August 2021

week ending august 27

Greetings Council, Staff and Student Liaisons,

 Friday, August 27, 2021, Volume 15 of the Sequim Snapshot is below. Please let me know if there is a topic of interest that you would like to see in future editions. 

Note that anything below in blue is a link.

 9/11 MEMORIAL CEREMONY – SAVE THE DATE

The City will host a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial near the flag poles at the Civic Center Plaza on Friday, September 10th at 7:45am. Preparation is still underway and Staff will put out a news release to share more about the upcoming event.

 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CITIZENS OF THE YEAR FOR 2020 – ESSENTIAL WORKERS

Councilors Rachel Anderson and Keith Larkin along with representatives of Staff attended the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year event at Pioneer Park on Tuesday, August 24. For 2020 the Chamber honored essential workers for their commitment during the pandemic. The day was beautiful and the event was well attended.

 CITY MANAGER CANDIDATES

City Council narrowed the City Manager candidate pool to five individuals at the Special Meeting on Thursday, August 26. View candidate bios at: https://www.sequimwa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1170.

 CITY OF SEQUIM - LATEST NEWS & ALERT UPDATES

You often receive press releases about the latest news and alerts. We also post them on the website on the City of Sequim News & Alerts page. 

 There is also a webpage dedicated for current and past City Manager Weekly Updates and the Sequim Snapshot.

 Monthly Newsletters are sent out to Sequim residents and the archives are found on the City website for your review.

 COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR

The City of Sequim held Coffee with the Mayor meeting on Zoom this week. Mayor William Armacost was joined by Public Works Director Matt Klontz to answer questions and to share information about City activity. The Mayor and Mr. Klontz discussed the Water Master Plan, the new Safe Routes to School sidewalk near Port Williams Road, City Management, flowers in the City right-of-way and the WRF Award. Coffee with the Mayor can be reviewed at https://www.sequimwa.gov/600/Coffee-with-the-Mayor. Due to recent circumstances, Coffee with the Mayor is on hold.

 COVID BRIEFING

Follow the latest Clallam County Coronavirus Updates

 As of August 26, Clallam County currently sits at 59.9% of the population receiving at least the first dose and 55.3% are fully vaccinated.  

Source: https://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/

 Clallam County has confirmed 2,505 total cases with the case rate at 679/100,000 population in the last 14 days. On average, there have been 60-80 new cases every day in the last week or so.  There are currently 18 people hospitalized and one more additional death totaling in 20 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Out of the total number of infections, 89% of the total are from unvaccinated individuals and 11% from vaccinated. Almost all cases of COVID have been from public indoor spaces amongst unvaccinated individuals.   

 Clallam County Public Health Video: Stop the Spread – Get Vaccinated Today

 For more data see the Washington State COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

 We are tracking the information related to the delta variant put out by Dr. Berry and enforcing safety standards in order to protect Staff and maintain essential services for Sequim residents. 

 HALTING INDOOR RENTALS
 The City of Sequim will halt new reservations for City-owned indoor facility rentals effective immediately due to the alarming growth in COVID-19 cases in the region and the rise of the highly infectious Delta Variant.  Reservations are still available for City-owned outdoor facilities.

 The City will honor reservations that are already on the schedule.  Event organizers must adhere to all State and County Public Health requirements including the indoor mask mandate for anyone 5 years of age or older.

 DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Projects that are currently under review by the Planning Division 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 reports feature the issued building permits. Current building permits under review will not show up in this report until they are issued. Year to Date Construction Activity Data Reports show total permit activity, type of construction, if it is new or a remodel and the breakdown of fees paid. 

 HUMAN RESOURCES

Current Job Openings

The City is currently hiring for:

  • The Associate Planner position is open for new applicants until 9/15. 
  • Water Reclamation Facility Lead Operator in the Public Works Department. This position is open until filled and is scheduled to begin in January 2022.
  • 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. 
  • City Engineer: This positions are open until filled.

 Note: There is one vacancy in Public Works Engineering. The position will be filled by an Associate Engineer, Project Engineer, or Engineer Project Manager, depending on candidate qualifications.

 NORTH OLYMPIC PENINSULA RESOURCE CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (NODC)

The NODC is the Peninsula’s economic development district. The mission statement is, “ Empowering the North Olympic Peninsula to pursue and invest in its own economic and environmental destiny.” NODC held three planning sessions this week in order to start the process for a new 5-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for both Clallam and Jefferson Counties. I attended the Wednesday brainstorm session. The previous 2016 – 2020 CEDS plan is found on the CEDS webpage of the NODC site. 

 PARKS, ARBOR & RECREATION