EYE ON JEFFERSON: County to hold hearing on property for affordable housing

City to look at key projected revenues

The three Jefferson County commissioners will conduct a public hearing to consider declaring county property surplus for the benefit of affordable housing at a meeting that will begin at 9 a.m. Monday.

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

The hearing at 10:30 a.m. will assess the public benefit and consider a proposal from Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP) to build a 44-unit affordable housing complex at Seventh and Hendricks streets.

To transfer the property to OlyCAP, the county must follow the procedures for its rules for sale, disposition or lease of county surplus real property.

The commissioners also will publicly open and read bids submitted for the county transfer station site improvement project at 10 a.m.. The engineer’s estimate for the work is $149,207.

Items on the consent agenda include:

• Approval of production of phase one of the Hoh River Master Plan, funded by the state.

• Approval of an agreement with Kitsap Public Health District to develop and implement coordinated tobacco, vapor product and marijuana prevention and strategies. The agreement would be funded by a state grant.

• Approval of a agreement between the Jefferson County Public Health and Chimacum School District for human growth and development HIV/AIDS education.

• Approval of a utility relocation agreement with CenturyLink for the Upper Hoh Road project.

Port Townsend city

The Port Townsend City Council will hear preliminary 2020 revenue estimates when it meets for a workshop session at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will be held in council chambers, 540 Water St., Port Townsend.

The city’s key revenue highlights include about $3.4 million in retail sales tax, special purpose tax and criminal justice tax, a 5.5 percent increase over the 2019 adopted budget.

The public utility tax also is showing an increase with a projected $1.7 million, a 5.2-percent bump.

The council also will hear new department requests for the 2020 budget and an alternative arts proposal for next year.

It also will hear a long-range forecast model for the general fund, community services fund and the streets operations fund.

In addition, the council will hear a stormwater rates proposal for 2020 and receive committee reports from finance, housing and rules.

The city’s rules committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the planning commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Both will be held in council chambers.

Port of Port Townsend

The Port of Port Townsend commissioners will hear about the state Department of Ecology’s approval of the Boat Haven stormwater treatment system when they meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The special business meeting will be the port commission building, 333 Benedict St., Port Townsend.

Commissioners also will hear of estimated 2020 tax levy and operating revenues.

They will consider a port newsletter, a change of time for the Oct. 23 meeting and a revised budget schedule.

The meeting was moved from its regular Wednesday date due to a scheduling conflict. A previously scheduled 9:30 a.m. public workshop was canceled.

Affordable housing

The joint city/county task force meeting on affordable housing and homeless housing will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The meeting will be at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St., Port Townsend

The task force is working to develop a five-year plan to address short-term and long-term housing. It must recommend the plan to the Board of County Commissioners on or before Oct. 1.

A meeting agenda was not available Friday afternoon.

Chimacum schools

The Chimacum School Board will continue the development of board goals for the 2019-20 academic year when it meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The board meets in the junior/senior high school library, 91 West Valley Road, Chimacum.

Superintendent Rick Thompson will provide a report on the first week of school.

The board also will hear reports and recommendations, including a Chimacum Independent Association agreement for 2019-22.

Strait ERN

Education, planning, funding and upcoming action will be discussed by the Strait Ecosystem Recovery Network when it meets from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday.

The meeting of the Strait ERN will be at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Red Cedar Hall in the Community Center on Old Blyn Highway in Blyn.

The Strait ERN is one of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Local Integrating Organizations working to implement the Action Agenda for Puget Sound protection and recovery.

It includes all of the tribes and local jurisdictions, and most of the non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and key business groups with interest in the Strait Action Area, which extends from Cape Flattery near Neah Bay east to Point Wilson in Port Townsend, said coordinator John Cambalik.

For information on the Puget Sound Partnership and the Puget Sound Action Agenda, see www.psp.wa.gov. For more on the Strait ERN, see www.straiternlio.org. To contact Cambalik, email [email protected]

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