EYE ON JEFFERSON: County to consider hiring shooting range consultant

The three Jefferson County commissioners will consider hiring a consultant on shooting ranges 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.

Commissioners also plan three executive sessions from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to discuss actual litigation, potential litigation and performance of a public employee.

The county received one proposal — from C. Vargas and Associates, LTD of Jacksonville, Fla. — in response to a request for consulting services to help with the development of an ordinance governing the siting, engineering, design, construction and operation of indoor and outdoor commercial shooting facilities.

The initial cost of the contract would be $40,000. The could grow, staff said.

Commissioners also will open bids for publication of county legal notices.

During the county administrator briefing session at 1:30 p.m., commissioners will consider allowing the acquisition of property for the Snow Creek Watershed Acquisitions Conservation Futures Project.

They will consider a letter opposing the inclusion of Washington state in the federal draft proposed Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Oil and Gas Leading Program for 2019-2024 proposed by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

“Washington’s coast is one of the most uniquely productive, beautiful and intact areas of North America and is worthy of protection from oil and gas exploration and development on the Outer Continental Shelf,” the proposed letter says in part.

Items on the consent agenda include:

• Setting a hearing for 10 a.m. March 19 for Community Development Block Grant to continue Olympic Community Action Programs services to low-income clients in Jefferson County.

• Call for bids and contract plans for permanent repairs of a section of Dosewallips Road at milepost 1.67. Estimate is $150,381, with construction funded 90 percent by the Rural Arterial Preservation Program and 10 percent by the county road fund.

• Application for Federal Lands Access Program funds for replacement of a culvert on Snow Creek Road and for Upper Hoh Road resurfacing.

• Award of a contract to Nordland Construction NW of Nordland for $942,367 for the Salmon Creek bridge. Construction will be funded 85 percent by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board with the 15 percent covered by a $100,000 National Fish Passage Program.

• An amendment to an agreement concerning cultural resource assessment.

• Agreement with the Port Townsend and Chimacum school district for early intervention services.

PT City Council

The Port Townsend City Council will consider acquiring property by eminent domain for the Howard Street Regional Stormwater Project when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will be in council chambers at historic City Hall, 540 Water St.

The property is east of the right of way for Glen Cove Road, also known as Mill Road.

City staff have been in discussions with the owner of the property just outside the city limit.

“While discussions are continuing,” there are no other options, a staff memo said. “Therefore, staff requests council authority to use the city’s power of eminent domain to acquire the property if necessary.”

The council also will reconsider areas it had designated for off-leash dog parks after hearing complaints from neighbors of the city-owned parcel on Umatilla Avenue. It also will reconsider a designated parcel at 35th and Thomas streets.

Staff has suggested investigating the play field at Mountain View Commons as an alternative.

The council also will consider authorizing the city manager to execute an agreement with DCS Group for a stormwater rate study.

The mayor is expected to proclaim March as Reading Month for the Community Read.

Also meeting this week will be the Port Townsend Arts Commission at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the third-floor conference room at City Hall, 250 Madison St.

Planning commission

The Port Townsend Planning Commission will discuss the critical areas ordinance when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The commission will meet in council chambers at historic City Hall, 540 Water St.

No action will be taken.

Jefferson PUD

Jefferson County Public Utility District commissioners will consider action on pay increases for non-represented employees when they meet at 5 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will be at 230 Chimacum Road, Port Hadlock.

Commissioners are expected to authorize the assistant general manager to administer pay increases of 3.5 percent for non-represented employees.

The also will consider an agreement with the county Weed Control Board for management of noxious weeds on PUD rights-of way.

They will hear an reports on electrical meters and discuss water rates, the six-year water plan, the wellness program, surplus property and a resolution concerning the new general manager.

Fire District 3

Clallam County Fire District 3 commissioners will discuss a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant when they meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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

The also will discuss standard operating procedure for vacation leave, personal protective equipment and infectious disease control, as well as property tax exempt status of 305 Fifth Ave.

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

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