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• Jim Dumont: parks and recreation director
  City of Walla Walla; 509‐524‐4545

• Elio Agostini: executive director
  Downtown Walla Walla Foundation; 509‐529‐8755

Mumford and Sons Announce 'Gentlemen Of The Road' Stopovers in 2015
Mumford and Sons, an internationally popular and Grammy award winning British folk rock band, has
selected Walla Walla, Washington as one of their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road (GOTR) Stopovers in the
United States. The City of Walla Walla and the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation in cooperation with
Whitman College and DeSales Catholic High School are pleased to host this exciting community
celebration scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15, 2015.

Mumford & Sons will headline the Saturday show on the Main Stage, located at the Whitman College
Athletic Fields, along with an eclectic and energetic roster of artists selected by the band themselves. A
series of smaller music events and activities involving local businesses, artists and, most importantly,
local people will happen in and around downtown Walla Walla on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of that

Each Stopover combines the intimacy of a community celebration with the excitement of a world‐class
music event. The Walla Walla Stopover features downtown performances by local and regional bands
beginning Thursday evening but also Friday and Saturday afternoons and after the Main Stage closes.
About this year's upcoming Stopover tour, Mumford & Sons says, "The Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers
are all about live music. We get to put them on in towns not normally frequented by touring bands in
busses or splitter vans. We deliberately look for towns that have something unique, or some vibe of
which they are proud, explore them and enjoy what they have to offer."

The outdoor Stopovers will take place in four carefully‐selected and unique locations across America
including Salida, Colorado; Waverly, Iowa; Seaside Heights, New Jersey; and Walla Walla, Washington
The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation was thrilled when it received an e‐mail from the band's
promoter Madison House Presents in September of 2014 indicating that Walla Walla was being
considered for the 2015 'Gentlemen of The Road' Stopover. Immediately the City of Walla Walla Council
members and the leadership team welcomed the promoters and began seriously considering the
possibility of over 30,000 people visiting our valley. "A delegation from the city visited Troy, Ohio to
check out how the stopover worked in that city of 25,000," stated Jim Dumont, the Parks and Recreation
Director for the city, "We were impressed with what we heard and decided to make it happen here".
The City of Walla Walla, the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, Whitman College, the Walla Walla
Catholic Schools and several other community partners have worked together over the past five months
with Madison House Presents to make this once‐in‐a‐lifetime experience for the Walla Walla community
a reality.

Walla Walla was attractive to the band and concert producers due to its vibrant, picturesque and
historic downtown; the scenic Walla Walla Valley; the proximity to park space and camping; the warm
and comfortable summer weather; and performing venue options. Walla Walla Mayor Jerry Cummins
welcomes the anticipated thousands of visitors from around the world to our Valley, "We are proud that
our community and our downtown has been recognized for its historic character and amenities and
singled out for this unique opportunity," he stated.

Attendance at the two‐day Stopover in Walla Walla is expected to more than double the city's
population and generate a significant positive economic impact for the region. According to Nabiel
Shawa, City Manager, the region can expect an economic impact in the millions of dollars.
The Walla Walla GOTR Stopover will begin with a performance on Friday evening, August 14th featuring
the Foo Fighters. A daylong of music will continue on Saturday, August 15 with the sounds of
international known bands including The Flaming Lips. Mumford & Sons will perform on Saturday

The 'Gentlemen Of The Road' series began in 2012 and continued into 2013. Previous Stopovers
occurred in Troy, Ohio; St. Augustine, Florida; Bristol, Tennessee; Portland, Maine; Dixon, Illinois;
Guthrie, Oklahoma; and Simcoe, Ontario in Canada.

Tickets to the two‐day Stopovers will be $199, with no additional fees or hidden charges. Tickets for all
Stopovers will be available at beginning on Friday, March 6th at 10:00 AM.

A limited number of Walla Walla Stopover tickets will be sold to the local community at the Tourism
Walla Walla Visitor Center located at 26 E. Main Street in downtown Walla Walla. The Visitor Center will
accept credit card purchases only and will be open Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Saturday
and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Ticket purchases will be limited to six per person.

Isaacs Avenue Report Press Release

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Isaacs Avenue Existing Conditions Report to be presented at the March 9 City Council Work Session

The Isaacs Avenue project is a major reconstruction effort extending from the Rose Street/Park Street intersection about 1.5 miles to the Isaacs Avenue/Wilbur Avenue intersection. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2017 with cost estimates in the neighborhood of $15 million. The crucial first step in the process is to develop a plan for the Isaacs Avenue Corridor, which is underway as part of a Corridor Study and will better position the City for grant funding for the project. The Council presentation will include the following three (3) key pieces of information:

1. An overview of the Isaacs Avenue project and the Corridor Study process.
2. The existing transportation findings and forecast conditions.
3. Input received from our initial stakeholder meetings and additional planed public outreach.

Information on the Isaacs Avenue project, the corridor study process, a technical memorandum on Existing and Forecast Conditions Analysis, and a Draft Evaluation Criteria can be found at the following site:

The Council Work Session will be held on Monday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 15 N. Third Avenue.

For additional information, please contact the Engineering Division at.








The Third Avenue and Alder Street intersection will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, March 2 for approximately three weeks (weather permitting). The City's contractor will be removing remaining asphalt, concrete sidewalks, curbs, and existing traffic signal poles. They will also begin installing stormwater facilities and rebuilding the intersection.

Detour routes will be in place.

Please continue to support surrounding area businesses during construction.

For additional information, please contact the Engineering Division at.








The Sudbury Landfill will return to regular operating hours of 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning Monday, March 2, 2015. The operating hours will start Monday, March 2, 2015, and run through Saturday, October 31, 2015. The Landfill is open Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays and major holidays. The Compost and Household Hazardous Waste facilities will return to the same schedule beginning March 2 as well.

The Landfill has been operating under a "Winter Hours" schedule since November. Winter Hours were implemented because the combination of darkness and inclement weather can pose a safety risk for both customers and staff.

More information on the Sudbury Landfill services and hours of operation can be found at








New topic available on Open City Hall Press Release

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City seeks citizen input regarding possible changes for the Clinton/Alder and Division/Alder intersections

You can read general information about the traffic analysis and view three proposed options at We are interested in your opinion on these options. At Open City Hall, you will have the opportunity to prioritize the three options and provide additional comments. The survey will be available on February 20 until March 20. The results will be presented to Council on April 13.

Thank you for participating!

For additional information, please contact the Engineering Division at.








Luke Watson became the newest member of the Walla Walla Police Department last night, after being sworn in at a ceremony in the Fulton Community Room. With his wife by his side, Watson received the oath from Mayor Jerry Cummins.
Watson had spent over seven years as a Deputy with the Walla Walla Sheriff's Office before applying to the police department. Watson was hired to fill the vacancy created when Jeremy Pellicer left to take a position with the Pasco Police Department last November.
"We are thrilled to have Luke join the Police Department. He grew up and attended schools in Walla Walla, and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of the area," stated Chief Scott Bieber.

For more information, please contact Tim Bennett, Public Information Officer at the Walla Walla Police Department at.


The City of Walla Walla has hired HDR Engineering to design and help oversee construction of needed upgrades to the City's drinking water treatment facility. HDR has successfully designed and constructed 32 drinking water plants in the Northwest over the past ten years. The City is looking to HDR to provide their expertise to successfully guide the City's critical upgrade of the drinking water plant. This project is currently in the design phase and construction is expected to begin in 2016.

The City has also recently hired Apollo, Inc. as the General Contractor/Construction Manager for the project. Apollo has constructed six Water Treatment Plants over the past ten years. "We are extremely excited to work in partnership with the City of Walla Walla and HDR, Inc. to design and construct this very important project for our neighboring community. We have been building projects in and around the Walla Walla valley for 15 years. We are a trusted partner for the City of Walla Walla on this project and in their commitment to maintaining a high quality of life for their community" says Amy Jenne, Vice President of Apollo, Inc.

For additional information, please contact the Engineering Division at.








January City Central Newsletter now available

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Click here to view the January 2015 City Central Newsletter.








Isaacs Avenue Corridor Project Press Release

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Isaacs Avenue Corridor Project – Rose Street to Wilbur Avenue

The Isaacs Avenue project is just getting underway. The first step in the design process will be an evaluation of traffic and safety. This multi-year project is estimated to cost over $15,000,000 and is tentatively scheduled for construction beginning in 2017. Traffic counts were completed in December to measure the existing traffic volumes and turning movements. This information will be used to prepare a traffic analysis.

Over the next few months, the City will be working with key stakeholders along the project to analyze traffic patterns and safety for all modes of travel to develop alternatives that best meet the identified current and future transportation needs of the corridor. Public open houses will be scheduled to present these findings and solicit input from the public.

For additional information, please contact the Engineering Division at.








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