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Feasibility study results prompt council to put Ice Rink proposal on the back burner

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Despite the projection of a positive cash flow for the proposed ice rink, the Leavenworth City Council has decided to shelve the project. The council reviewed the recently completed feasibility study on the project at the July 14 study session.

Feasibility study results prompt council to put Ice Rink proposal on the back burner
The proposed Leavenworth Ice Rink and Pavilion project appears dead in the water after Leavenworth City Council review of the recently completed Ice Rink Feasibility Study.

At the July 14 city council study session, City Administrator Joel Walinski said there were a number of things they wanted to address with the feasibility study.

"I know that initially there was talk about finding a preferred location. Then, looking at overall capital costs when this study was initially identified," Walinski said. "But then as the council and partners got on board and really fine tuned that scope of work, we really focused in on the ability of the ice rink/pavalillion. What do the numbers represent? What does the pro-forma look like?"

"Is it going to generate some kind of cash flow? That was number one. How many users?"

One of the big questions is how the project would be funded, and how the does the ice rink pay for itself? Those were the focuses of the study done by Econ Northwest.

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Council gets behind bicycle pump park proposal
A new bicycle pump park in Leavenworth appears closer to becoming a reality after park supporters received solid support from the Leavenworth City Council.

Chris Booher and Angie Harrison made a presentation to the city council at the July 14 study session. Prior to that, they had presented their proposal to the City Parks Committee. The project is coming through the Blue Lotus Foundation.

"Blue Lotus Foundation started when my wife was killed in an avalanche 14 months ago. Blue Lotus was started to do good things in the community in her name and memory. The first thing we would like to do as a physical project is building a bicycle pump track in town," Booher explained to the council. "We've met with the Park Committee. Hopefully we have a good idea and proposal the community can really get behind and support."

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City receives funding to build two more crosswalks on U.S. Highway 2
After three years of waiting, the city of Leavenworth has received funding to complete two more crosswalks on U.S. Highway 2, at Gustav's and the Link Park 'n Ride. The funding comes through the Washington State Department of Transportation's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety program.

"This is the third time we've applied through the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety program. About three years ago, the city initiated action to put in a crosswalk near city hall across U.S. Highway 2," said Joel Walinski, Leavenworth City administrator. "That was very well received by the community and the visitors. It improved the safety of that crossing there. The city council asked to look at a couple other ones, to see if we could get the improvements."

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Photos submitted by Greg Peck Icicle River Middle School students did a number of team building and leadership activities during the week at Teton Science School, including canoeing on a nearby lake, and tackling the high ropes course.
Students learn team building and leadership skills at Teton Science School

Eleven Icicle River Middle School students spent a week in Wyoming recently, at the Teton Science School, with former Leavenworth teacher, Greg Peck, now an instructor at TSS.

Last fall, Peck said he worked with former IRMS Principal Kelli Doherty on a three-part grant. The first part of the project, as reported in the Echo, was the Don't Wait- Unmake a Bully program.

"It just worked at the beginning of the year. Raising community awareness about how positive life changes can help the health and welfare of individuals. That started it. The next part was the Interact program. It's ending the cycle of poverty," Peck said.

The idea, Peck said, was for students to start a hands-on legacy project, developing leadership skills with an sense for new environments and people.

Part three of the grant was for students involved with the Interact Club. If they kept up their grades and had good behavior, they would come for a week at Teton Science Schools. Peck said they ended up with 11 girls in seventh and eighth grades.

"It was awesome. That is the first year of the grant. Year two we are going to hopefully expand it to grades six and seven," Peck said. "Then, continue to work on decreasing the incidence of bullying, develop a legacy project, and then make another return here to Teton Science Schools the following year."

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School District comes close, but cannot break even on transportation
Despite their best efforts to cut costs, the Cascade School District cannot quite break even on transportation. Last year, the ridership generated $662,696 from the state, while direct expenses for the same period averaged over $700,000.

"It is pretty hard for our district in particular, just the way things are structured, to live within our means," said Tim Bentz, Cascade School Transportation director. "We are one of the few districts in the state that generates less revenue than expenditures. We are working hard to cut corners where we can cut them safely and not compromise the quality of our buses."

In his nine years in the district, Bentz said they have come up short each year. He said they are operating as efficiently as they can.

"We have 100 percent efficiency rating, according to OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction). We'll keep trying and plugging away. I feel we are doing a really good job with the dollars we have to work with and logistics that we have in this districts," Bentz said.

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