Port Townsend looks to cover shortfall on regional stormwater pond

Public Works: Project could be done by summer

PORT TOWNSEND — City officials are considering a shift of public infrastructure funds to cover a shortfall for a regional stormwater facility.

Construction of an infiltration pond off Mill Road just north of the Larry Scott Trail would provide the opportunity for commercial growth between Howard and Rainier streets in Port Townsend, where a subarea plan was approved last year, interim Public Works director David Peterson said.

Public Infrastructure Fund

But the City Council would need to approve a request to approach Jefferson County’s Public Infrastructure Fund board to move $300,000 from a separate project that no longer is a high priority, Peterson said Monday during a council workshop.

It’s the best option for stormwater runoff with new development due to hard-pan soils off Rainier Street, Peterson said.

“The idea was conceived because the last remaining commercial properties in the city have very impermeable soils,” he said.

A pipeline would extend from an existing stormwater retention pond off Evans Vista to the proposed area, which would be outside of city limits in unincorporated Jefferson County, Peterson said.

The project has been in the works for the past five years, with $1.2 million of the total $1.36 million coming from a state Department of Commerce grant through the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB).

In today’s dollars, the city is about $210,000 short of a projected $1.57 million cost, Peterson said.

Shift $300,000

If council approves Tuesday — city offices will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day on Monday — Peterson could apply to the county’s Public Infrastructure Fund (PIF) board next week.

The proposal would be to shift $300,000 in previously approved funds that were earmarked for development at Seventh and Rainier streets.

That was said to be the location where the Mount Townsend Creamery was going to expand its operations and become an anchor tenant of the new business district, but its owners announced plans last month to close due to ongoing maintenance costs.

Peterson said that’s why the project at Seventh and Rainier is no longer the top priority.

Deputy Mayor David Faber raised the point that the PIF board also would need to approve.

Use of those funds are required to show economic impact, Peterson said.

“I don’t think we’ll have a hard time demonstrating this would be a benefit to the PIF,” he said.

The city also has spent some of the funds from the CERB grant on the stormwater project — almost half, Peterson said — and council doesn’t want to abandon it.

“It would be pretty detrimental to pull the plug at this point in time,” Faber said.

If council and the PIF board approve, Peterson said the infiltration pond could be out to bid this spring and construction finished by the end of the summer.

Council member Owen Rowe asked about the proposed “aggressive marketing plan” for development in the Rainier Street area as the city has laid the foundation for growth with its subarea plan.

“Having infrastructure in place is a big one,” Peterson answered.

________

Jefferson County Managing Editor Brian McLean can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 6, or at bmclean@peninsuladailynews.com.

More in News

Air Force to clean up station

EPA plans to oversee Neah Bay operation

Appraisal for Short’s Farm less than port expected

Port of PT considering purchase to support local agriculture growth

Artwork by Sixkiller, contemporary Cherokee artist, is on display in House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse now through March.
Cherokee artist to speak on Grandma Spider

Contemporary Cherokee artist Karen Sixkiller will speak on “Rediscovering… Continue reading

Jefferson PUD plans to standardize broadband fees

Some internet providers in Jefferson County may see their… Continue reading

Port Angeles Community Award recipients gather after Saturday night’s fifth annual awards gala, including, from left, Joe DeScala, representing 4PA, organization of the year; Dr. Gerald Stephanz, citizen of the year; Tommy Harris, young leader of the year; Natalie Snow, Katelyn Sheldon and Andrea Dean, representing Welly’s Real Fruit Ice Cream, emerging business of the year; and Hayley Sharpe, owner of MOSS, business of the year. Not present was John Gallagher, educator of the year. The awards are produced by the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Sound Publishing. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Community awards distributed at chamber gala

Six categories featured as event returns in person

One hurt in wreck at 104-Shine intersection

A Poulsbo woman was treated and discharged from Harborview Medical… Continue reading

Brock Tejeda, a high school senior, fits together his carefully crafted pieces of wood to make a step stool just like the larger finished sample on the left. Port Angeles High School hosted a Skills USA Olympic Regional contest in the woodshop at the school on Saturday. The contest involved students making in eight hours from precise directions a small step stool using their skills and the shop’s many tools and machines. Joe Shideler is the woodshop teacher, but retired woodshop teacher Tim Branham was the enabler who brought the contest back to the school after a four-year COVID absence. There were five high school contestants including one girl. Skills USA sponsors over 50 skills across the country. PAHS participated in the carpentry and precision machinery areas. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)
Skills contest

Brock Tejeda, a high school senior, fits together his carefully crafted pieces… Continue reading

Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group
About 100 people gathered in support of Sequim School District's proposed CTE building at Sequim City Council's last meeting. More than 20 people spoke in favor of the project in a public hearing.
Sequim council approves $250K for CTE facility

City’s contribution part of effort to raise $1 million

Monroe Athletic Field
Bidding opens for Monroe Athletic Field

Slated for completion this fall

Most Read