EYE ON JEFFERSON: County commissioners to discuss sheriff’s civil fees

Jefferson County commissioners will discuss possible changes to the Sheriff’s Office civil fees when they meet at 9 a.m. Monday.

The meeting will be in commissioners’ chambers at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend.

Three closed sessions are scheduled: at 10:45 a.m. to discuss actual litigation; at 11:15 a.m. to discuss collective bargaining and at 2:15 p.m.to discuss potential litigation.

The Sheriff’s Office has proposed eliminating fees for the service of process related to certain types of protection to ensure that protection is not delayed because of financial reasons.

It also suggests increasing some fees and adding new ones.

Commissioners will conduct hearings on second quarter budget appropriations at 10 a.m. and on disposal of surplus county equipment at 10:15 a.m.

They will hear an update on the Jefferson Community Foundation and United Good Neighbors and on a letter concerning state Department of Fish and Wildlife management recommendations at 1:30 p.m.

Items on the consent agenda include:

• A notice of a hearing at 10 a.m . Aug. 6 on a proposed ordinance regarding indemnification and tort representation of county employees and officers.

• Extension of a lease for Kivley Center classroom space.

• Additional money for chemical dependency prevention.

• Hiring Foster Pepper Law Firm to act as a special deputy prosecuting attorney to represent the county on a long-term, long-distance solid waste contract.

Port Townsend city

The Port Townsend City Council will conduct a public hearing on a multi-family tax exemption program when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will be in council chambers at historic City Hall, 540 Water St.

The council will consider approving the program on a first reading after the hearing.

It also will consider approving the Jefferson County-City of Port Townsend comprehensive emergency management plan and a resolution establishing finance and budget policy guidelines.

Other city committee meetings, which are in conference rooms at City Hall, 250 Madison St., unless otherwise noted are:

• Public Art Committee — 3 p.m. Wednesday, first-floor conference room.

• City Council Ad Hoc Committee on Housing — 3 p.m. Thursday, council chambers at 540 Water St.

Port of Port Townsend

Port of Port Townsend commissioners will review the proposed budget process when they meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The workshop will be in chambers, 333 Benedict St.

Quilcene School Board

The Quilcene School Board will consider final approval of high school graduation requirements when it meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The board will meet in the board room at 294715 U.S. Highway 101.

It will consider strategic planning and a variety of policies.

Housing Authority

Peninsula Housing Authority of Jefferson & Clallam County commissioners will hear a director’s report when it meets Wednesday.

The meeting will be held 1 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse commissioner’s meeting room, 1830 Jefferson St.

Also on the agenda is a review of the amended 2017-16-523 Grant application.

Board of Health

Jefferson Board of Health commissioners will compare the state’s Secure Drug Take-Back Act to local Secure Medicine Return ordinances when they meet at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Commissioners will meet at 615 Sheridan St., Port Townsend.

Other agenda items include a naloxone training demonstration for opiate overdose prevention, an update about the Olympic Community of Health and a statement from Seattle & King county and Washington State Physician and Nursing Leadership about firearm-related death and injury as a public health problem.

Public Utility District

Jefferson County Public Utility District commissioners will consider awarding a $1.1 million contract for the Irondale Substation Expansion Project when they meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting will be at 63 Four Corners Road.

The low bidder for the Irondale project was Michels Corporation.

The panel also will clarify the role of the citizens advisory board, and a water system plan scope of work and budget.

Brinnon school

The Brinnon School Board will discuss the budget at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting will be in the library at 46 Schoolhouse Road.

Port Townsend schools

The Port Townsend School Board will conduct a budget hearing at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The hearing will be in room S-11, 1610 Blaine St.

East Jefferson Rescue

East Jefferson Fire Rescue commissioners generally meet on the third Wednesday of each month, which would be this week.

The meeting will be at Station 1-5, 35 Critter Lane, Port Townsend.

No agenda was available as of Saturday.

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