EYE ON JEFFERSON: Pot report, costly road on agenda

Peninsula Daily News

The three Jefferson County commissioners will hear a report about marijuana permitting and discuss the most expensive road in the county when they meet Monday.

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

Carl Smith, Department of Community Development director, will tell about a July 31 meeting among representatives of the county, the State Liquor Control Board, the state Department of Ecology, the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency and the governor’s office about the coordination of permitting procedures.

Commissioners also will consider continuing to pay for consultant services to help develop funding from federal and state sources for work on Upper Hoh Road in West Jefferson County.

The first 12 miles of Upper Hoh Road from U.S. Highway 101 to the boundary of Olympic National Park are described as “the most difficult and expensive roadway to operate in Jefferson County,” a staff memo says, adding that since 1998, the road has required some $13.5 million in repairs, averaging $850,000 annually.

Federal sources have provide millions for the road.

A 2102 contract with Strategies 360 Inc. of Seattle has expired. Commissioners will consider a new contract with the consultants through December 2016 costing no more than $50,000 annually.

Items on the consent agenda include:

■ An agreement to allocate $32,966 for the support of court-appointed special advocates and guardian ad litem programs.

■ An agreement to appoint four members of the Climate Action Committee: Jack Pokorny, student representative; Kevin Scott, Port Townsend Paper Mill representative; Samantha Thomas, non-motorized alternate representative; and Laura Tucker, county health-green business representative.

Port Townsend city

The Port Townsend City Council will conduct a midyear budget review and discuss its 2015 funding priorities at a workshop Monday.

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

During the meeting, where no action will be taken, the council will consider debt service, benefits, succession, police priorities, parks and streets.

It will review seven special-interest funds, including equipment rental and replacement fund, lodging tax, library fund, public works administration, real estate tax, fire and housing trust.

Council office hours, during which members of the public can discuss any topic with a member of the City Council, will take place 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 committee meetings set this week are:

■ Lodging Tax Advisory Committee — 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, third-floor conference room, City Hall, 250 Madison St.

■ PEG Access Coordinating Committee — 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Gael Stuart Building, 1610 Blaine St.

Port of Port Townsend

Port of Port Townsend commissioners will consider action on the port’s parking policy and discuss its yard policy when they meet Wednesday.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in chambers, 333 Benedict St. It will be preceded by a 9:30 a.m. workshop in the same location.

At the 1 p.m. meeting, in addition to the parking policy, commissioners also will discuss the June financial report, in which all departments except Quilcene have shown an increase over the prior year, according to staff members.

They will consider a bid of $16,939 from Alpha & Omega General Contracting LLC of Bremerton for the painting of the Point Hudson duplex exterior and a lease with Bob and Mary Cunningham.

During the morning workshop, commissioners will discuss a yard policy, receiving an update on insurance requirements for an active versus passive yard.

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