EYE ON CLALLAM: County expected to appoint acting treasurer

Clallam County commissioners will consider a resolution appointing Chief Deputy Treasurer Teresa Marchi as acting treasurer Tuesday to replace elected county Treasurer Selinda Barkhuis. 

Barkhuis resigned Thursday at the county Finance Committee meeting Thursday in a move she made effective Friday.

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

At their regular work session Monday that begins at 9 a.m. in the same location, commissioners will discuss a process for choosing a successor for Barkhuis. From 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., they will discuss priorities and goals for 2018.

She had announced that she planned to resign for health reasons in February.

Under county policy, the board must authorize the treasurer’s chief deputy to serve as acting treasurer until an interim treasurer is named, according to an executive summary to the resolution.

Voters will elect a county treasurer, auditor, assessor, judges, planning director, prosecuting attorney, sheriff and one commissioner in November 2018.

Other action items for the commissioners’ meeting include:

• An agreement amendment for a six-month extension of the existing collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 589.

• Approval to convert a half-time support staff position to a full time benefited position for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

• A resolution establishing a position in support of the Port Angeles School District’s proposed capital projects levy.

• A letter of support for Clallam County Transportation Coalition to be identified as the Accessible Community Advisory Committee for Clallam County.

• A grant agreement with the state Department of Commerce for a secure crisis residential center.

• A contract change order with Aldergrove Construction, Inc., for a courthouse boiler replacement project.

• A contract with the state Department of Commerce for a Violence Against Women STOP grant.

• A resolution reappointing Steve Gale, Leo Leonard and Robert Miller to the Planning Commission.

• A resolution reappointing Mattias Jarvegren to the Permit Advisory Board.

• Resolution appointing Carolyn Lindley to the Olympic Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council.

• A resolution appointing Michael Schermer and reappointing Margaret Owens to the Crescent Community Advisory Council.

• A resolution reappointing Don Corson to the Boundary Review Board.

• A resolution reappointing Charles A. Meyer, Theodore Shanks, Lourene O’Brien and Alan Barnard to the Sheriff’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

• A resolution reappointing Ken Dubuc to the Building Code Board of Appeals.

• A resolution reappointing Trish Hutson to the Clallam Bay/Sekiu Community Action Team.

• A resolution reappointing Trish Hutson to the Clallam Bay/Sekiu Sewer Advisory Committee.

• A resolution reappointing Roxi Baxley to the Fair Advisory Board.

• A resolution reappointing Joan McNally Quigley, Nancy Messmer and appointing Mike Doherty to the Heritage Advisory Board.

• A resolution reappointing Jeanne LaBrecque to the Clallam County Board of Health.

• A resolution reappointing Alan Clark, Ed Bowlby and Mike Doherty to the Marine Resources Committee.

• Notice of a Jan. 16 hearing on the proposed vacation of a portion of Billy Smith Road.

• Notice of a Jan. 2 hearing on a policy amendment for property control.

• A public hearing on the proposed surplus sale of one Sheriff’s Office vehicle, a 1949 Chevrolet truck.

Commissioners will hold their weekly work session at 9 a.m. Monday to preview items set for action in future meetings.

The discussion will include a proposed $60,000 agreement with Clallam County Economic Development Corp. for 2018.

Other scheduled discussion items include:

• A review of 2018 Affordable Housing and Homeless Housing and Assistance funds requests and Homelessness Task Force recommendations.

• A contract with Peninsula Behavioral Health for dedicated tax funds for mental health counseling services to persons with developmental disabilities.

• Introduction of new state Department of Fish and Wildlife Region 6 Director Larry Phillips, who will discuss a WDFW proposal for Clallam County, fishing guide fees and halibut fishing in 2018.

• An agreement with Olympic National Park to grow locally sourced native plants at the Matt Albright nursery.

• An agreement with the Clallam Conservation District.

• A coastal counties caucus contribution of $2,500 for a voluntary assessment.

• Topics for a long-range planning meeting on Jan. 8.

• A resolution designating commissioner involvement on advisory boards.

Commissioners will meet in the small conference room (150) in their office at 7:30 a.m. Monday to discuss priorities and goals for 2018.

Port Angeles city

Port Angeles City Council members will address short- and long-term solutions involving potential $1.7 million suicide barriers at the 100-foot-tall Eighth Street bridges when they meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The regular meeting will be in the council chambers at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St. It will be preceded by executive sessions at 5:15 p.m. at the same location to discuss potential litigation and contract negotiations.

At the regular meeting, council members will hear an update on long-term engineering options that include a recommendation for blended screening that would cost $1.7 million.

It would combine chain-link fencing and vertical support structures, according to a series of options in the agenda packet at www.cityofpa.us.

The barriers would be added to the bridges within six-12 months after funding is secured.

The recommended short-term solution is a combination of volunteer bridge crossing guards and installation of permanent fencing at the bridges’ highest locations, the safety technique used that was used on the Eighth Street bridges that were replaced by the current spans, which opened in 2009 with 4-foot, 6-inch safety railings.

The cost for the short-term solution was listed as “variable” in the agenda packet.

In other action at Tuesday’s meeting, council members are scheduled to adopt an ordinance to adjust 2018 utility rates after conducting a second reading of the ordinance.

Council members also will consider approving a collective bargaining agreement for 2018 with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1619 and a second amendment to a professional services agreement with Vertigo Marketing.

Clallam Transit

The Clallam Transit board will conduct a public hearing on a draft 2018 budget at 1 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will be at the Clallam Transit System administration building at 830 W. Lauridsen Blvd.

Action on the budget is expected after the hearing.

Other agenda items for the meeting include:

• An amendment to the 2016-2022 Transit Development Plan.

• Acceptance of revisions to a non-union represented employees’ compensation plan.

• Approval of a 2018 non-union represented personnel salary and wages scale.

• Consideration of general manager transition follow-up actions.

• An amended employer-sponsored transit pass program.

• Establishment of a rules of conduct policy for Clallam Transit vehicles, facilities and properties.

• Election of 2018 officers.

• A deed of gift for Port Angeles Gateway Center electric vehicle charging stations.

• Status updates on legislative issues, Strait Shot service, recruitment and meetings and consultations with other agencies and municipalities.

• A request from Port Angeles Deputy Mayor Cherie Kidd for support and funding for Eighth Street bridges fencing.

• Recognition of former board member John Miller and of outgoing board members Patrick Downie, Brad Collins, Lee Whetham, Bryon Monohon and Genaveve Starr.

• A letter of support to Serenity House of Clallam County for a youth and young adult program.

Economic Development Corporation

The Clallam County Economic Development board will accept nominations for an open board seat and officer positions when it meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The special meeting will be in Suite 222 at the EDC offices, 905 W. Ninth St. (the Lincoln Center) in Port Angeles.

After nominations are recieved the chairman and CEOwill send a ballot by email to eligible voters by Thursday.

The bord also will consider amending bylaws.

Olympic Medical Center

Olympic Medical Center commissioners will hear a presentation on the proposed Port Angeles schools capital projects levy when they meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Commissioners will meet in Linkletter Hall in the basement of the hospital at 939 Caroline St.

They also will hear updates on the OMC Foundation, Olympic Medical Physicians and safety.

Peninsula Housing Authority

The Peninsula Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The meeting will be in Room 160 at the Clallam County Courthouse.

Agenda items include November check registers, commissioner reports and an executive session for an impact capital loan modification.

Fire District 3

Clallam County Fire District 3 commissioners will hear a report on risk reduction when they meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Commissioners will meet at 323 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim.

Commissioners will consider a service delivery study and standard operating procedure for public records requests, health and safety program administration, and the safety committee.

The district covers the east side of Clallam County with a small portion in Jefferson County.

Clallam PUD

There will be no meeting of the Clallam County Public Utility District commissioners Deb. 18, Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

The next meeting will be on Jan. 8.

Port of Port Angeles

The regular meeting of Port of Port Angeles commissioners scheduled for Monday has been cancelled.

Commissioners begin their new schedule of meeting the second and fourth Tuesday of every month rather than the first and third Tuesday of the month beginning 9 a.m. Jan. 9.

The meetings will be at the port administrative building, 338 W. First St., Port Angeles.

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