Anne Young has been named as marketing director for the Town of Winthrop, succeeding Rebekah Peterson in the contract position. Young and her husband, Nathan, are among the co-owners of the Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop. She and her family will move to the Winthrop area in the next few weeks and their children will […]
Town of Winthrop
Higher fines set for overly loud activities It’ll cost you a lot more to be overly noisy in Winthrop from now on. At its meeting last week, the Town Council adopted new fines for violations of the town’s noise ordinance, following earlier discussions about live music noise complaints. The new fine for a first offense […]
State funds support trails, campgrounds, preservation Okanogan County projects will receive more than $3 million in grants through the state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, the board announced last week. The grants include several major projects in the Methow Valley and adjacent areas. Altogether, the state allotted $126 million for 333 projects throughout the state […]
Enforcement, bigger fines discussed Violators of Winthrop’s noise restrictions may be subject to stricter enforcement, and higher fines, if the Town Council follows through on its intent to review and revise the municipal code. At its meeting last week the council revisited the noise issue, which was placed on the agenda by Mayor Sally Ranzau […]
Mayor cites potential efficiencies to support change Winthrop will follow Twisp’s lead and close its Town Hall on Fridays within the next few weeks. Mayor Sally Ranzau proposed the move at the Town Council meeting week, citing staffing issues. She said keeping the building open on Fridays ends up being a distraction to staffers who […]
Towns’ needs are different but center around Hwy 20 The mayors of Winthrop and Twisp took a rare opportunity to pitch their towns’ transportation needs to a state-level audience, including Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar, at a meeting last week. Millar and the state’s Transportation Commission convened at TwispWorks on May 14 and heard presentations […]
After weeks of review and discussion, the Winthrop Town Council quietly approved amendments to the town’s water and sewer service ordinance at its meeting last week. The amendments adjust prices charged to some water and sewer customers, both residential and commercial. Most noteworthy, from a public discussion standpoint, is that overnight transient rentals and single-family […]
Tiny parcel needed for an easement to Highway 20 Winthrop’s years-long effort to complete the Susie Stephens recreation trail literally took a few more steps forward last week when the Town Council agreed to use its eminent domain powers to acquire a minuscule piece of property. Although clearly reluctant to start a condemnation procedure, the […]
Planning Commission considers options as moratorium continues By Don Nelson Winthrop residents got their first look at proposed new regulations for overnight rentals within the town last week, and as expected it’s a complex topic. The Winthrop Planning Commission hosted a public workshop on the issue of vacation rentals on Oct. 23 at the Winthrop […]
The Winthrop Town Council will consider proposed language for revisions to the town’s Westernization code as it applies to W-3 commercial zoning, at its Nov. 7 meeting.
Council member Kirsten Vanderhalf, who was part of an ad hoc committee appointed by the council to review the Westernization ordinance’s regulations for solar arrays in the W-3 district, said at last week’s meeting that the proposed language will reflect consensus the committee earlier arrived at.