Studies approved by City Council

by Richard Uhlhorn

Sewer & Water Rate Study

Jake Youngren, public works director, had a number of motion considerations on the table at last Monday evening’s Special Council meeting.

“It’s hard to believe we are at another rate and fee study,” said Public Works Director Jake Youngren. “But we are here.” The Rare and Fee Study helps the city build equitable rate costs.

The study will include the following:

Task 1: Initial Project Meeting Task 2: Data Collection & Validation Task 3: Customer Data Validation Task 4: Revenue Requirement Task 5: Cost of Service Task 6: Rate Design Task 7: General Facility Charge Update Task 8: Meetings & Presentations Task 9: Documentation.

The Council authorized the Mayor to finalize and execute the Professional Services Agreement with FCS Group for an estimated cost of $92,126. “It is a time and materials agreement and it is in our Capital Improvements budget,” said Youngren. He added that the rate studies are built on fairly conservative numbers.

Chelan Downtown Revitalization Project

The Council has also authorized the Mayor to finalize and execute a Professional Services Agreement with Beckwith Consulting Group for the Downtown Revitalization Project.

The City will enter into another time and materials agreement for an estimated cost of $121,585. “The HDCA has the funds for this project,” said Youngren. Task 2 and Task 3 are the two components of the agreement that will determine the plans and design alternatives.

Task 1: Initiate Project · Task 1a: Review Background information and plans · Task 1b: Conduct scoping workshop · Task 1c: Conduct council workshop Task 2: Assess Conditions/Develop Site Plans · Task 2a: Assess site conditions · Task 2b: Surveys/interviews/Workshops/Property and business owner survey and interviews · Task 2c: Evaluate safety and maintenance · Task 2d: Conduct workshop with event organizers · Task 2e: Document findings · Task 2f: Conduct open house · Task 2g: Council selects site plan Task 3: Develop Design Alternatives · Task 3a: Develop design alternatives · Task 3b: Document design palette alternatives · Task 3c: Conduct open house · Task 3d: Refine design palette alternatives · Task 3e: Council selects design palette Task 4: Develop Implementation Strategy · Task 4a: Evaluate financing options · Task 4b: Document financing options · Task 4c: Conduct open house · Task 4d: survey previous respondents option · Task 4e: Council selects financing plan Task 5: Complete Bid Documents · Task 5a: Complete bid documents · Task 5b: Finalize bid documents

State Route 150 Sewer Replacement

Public Works Director Youngren told the Council that the proposed sewer line replacement project is in the City’s Comprehensive Plan and is budgeted.

“It needs to be upsized,” said Youngren. “It’s a pretty critical piece of infrastructure.” The project is intended to remedy sewer collection system capacity issues and calls for a replacing the current 16 inch main with a 21 inch main.

Peter Jamtgaard asked it the project included effluent from Manson. Youngren replied that the Lake Chelan Reclamation District is a partner in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan.

RH2 Engineering will conduct the design services for this project not to exceed $50,000. The Council authorized the Mayor to finalize and execute the agreement.

Mayor/Council Comments

Mayor Goedde is working on adding one more percent to the lodging tax which would add another estimated $400,000 a year to the Chelan coffers. “It would supply some of our funding for our tourism needs.”

Public Works Director Jake Youngren is participating on a regional trails committee and told the Council that it’s that time of the year when representatives are looking for project recommendations.

He stated that the Northshore Pathway from Manson to Chelan might be able to get a start with a project from Big Horn Avenue to Riviera Drive at a cost of $2.6 million with a $200,000 match. There will be approximately $40 million available for trails and Chelan, because of its Comprehensive Trail Plan and old Northshore plans, could be in line for more funding. “We are shovel ready where other jurisdictions are not,” he said. “Our alignment is picked and we are in a really good spot.”

The Northshore Trail from Manson to Chelan hasn’t been totally evaluated yet. “There is a good amount of money coming from the Federal government,” stated Youngren.

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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