week ending january 18
Here are this week’s items:
- Multi-Family Tax Exception (MFTE) – This is a property tax benefit to support affordable housing approved by Port Townsend a while back and by Port Angeles recently. We are ineligible. It has a 15,000 person population minimum threshold to enact it unless you are the largest city in the county. Considering that we may want to elect it in the future, I followed up this week with AWC’s lobbyists. Affordable housing is included in AWC’s priorities for the session and it appeared this could fit into what they intend to do this session. I learned that they already happen to be working on a bill and that Representative Chapman is involved with it. It makes sense for us to have it as an option, even if we don’t elect to use it. Given that our housing problems are no different than those of our neighbors, we should have the same tools available to us from the State.
- Homelessness Task Force Recommendations – I learned this week that Serenity House’s request for a van service between Sequim and the Port Angeles shelter is not being recommended by the Homelessness Task Force to the County Commission for funding. However, enough money for OlyCAP to run the Sequim Warming Center every night for 5 months each winter was included. It is a three-year grant. Given that sheltering is a top priority in our human services funding process and that the OlyCAP Sequim Warming Center funding is included (we were pretty sure that we would only fund one item or the other), I let Mark Ozias know that we are supportive of the OlyCAP funding included in the recommendation going to the County Commission.
- Sequim Warming Center to Operate More Nights – I learned today that, given the news above, the Warming Center is planning to open every night for February and March this year.
- Youth Services Task Force – We just had our meeting for the month. The notes are attached.
- Marina Assessment Underway – We launched the assessment early this week and data is already being collected. We are also collecting more information from the Port.
- Sequim Becomes First City in Washington to Become a Host Site for the ICMA Veterans Local Government Management Fellowship Program – We are teaming up with Naval Base Kitsap to have Naval personnel getting ready to leave service serve as volunteers in our organization. We’ll have people benefitting from getting local government experience with us, aiding their transition from the military, and we’ll benefit from having some additional help. There is no cost to us for us to participate in the program and the people available to us will be full time. The number of people we see will be based upon interest from Naval personnel in the opportunity. We could see someone here as early as April. One of the founders of this program was in my Harvard class so we got advanced notice it was coming. Here is a link with more information.
- Topic-Centered Web Pages Established – We now have pages dedicated to human services and John Wayne Marina . We’ll be adding more content to both over time.
- Sequim Police Outfit All Operations Vehicles with Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) – We’ve been adding 2-3 AEDs per year for the past several years in the Police Department to now equip all our operations vehicles with AEDs. We reached our target in December.
- Olympic Peninsula Building Association Dinner – Barry and I presented to the Building Association last night. The audience had good questions and feedback.
- Kristina Nelson-Gross Accepted to the ICMA/Kettering Foundation “Making Democracy Work” Program – We learned this week that City Attorney Kristina Nelson-Gross was accepted to participate in a new program presented by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Kettering Foundation. You’ll recall that the Kettering Foundation hosts City Manager roundtables on civic engagement with some national experts in the field, and I’ve had the pleasure to participate there. Kristina will participate in a two-year program that involves training from Dr. Martin Carcasson, a professor at Colorado State University. Martin is a leading researcher in his field and runs Colorado State’s Center for Public Deliberation . He is one of the most impressive people at the meetings I attend and I’m excited for Kristina that she gets to train with him. Staff from ICMA and the Kettering Foundation will also be supporting the program. Kettering will fund Kristina’s participation at two meetings. A third will occur at the ICMA Conference in Nashville in the fall. We’ll reallocate some funds in the budget to support her attendance at that conference. Some project work will be involved. This may become a program we send more staff through in the future, as we continue to deepen the ways we engage with our community.
Monthly Meeting with Nathan West – We met this week and discussed homelessness, legislative agendas, stormwater, strategic planning, and criminal justice.
Homelessness Task Force Presentation – We presented to the countywide task force this week on our human services funding process in Sequim. I also talked a bit about the Homelessness Challenge.
Planning Calendar - Was attached
No Weekly Update for Next Two Weeks
Week Ending January 11
Here are this week’s items:
- Recorded Presentation for Website – We are working on creating a human services section of our website. One thing that we wanted to get out there, at the request of community members, was the presentation that we’ve been doing in various places outlining the whole process We posted this video to YouTube last night and should have it on our human services page in the next week or two, as it is launched.
- John Wayne Marina Page – We are also creating a page for our work on assessing John Wayne Marina. We may create a video on that topic also.
- Human Services RFP Bidders’ Conference – We had a meeting on Wednesday night with human services providers considering applying for funding this year. We had 15-20 people attend. I expect that we’ll see at least one proposal. We got some feedback from providers that they don’t feel like $75,000 is enough money to address the issues we are asking them to take on and they are concerned about not having enough time for the level of collaboration that we are requesting. We challenged them to do what they can with what we are providing. There are also some concerns out there about agencies currently receiving funding suddenly not getting funded in 2019. We’ll see what they submit and how our review committee evaluates it. I’m optimistic that they’ll come forward with something beneficial, based upon a lot of conversation that occurred and how the meeting ended, on a positive note with most of the room heading to Jose’s for a planning session.
- EDC Annual Gala – I’ll be attending tonight’s event, as will Councilor Jennifer States and Management Analyst Jason Loihle.
- Planning Calendar - Was attached
I look forward to seeing all of you who can make it tomorrow night for our annual Employee Appreciation Dinner.
Week Ending January 4
Here are this week's items:
- Homeless Challenge Video - I created a video of the experience of going homeless on our streets for a night with Public Works employees Josh Henning, Ty Brown, and George Priest. We posted it on our website and YouTube this week. Some people then picked it up and shared it on social media so it is making the rounds, currently up to almost 400 views. We are in the process of creating a page on our human services work over the next few weeks. It will be a resource as we get deeper into our human services funding considerations in February. If any of you want to have this experience, we'd be happy to go out with you for a night. It was a great learning experience.
- Homelessness Task Force - We will be presenting on the work we've done to date in Sequim to the countywide Homelessness Task Force next week at their meeting, including showing the above video. Serenity House and OlyCAP have submitted grant requests to the County that would benefit our situation. The first is to fund a van service from Sequim to the shelter in PA. The second, from OlyCAP, is to expand the days the Sequim Warming Center is open each year. Either or both would be helpful in supporting our homeless population. We've repurposed (cleaned and added seats) to our old janitorial van and it is ready to be donated to Serenity House, if they receive the grant for the shuttle. The Task Force makes recommendations to the County Commission regarding grant funding. Commissioner Randy Johnson is a part of the Task Force. I'll be reaching out to Commissioner Ozias as well on this topic prior to their meeting to discuss funding requests benefitting Sequim.
- Human Services RFP Bidders' Conference - We have a bidders' conference scheduled for next week to answer questions from human services agencies considering applying for our grant opportunity. We've also extended the deadline from mid-January to mid-February.
- Upcoming Items - We have several items coming your way in the first quarter that are tied to our work in 2018. Besides human services, you'll also receive a report on our municipal court study, an interlocal agreement with Fire District 3 covering EOC operations and other shared services, and you will receive a report on our housing study. Further, we are working on an updated report regarding progress on Council goals. More detail is in the planning calendar.
- Countywide Planning Policies - These got officially ratified by Clallam County cities and the County late last year so they are now officially adopted.
- Aberdeen Homelessness Article - This Seattle Times article provides an illustration of the issues and challenges faced by cities working with encampments.
- Frommer's Best Places 2019 on Good Morning America - This clip aired on New Year's Day. While Sequim didn't get a specific mention, Olympic National Park got some great attention and that will help draw people to the region, including to Sequim.
- Peninsula Builders' Association Presentation - Barry and I will be presenting to the Penninsula Builder's Association at a dinner on Friday the 11th. We'll be providing an update on general city activities, the housing study, and zoning updates, the Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone, etc.
- Planning Calendar – Attached, although we are in the process of providing additional updates to it. The Fire District 3 interlocal agreement is planned for 1/14 and we are planning a windstorm debrief for that same evening.