by Richard Uhlhorn
Chelan City Council voted unanimously to release $50,000 that was set aside for the potential glass recycling effort mounted by the Lake Chelan Rotary Club despite several issues that need to be addressed between the Rotary and City.
The primary reason for the early release of the $50,000 was the need to have the glass crushing machine on-site by the end of March so the Rotary can take advantage of another $50,000 grant offered by the Department of Ecology. That grant offer has a drop dead date of March 30.
The Rotary Club has a budget of $150,000 which includes the City’s funding, the DOE grant, $30,000 committed from the Lake Chelan Wine Alliance, and some $1,000 donations.
The issues remaining include an operating agreement between the City and Rotary, certified forklift operators, releases and a facility use agreement and solid waste permit.
City attorney Quentin Batjer told the Council that the agreements are “just not ready for prime time yet.” Councilman Ty Witt agreed that the request for the City’s funding was putting pressure on, but also said he was concerned about losing the DOE funding. “We should try to get this rolling,” he said.
Councilwoman Erin McCardle said, “What’s at risk is losing $50,000 from the DOE…that’s a lot of money to make up.” Councilman Tim Hollingsworth said he would love to release the City’s funds, but thought the big Red Flag was the lack of a Solid Waste Permit.
The Council all agreed that the glass recycling project is needed. The residents of the valley have been crying to have glass recycling restarted in the valley for the last two years.
The Council also unanimously approved a resolution to allow the HDCA Downtown Revitalization Project to go after grant opportunities. “Sometimes we don’t have the time to get in front of City Council,” said McCardle who is the executive director of the HDCA. “We don’t want to miss opportunities which is the purpose of this resolution,” she added.
The Council unanimously moved to award the Lift Station No. 5 Lift Station Improvements and Force Main Replacement Project to KRCI. The project, which will create minor traffic delays along Hwy 97A at the Three Fingers, will be a shared cost project with the City paying 51 percent and the Lake Chelan Sewer District 49 percent of the project costs. The City also entered into an Agreement with GBI Holding Co. for Lake Park Block 8 Lot 1-20 for a utilities easement for the project. RH2 Engineering will oversee the project inspection services. “The award will get this constructed before Memorial Day,” said Public Works Director Jake Youngren.
Tim Hollingsworth remarked that the Housing Trust is looking at the infrastructure needs on Anderson Road which includes the construction of sewer and water lines. “We’ve looked at our resources and are considering a Community Development Block Grant,” said Hollingsworth. “Ultimately the City will be the applicant.” A pubic hearing will also be arranged.
John Olson remarked that the City is 75 days away from Memorial Day.
Servando Robledo thanked Julie McCoy for putting together the glass recycling plans.
Peter Jamtgaard said in retrospect that he would have voted for accepting the bids on the proposed Public Works Administration Building after looking at the cost of materials. “I would have supported it knowing the prices. They are not going to come down.”
Mayor Bob Goedde encouraged the Council to attend a Destination Development presentation on March 17 at 8:30 p.m. “It wil cover how to do business plans.”
City Administrator Wade Ferris said the Chelan School District is going in another direction for its school parking lot parking issues. He also told council that the 17th Green at the golf course would be moved starting on March 29.
Parks Director Paul Horne said he is working on a volunteer program for the Parks this summer and that the beach at Don Morse Park has been scrapped.