Glass recycling program on track for a grand opening in July

by Richard Uhlhorn


Public Works Director Jake Youngren announced that the City and 911 Glass Rescue have “come up with an operating agreement” for the glass recycling program. “We feel like we are at the finish line,” said Youngren.

The recycling program will run on weekends and will not be in conflict the City’s other ongoing recycling program. Only authorized personnel will be allowed to work with the glass recycling program.

City Attorney Quentin Batjar told the Council that paragraph four of the agreement gives the City a lot of leeway. “It has been a pleasure working with 911 Glass Rescue,” said Batjar. Councilman Ty Witt, one of the Rotary proponents said he was impressed with the efforts by the City.

The glass crusher machine is on site and being set up with July 24 set as the Grand Opening of the program. “We need to get the word out so we have glass to process,” said Witt. “It’s up to the public to bring it to us to make the program successful.”


Park’s Director Paul Horne brought forth cost estimates for the seven sites designated as having the best potential for public waterfront access. The City has put aside $150,000 in the budget to help fund improvements as directed by the City Council.

The sites that have been designated as having the most potential out of the 17 sites researched were:

  • Lake Chelan Shores – A long beach area between Willow Park and Lake Chelan Shores that is in the public domain would be improved with a boardwalk that would allow access to the lake as well as becoming a part of the proposed North Shore Pathway. The cost to improve this area is estimated to cost $320,626.00.
  • Dietrich Road Street End – This location is at the lake at the end of Dietrich Road and improvements were estimated to cost $298,374.29.
  • Chelan Riverwalk Park – This site would be constructed on the southwest side of the Woodin Avenue by the Grandview at an estimated cost of $149188.35.
  • Peterson’s N. Park Street – This site is adjacent to Peterson’s Waterfront Resort and is currently being used by the Chelan residents as a place to escape too. Under the proposed improvement, it is estimated to cost $94,915.65
  • Sunset Marina/Lake Chelan Boat Company – This area is between the Boat Company and Sunset Marina where the old Howe Sound Mining Dock was. It is already a perfect beach area. Improvements are estimated to cost $161,754.86.
  • W. Main Avenue – Estimated improvement at this location are $132,945.58.
  • Green Dock Micro Park – This park is in use, but the consultant has included an over the lake viewing dock at the corner of Water Street and Terrace Avenue at a cost of $327,450.28.
  • Two alternate sites have been included at the end of the seven sites selected for improvement. they include the following:
    1. West of the western finger at Three Fingers for a lake access dock and several swimming docks adjacent to the Lakeside Trail and 97A. This project would be an excellent collaboration between the City and PUD. All the underwater land is owned by the PUD at this location.
    2. Spader Bay Water Access – It has been suggested that the City make use of the Spader Bay acquisition with several floating docks that would accommodate paddle boarders and kayakers to help disburse water use from the Chelan River.

The Three Finger and Spader Bay alternatives will be discussed at Chelan’s next Council Workshop.


Craig Gildroy, planning director, updated the City Council on the required Shoreline Master Program that is required to be submitted to the State by June 30.

The amendments include a number of comments from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife which was the only agency making a comment. Most of its recommendations were changes in the language used in the updates including references to accessible ramps and docks, and the hydraulic code.

Gildroy told the Council that he would be bringing back a resolution for council to approve at the next Council meeting. A representative of the WDFW told the Council via ZOOM that “some of the recommended changes are unique to Lake Chelan, some of which are required by the Department of Ecology and some that were not.

Public Works Director Jake Youngren requested approval of a Change Order with KRCI for the Lift Station No. 5 Improvement and Force Main Replacement Project for a total of $9,252.34 which will be reimbursed to the City by Ziply Fiber.

The request for a change order was derived from KRCI discovering an unknown/unlocated fiber conduit near the intersection of 97A and Waterslide Drive. This fiber conduit is owned by Ziply Fiber and was identified as a part of their main service line for the region.

The conduit was installed directly above the City’s 10 inch gravity sewer line that is being replaced. “It was unfortunate that the unlocated fiber line was on top of our sewer line that is being replaced,” said Youngren. “To keep the project moving we came up with a plan to relocate the line.”

Youngren also reported that the City received two bids for a Chelan Traffic Improvements Project. The low bid was submitted by Specialized Pavement Marking, Inc. in the amount of $45,166.15. The engineers estimate was $66,279.00. “This project was funded through the legislature,” said Youngren. “We have more than adequate funds.”

The project is a proposed short term channelization project in lieu of the proposed traffic signal control project identified at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Sanders Street.

The City Council approved a Construction Management Agreement with SCJ Alliance for the Chelan Traffic Improvement Project not to exceed $11,500.00.

Youngren added that SCJ Alliance will be putting an effort in to make the public aware of the project.

Councilman John Olson asked if the ultimate solution would be forthcoming in the next five to six years. Youngren replied that was the plan.

This began a discussion about truck traffic turning at the corner of Woodin by MOE and driving through the elementary school’s area. Councilman Chris Baker suggested that the City should talk to the school administration about the traffic situation. “It’s an all day long issue.”

Author: allthingslakechelan

I have been a journalist, photojournalist and reporter in the Lake Chelan Valley since 1988; first with the Wenatchee World, then 15 years at the Lake Chelan Mirror and another 12 years at GoLakeChelan. Currently, I am semi-retired but can't give up the media gig which is why I started All Things Lake Chelan blog. I also have two social media platforms; allthingslakechelan/facebook and lakechelansportsandrecration/facebook. I am also a professional photographer with many credits with major outlets around the world.

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