Last update: 05/10/2016
Sue Harnasch appointed Stevens County Finance/HR Director -
March 3, 2016
The Board of Stevens County Commissioners is pleased to announce the selection of Sue Harnasch as Director of Financial Management/Human Resources. Following interviews with several well-qualified applicants, Sue emerged as the candidate with the most extensive knowledge of county, state and federal accounting systems and procedures that will allow Stevens County to efficiently and wisely administer public funds and provide our employees the opportunity to understand and manage the benefits and obligations that come with service to the citizens of the county.
In accepting this position, Sue has resigned the elected position of County Treasurer effective today and Chief Deputy Kathy Walsh will serve as interim Treasurer. Upon the submittal of three qualified candidates from the Democrat Party, a County Treasurer will be selected by the county commissioners.
We are grateful and enthusiastic in having Sue accept this challenge for the betterment of Stevens County.
2. Funds available to promote tourism in Stevens County
The Lodging Tax (also known as Hotel/Motel Tax) was created by the state legislature as a means to help cities and counties promote tourism at the local level. In the past, various groups and organizations have been awarded funds to help pay for advertising promoting their event.
|3. Redistricting completed - Stevens County Commissioner districts|
The Stevens County Commissioners have accepted the Avista Corporation’s offer to sell their old business location on Oak Street adjacent to the County Courthouse. The purchase price of $600,000 included the office building (approximately 8,000 square feet), a separate equipment building and an additional half block of undeveloped commercial property. The courts have been overflowing into the commissioners hearing room which has delayed court proceedings and scheduling. Immediate plans are to first meet the needs of the courts and second to evaluate the other outlying county offices for possibly moving them closer to the courthouse.
Funding for the purchase of this property is from the County’s Capital Projects Fund. This fund receives excise tax on the sale of real property within the county and can only be used for financing capital projects. These funds cannot be used for the county’s current operational expenses or salaries.
Purchasing this property has been a goal of the county for many years and the Commissioners would like to thank Avista for giving them the first option to purchase this prime real estate. Avista’s representatives have worked closely with County Officials to facilitate this transaction in a way that allowed the County to make the purchase with the least financial burden over multiple years.
5. Volunteers Opportunities - Stevens County Advisory Boards
Citizen advisory boards and committees help shape Stevens County's future by providing valuable, first-line input on a range of issues important to county residents. Although appointments vary, many new terms begin in January. Please visit the Citizen Participation Page on the Stevens County website at www.co.stevens.wa.us for more information. Currently, terms are set to expire on the Rural Library District Board of Trustees, the Planning Commission and openings exist on the Deer Lake Management District Citizens’ Steering Committee
If you're interested in serving on a committee or board, please send a letter of interest to Polly Coleman in the Stevens County Commissioners' Office; 215 South Oak St., Room #214; Colville, WA 99114 or email@example.com Please indicate the committee or board you are interested in.
If you have any questions about this press release, feel free to call the Stevens County Commissioners’ Office 509-684-3751.
6. Re-dedication Ceremony of the Stevens County Courthouse & Fountain
On Monday, July 13th, approximately 40 people attended the re-dedication
ceremony of the Stevens County Courthouse and Fountain. Current and
former Commissioners, elected officials and people who remember trout in
fountain gathered during a brief cloud-break to hear about the
revitalization project that included window replacement and
refurbishment of the historic window frames, cleaning the outside of the
Courthouse and re-pointing the brick, refurbishing the fountain and
entry doors and adding automatic door openers to provide greater
accessibility to those with a handicap.
Pictured from left: Commissioners Merrill Ott, Tony Delgado, O.G. Clem Clemons, Fran Bessermin, Jack Cogswell, Fred Lotze and Larry Guenther.
County Public Works Department Winter Maintenance Policy
WINTER MAINTENANCE POLICY and
is Stevens County’s policy to provide winter maintenance service to the
travelling public in Stevens County. The goal of this policy is to
provide for safe and efficient transportation within constraints of the
County’s budgetary resources, in accordance with RCW 36.33.220. Winter
maintenance activities encompass snow plowing, sanding and other
necessary activities. Minimal quantities of salt (sodium chloride) are
added to county sand piles. The prime function of the salt is to keep
sand piles from freezing solid in the winter. With regular washing and
maintenance of vehicles, significant corrosion is not generally
plowing operations it is impossible to prevent plowed snow from entering
driveways. Stevens County acknowledges and regrets this inevitable
consequence of our plowing activities. On occasion, a snowplow may
strike a mailbox. In this case, Stevens County is committed to
replacing the damaged or destroyed mailbox. On the other hand, because
it is an unavoidable circumstance, Stevens County will not replace
mailboxes damaged or destroyed by snow ejected from the plow. Also, it
is important that cars, trucks, trailers, garbage cans and other
personal property be parked off the roadway to allow for plowing.
Public safety is of paramount importance to Stevens County.
Accordingly, it is important that the motoring public keep a safe
distance from snow removal and sanding equipment. In addition, we ask
that the public slow down in the vicinity of our equipment and pass only
WINTER MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
regarding county road plowing and/or sanding, other than those
associated with accidents or emergencies, should be directed to the
Administrative Office of Public Works, including after hour calls, by
calling (509) 684-4548. Emergency calls should be directed to
the Emergency Dispatch Center by calling 911.
Procedure and Priority
Roads, including all paved roads and high traffic/heavily used gravel
roads will receive priority winter maintenance service. These roads
normally require eight (8) to eleven (11) hours to be initially cleared
of snow and sanded. It is not possible, because of our limited
resources, to completely sand Primary Roads on the first day
following a storm event. A storm event is defined as a snow event
yielding greater than two inches of snow, freezing rain causing
hazardous driving conditions, or other like weather conditions.
Additional plowing and sanding of Primary Roads will occur on the
second day following a storm event provided there is no storm
recurrence. Secondary Roads include all other gravel roads receiving
winter maintenance that are not designated Primary Roads. These
roadways will generally receive service on the second or third
day following a storm event, depending on the severity of the event. It
is not possible to clear snow and sand secondary roads until all primary
roads have been cleared and sanded. Non-Winter Maintenance Roads are
gravel roads, which because of limited resources and infrequent use
receive no regular winter maintenance. These roads are marked with
signage that states “No Winter Maintenance Beyond This Point”.
Non-Winter Maintenance Roads should not be confused with “Primitive
Winter maintenance activities following an over night storm occurring during the week will commence no later than 5:00 AM. Winter maintenance activities for secondary roads will be accomplished following completion of primary road maintenance. These activities will commence at 7:00 AM.
evening or weekend storm occur, a partial crew may be mobilized, if
conditions warrant, to provide winter maintenance service on paved
primary roads only. Service to all other roadways will be accomplished
during normal workweek time periods.
Accident or Emergency Service
At the request of a Law Enforcement Officer directly or through the Emergency Dispatch Center, a partial crew will be dispatched by the Public Works Department at any time to the scene of an accident in order to facilitate safe traffic flow on a county road.
County’s Paper of Record
NOTICE is hereby given that, through June 30, 2017, the official newspaper for advertising Stevens County's legal notices will be The Chewelah Independent; E. 309 Main Street; P.O. Box 5; Chewelah, WA 99109. 2016 Official County Newspaper in pdf
|9. Code of the West Adopted by County Commissioners in pdf format|
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