Wenatchee City Hall to throw open its doors for first time since pandemic took hold

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WENATCHEE — As Chelan and Douglas counties hover in Phase 3 of the state’s pandemic recovery plan, local public offices are starting to open up. For instance, Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz says city hall will open for public visitors April 12.

“Customers will be able to come in and pay their utility bills on the third floor,” Kuntz told a meeting of the multi-municipality Tri-Commission on Monday. “You’ll be able to walk into our Public Works and pick up a building permit, meet with staff by appointment — so masks will be required.”

The Wenatchee City Council meeting on April 22 will be the first open to the visiting public since the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted most in-person business in March 2020, Kuntz said. Meetings have been viewable online, with councilmembers spaced apart for social distancing and testimony taken remotely.

Mayors of some surrounding towns say they’re readying to reopen their city buildings as well. Leavenworth Mayor Carl Florea says he’ll soon ask his city council about reconvening in person, and Cashmere Mayor Jim Fletcher says his city hall is already open for visiting business, as long as you wear your mask.