Majority of Washington citizens willing to pay more for transportation
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSDOT
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OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission has just completed a statewide survey of the Voice of Washington State (VOWS) survey panel that asked thousands of Washington state residents several questions on transportation, including how they feel about the transportation system, what their transportation investment priorities are, and if they think the state has enough revenue to meet future needs.
A resounding 86 percent of those surveyed think it is urgent to make sure Washington’s transportation system works effectively today and into the future, and 60 percent are willing to consider raising some transportation taxes and fees to ensure future transportation needs are met. Similar to a 2012 VOWS survey, preserving infrastructure, investing in transit and reducing congestion continue to be the top benefits residents must see to justify paying additional taxes.
The findings of the survey have been submitted to the Governor and the Legislature for their review as they consider a possible transportation revenue package aimed at meeting the growing needs of our state. Some of the key statewide findings from the survey include:
- 60 percent said they would support raising some transportation taxes and fees, This is a 9 percent increase compared to the 2012 VOWS survey.
- When given a number of benefits that come from increased long-term investments in our transportation system, 78 percent said preserving infrastructure was important in terms of justifying additional taxes for our transportation system. The next highest benefit for justifying additional taxes was reducing congestion (61 percent) and expanding transit (56 percent).
- Only 20 percent rate Washington’s transportation system as better than average. This is a 6 percent decline from 2012.
- On average, residents give Washington’s statewide transportation system a C minus grade.
- When asked rate the importance of specific transportation components, 84 percent feel maintaining and repairing existing roads, highways, and bridges is important, followed by expanding public transit services (49 percent) and adding or increasing inter-city passenger rail service (46 percent). This result is similar to the 2012 survey.
The VOWS survey panel began in 2011 and utilizes a multi-layered recruiting strategy including mail, phone, email, word of mouth, social media to help provide the broadest possible statewide coverage of Washington residents. All survey results are statistically valid and projectable to the full population of Washington state. The goal of this recent survey was to collect a minimum of 5,000 demographically representative responses from across the state during the two weeks the survey was open. A total of 5,765 responses were collected.
The commission encourages residents to join the VOWS survey panel so they can participate in future surveys. The bigger the panel is the louder the collective voice of Washington state residents will be to state decision makers. To join the VOWS survey panel, please visit: www.voiceofwashingtonsurvey.org
For more information about the commission visit: www.wstc.wa.gov
Andre Hannah honored as WIAA State Athlete of the Week
- Written by Eric Sivertson
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Manson High School is proud to announce that senior running back Andre Hannah has been honored as a WIAA state athlete of the week.
Andre culminated his senior season with his best performance, running for 258 yards on 29 carries. He scored 4 touchdowns while leading Manson to a 51-40 win on senior night Manson.
Andre also added 28 receiving yards and 2 pat conversions.
On defense he chipped in with 11 solo tackles.
Port of Chelan County Commissioners Meeting Agenda 11-15-13
- Written by Kathleen Knappert, Staff Assistant, POCC
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The Board of Commissioners of the Port of Chelan County will meet in special session on Friday, November 15, 2013 beginning at 9:00 am. Special meeting items include the
consent agenda, consisting of the approval of meeting minutes and register pages.
Additional meeting items include the Pybus Pedestrian Access Project, third quarter Budget vs. Actual, a WPPA Legislative Committee update, items from Commissioners,
an executive session, and Pangborn Memorial Airport agenda items regarding the Airway Street demolition project and an amendment to the USKH/RH2 engineering
contract/scope of work. This meeting will be held in the conference room at the Port of Chelan County located at 238 Olds Station Rd. Suite A, Wenatchee, WA 98801. The
special meeting agenda is below.
PORT OF CHELAN COUNTY
Board of Commissioners
Special Meeting Agenda
238 Olds Station Road, Suite A, Wenatchee, WA 98801
November 15th, 2013
A. Minutes of the September 26, 2013 special commission meeting
B. Port register pages (#2763-#2771) including the following:
Register Page: Date Issued Voucher: Total
#2763 - Special Register 10/22/13 #17030 $201,217.78
#2764 - Special Register 10/24/13 #17031 $24,060.48
#2765 – October 2013 Payroll 10/31/13 #1461-1468 & electronic payroll dep. $84,069.82
#2766 – October Month End 10/31/13 #17032-17046 $36,815.03
#2767 – Capital 11/15/13 #17501-17504 $47,019.33
#2768 – CTC 11/15/13 #17505-17512 $65,514.44
#2769 - September bills paid 11/15/13 #17513-17534 $52,015.73
#2770 – September bills paid 11/15/13 #17535-17546 $83,550.67
#2771 – Expense Reimbursement 11/15/13 #17547-17553 $1,905.30
78 warrants totaling $596,168.58 for approval November 15, 2013. $596,168.58
C. Pangborn Memorial Airport register pages (#1519-#1528) including the following:
10/10/2013 Payables 1519 20000 20000 $ 17,493.27
10/17/2013 Payable 1520 20001 20026 $ 38,956.92
10/17/2013 Payables 1521 20027 20039 $ 38,298.44
10/17/2013 Payable 1522 20040 20040 $ 162,044.54
10/29/2013 Payroll Tax ACH - - $ 12,128.36
10/29/2013 Payroll 1523 20041 20045 $ 48,811.91
10/30/2013 Payables 1524 20046 20071 $ 23,107.59
10/30/2013 Payables 1525 20072 20073 $ 1,208.13
11/5/2013 Payable 1526 20074 20074 $ 5,250.00
11/7/2013 FBO Sales Tax ACH - - $ 2,686.52
11/7/2013 Payable 1527 20075 20075 $ 11,000.00
11/12/2013 Payable 1528 20076 20076 $ 1,500.00
For approval November 15, 2013, 77 warrants in the amount of $ 362,485.68
PANGBORN MEMORIAL AIRPORT
A. Airway Street Demolition Project
B. Amendment to the USKH/RH2 Engineering Contract – Scope of Work
Special Commission Meeting Agenda November 15th, 2013 Page 2 of 2
A. Pybus Pedestrian Access Project
1. Addendum No. 2 to Development Agreement with City
2. Project Contract Award
3. RH2 Supplemental Task Authorization
A. Third Quarter Budget vs. Actual
A. WPPA Legislative Committee Update
ITEMS FROM COMMISSIONERS
To discuss potential litigation pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) and to discuss real
estate matters pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (b and c). Final action on selling or leasing
public property shall be taken in a meeting open to the public.
Winter Driving Tips
- Written by Faye Barker, CFR
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ICE & SNOW - TAKE IT SLOW
2013-2014 Winter Driving Guide (Washington State Dept. of Transportation)
Winter Travel Checklist:
* Winter travel can be tough on car and driver. Check your tires before the first winter storm and check tire pressure during cold weather. Remember, tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms.
* Get a vehicle winter maintenance check-up. Don’t wait to check your tires, battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers.
* Keep your fuel tank full-don’t let it fall below half a tnak on winter trips.
* Keep a basic winter survival kit in your vehicle: flashlight, batteries, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, first aid kit.
* Load your car with winter travel gear: tire chains, ice scraper/snowbrush, jumper cables, road flares.
* See more winter preparedness tips at: www.takewinterbystorm.org.
Mountain Travel: Tires and Chains
Talk to your local tire dealer and find out if your tires are traction tires.
All drivers should carry chains. Find out which chains are the best fit for your vehicle and practice installing them.
Vehicles over 10,000 gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), including some larger passenger trucks, SUVs, RVs, and vehicles towing trailers, must carry chains Nov. 1 through March 31.
When WSDOT posts the “Chains Required” advisory, all vehicles must have chains (except four-wheel and all-wheel drive). In extreme weather conditions, the tire chain requirement may include four-wheel and all wheel-drive vehicles. Studded tires do NOT meet the chain requirement. If your vehicle cannot accommodate chains, you must wait until WSDOT removes the tire chain requirement.
Studded Tire Information:
Washington allows studded tires Nov. 1 through March 31. All who travel in Washington must follow Washington’s roadway laws. There is no individual exception to the studded tire law. WSDOT may extend the deadline if forecasts indicate severe winter weather conditions are likely across much of the state.
Driving in Snow and Ice:
On ice and snow, take it slow. Drive for conditions-slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking in winter conditions.
Use your headlights.
Don’t use cruise control.
Four-wheel and all-wheel vehicles do not stop or steer better in icy conditions than two-wheel drive vehicles.
Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. And remember, the larger the vehicle, the longer thes topping distance.
Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots.
If you find yourself behind a snowplow, stay behind it until it is safe to pass. Remember that a snowplow driver has a limited field of vision. Stay back (15 car lengths) until your’re sure it is safe to pass or until the plow pulls off the road.
Slow down and be extra cautious near the chain-up and removal areas. There are often people out of their vehicles.
Why is the Road Closed?
Don’t be the driver who shuts down the pass. Most of the time, the pass is closed to remove blocking vehicles. It takes only one unprepared or careless driver to slow or stop traffic.
Avalanche Control: When possible avalanche control work is scheduled at night when traffic volumes are low. WSDOT attempts to provide advance notice, but in an emergency, it’s not always possible.
Road Clearing: If there is heavy snow in a short amount of time, road crews may close the pass to clear ice and snow from the travel lanes.
What do Traction Advisories Mean?
Traction Tires Advised: Oversize loads now prohibited from roadways. For Commercial Vehicle Services and load information, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/commercialvehicle.
Traction Tires Required: When you see this, all passenger vehicles must have approved traction tires. And chains are required on all vehicles over 10,000 gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), including large passenger trucks and SUVs over 10,000 GVWR.
Approved Traction Tire: whether on a four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicle or a standard vehicle, must have at least an eighth of an inch of tread and be labeled M+S, All Season, or have a Mountain/Snowflake symbol. These tires can be used all year. When you install approved chains, any tire becomes a traction tire. For more information on your specific vehicle and its traction tire options, contact your local tire deler.
Tire Chains Required: When this advisory is posted all vehicles must have approved tire chains, except four and all-wheel drive vehicles. In extreme weather conditions, the advisory may indicate chains are required on four and all-wheel drive vehicles. Please remember, studded tires do not meet the chain requirement.