EYE ON JEFFERSON: Port Townsend council eyes interim road zoning

Peninsula Daily News

The Port Townsend City Council will conduct a public hearing on interim land-use regulations for the Howard Street extension at a meeting Monday.

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

After the hearing, the council will decide to extend, modify or terminate the interim land rules it adopted July 7. A public hearing is required by state law within 60 days after such regulations are adopted.

The city is preparing to extend Howard Street to Discovery Road, which will create a new commercial district.

The interim measure is meant to preserve future opportunities and the proposed alignment of future streets until the city Planning Commission recommends zoning rules to the council by the end of the year.

Among aspects to be discussed will be a request from some property owners to remove the restriction on office uses.

Also concerning the Howard Street extension, the council will consider professional services agreements with Berger ABAM Engineering Services for design, bid document preparation, permitting and right-of-way plans, for which $780,000 has been budgeted.

The city has received a grant of $2.3 million from the Transportation Improvement Board and federal funding of about $800,000.

Final cost estimates and a funding plan are expected later in the year.

The council also will hear a presentation about the acceptance of a piece of public art for the Uptown District.

The arts commission has recommended the commission of a sculpture by artist Matt Babcock called “Great Blue.”

The council will consider final plat approval of the Birkenfeld Community in the Castle Hill area as requested by Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County.

It also will consider an agreement for collaborative services with the Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center Public Development Authority.

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

Other city meetings are scheduled in the third-floor conference room at City Hall, 250 Madison St. They are:

■ Library Advisory Board — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

■ Council Finance and Budget Committee — 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Discussion of 2015 budget priorities is on the agenda.

County commissioners

The three Jefferson County commissioners will consider a contract for painting the outside of the Port Townsend Community Center 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.

The painting contract would be with Sabelhaus West Inc. of Silverdale for $35,842.

The commissioners also will open bids that have been submitted to supply the county with pursuit-rated sport utility vehicles, motor graders and dump trucks.

They will consider a contract with Unitec Corp. of Tukwila not to exceed $43,493 for solid waste disposal facility scale maintenance and certification.

Jefferson Transit

Jefferson Transit board members will conduct public hearings on their transportation development and improvement plans when they meet Tuesday.

The board will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Port Townsend Fire Station, 701 Harrison St.

After the hearing, the board will consider approving the plans.

It also will consider approving unpaid holidays for reason of faith or conscience.

Jefferson Healthcare

Jefferson Healthcare commissioners will hear a patient care report when they meet Wednesday.

The meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the hospital auditorium, 834 Sheridan St., Port Townsend.

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