EYE ON JEFFERSON: County considers contamination study

The three Jefferson County commissioners will consider a contract with a firm to study potential environmental liability on a county-owned property 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.

The contract, which is on the consent agenda, would be with Maul Foster Alongi to conduct a phase 1 environmental site assessment and cultural resources study of county property near the intersection of 27th Street and Discovery Road, next to the Laurel Grove Cemetery.

The county received a $25,000 grant form the state Department of Commerce’s Brownfield Revolving Fund Loan Program to complete the study.

Findings will determine what action the county will take regarding the property in light of a redevelopment project of 4 acres of the area.

The county has owned the property since May 1872 but “did not cause or contribute to any contamination on the site,” according to the county’s agenda memo.

The site “continues to have a perception of contamination associated with suspected buried debris and human remains,” the agenda memo said, adding that illegal dumping may have occurred.

Other items on the consent agenda include:

• Call for bids for the site improvement of the Jefferson County Transfer Station.

• Agreements for fish barrier removal on Naylors Creek and Thorndyke Road.

Commissioners also will consider a $281,060 contract with Koa Hills Consulting, LLC for financial management/human resources software.

They will hear about a draft amended hearing examiner code.

They will consider a development agreement with Rocky Brook Hydroelectirc Facility.

Housing task force

The joint county-city Affordable Housing and Homeless Housing Task Force will consider a draft of a 5-Year Plan to end homelessness in Jefferson County when it meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The task force will meet in the Cotton Building at 607 Water St., Port Townsend.

A racial equity tool will be part of the 5-Year Plan review.

The panel also will review the county 10-Year Plan and consider an request for support from the Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP).

Port Townsend city

The Port Townsend City Council will discuss the 2020 budget when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

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

Council members will discuss a budget calendar, budget suggestions, fleet replacement needs and other proposed allocations.

They also will consider fee schedules for the development service and for Mountain View Pool.

The Council Housing Committee will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in council chambers.

Board of Health

The Jefferson County Board of Health will consider a resolution about psychedelic therapy when it meets at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

The board meets at 615 Sheridan in Port Townsend.

It also will consider calling for a public hearing on proposed revisions of the county’s clean air ordinance

It will hear an update on Jefferson Healthcare and consider a revised policy on closing outdoor events.

It also will discuss environmental public health regulatory reform and consider 2018 performance measures of targeted clinical health services and the communicable disease program.

Port of Port Townsend

Port of Port Townsend commissioners will consider seasonal yard rates when they meet in regular session at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Commissioners will meet in chambers, 333 Benedict St. A 2020 budget workshop will preceded the regular meeting at 9:30 a.m.

During the regular meeting, they also will consider a proposed lease agreement with Brion Toss Yacht Rigging, Inc.

Peninsula College

Peninsula College trustees will discuss college strategic initiatives and accreditation when they meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

They will meet in the Cornaby Center on the Peninsula College Port Angeles campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

The agenda for the special meeting includes a budget review, discuss of state level initiatives and issues and a public form.

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