Thursday, April 24, 2014

Port of Port Angeles Commissioners Oppose ONP Wilderness Plan

Port of Port Angeles Commissioners have sent a letter to Olympic National Park officials, stating their opposition to the Park's proposed wilderness plan.  (Big surprise.)

Port Commissioners said the wilderness plan would reduce access to the park, thereby reducing the economic benefits generated by the park.  Park officials are taking public comments on the wilderness plan through May 17th.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sequim School Bond Measure Defeated

Voters have rejected a request for a $154 million bond for renovation of Sequim schools.  School Board president John Bridge said:

“That's shocking. That's a disappointing number.  What are we going to do now with these needs that aren't going away?” 

According to Tuesday's first ballot count, the measure was losing, 56.5% to 43.5%.  It needed a 60% majority in order to pass.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Derek Kilmer to speak at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Rep. Derek Kilmer will be the guest speaker at tomorrow's meeting of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pay Raise for Sequim City Council?

The Sequim City Council might vote itself a pay raise.  The raise would not take effect until after the next election for each individual council position:  2016 or 2018, depending on which position.  Councilman Ted Miller said the raise would be really not a pay increase, but more of a pay simplification.  He also said:

People respect people on the basis of how much their wealth is and how much their income is.  He also said the council's current pay, one fifth of what a burger flipper down at McDonald's gets, is embarrassing.

The Sequim City Council also voted to extend the city ordinance limiting signs in strip malls.  The ordinance had a sunset provision written into it, and the ordinance has automatically expired.  City Attorney Craig Ritchie wants to make the ordinance permanent:

We just want you to reinstate the thing that seems to be working.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

PABA to discuss Merger with PA United

At this Tuesday's meeting of the Port Angeles Business Association, the subject will be whether the PABA, Downtown Association and Chamber of Commerce should merge with PA United.  There's supposed to be a final decision on April 29th.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Port Angeles Utility Customers Might Have Less Time to Pay Utility Bills

The City of Port Angeles might reduce the length of time provided for utility customers to pay their bills.  The City Council will be considering this proposal at their meeting next Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

County Commissioners Postpone Decision on Flow Control Ordinance

After two and a half hours of public testimony, Clallam County Commissioners decided to postpone their vote on a proposed flow control ordinance.  This ordinance would require that all garbage in central and eastern Clallam County be taken to the regional transfer station in Port Angeles.

The public consensus was that the ordinance would create a monopoly on garbage disposal, and everyone's rates would be forced too high.