City adds convenience fees for utility payments
Residents paying Ellensburg utility bills with a credit/debit card or e-check now will be charged a convenience fee. The City Council approved the fee structure at Monday’s meeting. Fee-free payments include autopay, paying by cash in person at City Hall, or paying by check via mail, in-person, or at City Hall drop box. City council members said the city had previously been absorbing the transaction fees and now they are being passed on to the customer.
Mule seeks streatery permit
Public comment will be accepted until July 27 on the Mule Cocktail Bar’s streatery permit application. The application is available for review on the building department section of the city of Ellensburg’s website. Streatery structures at the Mule, Pearl Bar and Grill and D&M Downtown Coffee were removed in July when the city conducted chip sealing downtown. Any business seeking a streatery must apply under revised rules the City Council adopted this spring that added fees, including for parking spaces used and size of the structure and limits the streatery to four parking spaces.
Softball players needed
Registration for the Kittitas Valley Adult Coed Softball league has been extended to July 25. All games will be played at Rotary. More information is available on the league’s Facebook page.
Night market set for tonight
The Ellensburg Night Market takes place from 5 to 9, tonight, on Pine Street between Third and Fourth avenues. The event features vendors and micro-business owners in the community. The night market is organized by the Ellensburg Downtown Association.
Teens invited to Escape Room
Teens can participate in a Retro-Attic Escape Room event at 2:30 p.m., Thursday at Hal Holmes Community Center as part of the Ellensburg Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading program. The event is free but registration is required. Information is available on the library’s website.
Concert series kicks off
Elllensburg’s Music in the Park series starts on Thursday with the Rod Giles Band performing at 6:30 p.m. Alder Street Park. The band plays contemporary blues, rock and jazz fusion. The series continues every Thursday through Aug. 24.
Final weekend for ‘9 to 5’
Valley Musical Theatre’s production of “9 to 5” enters its final weekend of performances with shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Morgan Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for students.
The FISH Open Table lunch is cilantro lime chicken, onion slaw and an orange. The lunch is open to all seniors age 60-plus from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Ellensburg, and noon to 1 p.m., in Cle Elum. Meal sites are the Ellensburg Open Table and the Cle Elum Seventh-day Adventist Church. The community lunch for anyone needing a hot meal is from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Ellensburg location.
The forecasted high in Ellensburg today is 97 degrees. The wind is out of the ESE at 5-10 MPH. Sunrise is at 5:26 a.m. Sunset at 8:50 p.m. The high on Thursday is 100 degrees.