October 2021

Week ending October 15

Good Afternoon All,

 Friday, October 15, 2021, Volume 20 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. 

 Did you know? 

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

 Note that anything below in blue is a link.

 KINDNESS QUOTE

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden

 BUDGET BOOKS FOR 2022

The 2022 Proposed Budget is available for your review. Councilors and Council Candidates, please note that Administrative Services Director Sue Hagener is available to answer questions, dive deep into the details with you if you wish, talk about items you don’t understand and generally just talk through the budget. Sue can be reached at 360-681-3426 or 360-912-5580 or shagener@sequimwa.gov

 The Administrative Services Department also placed Budget videos on the website for your convenience. 

 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. 

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

COVID BRIEFING

Covid on the Olympic Peninsula Video

 Follow the latest Clallam County Coronavirus Updates

 As of Friday, October 15, Clallam County currently sits at 64.8% of the population receiving at least the first dose and 60% are fully vaccinated.  

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

 Clallam County has confirmed 4,616 total cases with the case rate at 480/100,000 population in the last 14 days and a 11.3% positivity rate. Positivity rates are measurements to show the percentage of people who are getting tested and the tests coming back positive. There are currently 3 people hospitalized and 53 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Out of the total number of infections, 83.3% of the total are from unvaccinated individuals and 16.7% from vaccinated. 

 Dr. Berry mentioned that between vaccinations and recent infections 77% of the population has some form of immunity.  Tomorrow is the first day for Pfizer boosters located at PA High School and will be from 9:00-1:30pm.  Boosters are only available to folks who are 65 and older, folks who have chronic conditions putting them more at risk to COVID, and healthcare workers. Moderna will closely follow as the FDA and CDC are discussing recommendations for a Moderna booster.  If Moderna is recommended next week, there will be a booster clinic held next Saturday Oct. 23rd. For more information on receiving the booster, please visit http://www.clallam.net/Coronavirus/

 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! – Payroll / Human Resources Administrator: This position closes on November 8.
  • Water Reclamation Facility Operator in the Public Works Department. This position is open until filled.
  • Police Officer in the Police Department. This position is open until filled.
  • Engineering Technician III: These positions are open until filled. 
  • City Engineer: This positions are open until filled.

 PUBLIC WORKS

Promotions

This week Katie Cole in the Public Works Engineering Department was promoted from Associate Engineer to Project Engineer. Katie has been with the City a little over two years, and in that time has grown tremendously in her technical and leadership abilities. A recent highlight of her work includes preparing the contract plans and documents for the City’s upcoming Pavement Preservation project along Washington St between 9th Ave and River Rd. This was a complex task given that the federal funding associated with project required several volumes of supporting paper work, all of which had to be provided for both  WSDOT and Federal Highways’ approval. There was little margin for error given the project’s tight schedule but Katie’s pinpoint accuracy and attention to detail allowed for the submittals to be approved on the first submittal, a rare achievement. Congratulations Katie!

 Awards & Certifications