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SEQUIM—The Sequim City Council adopted short, mid, and long-term priorities at the Sequim City Council meeting on June, 13, 2016. The Council worked through an extensive list of subjects at a special all-day meeting on April 8 and a follow up meeting on May 19 to establish the priorities. The City Council priorities set the focus of City staff efforts for the coming years. The priorities are:
Short-Term Priorities (1 – 2 years):• Fund and carry out the transportation plan• Develop a solid waste plan• Encourage regional cooperation for common interests• Partner with non-profits and the faith community to help the homeless community• Develop an economic development plan specific to Sequim• Complete improvements to the Guy Cole Convention Center, reopen for rental, and seek further funding for additional improvements• Take short-term emergency preparedness measures• Create a plan for neighborhood improvements
Mid-Term Priorities (3 – 4 years):• Renew the Transportation Benefit District• Coordinate with Human Services providers to address drug, mental health, and homelessness issues• Focus on crime prevention• Explore affordable housing solutions• Integrate private streets into City plan• Explore Local Improvement Districts • Further develop parks as outlined in the Parks Master Plan• Update the Sequim Municipal Code• Increase code enforcement
Long-Term (5 years plus topics):• Develop long-term water sources• Consider solar energy to make reuse water potable• Identify and implement ways to reduce solid waste• Continued emphasis on emergency preparedness• Increase higher education opportunities in Sequim• Creation of a Metropolitan Parks District• Realize an emergency medical facility