A Minute with the Mayor

Cheri Kelley Farivar

Mayor Farivar

Hello everyone! There are a few things I want to share with you before the end of the year.

Waste Management Residential Services

On October 23, 2018, the City Council approved a contract with Waste Management to provide weekly garbage pickup and recycling services in the residential neighborhoods of the city limits. This idea came out of the Residential Advisory Committee (RAC) several months ago; the RAC is made up of residents and members of the City Council. RAC members asked that the City explore providing additional recycling and solid waste container options for our residents, as the City’s only current option is a 64-gallon garbage cart. City Staff contacted Waste Management to explore their cart size and service options.  Some of the new choices include both smaller and larger sizes of garbage and recycle carts, bear proof carts, removal of “bulky items”, a low-income service provision, and a slightly lower monthly rate.  Additionally, the City will continue to provide the yard waste drop-off site at the Recycle Center and will still manage the Spring and Fall Yard Clean-up programs for homes in the residential zones. Now that the contract has been approved, the education and transition process will begin, so look for communications directly from Waste Management. The transfer will begin on the first Monday in February of 2019

2018 Christmas Lighting Traffic Control

Earlier this year, I called a meeting of Public Safety agencies to review and improve public safety response during the Christmas Lighting Festival. Agencies represented included the Washington State Patrol, Washington Department of Transportation, Chelan County Public Works, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Fire District #3, City of Leavenworth, and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce. The group discussed many options, which included changes to the festival, remote parking, lane closures, etc. For the 2018 festival, the group decided to focus on a proactive approach to providing better traffic control, (primarily on Hwy 2), and having more personnel available to respond to public safety service calls. This year, traffic control will be managed at 7 specific intersections; from Main Street / Hwy 2 in Peshastin through Hwy 2 / Icicle Road in Leavenworth as well as North Road at Chumstick Highway. Additionally, there will be more signage, temporary lighting, radio support, variable message boards, and one uniformed officer and professional flaggers present at the 7 controlled intersections. The public safety staffing to support the Christmas Lighting Festival will consist of 9 officers on each Saturday and 2 officers each Sunday. These officers will be assigned to assist with traffic control, crowd control, and to respond to emergency service calls in the downtown and residential neighborhoods.

PRSA Levy Request

Thank you, voters, in the Upper Valley Park & Recreation Service Area (PRSA)! The PRSA Six-Year Maintenance & Operations Levy request recently passed with a 63.92% vote.  This levy will provide for the pool to be open next summer but does not address some of the necessary repair issues including resurfacing the pool to prevent further deterioration. The PRSA is looking into financing options for the most urgent of the necessary repairs and will be reporting further information soon.  

Thank you for your support and have a safe and Merry Christmas!

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