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11/21/2012 4:10:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Chamber, Port talk with city
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

On Nov. 13 the Cashmere City Council held a study session to go over city projects with the Port of Chelan County, and the Cashmere Chamber.

Cashmere city projects

Mark Botello, Cashmere director of planning and building, briefly discussed three major projects happening in 2013 and 2014. The first is the Tigner Road Improvements Project. The city received over $174,000 from a federal Service Transportation Program grant and $23,000 from a state Transportation Improvement board grant.

The two grants combined with money from the water fund and other capital funds will pay to grind up the two-inch overlay on Tigner Road and to repave it. The sidewalks will be made ADA compliant. There will be improvements to the intersection on Tigner Road and Pioneer Avenue for buses turning right.

The City Council awarded the project to Central Washington Asphalt, LLC, Moses Lake, for the lowest bid of $225,798.

Construction will be done during the 2013 summer, since the road is in between the middle school and high school.

Railroad Avenue Improvements is another city project scheduled to be done in the years 2013 and 2014.

Railroad Avenue is approximately 1,100 feet in length and 40 feet in width and is located within Cashmere's downtown commercial/industrial and residential district. Railroad Avenue creates an additional route linking existing collectors (Division Street, Cottage Avenue, Sunset Highway, and Olive Avenue).

"This is part of our downtown improvements which we have been doing for the past seven years or so," Botello said.

The project includes grading, new pavement, landscaping, illumination, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks, essential components of viable commercial districts. The estimated cost is $450,000 and is funded through federal grants. Design and planning scheduled to happen over 2013 and the construction is scheduled to take place the following spring.

One project city staff have been working for the past three years is the new wastewater treatment facility. Botello said the new plant is an $18 million project. The city received federal grants and stimulus funds to cover 40 percent of the cost and the other 60 percent is covered in loans.

The construction for the new wastewater treatment facility started around three months ago.

"Some of the benefits with the new plant are it will improve capacity and efficiency for the wastewater treatment facility, also the protection of endangered and/or threatened salmonids or steelheads, protection of domestic water supply, and protection of fresh water in general," Botello said.

The new wastewater treatment facility is expected to completed late next year or early 2014.

Port of Chelan County

Mark Urdahl, with the Port of Chelan County, gave updates on the Cashmere Mill Site.

The Port has extended the purchasing sale agreement with Crunch Pak to the end of September of next year to allow the Port to move forward with removing wood waste and reconditioning the site. Urdahl said the Port has an interagency agreement in place with the Department of Ecology where the money was appropriated for the Port to clean up the Cashmere Mill Site.

RH2 Engineering, East Wenatchee, is working on the clean up and taking samples of the material on the site.

"The goal of our effort is to get a no further action level from Department of Ecology which is about as close to a gold standard for a site. It gives the buyer the assurance they need to go further and build," Urdahl said.

Staff from the Port are working on setting up bid specifications and are hoping to get a local contractor for the removal of the wood waste and replacement of the fill.

Cashmere Chamber of Commerce

Laurie Shorett, president of the Cashmere Chamber said the Chamber has been busy working on an Economic Development Group. She said several business leaders have come to the Chamber and expressed interest in formulating more of a formal economic development plan of Cashmere.

Currently there is a city code that outlines an Economic Development Commission. The Chamber and city representative have met several times to discuss what the commission might look like and what it would mean for Cashmere.

After discussing it for six months, the Chamber and city representatives have decided to have a initial organization meeting to see where the Economic Development Group is going. This meeting is set for Dec. 5.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or

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