Commission Meeting News

Chelan PUD opens Walla Walla parking lots to support vaccine efforts

by Rachel Hansen | Mar 03, 2021

Chelan PUD continues to provide support for Chelan-Douglas Health District’s vaccination efforts at Town Toyota Center. In a report to PUD commissioners, staff outlined a plan to use parking lots at Walla Walla Point Park to help the health district vaccinate more people in North Central Washington (starts at 02:48:20 on the board audio).

Volunteers will direct vaccination traffic into a line that travels through about half of the parking areas at Walla Walla Point Park, then on to Town Toyota Center. That means parking will be limited to the northern lots, near the ballfields, at Walla Walla Point Park at least through June. Park users may also find available spots at Linden Tree at Ninth Street and Walla Walla Avenue, or Riverfront Park at the end of Fifth Street.

Since vaccination began at Town Toyota Center, Chelan PUD has provided snow removal, security, radios, fuel and power generation in support of the effort.

In other news, commissioners:

  • Heard about program planning to assist low income and high energy burdened customers (01:14:30)
  • Received updates about the timing for reopening of Parks facilities, maintenance projects, increased visitors in 2020 and project plans for this year (00:49:40)
  • Reviewed Fish & Wildlife successes at the Dryden acclimation facility and received a report on differences between hatchery and wild fish (00:08:50)
  • Heard about best practices related to fire safety outages during extreme weather events, as well as upcoming meetings with emergency response partners (01:59:00)

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The next PUD commission meeting is at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 15. The public is welcome to attend remotely in accordance with the latest guidance from the state Department of Health.