August 2019

for week ending august 30 - submitted by assistant city manager charisse deschenes


Good Morning Council,

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. We have a couple of items for you to review. 

Charlie’s Performance Evaluation

 Thank you for taking the time to provide your availability. We were unable to find time within the dates mentioned to schedule the evaluation. 

I know we will not have full attendance at the September City Council Meetings. Charlie will be out of the office on 10/21. Please email Karen and copy me letting us know your anticipated availability at the Council meetings through December. If we aim for a Council meeting day, Dave Mercier said that he would need no longer than three hours of your time. We can also start looking at other days past November 9th if we don’t find a solution aligning with the Council meetings.

We appreciate your patience in this matter.

South Sequim Complete Street project

Matt Klontz provided an update concerning the South Sequim Complete Street project. The kickoff meeting was held Wednesday night.

The design charette last night for the South Sequim Complete Street project was a success. There were 40 attendee’s from the community who actively participated in the event and through a table-top design exercise gave feedback. Today there was a field-walk to observe existing conditions with about a dozen citizens who suggested streetscape design features they would like incorporated into the project. The walk included visiting portions Prairie St and Hemlock St.  A project website has been launched to help inform our community about the project and to keep them update on its status.

Website: www.sequimcompletestreets.org

House Bill 1406

Staff is listening to the advice of experts at the Municipal Research and Service Center (MRSC) concerning the interpretation of House Bill (HB) 1406. MRSC is consulting with the Department of Revenue to work through the details of the bill and bring cities and counties the most comprehensive review of the bill. MRSC expects updates often to their information sheet. MRSC communicated to Staff that this is a very complicated issue and to keep checking in regarding the item. Here is the link provided by MRSC if you would like the latest information about HB 1406. There was also coverage of the Board of County Commissioners meeting by the Peninsula Daily News.

Details to come at the September 9 City Council Meeting.

Bocce Ball / Shuffleboard Ribbon Cutting

We had a successful ribbon cutting ceremony at Noon on August 28 for the Bocce Ball and Shuffleboard courts in Carrie Blake Park. Mayor Smith and City Staff gave a brief welcome and citizens participated in a few games of bocce ball and shuffleboard. Three members of the Parks Board attended the ribbon cutting as well. Snacks and replenishing fluids were provide. Please check out the courts if you have the chance. They are a wonderful addition to the park located near Rhodefer Road by the park docent RV.

Thank you,

Charisse Deschenes, AICP


for week ending august 9

Council,

Here are this week’s items:

Council Direction

-    House Bill 1406 – The Ad Hoc Housing Committee declined to recommend participation in this program, which provides funding for affordable housing.  Their discussion was mainly around a new local taxing option that would bring in a maximum tax credit from the State.  We didn’t have a lot of detail at the time on the no tax option, which produces less revenue from the State.  At least one Councilor not on the Housing Committee approached me about it recently.  If Councilors want to talk further about this topic, outside of the housing recommendations that will be moving through the Planning Commission, I’d recommend bringing this up during Good of the Order and providing direction to staff.  Here is more on HB 1406 from AWC.  The first key deadline for our participation, should we want to participate, is January 31, 2020.  Funding would need to be used on housing projects benefitting households below 60% of the area median income.

Council Follow-Through

-    Human Services Funding/Sequim Health and Housing Collaborative (SHHC) Contracts – I met with the agencies last Friday and we have agreement upon a format.  We are now formalizing 9 separate contracts.  Each agency will have to consider the contract with their Board.  We are aiming for the second meeting in September or first meeting in October to bring them to you for consideration.

Related Items

-    Sequim Emergency Management Meeting – We had a tabletop discussion on Wednesday in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of an active shooter scenario in preparation for September’s active shooter field exercise that will include the EOC.

-   External Meetings – I attended the Sequim Chamber Board meeting on Thursday morning, the Sequim Shiso Sister City Association meeting Thursday afternoon, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe MAT Project meeting on Thursday night.  The latter was recorded on Facebook live and by the Tribe.  I’m not sure if the Tribe is planning to post their video but if you are on Facebook you can probably find it on a search if you want to watch/listen to the Facebook live recording.

-    Planning Calendar - Was attached

Charlie’s Schedule

-    Weekly Updates – There will not be a weekly update for the next three weeks.  However, David and Charisse will keep you up to date on items that arise.

Enjoy the rest of summer!

Thanks,

Charlie Bush

City Manager


For week ending august 2

Council,

Here are this week’s items:

Council Follow-Through

-    Sequim Health & Housing Collaborative (SHHC) – I had a meeting today with the agencies in the collaborative.  We determined a new way of contracting the collaborative with the City and the YMCA that appears to work for all parties.  I’ll be working with the SHHC members to draft contracts.  I anticipate, if things stay on schedule, that we’ll be back to Council the second meeting in September for authorization to contract our 2019-2021 human services funding to the 9 agencies in the collaborative.  The revised contracting arrangement adds City staff and Councilor William Armacost (per the Council’s previous appointment) to the SHHC working group as non-voting members.  That group meets twice per month and we’d start meeting with them after contracts are finalized.

Related Items

-    2020 Budget Scrub – Staff met over a couple of days this week to balance the 2020 recommended City budget.  After some more formatting and fine tuning, the budget will be ready for recommendation to you this fall.

-    Monthly Meeting with Commissioner Ozias – Mayor Smith, Assistant City Manager Charisse Deschenes, and I had our normal monthly meeting with County Commissioner Mark Ozias this week.  Items discussed included Sequim parks improvements, highway 101 improvements, John Wayne Marina, the Lavender Festival, a metropolitan parks district, and the MAT Clinic.

-    Planning Calendar - Was attached

Thanks,

Charlie Bush

City Manager