EYE ON JEFFERSON: County commissioners to mull declaring emergency for road repairs

The three Jefferson County commissioners will consider declaring an emergency to allow immediate repair of the Upper Hoh Road and other roads when they meet at 9 a.m. Monday.

The meeting will be in commissioners’ chambers at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend.

The Upper Hoh Road was damaged by high flows of the Hoh River. Shallow landslides from ground saturation damaged other county roads as well, staff members said.

Declaring an emergency will allow county Public Works to quickly enter into contracts to repair the roads.

Items on the consent agenda include:

• An authorization of change order with Shold Excavating Inc. on the Rick Tollefson Memorial Trail project increasing the net cost of the project by $1,050 — for a total of $590,819 — and adding 10.5 additional working days.

• A project agreement with Diggin’ It! to provide demolition, decommissioning and removal of all man-made structures, materials, debris, an RV trailer and on-site systems at 280 Fremont Ave,. on the Big Quilcene River floodplain.

• An agreement with the county to provide the city with jail services under certain terms and conditions.

• An agreement for 2016 funding in the amount of $32,792 to improve the quality of public defense services.

• Adoption of the 2017-18 county cost allocation plan.

On the regular agenda, commissioners also will conduct a hearing on the 2018-23 county Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program and hear a presentation on a draft marine spatial plan for the Pacific coast.

During the county administrator briefing session at 1:30 p.m., commissioners will discuss the comprehensive plan policy and land use element of the urban growth area rural commercial centers.

At 6 p.m. Monday, the board will host a special community outreach meeting at the Brinnon Senior Center, 306144 U.S. Highway 101, Brinnon. Topics will include quick snapshots of the county, the county budget and talks with elected officials.

Port Townsend city

The Climate Action Committee will consider goals for 2018 when it meets at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The panel will meet in the Pacific Room of Jefferson County Public Health, 615 Sheridan St.

The group also will discuss the city’s critical areas ordinance and stormwater plan as well as provisions for sea level rise flood damage reduction.

A Port Townsend City Council meeting is not scheduled this week.

Other city committee meetings this week will be in in conference rooms at City Hall, 250 Madison St. They are:

• Lodging Tax Advisory Committee special meeting, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., third-floor conference room.

• Parks, Recreation and Trees Advisory Board, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., first-floor conference room.

Fort Worden PDA

The Fort Worden Public Development Authority board will consider a lease for Gary Wolf Ranch Academy when it meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The board will meet in Commons B at Fort Worden.

The board also will consider increasing the Champion Videos contract from $10,000 to $20,000.

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