CITY COUNCIL ADDRESSES OLD 2019 BUSINESS TO START NEW YEAR

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By Richard Uhlhorn

City Council will begin 2020 under the direction of newly elected Mayor Bob Goedde, a new interim City Administrator and two new voices on the Council; John Olson and Peter Jamtgaard who replace outgoing councilmembers Kelly Allen and Wendy Isenhart.

Upcoming issues on the agenda for Tuesday, January 14, City Council meeting include two items of interest to the public.

At the December 17, 2019 meeting, Council was informed that there were difficulties negotiating an access easement through Vin du Lac property to the Spader Bay Property.

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The Spader Bay Property is back on the City’s agenda. The City’s 90 Day due diligence period is up in early February and the Seller is requesting an extension.

Larry Lehmbecker, owner of the Vin du Lac property has raised several concerns about the proposed configuration and is uncomfortable proceeding with access without addressing those issues.

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The Spader Bay Property currently has no legal access.

The City has until February 4, 2020 to secure access easements to the City’s satisfaction. If these easements are not acquired, the City has the unconditional right to terminate the Bargain and Sale Agreement under its 90 day due diligence period.

The seller would like to continue negotiating for access and is requesting a 90 day extension of the due diligence period.

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At the December 3, 2019 City Workshop, Guy Evans, Executive Director of the Lake Chelan Trails Alliance (LCTA), and the City Attorney, presented material regarding the proposed location of the trail below the Lake Chelan Dam in Reach 1.

This presentation included the legal matters regarding the contractual relationship between the PUD, the City and the LCTA.

At Tuesday’s meeting, there will be two agreements for the Council to consider:

  • A permit with Chelan County PUD, and a
  • Subpermit Agreement with the LCTA

Approval of both agreements is necessary in order for the LCTA to construct, operate and maintain a public trail below the Dam.

The Permit Agreement between the City and the PUD establishes certain terms and conditions required by the PUD to operate on its property. The Subpermit will be between the City and LCTA which outlines the terms and conditions of the master permit to the LCTA. This permit makes the LCTA the responsible party for construction, maintenance and repairs to the trail.

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The Sheriff’s Department is requesting monetary help from the City to cover Winterfest overtime pay. This funding would come from the City’s 2% Lodging Tax.

Council will also elect a new Mayor Pro Tempore and assigned Council Liaison positions for the Council members.

City Council meetings begin at 6 p.m. in the City’s Council Chambers and residents are encouraged to attend, voice concerns during the community comment period that is provided before each meeting and to weigh in on any agenda item during those discussions.

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