January 2019

Week Ending January 11

Council,

Here are this week’s items:

Council Follow-Through

-    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.

Related Items

-    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.

Thanks,

Charlie Bush

City Manager


Week Ending January 4

Council,

Here are this week's items:

Council Follow-Through

-    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.

Related Items

-    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.

Thanks,

Charlie Bush

City Manager