Clallam commissioners consider sewer bid, pass two amendments

Board extends contract with WSU research center for one month

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County commissioners considered a sewer replacement bid and amended both an agreement with Washington State University and the sheriff’s consolidated fee schedule during their regular meeting on Tuesday.

The county received one bid for the Sekiu Sewer Main Replacement project, phase one. The offer was from Port Angeles’ Bruch and Bruch Construction, totaling $1,117,623.78.

This project will replace about 650 feet of sewer line in several segments along state Highway 112.

The commissioners unanimously moved to remand the bid to the Public Works department for its evaluation and recommendation.

The commissioners also extended the county’s contract between Clallam County and WSU’s Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC).

The original contract, entered into on March 12, contracted SESRC to analyze data from sources including the Employment Security Department (ESD) and the state Department of Social and Health Services.

The data will be used to support the county’s application to phase two of the North Olympic Peninsula Recompete Coalition’s recompete grant.

Those implementation grants award between $20 million and $50 million.

Commissioner Mike French said during Monday’s work session that another goal is to allow economic development organizations to access this data.

After the data is collected, economist Dan Underwood will work with WSU to put it into reports for Clallam County.

Originally, the data was scheduled to be collected and analyzed by the end of June. The original contract stated the raw data would be destroyed on July 1.

However, due to delays and data issues, SESRC did not complete the ESD analysis by its deadline.

Commissioner Randy Johnson said in Monday’s work session that this has been the “never-ending saga of trying to get information.”

The second amendment will allow the commissioners to extend the contract’s deadline by one month. The newly scheduled completion date is July 31. The raw data will be destroyed Aug. 1.

The amendment also increased the dollar amount of the contract by $1,700, to accommodate the additional time for data analysis. That brought the total amount of the contract to $28,457.

“It actually turned out to cost less than I think we were scared that it would cost,” French said during Monday’s work session.

The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the amendment.

The commissioners also passed an amendment to Clallam County Code Chapter 5.100, consolidated fee schedule — Sheriff’s Department Civil Processes Fee Schedule 400-A.

County Administrator Todd Mielke said the last time the fee schedule was updated was in 2009.

This time around, Mielke said there were “a number of specific fees that were slightly adjusted.”

Most of the adjustments involved increases of between $10 and $40 for specific services rendered.

To update the schedule, Mielke said staff examined what comparable counties were charging.

The amendment passed unanimously.


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