October 2021

week ending October 29

Greetings All,

 Friday, October 29, Volume 21 of the Sequim Snapshot is below. 

 It has been a pleasure to serve the City of Sequim in the Interim City Manager role. I’ve learned a lot about myself, had a lot of growth and learned about leadership through adversity. What an amazing team we have here in Sequim and I want to thank the other 87 members of the Sequim Team for helping me through the last 10 -11 months. You are all fantastic public servants and I’m grateful to serve with you.  

 Council, thank you for trusting in me to support and lead the City of Sequim.

 We will be starting a new chapter and welcoming our newest team member, City Manager Matt Huish on November 1st. Matt, welcome to the Sequim Team! We look forward to doing amazing things together.

 Did you know? 

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

 Note that anything below in blue is a link.

 KINDNESS QUOTES

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the figure of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt 

 “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams

 “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” - Amelia Earhart

 

 BUDGET BOOKS FOR 2022

The 2022 Proposed Budget is available for your review. Councilors and Council Candidates, please note that Administrative Services Director Sue Hagener is available to answer questions, dive deep into the details with you if you wish, talk about items you don’t understand and generally just talk through the budget. Sue can be reached at 360-681-3426 or 360-912-5580 or shagener@sequimwa.gov

 The Administrative Services Department also placed Budget videos on the website for your convenience. 

 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. 

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

 COVID BRIEFING

Covid on the Olympic Peninsula Video

 Follow the latest Clallam County Coronavirus Updates

 As of Friday, October 15, Clallam County currently sits at 66% of the population receiving at least the first dose and 61.9% are fully vaccinated.  

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

 Clallam County has confirmed 4,873 total cases with the case rate at 329/100,000 population in the last 14 days and a 8.36% positivity rate in the last 2 weeks. Positivity rates are measurements to show the percentage of people who are getting tested and the tests coming back positive. There are currently 8 people hospitalized and 60 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Out of the total number of infections, 83% of the total are from unvaccinated individuals and 17% from vaccinated. 

 Tyler Wiles provided this update from Dr. Berry today:

We are seeing a plateau of case rates as we are down to 329/100,000 in the last two weeks.  The West End is the primary driving area in cases as they are seeing a case rate at 633/100,000 while Sequim is now at 179/100,000.  While cases are beginning to decline, Dr. Berry emphasized that there could be a potential sixth wave during the holiday season.  Two of Clallam County's major outbreaks are beginning to slow down but are still of some concern.  Clallam Bay Correctional Facility has a total of 251 cases but not all 251 are active.  Clallam County schools are seeing some of the lowest infection rates in the State of Washington.

 In terms of vaccination, 62% of the county's population is fully vaccinated with 73% of the entire adult population fully vaccinated.  Dr. Berry mentioned that if our population can get to at least 80% immunity, we can be in a very good spot to bring down case rates.  Pediatric vaccination approval should be completed by early next week as the FDA Advisory Panel has approved vaccines for children ages 5-11.  Next, the vaccine needs to go through full FDA approval, then approval by the CDC, and finally Western States Advisory approval before pediatric vaccinations are ready to go.  If you are interested in getting your child vaccinated that falls within this group, there may be a slight shortage of vaccinations the first two weeks.  Afterwards, vaccination supply for children will be sufficient to cover our population.  One other note, the pediatric vaccines will be approved for the Pfizer vaccine.

 For more information on receiving the booster, please visit http://www.clallam.net/Coronavirus/

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

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

 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. 

 Building Permits

The graphic below represents the total number of building permits per year since 2011. There were 244 permits issued through the 3rd Quarter of 2021.

 HUMAN RESOURCES

Current Job Openings

The City is currently hiring for:

  • NEW! – Public Works Director: This position closes on November 21.
  • Payroll / Human Resources Administrator: This position closes on November 8.
  • Water Reclamation Facility Operator in the Public Works Department. This position is open until filled.
  • Police Officer in the Police Department. This position is open until filled.
  • Engineering Technician III: These positions are open until filled. 
  • City Engineer: This positions are open until filled.

 PUBLIC WORKS

Thank You Matt Klontz!

Thank you Matt for your six years of amazing service to Sequim. You brought your heart to the job and we are all going to miss you! https://www.sequimwa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1181. Councilor Sarah Kincaid and City Staff bid Matt farewell today.

 

West Washington Street Arterial Overlay

On Tuesday, October 26th, 1 sealed bid was opened in public at the Sequim Civic Center for the W Washington St Arterial Overlay (River Rd to 9th Avenue project. The apparent low bidder was Lakeside Industries of Issaquah, Washington for their bid in the amount of $539,920.00. The Engineer’s Estimate for this project was $568,919.00. 

 

This project will mill and overlay W Washington St from River Rd to 9th Avenue. New pavement markings will be installed, clarifying traffic flow options and new overhead detection cameras will be installed to optimize intersection efficiency at the intersection of W. Washington St and Priest Rd. This project will be primarily funded by Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds (86.5% STBG funds and 13.5% City funds from TBD revenue) and is slated for construction in April of 2022.

 

NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Monday, November 8, 2021 (Regular Meeting)

 Thank you and signing off,

 Charisse Deschenes

Interim City Manager

Week ending October 15

Good Afternoon All,

 Friday, October 15, 2021, Volume 20 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. 

 Did you know? 

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

 Note that anything below in blue is a link.

 KINDNESS QUOTE

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden