Jefferson County accepts $112,500 grant for Memorial Field lighting

PORT TOWNSEND — A state grant will help pay for the $250,000 project to replace the lighting system at Memorial Field.

Jefferson County commissioners accepted the state Recreation and Conservation Office Youth Athletic Facilities grant on Monday.

The grant will provide $112,500, or 44 percent, of the project cost. The county and community will provide $137,500, or 55 percent, in matching funds, according to a county staff memo.

The money will go toward the replacement of the 48-year-old field lighting system at the stadium, which is the only public athletic field in Port Townsend and the only lighted athletic field/stadium in East Jefferson County. The new lighting is expected to last for 25 years, county staff members said.

The grant period ends on Dec. 31.

Also approved Monday were other items on the consent agenda:

• An agreement with Jefferson Land Trust for property purchase for the Tarboo Creek, Farm and Forest project.

Money for the conservation agreement comes from a Conservation Futures Fund grant of $97,100 with matching funds of $180,000 from the land trust, for a total cost of $277,600.

• An additional $9,069 for a total of $49,069 to Olympic Community Actions Programs contract through March for transitional housing for county residents with substance abuse disorders or mental health issues.

• Changes in the contracts with Discovery Behavioral Healthcare for an additional $8,571 for a total of $28.517 for transitional housing services for up to 20 county residents with severe and persistent mental illness; an additional $12,189 for jail inmate services for a total of $63,235; an additional $24,126 for school children counseling for a total of $161,282; and an additional $9,099 for services for those with co-occurring disorders for a total of $29,222.

• 2018 funding of $3,370 for Superior Court recording equipment maintenance and support.

• A $972,750 three-year contract with Husky Marketing and Supply of Seattle for liquid asphalt for bituminous surfacing treatment, which is part of the county road surfacing program..

During the regular agenda, sealed bids were opened for aggregate products for bituminous surface treatment.

The engineer’s estimate for the material was $138,460, or $21.20 per ton of both 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch product.

Dale Seward, project manager, said a recommendation for contract award will be made to commissioners in a couple weeks.

Commissioners also unanimously approved the sale of a tax title county property after Ronald George Dickinson, a private landowner who holds 50 percent interest in the land, applied to purchase the remainder.

The minimum bid for the property at the northwest corner of Coyle Road and West Go-onna Drive in Quilcene will be $1,648.16.

The assessed value of the parcel is $6,000. Selling the property will return the property to the tax roll and provide back tax revenue and fees, county staff said.

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