More than a dozen people showed up at Tuesday night's Manson Community Council meeting, although more than half the council didn't show up. Without a quorum, no action could be taken, so it was a time for discussion only. And that turned into a discussion with Chelan County Community Development Director Deanna Walter, who just happened to show up to the meeting. One of the agenda items brought up was the approval of a distillery in a Rural Residential Zone. Walter explained that was because distilleries come under the same definitions as wineries, and its size was a factor, too:
Just why distilleries come under the same definition as wineries was discussed between Walter and Community Council member Chris Willoughby:
It should be noted that Walter was asked to attend the meeting by Chelan County Commissioner Tiffany Gering, who was also in attendance; they said they had not received advance notice of the agenda items, and all of Walter's comments at the meeting were made without any preparation.