The Port Townsend Community Center at 620 Tyler St. The Jefferson Board of County Commissioners have approved three separate three-year agreements for the community centers throughout East Jefferson County. (Peninsula Daily News file)

The Port Townsend Community Center at 620 Tyler St. The Jefferson Board of County Commissioners have approved three separate three-year agreements for the community centers throughout East Jefferson County. (Peninsula Daily News file)

Jefferson County approves community center agreements

Deals allow current organizations to continue managing facilities

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson Board of County Commissioners have approved three separate three-year agreements for the community centers throughout East Jefferson County.

The second official act of the commissioners for 2020 was to approve their consent agenda, which included the community center agreements. The first was to elect District 3 Commissioner Greg Brotherton as chair of the board.

The commissioners met Monday morning at the Jefferson County Courthouse for their first regular meeting of 2020.

The agreements were separated by the organization that manages a given community center separate from the county: the Gardiner Community Center Board of Directors, Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP) and the Port Townsend Senior Association.

The Gardiner Community Center is overseen by a board of directors and the grant funding that will be distributed to them from the county is $3,486 for 2020, $3,660 for 2021 and $3,843 for 2022, commission documents said.

The Port Townsend Community Center is managed by the Port Townsend Senior Association and the grant funding the association will receive is $15,173 for 2020, $15,932 for 2021 and $16,728 for 2022, documents said.

OlyCAP manages three separate community centers in south county: the Tri-Area Community Center, the Quilcene Community Center and the Brinnon Community Center.

The three-year agreement provides the grant amounts as one piece, with $152,786 for 2020, $160,425 for 2021 and $168,447 for 2022, documents said.

All three agreements are slightly over budget for the initial planned amount for 2020, so Mark McCauley, county Central Services director, plans to submit a supplemental budget request for the first quarter to cover the differences, McCauley said in the agreements.

Brotherton said he appreciates the importance the community centers have for the county.

“All the community centers are critical to support those in need,” Brotherton said.

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Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at [email protected].

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