August 2020

For Week ending august 14

Council,

Here are this week’s items:

Council Follow-Through

-    Law and Justice Committee – In my twice a month meeting with our Peninsula’s County Administrators and City Managers, I asked Clallam County Administrator Rich Sill if the County can start organizing the annual meeting to discuss the status of our Criminal Justice Services Interlocal Agreement.  It is the County’s responsibility in our Interlocal Agreement to call the meeting.  We intend to mention the role the County’s Law and Justice Committee could play in implementation of the Criminal Justice Study findings during that meeting.  I gave them a heads up on that as well.

-    Sequim 101 Preparing for Launch – Sequim 101 is a citizen academy that is in our Neighborhood Plan, which the Council approved last year.  We had aimed to getting this program launched this fall and have delayed it by a few months due to COVID-19.  We are in the final detailed planning stages and anticipate running the program, which will be virtual this time and will go one evening per week for about 10 weeks, starting in January.  Each session will focus on different aspects of how the City works with the goal of producing graduates who will hopefully fill some of our hard-to-fill board and commission positions, in addition to being more active and informed citizens.  We plan to recruit for the program this fall and will be requesting three Councilors, to be paired with three staff members, to help us select participants.  Many cities, most of them larger than us, have this type of program in place.  Participants would be a mix of city and county residents.  In somewhat related news, we are also launching an internal staff leadership development program this fall.

-    Anti-Racism and Discrimination Subcommittee – Our committee hosted a variety of government executives from governments that serve Sequim this week to learn what those organizations were doing on this topic.  There is a fair amount of activity.  Clallam County is looking at taking steps similar to us, Peninsula College has been doing this work for several years, North Olympic Library System, is doing the work now, and the Sequim School District is looking to do more soon (once they get school underway).  Fire District 3 and Olympic Medical Center were both supportive (via email) but unable to commit time right now.  The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe was supportive but unable to attend the meeting.  We did not hear back from Clallam PUD.  The agencies in attendance were interested in being a part of community conversations, collaborating, sharing resources, and coordinating efforts.  They had some input for community conversations that the community engagement team (Barbara Hanna’s team) will take that into consideration as they work on a community engagement design proposal for the subcommittee’s consideration in September.  We anticipate returning to the Council in late September with a more refined plan and an estimate of staff time it will take to execute.

Related Items

-    Open Mic at Council Meetings – This is just a reminder that by the time most of us connect with our Microsoft Teams City Council meetings, those meetings are already live streaming online so whatever is said, even before the meeting starts, is heard over the livestream.

-    Virtual Job Fair – We were involved in helping to organize, and attended as an employer, a Peninsula-wide job fair this week that was hosted by the State of Washington on a new platform.  The Clallam and Jefferson County Economic Development Councils provided much of the leadership needed to connect employers, like ourselves, with job seekers, State agencies, nonprofits, etc.  It went well and is something we’ll likely see more of in the future.

-    Planning Calendar - Was attached

Thanks,

Charlie Bush


For Week Ending August 7

Council,

Here are this week’s items:

Council Follow-Through

-    Small Business Rapid Relief Program Feedback and A Tourism Sustainability Grant Thank You Note – The two attached emails include a thank you note from KSQM for their Tourism Sustainability Grant and information collected by the Sequim Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce that includes comments and feedback on the Small Business Rapid Relief Program.

-    Anti-Racism and Discrimination Subcommittee – Our subcommittee met last night to plan our expanded meeting next week.  For that meeting, we’ve invited other agencies to join us for informal conversation about the engagement model we are evaluating, what they see from their perspectives in the community, resources they might provide to support community conversations on these topics, and how we might attract a diverse crowd to future conversations.  So far, we are expecting participation next week from Clallam County, Peninsula College, and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.  After that meeting, our community engagement team, led by Barbara Hanna, will go about designing our potential conversations/engagement methods and then will report back to our subcommittee with estimates of staff time, etc.  We anticipate reporting back to you in September with this information.

Related Items

-    Sequim Health and Housing Collaborative (SHHC) – The Sequim Health and Housing Collaborative (SHHC) met this week to discuss various projects and programs including the deployment of the mobile service center (retrofitted van) and the coordination of hotel rooms, client information, and other resources.  Sequim staff also met virtually with staff from the City of Monroe, at Monroe’s request, to talk about the SHHC and how we put it together.  Monroe is in the midst of a similar process and is responding to many of the same challenges we face in Sequim.

-    Clallam County Childcare Committee – The childcare committee met this week to catch up (we haven’t met in about a month), particularly regarding emerging needs and the patchwork of different school schedules developing across the region.  The Board of County Commissioners recently asked for the committee’s financial needs to support childcare beyond the end of September (the original request to us) so there is some work going on to provide additional cost estimates beyond September.

-    Swisher Hall Expansion – The Sequim City Band recently decided to apply for a grant to help fund the expansion of Swisher Hall (building right behind the bandshell in Carrie Blake Park).  The project is in our Carrie Blake Park Master Plan and staff are working with the Sequim City Band to support their grant application.

-    Planning Calendar – Was attached

Thanks,

Charlie Bush

City Manager