EYE ON CLALLAM: Proposed charter change prompted by 5G concerns

Peninsula Daily News

Clallam County commissioners will receive a Charter Review Commission recommendation to take legal action against communications franchises not in compliance with federal environmental law at 9 a.m. Monday.

The virtual work session can be viewed at www. clallam.net/features/ meetings.html.

The recommendation was prompted by concerns over 5G wireless technology.

Local governments cannot prohibit or regulate personal wireless service facilities under the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

The Charter Review Commission recommends that county commissioners “take all required and necessary legal actions to ensure that any franchise associated with new radio frequency devices or systems operating in the micro or millimeter wave frequency range be accompanied by a scientific study determining that such law, regulation or franchise is in compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) prior to the enactment or granting of any franchise,” the recommendation states.

Other discussion items for the work session include:

• Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.

• An agreement with Kitsap Public Health District for a commercial tobacco prevention program.

• An agreement with Quillayute Valley School District for transition program training.

• A grant application with the state Department of Ecology for a pollution identification and correction project.

• An amended resolution establishing the North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee for western Clallam and Jefferson counties.

• An agreement with Jefferson County for the North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee.

• A briefing and notice of an Oct. 20 hearing an a proposed Opportunity Fund grant to the county Public Works Department for an extension of the Carlsborg sewer.

• A letter of support to the Port of Port Angeles for runway resiliency for emergency response on the Olympic Peninsula.

• A Craft3 update on a small business resilience loan program.

• The 2020 U.S. Census and re-districting.

• Planning Commission vacancies.

• A resolution appointing Mark Hodgson to the Homelessness Task Force.

• A continued presentation on the preliminary 2021 Clallam County budget.

Commissioners will hold their weekly business meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Action items include:

• A request for proposals for a third round of “Keeping the Lights On” lodging tax grants for COVID-19.

• A letter of support for the Washington Coast Restoration and Resiliency Initiative for salmon recovery.

• A proclamation recognizing Resilience Awareness Month in Clallam County.

• An amended agreement with the state Department of Commerce for the STOP Violence Against Women grant program.

• An amended agreement a with the state Department of Commerce for a COVID-19 housing grant.

• An agreement with the state Military Department for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) public assistance grant.

• Resolutions adopting supplemental budget appropriations and a budget reduction.

• A public hearing for consideration of debatable budget emergencies.

• A public hearing for consideration of a code amendment for mineral resources.

Sequim city

The Sequim City Council will when consider the next steps for the 2021 budget when it meets at 6 p.m. Monday.

The general meeting will be preceded by a discussion of a utility rate study during a 5 p.m. work session.

The public can hear meetings online at sequim citysept28 or call 253-363-9585 with conference ID 604 405 822#. Written public comment can be sent to smcmillon@sequimwa.gov and will be distributed to the council prior to the meeting.

The council also will consider adopting legislative priorities and hear reports on public engagement on anti-racism and discrimination, as well as on a state audit.

Forks city

The Forks City Council will consider a COVID-19 Business Assistance Program when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Listening and webcast options will be posted on the city’s website at www.forkswashington.org. Written public comment can be submitted to info@forks washington.org by 4 p.m. Monday.

The council also will discuss the Signal Peak timber sale and consider building permit revisions to the city code.

An executive session is planned to discuss litigation and potential litigation.

Quillayute Valley schools

The Quillayute Valley School Board will consider policies concerning the Insight School of Washington at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

To view the meeting, go to https://youtu.be/9Zj1l7boDP4.

The board also will consider a policy on electronic signatures.

Public Utility District

Clallam County Public Utility District commission meeting originally set for Monday has been canceled because of a lack of necessary and routine business.

The next meeting will be Oct. 10.

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