EYE ON JEFFERSON: County to consider human rights proclamation

The three Jefferson County commissioners will consider a human rights proclamation when they meet Monday.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in commissioners’ chambers at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend.

At 9:31 a.m., the proposed proclamation will be discussed and considered for signing.

The document would proclaim “unwavering commitment to the inalienable human rights and dignity of all individuals and equality under the law and Constitution and continue to strive to make Jefferson County a welcoming place that is safe and healthy for all, free of discrimination and hatred, and invite all residents to join in safeguarding these values and promote a climate of tolerance, inclusion and civic engagement in the community,” according to the agenda memo.

At 1:30 p.m., commissioners will consider a letter of support to state legislators Reps. Mike Chapman and Steve Tharinger and Sen. Kevin Van De Wege for the $3.5 million Chimacum Forest project in the state budget.

Items on the consent agenda will include two other letters of support for the delegation representing the 24th Legislative District, which covers Jefferson and Clallam counties and part of Grays Harbor County.

One letter would call for full funding of the Coordination Prevention Grant and stable funding of the Model Toxics Control Act. Cuts in state funding would cut programs in Jefferson County, the agenda memo says.

The other letter would support House Bill 1047, which would require manufacturers selling drugs in the state to establish a program to collect and dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals.

Also on the consent agenda are:

• A call for bids for pavement marking. Bids will be accepted until 9:30 a.m. Feb. 27 and opened at 10 a.m.

• An award of $17,250 in lodging tax revenue to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

• A change order adding $7,355 to the amount paid Interwest Construction Inc. of Burlington for road surfacing. The increase hikes the contract to $85,380. Federal Emergency Management Agency pays 87.5 percent.

Port Townsend City Council

The Port Townsend City Council will consider library repairs, off-leash dog areas and $12 million in limited tax general obligation and refunding bonds when it meets Monday.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at historic City Hall, 540 Water St.

The council will consider giving the city manager the authority to award service contracts for Port Townsend Library projects, which include retaining wall and stairs repair, foundation waterproofing, restroom rehabilitation and ADA improvements, roofing replacement and window replacement in the newer wing of the building, and rebuild of the retaining wall at the Pink House.

The $700,000 improvements are to be funded by a combination of the 2008 bond refinancing proceeds, remaining funds under the Heritage grant and contributions by the Library Foundation.

The council will consider adding two off-leash dog areas to the one approved at Chetzemoka Park in May. The two areas are on city-owned property at 35th and Thomas streets and at Umatilla Avenue and Sherman Street.

As a companion piece of legislation, council members will consider approving amendments to the animal control code.

The sale of the bonds is to finance several projects, replacing 2008 bonds with bonds carrying a lower interest rate and shorter term.

The council will consider proclaiming March as reading month in Port Townsend for the annual Port Townsend Community Read and the week of Feb. 5-11 as Toastmasters International Week.

Also meeting this week will be the Historic Preservation Committee.

The panel will meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at City Hall, 250 Madison St. At about 4 p.m., the meeting will relocate to the Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Co-op at 919 Haines Place for a tour of the Western Flyer.

Port Townsend ­planning

The Port Townsend Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the code on agricultural production in commercial zones when it meets Thursday.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at 540 Water St.

Port of Port Townsend

Port of Port Townsend commissioners will consider approving rate increases for moorage, electricity and fees at port marinas when they meet in regular session Wednesday.

The regular session will begin at 1 p.m. in chambers, 333 Benedict St. It will be preceded by a public workshop at 9:30 a.m. to discuss a stormwater engineering report.

The port is proposing 10 percent to 16 percent rate increases — roughly a monthly increase of $27 to $43 per month or up to $61 for large boats — to help pay for capital projects.

Chimacum School Board

The Chimacum School Board will discuss the upcoming replacement levy election and latest developments in the levy cliff when it meets Wednesday.

The work study session will begin at 6 p.m. at Chimacum High School, 91 West Valley Road.

The replacement educational maintenance and operation levy, which is on the Feb. 14 ballot, would replace an expiring tax. It would cost an estimated $1.82 per $1,000 assessed valuation in 2018 to raise $3.42 million for the district; $1.90 per $1,000 in 2019 to raise $3.59 million; $1.99 per $1,000 in 2020 to raise $3.77 million; and $2.08 per $1,000 in 2021 to raise $3.96 million.

Jefferson PUD

Jefferson County Public Utility District commissioners will consider approval of a revised low-income program when they meet Tuesday.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at 230 Chimacum Road, Port Hadlock. A 15-minute closed session to discuss collective bargaining is on the agenda also.

They also will consider a weatherization agreement with Olympic Community Action Programs and a resolution concerning personnel policies.

Commissioners will discuss a labor union agreement, the future role of telecom and a request for proposals for an architect.

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