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.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Aquaculture (i.e. Factory Farm) Executive to be Guest at PABA meeting

At this Tuesday's meeting of the Port Angeles Business Association, the guest will be Alan Cook, vice president of aquaculture for Icicle Seafoods of Seattle.  Icicle Seafoods is the parent company of American Gold Seafoods, which operates fish farming pens in Port Angeles Harbor.

For more information about fish farming, click here.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

American Cruise Lines to Visit Port Angeles on April 15

American Cruise Lines' "American Spirit" will be nearly full when it comes to Port Angeles on April 15.  American Spirit will be making ten visits this spring to Port Angeles and Port Townsend, and ten more visits to each city during the fall.  The cruise ship is expected to dock at Port Angeles City Pier at 2 p.m., Tuesday the 15th.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Port Townsend Paper Corp. Cancels Biomass Expansion Plans

Port Townsend Paper Corp. has abandoned a $54 million project that would have upgraded the mill's biomass cogeneration plant.  Company President Roger Hagan said:

“It's not a financially viable project.  It is not our intention to proceed with the project or ask for another extension.”

He said the company's decision was based on environmental challenges, the expiration of federal tax credit incentives, and the fact that natural gas is much more competitively priced.