The City of Wenatchee is located in the center of Washington State and boasts a population of 34,070. It is governed by the Mayor and City Council. The Mayor serves as the highest elective office in the municipal government, and serves as the head of the City, while providing direction and acting as a community leader. The Mayor’s Office includes the Mayor, Executive Services Director, City Clerk and Public Information Officer.
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The Wenatchee City Council consists of seven members who have been elected to serve staggered terms.
In general, the Council develops and adopts City policies governing operations that are proposed by the Mayor. The Council establishes goals and priorities that provide framework for the City budget, contracts and expenditures. They adopt personnel policies but do not oversee City employees.
The Wenatchee City Council meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at 5:15pm in the Council Chambers, located at City Hall at 301 Yakima Street, 3rd Floor, Wenatchee. Work sessions for the City Council are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month, as needed.
The City Council takes action on items presented at regularly scheduled or special meetings. A public hearing may be scheduled as part of a regular or special Council meeting to allow members to hear background information or reports on a particular topic, receive public input and explore legal requirements. Council work sessions are scheduled to allow members to study an issue before taking action.
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When presenting testimony, approach the microphone and introduce yourself to the Council. State your name and address, and whether you support or oppose the issue. Summarize your information and provide supporting information. Please speak loudly and clearly and limit your comments to three minutes or less. You may summarize any written information at the microphone, and then provide copies to the City Clerk. Copies will be distributed to the Council. If someone has already covered points you intended to make, state your agreement with previous testimony.
Meeting agendas, packets, and minutes are posted on the city calendar. Regular Council meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, and work sessions are held the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Time is set aside at the beginning of each meeting for public comments. Citizens may use this time to express an opinion on subjects not found on the agenda. Comments should be limited to three minutes, and groups with several members or individuals communicating the same message should designate a spokesperson, who will receive a limit of five minutes. All remarks should be addressed to the Council as a whole.
General Rules of Conduct
The Mayor has the authority to preserve order at all meetings of the Council and order the removal of any person from any meeting for disorderly conduct. Any person making personal, impertinent, or slanderous remarks, or who becomes boisterous, threatening, or personally abusive while addressing the Council, may be requested to leave the meeting. The Mayor may command assistance of any peace officer of the City to enforce all lawful orders of the Mayor to restore order at any meeting.
Standard order of regular Council meetings:
- Call to Order
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Changes/Revisions to the Agenda
- Consideration of Consent Items
- Citizen Comments
- Presentations and Awards (including Proclamations)
- Official Agenda Items
Sharing Information and Concerns with the Council
The Wenatchee City Council invites citizens to share information or concerns at a Council meeting. You may also contact Council members personally or directly email a Council member .
Certain issues, however, should be directed to City staff instead of the Council, outside of City Council meetings. These issues include:
- Complaints about staff members - Responsibility for dealing with staff issues should be directed to a specific department manager first, then to the Executive Services Director.
- Requests for information or services - If you don’t know which department to call, contact the Mayor’s Office at (509) 888-6204.
- Complaints about services - If you don’t know which department to call, contact the Mayor’s Office at (509) 888-6204.
- Letters - Letters may be sent to Council members by hand-delivering or mailing them to City Hall, Mayor’s Office, PO Box 519, Wenatchee, WA 98807. Rarely is any action taken until after the issue has been researched and reviewed by both Council and staff.
- Policy issues - Policy or legislative issues may be brought before the Council at a regular Council meeting. If a law or policy change is needed, it will be placed on a future agenda for full discussion and consideration.
A quasi-judicial proceeding is an action in which a public hearing is required by state statute or local ordinance. During this process, the decision maker will consider evidence for or against the proposal, and the decision will impact specific parties. Examples of quasi-judicial proceedings include applications for subdivisions, variances, conditional use permits, and small rezones.
If a quasi-judicial proceeding is required, certain "procedural due process" elements must be satisfied. For land use hearings, procedural due process includes appearance of fairness for decision makers, proper notice of the hearing, a proper hearing process, a complete record, and a decision based on the record. Ex-parte contact with the decision maker, e.g. City Council members, affects the appearance of fairness of procedural due process. RCW 42.36 is the appearance of fairness statute that establishes guidelines for fairness at land use hearings.