September 2021

week ending September 10 

Greetings Council, Staff and Student Liaisons,

 Monday, September 13, 2021, Volume 17 of the Sequim Snapshot is below. Please let me know if there is a topic of interest that you would like to see in future editions. 

 I do not have a long Snapshot for the Week of September 5th with the majority of the week spent working through interviews for the City Manager position by Council, Staff and in my role as an applicant. I do want to thank the Council, Staff, the Community, Community Panel, Recruiters and fellow candidates. I have enjoyed serving Sequim as the Interim City Manager and have grown my executive skills exponentially during a pandemic and time of uncertainty. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to show and grow those leadership skills.

 This is a reminder as well that I will be taking personal time off Wednesday through Sunday of this week and Chief Sheri Crain will be the Acting City Manager while I’m off. I sent a message to you last week. 

 Note that anything below in blue is a link.

 9/11 REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY

The City hosted the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony last Friday morning. The ceremony was moving and it was lovely to see so many people to gather and remember that day and how the country united over the crisis. Thank you to Council, the Fire District, Sequim Police Department, City Staff and Marc Abshire for their contribution to make this ceremony special. The Sequim Gazette featured an article about the event: https://www.sequimgazette.com/news/sequim-first-responders-detail-9-11s-legacy/ and you can watch the event on the City of Sequim Government Page on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/sequimwagov/.

 AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT (ARPA)

Staff will be presenting our progress at the City Council meeting tonight. 

 CITY OF SEQUIM - LATEST NEWS & ALERT UPDATES

You often receive press releases about the latest news and alerts. We also post them on the website on the City of Sequim News & Alerts page. 

 There is also a webpage dedicated for current and past City Manager Weekly Updates and the Sequim Snapshot.

 Monthly Newsletters are sent out to Sequim residents and the archives are found on the City website for your review.

 COVID BRIEFING

Follow the latest Clallam County Coronavirus Updates

 As of September 10, Clallam County currently sits at 61.4% of the population receiving at least the first dose and 56.5% are fully vaccinated.  

Source: https://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/

 Clallam County has confirmed 3,425 total cases with the case rate at 1,213/100,000 population in the last 14 days and a 21.14% positivity rate. Positivity rates are measurements to show the percentage of people who are getting tested and the tests coming back positive. Dr. Berry mentioned that even though this positivity is high, it is also an indicator that there are a lot of cases in the county that have not been accounted for.  There are currently 20 people hospitalized and 33 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Out of the total number of infections, 90.1% of the total are from unvaccinated individuals and 9.9% from vaccinated. 

 Clallam County Public Health Video: Stop the Spread – Get Vaccinated Today

 For more data see the Washington State COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

 DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Projects that are currently under review by the Planning Division can be found on the Current Development webpage. 

 If you would like to track types of permits issued see the Monthly Building Permit Reports. These reports feature the issued building permits. Current building permits under review will not show up in this report until they are issued. Year to Date Construction Activity Data Reports show total permit activity, type of construction, if it is new or a remodel and the breakdown of fees paid. 

 HUMAN RESOURCES

Current Job Openings

The City is currently hiring for:

  • NEW! – The Parks and Facilities Manager is open for new applicants until 9/30.
  • The Associate Planner position is open for new applicants until 9/15. 
  • Water Reclamation Facility Lead Operator in the Public Works Department. This position is open until filled and is scheduled to begin in January 2022.
  • Police Officer in the Police Department. This position is open until filled.
  • Associate Engineer, Project Engineer and Engineering Project Manager: These positions are open until filled. 
  • City Engineer: This positions are open until filled.

 Note: There is one vacancy in Public Works Engineering. The position will be filled by an Associate Engineer, Project Engineer, or Engineer Project Manager, depending on candidate qualifications.

NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Monday, September 13, 2021 (Regular Meeting)

 Thank you and please reach out if you have questions or concerns. 

 Charisse Deschenes

Interim City Manager

week ending september 3

Greetings Council, Staff and Student Liaisons,

 Friday, September 3, 2021, Volume 16 of the Sequim Snapshot is below. Please let me know if there is a topic of interest that you would like to see in future editions. 

 Note that anything below in blue is a link.

 9/11 MEMORIAL CEREMONY – SAVE THE DATE

The City will host a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial near the flag poles at the Civic Center Plaza on Friday, September 10th at 7:45am. The event will last approximately 30 minutes. Marc Abshire will be the keynote speaker.  Abshire, a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, was the speechwriter for the Secretary of the Air Force and was in the Pentagon when the building was attacked on September 11, 2001.  He is an Olympic Peninsula native and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

 AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT (ARPA)

Although we’ve had some staff meetings and informal conversations with the community to start thinking/planning about uses for ARPA funds, meetings have begun in earnest the last few weeks.  At this point, we’ve had only a couple of requests for funding from our community partners for various projects – we meet formally with them this week.  Up until now, staff have been eye guzzling all the webinars they can on guidance and reporting requirements.  We are following the advice of many professional organizations (as well as from other agencies) to take our time and be really thoughtful about the use of these funds.  Our goal is to prepare a robust plan that addresses the needs of our community while not overburdening the City with the administrative and compliance requirements.  Staff plan on bringing Council our plan in the months to come.  Remember that we have until 2024 to obligate funds and until 2026 to spend the funds.  Slow, steady and thoughtful…

 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CITIZENS OF THE YEAR FOR 2020 – ESSENTIAL WORKERS

Councilors Rachel Anderson and Keith Larkin along with representatives of Staff attended the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year event at Pioneer Park on Tuesday, August 24. For 2020 the Chamber honored essential workers for their commitment during the pandemic. The day was beautiful and the event was well attended.

 CITY MANAGER CANDIDATES

City Council narrowed the City Manager candidate pool to five individuals at the Special Meeting on Thursday, August 26. View candidate bios at: https://www.sequimwa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1170.

 CITY OF SEQUIM - LATEST NEWS & ALERT UPDATES

You often receive press releases about the latest news and alerts. We also post them on the website on the City of Sequim News & Alerts page. 

 There is also a webpage dedicated for current and past City Manager Weekly Updates and the Sequim Snapshot.

 Monthly Newsletters are sent out to Sequim residents and the archives are found on the City website for your review.

 COVID BRIEFING

Follow the latest Clallam County Coronavirus Updates

 As of September 3, Clallam County currently sits at 60.5% of the population receiving at least the first dose and 55.8% are fully vaccinated.  

Source: https://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/

 Clallam County has confirmed 2,982 total cases with the case rate at 1,009/100,000 population in the last 14 days and a 21% positivity rate. Positivity rates are measurements to show the percentage of people who are getting tested and the tests coming back positive. Dr. Berry mentioned that even though this positivity is high, it is also an indicator that there are a lot of cases in the county that have not been accounted for.  There are currently 21 people hospitalized and one more additional death totaling in 22 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Out of the total number of infections, 90% of the total are from unvaccinated individuals and 10% from vaccinated. Almost all cases of COVID have been from public indoor spaces amongst unvaccinated individuals.   

 Some major news from this week is the new health order issued by Dr. Berry.  This order goes into effect tomorrow 9/4 requiring vaccination proof to dine in indoor settings at restaurants.  Proof of vaccination is only required for vaccine eligible patrons (12 and older) who wish to dine indoors. Proof is not required for picking up food as well eating in outdoor seating.  Dr. Berry said that if the county's case rate drops below 75/100,000 for two weeks, she will lift the order.

 Clallam County Public Health Video: Stop the Spread – Get Vaccinated Today

 For more data see the Washington State COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

 City Staff are also observing heightened safety standards and are limiting interaction with the public. We encourage business to occur online or via phone when possible.

 DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Projects that are currently under review by the Planning Division can be found on the Current Development webpage. 

 If you would like to track types of permits issued see the Monthly Building Permit Reports. These reports feature the issued building permits. Current building permits under review will not show up in this report until they are issued. Year to Date Construction Activity Data Reports show total permit activity, type of construction, if it is new or a remodel and the breakdown of fees paid. 

 

HUMAN RESOURCES

Current Job Openings

The City is currently hiring for:

  • The Associate Planner position is open for new applicants until 9/15. 
  • Water Reclamation Facility Lead Operator in the Public Works Department. This position is open until filled and is scheduled to begin in January 2022.
  • Police Officer in the Police Department. This position is open until filled.
  • Associate Engineer, Project Engineer and Engineering Project Manager: These positions are open until filled. 
  • City Engineer: This positions are open until filled.

 Note: There is one vacancy in Public Works Engineering. The position will be filled by an Associate Engineer, Project Engineer, or Engineer Project Manager, depending on candidate qualifications.

 PARK, ARBOR & RECREATION