- Written by Mark R. Donnell, Fire Chief, CCFD
Rich Magnussen, Chelan-Douglas Regional EOC: PPE levels at sufficient levels requiring larger storage facility. N-95 masks are still difficult to obtain.
Joyous Van Meter, Chelan-Douglas Health District: Positive cases up with 26 new cases in Chelan County as of yesterday, July 1st. Barry Kling has retired as Administrator. Prevalence study will begin next week with invitations sent out to community members. Starting waste water testing that may identify positive case increases before actual testing does. Started masking surveys in Wenatchee/East Wenatchee (June 23rd 36-43% participation, with increase to 75%). Continuing to work with agricultural businesses regarding infection control for worker groups. Preliminary positive numbers are increasing, hospitalizations trending up but lag behind case counts.
Kari Grover-Wier, USFS: No new cases within work groups. Expect higher recreational use of parks and facilities this weekend, fire crews will be on duty this weekend. Working with Health Dept on testing of employees when they return from assignments.
Debbie Conwell, Manson Chamber of Commerce: Have set up free mask distribution for community members, setting up social distancing/parking for July 4th Fireworks show. Discussed air show and various events/activities for 4th of July weekend.
Jim Colbert, Chelan Fruit: Passed peak of cherry harvest (60%), no positive cases since early May with higher level of acceptance from workers.
Wade Farris, City of Chelan: RV park is open and full, self-contained RVs only, no tents. Mayor continues to push for wearing of masks. More outdoor seating in downtown area. Barricades
Chief Mark Donnell, CF&R (Chelan): All personnel are healthy, PPE levels are at adequate levels.
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- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC Executive Director
OLYMPIA – The June transportation revenue forecast, reflecting the impacts of COVID-19 on state transportation revenues, will be one of the topics at a July 7 meeting of the Washington State Transportation Commission. The meeting will also kick off a year-long series of discussions on the future of transportation post-COVID-19, with the goal of identifying potential challenges and opportunities for change in the areas of transportation policy, planning, and investments in Washington state.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7. Due to limitations on the size of gatherings in response to COVID-19, this meeting will be conducted using GoToWebinar. People interested in attending can find participation instructions and a link to register on the commission website.
The commission will hear an overview of the June 2020 Washington State Transportation Revenue Forecast, as well as additional presentations specific to the revenue forecasts based on tolling traffic and ferry ridership.
Commissioners also will hear from experts offering insights into the future of transportation. The purpose of this session is to establish the big picture of potential impacts and changes to transportation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This discussion will kick off the commission’s year-long plan for assessing the possible ways in which the transportation system will evolve at all levels in Washington state, such as potential changes in shared mobility, mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian access, teleworking, and congestion management.
The commission will first hear from the principal futurist at Seattle-based Teague, who will explore what the future of transportation might look like through the lens of technology and the passenger’s experience.
An expert panel will share their perspectives on various aspects of the new future for transportation. The panel will be moderated by Sabrina Minshall, executive director, Spokane Regional Transportation Council. Panel speakers include: Former Governor Chris Gregoire, currently the CEO of Challenge Seattle; Chris Mefford, CEO of Seattle-based Community Attributes; Mark Hallenbeck, director, University of Washington Transportation Center; and Dr. Susan Shaheen, professor, UC Berkeley, and director, Resilient and Innovative Mobility Initiative.
The panel will address such topics as: what travel data is telling us; what the foreseeable impacts will be to shared mobility, transit, and social equity; what the broader, long-term economic considerations are for COVID-19, including private sector impacts and anticipated shifts; and, opportunities for re-focusing long-term transportation system planning and re-inventing the “commute.”
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/
- Written by Carlye Baity, Clerk of the Board/Public Records Coordinator, Chelan County Commissioners
Public Safety Announcement – June 29, 2020
Resolution 2020-70 was passed by the Chelan County Commissioners that the designation of the Fire Hazard Level will be High beginning on Monday June 29, 2020.
Remember that Fireworks are prohibited throughout Chelan County.
As of Monday June 1, 2020, open burning was closed. This includes natural vegetation and yard debris. This restriction remains in place until October 1, 2020
Attended recreational campfires are allowed at private residences and hosted campgrounds 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.
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC Executive Director
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Kelly Fukai to serve on the Washington State Transportation Commission. A lifelong resident of Spokane, Fukai has worked in the aviation, energy, electrical and electronic manufacturing fields, and is currently the manager of Public and External Affairs at Spokane International Airport.
Fukai’s six-year term starts on July 1, joining the commission during unprecedented times with tremendous challenges facing our state and transportation system. With the life-changing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic comes an opportunity for state leaders to begin shaping a transportation system for the future that reflects a new era of transport. Fukai is poised to take that on and assist in advancing a new vision for our state’s transportation network.
“Our transportation system is in the midst of transformational change. I am excited to work with our elected officials, agencies, and communities to address the opportunities and challenges in the evolution of transportation.” Fukai said.
Fukai brings over 20 years of experience in leading and working with diverse groups in the development of collaborative and comprehensive plans and policies that grow necessary infrastructure, enhance economic and workforce development, and support community interests.
She joins six other commissioners from around the state who are charged with state transportation policy development, assessing how the entire transportation system works across the state, and issuing the state’s 20-year Transportation Plan. The commission also serves as the state tolling authority and leads special projects directed by the Legislature, such as the Road Usage Charge Assessment, and the Autonomous Vehicle Work Group.
“Transportation is the heart of our community’s health and economic vitality. It connects us to our family and friends, provides access to necessary goods and services, and broadens our perspectives through exposure to new places and experiences,” Fukai said. “I am honored to work alongside our communities to ensure the resiliency of our future transportation system.”
Fukai replaces former commissioner Joe Tortorelli who served two terms on the commission.
- Written by Brandon Asher, CFR
At noon on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Chelan Fire and Rescue will be doing a test activation of its community siren.
After floating the idea of creating community awareness going into a predicted bad fire season, we were met with overwhelming support from the community of reactivating the siren.
The siren will only activate when Chelan Fire and Rescue is on 2nd alarm or greater wildland or structure fires. In these situations, we have requested all available manpower and equipment from all 5 of our stations.
This will serve notice to the community to be prepared for a larger wildland fire that could potentially be threatening the safety of our citizens and visitors. It also serves notice that there could be a delay in other responses due to having to break a truck away from the current emergency.
There will not be a weekly test of the siren as we understand that it is loud and people may wonder what it is for.
After this Wednesday, if the siren goes off, take a quick look at your surroundings and look for smoke.
Every effort will be made to update our social media pages and other media partners with as accurately and timely of information as the emergency allows.
See our previous story: Chelan Fire and Rescue contemplating extending siren uses
- Written by North Central Washington Law Enforcement Leadership Group
In response to many inquiries on the Governor’s recent proclamation regarding face coverings, we want to communicate we will continue to focus on crimes and criminals which impact public safety.
The statewide face covering order is a public health and safety measure, it is not a mandate for local law enforcement response.
We encourage our community to take the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all.
- Written by Jan Brincat, Assistant to Sheriff Brian Burnett, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett advises on June 24, 2020, after receiving news of the Governor’s recent proclamation regarding face coverings, he has received many inquiries regarding wearing a mask while carrying a concealed firearm.
Carrying a concealed firearm while wearing a mask is authorized providing the carrier has a valid Concealed Pistol License, and follows RCW 9.41.050. Keeping that in mind, also be sure to review RCW 9.41.300 for information on areas where firearms are permitted.
Following is the link to the cited RCW’s: https://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.41
- Written by Jackie Bayne, Office of Equal Opportunity, WSDOT
WSDOT to host virtual public meetings and teleconferences July 6, 8, and 10
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Transportation is proposing new overall goals for disadvantaged business participation on all federally funded projects and is accepting written comments on the proposals through Friday, July 24.
The purpose of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program is to create a level playing field for firms owned and operated by disadvantaged individuals wanting to participate in federally assisted highway, transit, and aviation programs. To qualify as a DBE, a firm must be a for-profit business that is at least 51 percent owned by an individual or individuals who are women, part of a federally recognized racial minority group, or otherwise socially and economically disadvantaged. Qualifying firms must be certified by the Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises to participate in the DBE program.
The proposed overall DBE goals are available at:
- Federal Highways Administration funded projects (pdf 233 kb) – 19% DBE participation
- Federal Transit Administration funded projects (pdf 211 kb) – 4.8% DBE participation
- Federal Aviation Administration funded projects (pdf 236 kb) – 10.4% DBE participation
The goals are for projects from Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2023.
WSDOT is inviting contractors, labor and trade organizations, small and disadvantaged businesses, and others interested in working with the agency to attend one of its upcoming informational meetings regarding the proposed DBE goals.
Comments on the proposed goals will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, July 24, and can be mailed to:
Title VI & Equity Analyst
WSDOT, Office of Equal Opportunity
P.O. Box 47314
Olympia, WA 98504-7314
- Written by Sarah Deenik, Communications Coordinator/Finance Specialist, CDRP
The Douglas County Commissioners have allocated $1.0 million dollars from a Federal CARES Act grant to support small businesses in Douglas County. These federally funded dollars, made possible under the recent CARES Act, are expressly intended to provide relief resulting from the impacts of COVID-19. The Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority has agreed to administer a Douglas County Small Business Grant Program on behalf of the county at no cost.
Douglas County Commission Chair Dan Sutton said “Small businesses throughout Douglas County have been dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The County Commissioners wanted to prioritize our Federal CARES Act grant towards supporting small businesses.” The Federal CARES Act relief funds are limited to COVID-19 related issues and expenses, and these monies must be spent by October 31st, 2020.
The grant program is open to any small business throughout Douglas County with 20 full-time employees or less. The business must have a Washington State Unified Business Identifying (UBI) number, and been in business for a period of six months. Businesses can apply for up to a $10,000 grant.
“The Regional Port would like to thank the Douglas County Commissioners for prioritizing small business grants with the Federal CARES Act grant. Providing meaningful financial support to the small business is critical to getting our economy going again,” said CDRPA Board President Rory Turner.
About the CDRPA: The Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority is the first of its kind in Washington by functionally consolidating two county-wide port districts into one operating entity. With the mission to “Work Together to Enhance the Economic Vitality of North Central Washington”, the CDRPA acts as the principal economic development agency for Chelan & Douglas Counties. For more information, please visit www.cdrpa.org or follow us on Facebook.
Applications can be found at www.cdrpa.org.
The Regional Port plans on processing grant requests as soon as applications are received. Approximately 100 small business grants are projected to be awarded.
- Written by Mark R. Donnell, Fire Chief, CCFD
Kent Sisson, Chelan-Douglas Regional EOC: Chelan-Douglas Counties have been approved to move into Phase 1.5, 50K masks from Hanes have arrived and are being distributed today. More requests for PPE coming into the EOC, CARES money covers business community needs for PPE. Waiting for new tier designations for PPE allocations, being worked on at the state level. With PPE supply chains opening up, counties will be moving away from the PPE allocation business. Regional EOC will continue to be in operation as we move into wildfire season.
Joyous Van Meter, Chelan-Douglas Health District: 452 positive cases in Chelan-Douglas county, with positive to 36/100,000. Details for reopening are posted on the website and being pushed out to the public. Ray Dobbs stated that Mike Steele has been able to get approval for retail business to have up to 50% occupancy during this reopening phase. Talked about antibody testing and statistical basis for accuracy.
Laura Schmidt, Columbia Valley Community Health: Reported that the positives in the agricultural community (packing sheds and migrant worker transient housing), there have been no community related positive cases since April 10th. Telehealth and appointment services are up and running
Kari Grover-Weir, USFS: Campgrounds are scheduled for opening in next two days. No positive tests for employees. Summer staffing is up and running. Outlook for 2020 fire season is not looking good.
Debbie Conwell, Manson Chamber of Commerce: Lot of good information to assist with business reopening through Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce. Manson Fireworks is set for July 4th at 10:15 with emphasis on viewing from cars, boats, and residences. Guidelines for business reopening can be found at: https://washingtonretail.org/initiatives/covid-19-coronavirus/covid-19-reopening/
Barry DePaoli, Chelan School District: Great virtual graduation ceremony with social distancing photo shoot and parade for graduates. Viewership of over 2,000 watched the ceremony for 110 (out of 115) graduates. Currently reviewing operational guidelines for school opening within three different scenarios, planning on opening school with face to face instruction. School will be closing down June 19th with food service being taken over by Thrive Chelan on Fridays only. Talked about issues and challenges with distance learning model.
Mayor Bob Goedde, Mayor, City of Chelan: Don Morse is in the process of opening the RV park only, no campsites at this time. Anticipate opening on Monday, June 15th. Discussed work by HDCA in setting up more outdoor seating for restaurants. Recommended wearing a mask for all local members, still highlighting mask design contest.
Wade Farris, City of Chelan: No additional
Chief Mike Asher, CCFD #8 (Entiat): All personnel are healthy, PPE supplies are at adequate levels.
Chief Mark Donnell, CF&R (Chelan): All personnel are healthy, continuing to maintain training with current social distancing guidelines. PPE levels are at adequate levels.
Roundtable: Nothing added.
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