August 2019

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