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PRESS RELEASE: Working WA Small Business Emergency Grants »


June 5, 2020

Mayor Carl Florea of Leavenworth has worked to secure seven Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants (WWSBEG) through a close partnership with Chelan County, Port of Chelan, and the Washington Department of Commerce. WWSBEG funding is available to assist and to support small businesses facing imminent failure due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic emergency. A total of 37 Chelan County businesses were selected out of a total of 605 applications.

“I am grateful that the City’s effort to work closely with the Port of Chelan produced positive results for seven Leavenworth businesses; these grants are additional resources for our business community which has been negatively impacted by the Pandemic” said Mayor Florea.

The following businesses have been selected through a competitive process to receive up to $5,000 in this round of WWSBEG funding: A Book for All Seasons, Bavarian Village Chocolates, Osprey Rafting Company and Ski Shop, Wild Flour, Gibbs Graphics, Fresh Restaurant, and Hope Mountain Farm.

“The importance of our business community in Leavenworth can’t be emphasized enough; they are the foundation of municipal revenue and along with the City Council, I continue to advocate for additional CARE resources and for increased empowerment of small communities; I emphasized these points in my last conversation with Congresswoman Schrier earlier this week” said Mayor Florea.

The City Council and Mayor Florea will continue to partner closely with the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce and its members.

For more information: Mayor Carl Florea, (509) 548-5275 x 125.

Open Burning Closed on Monday, June 1, 2020 »

Fire Prevention and Investigation

PHONE (509) 667-6464   FAX (509) 667-6475

Bob Plumb
Fire Marshal  bob.plumb@co.chelan.wa.us
CELL (509) 630-4823

Public Safety Announcement – May 28, 2020

Resolution 2020-54 was passed by the Chelan County Commissioners that the designation of the Fire Hazard Level will be Moderate beginning on Monday June 1, 2020.

Beginning on Monday June 1, 2020, open burning will be closed. This includes natural vegetation and yard debris.

Attended recreational campfires are allowed at private residences, hosted campgrounds and at dispersed camping sites in approved “campfire areas”. Have a shovel and water readily available on site to suppress the fire.

“Campfire area” is an outdoor fire-burning area for recreational fires where natural wood materials other than rubbish can be burned. The campfire area must have all combustible material removed down to mineral soil and shall have a containment area of either rock, metal, concrete or any other noncombustible material and shall not be more than thirty-six inches in diameter and twenty-four inches high. All combustible material one and one-half feet surrounding the campfire area shall be removed. Fuel for the recreational residential campfire shall not extend above the edge of the campfire containment area.

No Household trash or garbage shall be burned outdoors at residences at any time. Burn barrels are illegal and are not permitted.

COVID-19 Requirements for Retail Establishments with Occupancy Calculator »

COVID-19 Requirements

TO:  Retail Establishments
FROM:  David J Nalle, Deputy Fire Chief
DATE:  05/21/20

RE:  Phase 2 Limited In-Store Retail Operations

Dear Retail Establishments,

As Phase 2 Limited In-Store Retail Operations begin unfolding, Chelan County Fire District #3 and Leavenworth Development Services Department would like to provide some assistance to aid in determining COVID-19 Requirements Phase-2 Temporary maximum guest occupancy load reduction to 30%

Phase 2 temporarily requires guest occupancy to be reduced to 30% of the maximum building occupancy.

Chelan County Fire District #3 has developed a Mercantile/Retail calculator to assist with calculating the temporary phase-2 restrictions.

Annual Business Fire Safety Inspections are still required.  Chelan County Fire District #3 would like to ease the burden of interruption of business by offering up inspections by appointment.

If you would like to make an appointment for an inspection, please contact us at 509-548-7711.  We understand the financial impacts that have occurred and would like to work with you by planning for repairs that may be needed. Life safety violations will still be required to be corrected immediately.

Dave Nalle

Please download the instructions with the occupancy calculator here

City Hall Temporary Office Phone Hours Updated 5/20/2020 »

City of Leavenworth City Hall, Finance, and Records Department
Temporary Office Phone Hours – Effective May 20, 2020

Due to the recent “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate, City Hall Staff have been asked to reduce office hours. The Finance/Records Department will be available to answer phone calls as follows:

  • Monday through Friday:  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Optional Contact: Available by email; staff is on reduced schedules and will respond as soon as possible

Finance/Records Department Staff Contact Information:
City Hall Phone (509) 548-5275

Utility Bill Payment:
Xpress Bill Pay Online Bill Payment

The City works in conjunction with Xpress Bill Pay in receiving online bill payments from our utility customers. Our online bill pay option allows for payment by credit or debit card, or you can transfer funds directly from your checking account and can be accessed at any time day or night from the comfort of your home.  Receive e-mail billing alerts, receipts, and a yearly account history.

If you would like to set-up your own online account, you can access Xpress Bill Pay from the following link:

Xpress Bill Pay  – or by typing in this website address: https://www.xpressbillypay.com

City Directory / Contacts:

Most City Staff is available by email, with limited office hours. Please visit the City Directory / Contact page – or by typing in this website address: https://cityofleavenworth.com/city-government/citydirectorycontacts/  for additional contact information.

Mayor Carl J. Florea (509) 548-5275, Ext. 125: cflorea@cityofleavenworth.com

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Dryden Transfer Station to Close 10 Days for Repairs »

Dryden Transfer Station to close 10 days for repairs

Beginning June 1, 2020, the Dryden Transfer Station will close for 10 days so a contractor can replace the concrete floor of the pit where garbage is collected.

From June 1 through June 10, the transfer station will be closed to all customers – commercial and citizens arriving for drop-off services. The facility will reopen on June 11, 2020.

The concrete work is normal routine maintenance. Over time, the floor of the garbage collection area, called the “push pit,” wears down from garbage being dropped in it as well as from heavy equipment working in the pit to load garbage for transportation to the East Wenatchee landfill. Similar maintenance work on the push pit was completed in 2006.

The work includes removing the loose and damaged concrete flooring and rebar and then replacing the rebar and pouring a new concrete surface. New perimeter fencing around the pit also will be installed. The improvements should last between 10 and 15 years. Combined Construction Inc. of Mukilteo is completing the work.

If residents in the Wenatchee Valley need to dump their garbage, they should use the Waste Management Transfer Station at 1421 S. Wenatchee Ave.

More information about the WM facility is at http://wmnorthwest.com/transferstation/wenatchee.htm. Commercial contracts will be hauling directly to the landfill in East Wenatchee.

The work at the Dryden facility does not impact the Chelan Transfer Station.

For questions, call Chelan Public Works at 667-6415 or email jill.fitzsimmons@co.chelan.wa.us. The photo below is from 2006, when the push pit was last replaced.

Jill FitzSimmons
PIO/Special Projects Coordinator
Chelan County Public Works

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Downtown Leavenworth Front Street Closure – May 15, 2020 (revised 5/14/2020) »

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Chelan County Moderate Risk Waste Facility re-opens Thursday, May 7, 2020 »

The Chelan County Moderate Risk Waste Facility re-opens Thursday, May 7, 2020 to the public.

The facility was temporarily closed in March when Chelan County Public Works put COVID-19 precautions in place.

Located at 3612 Highway 97A, the facility’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. It is open to only Chelan County residents.

People who have COVID-19 symptoms should not visit the facility. The public is also reminded to follow facility guidelines when dropping off household hazardous waste.

BEFORE you arrive at the facility:

  • Don’t mix products.
  • Keep products in original containers when possible. Label products not in original containers.
  • Secure products so they don’t tip over or leak.
  • Containers should be non-leaking and of 5 gallons or less in size.
  • Transport similar products upright in cardboard boxes for safe, easy unloading.

When you ARRIVE at the MRWF:

  • Pull forward under the canopy.
  • Have your ID ready, showing you are a Chelan County resident.
  • Stay in your vehicle during unloading.

A list of acceptable household hazardous wastes taken at the facility are online at: https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/solid-waste-management/pages/household-hazardous-wastes

Jill FitzSimmons
PIO/Special Projects Coordinator
Chelan County Public Works

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Be prepared for construction project impacts to Highway 2 beginning 5/4/2020 »

Be prepared for construction project impacts to Highway 2

The approximately 18-month closure of the West Cashmere Bridge on Goodwin Road begins on Monday, May 4, 2020.

Detour signs are now in place on US Highway 2, Stine Hill Road, and Sunset Highway, showing alternate routes to the highway and through Cashmere.

During the week of May 4, the county’s contractor will put in place a temporary eastbound outside lane closure (closing the eastbound off-ramp used to access Goodwin Road) as well as a temporary westbound/left turn lane closure (closing the westbound left turn lane at the traffic signal) for traffic restriping work. Both lanes will eventually be removed with the opening of the new bridge in late 2021.

Also next week, a Chelan PUD contractor on May 6, 2020 will be removing utility lines over Highway 2 that cross over the Wenatchee River just west of the bridge. The work will require lane closures on the highway in each direction. Flaggers will be stopping traffic occasionally on the highway for up to 20 minutes when the lines are being removed. Work is scheduled to take place 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM. Installation of the new conductors, which will cross east of the bridge, is scheduled for June.

Motorists traveling on May 6 on Highway 2 in the Hay Canyon area should plan for reduced speed limits and intermittent closures for the PUD work. Or, use other routes, including Stine Hill Road and Aplets Way, if possible.

Jill FitzSimmons
PIO/Special Projects Coordinator
Chelan County Public Works

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New Flat Fee to Start Friday at Leavenworth Drop-Off Brush Site »

New flat fee to start Friday at Leavenworth brush site

A trip to the Leavenworth drop-off brush site will cost users a flat fee of $20 beginning on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Fees are typically based on cubic yards at the site, which serves only those people living in the Apple Maggot Quarantine Area of Chelan County. However, a flat fee system was put in place in response to COVID-19 precautions.

Chelan County commissioners in March 2020 passed an Emergency Declaration (Resolution 2020-32) in response to the public health threat caused by COVID-19. The resolution directs all county officials and agencies to do everything possible to mitigate the effects and transmission of COVID-19, including adjusting services in response to establishing protections for employees and the public.

At the brush site, only cash or checks are taken and no change is available. The flat fee system will allow the site’s attendant to better practice social distancing and implement other safeguards when working with the public.

The brush site, located at the intersection of Icicle and East Leavenworth roads, is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Visitors are reminded that the site is for those people who live outside the Leavenworth city limits.

To determine if you live in the Apple Maggot Quarantine Area of Chelan County, visit the searchable map from the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Jill FitzSimmons
PIO/Special Projects Coordinator
Chelan County Public Works

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