Meeting Agenda | November 14, 2023
Manson Parks Department @ 6 pm
CALL TO ORDER Members: Kari Sorensen |Cindy Smith | John Frolker | Chris Willoughby | Pam Calhoun
APPROVAL OF MINUTES October 17, 2023
• 501 (c)(3) – Chris Willoughby
• MEMBER ELECTION IN DECEMBER – 2 positions available for election. Only 1 application has
gone out. If no one else applies, no election will be held in December. Deadline to fill out
application is December 1st no later than 5 pm to one of the Council Members or emailed to
• MEMBER BYLAW UPDATE. Re-combine Secretary & treasurer positions to just one:
• Kathi Fedor to talk about Feral Cat Program.
PUBLIC COMMENT | GOOD OF THE ORDER
NEXT MEETING: December 19, 2023 @ 6:00 PM @ Manson Parks Department
The Manson Community Council will hold elections for two open positions on Tuesday, December 12, 2023. These positions are expiring on December 31, 2023. Any members of the community that live within the 98831-zip code and are currently registered Chelan County voters can run for office and vote in this election.
Community minded individuals who are able set aside any personal agendas and have the time to dedicate to the council are strongly encouraged to apply. Monthly meetings are held every 3rd Tuesday of each month and members are expected to attend. These positions are very important to the future development of our community. Each position will require a 3-year commitment from January 1, 2024—December 31, 2026.
Applications must be filled out IN FULL and returned to a council member, council meeting or where they originally picked up the application packet from. Deadline for any applications must be returned to any council member or to
Election will held on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 between 12-7 pm at Manson Parks Department on Pedio Street in Manson. Community members wishing to vote must be currently registered to vote in the 98831-zip code and have valid ID with them at time of voting. The 2 who get the most votes will win.
Results will be posted on Manson Community Council’s Facebook page and announced on KOZI Radio’s Second Cup of Coffee Program no later than Thursday, December 14, 2023.
Newly elected members will be sworn in at the December 19, 2023 meeting.
Applications available by request by emailing:
Please return your completed application to the place where you received it or any council member. Any questions can be directed to Kari Sorensen @ (509) 860-8409 or Cindy Smith @ (425) 501-8165.
On 11/9/2023 at approximately 10:00 am, a male (later identified as 34 year-old Michael F Koehnen) walked into Wa Fed bank in Chelan, approached the counter and said he wanted money. When the teller asked him for his account information he replied, “This is a robbery”. Koehnen was holding a hand size electronic part in his hand. The teller gave Koehnen an undisclosed amount of money and he fled on foot.
Bank employees activated the alarm and Chelan County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded. Deputies were able to obtain enough information to identify Koehnen as the suspect. Shortly after, deputies located him at a residence in the 400 blk of E. Woodin Ave, were he was placed under arrest.
Detectives responded and obtained a search warrant for the residence Koehnen was at. As a result of the search, they located money taken from the bank in addition to the clothing Koehnen was wearing at the time of the Robbery.
Koehnen was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on charges of Robbery 2nd Degree and Theft 2nd degree.
EAST WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON – Grateful to be able to help! That’s how Sarahbeth “Sarah” Simonson describes her work with the Douglas County Veterans Assistance Program. As a former Air Force Staff Sergeant E-5, her mission now is to connect local Veterans who have honorably served their country with local, state, and federal resources to deal with personal hardships, obtain medical care coverage, and access other Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and programs.
Easier said than done; but no one is more motivated to fulfill the mission than Simonson.
The Douglas County Veterans Assistance Program began in January 2019 as a state mandate to connect Veterans with critical benefits, resources, and programs. Since the Office began, Simonson has led the day-to-day efforts – assisting more than 1,950 Veterans and Veteran’s families throughout Douglas County. “I am grateful to be able to help Veterans access things they’re eligible for – benefits they may not know about, or they may not have thought that they deserve,” she said.
As part of her role, Simonson helps her clients understand their federal eligibility for things like VA healthcare, pension, records support, and end of life planning in a welcoming, no-pressure environment. There is even a local Douglas County relief fund to help Veterans who have hit hard times with things like rent, mortgage, car payment, and more.
“Whether it’s a small Douglas County Veteran’s relief claim that will offer stopgap help for a couple of months, or a renewing, continuous benefit from the VA that will offer sustained support for their family,” said Simonson. “These benefits bring encouragement.”
Before working with the Veterans Assistance Program, Simonson had firsthand experience of what it was like to try and navigate the complexities of Veteran benefits as an individual. After serving overseas in the United States Air Force, she was wrapping up her time in active duty in 2004 when she started researching medical benefits options.
“My husband and I were expecting our first child, and we were figuring out what we’d do for medical coverage since he had recently finished active duty in the Army and was attending college full time,” said Simonson. Thankfully, an acquaintance told her that she could get healthcare from the VA before wrapping up her time in active duty so there wouldn’t be a gap in their growing family’s healthcare coverage. “That’s how I found out that I had benefits that I’d be able to access as a Veteran.”
Over the years, Simonson noticed many fellow Veterans were either unaware of the federal benefits available to them or unsure about how to navigate the system. When her family moved to the Wenatchee Valley in 2009, she soon became an active member of the Wenatchee Valley Women Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3617. Through these memberships, Simonson developed a passion for helping fellow Veterans apply for and understand their earned benefits.
“We’re all individuals and we all have our own experiences,” she said. “We may fall under a general umbrella of ‘Veteran’ but we’re still individual people working through a process that’s not designed for individuals.”
An increase in demand
Simonson has seen an increase in demand for the Veterans Assistance Office since the 2022 passing of the federal PACT Act, which expanded VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances within combat zones. “Not only did the PACT Act increase the demand for claims, but I think more people became aware of the fact that this assistance exists to help with those claims,” she said.
“I am so excited when I get to see claims approved for Veterans,” Simonson said while acknowledging that it unfortunately isn’t always the case. “However, if we need to re-address a claim through an appeals process, I am here to guide clients through that process and to help them if they become discouraged.”
Simonson recalls one time when a fellow Veteran’s description of his active duty led her to guide him toward seeking benefits he didn’t know existed. “As he related his experience to me, I recognized it as a legitimate claim for the injuries he’d sustained in active duty,” she said.
“We did an intent to file, which is the first step to hold your place in line, and about a month before his intent to file was going to expire, he came in and asked me, ‘Are you sure it is worth it?’” Simonson recounts. “I told him, ‘Well, the worst-case scenario is we’ve wasted some time doing paperwork and you waste a couple of hours going to a follow-up exam.”
In that case it took the VA almost a year, but they ultimately decided in her client’s favor. “He was able to get the service-connected disability ratings that were appropriate for his conditions so it’s a financial benefit for his family.” According to Simonson, that came as a welcome surprise to the client. “He had closed that door.”
Veterans encouraged to reach out
Simonson wants every Veteran in Douglas County to know about the benefits they earned and the assistance that may be available to them. She encourages all Veterans to reach out to the Veterans Assistance Program, whether they are recently returning from active duty or have been retired for decades.
“Even if you don’t have any physical or behavioral health disabilities at this time, there are still some baseline benefits that you might be able to access,” said Simonson. “It’s always worth throwing out the question to someone who knows what they’re talking about and whose job it is to help you understand and navigate those processes instead of just taking the word of a family member, an old friend, or some random person on YouTube.”
The Douglas County Veterans Service Office is in East Wenatchee but several times a month Simonson packs up her laptop and supplies to take the Office on the road to Waterville, Bridgeport, Coulee Dam, and other locations within Douglas County for appointments with Veterans or family members seeking assistance.
When asked what motivates her work in the Veterans Assistance Program, Simonson said for her it comes down to the possibility of helping a Veteran and Veteran’s families. “One of my clients says that I ‘radiate possibility’ as part of my role. That possibility and hope is something that I appreciate being able to do for Veterans.”
Connect with the Veteran Services Office
To learn more about local Veterans services or to get involved, visit the Douglas County website or follow the Douglas County Veterans Service Office page on Facebook.
Sheriff Mike Morrison reports on 11/4/23, at approximately 4pm, a Chelan County Sheriff’s patrol Sergeant attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction in the 5000 block of Sunset Hwy in Cashmere, WA. The vehicle fled in a reckless manner and did not attempt to stop. The Sergeant did not pursue as it did not meet the state requirements for a pursuit.
Conducting an investigation, the Sergeant was able to identify the suspect as Joshua D. Ray a 39 year old male who lives in the 4900 block of Yaksum Canyon in Cashmere. The suspect vehicle was located at Ray’s residence and Ray was taken into custody and his vehicle seized for a search warrant.
Ray was charged with Eluding, Driving While License Suspended 3rd, Resisting Arrest and Violation of a Trip Permit.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies are committed to their duties of public safety, even when state laws are prohibitive and will continue to use means at their disposal to hold those who would break the law accountable.
SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA
November 7, 2023 3:00pm
Meeting ID: 299 464 740 135
Phone access: 1-206-677-8635, 946183029#
Call to Order
Property and Environmental Investigation History
Discussion on the former orchard use and lead arsenate pesticide application. This has resulted in lead and arsenic contamination.
Ecology completed initial determination sampling in 2018 and confirmed lead and arsenic contaminated soil is present at the Property.
Aspect’s Remedial Investigation
Scope and objective of the RI.
Cultural resources survey information and results.
Summary of the findings and Site conditions.
Ecology Interactions and Model Remedies
Talk about our interactions with Ecology and how all work in accordance model remedies and direct input.
Discuss the model remedies and how capping and consolidation and capping are the recommend cleanup actions.
Cleanup is incorporated into property development for the park.
Site Concept Development
(Pacific’s agenda item)
Scope and objective of the potential site concepts.
Conversation with the District about what general improvements (i.e. parking, restroom/shelter, amphitheater, playgrounds, ballfields) should be considered for the creation of ROM and exhibit-displays.
Beyond what’s currently funded:
- Design of the park
- Design of the environmental cap
- Construction of the park and cap
- Final reporting and for NFA request and environmental covenant
On 10/28/2023, at the request of Wenatchee Police Department, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office coordinated an additional search for Travis Coleman in the foothills west of Wenatchee. Coleman was originally reported missing from the city of Wenatchee in April of this year. Since that time, CCSO has conducted an air search (via helicopter) and a ground search of areas it was thought Coleman might have been. No signs of Coleman were found during the previous 2 searches.
The 3rd search initiated on Saturday and concluded on Sunday. On Saturday the search consisted of the following resources:
On Sunday the search consisted of the following resources:
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the volunteer teams for their assistance and dedication to this operation.
Sheriff Mike Morrison reports on 10/28/23 at around 1:19 PM patrol deputies responded to a bomb threat at 707 US Hwy 2 #F, the Rhein Haus Restaurant in Leavenworth WA. RiverCom received through a text, a bomb threat at the location.
The text advised there was a pipe bomb in a backpack placed in the bathroom by the suspect, who was there with it as well. The suspect gave a description of himself as a male named “John”, with blond hair wearing a blue shirt and black pants. Deputies quickly responded and cleared the restaurant and the area. They conducted a search of the restaurant and the area including the public bathrooms. No suspect or backpack or bomb was located.
The IP address of the suspect came out of West Virginia. RiverCom confronted the suspect about this via text and the suspect stopped communication. Beyond the initial threat, and thanks to the quick work of patrol deputies it was determined that the threat was not credible.
The incident is still under investigation.
On 11/1/2023 at approximately 1400 hrs, the Columbia River Drug Task Force located Steven A. Irland, who had been a long time target of the Task Force. Irland was wanted by East Wenatchee PD on charges of Felony Eluding, and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, in addition to a court ordered arrest warrant.
Task Force Detectives located Irland in a garage off Douglas St in Rock Island. As they advised him he was under arrest, he immediately ran and got into his vehicle parked in the driveway. Once in the vehicle, he attempted to escape by ramming a patrol vehicle parked behind him. After failing to escape in the vehicle, Irland exited the vehicle indicating he was surrendering. As detectives were moving in to place him under arrest, he fled on foot. A short foot pursuit ensued, and detectives were able to quickly catch up with him. He was finally placed under arrest.
Irland was later booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the vehicle Irland was in. In the vehicle detectives recovered an E-Bike stolen out of Leavenworth, a pistol grip shotgun, AR15 rifle, approximately 1000 fentanyl pills, fentanyl powder, illegal mushrooms, and items used for distribution of drugs.
The Columbia River Drug Task Force will be contacting their federal partners for possible federal charges in addition to the local charges.
WATERVILLE, WASHINGTON -- Douglas County Elections will open an additional in-person Voter Service Center in East Wenatchee on Election Day -- Tuesday, November 7. Eligible voters will be able to register to vote, update voter information, request replacement ballots, access ADA compliant voting devices, and ask Elections staff for help with any other voting-related questions.
The temporary Voter Service Center will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day at the Douglas County Public Services Building located at 140 19th Street NW in East Wenatchee. This is in addition to the regular Voter Service Center that operates weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, at the Douglas County Courthouse at 213 S Rainier Street in Waterville.
“Since Washington allows same day voter registration on Election Day, Douglas County is opening an additional in-person Voter Service Center in East Wenatchee where our largest population resides,” said Douglas County Auditor Thad Duvall. “Eligible voters looking to register or update their voter information for this election will need to go in person to a Voter Service Center.”
Voters may return their completed ballot at an in-person Voter Service Center, by mail, or at one of the County’s eight official ballot drop box locations.
Additional Election Information
If a voter didn’t receive a ballot, it was lost, or their ballot was ruined, they can request a replacement ballot in-person at a Voter Service Center.
There are protections in place to ensure that a person may not vote more than once. If a person’s ballot has already been counted, the system will not allow a replacement ballot to be issued. Similarly, if a person was issued a replacement ballot and then tried to also vote with their original ballot, the system would show they had been issued a replacement ballot and will not allow for more than one vote to be processed.
Elections machines & results accuracy
Before each General and Primary Election, the Douglas County Auditor’s Office is required to perform a test of the machine’s accuracy known as a “logic and accuracy test.” A representative from the Office of the Secretary of State is on site to observe the process and verify results.
After every election, the Douglas County Auditor’s Office selects, at random, five batches of ballots that have been processed and staff hand count these to compare the results to the machine count to ensure accuracy of the results.
Preliminary election results will be posted on the Douglas County website and the Secretary of State website on election night. The Douglas County Auditor’s Office has until November 28 to certify the election results with the Office of the Secretary of State.