Green community approved by Tonasket City Council

TONASKET – Pleasant Glade, a green community, was approved by the Tonasket City Council during their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 26.

The approval came after hearing the recommendation of Permit Administrator Christian Johnson regarding the community, which is proposed to be built as a community arterial on Jonothan and Havillah. A hearing regarding the community was held on Tuesday, April 19 and the Tonasket City Planning Commission approved the proposal before passing their recommendation on to the city council through Johnson.

The council then heard from Wayne Verbeck, the new president of the Tonasket Farmer’s Market. He said the first market will be held on Thursday, May 19 and that Western Avenue probably won’t need to be closed for the market until Thursday, July 1.

“People are concerned about safety on Highway 97,” Verbeck said. “We’ve decided to put up cones and label the area ‘no parking.’ We’re going to ask our vendors to park one block away to leave parking for customers. We’re going to have a parking attendant to make sure people are parking properly.”

Next, the council approved the hiring of Verela and Associates as their engineering company for the ADA sidewalks project on Main Street. They hired Varela and Associates despite a committee which recommended going with a new firm, RH2, for the project.

Finally, the council approved pursuing a grant application for equipment for the Tonasket Municipal Airport including the purchase of wireless internet equipment, a stand-alone webcam, a new computer for the pilot’s lounge, a new lighted windsock for the airport runway and to repair or replace the airport’s beacon.

The next city council meeting will be on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall located at 209 S. Whitcomb Ave.