Douglas County & Regional Port form partnership to assist small businesses in Douglas County
- 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.
Leadership Response Team Conference Call 6-11-20
- 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.
Conference Call ended at 1354
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioners Meeting 6-17-20
- Written by Carol A Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting via google hangout. The public is welcome to listen to the open public meeting by calling #351-888-7591 no access code is needed.
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: May 2020
• Payroll: May 1-31 Paid 06-05-2020 $116,192.96
• Vouchers: General Account #746459- 746510 $25,264.06
• Vouchers: Capital Account #17112 -17117 $77,435.30
• Minutes: May 20, 2020
Fire Chief Report:
• 2020 Budget & Financial Report
• Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
• Long Range Planning (Meeting to be scheduled for July)
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract
• Station 75 Short Plat
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Douglas County office opens for civil process and CC permits
June 9, 2020 - Effective immediately the Douglas County Sheriff's Office will re-open, by appointment only for the following services:
* Civil Process
* Concealed Pistol Licenses
To make an appointment please call 509-884-0941.
COVID safety precautions apply.
Structure fire at Fields Point Landing 6-8-20
- Written by Brandon Asher, CCFD
On 6-8-20 at 8:14 PM Chelan Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire with a report of flames from the roof of a home at 351 Fields Pt. Landing.
A second alarm was called which brought assistance from Entiat and Manson fire departments.
First arriving crews reported a large home going through a remodel that was fully involved and had already almost burned to the ground. Strong down lake winds had pushed the fire into the nearby brush threatening one home. Crews were able to quickly contain the brush fire and then put out what was left of the home.
Due to the high winds and no sheetrock in place the fire quickly spread throughout the whole structure.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 6-11-20
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
June 11, 2020, 4:15pm
Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416
I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Minutes
a. May 14, 2020 regular meeting minutes
III. Financial Review
a. Review monthly financial report
b. Review and approve monthly voucher
IV. Old Business
a. Concessions policy update
b. No wake buoys
c. RCO grant update
d. Leffler Field committee
e. Singleton playground updates
f. COVID-19 updates
V. New Business
a. Mower purchase
b. Volunteer presence in parks
c. 4th of July fireworks show
Next regular meeting is July 9, 2020 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.
71 small businesses in Chelan and Douglas counties awarded Working Washington Emergency Grants
- Written by Sarah Deenik, Communications Coordinator/Finance Specialist, CDRP
The Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority announced today $333,052 in Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants (WWSBEG) to support 71 local companies severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The selected pool of grantees includes 17 restaurants, 14 retail establishments, 10 salons, 3 fitness facilities, 3 beauty/personal services, 3 manufacturing facilities, 3 childcare businesses, 2 agricultural businesses, and additional small locally owned establishments. Grantees are located in 12 different cities across Chelan and Douglas Counties. Grantees represent 38 women owned businesses, 11 minority owned businesses, and a veteran owned business. These businesses will primarily use these funds to pay rent, utilities, and other allowable expenses.
“Small businesses are job generators, product and service providers, and they provide the unique character of our downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “While we know there is much more to do, these Working Washington grants are designed to support them during this challenging time on the road to recovery.”
The WWSBEG recipients in Chelan and Douglas Counties will employ a total of 264 individuals and it is estimated this grant will prevent the loss of 247 jobs. In approving these grants, Washington State and both Chelan and Douglas Counties will be able to support the potential preservation of these businesses and the economic security of the companies’ employees and the local communities.
Regional Port Authority Board Chairman Rory Turner said “We would like to thank the Governor and Department of Commerce for working closely with the Regional Port in funding these small businesses in Chelan and Douglas Counties. As our region works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, getting financial support for our small businesses is critical to economic recovery.”
The Regional Port received 855 Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant requests totaling $7,943,336. The Regional Port is working with federal, state, and local governmental entities trying to secure additional resources to fund more small business grants.
CHELAN COUNTY WWSBEG GRANT RECIPIENTS
1. Melinda Raven - Wenatchee - Salon - $5,000
2. iLa Yoga LLC - Wenatchee - Fitness - $5,000
3. The Thai Restaurant - Wenatchee - Restaurant - $5,000
4. Pat's Books and Beds LLC DBA A Book for All Seasons - Leavenworth - Retail - $5,000
5. Traci and Friends Childcare Cashmere - Childcare - $5,000
6. Indigo Salon - Wenatchee - Salon - $5,000
7. Nancy's Party Rental - East Wenatchee - Retail - $5,000
8. Upper Valley Development LLC DBA Entiat Pub & Grub - Entiat - Restaurant - $5,000
9. Studio No 7 - Wenatchee - Art studio - $2,500
10. Classes with Glasses - Wenatchee - Art studio - $5,000
11. Anna's Creation Bridal Boutique - Wenatchee - Retail - $5,000
12. Shakti's - Wenatchee - Restaurant - $5,000
13. The Sugaring Hut - Wenatchee - Salon - $5,000
14. Realize LLC - Wenatchee - Fitness - $5,000
15. Integrity Piercing - Wenatchee - Salon - $5,000
16. Blue Spirits Distilling - Chelan - Manufacturing - $5,000
17. Bavarian Village Chocolates LLC - Leavenworth - Retail - $5,000
18. Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery - Wenatchee - Restaurant - $5,000
19. Wenatchee School of Karate - Wenatchee - Education - $5,000
20. Osprey Rafting Company and Ski Shop - Leavenworth - Retail - $5,000
21. American Shoe Shop Inc - Wenatchee - Retail - $5,000
22. 97 Rock House - Peshastin - Restaurant - $5,000
23. Mera LLC Taco Loco Taqueria - Wenatchee - Restaurant - $5,000
24. Futbol-Era LLC - Wenatchee - Retail - $5,000
25. Andante Restaurant - Chelan - Restaurant - $5,000
26. Wild Flour - Leavenworth - Restaurant - $5,000
27. Gibbs Graphics LLC - Leavenworth - Business services - $5,000
28. DragonFly Studio - Wenatchee - Salon - $1,000
29. Mandelbluete LLC dba Cafe Columbia - Wenatchee - Restaurant - $5,000
30. Feathered Salon - Wenatchee - Salon - $5,000
31. Bluegrass Mountain LL DBA Fresh Burger Cafe - Leavenworth - Restaurant - $5,000
32. Lany's Beauty Salon - Wenatchee - Salon - $5,000
33. Edible Art LLC DBA The Cook's Corner Diner - Wenatchee - Restaurant - $5,000
34. Hope Mountain Farm LLC - Leavenworth - Agriculture - $5,000
35. Pins & Needles - Wenatchee - Retail - $5,000
36. Team Bales Trucking - Malaga - Trucking - $5,000
37. Seven Auto Sales** - Wenatchee - Retail - $5,000
DOUGLAS COUNTY WWSBEG GRANT RECIPIENTS
1. Gilfeather Hair, LLC - East Wenatchee - Retail - $5,000
2. Golden East Restaurant, LLC - East Wenatchee - Restaurant - $5,000
3. Auntie Bling's Attique - Waterville - Retail - $5,000
4. Carrie D Larson dba Carrie Larson Childcare - East Wenatchee - Childcare - $5,000
5. Columbia Yard Service - East Wenatchee - Landscaping - $5,000
6. Ring A Bells Catering - East Wenatchee - Restaurant - $5,000
7. Ringsrud Cidery LLC DBA Snowdrift Cider Co - East Wenatchee - Restaurant - $5,000
8. Tiny's Organic LLC - East Wenatchee - Restaurant - $5,000
9. Waterville Historic Hotel - Waterville - Hospitality - $3,750
10. Flooring & More - East Wenatchee - Construction - $4,500
11. G K Legacy LLC DBA San Francisco Sourdough Eatery - East Wenatchee - Restaurant - $5,000
12. Nail Pro - East Wenatchee - Salon - $5,000
13. Rebekah's Photography - East Wenatchee - Photograpy - $2,300
14. Apple Blossom Floral - East Wenatchee - Retail - $5,000
15. AR Studio 92 - Bridgeport - Salon - $2,800
16. Carri Gilstrap dba Studio C - East Wenatchee - Salon - $4,800
17. Common Sense Roofing - East Wenatchee - Construction - $5,000
18. Arseneault Automation - East Wenatchee - Construction - $5,000
19. Chinook Music Service LLC - East Wenatchee - Retail - $5,000
20. MT the Attic - East Wenatchee - Retail - $5,000
21. PomArleau Transfer and Storage Corp. - East Wenatchee - Moving - $5,000
22. Revive Salon - East Wenatchee - Salon - $5,000
23. Lashes & Mustaches - East Wenatchee - Salon - $5,000
24. Pursuit Carpentry - East Wenatchee - Construction - $5,000
25. Banuelos Construction LLC - East Wenatchee - Construction - $5,000
26. EbbigHausen Construction Services - East Wenatchee - Construction -$5,000
27. Feline Friends & Dog Care Savvy - East Wenatchee - Pet services - $4,000
28. InPrint Printing - East Wenatchee - Manufacturing - $5,000
29. Jones Plastering & Stucco - East Wenatchee - Construction - $5,000
30. Rama Farm LLC - Bridgeport - Agriculture - $3,000
31. The Rock Bar and Grill /DDR Rice Group - Rock Island - Restaurant - $5,000
32. Caroline McGregor's Licensed Child Care - East Wenatchee - Childcare - $3,134
33. Chandler Business Interiors, Inc. - East Wenatchee - Manufacturing - $3,134
34. Karen's Kleening LLC - East Wenatchee - Housekeeping - $3,134
Doulglas County announces coming budget reductions
- Written by Jordyn Giulio, Risk Manager, Douglas County
As the economic impacts Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order (Governor’s Proclamation 20-25) continue to develop, Douglas County has implemented budget reductions in response to the decline of incoming sales-tax based revenue and preparing for potential shortfalls in the coming months. In an effort to be proactive and maintain consistency with the County's historic fiscally conservative budget management practices, the County has made cuts while still working to maintain continuity of vital public services.
Douglas County will be exploring all options for reducing costs while sustaining or bolstering public services. These measures include, but are not limited to, staff attrition, leaving vacant positions unfilled, altered maintenance schedules, training reductions, and examination of current operations.
Douglas County has a strong tradition of conservative budgeting which has allowed the County to weather previous economic downturns and has made us well positioned to function successfully during lean times. We believe that this dedication to responsible stewardship of tax payer funds will allow the County to continue to serve the community in a meaningful and productive manner during this event. Additionally, making these difficult decisions early will allow the County to be positioned favorably in the face of the uncertainly of 2021.
We want to acknowledge the hardships and personally thank all Douglas County residents for you hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity. Your Douglas County leadership will remain committed to serving our community in the fiscally responsibly and community-oriented custom way the community has come to depend on.
Commercial building fire at 76 in Chelan 6-2-20
- Written by Mark R. Donnell, Fire Chief, CCFD
At 4:03 AM on 6-2-2020, crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a reported commercial fire alarm activation at 302 E. Woodin Ave.
Manager on site reported light smoke inside the occupancy and fire crews immediately upgraded the call to a commercial fire.
Flames and heavy smoke were reported on the roof and fire crews initiated fire attack with aerial (ladder truck) master stream.
Crews attempted to enter the building but pulled back due to partial collapse of the ceiling and moved into defensive fire operations.
A third alarm was called bringing additional resources from LCCH EMS, Manson, Orondo, and Entiat to assist with fire suppression operations. A total of 33 fire personnel and 14 apparatus were used to bring the fire under control at 5:31 AM with no reported injuries.
Cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Notice from Manson Schools - June 3, 2020
- Written by Matt Charleton, Superintendent, Manson Schools
NOTICE FROM MANSON SCHOOLS - June 3, 2020
Dear Students and Families,
We are writing today to share information on two topics:
* The graduation events occurring this week and changes to Saturday’s graduation ceremony.
* A committee we are forming to plan for the start of school year 2020-2021.
Next week will send another update on topics like:
* Checking in equipment, picking up classroom/locker items, last day of school process
* Summer food program information
* Summer school opportunities
The guidance we have received from the Chelan Douglas Health District (as recently as of this morning), and the State Department of Health has caused us to alter our graduation plans. We even delayed this decision hoping Chelan County would transition to Phase II but sadly this did not happen in time for this day.
We have kept the senior class request of holding an in person ceremony vs. virtual ceremony at the front of our thinking. Though we won’t all be able to be together as Manson, each graduate and their family will get to experience walking across a stage, hearing their name and receiving a diploma in person.
Manson families and community members are invited to help celebrate our 2020 graduates in the following ways:
* Friday June 5th
o We will release a pre-recorded Senior Awards and Slideshow event at 7:00PM on social media and our website. Help us celebrate 2020 senior accomplishments and awards “golden globe” style.
* Saturday June 6th
o At 9:00AM watch a pre-recorded release of speeches and addresses on social media and our website.
o From 11:00AM - 3:30PM tune into Manson’s Facebook Live account and watch each senior cross the stage and receive their diploma. A special thanks to Aaron England who will be broadcasting live.
2020-2021 School Year
A statewide committee is currently working on recommendations for school starting up next year. Many things are unknown at this point. Will students be allowed to come to campus? What protections will we need to have in place?
Manson School District will be utilizing the state committee guidance (expected in mid-June) and creating a local plan for our students. We want student and parents to assist in this work. We are forming a committee to create our local plan.
* For those interested in helping
o We expect committee members to meet 3-4 times between June 29 and August 14.
o The meetings will be held via Zoom or in person (if allowed) using appropriate health precautions
The committee will update its progress as the summer progresses and will share a final plan for Manson School District’s 2020-2021 School Year in the third week of August. The plan will include information on schedules, transportation, any changes in school day or start times, health protections/considerations and many other important details.
As I sign off this week I want to offer a question I’ve been chewing on.
Different generations of citizens have been challenged with wars, natural disasters, economic upheaval, civil unrest, pandemics, famine and other events. When we are living through these periods, I’m sure people don’t realize the historical significance. We just keep on living the best we can.
I doubt people born between 1910-1930 knew they would someday be labeled the “Greatest Generation” having survived the Great Depression and two World Wars.
I wonder if someday our children will be known for their resilience and ability to overcome difficult times? Are we raising future leaders who will take our country to a new level? Knowing the quality and character of our kids…I’m betting yes!
Stay healthy everyone,
Matt Charlton, Superintendent Manson School District