PUD seeks community input on service center plans

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WENATCHEE, WA – After more than three years of study, Chelan County PUD commissioners Tuesday said now is the time to hear from the community about the proposal to combine customer and utility operations at a new Service Center in north Wenatchee’s Olds Station area.

Here’s a concept drawing of what the estimated-124 million dollar service center might look like. Shared Service Director, Dan Fraser shared with the board analysis that confirms a combined service center is the most cost-effective and long-term least-cost option.

Open houses in Cashmere, Chelan, Entiat, Leavenworth and Wenatchee are set to start March  18th. That’s when customers and community members will be asked to give feedback on the preferred option.

PUD staff also is working with the City of Wenatchee and Port of Chelan County to study potential future uses of the PUD’s property at Fifth Street and Wenatchee Avenue. Each of them has committed up to $75,000 for redevelopment planning focused on creating viable options for future use of the property.

You can learn more about the Service Center plans on the PUD’s website

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.