Time to talk: Jefferson community meetings start tonight

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County commissioners have scheduled a series of community meetings to allow constituents to ask questions about county government and discuss the issues.

The first meeting will take place at 7 tonight at the Cape George Fire Hall, 3850 Cape George Road.

“The primary focus of the meetings is to allow those in other areas of the county to meet with elected officials and give us feedback about how we are doing,” said county Administrator Philip Morley, who will facilitate the meetings.

The two-hour sessions will offer a “quick snapshot” of county issues, followed by an “issue mapping exercise,” where people write down their questions on index cards and sticky notes before they are grouped into similar topics, Morley said.

The longest segment of the meeting will be 80 minutes devoted to a question-and-answer session based on the topics selected during the issue-mapping exercise.

Morley said the community meetings will differ from the public comment segments appended to the beginning of each regular commissioners meeting.

“The commissioners will be out in the community and will be more accessible to the public, and we will reach a different group than those who usually come to the meetings,” he said.

The meetings will be audio-recorded, and any questions that cannot be answered on the spot will be noted for a follow-up, Morley said.

“We will pay attention to all the issues that are raised,” he said.

“We may hear things that we have not heard before.”

Morley said he hopes other elected officials also will attend, as well as county staff “who are free to attend on their own time.”

Future meetings, which will begin at 7 p.m., are set:

■ April 27, Brinnon Community Center, 306142 U.S. Highway 101.

■ May 4, Coyle Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road.

■ June 7, Hoh Tribal Center, 2464 Lower Hoh Road in the West End.

Morley said attendance can’t be predicted and can range from 20 people to more than 100 at a time,

He is hoping for something in the upper range of those numbers.

“Dialogue is a good thing for both the commissioners and the public, and we hope people come,” he said.


Jefferson County Reporter Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or at charlie.

More in News

Priscilla Hudson is a member of the Sequim Prairie Garden Club, which is responsible for clearing a weed- and blackberry-choked 4 acres of land and transforming it into an arboretum and garden known as the Pioneer Memorial Park over the last 70 years. (Emily Matthiessen/for Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Pioneer Memorial Park grows into an arboretum

Granted certification by ArbNet program

Members chosen for pool task force

Locations outside Port Townsend to get closer look

Bidder wins project on lottery drawing

Lake Pleasant pilings to be replaced in July

Corrections officer assaulted as inmate was about to be released

A Clallam County corrections sergeant was allegedly assaulted by… Continue reading

Firefighters rescue hiker near Dungeness lighthouse

Clallam County Fire District 3 crews rescued a man with… Continue reading

Jefferson County law library board seeks public input

The Jefferson County Law Library Board is seeking public… Continue reading

Nonprofits to gather at Connectivity Fair

Local 20/20 will host its 2024 Jefferson County Connectivity Fair… Continue reading

The Port Townsend Main Street Program is planning an Earth Day work party in the downtown area from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Earth Day cleanup events slated for Saturday

A variety of cleanup activities are planned around the North Olympic Peninsula… Continue reading

Sequim Police Department promotes Larsen to sergeant

Maris Larsen, a Sequim Police detective, was promoted to sergeant… Continue reading

Dave Swinford of Sequim, left, and Marlana Ashlie of Victoria take part in a workshop on Saturday about cropping bird photos for best presentation during Saturday’s Olympic Birdfest. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Bird spotting

Dave Swinford of Sequim, left, and Marlana Ashlie of Victoria take part… Continue reading