Clallam County seeks volunteers for boards, committees

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County is seeking volunteers to fill 102 vacancies on 21 advisory boards and committees.

The deadline to apply is the close of business Friday, Feb. 11.

To apply, call the commissioners’ office at 360-417-2233; visit their office at the Clallam County Courthouse, Suite 4, 223 E. Fourth St.; or download an application from the county website,

Descriptions of the advisory panels — and the application form itself — are available under the “Boards, Committees and Groups” link on the county website.

Current members with expiring terms who wish to retain their positions are asked to provide a written statement to the commissioners’ office: fax at 360-417-2493; mail at 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 4, Port Angeles 98362; or email to [email protected].

Vacancies exist on the following advisory panels, with specific categories listed where applicable:

• Behavioral Health Advisory Board (3) — Openings for representatives of: tribal, services for homeless and at-large.

This board was established to act to advise the Board of Commissioners on implementation and future funding, from the one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax authorized by RCW 82.14.460.

• Building Code Board of Appeals (4) — Openings for representatives for two alternates and an ICC-certified fire marshal, fire inspector or fire plan examiner; and an ICC-certified building official, building inspector or plans examiner.

This board hears and decides appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the Building Official relative to the application and interpretation of the codes adopted in Clallam County Code 21.01, Building and Construction Code.

• Civil Service Commission (1) — Opening for a Democrat/Independent representative.

This board gives practical civil service tests to applicants; makes suitable rules and regulations; and makes investigations regarding the operation of the Sheriff’s Office. A Civil Service Commission applicant must be a U.S. citizen with two or more years of residency in Clallam County and who does not hold a salaried public office or work for the county.

• Clallam Bay/Sekiu Community Action Team (3) — Openings for two at-large members and a business owner (Clallam Bay/Sekiu Chamber of Commerce).

This group assists in gathering and analyzing information, making recommendations and advancing the orderly growth and development of the area.

• Crescent Community Advisory Council (3) — Openings for representatives of grange; area business owner or individual who owns commercially zoned property; and a Crescent School District Student Body alternate.

This committee acts as a liaison between the citizens living in the Crescent School District area and the Board of Commissioners on issues that may include land use, economic development, transportation and pedestrian improvements, capital projects and services and community projects and activities.

• Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee (2) — Openings for two committee members.

Volunteers on this committee act in an advisory capacity to plan and make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners and the Department of Health and Human Services regarding programs and services for persons who have intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, other neurological impairments or developmental disabilities and their families through service contracts with provider agencies.

• Homelessness Task Force (34) — Openings for representatives of Health and Human Services Department alternate; City government of Forks; City government of Forks alternate; City government of Sequim alternate; Tribal government of Jamestown S’Klallam; Tribal government of Jamestown S’Klallam alternate; Tribal government of Lower Elwha Klallam; Tribal government of Lower Elwha Klallam alternate; Tribal government of Makah; Tribal government of Makah alternate; Tribal government of Quileute; Tribal government of Quileute alternate; Healthcare providers alternate; Peninsula Housing Authority alternate; Mental health/substance use providers; Mental health/substance use providers alternate; Department of Social and Health Services alternate; West End service providers alternate; Olympic Community Action Programs alternate; United Way alternate; WorkSource; WorkSource alternate; Law and Justice System alternate; Faith Community; Faith Community alternate; Business Community, Business Community alternate; Homeless or formerly homeless; Homeless or formerly homeless alternate; at-large; at-large alternate; Advocate for youth issues and Advocate for youth issues alternate.

This group advises county commissioners on various matters related to the issues regarding homelessness in Clallam County.

• Lake Sutherland Steering Committee (1) — Openings for one committee member.

This committee is comprised of property owners within the district who reflect various lake use interests and geographic distribution within the Lake Sutherland Management District.

• Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (1) — Opening for one collector of the tax representative.

Statute requires an advisory committee to review all proposed changes to expenditures from the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund and to make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.

• Marine Resources Committee (7) — Openings for representatives of Sequim City Council alternate; Port of Port Angeles Commission alternate; Makah tribe; Makah tribe alternate; Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe alternate; marine -related recreation and tourism alternate; conservation/environmental alternate; and District I alternate.

This committee advises the County Commissioners regarding issues related to the marine resources of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and its bays, estuaries, and inlets within the borders of Clallam County.

• North Olympic Library System (1) — Opening for one representative.

The North Olympic Library System provides public library services to Clallam County and is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees.

• Noxious Weed Control Board (1) — Openings for representative of Geographic Area 3.

This board oversees the control and eradication of noxious weed infestations in the county.

• Olympic Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council (1) — Opening for one representative of Clallam County.

Olympic Area Agency on Aging (O3A) coordinates aging and long-term care services for seniors and adults with disabilities in Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. Contact Carol Ann at 360-379-5064, [email protected] for more information. Monthly meetings are held in Shelton; mileage reimbursed, and lunch are included.

• Park and Recreation Advisory Board (1) — Opening for one committee member position.

This group assists Clallam County in delivery of park and recreation services to its residents and visitors. Under the direction of the Board of Commissioners through the Director of Parks, Fair and Facilities, the advisory board holds public meetings as necessary, advises and assists the county in developing reasonable rules, fees and regulations for the operation of county parks and other recreational facilities and reviews park acquisitions and development strategies.

• Peninsula Housing Authority (1) — Opening for one representative of Clallam County.

This board serves Clallam and Jefferson counties and operates under a contract with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to provide and maintain low-income housing for residents of Clallam County. The primare role of The Peninsula Housing Authority Board of Commissioners is to establish policy for the public housing program, including personnel, occupancy, lease, grievance and rent collection. The board also selects and employs the executive directors of the authority who are responsible for day-to-day operation and carrying out board policies.

• Permit Advisory Board (11) — Openings for representatives of architect; building designer; building trades; certified septic designer/installer; engineer category (structural/civil); Economic Development Council; environmental consultant; homebuilders association; propane/wood stove contractor; Manufactured Homes/Mobile Home Association; and ex officio-planning manager.

This group makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners and Director of the Department of Community Development for changes in the building code and permitting.

• Planning Commission (1) — Opening for a representative of District II.

This commission assists the Clallam County Board of Commissioners, through the Department of Community Development (DCD), with review of land use policy and related issues such as comprehensive land use plans and planning ordinances. Commissioners must have the ability to listen to diverse viewpoints and consider long-term interests of Clallam County.

• Port Crescent Pioneer Cemetery (2) — Openings for two committee member positions.

The Board was established in 1974 to operate the Port Crescent Pioneer Cemetery.

• Sheriff’s Citizens Advisory Committee (5) — Openings for representatives of Forks and unincorporated area; Quileute Tribe; Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe; Joyce; and law and justice.

This group serves as an advisory to the Sheriff’s Office to provide an open link of communication between the Sheriff and the community.

• Solid Waste Advisory Committee (12) — Openings for at-large; at-large alternate; solid waste industry (West Waste Recycling); solid waste industry (West Waste Recycling) alternate; solid waste recycling (Waste Connection); tribal governments; tribal governments alternate; Clallam County alternate; city of Forks alternate; business community; business community alternate; and agriculture community alternate.

The committee assists in the implementation of programs and policies concerning solid waste handling and disposal, and reviews and comments on proposed changes to the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan.

• Trails Advisory Committee (7) — Openings for representatives of Olympic National Park; a large private forest company; tribal government(s); commercial trail business; off-road motorized user groups; U.S. Forest Service (ex-officio member); and trail event coordinator.

This group makes recommendations to the Board and other appointed bodies of Clallam County government regarding non-motorized transportation and trail-related issues.

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