February 2020

For week ending february 14

Council,

It was a busy week with my announcement and related interviews and correspondence.  Here is this week’s short list of items:

Related Items

-    Chamber Board Meeting – I attended the meeting today along with Mayor Armacost, Barbara Hanna, and Councilor Dennis Smith.

-    Sister City Association Contract – We are planning to bring a contract to you on the consent agenda, hopefully on 2/24.  It involves no money but commits the City to continuing to have a Council liaison and a staff liaison (I’ve been handling the latter) with the Association for the next three years.  We’ve been working on this contract with the Association for over a year and it captures how we’ve been operating with them for years while providing some new practical benefits to the Association, like having their mail sent to the Civic Center, that were difficult without a contract.

-    Planning Calendar - Was attached

Thanks,

Charlie Bush

City Manager


For Week Ending February 7

Council,

Here are this week’s items:

Council Follow-Through

  • Sequim Health & Housing Collaborative (SHHC) Meeting – SHHC had a meeting this week and continues to put foundational pieces in place to realize the goals in our contract.
  • Sunshine Festival – Staff are working hard on final preparations for our newest festival, occurring the first weekend in March. You will receive a briefing on Monday night.

Related Items

  • Localized Flooding from This Week’s Rain – Public Works crews worked most of the night last night to protect properties, including residences, impacted by localized flooding from a rainstorm that occurred Wednesday and Thursday. Crews used pumps, sandbags, and some innovation with a snowplow, to move water. In some parts of town, irrigation ditches topped their banks. Carrie Blake Park experienced flooding from Bell Creek. The pictures below are from Rolling Hills Way in the southwest part of Sequim. Staff are tracking expenses from the response in case the storm qualifies as a federally declared disaster, in which case we can receive at least 75% reimbursement for our costs. The City’s Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) topped out at 300% of capacity during the storm due to storm water infiltration into the sewer system, which is a challenge for sewer systems know as Inflow and Infiltration (I&I). It is something we can work to improve in the future. Fortunately, the plant was able to maintain normal treatment due to a variety of manual steps taken by staff there to mitigate the heavy flows.
  • MAT Public Comment Period Open – The public comment period is open.  There has a been a lot of press coverage on this topic.  Here is the link to the notice of application describing the comment period: https://www.sequimwa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/15163/DR-20-001_NOA_mail_JST.  Here is the link to our current projects page with more information on the application: https://www.sequimwa.gov/471/Current-Projects.
  • Emergency Management Meeting – We had our monthly internal emergency management meeting this week.  We continue to work on items resulting from the 2019 Active Shooter Exercise and are beginning plans for renovation of the Emergency Operations Center later this year.

  • Quarterly Staff Meeting – We had a quarterly all staff meeting this week.

    Planning Calendar - Was attached

Thanks,

Charlie Bush

City Manager