August 22, 2017
Meeting was called to order at 7:30am. Colleen McAleer led the flag salute.
Todd Ortloff, Colleen McAleer, Jim Moran, Travis Berglund, Richard Pearlman and Norma Turner, etc.
Jack Glaubert moved and Gerry Austin seconded to approve the minutes from August 15, 2017. Motion carried.
Matthew R. said a refund fundraise for “Pennies for Quarters” brought in over $7,000.00.
Kevin announced he would be Todd’s guest on KONP to talk about handling negative reviews on email.
Peggy N. announced that Washington State Treasurer Duane Davidson would be the guest speaker at the noon Kiwanis on Thursday.
Two upcoming meetings: one after today’s PABA meeting, and one on Tuesday, August 29, will discuss the future of Atlantic Salmon fish pens.
Peggy N. said the members only night of the Historical Society’s annual garage sale will be this Thursday. Other sales ays will be next two Fridays and Saturday, 8am-2pm.
The EDC will host a “community conversation” tomorrow, the 23rd, to discuss Housing Access and Affordability. Event will be held at the PA Library from 9:30 – 11:30am.
George B. said the ODT Spruce Tunnels are open to the public.
Lindsay Schromen-Warwin and Artur Wajnowski introduced themselves and told the group why they were running for the City Council Position No. 3.
Lindsay, born and raised in Port Angeles, is a constitutional lawyer, and aPro Bono volunteer, and said he sees the main issues facing the Council are sustainable economy, affordable housing and collaborative government.
Artur, moved to the area recently from Chicago and works for the Dungeness Meadow Homeowners Association and says he is willing to work. He would like to see more diverse representation on the Council.
Q & A:
LS – A public health issue but uses it personally, fears lead and arsenic in the water supply. Will vote no on the ballot but will listen to the public.
AW – Will vote no even if people vote yes.
LS – City and Growth Management Area should be the same.
AW – Feels Council should focus on city limits first instead of sprawling outside of those limits.
AW – City should be conscious of its usage and cut costs where it can.
LS – City should advertise its low income program. Heat pumps, weatherization, insulation, solar panels and even generating our own power should all be considered.
AW – Budgeting, reassessments and monitoring money is important. Create money by creating jobs.
Port / Fairchild / Lincoln Park
AW – Port should have as much access as needed to get airline service started.
LS – Supports easements. Lincoln Park is not just a grassy strip for the airlines. Some of it should be kept as a park for the people.
Annexation, redux Absentee Landlords
AW – There are limits on what city can do with private property even if it is abandoned. Should try to find the owners and get them to clean up their property. Stick or carrot first.
LS – Carrot first / stick second. City should help clean up dilapidated and abandoned property.
LS – Housing, homelessness and low barrier housing.
AW – Create jobs, create and expand businesses to bring in tax revenue.
Second Class City
AW – Vote No.
LS – Vote No. Leads in wrong direction and besides the State has more control over what can be and is done. “Reclassification does not trigger reorganization.”
How To Bring In New Business
AW – Freeze or reduce taxes
LS – Look at restrictions that the State puts on cities. “Everything City does is a subsidy.”
** Kevin moved and Julie seconded to extend meeting 15 minutes. Motion carried. **
LS – Housing is a “right”. There have been 4,000 new residents to the area and stock is down.
AW – Tiny housing, look at changing building codes.
Do Trees Have Rights
LS – Owners of property have the right to destroy it. Rayonier, Harbor Cleanup, etc., are just examples of where money should have been spent years ago for cleanup.
AW – Focus on not damaging the environment. Grow City but do no harm environment.
AW – Wants to be sure city is moving in right direction. Allocate funds when warranted. Council needs more business people on it.
LS – Will work to streamline regulations. Is a problem solver and a good listener.
August 29: City Council Candidate – Jim Moran
Sept. 5: No meeting
Sept. 11: Board Meeting @ 7:30am.
Sept. 12: No meeting
Meeting adjourned at 8:37am.