City will be hosting an informal public workshop on the proposed Code Amendments at City Hall, 700 Highway 2, Leavenworth on June 6, 2019 at 6pm. The public is encouraged to attend for an overview of each group of amendments followed by a question and answer period. The amendments, as reviewed at the Planning Commission Hearing, are available online at:


  1. Planned Development Chapter 18.40 Amendments;
  2. Development Standards, new LMC Chapter 18.25 with amendments to LMC Chapters 18.20 Residential Low Density 6,000 District (RL6), 18.21 Residential Low Density 12,000 District (RL12), 18.22 Multifamily Residential District, 18.23 Residential Low Density 10,000 District (RL10), 18.24 Supplementary Residential Districts Regulations, 18.04 General Provisions and Section 21.90.030 Definitions; and,
  3. Stacked Parking, new LMC Section 14.12.115, new definition LMC 21.90.030, new use permitted in LMC 18.28.020 General Commercial District, 18.32.020 Central Commercial District, 18.44.020 Tourist Commercial District and 18.22 Multifamily District.

Lilith Vespier, AICP
Development Services Manager

Phone: 509-548-5275 / Fax: 509-548-6429
Email: dsmanager@cityofleavenworth.com

Press Release: Resignation of Councilmember Elmer Larsen »

Press Release
City of Leavenworth
700 Highway 2
Post Office Box 287
Leavenworth, Washington  98826

Telephone:  (509) 548-5275
Fax:  (509) 548-6429

May 29, 2019


Joel Walinski
City Administrator


Resignation of Councilmember Elmer Larsen

Leavenworth City Councilmember Elmer Larsen announced his resignation from the City Council effective May 28, 2019.

Council Member Larsen was the longest standing Council Member of the current City Council. Elmer was first elected to the Leavenworth City Council in 1987 and served eleven years until 1998 when he was elected Mayor to complete the remaining two-year term of the previous Mayor who had stepped down. In 2000 he did not seek re-election because of the demands of his regular employment. Eight years later, in 2008, he again ran for City Council and was elected to the City Council and has served on the City Council since that time.  In 2011, Elmer also served as Interim Mayor from September through December 2011.

Councilmember Larsen pushed the Council to find a variety of creative solutions for the ongoing operations of the City.  He was instrumental in a number of Public Works improvements for the City which included major improvements to both the City’s water and sewer plants. He was also instrumental in a number of development code changes that allowed for additional density and more living spaces while preserving the character of the neighborhoods. Elmer represented the City on a number of various regional and local committees over his period of time in office. He represented the City previously on the Link Transit Board, Chelan County Solid Waste Committee, and currently serves on the Leavenworth Area Promotions Committee, Festhalle Oversight Committee, and the Residential Advisory Committee. Elmer’s service to the community of Leavenworth and his long standing civic engagement has been invaluable and he will be missed.

At this time, the City Council will discuss the options on filling the vacancy on the City Council at the June 11, 2019 City Council Study Session.

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