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  • April 14, 2014 10:00 AM | Administrator (Administrator)
    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
    DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON

    Resolution No. TLS 14-08C

    TRANSPORTATION AND LAND SERVICES

    Notice of Public Hearing:
    Amendments to the Douglas County Regional Shoreline Master Program

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Douglas County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing beginning at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in the Community Hall at the NCW District Fairgrounds, located at 601 North Monroe Street, Waterville, WA. The purpose of the hearing is to consider four (4) amendments to the Douglas County Regional Shoreline Master Program. The hearing on the four proposed limited amendments will be sequential and in the following order:

    Amendment #1. Revisions to Section 5.10 Moorage to ensure that specific standards for pier, ramp and float construction are consistent with federal, state, and local agencies;

    Amendment #2. Revisions to Section 5.12 to include legislative amendments to RCW 90.58.620 that authorize master programs to recognize legally established structures that do not meet the standards of the program as legally conforming;

    Amendment #3. Revisions to Section 5.13 amending common line buffer/setback standards;

    Amendment #6. Revisions to Appendix H 3.060 to remove references to shoreline access/dock corridors.

    Interested parties may attend or participate in the public hearing at the Community Hall in Waterville. The Board will receive testimony on each amendment separately. Verbal testimony will be limited to a total of three (3) minutes for each individual per amendment. Persons providing testimony may not reserve time for rebuttal, additional testimony on other amendments, or defer their time to another individual. Testimony must be relevant to the amendment under consideration and not on other issues beyond the scope of the amendment. Effort should be made to limit the duplication of information that has already been presented. Written testimony is strongly encouraged in advance of the hearing and should be directed to:

    Douglas County Board of Commissioners
    Post Office Box 747
    Waterville, WA 98858-0747
    Fax: 509-745-9045

    Complete information and copies of the proposal may be reviewed during normal business hours by contacting the Douglas County Dept. of Transportation and Land Services, 140 19th Street NW, East Wenatchee, WA 98802. 509/884-7173. Questions should be directed to the Dept. of Transportation and Land Services in advance of the public hearing at the same address and telephone number. To view the draft amendments and staff analysis on the internet, select the '2013 Annual Comprehensive Plan Update' link under the 'Current Projects' tab on the County website: www.douglascountywa.net.

    Dated this 25th day of March 2014 in Waterville, Washington.

    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
    DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON

    Published in the Douglas County Empire Press on March 27, 2014.
  • December 10, 2013 5:12 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Dec. 10, 2013

    TUMWATER undefined Scores of businesses are contacting the Department of Labor & Industries to report they have received an official-looking letter that implies they must buy required workplace posters or face fines.

    L&I did not send the letters, but wants to remind companies that the workplace posters are available for free.

    The mass mailing has confused many business owners, who assume it’s from L&I. The letters say “final notice,” are addressed to individual businesses, and include a payment stub to purchase the posters for $295.

    It’s true that the state and federal governments require certain posters be placed at job sites. While private vendors may sell the posters, the government provides the posters at no cost.

    “Our staff has received lots of calls regarding what appears to be a bill for government posters,” said Anne Foote-Soiza, Assistant Director of L&I’s Division of Occupational Health and Safety. “L&I wants everyone to understand these posters are free for the asking. Please let other business owners know about it, too.”

    The free state-required posters are available from any L&I office or by calling 1-866-219-7321 or downloading from the L&I website at posters.Lni.wa.gov.

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    For media information: Debby Abe, debby.abe@lni.wa.gov, (360) 902-6043

    Connect with L&I: Facebook (facebook.com/laborandindustries) and Twitter (twitter.com/lniwa)

  • December 10, 2013 5:12 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Dec. 10, 2013

    TUMWATER undefined Scores of businesses are contacting the Department of Labor & Industries to report they have received an official-looking letter that implies they must buy required workplace posters or face fines.

    L&I did not send the letters, but wants to remind companies that the workplace posters are available for free.

    The mass mailing has confused many business owners, who assume it’s from L&I. The letters say “final notice,” are addressed to individual businesses, and include a payment stub to purchase the posters for $295.

    It’s true that the state and federal governments require certain posters be placed at job sites. While private vendors may sell the posters, the government provides the posters at no cost.

    “Our staff has received lots of calls regarding what appears to be a bill for government posters,” said Anne Foote-Soiza, Assistant Director of L&I’s Division of Occupational Health and Safety. “L&I wants everyone to understand these posters are free for the asking. Please let other business owners know about it, too.”

    The free state-required posters are available from any L&I office or by calling 1-866-219-7321 or downloading from the L&I website at posters.Lni.wa.gov.

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    For media information: Debby Abe, debby.abe@lni.wa.gov, (360) 902-6043

    Connect with L&I: Facebook (facebook.com/laborandindustries) and Twitter (twitter.com/lniwa)

  • September 30, 2013 6:29 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    TUMWATER - Washington’s minimum wage will increase to $9.32 per hour beginning January 1, 2014, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced today.

     

    L&I calculates the state’s minimum wage each year as required by Initiative 688, approved by Washington voters in 1998. The 13-cent-per-hour increase, from $9.19 to $9.32 an hour, reflects a 1.455 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI‑W) over the last 12 months ending August 31. The increase was announced earlier this month by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 

     

    The CPI-W measures average price changes for goods and services purchased by urban wage earners and clerical workers. The goods and services it monitors include basic living costs such as food, clothing, shelter, fuels and services such as doctor visits.

     

    Washington is one of 10 states that adjust the minimum wage based on inflation and the CPI. The others are Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon and Vermont.
     
    Washington has the highest minimum wage, followed by Oregon, which recently announced its 2014 minimum wage will rise by 15 cents, to $9.10 per hour.

     

    Washington’s minimum wage applies to workers in both agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, although 14‑ and 15-year-olds may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $7.92 per hour in 2014.

     

    More information on Washington’s minimum wage is available at Wages.Lni.wa.gov. Employers and workers also may call 360-902-5316 or 1-866-219-7321.

  • June 10, 2013 2:20 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    This is a reminder that as of March 1, in accordance with WAC 296-46B-250(2), except for mobile/manufactured homes, a concrete encased grounding electrode must be installed and used at each new building or structure that is built upon a permanent concrete foundation. If the concrete encased grounding electrode is not available for connections, a ground ring must be installed per NEC 250. The concrete encased electrode must comply with NEC 250.52(A)(3). Inspection of the electrode may be accomplished by the following methods:

    a) At the time of inspection of other work on the project, providing the concrete encased electrode is accessible for a visual inspection;

    b) At the time of the service inspection providing the installer has provided a method so the inspector can verify the continuity of the electrode conductor along its entire length (e.g. attaching a length of copper wire to one end of the electrode that reaches the location of the grounding electrode conductor that will enable the inspector to measure the resistance with a standard resistance tester). The concrete encased electrode does not have to be accessible for a visual inspection; or

    c) Other method when prior approval, on a jobsite basis, is given by the inspector. If a special inspection trip is required to inspect a grounding electrode conductor, a trip fee will be charged for that inspection in addition to the normal permit fee.

  • May 13, 2013 9:46 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    TUMWATER – With hot summer weather arriving early this year, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) wants to remind both workers and employers that working outdoors in hot weather can put you at risk of heat-related illness.

    If you work outdoors in hot weather, try to follow these five tips:

    • 1.    Start work well hydrated and drink as much as a cup of water every 15 minutes.
    • 2.    Watch co-workers for signs of heat-related illness, such as headaches, dizziness or nausea.
    • 3.    Pace your work and take scheduled breaks.
    • 4.    Wear lightweight clothing and remove protective gear when it’s safe to do so.
    • 5.    Avoid drinking caffeine or eating a heavy meal.

    Employers must train workers so they understand heat-related illness, how it affects their health and how to prevent it.

    L&I offers many online resources, such as a sample accident prevention plan, training materials for supervisors and workers, and wallet cards with safety tips. In addition, employers may request a free workplace consultation or attend a workshop.

    You can get other safety tips by visiting www.Lni.wa.gov/Safety and clicking on the ‘5 minutes for safety,’ icon.

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    For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I Public Affairs, 360-902-5413 or Elaine.Fischer@Lni.wa.gov.

  • March 15, 2013 1:28 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

     

    Community Glass is seeking a few good people. With three decades of local service, Community Glass’s future looks great, and as our growth continues, we are looking to bring some happy team players on board.

     

    -Inside Sales Representative for Residential

    This candidate must be a fast learner, be impeccable with customer service, have good office skills, and a self-motivator. Previous building and construction experience is a plus.

     

    -Auto Glass Installer

    This person would be responsible for quoting and scheduling jobs as well as assisting with installation and windshield repair. Previous experience highly recommended.

     

    -Window Installer

    This candidate must work well with others, be a fast learner, have a generally happy outlook, and preferably have previous experience installing windows and doors, residential and or commercial. Building and construction experience is a plus.

     

    We offer competitive salaries, plus medical, dental, retirement & other benefits. 30 years in business and a local family-oriented stable company.

     

    Please send resume and cover letter to kim@communityglass.com or Mail to 606 N. Wenatchee Ave. Wenatchee, WA 98801

     

     

  • February 27, 2013 9:07 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Perhaps one of the most necessary and important issues being addressed in this Legislative Sessions is that of Workers’ Compensation reform.  Washington is one of only four states that do not allow employers to source workers’ compensation insurance competitively through the private market.  Over the last 12 years, average workers’ compensation rates in Washington have increased nearly 70%, while in the neighboring states of Oregon and Idaho, rates have decreased 17.5% and increased only 4.1%, respectively, over the same period of time.

    Last year, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries reported that the workers’ compensation system is facing a budget shortfall--not to mention the threat of insolvency of the contingency reserve fund due to years of artificially suppressing rate increases in order to mask deficiencies--if L&I doesn’t annually increase rates across the board over the next ten years to the tune of over $1 billion.

    The overarching problem is that--as with any monopoly--L&I lacks proper incentive to control costs and to operate efficiently. As a consequence, Washington has some of the largest compensation awards for injured workers, as well as exorbitant time-loss claims that average well-over 250 days of missed work. In addition, pension rates have increased more than 300% since 1996. In fact, outside analysis indicates that it costs L&I $1.81 to run the system for every $1.00 of premium paid into the system.

    Small-businesses--those who create jobs--simply cannot afford to continue paying for an expensive, broke system. BNCW congratulates Senator Linda Evans-Parlette and twenty-four other members of the Senate for supporting meaningful workers’ comp reform in the form of Senate Bills 5128, which addresses compensation for injured workers, and SB 5127, which removes structured settlement age barriers. Both of these Bills--alone--would ultimately remove the need for the proposed rate increases over the next 10 years.

    However, Governor Inslee has recently indicated that he has not heard from employers that there are problems with the state’s workers’ compensation system! BNCW is encouraging our members to contact the Governor’s office to let him know that workers’ compensation reform is not only necessary, but key to job creation--something he stated, during his campaign, that was his number one goal! For talking points, please click here.

    Write
    Governor Jay Inslee
    Office of the Governor
    PO Box 40002
    Olympia, WA 98504-0002

    Call
    360-902-4111

  • February 13, 2013 6:38 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Notice of Public Hearing

    Shoreline Master Program Hearing

    February 8, 2013

    The City of Chelan will be conducting a public hearing updating the Shoreline Master Program.

     

    Proposal:  The City of Chelan is in the process of trying to adopt a more current version of the Shoreline Master Program. The version that is currently being enforced dates back to 1979.

     

    The draft SMP update includes several new or amended policies and regulations regarding shoreline uses, buffers, vegetation management, boating facilities and moorage, dock mitigation, public access and other topics. Based on state law and rules, the SMP Update should maintain shoreline ecological functions while allowing appropriate new development and ensuring adequate land for preferred shoreline uses and public access. The SMP update would apply to new uses or activities and would not retroactively apply to existing uses.

     

    Location:   200’ from the ordinary high water mark of Lake Chelan and the Chelan River within the City of Chelan Urban Growth Boundary.

     

    Applicant:  City of Chelan, 135 E Johnson Avenue, Chelan, WA 98816.

     

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. on February 28, 2013 in the Council Chambers at 135 East Johnson, Chelan, WA.

     

    Any person has the right to provide testimony at the public hearing. Written comments may be submitted prior to the hearing.  Please address any specific and factual comments about the project to Craig Gildroy at the Community Development Department, P. O. Box 1669, Chelan, WA 98816. The Shoreline Master Program Update is available for viewing at our website at www.cityofchelan.us.
  • December 17, 2012 10:29 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    The National Association of Home Builders had this to say on the subject...

    False rumors are circulating the Internet that the new 3.8% Medicare tax on so-called unearned income set to take effect in 2013 is a direct tax on the sale of a home.

    This is not the case.

    The tax increase on capital income – such as capital gain and rents – will affect some real estate investments. However, it should have a negligible impact on home owners selling their principal residence.

    The 3.8% Medicare tax is one of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” that was enacted in 2010. The tax will affect high-income taxpayers who report taxable income due to capital gains and other non-wage income. It will not affect income that is currently tax-exempt, including most capital gain due to the sale of a principal residence which is exempt due to the $250,000/$500,000 gain exclusion rules.

    The tax increase could affect a small percentage of home sales, such as second homes that are not subject to the gains exclusion or sales that involve a significant capital gain. However, the number of transactions impacted by the new tax would be further limited because taxpayers with less than $250,000 in income are not subject to the tax.

    Impact on Rental Income

    The 3.8% Medicare tax will affect high-income taxpayers who report taxable income due to capital gains and other investment income. Net investment income is the sum of income from interest, dividends, annuities, royalties, rents and capital gain.

    The IRS released proposed regulations and an FAQ on Nov. 30 which confirms that all active net rental income derived from active participation in a trade or business is exempt from the new tax. This is a positive development.

    However, net rental income due to passive participation (in which the investor puts in money but has no material participation or management authority) is subject to the 3.8% tax.

    How is the Tax Calculated?

    Here are two examples:

    • Suppose a couple has wage income of $260,000 and $9,000 in capital gains. The extra 3.8% tax applies to the lesser of $19,000 (the difference between their total income of $269,000 and the $250,000 threshold) and $9,000. $9,000 is the lower amount, so the increased tax is equal to $342 ($9,000 times 3.8%).
    • Suppose a couple has wage income of $50,000 and gains income of $210,000. The extra 3.8% tax applies to the smaller of $10,000 (the difference between their total income of $260,000 and the $250,000 income threshold) and $210,000. $10,000 is lower, so the increased tax is equal to $380 ($10,000 times 3.8%).
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