September 2019

Week Ending September 6

Council,

Here are this week’s items:

Council Follow-Through

-    Clallam County Criminal Justice Study Workshop – City Attorney Kristina Nelson-Gross and I, along with Police Chief Sheri Crain, attended a meeting in Port Angeles this week to receive a status update from the consultants working on our Clallam County/Port Angeles/Sequim criminal justice study related to our current interlocal agreement for jail, municipal court, public defense, and prosecution services with the County (Port Angeles has an identical agreement).  Administrative Services Director Sue Hagener also reviewed some of the financial data collected through the study to date.  At the workshop, we provided some direction for additional study and will receive another update in December, after which time we anticipate providing you a more formal briefing regarding potential next steps with the interlocal agreement and the criminal justice system in general.

-    Sequim Health and Housing Collaborative (SHHC) Human Services Contracts – We’ve taken the original draft YMCA umbrella contract, representing the SHHC’s response to our request for proposals, and developed it into nine separate contracts with SHHC agencies.  We have them out to those agencies for review now.  If acceptable to the agencies, we will be bringing them to you for consideration at the first City Council meeting in October.  If acceptable to you, your action would complete the process of re-designating our human services funding according to the guiding principles you adopted early in 2018 (we actually started working on this topic in 2017).  Special thanks go to Erika Hamerquist (City Attorney’s Office) and William Langevin (City Manager’s Office) for their efforts to develop these contracts and to coordinate with the agencies under significant time constraints after we learned that YMCA would not be comfortable being the sole contractor with us.

-    John Wayne Marina – We will be recommending to you at the end of this month that the City proceed as a direct respondent to the Port’s Request for Information (due in early December) and potentially become the owner/operator of the marina.  We will recommend that we propose the Port transfer the marina at no or low cost, consistent with your 2018 resolution.  We met with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in July and the Tribe has agreed to support our response to the Port should we take this action.  There could be potential partnerships at the Marina with the Tribe and other entities in the future if the City becomes the owner of the Marina.  As the owner of the Marina, we would have about 10 years to find the funding necessary to keep it operating at the same level and/or to develop a plan to gradually shift the uses at the marina property away from at least some of the current boat moorage to reduce needed capital costs.  Our worst-case scenario is that we would have a jewel of a waterfront park if we could not find funding to keep the Marina viable as we know it in the long-run.  We will not be recommending an extensive public outreach process prior to RFI submittal.  We were recommending one previously if the Tribe were a direct partner with us.  Instead, if we received the Marina, we would recommend doing public outreach as a part of the master planning process for the Marina at a later time.

-    2020 State Legislative Agenda – Our recommendation for revisions to our legislative agenda is under development by staff and will be presented to you for consideration in the next few meetings.  We are also planning to have our lobbyist, Davor Gjurasic, join us for a session and to present the revised agenda to our legislators with you once it is finalized.  We are recommending through the 2020 budget that we continue to work with Mr. Gjurasic as our lobbyist.

-    Police Outreach Social Worker/Mental Health Professional Program to Continue (from Police Chief Sheri Crain) - This is great news.  This program typically works with the most difficult to reach, most difficult to persuade to utilize resources.  It also addresses a significant gap area that navigators with other resource entities can’t always reach.  For us in law enforcement, Amy Miller provides one point of contact for us to connect into the navigator/resource community in Clallam County.  That makes our jobs easier and expedites communication for all parties.  Port Angeles Police Department and Olympic Peninsula Community Clinic have agreed to take point for the grant and the resources.  We are most appreciative of both entities for taking on that task that really benefits all of us.  

City of Port Angeles Press Release

Port Angeles, WA --- The Port Angeles Police Department was recently awarded a $84,000 grant to expand its mental health field response capabilities.  This grant allows the Police Department in partnership with the Olympic Peninsula Community Clinic to continue the program that is called “REdisCOVERY”. The funds were awarded by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) as a part of a $2 million program established by the Washington State Legislature.  A total of nine grants were awarded to law enforcement agencies in both western and eastern Washington.

The funds will help local law enforcement agencies establish and expand mental health field response capabilities, by utilizing mental health professionals to professionally, humanely, and safely respond to encounters involving persons with mental health issues.

Mental health is the number one public safety issue facing Washington. People experiencing mental health crises are not necessarily committing crimes, but communities continue to rely on law enforcement to respond to those crises.  These grant funds will help local law enforcement agencies focus on sending help where help is needed. Mental health professionals will be working in the field alongside law enforcement. This improves the interactions between the public and law enforcement, thereby reducing the possibility of using force, and improves public safety overall.  Instead of waiting to respond to a crime that may require an arrest and a booking into jail, officers and social workers go upstream to connect persons in need with services or divert them to a more appropriate facility.

Grant recipients must include at least one mental health professional who will perform services. Mental health professionals assist patrol officers in the field or in an on-call capacity, provide training on best practices, and/or provide other services.  Masters in Social Work (MSW) Amy Miller is the PAPD mental health professional who works via a professional services agreement with OPCC.   MSW Amy Miller coordinates her work with a number of local public safety answering points that includes the Port Angeles Fire Department, the Sequim Police Department, Peninsula Behavioral Health, the North Olympic Health Network and other partners as a means to maximize the goals of the program. 

WASPC was founded in 1963 and represents executive and top management personnel from law enforcement agencies statewide. With more than 900 members it includes the 39 elected county sheriffs, and 240 police chiefs, as well as the Washington State Patrol, the Washington Department of Corrections, and representatives of several federal agencies. 

Contact:  Brian S. Smith, Chief of Police (bsmith@cityofpa.us, 360 912 0184)

Jason Viada, Deputy Chief of Police (jviada@cityofpa.us, 360 912 0106).

-    City Arts Advisory Commission (CAAC) Highlights (from Arts Coordinator Cyndi Hueth) - Music in the Park is a wrap with the final concert on Sept. 3rd featuring Ranger & the Re-Arrangers from Seattle.  We had approximately 200 in attendance at each Tuesday concert.  The current art exhibit, “The Beach”, has its final run through September 24th, and will be featured during the First Friday Art Walk on September 6th in addition to the third Open Jam Session, an informal gathering of people who like to make music.  The CAAC will jury the next art exhibit, “Tie One On”, on September 12th, and the opening reception will take place on October 4th.   Maggie Hall was appointed to the CAAC at the July 22nd Council meeting.  We still need to recruit one additional member for the Commission as well as a student liaison.  

Related Items

-    Willow Creek Manner HOA Letter – We recently determined that the City owned a landscaping Island at the entry to this subdivision and did maintenance on it.  A thank you letter from the HOA is attached.

-    Monthly Emergency Management Meeting – We continued to practice and review this week in another meeting leading up to our September 28 active shooter emergency management exercise.

-    Monthly Meeting with Mayor Smith and Commissioner Ozias – We met this past Thursday.  Items discussed included a Metropolitan Parks District, House Bill 1406, Pacific Northwest National Labs, County staffing changes, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s MAT Clinic project, and John Wayne Marina.

-    City Clerk Position – Given the recent resignation of Karen Kuznek-Reese, we’ve posted the City Clerk position and are receiving strong interest so far.  Our goal is to have a new City Clerk in place by early next year.  In the meantime, staff in the City Manager’s Office, led by Assistant City Manager Charisse Deschenes, will work with other staff to make sure that the work of the City Clerk’s Office continues.  There are impacts when we have a vacancy in our small organization.  We are requesting your patience if we are a bit slower than normal.

-    Planning Calendar - Was attached

Thanks,

Charlie Bush