EYE ON JEFFERSON: Clean water district amendments mulled

Peninsula Daily News

The three Jefferson County commissioners will discuss amendments to the clean water district ordinance at a meeting Monday.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in chambers, 1820 Jefferson St.

Under discussion will be a number of water quality impairments that have the ability to adversely affect public health and shellfish, and the implementation of cost-effective projects that are in place to restore these areas.

The presentation will be given by Jared Keefer, the county’s environmental health and water quality director, who will make a similar presentation to the Port Townsend City Council at its regular Monday meeting.

Keefer will report that the latest monitoring results from Chimacum Creek show a high bacteria level, and the EPA’s Clean Water Act lists 59 impaired or polluted sites in East Jefferson County, up from 44 in 2008.

Items on the consent agenda include:

■   Approval of a hearing notice to discuss first-quarter appropriations and extensions for various county departments, to take place at 10 a.m. April 21 in commissioners’ chambers.

■   A resolution to find and declare certain personal property as surplus and to authorize disposal.

■   An agreement to authorize courthouse elevator repairs.

■   An agreement to allocate $286,000 — with county’s share $28,6000 — for the Dosewallips Road 2014 slide repair.

■   An agreement to proceed with real property acquisition as part of the Rick Tollefson Memorial Trail, in the amount of $18,731.

Port Townsend city

The Port Townsend City Council will consider a three-year strategic plan when it meets Monday.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at historic City Hall, 540 Water St.

Among the plan’s goals is to deliver an updated comprehensive plan in June 2016, increase the capacity for business development in the Howard Street Corridor and find funding for several key projects.

The council also will consider:

■   A $25,000 contract with HDR consultants to provide engineering services for the 2014 Water System Plan Update.

■   Approving a memorandum of agreement with the Port Townsend School District regarding a “community collaboration” on libraries.

■   Changes in city purchasing procedures to mirror changes in state law.

It will hear a presentation by Jared Keefer, the county’s environmental health and water quality director.

Council office hours, during which members of the public can discuss any topic with a member of the City Council, take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in the mayor’s office at historic City Hall, 540 Water St.

Other city meetings are:

■   Lodging Tax Advisory Committee — 3 p.m. Tuesday, third-floor conference room, City Hall, 250 Madison St.

■ Lodging Tax Advisory Committee presentation to lodging establishments — 2 p.m. Wednesday, Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St.; the committee will provide an overview of tax revenues and how they are used.

Planning Commission

The Port Townsend Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on proposed comprehensive plan amendments when it meets Thursday.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at historic City Hall, 540 Water St.

Planners will determine which suggested amendments warrant a place on the final docket and make a recommendation to the Port Townsend City Council.

Already on the final docket will be a Jefferson Transit rezone and Kah Tai Lagoon Park policy and Decatur Street Trail.

Suggested additions are Fort Worden goal and policy, Parkside Park rezone and Beech Street rezone and transfer of development rights.

Commissioners also will discuss Howard Street plans.

Port of Port Townsend

The Port of Port Townsend will consider action on the Port Hudson breakwater project and an automated weather-observing system at its regular meeting Wednesday.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. at 333 Benedict St.

Commissioners also will discuss authorizing a grant for a boat ramp.

A financial workshop meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the same location.

Last modified: April 05. 2014 6:07PM
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