January 26, 2016
President John Brewer called the meeting to order at 7:30am. Phil Kitchel led the flag salute. After the reading of the minutes, John introduced the guests: Steve Berman, Todd Fisher and Walt Tichenor. Kaj had two announcements: First he presented a letter he had written to the County Commissioners on behalf of PABA, requesting they delay a decision on the sales tax issue.
Jack Glaubert moved and Don Perry seconded a motion that PABA accept the letter and send it to the commissioners. Motion carried.
Kaj then reported on a PA Forward meeting presenting some new interests and projects.
John introduced Nathan West, Community and Economic Director for Port Angeles. Nathan presented a powerpoint covering highlights and trends for 2014 and 2015. He said permit values rose from $15.6 million in 2014 to $60 million in 2015. Large projects included the Olympic Medical Center, Peninsula College, Composite Center, Olympic Veterinary and McDonalds. Nathan said some of his work covers permitting, tourism, harbor cleanup, archaeology, the facade improvement. As examiner, his office considered such things as housing and tiny cottages, pollution, social service zoning, and the Comprehensive Plan. He said growth is influenced and limited by the number of lots and most of those are in residential areas. Nathan reported that the Waterfront Project is well underway with 6 of 11 projects completed. Soon windspires, art on the benches, and vendor spots will begin. He said the Race Street project will look at the addition of separate bike and pedestrian lanes. Working with the Park is planned. This might even entail changing the name of the street.
Questions & Answers
Street completion, City Pier, business startups, gypsy vendors, WiFi, abandoned buildings and upgrading signs.
John announced that next weeks program will have to do with Icicle Foods.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:30am.