Spader Bay Property on City Council Agenda

The Potential Acquisition of Spader Bay is Contentious

by Richard Uhlhorn

Tonight’s City Council meeting (6 p.m. Council Chambers) might prove to be a contentious meeting. There has been a growing swell on Social Media against the City’s desire to potentially purchase 9.8 acres of property at Spader Bay.


This is an aerial view of Spader Bay taken several years ago. The line surrounding the property is what the City is looking at purchasing and improving for an estimated $1 million dollars.

The property sits just west of and above the Spader Bay residential area and is extremely steep, rocky and, at this time, landlocked.


The Backstory:

This property has been for sale over a period of years and is a part of the City’s efforts to find more Public Access for the community. In its efforts to look at this property for its potential for a public park, recreation and open space with a public trail system, the City Council has authorized the expenditure of $25,000 for J.A. Brennan and Associates to explore potential public access sites around the City Limits that have been shut off to the public for years.

J.A. Brennan has been retained to develop concept plans including a plan for the Spader Bay property. Brennan has been retained to conduct an assessment of potential water access sites including the Spader Bay Property.


This is an old map outlining potential public access points that were lost when the PUD raised the lake 21 feet. J.A. Brennan and Associates will look at eight of these sites and develop a concept plan for more public access to the lake.

Years ago, when the Lookout project was just beginning, Guy Evans (Ray O’Neal’s grandson) had been retained by the Lookout developer to help with the project as general manager. At that time, Evans felt that it would be easy to obtain easement access to the O’Neal property through Spader Bay. That turned out to be impossible


As a landlocked piece of land, the City, if it purchased this property, would have to somehow find access for the public, and would have to develop the property into a usable public recreation area.


A recent photograph of the Spader Bay property for sale.


A closeup of the Spader Bay hillside and shoreline.

The acquisition of open space, shoreline and trails property is supported by the City’s Pros Plan of 2016 and the Lake Chelan Community Open Space Vision Plan.

Tonight’s meeting will address the potential purchase of this property with an assumption of $1 million to be spent to purchase and improve the site.

The City plan would be to use its REET (Real Estate Excise Tax) funds to pay for the debt service if the property was purchased.

Tonight’s suggested motion is to authorize the Mayor to finalize and execute a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the property owners.

It is expected that a large contingent of residents will show up to tonight’s meeting to argue against the purchase of the Spader Bay Property. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

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City approves contract to look at public lake access points within city limits

Last week’s City Council meeting had several citizen comments that resonate with many in the community.

John Olson, a candidate for City Council, said he was surprised that the City was retaining JA Brennan and Associates to conduct research into street ends at the lake for potential lake access points for the public. “I do like their work,” said Olson. “They are well known.” JA Brennan and Associates apparently are working on another project that puts them in a direct conflict of interest with the City.

In addition, Olson continues to draw attention to the rapid growth in the Valley, stating that there are 8,500 units on the books. “There is a tremendous growth going on here,” said Olson. He then brought up the Court decision regarding the Three Fingers and said that any high density development on the fingers will also require a 300 boat marina.

Olson brought up the condemnation of property for the new Round-About on Hwy. 150. He said the City could condemn the Three Fingers property just like they did property for the Roundabout. “We are 60 years down the road and nothing has happened there. Chelan is going to become a whole lot bigger.” He remarked that the Three Fingers represents the very last place to really build more public access.


Ms. Carlson asked the City to join in the fight against the FCC mandated 5G rollout because of the potential health risks.

Next up to speak was Ms. Carlson who decried the City’s potential upgrade from 4G to 5G. “While I’m by no means and expert, 5G is significantly more radiation than 4G.” She went into the various potential medical issues surrounding 5G implementation. “I could go on and on about the health risks,” she said.

She asked the City Council to join in the fight against the Federal Mandate to install 5G systems. She mentioned Los Angeles, New York, Rome, San Jose and Portland, Oregon fighting the mandate. (San Francisco, Japan, Belgum, the Netherlands and other European countries have said no to futher development of 5G.)

With regards to John Olson’s public comment about potential access to the lake at the Three Fingers, the evening’s agenda included an Agenda Bill for Professional Services Agreement with J.A. Brennan Associates for a Chelan Waterfront Access Plan and a feasibility study on the 9.9 acre Spader Bay lakefront property that is for sale.

The City is interested in locations within the City limits where potential public access exists with in the City’s Right of Ways that lead out into the lake.


Chelan City Adminstrator Mike Jackson

City Administrator Mike Jackson told the Council that this issue was confusing and was hopeful that a contract with J.A. Brennan and Associates would help clear that up. “I’m not sure where the public wants to go with this,” said Jackson indicating that there are eight sites that will be looked at right away.

The contract is for $25,443 and not budgeted in the 2019 budget, so Jackson told the Council that it would need a budget amendment to go forward.

Councilman Ty Witt said the goal is to get a concept in front of the public. “Have the public tell us what they want,” said Witt.


Chelan Basin Conservancy’s Tammy Hauge stated that she was very happy to hear that the City was looking into potential public access to the lake.

Tammy Hauge, Chelan Basin Conservancy, said, “I’m so happy to hear this.” She then said there are 27 potential access points in Lakeside that have been identified. “Why have these easements been ignored. You are representing the public interests. These access points were deeded to the public in perpetuality.” Jackson replied that the City would inventory all of them and select eight for the conceptual plan.

Hauge said she has a map from 1929 which could be used as a good visual tool for street endings, which she stated are marked in orange on her map. Olson chimed in that there was so much information available. “We have 50,000 people on a big weekend. Keep all options on the table for our children and grandchildren.

The Council passed the agenda bill unanimously.

Also on the agenda, was a draft rate resolution to revise the No-See-Um Intersection reimbursement fees. A Utility Extension Agreement with Chelan Concrete to supply city water to the company.

Jackson brought up the $1,500 dollar a month lease with the Department of Licensing. The City’s contracted architect discussed with the City to potentially reconfigure the Planning department. This might include using the space where licensing is now situated for a conference room and meeting rooms. “If we lease we need a way to terminate that lease if we need that space.”

Mayor/Council Comments:

 Toward the end of every City Council meeting, Councilmembers, Mayor and Administrator speak about issues not on the evening’s agenda.

Councilwoman Wendy Isenhart filled in for Councilman Ty Witt at a recent hazardous waste meeting with the County and stated that a decision was made to not allow Douglas County to use the facility for free.

The City paid $17,000 to the County to complete the facility and the public is allowed to dump hazardous waste for free. “I hope it will get some use.” She also said the City would continue to pay $17,000 per year which raised Jackson’s eyeballs. He said that wasn’t part of the deal and would look into it.

Councilman Ray Dobbs said that the final day of the free shuttle was coming up and he had a chance to talk about that service. “Nobody said to not do this again (next year),” said Dobbs.

Dobbs also took and opportunity to ride along with the Marine Patrol and said it was an interesting day. “We made 11 stops, mostly about no lifejackes,” said Dobbs who added there were a few citations given.

Councilman Ty Witt remarked that the Grand Opening of the Planet Walk was successful. He also stated that the wall adjacent to the Chelan Ranger District has been permitted and that the mural should be up by mid-October.

Mayor Mike Cooney said he attended a traffic meeting and is working to get traffic off Johnson and also modifying the light at Columbia and Johnson.

Cooney also lauded the new finance director for coming up with a way to have only four budget meetings this fall.

Jackson remarked that the $17,000 to the County for the Hazardous Waste Facility was a one time deal. “There is a potential for an annual contribution.”

Jackson said that the irrigation designer has been called back to check on Lakeshore RV Park’s new irrigation system. “We even had a diver check out the intake pump to make sure it wasn’t plugged.”

Dobbs replied that the Park is losing customers because the irrigation system is coming on while they are parked. “How to get them back is the question,” said Dobbs. “People who have been coming for years are unhappy.”

Jackson replied that it is now an automated system. “We can’t just turn off one sprinkler anymore.” Dobbs said he visited five RV sites and everyone of them had a problem with the sprinkler system.

Cooney said the idea of the Department of Transportation changing East Woodin to one lane traffic east and west is a non-starter. “It is not going to narrowed down to one lane.”

Any other traffic issues on the DOT’s list will be held off until the public gets a chance to chime in. “If there is not a strong need to do it, we are not going to do it,” said Cooney.

Public Works Director Jake Youngren reported that Public Works Surplus Sale was a huge success. “We grossed $83,000 and netted $73,000. It was a great value for the services provided (by the auctioneer),” remarked Youngren. “That money goes back into our equipment fund.”

City Council meets every second and fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend and become involved in the City’s business.

Hospital moves forward despite issues

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by Richard Uhlhorn

The Lake Chelan Community Hospital held its monthly commission meeting on Tuesday, August 27 and covered a number of issues of interest to the community.


Chairwoman Phyllis Gleasman and Mary Signorelli.

Chairwoman Phyllis Gleasman opened the meeting by thanking the board for its hard work and research into the latest round of the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) search. “We still have some hard work ahead of us, but we will get there,” said Gleasman.

The final CEO interview was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, and CEO Steve Patonai stated that there would be a time lag after the final interviews. Asked what that time line was by Dr. Guffey, Patonai said it would be less than two days, and the board would be prepared to make an offer to the selected candidate.


CEO Steve Patonai gave several reports to the board including the ongoing search for a new CEO and a construction update.

Patonai also stated that the hospital hadn’t completed its reference checks. “We are still doing that,” he said.

On the Construction front, Patonai said there was a lot going on. “We are finalizing the design process and are on target.” He also stated that Bowden Construction would give the hospital updated pricing in September. “We are planning a special board workshop in early September,” remarked Patonai.

The Construction Team met with the City Planning Department on August 15 for a pre-application meeting. The USDA has also been deeply involved in the process.

The Hospital is also currently in negotiations with the owner of the Clinic Building for a new three year lease.


CFO Mike Ellis gave a financial report and stated that business was down.

CFO Mike Ellis reported that the Hospital revenues are slightly down primarily because they are operating with one provider and there is a lot of Accounts Receivable on the books. Surgeries are also down and Emergency visits were down in July which is usually the season peak. Babies born the hospital is staying steady with the past.

Ellis stated that Clinic visits are just slightly above last year. Net patient revenues were not what they were last year in July. Net operating revenues are climbing, but according to Ellis, there is quite a bit of cash locked up in accounts receivable which means cash on hand is down because of the outstanding receivables.

Bad debt is down over last year, however, the business wasn’t there either. “July was a big hit,” said Ellis. “We had almost half the net revenue.” The less volume in business means much more costs by Medicare which is a safety net. Ellis is working on an interim cost report which could show that the situation is not as bad as it seems.

The board unanimously passed Resolution #606 on Surplus Equipment after Ellis asked them to allow the management to take care of the surplus disposal.

The board also unanimously passed Resolution #608 to re-instigate a Line-of-Credit. Ellis told the board that it would be prudent to open a line of credit since they were preparing to build a new hospital. “It’s a good idea to have a line of credit available,” said Ellis. The hospital did have a line of credit in the past, but Fred Miller said, “We never drew on that.”  The hospital will ask for a $500,000 line and Jordana LaPorte stated that the goal would be to not use it.


Celeste Hankins reported on the hospital’s outreach programs

Celeste Hankins said the marketing department started adding video. She also said that NCW Life Television did a wonderful interview with EMS Director Ray Eickmeyer about Chelan’s EMS services and awards.

She also talked about the number of events and numbers of participants that were involved which is over 500 over the total of events. The hospital’s next event is a Fun Run at Wapato Point on Saturday, September 14.

On Friday, October 4, Hankins said there would be a new diabetes workshop for people who are pre-diabetic or diabetic. “The class is free and runs two and half hours over six weeks,” said Hankins.


Human Resources Director Kate Pina told the board that a program was being instigated that would allow employees to ask questions and bring concerns forward

Human Resources Director Kate Pina that currently there is only a 20 to 25 percentengagement with employees about their concerns. “We are developing a tool for bringingup concerns and hope to get a lot of information from the employees,” she said.

The Human Resources Department is also developing a protocol for performance. Pina said that on January 1, the hospital would start a new performance protocol. Gleasman asked if she would be developing the questions and Pina replied she would.

Workplace Security was also on the agenda. Patonai said it the current (violent) events happening across the country was unfortunate. He asked how the hospital was prepared in case of a situation. “We already have a lot of measures in place,” said Patonai. “But we need to have awareness with the staff. It is a balancing act.” He stated that Mary Murphy as talked extensively about security for the new facility. Eickmeyer said that increasing access is the best way to get information out to the employees.

Murphy said that the hospital has to have comfort and security in place for the patients and employees. Eickmeyer replied, “If the employees are not safe… the patients are not safe.” The hospital does have a No Firearm Policy in place.


Chief Medical Officer Dr. Guffey reported on some new hires.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Guffey reported that the Sanctuary has a new ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Fractioned) beginning work this week and will be covering inpatient duties. There is also a new ARNP starting soon to help with outpatient counseling and med management. “We also have Susan Coverly beginning work part time and we are very happy to have her,” said Guffey.

Currently there is 1.5 physicians, 2 PA’s and 2 ARNPs working at the hospital/clinic. There is one orthopedic surgeon, one general surgeon, one podiatry doctor and one gynecologist. “There is a lot of unhappiness,” said Guffey. She blamed a lack of communication as a source of this situation.


Chief Nursing Officer Kris Hassl.

Kris Hassl, Chief Nursing Officer reported that the hospital is working on access to physicians at both the University of Washington and Providence Hospital. “We are also working on our transfer agreement with Confluence,” said Hassl.

The Hospital Commission meets on every fourth Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m. in the hospital board room. The public is encouraged to attend.

Mark Donnell officially named Chelan 7’s Fire Chief

by Richard Uhlhorn


Mark Donnell was officially named the new Fire Chief of Chelan County Fire District #7 at last Wednesday’s commission meeting.

Chelan County Fire District #7 commissioners officially named Mark Donnell as Chelan 7’s new fire chief at the end of its meeting on Wednesday, August 21.


Fire Chief Tim Lemon resigned as of the end of July to take on a new Chief’s position at the North Whidbey Island Fire District. He had planned on retiring at the end of the year.

Former Fire Chief Tim Lemon was retiring at the end of the year, but ended up accepting a position as Fire Chief of the North Whidbey Island Fire District five months before his planned retirement. Deputy Chief Mark Donnell was named acting chief at that time.

Donnell gave his first Fire Chief Report at the Wednesday meeting and told the Commissioners and those in attendance the District that “so far we have had a nice and slow fire season. I’m thankful for that.”

He also reported that the District heard from the County Assessor about a new tax rate that will cost the District $15,737.00. “We will be able to recoup that money in 2020,” said Donnell.

So far the District’s call volume is down. Chelan 7 has responded to 117 calls so far this year. “It has been a slow summer,” remarked Donnell. “I would like to remind everyone that our fire season is not over yet and it might run into October.”

Turnout response time is currently running around nine minutes and slightly longer in the rural and urban areas. Donnell was surprised to see that Monday’s were the busiest days for the District while Friday was the slowest.

Donnell reported that he had just returned from the National Fire Academy and learned a lot. “There were 16 new fire chiefs and they were all saying the same thing… staffing is a problem.” Discussions centered around how to overcome that issue. “The group is trying to come up with solutions.”


Assistant Fire Chief Brandon Asher reported on volunteers and training.

Assistant Chief Brandon Asher reported that volunteers continue to trickle in. There was one applicant for Chelan, one for Orondo and a new EMT in Entiat. Commissioner Phil Moller asked if there was anything Asher can do to keep volunteers signing up. “We are doing that now, but everyone is slowing up. It’s been good. So far it’s a good group.”

On the retention side, Asher said they have lost two volunteers. “One doesn’t have the time and the other is moving.” He also said the District is having difficulty getting volunteers in on the weekends. During the summer he was at 38 percent coverage on weekends, but expects that to rise to 52 percent in September and 53 percent in October.

Asher said that between the three districts he is attracting 20 new volunteers per year. “The most difficult is Orondo,” said Asher. “They are spread out and have now real community. It’s the most challenging.” However, he stated that the warehouse are willing to let volunteers leave work to respond to events.

Chief Donnell stated that it costs an estimated $7,700 to train a volunteer when considering physical examinations and time expended.

Asher said that several volunteers will be joining Fire District 1 in Wenatchee for “Rope Rescue” training.

There is also some Hazmat training that will give confidence to the volunteers to safely rescue people from dangerous situations.

Chief Donnell said that the Annexation process is still moving forward and that it should be completed by January 1. Annexation into the District should help homeowners insurance rates, but Donnell stated that not all insurance companies subscribe to these processes. Donnell stated that a reduction in insurance rates depends on having volunteers at stations near the annexed property. The age of the District’s apparatus also plays into the ratings as does water supply.

There was discussion at an earlier meeting regarding billing for services at illegal fires. An illegal fire is defined as a fire illegally started during a burn ban, the burning of material other than natural vegetation and burning without a permit.

Chief Donnell said he had brought up this idea with other Districts who stated they do not bill for illegal burns, but let the Sheriff’s Department and Department of Ecology deal with these issues.

“Do we want to continue moving forward with billing for illegal burns,” asked Donnell?


Fire Commissioner Jay Witherbee questioned the idea of the District billing for illegal burns unless the entire County follows this practice.

Commissioner Jay Witherbee replied, “I would not feel comfortable being the only district to charge for illegal burns.” Donnell said he would follow up with the other districts and the County Fire Marshall.


Fire Commission Chairman Russ Jones is concerned about the District absorbing the costs of illegal burns that could cost the District $1000’s of dollars in apparatus and response time.

Chairman Russ Jones remarked that the Sheriff will cite an illegal burn with a $200 ticket, but the Fire District response might cost the District $10,000 to $20,000. The Department of Natural Resources has billed $5,000 for a burn that got away. “I would like you to take it back to North Central Washington Districts even though we have not had a significant problem (with illegal burns).

Jones also brought up the need for another Town Hall meeting to let the community know what the District plans on going forward with a new Levy in 2020.

Fire Association Report:

Dan Crandall gave a Firefighters Association report. He said the beginning bank balance was $17,428 and the ending balance of the group was up to $17,735.


Chelan Fire and Rescue was on hand at the Windermere SUP Cup this past month to make sure the paddle boarders were safe on water. 

The Association also helped the Windermere SUP Cup event by putting the rescue boat on the water. Jim Dalton and Judy Johnson ran the boat during the event and according to Crandall, it worked great. “They picked up one tired swimmer,” said Crandall. “It went off very well for the Fire Department.”

The Association made a $500.00 donation to Mark Tesch and his wife after their new Twisp home burned. Crandall also noted that the Back to School Fair was a great success and the association plans on supporting the Manson Swim event on September 7 by donating $500.

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Sheriff Burnett presented Chelan law enforcement statistics to City Council


by Richard Uhlhorn

Sheriff Brian Burnett presented City Council with Sheriff’s Department statistics for the City of Chelan at Chelan’s City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 13. He was assisted by Chelan’s Sgt. Chris Foreman and Undersheriff Jason Mathews.


Sheriff Brian Burnett gave Chelan City Council a presentation on law enforcement activities in the City of Chelan for 2018 and to date 2019.

Sheriff Burnett started the conversation by telling the Council that adult arrests and DUI’s were up substantially which he attributed to Memorial Day arrests from visiting King County deputies.

“I think we’ve done a real good job of bringing Memorial Day back to a more family oriented weekend,” said Burnett.

The Chelan unit to date has posted 214 adult arrests out of the 16,373 City Patrol Hours so far in 2019. Thirty one of those arrests were alcohol related ; 17 were assault charges; and 24 were theft charges. “DUI’s have seen a double increase,” said Burnett. Another big statistic was 36 domestic violence arrests.

Asked how the department handles loud music and noise, Sgt. Chris Foreman explained that deputies generally give the noise makers a warning first, collect a phone number and the name of the responsible home owner and/or renter. “If it continues after the first warning, they will be ticketed,” said Foreman.


Sgt. Chris Foreman described how his deputies handled issues within the City

Burnett reported that there were no fatality incidents in the City limits.

Mayor Mike Cooney remarked that there seemed to be a lot more crime activities within the City limits. Foreman replied that there were a number of well known drug houses in the City and that his staff was spending time in those areas. “They are no longer in the City,” said Foreman.

Councilwoman Kelly Allen brought up the issue of kids jumping off the Woodin Avenue Bridge. “Where there is a bridge and water, you will have bridge jumpers,” said Burnett. He added that it is a hard one to stop.


Councilwoman Kelly Allen brought up the issue of kids jumping off the old bridge.

Burnett reported in the 2018 annual report that the Chelan County Marine Patrol continued its partnership with the Lake Chelan School District to talk about water safety and to take students out on the water as a part of their Lifetime Activities Class.

Another partnership has been with the Lake Chelan Research Institute and the schools in both Manson and Chelan to conduct water quality testing. This program and interactions with students helps to build positive relationships and promote boating safety. “We look forward to continuing this program,” said Burnett.

Burnett told the Council that training comes with a price. “There are things coming our way and we are looking hard at how we train our staff,” said Burnett. They conduct annual in service training for 24 hours. Over a three year period deputies have to have 40 hours of continuing education to meet current standards and to be recertified.

Burnett added that Washington State has 11,000 certified law enforcement officers. “We are living in a complicated world. Some of it we don’t like.” He vowed to continue having conversations with the citizens of Chelan County.


Mayor Mike Cooney lauded Sgt. Chris Foreman for his work as the Sgt. in charge of the Chelan’s North Division.

Mayor Cooney remarked at the end of the presentation that Sgt. Chris Foreman has been an excellent choice to lead the Chelan Division.

Health Focus Group outlines potential health related issues in the valley

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The Lake Chelan Community Hospital & Clinics hosted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) focus group meeting on Thursday, August 8 at the Chelan Senior Center from 5:30 to 6:45 in the evening.



The Community Health Needs meeting on Thursday, August 8 attracted a disappointing number of concerned individuals. 

Only an estimated 15 people participated in this focus group to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to health in the Community.

Every three years, the hospital and regional partners from Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties collaborate and perform a CHNA to better understand North Central Washington’s Community Health Needs. The organizations use gathered information to provide direction and impact population health.

Three years ago the CHNA reported that the highest priority needs in NCW at that time were mental health care access, , access to health care, education and obesity.

The focus group was led by Paige Bartholomew of Action Health Partners. “We are assessing the health needs affecting the community,” said Bartholomew. This is a program that takes place every two years.

A full report will be out regarding the focus groups throughout NCW in January.

The results of Thursday’s focus group brought up a lot of issues facing health care in the Valley. They included the following:

  • The cost of living in the Lake Chelan Valley
  • Lack of affordable housing in the valley
  • An increasing population leading to more health issues
  • Obesity and a lack of proper diet and exercise regimes leading to potential diabetes
  • Fire, water and pollution potential
  • Losing local providers (lack of care givers). The Lake Chelan Community Hospital has lost a number of physicians and medical personnel.
  • The number of businesses offering alcohol
  • Income levels equaling more polarization
  • People living on a fixed income
  • Government regulation of the medical industry.
  • The cost of insurance and the high deductibles.
  • The lack of a community connection.
  • The potential for high frequency wireless transmissions leading to potential health problems.
  • Agriculture’s use of fertilizers and pesticides
  • Sun exposure
  • Global warming (climate change).

City Council will consider approval of Community Centers in residential areas on August 13

by Richard Uhlhorn

Chelan City Council held a public hearing on a Zoning Code Text Amendment for Community Centers within residential areas.

Planning Director Craig Gildroy told the Council that he had received written comments on community centers in the multi-family zones. “The definition allows churches, “said Gildroy. “It could be allowed.” He also said the amendment has a set of minimum conditions. “We do have codes for dark skies and noise.”


Chelan Planning Director Craig Gildroy

The text amendment would allow community centers to be built on 2.5 acres to a 40 foot height with setbacks of 25 feet on the front and back of the structure and 15 feet on the sides.

“The City Council can accept this or remand it back to the Planning Commission for more works,” said Gildroy.

Councilwoman Wendy Isenhart asked if a community center could be built in the downtown residential area. Gildroy replied that the amendment does not apply there.

Councilman Tim Hollingsworth said the amendment seemed to allow enough of a buffer in the Urban Growth Area. Councilman Ty Witt remarked that the amendment is about getting community centers on the list.


Peter Fraley

Pete Fraley told the Council that he started his process for a community center and has met with the Planning Department in preparation for the October 31 deadline. “We are fine with the outcome and the Conditional Use Permit.” He did say there was a significant increase in setbacks.


Evie Hirschberger

Resident Evie Hirschberger said her concerns were impacts to residential privacy, the 40 foot height of buildings that could result in lost view corridors for home owners and the long term impacts. “Single family residential areas should not be impacted by 40 foot high buildings,”

Resident and candidate for City Council in the upcoming election, John Olson stated that community centers should be site specific with a five acre minimum area and that community centers should be in the residential area, not on the outside. “Everyone knows that housing, especially affordable housing, is on everybody’s mind. We haven’t talked about capacity… 10 people, 100 people.”


Ben Williams

Ben Williams, Chairman of the Seven Acres Foundation talked about the foundation’s efforts to construct a community center adjacent to Anderson Road. “One donor has pledged to build a pool,” Williams told the Council. “We hope to do a 27,000 square feet community center. It’s very challenging to raise the capital.”

Williams said the property on Anderson Road (west of and behind the warehouses off Hwy 150) is a perfect area for a community center. “It’s a huge benefit to make this happen.” He has one donor for $100,000. “Capital attracts capital. It’s going to cost a half million to run a sewer line to the site.”

Councilwoman Kelly Allen said, “I wish I had a crystal ball. I hate the idea of non intended consequences.” Hollingsworth said he’d rather see a community center like Seven Acres Foundation is promoting closer to town.

Chelan City Council will vote at its Tuesday, August 13 meeting to approve the Text Amendment that will allow Community Centers to be constructed in the City.

The Council also authorized the Mayor to finalize and execute the agreements with FreeDoc for the Records Management Program much to the delight of City Clerk Peri Gallucci. The project will take two years to complete, but is intended to scan and store all the City records on line for easy dispersal for public records requests.

Hollingsworth said, “People don’t know how important this is. We must have buy-in from all the departments.” Council voted unanimously to approve.


Tim Hollingsworth

In 2006, the City Council adopted the SR150/No-See-Um Road Intersection Study and recommended establishment of a cost reimbursement benefit area for new development in the area. “This benefit area is for the City’s actual costs of building the roundabout,” said Gildroy. “There are a number of property owners affected like Campbell’s, the Lookout and Vin du Lac.”

With the construction of the No-See-Um Roundabout by the WSDOT, the actual cost borne by the City is much less than what was assumed in the original study and cost reimbursement methodology. This resolution, if approved, will establish a new reimbursement amount based on actual cost incurred by the City. Without the No-See-Um roundabout improvements, the identified benefited properties would not be able to develop because of traffic impacts to the intersection.

The Council approved the resolution unanimously.

Mayor/Council comments:

 Councilwoman Wendy Isenhart said she attended a meeting at the Vogue about making the community better. She would like to see the City ban plastic bags and plastic straws. “They are a nuisance. Costco has no bags.”

Councilman Ty Witt stated that Quentin Batjer, city attorney, did some “amazing work researching liability” on reimbursement of charges on abandoned properties. This issue was driven by the City Council’s effort to relieve John Jr. Fragnito of $16,000 in fines for not paying for water he has not used since the building on Sanders Street was demolished.

This issue is on the agenda of the August 13 City Council meeting.

Councilman Tim Hollingsworth said it was nice to see the new fire and rescue boat on the water. “I’m happy to see these things happening.”

City Administrator Mike Jackson remarked that a draft ordinance would be made to take care of the issues surrounding inactive properties. “We don’t have to rush. You can come back with an ordinance essentially addressing inactive properties,” said Jackson.

One idea is to add a forfeiture clause after 36 months wherein the property owner would lose his ERUs and have to reapply when ready to construct something new.

Mayor Cooney remarked that he didn’t appreciate a council member being attacked for inappropriate actions. “I will stand by Tim on this,” said Cooney. At the beginning of the meeting during Citizen Comments, Stan Morse said he had a huge problem with the Fragnito matter. He had requested information on the issue and came up with 177 real estate transactions by the Fragnito’s and in those transactions, Councilman Tim Hollingsworth was named three times.


Stan Morse

Morse encouraged Hollingsworth to reverse his remarks regarding forgiveness of Fragnito’s fines. At some point Hollingsworth’s Pinacle Surveying did work for the Fragnitos.

City Council reconvenes on Tuesday evening, August 13 at 6 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

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