June 12, 2018
Meeting was called to order by Matthew Rainwater at 7:30am. Carol Johnson led the flag salute.
Travis Berglund, Steve Reinhart, Christine Reed, Julie Gardner, Craig Miller, Steve & Laurel Hargis, Charlie Weller, Elizabeth Hegge.
Didn’t call for approval.
PAPA-TV filming and will be available online.
July 28 – Black Diamond Junction fundraiser at Naval Elks Lodge for Pennies for Quarters.
Program: Candidates running for County Commissioner District 3: Dale Wilson, Commissioner Bill Peach, Mike Dougherty (by phone)
Dale Wilson (DW): Was a publisher for 5 years and started his own tv station. He’s running so that he can speak his mind in print, radio and government.
Bill Peach (BP): Not attached to a caucus, no personal agenda, does not support a particular group. Running because current group of commissioners works very well together.
Mike Dougherty (MD): Approached by people from across the county to run. Will reflect on previous successes of fiscal responsibility such as the Elwha Bridge.
Are we over-regulated regarding property? Are we over- or under-taxed?
BP: Clearly, we have enough regulations especially when it comes to property rights. He has voted no to new taxes and has voted to decrease taxes. Will continue to focus on fiscal responsibility.
DW: Government has its place. There are regulations that do not get enforced. Talked about Lang Settlement. We get plenty of taxes in – questioned Opportunity Fund grants. The last housing authority million dollar grant no commissioners knew about until 45 minutes before it went out.
MD: Regulations can focus on quality of life and good business decisions regarding water resources, climate change. If there is increased development in the east they need to face problems and not defer them. For taxes, make relationships to help get alternate funding and grants. He has those connections in Olympia.
BP: Lang Settlement was result of a public records request and they don’t want another settlement agreement like that.
DW: Intrusion of the Shoreline Management Plan resulted in remove of property Lang was concerned about.
MD: Agrees with DW, was disheartened by the county decision, a mistake by Prosecutor’s office. To tear down the house estimated at $700k, county tried to sell it as a park – not a high quality park.
Carol Johnson: How important is DNR timber harvest to the county? How can we ensure income is guaranteed under trust lands management?
MD: Has drafted a majority of timber related letters and recommended open areas except in sensitive areas. Has done a number of things to help the industry. More research in salmon recovery needed.
DW: We’ll be out of marketable timber if the Port idea flies, timber being sent to China. Need to find another revenue producing method and give timber give space right now, it’s a canopy where nothing else can grow.
BP: Was elected to Board of Natural Resources with a fiduciary responsibility to board members; lands are for the benefit of every WA citizen.
Bob Forsyth: Why don’t we have mills? What happened to the fishing derbies?
DW: Not long ago there were canneries everywhere. We’ve overfished. Suggests vertical gardens including fisheries. Could be R & D facility.
BP: Issue is ocean overharvesting. “We can’t regulate them, but we can regulate you”. They need honest answers to honest questions.
MD: Newer solutions are on a smaller scale, private investment can do more about cleaner air. There isn’t enough research and now Trump zeroed NOAA.
George: Electricity rates in WA are increasing over the rate of inflation. What can the county do?
DW: Solar and wind are available. Bonneville is a marketing company that gets rate increases through government, PUD should put in solar and wind energy to take pressure off water. Renewal resources are important especially in prep for Cascadia earthquake.
BP: Regulations have increased cost. They have created an economy based on subsidation by government. Excess solar in CA is sold. Look at actual systems used to supply and see how it’s subsidized.
MD: We’re on a fiscal cliff per EPA. They say we need a serious increase. Our PUD says to use heat pumps (cheaper), electric charging station network will help tourism and locals.
BP: Grays Harbor facility is for Tesla only, with only one supplier – premature to say we’re ready now.
DW: Need to replace internal combustion engine. Government needs to make it easier for electric cars, slow global warming.
MD: Charging stations will have a great impact, counties are switching to EV to reduce costs nationwide.
Jim Moran: How do you propose handling no indigent funds?
MD: It’s a constitutional law issue and they should look at reducing prosecuting attorney’s office and public defenders office.
DW: Increased prosecuting budget by a million and increased staff. Taxpayers pay $75.00 a night to keep people in jail.
BP: $600K to $1.4M cost to the county plus another $400K. Managing the cost increase is a challenge. More jobs are needed.
MD: The board can be more active in making decisions. Hargrove added additional money.
Dick P. moved to extend the meeting up to 15 minutes. George seconded. Motion passed.
George: Is attracting an airline still an option?
DW: We need to develop the potential first, we’re asking an airline to come to a distressed county. Get the economy in order first then airlines will see the benefit.
MD: Government can’t do it all. NOPRC&D helped with study grants. Bring pilots in and let the commissioners work with the port.
BP: The scope of commissioner work is limiting – it’s residents job to help, too. We need to compete with pilots.
DW: Commissioners can set a good example. Don’t spend $1500 on a port candidate.
BP: No comment.
MD: No rebuttal.
MD: Has a good job history as county commissioner and served on committees regarding budget & policy. Good intergovernmental cooperation. Experience shows effective work and was an advocate for local governments.
BP: Is focused on the future with transparency and collaboration. They have the ability to serve you.
DW: Transparency should be in the Opportunity Fund and $1M going to the Boys & Girls Club, but went to housing authority to demolish homes. BP said it was a typo, Jim Jones said his secretary did it. Franchise fees are going uncollected.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45am.