week ending december 20
Here are this week’s items:
- Broadband Action Team Notes – The notes from last week’s meeting are attached.
- Meeting with Eric Lewis – Chief Andrews and I met with Eric Lewis this week to discuss OMC’s ongoing facility plans in Sequim as a result of Fire District 3 and the City’s Council’s joint resolution requesting additional emergency services from a couple of years ago. Eric would like to speak to the Council in the March/April timeframe to provide an update. In short at this point, the CMS Medicare reimbursement decision is being appealed so things remain a bit uncertain. The Cancer Center expansion is almost complete and will be in the first or second quarter. OMC is planning a second expansion of the Cancer Center in the 2020-21 time period. Other facilities and service enhancements, including a surgery center and possible urgent care service expansion are possible in the next few years, depending upon the federal regulatory environment. A stand-alone emergency department for Sequim has moved up from the 50-year time horizon for OMC’s consideration into the 5-10-year time horizon. There are still many questions to be answered with such a facility. He also mentioned that the Phase II part of the Healing Campus, the 16-bed psychiatric evaluation and treatment facility, is in the early stages and remains unfunded.
- Criminal Justice Study Meeting – We met with the City of Port Angeles, Clallam County, and BERK consulting as a part of our ongoing study to find efficiencies and options for enhancing our partnership within the criminal justice system. We currently contract for jail, court, prosecution, and public defense services with Clallam County, as does Port Angeles. All three organizations launched a joint study through an interlocal agreement approved by both Councils and the County Commission about a year ago. The study is planned for completion and presentation to each organization’s elected officials in the second quarter of 2020. Steady progress is being made and some options have been identified that need more discussion before the report is ready to be finalized.
- Youth Services Task Force – The notes from this week’s meeting are attached.
- Planning Calendar - Was attached
Week Ending December 13
Here are this week’s updates:
- John Wayne Marina – As you may have seen in the media, we went to the Port of Port Angeles Commission meeting on Tuesday to present our response to the Port’s John Wayne Marina request for information process. Two other responses were presented as well. Both are private leases of the Marina that retain Port ownership. The Wayne Family expressed their support of the private lease options. We will be sharing some further thoughts and observations at the Council’s first meeting in January and seeking your direction as we are being asked by the Port for our input and continued involvement in their process. Both private entities pledged to construct the capital improvements needed at the Marina at no cost to the Port. All of the RFI responses are posted here: https://portofpa.com/385/John-Wayne-Marina-Public-Information. Go to quick links on the right side of the page to find links to the responses.
- Sequim Broadband Action Team – The team met last night. Items discussed included the upcoming countywide broadband assessment, a GIS powered mapping tool developed by Councilor Bob Lake that could help neighborhoods organize to realize broadband improvements, and some general discussion about broadband service trends and issues that came up over the past few months.
- Trash Dumped Near the Warming Center – We received two complaints on this topic this week and the Police Department responded. Their response included visiting with St. Luke’s Church and OlyCAP, the host and operator of the Warming Center respectively. It is my understanding that Council member elect Troy Tennison cleaned up the trash before we could get it accomplished so kudos to Troy for some extra over and above public service! The conversations we had with St. Luke’s and OlyCAP should reduce the chance of this occurring in the future.
- Senior Management and Senior Leadership Team Advances – We took 1.5 days out of this week for our annual strategic work and some extra management discussions. We met at the Transit Center both days. We were able to advance our work on performance management, to discuss a book we recently read (Dare to Lead by Brene Brown), to organize projects that need to be completed next year, and to talk some more about how we can better support the Council transition and onboarding process.
- Planning Calendar – Was attached. With Sara joining us, we’ve updated its format.