EYE ON JEFFERSON: Port Townsend city, schools eye Mountain View lease

Peninsula Daily News

The Port Townsend City Council will consider approving a 15-year lease with the school district for Mountain View Commons and taking on $2.8 million in repairs when it meets Monday.

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

The lease of the complex at 1925 Blaine St. would be from 2017 through 2032 after the present five-year lease ends in 2016.

Rent to the Port Townsend School District would be $60,0000 annually for the first five years. Thereafter, it would be $1 per year.

The lease would obligate the city to take on $2.8 million in repairs to the roof and mechanical repairs and upgrades to the heating and cooling system.

It would allow the city police station and several nonprofits to remain at the complex.

It also would allow continued operation of the aging city pool unless there are unexpected emergency repairs and no funding for them. In that case, the pool would close.

The city has $800,000 in grants from the state departments of Enterprise Services and Ecology that will be applied to repairs.

But the money must be obligated in contracts with contractors by June 30 or the city risks losing the funds, the city manager said in a memo.

Work must be completed by June 30, 2015.

Roof repairs now are slated for August and September.

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, held in conference rooms
in City Hall, 250 Madison St., are:

■   Council Finance & Budget Committee special meeting — 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the third-floor conference room. The 2014 supplemental budget ordinance will be reviewed.

Port Townsend schools

The Port Townsend School Board will consider a draft Mountain View Commons lease with the city when it meets Monday.

The School Board will meet at 6 p.m. in the Gael Stuart boardroom at 1610 Blaine St.

The board also will hear a report on findings by the state auditor that the district failed to properly log time and effort data with regard to special-education employees and did not maintain proper controls over Associated Student Body fundraising activities.

It will hear a presentation from the ReCyclery and consider approval of a Future Business Leaders of America trip to a national competition in Nashville, Tenn.

Jefferson County

The three Jefferson County commissioners will consider setting a public hearing on two Conservation Futures funding requests when it meets Monday.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in commissioners’ chambers at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend.

Commissioners will hear recommendations from the Conservation Futures Citizen Oversight Committee on the Snow Creek Watershed Acquisitions and Quimper Wildlife Corridor applications and consider setting a public hearing for 10:30 a.m. July 7.

The amount of funding available to projects is $42,000. The amount requested in the two applications is $123,324.

Commissioners will open bids for a five-year contract to provide small hybrid sedans.

They will hear a report on first-quarter county income from the state Department of Natural Resources.

Commissioners will consider a $2,499 contract with Resource Renewal for weed control on county roads.

They are expected to cancel the county commissioners’ meeting set for Monday, June 23, because of a lack of quorum.

Port of Port Townsend

Port of Port Townsend commissioners will consider a letter of support for a proposed mariners memorial when they meet Wednesday.

The meeting will be at 1 p.m. at the port commission building at 333 Benedict St.

It will be preceded by a workshop at 9:30 a.m.

During the afternoon meeting, commissioners are expected to approve support for a Port Townsend Kiwanis Club’s mariners memorial on donated waterfront land between the ferry terminal and the Bayview Restaurant.

They also will consider a 10-year extension of Daniel Scheall’s T-Hangar lease at Jefferson County International Airport.

During the morning workshop, commissioners will discuss garbage policies and their June 26 meeting in Quilcene.

Chimacum schools

The Chimacum School Board will consider awarding a bid for a gymnasium when it meets Wednesday.

The School Board will meet at 6 p.m. in the library of the high school at 91 West Valley Road.

The board also will consider a quit-claim deed to give Jefferson County right of way along West Valley Road and Rhody Drive to allow installation of sidewalk improvements and flashing beacons as part of a “safe route to schools” project.

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