These notes were taken by an Okanogan County Watch volunteer. Every attempt is made to be accurate. Notes are verbatim when possible, and otherwise summarized or paraphrased.
Note takers comments or clarifications are in italics. These notes are not the official county record of the meeting. For officially approved minutes, which are normally published at a later time, CLICK HERE.
The time stamps refer to the times on the AV Capture archive of the meeting on this date at the County livestream archive. To locate items in real time, the clock on the wall in the AV Capture screen can be helpful.
01.09.23 - BOCC
Commissioner Branch discusses the Forest Health Collaborative’s approval of the Forest Service’s proposal for the Twisp Project. He’d like to sign an amicus brief written by the American Forest Research Council opposing a challenge to the Twisp Project filed by the North Cascades Conservation Council. The commissioners will discuss the amicus in an executive session with Ester Milner, Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor and an official from Chelan County as soon as the meeting can be arranged.
Isabelle Spohn, of County Watch, makes a public comment, asking the commissioners make sure that legal notices are accurate. She cites examples of notices being inaccurate and problems the inaccuracy may have caused.
Zak Kennedy, lobbyist for Okanogan County, updates the Commissioners about the opening of the legislative session. He notes that many of the bills that have been refiled include the compromises worked out in the last session.
Maurice Goodall, Emergency Management, updates the Commissioners about the recent ammonia leak in Brewster.
Naomie Peasley, Fairgrounds Manager, updates the Commissioners about her goals for 2023. She’s also created a list of upgrades for the facilities. Commissioner Branch asks her to rate the upgrades with safety concerns as the highest priority and note which year she hopes to complete the upgrade, so that the county would have a capital facilities plan with dates.
Recess at 11:50.