Thursday, January 10, 2019

2019 State of the Town Address

State of the Town Address

Last week I was asked “What will 2019  bring to Winthrop?”  It is sometimes hard to look up from my desk and daily issues to foresee what is ahead. However, I can say with certainty, the future is bright! Here are some projects we are working on for 2019.
  • New Winthrop Library will be planned with funding secured by FoWL. Located on newly acquired Town property at White Ave and Norfolk.
  • Heckendorn Hillside Open Space Park may be acquired from the Methow Conservancy when grant funding becomes available and solution is obtained for ingress/egress.
  • Riverwalk Trail Phase 1, pathway underpass Hwy 20 Chewuch bridge permitting will be completed. 
  • Completion of Susie Stephens Trail Hwy 20 pedestrian crossing.
  • Perry Street and Lince Waterline upgrade and chip seal paving, Spring 2019.
  • New zoning for nightly rentals will be announced by Planning Commission.
  • Solar system requirements added to Westernization code.
  • Coordinations with Fire-wise and District 6 for cleanup and safe emergency shelter-in-place options.
  • Complete LED lighting conversions for downtown street-lights.
  • Hire Marshal and a second Deputy, bringing department back to full staffing.
  • Grant funding application for Town Trailhead parking improvements.
  • Possible hire of new part-time Code Enforcer for WDRB and Town Municipal code.
  • Public Restroom and Town Hall remodel/restoration with application for State Historical Building status.
  • Replace/repair flagpoles and Bandshell refurbishment at Mac Lloyd Park.
  • Various upgrades to Winthrop Barn with help of WAA.
  • Winthrop Rink possible addition of emergency generator and air conditioning.
... the list goes on as new ideas and funding become available. 

Thank you for your support. Let me know of any concerns you might have or items we need to add to the list. Winthrop's future is bright indeed.

Mayor Ranzau

Winthrop Town Hall

General Sewer Plan Update

Town of Winthrop, Washington 
General Sewer Plan Update

NPDES Permit No. WA-002088-5

The Town of Winthrop, Washington is currently updating its General Sewer Plan.  The Town’s vision for the General Sewer Plan is a readily accessible and easy to understand infrastructure plan based on the Town’s land use planning assumptions, seasonal tourist impacts, contracted capacity to Sun Mountain Resort and inflow and infiltration (I&I).  The plan will provide a road map for future expansion of the wastewater systems to the serve the Town over the 20-year planning period.  It will also set forth a clear framework for forecasting, scoping and prioritizing future capital and restoration and replacement (R&R) project needs.
Planning Process - WAC 173-240-020 (7)(f)
The "general sewer plan" is a comprehensive plan for a system of sewers adopted by a local government entity. The plan includes the items specified in each respective statute. It includes the general location and description of treatment and disposal facilities, trunk and interceptor sewers, pumping stations, monitoring and control facilities, local service areas and a general description of the collection system to serve those areas. The plan also includes preliminary engineering in adequate detail to assure technical feasibility, provides for the method of distributing the cost and expense of the sewer system, and indicates the financial feasibility of plan implementation.  
The General Sewer Plan will consider any available technical data, along with customer values and necessary policy decisions to create a 20-year infrastructure investment plan.  It will include a summary report of the general location, condition, demand, capacity, and description of all collection facilities, including wastewater pipelines, pump stations, monitoring and control facilities.  Engineering analysis will be conducted to assure technical feasibility and expansion of the wastewater system in a logical, cost-effective manner.
Key Outcomes
As part of the planning process, the Town aims to accomplish the following key tasks:
  • Establish Unit Flow Values (flow per person, employee, Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and Hotel/Motel/Restaurant) based upon historical data and recent water consumption data trends
  • Evaluate capacity of the collection, river siphon and lagoon treatment system 
  • Forecast sewer capacity needs for the next 20 years
  • Develop long-term financial infrastructure plans to provide services
  • Forecast future Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and R&R investments
  • Identify sources of funding to implement the CIP and R&R
  • Engage Town Council and other community stake holders and provide meaningful input opportunities
  • Assistance Preparing NPDES Permit Application due July 2019  
  • *Financial modeling of rates and charges (as budget allows)

Request for Qualifications Due – (3) three O’clock PST, February 11, 2019
Selection Process (possible interviews) – March 4 – 8, 2019
Scope and Contract Negotiated/Notice to Proceed – March 22, 2019
Engineering Analysis, modelling and capacity assessment – May 2019
Asset Management Plan, methodology for prioritizing restoration and replacement projects with consideration for integrated upgrades to gravity sewers, pump stations and treatment lagoons   – June 2019
Complete renewal application for NPDES Permit – July 2019
Capital Improvement Plan identifying existing infrastructure and future needs. Develop a CFP, including 20-year cost estimates with consideration for the ultimate build-out scenario consistent with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan – August 2019
Draft Report – Ecology Review – SEPA – Comment Period – Public Hearing – Adoption Oct/November 2019

Final Report – December 2019 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Time to Update Blog

Hello, you may have noticed the nice new webpage layout for the Town of Winthrop... this blog however is still a bit out of date.
We will be updating and using this space for Town News and Events. Please bear with us and keep checking back.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Job Announcement: Civil Service Commission Secretary/Chief Examiner

The Town of Winthrop Civil Service Commission is seeking an individual for the position of Civil Service Commission Secretary/Chief Examiner.  This is a part-time position and hours will vary each month.  Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age and reside within the Town limits of Winthrop.  The position pays $12.78 per hour.  Applications and job description may be obtained at Winthrop Town Hall or by mail by request.  Applicants will initially be evaluated by written exam based on civil service provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW Chapter 41.12), the Open Public Meetings Act (RCW Chapter 42.30), and the Town of Winthrop Civil Service Rules.  Applicants scoring at least 70% correct on the written exam will be interviewed by the Commission.  Final hiring decision will be based on a combined ranking of written examination and interview scores.

Completed applications must be received at Winthrop Town Hall by 3pm on November 1st, 2012.  Written exam and interviews will be conducted November 3rd, 2012.

The Town of Winthrop is an equal opportunity employer.