May 26, 2013 - News Briefs

County discusses Winthrop fish ponds

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County commissioners won’t meet on Monday due to Memorial Day, but there is a full agenda on Tuesday, May 28.

Starting at 8:15 a.m. there will be updates from Superior Court and the Prosecutor’s Office. A commissioners’ staff meeting will be at 9 a.m., followed by a presentation from the Juvenile Services Department at 10 a.m.

Updates from the county Public Works Department and Assessor Scott Furman will begin at 11 a.m.

At 1:30 p.m., the commissioners will discuss proposed acclimation ponds at the Eightmile Ranch in Winthrop with U.S. Forest Service officials.

“The Yakamas are working through the BPA (Bonneville Power Administration) to put fish rearing ponds up on the ranch, and we want to ask a lot of questions on that,” Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy said, citing concerns on behalf of area ranchers.

The commissioners will vote on the week’s consent agenda at 3 p.m., which includes a contract to make The Chronicle the county’s newspaper of record, a liquor license request for the Winthrop Music Association, and two resolutions regarding jail bed mattresses and a county-wide guardrail project.

Public comment will be at 3:30 p.m.

The meetings will take place in the commissioners hearing room, 123 N. Fifth Ave.

Tonasket addresses personnel, buses

TONASKET — The Tonasket School Board will meet at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 28 in the board meeting room, 621 Jasmine St.

The consent agenda includes personnel updates and general fund warrants. The board will also address propane bus information, extracurricular contracts, certificated contracts for the 2013-14 school year and student handbooks for the 2013-14 school year, a field trip request, food service contract renewal and an annual report for the alternative learning programs.

Utility continues ongoing rate talks

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioners will continue their discussion on Tuesday of the equity management plan.

The plan points out projects the utility has planned for the next 10 years and provides options for how to pay for those projects, including possible rate increases.

The meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. May 28 at 1331 Second Ave. N.

Twisp Council to meet Tuesday

TWISP — The Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, to hear an update from TwispWorks and discuss water leakage billing adjustments.

Pateros meets to discuss purchase

PATEROS – A special City Council meeting will be at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at City  Hall, 113 Lakeshore Drive.

On the agenda is the purchase of a truck for the public works department.

The truck that had been approved for purchase at the May 20 council meeting was sold, but another truck is available.

Okanogan hosts board meeting

OKANOGAN — The Okanogan School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 at the district office, 115 Rose St.

The board met last week, but did not have a quorum and had to reschedule.

— The Chronicle

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