Manson Parks Special Board Meeting 12-19-17
- Written by Robin Pittman
Special Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, December 19, 2017, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Approval of Minutes
a. November 16, 2017 Special Meeting minutes
IV. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
V. Old Business
a. 2018 Budget
b. Levy Election
c. Director’s Report
VI. New Business
a. Thank You to outgoing Commissioners
b. Oath of Office for incoming Commissioners
c. Chelan Jet Boat Rides
Next Regular Meeting: January 11, 2018 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street Manson, WA 98831
Bridgeport car thief rams patrol car
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 12/10/17 at 1:56 AM, a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol spotted a vehicle driving recklessly on Tacoma St. and 21st in Bridgeport.
The Deputy turned on his emergency lights and siren, but the car sped away. The car ran six stop signs as the Deputy pursued. The suspect vehicle drove into the PUD parking lot. When the Deputy pulled in behind vehicle, the driver put the car in reverse and rammed the patrol car. The pursuit continued.
The suspect vehicle had a flat tire and eventually was forced off the road. She resisted arrest. The vehicle was found to be stolen from Bridgeport on 12/08/17.
The female driver, 24 year old Yvon Lopez-Flores of Bridgeport, was arrested for a possession of a stolen vehicle, felony eluding, and DUI. There was a passenger, 20 year old Christopher Rodriguez of Bridgeport, who was arrested for a DOC warrant.
The criminals were booked into the Okanogan County Jail without further incident. There were no injuries.
Transportation Commission to review I-405 Express Toll Lanes performance and begin work on SR 99 toll rates at Dec.12-13 meeting
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission is reviewing several tolling items during meetings Dec. 12 and 13. Topics include a two-year review of the I-405 Express Toll Lanes, initial consideration of traffic and revenue analysis for the State Route 99 tunnel under Seattle and options to maintain current toll rates on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
The meetings start at 9a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12 and Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. These meetings are open to the public. Those wishing to speak to the commission can during public comment periods after key agenda items during the meetings.
On Dec. 12, the Washington State Department of Transportation Toll Division will present initial traffic and toll revenue projections for the tunnel replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct portion of SR 99. The Washington State Legislature has directed that tolls raise $200 million toward project construction costs over time. Although the commission will not adopt toll rates until fall 2018, the data will be used to determine how toll rates will vary by time of day to manage congestion on the facility and impacts on surface streets.
Two additional toll facilities are also on the agenda Dec. 12. at 1 p.m., WSDOT will report on the performance of the I-405 Express Toll Lanes between Bellevue and Lynnwood, which have been in operation for two full years. The briefing will include data regarding use of the I-405 Express Toll Lanes, changes in corridor congestion, net revenue collected and results of a survey of public reaction and attitudes. Officials from two of the transit agencies using the lanes will report on their travel times and ridership before and after ETL implementation.
The Tuesday, Dec. 12 meeting concludes with an update on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge financial plan, followed by a report from a work group the commission led to assess options for providing long-term toll payer relief for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The work group recommendations will be delivered to the legislature in January 2018.
During the Dec. 13 meeting, the commission will hear a progress report on planning for the Road Usage Charge Pilot Project prior to launch early in 2018. A road usage charge (RUC) is a per-mile charge drivers would pay for the use of the roads. It is under consideration as a potential replacement for the gas tax drivers now pay on a gallon of gasoline. A RUC may provide a more sustainable funding source for transportation infrastructure, in light of growing fuel efficiency of new vehicles, which consume less gas. The pilot project will engage 2,000 volunteers from across the state to test the concept and shape how it might work.
The Dec. 13 meeting agenda also includes a report from WSDOT on the work it is doing to prepare for connected and autonomous vehicles in the state.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Special Meeting 12-13-17
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: October 2017
* Payroll: $141,525.29 November 1-30, 2017 Paid 12-05-2017
* Vouchers for November General Account: Vouchers #1308 through #1311 for $480.97; Voucher #1313 through #1323 for $6,739.31; Voucher #1366 through #1381 for $7,319.98; Vouchers #1402 through #1414 for $9,813.78.
* Vouchers for November Capital Account: Vouchers #1312 for $167.81; Voucher #1382 for $8,104.82; Vouchers #1413 for $5,439.76.
* Minutes: November 1 and 8, 2017
Fire Chief Report:
* 2017 Budget Expense Report
* 2017 Goal and Objectives
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Public Education
* Fire Prevention
Firefighters Association Report:
* Citizens Task Force
* Marine / Water Rescue Response Up-date
* Annexation Proposals Up-Date
* 2016 State Audit Report
* Elected a 2017 Chairperson for the Board of Fire Commissioners
* Elected a 2017 District Secretary to the Board of Fire Commissioners.
* 12/12/17: Annual District Holiday Social
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.140 to discuss negotiations and collective bargaining issues.
Buckner Orchard Adopt-A-Tree 2017
- Written by Herb Sargo
Manson Secondary School Collaborative Experience
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson Secondary Music and Art Department held its annual Collaborative Experience "Culture" featuring music and art from Manson Students On November 20th. The concert was overflowing with parents, students, staff and community members. Thank you for joining us!
Matt Brown, music director, stated, “The goal of the collaborative experience is that through the study of a theme the audience and students learned to be a part of something bigger that themselves. This year’s theme “Culture” delved into the music, art and history from nations around the world.
Art teacher Phil Thomas added, ““I think the value of the collaboration of the arts is that the students begin to make connections - not only between art and music but also with cultures and the purposeful connection with the audience when you create a piece to be in a show like that.”
The next middle/high school concert and Fine Arts program will be held on May 21, 2018.
Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus launches, co-lead by WA U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen
- Written by Justin D. Leighton
“As someone who uses public transportation every day, I understand just how critical safe and reliable bus systems are for working Americans,” said Larsen. “With more than 195 million passenger trips in Washington state annually, I am thrilled to co-chair the Congressional Bus Caucus – robust investment in buses and transportation will keep the economy thriving.”
The purpose of the Bus Caucus is to give a stronger voice to more than 1,100 bus transit systems across the country, 31 in Washington State, and highlight the need for adequate federal funding of bus transit programs.
As federal spending for public transportation has been limited, transit agencies have expressed frustration that there is not enough money to fund the needs of both heavy rail systems and bus agencies.
The Bus Caucus seeks to highlight the benefits of investing in bus systems, the challenges accompanying aging bus fleets and facilities, and encourage innovation in a rapidly changing transportation climate. The Caucus will raise awareness on Capitol Hill by holding occasional events to highlight the importance of transit agencies striving to deliver reliable service and meet a state of good repair.
“There is a mountain of need by every transit agency in our state for expansion and replacement of their fleets and facilities so we are pleased to see Rep. Larsen take the lead on the Bus Caucus as our agencies and passengers need a strong voice on Capitol Hill,” said Justin D. Leighton, WSTA Executive Director, which represents every transit agency in Washington State.
“As President of The Bus Coalition and General Manager of Link Transit, I see how funding cuts at the federal, state and local level are impacting bus systems of all sizes,” said Wenatchee transit executive Richard DeRock. The Bus Coalition is a transit industry advocacy group focused on issues specific to bus agencies.
“Many agencies are struggling to keep up with aging fleets and crumbling transit facilities. We know when systems age and service is cut, the rider experience suffers and ridership declines. That’s why I’m so excited about the formation of a new Congressional Caucus that will shine light on the needs of the bus transit community and give voice to a transportation asset that is so important to our local and national economy,” DeRock said.
Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10) joins Larsen as a founding member of the Bus Caucus. A total of nine members of Congress have joined.
“We encourage the remaining members of the Washington State Congressional Delegation to join their colleagues in this effort,” said Leighton. “This issue is vitally important to Washington’s transit agencies and their customers.
Driver has accident caused by Christmas lights distraction
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
C#17D-06816: On 11/28/17 at 11:30 PM Douglas County Deputies received a call of a one car rollover accident on Fancher Heights Blvd. and Inglewood Dr.
The first Deputy on the scene found a vehicle lying on its top in the yard of a residence. All the occupants were out of the vehicle. The driver said she and two other passengers were in the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. She said as she slowed down to make a turn “her foot slipped off the gas pedal and onto the accelerator.” The vehicle hit a curb and rolled about three times according to the driver.
There was alcohol and a legal amount of marijuana in the car, but the driver showed no signs of impairment. She was transported to Confluence Hospital for minor injuries.
One passenger, who fled before deputies arrived, returned to the scene and became belligerent and cursed the investigating Deputy. There was no reason to detain him and he left the scene while delivering some parting obscenities. The driver was cited for Speed Too Fast For Conditions.
C#17D-06799: On 11/28/17 at 8:45 AM a Douglas County Deputy responded to a burglary complaint at McDougal and Sons located in the 13000 Blk. of US 2.
The reporting party, who worked at McDougal and Sons, reported that one of her family members owns a pickup. She had occasion to look in the vehicle and saw items she knew belonged to McDougal. The Deputy followed up by contacting another employee at the business. He learned that someone had broken into the receiving building during the night.
Stolen were two computers, a portable radio charger, a small utility wagon, an acid monitor, and a web cam.
Deputies located the vehicle and suspect at a residence in Peshastin. The suspect was uncooperative. The vehicle was impounded and a search warrant for the vehicle was obtained. The stolen property was found inside. Before deputies could arrest the suspect, Department of Corrections officers arrested him for failing to comply with conditions of his supervision.
Deputies served probable cause statements at the Chelan County Jail on 11/29/17 charging him with Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree, a class C felony. The suspect was identified as 24 year old Maverick L. Delzer of Peshastin.
Celebration planned for new roundabout in Chelan, Nov. 29
- Written by Jeff Adamson, WSDOT
Officials join WSDOT in ribbon-cutting event
CHELAN – Chelan Mayor Mike Cooney will participate with Washington State Department of Transportation staff and local residents 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of a new roundabout on SR 150 at No See-Um Road.
The roundabout is one of several Connecting Washington transportation projects completed this year, bringing safety, economic, environmental and mobility improvements to local areas throughout the state.
Construction began in April and includes a roundabout, local road improvements, a shared use pedestrian and bicycle path, new bus stops and major improvements to water and sewer lines.
The ceremony will be on the shared use bicycle/pedestrian path in the southeast quadrant of the new roundabout.
Parking will be available at Don Morse Memorial Park with a shuttle, starting at 9:30 a.m., to the site.
If there is heavy rain or snow, the event will be held in the Chelan City Council Chambers, 135 East Johnson.
Suspicious Activity Yields Heroin Possession Arrest
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 11/21/17 at approximately 12:22 PM, a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol spotted a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Rock Island BJ’s. There were two males siting inside.
As the Deputy approached the window, he saw one male holding drug paraphernalia while trying to open a small bag of a brown substance which appeared to be heroin. The Deputy directed the two subjects out of the vehicle and the person holding the suspected drugs was placed under arrest. A consensual search of the vehicle yielded two bags of heroin and prescription medication for which the suspect did not have a prescription. He was arrested without incident and booked at the Chelan County Jail for possession of a controlled substance.
The suspect was identified as 28 year old Narcisso T. Alvarez of Leavenworth
The Deputy, Nick English, used good initiative and professional observation skills to get these dangerous drugs off the street and keep the suspect from creating a dangerous situation by driving under the influence.