April 2021

week ending april 23

Hello Council,

April 23, 2021, Volume 8 of the Sequim Snapshot is below. Please let me know if there is a topic of interest that you would like to see in the Snapshot.

Note that anything below underlined and in blue is a link.

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN

President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) 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 will receive $1.66ml and Clallam County will receive $15ml. More to come as we find out more and we have a team of Staff to work on the ARP next steps and will be connecting with partner agencies to discuss this opportunity. 

ANNUAL REPORT

The 2020 Annual Report is now posted on the City’s website and is attached.  This is a report we produce each year as a recap of the preceding year.  COVID-19 occupied a lot of our time in 2020, but we still had many significant accomplishments.  The report will be sent out to the printer next week.  We typically have copies in the office for the public and provide them to the Chamber of Commerce to be included in relocation packets.  

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOW

The Governor’s office just released updated COVID-19 guidelines for special events this week.  Staff is reviewing the guidelines and meeting to see how they might impact our upcoming 4th of July Fireworks show.  Staff will provide a briefing at the April 26 City Council meeting.

TOURISM SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS

A news release will be going out next week regarding a new round of Tourism Sustainability Grants for local non-profits that are tourism related.  COVID-19 has continued to impact events and organizations that have not been able to hold fundraisers, events, and welcome guests.  Up to $50,000 out of the Lodging Tax Fund balance was recommended by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) at their March 3 meeting and approved by the City Council at their March 8 meeting.  The LTAC agreed it would be best to postpone the announcement as organizations might have a better idea of what their needs might be a little later in the year.  The applications will be reviewed at the regularly scheduled LTAC meeting on June 2 and sent to Council for approval at the June 7 meeting.  

CIVIC CENTER OPENING FOR LIMITED APPOINTMENTS

The Sequim Civic Center, located at 152 W. Cedar Street, is open to the public for limited in-person appointments.  In-person appointments are available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

COVID BRIEFING

Follow the latest Clallam County Coronavirus Updates

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

    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. 

SEQUIM UNDERSTORY UPDATE

Please see the attachment and to learn more at the Understory Project page.

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

The City is currently hiring for:

    Police Officer in the Police Department. This position is open until filled.

LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The 105 day legislative session will end on April 25. Lobbyist Davor Gjurasic is tentatively scheduled to give an update at the May 10 City Council meeting.

NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Monday, April 26, 2021

Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

Charisse Deschenes


week ending april 9

Good Afternoon Council,

April 9, 2021, Volume 7 of the Sequim Snapshot is below. Please let me know if there is a topic of interest that you would like to see in the Snapshot.

CIVIC CENTER OPENING FOR LIMITED APPOINTMENTS

The Sequim Civic Center, located at 152 W. Cedar Street, will open to the public for limited in-person appointments beginning Monday, April 12.  In-person appointments will be available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate additional cleaning procedures. https://www.sequimwa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1127

#BEKINDSEQUIM

The City has an internal Kindness Committee (KC) led by Ann Holgerson in Administrative Services. Here is the latest news from the KC.

The KC is collecting the following items from Staff for recipients of the KC:

1.    Elderly gentleman in need of clothing:   Size XL.  Please include gift receipts in case exchanges are needed (although gently used is ok too). Sweats (shirts/pants), pull on pants (elastic waist), Flannel shirts, T-shirts, pajamas, robe, slippers, socks  (does not need underwear).

2.    Hanging basket supplies (15), metal baskets, liners, soil.  (5th Ave Independent Living)

3.    Coloring supplies (books, crayons, etc.), stuffed animals, etc.  (Sequim Health and Rehab)

There is a collection bin in the lobby of the Civic Center by Finance and they are collecting until April 14. 

There is also a #bekindsequim committee focused on external initiatives of the City Council’s proclamation The Year of Kindness 2021.

KINDNESS IDEAS MENTIONED IN THE CITY NEWSLETTERS

    Leave quarters at the laundromat

    Help out in the kitchen

    Organize a cleanup party

    Write a thank you note to someone new each week

    Write a positive comment on a website or blog

    Eat local

    Ask a senior about their past

    Gift an inspirational book

    Send a surprise postcard to a friend

    Smile with your eyes at everyone in the grocery store

    Start a piggy bank for a good cause

    Leave a kind note in a book when you return it to the library

COVID BRIEFING

Follow the latest Clallam County Coronavirus Updates at: http://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/index.html. Reports from Dr. Allison Berry indicate that COVID-19 numbers are up in Clallam County and that the UK variant is here. Dr. Berry asks for a continued commitment to safety.

Governor Inslee provided information today in a news conference https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-updates-healthy-washington-criteria-county-phases

Jamestown Family Health registration for the vaccination clinics are found at: https://jamestownhealth.org/. The drive-through clinic at Carrie Blake Park have two Johnson & Johnson “One and Done” Clinics on Tuesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 22. See the attached press release for more information.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

    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. 

SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM

The City is currently engaged is its Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Periodic Review and Update process as mandated by the State. A SMP is a set of policies and regulations required by state law encourages reasonable and appropriate development of shorelines with an emphasis on water dependent uses protects the natural resources and character of the shorelines, the land, vegetation, wildlife, water, and aquatic life within shoreline environment; and promotes public access and provides opportunities to enjoy the aesthetic qualities of the natural shorelines and recreational activities in shoreline areas. For more details see the attachment and to follow the SMP update see the City’s SMP Webpage: https://www.sequimwa.gov/371/Shoreline-Master-Program.

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

The City is currently hiring for:

    Police Officer in the Police Department. This position is open until filled.

This week interviews for the new Administrative Assistant II for the City Management Office occurred. There were some very qualified applicants and we hope to make an offer to an applicant soon.

LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The 105 day legislative session will end on April 25.

US 101 EAST SEQUIM CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

HB1564 was heard in the House Transportation Committee on Thursday. Councilor Janisse again testified in support on Tuesday, April 6. The proposed New Revenue Transportation in both the House and Senate include the $26M for the US 101 East Sequim Corridor Improvement. There is another opportunity to testify next week as well.

NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Monday, April 12, 2021

Take care and enjoy your weekend. 

Charisse Deschenes

(She/Her/Hers)

 Interim City Manager

Direct: 360-681-3432

Mobile: 360-912-1761 (preferred)

www.sequimwa.gov 

#bekindsequim


week ending april 2


Good Evening Council,

April 2, 2021, Volume 6 of the Sequim Snapshot is below. 

CONGRATULATIONS COUNCILOR RACHEL ANDERSON

Councilor Anderson recently completed her Certificate of Municipal Leadership the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). She earned 30 credits and attended at least one workshop in four competency areas. 

AWC offers many training opportunities to Councilors. If you would like to take advantage of these opportunities please visit https://wacities.org/events-education. If you have questions about signing up for trainings, please reach out to City Clerk McMillon.

Upcoming training opportunity: Small City Connector 2021 on April 21, 2021 from 4-6pm

Councilor Anderson shared a link to Newly Elected Survival Guide.


CONGRATULATIONS SEAN MADISON AND MIKE HILL – NEWS FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Retirement

Effective on Thursday, April 1, Staff Sergeant Sean Madison is officially retired!  

Congrats Sean on your numerous accomplishments over his 29 years here in Sequim! Sean started in 1992 when the Department was five Commissioned Officers and the City was still a Town.  Sean’s demonstrated skills and abilities from his prior military and law enforcement experience led him to quickly move through the Department.  First to a Detective’s assignment with the local Drug Task Force, then to his promotion to Sergeant in 1997.  From that promotion onward, Sean was involved in almost every facet of our Agency’s growth and advancements.  He supervised the FTO program, our Reserve Program, Bike Patrol, etc. during those early years.  He built, managed and taught several Reserve Police Academies over a span of ten plus years in the late 90’s into the 2000’s.  A large number of Officer’s currently working for most of the law enforcement agencies on the North Olympic Peninsula owe the start of the careers to Sequim’s strong efforts with the Reserve Program.  In 2007, Sean was assigned a Detective Sergeant role and given the go ahead to build an Investigations unit from the ground.  Sean supervised our Support Services unit from 2008 to 2021 as well.  Sean was involved in all of our major initiatives: our Strategic plan, design and build of the PD in the Civic Center, Accreditation.  He was also on the Board of Healthy Families for several years and sat on the Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Certification Hearings Board for almost ten years. 


Sean Madison
Mike HIll

Promotion

On Thursday we officially swore in Mike Hill as our Deputy Chief.  This is a well-deserved promotion, and we look forward to the vision, leadership and hard work Mike will apply to his new responsibilities.  

Mike Hill started his career at Sequim Police Department in 1998 as a volunteer Police Reserve Officer.  In August of  2001, he was hired fulltime as a Police Officer.  He has been assigned to patrol, was a K-9 Officer, a Patrol Sergeant from 2013-2018, and most recently the Detective Sergeant in charge of Investigations.  Mike will take over day to day responsibilities for both the operations and administration functions of the Police Department.   

These days of COVID are a challenge.  To comply with social distancing and crowd size, we did not advertise our swearing in ceremony for Mike.  And yet, we were blessed with co-workers, peers from other agencies and Mike’s closest family!

Please congratulate Mike next time you see him!  


COUNCIL ADVANCE PLANNING

Mayor Armacost, Councilor Anderson and Councilor Kincaid met with me on April 1 to brainstorm ideas for the Council Advance. We are preparing to bring a recommendation to Council at the April 12, 2021 City Council Meeting. 

COVID BRIEFING

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

Clallam County has now fully vaccinated 30% of residents with 40% receiving their first dose. Nearly 2,000 people were vaccinated this week after Jamestown Health opened up vaccinations to all adults 18 and older.

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:

    Police Officer in the Police Department. This position is open until filled.

PLANS UNDER DEVELOPMENT FOR RETURNING TO IN-PERSON MEETINGS & SOFT OPENING FOR CIVIC CENTER

Staff is currently researching what it will take for City Council to return to in-person meetings and for a stepped approach for a safe return for the opening of the Civic Center. 

City Council Meetings & Council Advance

Proclamation 20-28.14 requires that anyone that wants to attend in person has to be allowed to do so. It creates some problems with holding the meetings in the Council Chambers because we be required to be held to strict capacity limits and to come up with overflow locations where the public can experience the meeting in real time in a spill-over room that “allows all persons to hear each other at the same time.” 

Originally we looked at holding meetings in-person for Council and Staff while encouraging the public continue to participate in Zoom or by phone. Our team is searching for some solutions that may work and once we have those options ready, we will bring them to you for review. 

Civic Center Soft Opening

Staff is also preparing for step one of a reopening plan that includes a safe, soft opening with the opportunity to schedule appointments on certain days of the week. The team meets again early next week. If all goes well and we have no hiccups, the first day of the soft opening will be April 12.

US 101 EAST SEQUIM CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

HB1564 was heard in the House Transportation Committee on Thursday. Councilor Janisse testified in support. Senator Hobbs is having a hearing on a new revenue transportation package on April 6. Janisse is planning to testify again in support of the package. 

This project is supported by the James Town S’Klallam Tribe, Clallam County as well as the City of Sequim. The project will improve safety, mobility, and create economic development opportunities. It will complete the Simdars Road interchange to fully support economic development on the east side of Sequim including the recently created Emerald Coast Economic Opportunity Zone. A frontage road is planned to connect Palo Alto and Happy Valley Roads to the Simdars interchange and to eliminate their direct connection to US Highway l0l.

NEXT CITY council meeting

Monday, April 12, 2021