EYE ON CLALLAM: County looks to renew pact with humane society

Clallam County commissioners will consider a three-year agreement with the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society to maintain shelter facilities and necessary equipment for handling animals Tuesday.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ boardroom (160) at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

If approved, the county would pay the humane society $104,000 per year to handle impounded dogs and cats brought to the shelter by the sheriff’s office and county citizens, according to the proposed agreement.

Other posted agenda items include:

• Agreement with the Hoh tribe for furnishing facilities and personnel for the confinement of juvenile offenders.

• A contract with OpenGov for financial performance software.

• A supplemental agreement with the state Department of Transportation for the Ward Bridge scour repair project.

• An easement purchase for the Carlsborg sewer system.

• An agreement with Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics for chemical dependency and mental health services.

• An agreement with Serenity House of Clallam County and Healthy Families of Clallam County for low-income housing assistance.

• A request for proposals to provide criminal defense services for indigent defendants and others facing commitment or incarceration.

• A bid opening for an annual supply of hot mix and liquid asphalt.

• Notice of an April 11 hearing on proposed changes to public records policy.

Commissioners will hold their weekly work session at 9 a.m. Monday.

Scheduled discussion items include a call for a hearing on a proposal to amend park and fairgrounds rules and regulations and a letter of support for funding for the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration, Fish Barrier Removal Board, Floodplains by Design and Washington Coast Restoration Initiative programs.

• A monthly budget performance review.

• A contract amendment with the state Department of Agriculture to increase funding for the noxious weeds program.

Port Angeles city

The Port Angeles City Council will consider approving a three-year agreement with the Lincoln Park BMX Association to operate and maintain the park’s BMX track when they meet Tuesday.

The 6 p.m. meeting at 321 E. Fifth St. in City Hall will be preceded by a 5 p.m. closed-door executive session to discuss potential litigation and consider the minimum price for public property to be offered for sale or lease when public disclosure would cause a likelihood of a decreased price.

Final action on the real estate transaction will be done in public session.

The regular meeting will include a public hearing on the first reading of a transportation benefit tax-district ordinance that will be continued to April 4.

The meeting also will include a public hearing on the second reading of amendments to city land use and zoning regulations. City council members can adopt the regulations after the hearing.

A report by City Manager Dan McKeen that was scheduled for Tuesday by the anti-fluoridation group Our Water, Our Choice! petition to elect a new city council if voters choose to change the form of city government to a second-class designation in November has been postponed until the council’s April 4 regular meeting. The delay is due to additional submittals by Our Water, Our Choice! attorney Gerald Steel of Olympia.

Port of Port Angeles

Port of Port Angeles commissioners will consider amendments of the Western Port Angeles Harbor Group professional services agreement with Anchor QED when they conduct a special business meeting Tuesday.

Commissioners will meet at 2:30 p.m. for the business meeting, which will be preceded by a 9 a.m. workshop. Both will be at port headquarters, 338 W. First St.

The amendment would fund a pilot study of placing a sand cap on wood debris. The total expense, which is shared among four entities, would be $77,000, bringing the contract up to $199,135.

During the business meeting, commissioners also will consider advertising for bids for Boat Haven laundry facilities and real estate broker commission policy, as well as making community partner program funding decisions.

During the morning work session, commissioners will hear a report on the barging industry and presentations by community partner program applicants.

Clallam Transit

Clallam Transit board members will consider a proposed route from Port Angeles to the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal after a public hearing in Forks on Monday.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. at Forks City Hall, 500 E. Division St.

If approved, twice-daily “Strait Shot” route would begin June 18.

The cost would be $10 for adults and $5 for youths, Clallam Transit pass holders, Peninsula College students and anyone with a Regional Reduced Fare Permit.

Other agenda items for the Transit board meeting include an operations department report, updates on public education and outreach events, and status updates on legislative issues and a request for proposals for bicycle lockers.

Clallam PUD

Clallam County Public Utility District commissioners will consider approving an invitation to bid for site improvements and building construction for a Forks vehicle storage building Monday.

The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Lake Crescent boardroom at the Carlsborg main office, located at 104 Hooker Road.

Other agenda items include contractor prequalifications and a resolution establishing titles and monthly salary ranges for staff employees.

Sequim schools

The Sequim School Board will conduct a 2016-17 budget hearing when it meets Monday.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. at 503 N. Sequim Ave. At 5:30 p.m. will be a retirement reception for Beverly Horan, who has resigned from the board.

The board also will consider approving a district technology plan for 2017-20.

Marine Resources Committee

The Clallam County Marine Resources Committee will discuss projects to be included in the 2017-18 proposal to the Northwest Straits Commission on Monday.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 160 at the Clallam County Courthouse.

Other agenda items include a summary of a Monday meeting with Clallam County commissioners, a summary of U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency presentations on a state oil spill program and oil spill contingency plans, a discussion of educational outreach, an update on recreational shellfish beach classifications west of Port Angeles and shellfish testing by the state Department of Health and project updates on Olympia oyster restoration, an ocean science program, kelp survey and oiled wildlife training.

Board of Health

The Clallam County Board of Health will discuss a community opioid epidemic plan Tuesday.

The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Room 160 at the Clallam County Courthouse.

Other agenda items include a community health assessment and the proposed role of the Board of Health, Health and Human Services staffing and an introduction of new health board member Pamela Leonard-Ray as the city elected representative.

Library system

The North Olympic Library System Board will hear an update on the Sequim branch expansion project when it meets in Sequim on Thursday.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Other agenda items include monthly statistics and activity reports, a resolution appointing an agent to receive claims and a resolution designating signature authority.

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