An open letter to my fellow Roslyn residents from Mayor Brent Hals.
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As you may have heard, our County officials have applied to the State Health Department for permission to move into Phase 3 of Washington State Phased Approach to COVID-19. In their words "The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) and Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has been working on the variance application for weeks. In order to move to Phase 3, the KCPHD/IMT must complete the application, ensure our county is meeting the state required metrics, and have approval from the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). As of this morning, both the BOH and BOCC voted in approval of the Phase 3 variance application.""
The city will continue to follow all of the outlined requests and requirements that are handed down from our State Health Department. But on top of that I will go a bit further on the
protections for staff and our public. I am going to continue to keep the city hall office closed to the public, with the exception of outside of city hall appointments made with our Planner. Also, I am going to have the library remain closed. I know that these
may be a bit difficult on folks wanting to return to a normal way of Roslyn life, but I am doing this for the safety of all. It is my only concern at this point. I intend on not changing these closures until Phase 4. I will review this as we move through Phase
3, hopefully cases continue to remain nearly non-existent here, but I will not make a hasty decision until "the curve" proves to be flattened and our vulnerable can be kept safe.
I also will continue to limit meetings (council, committees and commissions) frequency to only when necessary for the required operations of the city, and we will remain using virtual
phone conferencing when we do hold meetings. The city continues to have regular Local Incident Management Team Meetings with staff, our fire department, our police chief and the Mayor pro tempore. These are also virtual but does allow us to all keep informed
to the various activities around the business of the city in these pandemic circumstances, and what things are coming up. They have been helpful and we will continue hold these once a week as we proceed through Phase 3.
It is good to see business in town reopen and visitors returning, but I must say I would have preferred if the visitors had increased in a more gradual manner. Judging from the amount
of tourism we had when the state was in Stay Home, Stay Safe, it is not a surprise they are coming back at the increased rate we have seen for a few years now. It is part of the reason we came and stay here, this is one of the best communities in one of the
most beautiful parts of our wonderful state. Let us embrace what we have, care for others and stay healthy. Kindness, generosity and cooperation is part of Roslyn's beauty, keep up the good work Roslyn.
Welcome to the City of Roslyn! We hope that this site will provide you with some general information about visiting, playing, working, and living in our wonderful City!
Roslyn is located 80 miles east of Seattle near Interstate 90 in sunny central Washington. Incorporated in 1886, the coal-mining town of Roslyn played an important role in Washington State History. The extensive coal fields in the area fueled the Northern Pacific Railroad's trains during construction and early operation of a direct rail line through the Cascade Mountains.
Men from coal mining regions in the United States, Europe and elsewhere came to work in the mines. English, Italian and Slavic immigrants were among the early settlers and a significant proportion of the town's early residents were foreign born. In 1888, responding to a strike, the Northern Pacific Coal Company recruited more than 300 African-American miners from Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky and brought them, with their families, to work in the mines. At one time, 24 ethnic groups and nationalities were living in Roslyn. Today, many of the original families continue to make Roslyn their home.