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January 2018
Week Ending January 5

Here are this week’s items:

Council Follow-Through

- Monthly Meeting with Commissioner Ozias – Mayor Smith and I had our monthly meeting with Commissioner Ozias on Thursday morning. We discussed city/county collaboration, communication, and Sequim’s regional agenda.

- Opportunity Fund Balance – I received the attached update from Jim Jones this week regarding the County’s Opportunity Fund.

- Homelessness Report – The attached email includes a report from HUD regarding the 2017 Point in Time Homelessness count.

Related Items

- Downtown Trees – We spent time this fall meeting with an arborist and again with Downtown business owners and the arborist to discuss trees of concern on Washington Street brought to our attention by Downtown businesses. Everyone has agreed that doing some selective pruning is a sensible next step. Pruning will occur as the trees leaf out this spring. We’ve focused on Washington from Sunnyside to 2nd for this work and the arborist will be training our staff regarding how to prune these trees in the future as a part of this work.

- King 5 Disaster Preparedness Story – This ran on King 5 back in November, related to our well regarded disaster preparedness efforts here on the Peninsula. If you have trouble loading it, please turn down the quality. We are widely recognized as the best prepared city on the Peninsula and have used our monthly meetings to help propel regional collaboration. 

- Sequim Botanical Garden Video – This video, which does a nice job of telling the story of the Garden, comes to us from students at Peninsula College and Faculty Member Renee Emiko Brock. Please note the railings at the Garden as well. They were constructed by Public Works employees in the past couple of years.

- Cross Training of Staff Between Departments – We’ve been cross training office staff between Finance and other Departments to provide more citywide customer service depth. You may see some faces in different places from time to time. Kudos go to our staff and departments for their open minds, initiative, focus on our customers, and willingness to be flexible! This was not something dictated by the City Manager’s Office. It was a choice made entirely by employees and departments to collaborate for the greater good.

- Winter Road Operations – Kudos as well to Ty Brown and the rest of the Public Works Crew on an awesome job over the holidays with our city roads! The Mayor received several compliments, I got one this week, and we got the attached message on Christmas from Sergeant Dave Campbell, in the Police Department. Thanks to you as well Council for supporting our operations with the necessary equipment and supplies to do a fantastic job for the community! You may not be aware that we’ve been collaborating with Port Angeles this winter, sharing notes on winter road operations and jointly buying supplies. We are refining a model for winter weather that will optimize road treatments, using data and our experience. We are looking to minimize impacts to the environment while maximizing impacts to the roads.

- Council Agenda Planning Calendar – Was attached

- John Miller’s Sequim Memorial Service – This is a reminder that the service for John in Sequim is tomorrow from 2-3 PM at Sequim Community Church. I plan to attend.

Regional Affairs

- Serenity House Homeless Shelter Funding – You will recall that we sent a letter to the County Commissioners in December about funding the shelter. They were responsive to the letter by allowing Serenity House to spend allocated funds on any of their requested projects, which includes the shelter.

- Letter to Clallam County Regarding Direct Filing – You will recall that we also sent a letter to the County in December about Judge Porter’s decision to change the filing process for cases in District Court. The City of Port Angeles joined us with concerns about this change and Judge Porter has since modified his position in ways that are not as problematic for either city.

Charlie’s Schedule

- University of Washington Evans’ School Master of Public Administration Class – I’ll be team teaching an evening class at the University of Washington in Seattle on Wednesday, 1/24. The topic is “A day in the life of a City Manager”. I’ll be gone from Sequim that day starting in the early afternoon.

- Alliance for Innovation Workforce of the Future Workshop - I’ll be at this workshop in Kitsap County on 1/30. I’m introducing the session on behalf of the Alliance for Innovation Board of Directors and get free admission. Patrick Ibarra is well regarded, I’ve seen him speak on other topics before, and I’m excited to bring back information from this talk.


Charlie Bush