EYE ON JEFFERSON: Port Townsend to consider moratorium on tourist home permits

The Port Townsend City Council will consider imposing a 180-day moratorium on the receipt and processing of permits related to tourist homes when it meets Monday.

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

At a March 31 workshop, the council discussed planning commission recommendations and proposed code changes related to the regulation of short-term rentals.

Based on those proposed changes and the number of applications for tourist homes approved in 2015 and 2016 — 13 — the council directed staff to impose the moratorium to complete its review and adoption of new regulations.

The emergency ordinance will require five votes to pass. A public hearing must be scheduled within 60 days.

In addition, council members will:

• Hear a special presentation on the Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center Public Development Authority’s annual report.

• Consider an ordinance related to land use regulations.

• Consider the ratification of an ordinance that authorizes the sale of bonds in an amount not to exceed $12 million to help refund the 2008 bond issue and fund $3.2 million worth of new capital projects.

• Consider directing the city manager to provide recommendations on options and their possible tax implications related to fire services in the city.

• Consider directing the city manager to give recommendations on service levels and options regarding the Port Townsend Library, parks and recreation, and transportation on funding capital, maintenance and operational costs.

The council will then go into executive session to receive and evaluate complaints or charges brought against a public officer or employee.

Council office hours, during which members of the public can discuss any topic with a member of the City Council, take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the mayor’s office at historic City Hall.

The Port Townsend Planning Commission meeting originally set Thursday has been canceled.

County commission

The three Jefferson County commissioners will consider awarding contract work on the Olympic Discovery Trail project at South Discovery Bay 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 low bidder for work on Segment A of the trail in South Discovery Bay is Interwest Construction Inc. of Burlington, which bid $987,654.32.

Other items on the consent agenda include:

• A one-year service/maintenance agreement in the amount of $2,550 to Justice AV Solutions for upkeep on the Jefferson County District Court video conferencing system.

• An amendment to an agreement between the state Department of Ecology and Jefferson County Public Works for the 2015-17 Coordinated Prevention Grant. An additional $24,600 — for a total of $107,049 — will go toward continuing recycling services to county residents for a six-month period.

At 10 a.m., commissioners will conduct a hearing on a Community Development Block Grant application. Olympic Community Action Programs has requested the county continue working with it to administer the grant. The state requires a governmental agency to receive the funds.

During the county administrator briefing session at 1:30 p.m., commissioners will discuss and possibly take action on an authorization and concurrence document for the Bowers property and deeds of right for the Rundquist and Larson-Fulton properties, located on the Big Quilcene and Dosewallips rivers’ floodplains.

The properties have been identified to ensure adequate riparian habitat for salmon and to prevent or ameliorate the impacts of flooding.

Port of Port Townsend

Port of Port Townsend commissioners will consider a U.S. Coast Guard lease and February financial reports when they meet Wednesday.

The regular session will begin at 5:30 p.m. in chambers, 333 Benedict St.

The port will then go into executive session to discuss potential litigation and personnel.

Chimacum School Board

The Chimacum School Board will consider adopting the Jefferson County-City of Port Townsend All Hazards Mitigation Plan when it meets Wednesday.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Chimacum High School, 91 West Valley Road.

Other items on the agenda include:

• A mid-budget status report on the Transportation Vehicle Fund and a bus purchase plan.

• Reports from the student director, on the February budget status and on capital projects.

• A resolution on a reduction in the 2017-18 school year workforce.

The board will go into executive session to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.

Jefferson PUD

Jefferson County Public Utility District commissioners will consider appointing an auditor at their regular meeting Tuesday and will conduct two workshops this week.

The regular meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday. It will be preceded by a workshop of the PUD’s governance policy at 3 p.m.

At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, commissioners will conduct a workshop on the PUD’s financials and its financial policies and procedures.

All meetings will be at 230 Chimacum Road, Port Hadlock.

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda are:

• A resolution amending a resolution on non-represented staff on how merit pay increases are determined.

• Transfer of business from the Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) to Jefferson PUD-Telecom.

• A Public Employee Retirement System resolution for the board.

PUD commissioners will go into executive session to review the performance of a public employee.

PDA Executive ­Committee

The Fort Worden Public Development Authority Executive Committee will discuss a Makers Square design team meeting when it meets Tuesday.

The panel will meet at 9 a.m. in Room B at Fort Worden Commons, 200 Battery Way.

Other items on the agenda include a cash flow project report, 2018 maintenance transition, a staff retreat and partner leases.

The committee will go into executive session to review lease terms with Centrum and personnel performance reviews of the management team.

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