March 2021

Week ending march 26

Good Afternoon Council,

Volume 5 of the Sequim Snapshot is below. It is a short edition. 

COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR

Mayor Armacost was joined by Chief Crain this week at Coffee with the Mayor. It will be uploaded next week to the Coffee with the Mayor webpage.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ON RACE, EQUITY & INCLUSION

Community Conversations concerning Race, Equity and Inclusion occurred on Saturday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m. and  Tuesday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m.  Each meeting had around 55 to 60 participants and a number of City Councilmembers were able to attend. The facilitation team will be putting together the information to share with Council.

COVID BRIEFING

All counties in Washington State entered into Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery on Monday, March 22.  That means that more businesses are allowed to open with an increase in occupancy and more events are allowed to take place, observing safety precautions.   There was no specific guidance regarding opening government offices in Phase 3.  However, staff are following the Governor’s orders closely and are working to make sure that all of the safety protocols are in place so when the building does reopen, we can do so safely while protecting the health of visitors and staff. Things are changing quickly now that more and more members of our community are getting vaccinated, so we’ll let everyone know when we can start meeting again in person.

Follow the latest Clallam County Coronavirus Updates at: http://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/index.html. Clallam County has now fully vaccinated 26% folks with 38% receiving their first dose.  

Jamestown Family Health registration for the vaccination clinics are found at: https://jamestownhealth.org/

CURRENT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

    Projects that are currently under review 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 are updated at the beginning of each month. 

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

The City is currently hiring for:

    Administrative Assistant II position in the City Manager’s Office. The position will be open until March 31, 2021 at 4pm; and

    Police Officer in the Police Department. This position is open until filled. First review of candidates will be April 1, 2021.

Enjoy your weekend.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.

Thanks,

Charisse Deschenes

week ending march 19

Good Afternoon Council,

Volume 4 of the Sequim Snapshot is below. 

$1.1 BILLION FOR WASHINGTON CITIES IN THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT

March 11, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law. The relief package includes up to $1.1 billion in flexible funding to Washington cities to help communities recover and rebuild from the pandemic. The City of Sequim COULD receive up to $1.6ml – but these numbers are VERY preliminary.  All of the rules attached to these federal dollars are still to be determined but we hope the words “flexible funding” are truly applied to the federal money.  Sue Hagener, is monitoring this closely.  A very brief fact sheet is provided for your convenience.  In discussion earlier this week on other matters, Sue spoke with the State Auditor’s office about this package and the SAO confirmed all the state agencies are scrambling to figure this thing out.  The SAO understands you don’t want to spend a dollar to get a penny – speaking of administrative burdens often related to federal money.  It was a “hopeful” conversation.

APPLICATIONS FOR AWARDS 

The City has submitted an application for the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Community Partnership Award for the Sequim Health & Housing Collaborative work. The panel will review the applications in early June and the winners will be announced in October 2021.

In early March the City submitted an application for the AWC Municipal Excellence Award for the COVID-19 Small Business Rapid Relief Program. Winners will be recognized at the AWC Annual Conference in June.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ON RACE, EQUITY & INCLUSION

Saturday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m. or Tuesday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m.  The meetings will be held via Zoom due to the COVID-19 safety restrictions.  All members of the public are encouraged to join the conversation about how we can be a more inclusive Sequim. Read the full article. You must register before attending but it can be done a few minutes prior to the meeting if you choose to join last minute.

COVID BRIEFING

Governor Inslee announced on Thursday, March 11 that the effective March 22nd the entire state will move to Phase 3. To date this does not mean much change for local government operations. Staff is tracking the updates from the Governor’s Office and monitoring how it impacts us. Here is an article from the Governor’s Office describing the changes: https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-extension-of-eviction-moratorium-expansion-of-vaccine-eligibility-long-term-635b34eb0ca.

Follow the latest Clallam County Coronavirus Updates at: http://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/index.html.

Jamestown Family Health registration for the vaccination clinics are found at: https://jamestownhealth.org/

King5 came out yesterday and did some filming of our very own Sequim clinic and will be featured on the 4:30 news tonight.

CURRENT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Projects that are currently under review can be found on the Current Development webpage

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

The City is currently hiring for:

    Administrative Assistant II position in the City Manager’s Office. The position will be open until 3/31 at 4pm; and

    Police Officer in the Police Department. This position is open until filled. First review of candidates will be April 1, 2021.

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE

I wanted to acknowledge the Public Works crew and engineering staff for responding to citizen requests for better crossing facilities at the intersection of N. 7th and E. Spruce.  Attached is an exhibit highlighting the improvements that included installing marked crossings and adjusting the placement of stop bars for better visibility and sight lines at the intersection.  Pedestrian oriented projects like this one promote active lifestyles and healthy communities. I’m looking forward to similar low-cost high-reward projects being delivered in the future that meet the needs of the community we serve!

SEQUIM 101

Congratulations to the excellent first class of Sequim 101!  The Sequim 101 class graduated on Wednesday, March 17th. A brief celebration will occur on March 22nd at Council. Graduates include: Janine Bocciardi, John Bridge, Dave Eberle, Ben Fisher, Katina Hester, Karen Hogan, Cathy Kurtz, Tim Kurtz, Catherine McKinney, Kevin Roth, Jon Sneed, Autumn Wolfgang, Charla Wright and Nicole Wright.

SEQUIM’S NEW PARK HOST

A welcome to Wynn Stack, our new Park host for 2021. She will be starting her role on April 10th through October 30th, 29 weeks at Carrie Blake Park.  She will be located on the southwest lot across from the Shiso Friendship pond.  Wynn is a retired public health nurse and has 5 years of experience as a full-time park host in Oregon and most recently at Fort Worden State Park.  She enjoys walking with her dog and talking to people and learning about the area.  We are very happy to have her join us this year as a park hosts and look forward to working with her as the Park Host in Carrie Blake.

Enjoy your weekend and welcome Spring on March 20!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.

Thanks,

Charisse Deschenes


Week ending march 12

Good Afternoon,

MEETING WITH DEREK KILMER & TEAM

Sue as well as representatives from the City of Forks, Port Angeles, Sequim, the County, Jefferson County  the EDC and other parties provided feedback to Team Kilmer on federal money disbursements and administrative burdens and red tape associated with getting clearly needed money into our communities. Of the federal funds distributed, CARES Act funding was the easiest to access according to the group.  

NACO LEGISLATIVE ANALYSIS FOR COUNTIES

The U.S. Senate passed the America Rescue Plan Act of 2021 on March 6th. Staff will be evaluating over the next few weeks and will bring you updates as we know more. 

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ON RACE, EQUITY & INCLUSION

Information was sent out in the February 26th or Volume 1 of the Sequim Snapshot. Barbara sent out the news release concerning the meetings on Saturday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m. or Tuesday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m.  The meetings will be held via Zoom due to the COVID-19 safety restrictions.  All members of the public are encouraged to join the conversation about how we can be a more inclusive Sequim. Read the full article.

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

The City is currently hiring for an Administrative Assistant II position in the City Manager’s Office. The position will be open until 3/31 at 4pm.

Travis Simmons was recently promoted to DCD Specialist from Administrative Assistant II. Congrats to Travis!!

CURRENT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Projects that are currently under review can be found on the Current Development webpage

Also on the land development front, the city received a permit application for the second phase of the Willow Creek Manor subdivision located north of West Sequim Bay Rd and east of North Rhodefer Rd. The Willow Creek Manor subdivision received it’s land use approval in 2017 and homes are now being constructed on lots created during the first phase. This permit application is for the construction of essential infrastructure such as streets and utilities that when complete will allow for the creation of an additional 27 single family residential lots in Sequim. The Public Works Department takes the lead on oversight and inspection of the infrastructure before handing the baton to the Community Development Department when it’s time for creating the lots and for issuing building permits.  Attached to this email, vicinity map to help orient you to where this project is located.

COVID BRIEFING

Governor Inslee announced on Thursday, March 11 that the effective March 22nd the entire state will move to Phase 3: https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-statewide-move-phase-3-recovery-plan-return-spectator-events-and-tier-2. The City Staff team focused on how the Governor’s Orders impact our City operations are reviewing the details.

Follow the latest Clallam County Coronavirus Updates at: http://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/index.html.

Jamestown Family Health has just announced that registration is open for next week’s vaccination clinics to residents 50 year and older and their spouse.  Please see the attached release and link to their website.  https://jamestownhealth.org/

SEQUIM 101

The first class of Sequim 101 will graduate on Wednesday, March 17th! More to come on this celebration next week. 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.

All the best,

Charisse Deschenes

Interim City Manager


Week ending march 5

Good Afternoon Council,

Here is this week’s version of  Sequim Snapshot. It is a light version. More to come next week. 

2ND ANNUAL SEQUIM SUNSHINE FESTIVAL MARCH 5-6

It is hard to believe that a year ago we were enjoying the Sun Fun Color Run, Sunshine Festival Beach Party and Drone Show at Carrie Blake Park, not to mention the mural, the interactive light installment at Pioneer Park and the lights in Carrie Blake Park among music and other activities. Due to COVID-19, the events this year are scaled back to the Sun Fun Color Run, the Sunny Sequim Scavenger Hunt and the Light up the Night Challenge. https://www.visitsunnysequim.com/263/Sequim-Sunshine-Festival.

Check out the GooseChase app to participate in the Scavenger Hunt virtually: https://www.visitsunnysequim.com/287/2021-Sunny-Sequim-Scavenger-Hunt or check out the printable version at: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AMF2SkWWXm26Jq4&cid=F67365E82B7D839D&id=F67365E82B7D839D%211819&parId=root&o=OneUp. You can also pick up the hard copy at the Chamber of Commerce. 

To celebrate that sunny disposition the #bekindsequim initiative is underway. Craig Robinson from the City Arts Advisory Commission completed a be the “I” in Kind mural. Look for it in Carrie Blake Park during the Sun Fun Color Run and back at Centennial Place after. It is a great opportunity to take a selfie and if you so wish place that #bekindsequim and #sequimsunshinefestival up on your social media pages.

COVID BRIEFING

The Here is a link to the Clallam County coronavirus page for updates from the Clallam County Health Department: http://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/. Vaccines are continuing in Sequim. The vaccines are administered by the Jamestown Family Health Clinic. Schedules and instructions are at https://jamestownhealth.org

ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS

I’ve sent out invites to every Councilmember and to the Student Liaisons to start meeting one-on-one. If you don’t see the invite, please call me up and we will make sure to get it on the calendar. 

#BEKINDSEQUIM

Charisse Deschenes

(She/Her/Hers)