May 2021

week ending may 28

Good Morning Council and Student Liaisons,

 May 27, 2021, Volume 11 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. This one is a little light on news but Barbara Hanna will be putting out the June Newsletter very soon.

 Note that anything below in blue is a link.

AWC CONFERENCE – ARE YOU INTERESTED IN ATTENDING?

City Clerk McMillon sent out an invite to let you know that the AWC Annual Conference will be held online from June 22-25. Please let her know if you would like to attend. For more information see the bulleted links below:

 The cost per Councilor is a mere $100, which is far less than it would be if it was an in-person event, so contact Clerk McMillon know if you want to attend. She will sign you up! 

BIKE TO WORK DAY

May is Bike Everywhere month and Friday, May 21, 2021 was national Bike to Work Day. To help celebrate Rainshadow Cafe hosted a coffee and pastry event to help local cyclists celebrate the day. There are a few days left in the month if you want to put in some miles. 

 COVID BRIEFING

Follow the latest Clallam County Coronavirus Updates. As of May 26, Clallam County currently sits at 50% of the population receiving at least the first dose and 45% are fully vaccinated.  

 With the CDC’s relaxed guidelines on mask use and Governor Inslee’s announcement for statewide reopening of June 30, Staff is working on next steps while following the guidelines of the Governor and Clallam County Public Health. Staff will reach out to Council next week with further information on plans to move forward.

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

The City is currently hiring for:

  • Police Officer in the Police Department. This position is open until filled.
  • Associate Engineer, Project Engineer and Engineering Project Manager: These positions are open until filled. First review of applications will be June 11, 2021. There are two vacancies in Public Works Engineering. The positions will be filled as any combination of Associate Engineer, Project Engineer, or Engineer Project Manager, depending on candidate qualifications.

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. 

COFFEE WITH COLLEEN

Upcoming Coffee With Colleen speakers

June 2- Childcare Update

June 9- DNR Commissioner Hillary Franz

June 16- Wendy Sisk & Rebekah Miller- Peninsula Behavioral Health

CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETINGS

The Sequim City Council will hold a special meeting starting at 6 p.m. at an online location on Friday, May 28th to gather public input on recruitment of a City Manager. For more information, please review the agenda. In-person attendance is not possible due to the pandemic. The public can hear and participate in this meeting at https://zoom.us/j/97897712062.  People may also join by calling (253) 215-8782 and using ID# 978 9771 2062. Written public comment can be submitted to colin@cb-asso.com

 The Sequim City Council will hold a special meeting starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2 at an online location. See the agenda concerning the City Manager Recruitment Profile Review. The public can hear this meeting online at https://zoom.us/j/91235464249  or by calling (253) 215-8782 and using ID# 912 3546 4249. Written public comment can be sent to smcmillon@sequimwa.gov and will be distributed to the Council prior to the meeting.

PARKS & RECREATION SURVEY CLOSES SOON

The Parks and Recreation Survey will close on Friday, May 28.  We are looking for your insight for the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan.  Please take a moment to complete a short survey about the recreation needs in Sequim.  The online survey consists of 15 questions focused on satisfaction, preferred activities, and needed improvements.  It only takes about five minute to complete.  Take the survey now.

NEXT REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Monday, June 14, 2021

 Thank you, enjoy your Memorial Day. Note that City of Sequim is closed for business on Monday, May 31. Please reach out if you have questions or concerns.

 Charisse Deschenes

Interim City Manager

Week ending May 21

Good Morning Council and Student Liaisons,

 May 19, 2021, Volume 10 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 in blue is a link.

CITY RECEIVES AWC MUNCIPAL EXCELLENCE AWARD

With this year’s Municipal Excellence Awards, the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) honored five cities putting creative ideas to use for their communities. “This year’s winning projects demonstrate just a few of the ways that Washington’s city leaders are finding innovative solutions to a diverse range of challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and racial equity movement,” said Peter B. King, AWC CEO. “Each year, AWC’s Municipal Excellence Awards provide ideas and inspiration to communities around the state, showcasing successes that can be replicated in other cities.”

Chosen from 22 applications, the 2021 AWC Municipal Excellence Award winners include the City of Sequim for its Small Business Rapid Relief Grant Program.

In Sequim, a small city that serves a large rural valley on the Olympic Peninsula, the retail and hospitality industries are critical to the local economy. When COVID-19 struck and small businesses began closing their doors, the city responded quickly by partnering with the local chamber of commerce to create the Sequim Small Business Rapid Relief Grant Program. Funded mainly through a rainy day account created by the city council a few years earlier, the program enabled the city to award over $500,000 in grants to 58 local businesses including salons, restaurants, boutiques, fitness centers, and dog groomers. Sequim business owners describe the grants as a lifeline that enabled them to stay afloat, providing crucial support to weather the pandemic and its many challenges. AWC’s Municipal Excellence Awards recognize innovative city projects that significantly improve the quality of life for their communities. 

The competition is open each year to any Washington city or town. Projects will be recognized at AWC’s Annual Conference online this June.

AWC CONFERENCE

City Clerk McMillon sent out an invite to let you know that the AWC Annual Conference will be held online from June 22-25. Please let her know if you would like to attend. 

 Conference Home Page

Conference Schedule

 The cost per Councilor is a mere $100, which is far less than it would be if it was an in-person event, so contact Clerk McMillon know if you want to attend. She will sign you up! The Municipal Excellence Award will be celebrated at the conference so we will be looking for Councilors to attend for the ceremony at the very least.

 COVID BRIEFING

Follow the latest Clallam County Coronavirus Updates. As of May 14, Clallam County currently sits at 50% of the population receiving at least the first dose and 44% are fully vaccinated.  

Inslee announces statewide reopening date of June 30 and short-term statewide move to Phase 3

https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-statewide-reopening-date-of-june-30-and-short-term-statewide-move-to-phase-3-4943c8be9c37

 With the CDC’s relaxed guidelines on mask use and Governor Inslee’s announcement for statewide reopening of June 30, Staff is working on next steps while following the guidelines of the Governor and Clallam County Public Health.

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

The City is currently hiring for:

  • Police Officer in the Police Department. This position is open until filled.
  • Associate Engineer and Engineering Project Manager: These positions are open until filled. First review of applications will be June 11, 2021. There are two vacancies in Public Works Engineering. The positions will be filled as any combination of Associate Engineer, Project Engineer, or Engineer Project Manager, depending on candidate qualifications.

NEW HIRES 

I am happy to announce that Karen Abbott started today as Administrative Assistant II in the City Manager’s Office. Karen brings strong work experience specializing in contracts and procurement with Clallam County PUD, and most recently with Jefferson County Public Health. Karen will be supporting the second floor, specifically with facility rentals, records requests/retention, and all around customer service. If you see Karen around, please introduce yourself and welcome her to our team!

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. 

RALLY IN THE ALLEY TO RETURN IN THE FALL OF 2021

In 2018 the City of Sequim won a Municipal Excellence Award from the Association of Washington Cities for NR Program for the Rally in the Alley program. In 2019 the City also received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Alliance for Innovation’s Transforming Local Government Conference for the program. 

 Rally in the Alley is a neighborhood clean-up event that began in 2015 as a partnership between Habitat for Humanity, the Sequim Rotary and the City of Sequim. Every quarter the collaborative focuses on a different neighborhood for clean-up within the City of Sequim. The program was put on hiatus during COVID. The partnership with Habitat for Humanity continues and the team will bring the program back this Fall!

COFFEE WITH COLLEEN

I am attended Coffee with the Colleen this morning. WorkSource was the featured speaker today.

 Key takeaways mentioned in the meeting as barriers in Clallam County for businesses filling positions:

  • Childcare
  • Housing 
  • Unemployment benefits are too good and people aren’t motivated to go back to work
  • Skilled worker shortage

 It is a job seekers market right now.

“RED ROAD TO DC TOTEM POLE JOURNEY”

Yesterday afternoon Councilor Anderson and I attended the Lummi Nations stop in Sequim. The stop was “to honor the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe and their relations to the Grinnell family” and to “acknowledge the Journey through Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Territory.” (per the invite) The event was well attended.

 To read about the full journey: Red Road to DC Totem Pole Journey (juustwa.org)

NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Popular Items on the Preliminary Agenda

  • Proclamation Recognizing Community Partners for Vaccination Efforts
  • Update from Judge Neupert, Clallam County District Court
  • Update from Barry Berezowsky about Affordable and Workforce Housing
  • Public Hearing for the International Building Code
  • Ordinance options for the Hearings Examiner

 And more…

Thank you and please reach out if you have questions or concerns.

Charisse Deschenes

Interim City Manager

week ending may 7

Good Afternoon Council,

 May 7, 2021, Volume 9 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 in blue is a link.

POLICE DEPARTMENT PROMOTION OF CAROLEE EDWARDS

Chief Sheri Crain recognizes a promotion in the Police Department: Carolee Edwards has been promoted to Sergeant, effective 5/1/21.  She will begin as a Patrol Sergeant assigned to dayshift. Carolee has been with the City of Sequim since 2018, but she joined us with almost seven years of prior experience with New Mexico law enforcement.  She was also an active-duty Marine for four years, a teacher of English in Japan for three years, and has experience working for the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Kitsap and Sequim. Carolee has many outside interests including teaching exercises classes at the Sequim YMCA.  She is married and has four children, two that are currently attending school in the Sequim School District.  Carolee’s varied experiences will bring a unique approach and perspective to our supervisory staff.  

PUBLIC WORKS PROMOTION OF SARAH VANAUSDLE

Public Works Director Matt Klontz has the following news to share:  It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the promotion of Sarah VanAusdle to the role of Assistant Public Works Director effective May 1. The City of Sequim was fortunate to have hired her in 2011 as an accountant in the Finance Department. Less than a year later, she joined Public Works as a Management Analyst where she has diligently and consistently performed and been nothing but a true teammate, professional, and civil servant. Just a few of her noteworthy achievements the last decade was the development of the City’s first ever six-year capital improvement program, overseeing changes to the City’s utility rate structure, and continuously balancing the department’s budget. Her experience will serve her well in her new role where she will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and reviewing public works related initiates and projects including the implementation of department’s new asset and operation management system.

 NEW HIRES 

Welcome to seasonal maintenance workers Jeremy Crenshaw and Tim Priest!

PARKS MASTER PLAN

The city has started to update its Parks and Open Space Master Plan, which was previously adopted in 2015. The new citywide Master Plan will establish a road map for providing high quality, community-driven parks, trails, natural areas and recreation offerings across Sequim. Take the Online Community Survey.

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOW

Staff is reviewing the guidelines and preparing to have a 4th of July Fireworks show. 

 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. More information can be  

COVID BRIEFING

Follow the latest Clallam County Coronavirus Updates. As of May 7, in Clallam County, 42% of the total population has been fully vaccinated and 50% have received at least their first dose.

 Earlier this week, Governor Inslee had put a pause on phased recovery for two weeks to address the fourth wave of infections impacting Washington.  After these two weeks, every county will be reassessed to see whether they can continue forward or be placed back into phase 2 of the recovery roadmap.  For more information visit: https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-two-week-pause-phases

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. 

 The City of Sequim has opened the 2021 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket Process.  All cities and counties that comply with the Growth Management Act must perform a major Comprehensive Plan review and update every eight years; however, many local jurisdictions consider proposed amendments on a more frequent basis. As per RCW 36.70A.130(2), cities and counties may consider proposed amendments no more frequently than once per year, with some exceptions. Rather than adopting changes on a piecemeal basis, proposed amendments must be considered "concurrently so the cumulative effect of the various proposals can be ascertained." The City of Sequim considers such amendments (typically as a docket of proposed amendments) on an annual cycle pursuant to Sequim Municipal Code (SMC 18.88.070). Application for amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan must be submitted to the City’s Department of Community Development prior to the close of business on May 31, 2021.

 The Shoreline Master Program public comment period ended on April 27. Planning Commission held a public hearing on April 20. In the next steps staff will present Planning Commission’s recommendation to the City Council.

Planning Commission meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is Tuesday, May 18.

SEQUIM UNDERSTORY UPDATE

The City Arts Advisory Commission announced that Marina Shipova is the Sequim Understory Artist Fellow. She is a classically trained artist, photographer and educator. Her work portrays a photographic story of local interest through the use of digital artistry. It will bring a taste of present and past through the depiction of local families, events, businesses and landmarks.

 Please see the attachment and to learn more at the Understory Project page. Creative placemaking is a planning method created for community collaboration. It uses creative strategies to engage local citizens in more comprehensive dialogues about the places in which they live. Please fill out the survey to share your ideas for the project.

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

The City is currently hiring for:

  • Police Officer in the Police Department. This position is open until filled.
  • Associate Engineer and Engineering Project Manager: These positions are open until filled. First review of applications will be June 11, 2021. There are two vacancies in Public Works Engineering. The positions will be filled as any combination of Associate Engineer, Project Engineer, or Engineer Project Manager, depending on candidate qualifications.

LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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

COUNCIL ADVANCE

The Council Advance Subcommittee met on Thursday, May 6 to discuss the meeting agenda, facilitation of the meeting, logistics and homework. The three documents presented at the meeting are attached. The subcommittee was supportive of the Staff work and preparation for this meeting. A brief discussion about the Advance is planned for the Monday, May 10 City Council meeting. Homework will be sent out to the Council for prior to the Advance.  Council Advance Logistics Plan Draft Council Advance Agenda Homework List

NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING 

Monday, May 10, 2021

#BEKINDSEQUIM

There are many efforts around town to honor kindness. I found this twitter link: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BeKINDSequim and these photos through a Google search. We also have many stickers available.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

Charisse Deschenes