Comments sought on federal contracting inclusion goals
- Written by Jackie Bayne, Office of Equal Opportunity, WSDOT
WSDOT to host meetings on DBE goal setting in Spokane, Seattle and Yakima, June 24-27
OLYMPIA – Contractors, trade and labor organizations, small and disadvantaged businesses and others who might be interested in working with the Washington State Department of Transportation are invited to comment on the agency’s proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal for contracts funded by the Federal Highway Administration.
Transportation projects that receive federal funds include a DBE goal that represents a percentage of the contract value in which minority- and women-owned businesses should participate, given their availability in the market place. WSDOT proposes continuing its current 19 percent overall DBE participation goal on Federal Highway Administration funded projects for federal fiscal years 2019 through 2021.
WSDOT will consider all written comments received and submit a final document to FHWA on Aug. 1. The goal will be effective through Sept. 30, 2021.
The purpose of the DBE 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.
Connecting with communities
WSDOT is hosting a series of informational meetings for those who would like to learn about WSDOT’s overall DBE goal:
2 – 4 p.m. Monday, June 24
WSDOT Eastern Region Headquarters
2714 N. Mayfair Street, Spokane
2 – 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 25
WSDOT Northwest Region Headquarters
15700 Dayton Ave. N, Shoreline
2 – 4 p.m. Thursday, June 27
WSDOT South Central Region Headquarters
2809 Rudkin Road, Union Gap
To provide comment
Written comments on the proposed overall DBE goals must be submitted by mail or email to:
Jackie Bayne, Policy Manager
Washington State Department of Transportation
Office of Equal Opportunity
P.O. Box 47314
Olympia, WA 98504-7314
WSDOT will consider all written comments received through Friday, July 19, 2019.
Documents detailing the methodology used for determining the FHWA DBE goal is available for review at all WSDOT region headquarters offices and at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, Olympia. They are also available online at www.wsdot.wa.gov/equalopportunity/.
Manson Options program receives science kits from Multisport Foundation
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Lake Chelan Multisport Foundation recently granted the Options program with a generous sum of money for a new science kit for the Options first and second graders.
The Solids and Liquids kit explores these two phases of substances, their properties and characteristics, and how to run tests to distinguish what those characteristics are.
The kids are absolutely loving it! The hands-on science hones their observations and writing skills and really makes science fun.
Over the years the Lake Chelan Multisport Foundation has been so generous in supporting Options. To date they have helped fund 4 science kits and other endeavors for our program.
The Manson School District wishes to thank them publicly for their generosity!
Chelan Fire and Rescue Regular Meeting 6-19-19
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, Chelan Fire and Rescue
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Call to Order:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: May and June 2019
* Payroll: $136,377.05 May 1-31, 2019 Paid: 06-05-2019
* Vouchers for May 2019 General Account: Vouchers #18815 – 18820 for $3,044.39; Vouchers #18821 – 18834 for $5,963.05; Vouchers #18835 – 18859 for $29,920.02; Vouchers #18862 – 18868 for $3,754.58; Vouchers 18753 – 18758 for $5,205.78.
* Vouchers for May 2019 Capital Account: Vouchers #18860-18861 for $16,733.29.
* Minutes: May 15th and 30th, 2019
Fire Chief Report:
* 2019 Budget / Emergency Response Report / Facilities/Apparatus/Equipment
◦ Deputy Chief Operations Report: Operations / Fire Prevention / Public Education / Career Staff
◦ Assistant Chief of Volunteer Services: Volunteer Recruitment and Training / Volunteer Staff
Firefighters Association Report:
* Ladder 71
* Rescue Boat
* LRP Presentation to the Public
* Addition to Agenda Items
* Billing for Illegal fire responses
* June 22, 2019 Art Festival – Riverwalk Park
Board for Volunteer Firefighters
Commissioner Comments: No action to be taken.
Executive Session: None
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 6-13-19
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, June 13, 2019, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. May 9, 2019 regular meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Leffler Field
b. Director’s Report
VIII. New Business
a. LCCH & EMS Life jacket loaner board
b. Maintenance vehicle purchase
Next Regular Meeting: July 11, 2019 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831
Anniversary party: Apple Line celebrates 10 years of service between Omak, Ellensburg
- Written by Jef Lucero, WSDOT communications
OMAK – The Apple Line – an intercity bus line connecting Omak and Ellensburg – is having a party for its 10th anniversary, and the public is invited. The big difference between this and other anniversary parties: the Apple Line will be the one giving away the presents.
Launched just over 10 years ago as the second route of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Travel Washington intercity bus system, the Apple Line has connected approximately 62,000 riders between Omak and Ellensburg since its first day of service. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, WSDOT, Greyhound, Northwest Trailways and other community partners will host a reception and luncheon at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Civic League Park Bandshell in Omak.
The first 100 attendees will receive a coupon for a $10 one-way or round-trip fare, a savings of about $10 to $30 on a future Apple Line ride. Lunch will also be provided on a limited basis courtesy of Northwest Trailways, the transportation provider that operates the Apple Line, and other prizes and giveaways will be available to attendees.
“The Travel Washington program provides vital links between smaller, rural communities and urban parts of our state,” said WSDOT Public Transportation Division Director Brian Lagerberg. “I’m thrilled that the Apple Line helps connect people in the Omak area with the rest of our great state.”
“We’re honored to help support WSDOT’s commitment to connecting the citizens of Washington along the Apple Line over the past 10 years,” said Greyhound Regional Manager Ed van Heel. “The Apple Line is a shining example of a community investment in transportation, and we are excited to continue our support for years to come.”
Apple Line 10-year anniversary celebration
When: 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12.
Where: Civic League Park Bandshell, 20 S. Ash St., Omak.
Schedule: 11 – 11:45 a.m. Presentations from local officials and agency executives.
Noon Luncheon (provided on a limited basis).
Logistics: This will be an outdoor event, rain or shine. Please plan ahead and dress for the elements.
WSDOT’s Travel Washington intercity bus system connects rural communities in Washington with regional transportation hubs and urban centers. These buses make scheduled connections with other transportation services to make traveling accessible, reliable and convenient. The program fills gaps in the statewide transit system by bringing connections to rural communities and other parts of the state.
New edition of Gray Notebook online
- Written by WSDOT Communications
The March 31, 2019, edition of WSDOT’s quarterly performance report (Gray Notebook 73) continues to follow the agency’s progress with its strategic plan by focusing on inclusion, practical solutions and workforce development. Gray Notebook 73:
- Demonstrates how the agency uses social media and its smartphone applications to engage communities throughout Washington
- Analyzes how WSDOT is using a data-driven approach in efforts to reduce the potential for bicyclist and pedestrian traffic crashes, and
- Illustrates how the agency works with partners to create career pathways through the Sustainability in Prisons Project and to remove barriers for individuals participating in WSDOT’s Wetlands Ecology and Monitoring Techniques Internship.
The edition is available online at https://wsdot.wa.gov/publications/fulltext/graynotebook/gray-notebook-Mar19.pdf and while performance measures are reported throughout the Gray Notebook, highlights from this issue include:
- About 22% of those who died in traffic collisions during 2018 in Washington were pedestrians and bicyclists
- The number of WSDOT’s Facebook page followers increased 24.6% from 79,343 in April 2018 to 98,878 in March 2019
- WSDOT responded to 17,010 incidents during the quarter, providing about $26.6 million in economic benefit
- WSF completed 38,348 (99.2%) of its 38,641 regularly scheduled trips in the third quarter of FY2019
- Amtrak Cascades revenue increased by 5.7%, from $29.6 million in 2017 to $31.3 million in 2018
- WSDOT added nine new wetland and stream mitigation sites on 17 acres in 2018, bringing the total to 300 sites on 1,623 acres
- WSDOT's Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks helped the trucking industry avoid 168,000 travel hours and $20.1 million in operating costs in 2018
- The annual average price of gasoline in Washington state rose by 10% from 2017 to 2018, going from $2.92 per gallon to $3.21 per gallon
- WSDOT completed one Connecting Washington project in the seventh quarter of the 2017-2019 biennium
The Gray Notebook and the Gray Notebook Lite (a summary of selected performance topics covered in this quarter’s publication), can be viewed and printed from the WSDOT accountability website (www.wsdot.wa.gov/accountability).
Buckner Orchard work party June 13th
- Written by Herb Sargo
Find out more at http://bucknerhomestead.org
Occupant of drifting boat missing on Columbia River
- Written by Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Groseclose Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
On 05/29/19 a 14’ green Alumacraft boat, vessel registration number WN4147SJ, with a Honda outboard motor, owned by 81 year old Charles Baker was seen drifting unoccupied, 5 miles above Chief Joe Dam, on the Columbia River.
A 1990 blue Dodge Pickup and boat trailer owned by Charles Baker, was found at the Army Corp of Engineers boat launch above Chief Joe Dam.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office/Search and Rescue, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and Colville Tribal Police searched the river for Charles Baker.
Charles Baker was last seen on 05/27/19. No foul play is suspected in his disappearance.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is requesting information from anyone who saw Charles Baker launching, or operating his boat on the Columbia River on 05/27/19. Please call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office during business hours (509) 884-0941, or RiverCom at (509) 884-1535 after business hours with any information.
Trojans Track and Field at State in Cheney
- Written by Janice Stewart
The state track and field championships were held at EWU in Cheney last Thursday through Saturday.
Manson took 11 athletes competing in 16 different events.
The first 2 days of competition were mainly preliminary heats and finals being held on Saturday.
There are 16 athletes qualified for each event and the top 8 finishers in prelims will be moving onto the finals.
The Trojans had a roller coaster of results, with some great finishes and some heart breaking ones mixed in as well. The highlights include 4 podium finishes and 2 school records.
Connor Torgesen placed 4th in the 800m, breaking the school record in the prelims, and then coming back to better that mark in the finals. He also placed 5th in the 400m, narrowly missing the school record in that event as well.
Jose Pascasio smashed the school record in the javelin by 12 feet to place 4th overall.
Kendall Petre set a new personal best in the 400m to place 8th and earn a medal in that event for the 2nd straight year.
Cole Beazley was the hard luck participant of the meet, as he placed 9th in both the 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles, missing out on a place in the finals by less than .1 of a second in both events.
Another 9th place finisher was Braden Getzin in the triple jump, missing out of a podium finish by a few inches.
Other results include-
Cara Hutton- 16th in the 1600
Bailey Cameron- 12th in the 1600 and 13th in the 3200
Grant Torgesen- 11th in the 3200
JoJo Morales- 16th in the shot put
Kendall Petre- 10th in the high jump and 16th in the 200m
Boys 4x100 had a bad exchange and were disqualified in their prelim.
Boys 4x400 narrowly missed the finals by 1.5 seconds and finished 10th
Three state airports receive federal assistance for infrastructure projects
- Written by Paul Wolf, State Airports Manager
$9.4 million in grant funding awarded
OLYMPIA – Work to rejuvenate state airports is getting a much-needed lift, thanks to a recent supplemental appropriation provided to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Three Washington airports will receive a share of $9.4 million from the Airport Improvement Program, which helps fund projects that strengthen aviation infrastructure.
Davenport Municipal Airport outside of Spokane, will use $3.5 million for rehabilitation work and to extend the runway. $4.8 million will go to Jefferson County International Airport to improve the runway. Arlington Municipal Airport will see $1.1 million for taxiway rehabilitation with work already underway.
“The timing of this is perfect and fits well into our planned improvements,” said Dave Ryan, Arlington Municipal Airport Manager. “This will also allow us to move forward with the taxiway lighting project at the same time.”
This is the second round of funding from the U.S. Transportation budget – the first round in September 2018 provided Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport $7 million to assist with an ongoing runway construction project.
AIP grants are under the additional supplementary funding authorized by congress for airport infrastructure. Since this addition to the FAA program is 100% funded, it may allow for additional federal discretionary funds and state funding from WSDOT Aviation to go toward other airport infrastructure projects. Airport sponsors should watch for additional supplemental funds as congress makes them available in the future.