Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Council updates manufactured home ordinance, hears commissioner candidate

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BREWSTER – The city council voted to revise the Brewster City Code to replace language in Chapter 15.20 referencing Trailer Coaches and Trailer Camps with a new version specific to Designated Manufactured Homes.

“There are no more trailer camps,” explained Public Works Director Lee Webster. “They are either mobile home parks or you can put a double-wide on a lot, period.”

Webster said a manufactured home on a residential lot must be a double-wide with each section measuring at least 12 feet wide by 36 feet long.

Council members also approved the Halloween Harvest Carnival application requested by Heather Carrington, interim director of the Brewster Boys and Girls Club. The carnival will be the concluding event of costume contest and trick-or-treat festivities in the down business district on Oct. 31.

Brewster Fire Chief Dylan Gamble declared the city burn ban lifted.

Sally Bull, Independent candidate for Okanogan County Commissioner, District 3, held by Jim Detro, spoke during the public comment period. Bull explained her concerns over employment in the county and her main focus to maintain the county’s three hospitals, including Three Rivers, as hubs of employment. Bull said her opponent favors downsizing the hospitals in Tonasket and Brewster and centralizing more services at the Omak hospital.

“I really like the idea that we’re sharing the CEO between Tonasket and Brewster, “Bull said of the recent CEO arrangement.

Webster advised council that he recently revisited two city well sites about 15 feet apart dug between 1993-96 near the upper reservoir and was surprised to discover that water in both has tested quite usable as filtered backup sources.

“These were drilled, built, connected, switch-geared, electrical pump, motors, and the whole nine yards, then abandoned,” said Webster. “They can produce about 500 gallons of water per minute between them.

A valve failure at the Canyon Well site on Paradise Road, the source of the city’s best water, turned up another bonus. In the course of repairs, Webster pulled the original ground well certificate only to discover that the cap of 500 gallons per minute is actually capped at 650 gallons per minute, allowing access to almost 25 percent more water.

 

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