- Written by Jordyn Giulio, Douglas County Risk Manager
On February 8, 2022, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners passed Ordinance CE No. 22-02-06B, creating a Public Defender District. Establishment of the Public Defender District creates an internal department to handle indigent defense for Superior Court cases. The County previously contracted with a network of outside firms to provide legal representation to indigent defendants. Contracts will continue to be used for District Court cases but the program administration will be performed by this office
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners believe that both defendants and taxpayers will be served more effectively by providing these services directly as the County continues to experience growth. Douglas County takes seriously its duty to provide representation to every citizen, without regard to ability to pay, and establishing a Public Defender District allows for additional oversight and efficiency in fulfilling this commitment.
The Douglas County Office of Public Defender will be overseen by an appointed Public Defender and will employ two full-time attorneys and two support staff at this time.
A selection committee comprised of a member of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Superior Court representative, and a practicing attorney in Douglas County, will be convened in the coming weeks to select and recommend a Public Defender to the board of Commissioners to complete staffing the office. More information regarding employment opportunities will be forthcoming.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners strives to provide the highest level of service to all community members and make the most responsible use of taxpayer funds in County operations. We believe that this undertaking will best serve the Douglas County community and be financially prudent.
- Written by Robin Pittman
February 10, 2022, 4:10pm
Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. January 14, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
i. Marina Policy Committee
ii. Old Swim Hole development project
iii. Manson Bay Marina planning project
iv. Leffler Field soil remediation planning project
b. Regular Meeting Schedule
c. Director’s Report
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
OLYMPIA – Travel trends that have emerged during the pandemic will be among the topics of discussion during the Washington State Transportation Commission meeting next week. The commission will also discuss how state highway right of way can be used to meet clean energy, reliability, resiliency, and connectivity goals. In addition, the Puget Sound Regional Council will provide a briefing of its draft Regional Transportation Plan.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, Feb. 15, and Wednesday, Feb. 16. Due to limitations related to COVID-19, this meeting will be virtual using Zoom. People interested in attending can register on the Commission’s website. The meeting will be broadcast live on TVW.
Highlights of Tuesday’s presentations include:
- Transportation Trends Emerging from COVID: Location-based data and analytics such as traffic conditions, road safety, and parking availability provide insights into transportation trends resulting from the impacts of COVID.
- Gasoline Superusers: Who they are and why they are critical to meeting climate goals: Colutra, a national environmental advocacy group based in Seattle, will share results of a study that explores the relationship between “gasoline superusers” (drivers in the top 10% of fossil fuel consumption) and climate goals.
- Next Generation Highways – A Reimagined Interstate: This briefing describes efforts that are underway across the country to advance the co-location of utilities and technology within the state highway right of way.
- SR 520 Bridge Self-Insurance Evaluation: Staff will present the results of a recent evaluation that assessed the costs, benefits and risks of pursuing a self-insurance option to cover debt payments on the State Route 520 Bridge in the event tolling revenues are disrupted.
Highlights of Wednesday’s presentations include:
- 2021 Ferries Performance Measures Report: Washington State Ferries will share recent performance results from a variety of measures that track its progress meeting 17 capital, operational and customer performance goals.
- Puget Sound Regional Council – Regional Transportation Plan: PSRC staff will provide a review of its plan, which sets forth a regional strategy for a wide variety of investments and services that make up the region’s transportation system.
- Washington’s Maritime Industry Priorities: Representatives of Washington’s maritime industry will discuss current challenges and opportunities facing the industry in our state.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov.
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting in person at the fire station, you are welcome to join via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87284665516 Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: December 2021 and January 2022
• Payroll: December 20, 2021 to January 24, 2022 / Paid 02-05-2022 for $117,596.62
• General Account Vouchers: 01-28-22 transactions 66 to 101 for $36,392.56
• Capital Account Vouchers: 01-29-22 transactions 102 to 107 for $66,260.88
• Minutes: January 19, 2022
Fire Chief Report: (Chief Asher)
• 2021/2022 Budget & Financial Report - December 2021 and January 2022 Financials)
• January Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update /
Firefighters Association Report (Ron Simmons)
• Station 71 Roof - Bids
• Assistant Fire Chief Position – Update
• Seasonal Firefighter - Update
• 2021/2022 Annexations – Update
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• Apparatus Planning Team - Update
• Command Vehicle Replacement – 2008 Ford 350
• KOZI – Community Connection February 17, 2022 @ 8:10 a.m. – Commissioner Moller / Chief
• Strategic Planning meeting – Monday, February 21, 2022, at 3:00 p.m.
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
• BVFF 2021 Annual Certification
- Written by Undersheriff Tyler I. Caille, DCSO
Case# 22D00500/22D00554-SCAM ALERT
Between 2/4/2022 and 2/8/2022, 2 reports were received by our office in regards to local area victims receiving phone calls from subjects posing as kidnappers.
The subject(s) claimed to have kidnapped a family member of the victim due to them witnessing some illegal activities. Victims were asked to wire large amounts of money immediately for their family members’ safe release.
We continue to ask citizens to be aware of all the various types of telephone scams which are currently in circulation and do not disclose your personal information, or pay money to anyone you do not know.
Please continue to report all scam related incidents to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
- Written by Herb Sargo
Thanks to our volunteers, it was a good year at the Orchard!
CLICK HERE for our 2021 Annual Report
Projects and Purchases, Events and Work Parties, Financial, and more.
Lots of photos and historic information too!
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson School Board is asking our community for nominations of Manson School District Staff Members who have made a significant contribution to the lives of students and/or the greater Manson community. Recipients of this year’s award will receive a scholarship in the amount of $500 from Aaron England of England Chiropractic.
Honorees are also recognized by the North Central Education Service District of Wenatchee and the Manson Chamber of Commerce at its Night to Remember held in the fall.
Selection criteria is as follows: one certificated employee (grades P-12) and one support staff employee (secretaries, bus drivers, custodians, para-professionals, food services, coaches, etc.)
Nominations will be accepted until March 23, 2022 at noon. Winning nominees will be announced at the Manson School Board meeting on March 28, 2022.
Nominations forms are available online at the school district website www.manson.org, in both English and Spanish.
If you should have any questions, please call the Manson School District office at 687-3140.
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners have scheduled a special meeting Monday, February 21, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. location 232 East Wapato Ave, Chelan WA 98816
Via Zoom: CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting in person at the fire station, you are welcome to join via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87284665516 Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or
dial +1 253 215 8782
Call to Order
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson School District Board of Directors will be holding a board training provided by Garn Christianson on the topic of Board Roles and Responsibilities on Monday, February 7, 2022 from 8:30a.m.-1p.m. at the Manson Parks Department located at 142 Pedoi Street in Manson.
No action to be taken.