March 15, 2016
President John Brewer called the meeting to order at 7:30am. Jerry Austin led the flag salute. Guests included: Alan Coleman, Debra Early, Patrick Innes, Ruth Conway, Rich “last name unknown”.
Kaj summarized the PA Forward questionnaire. In order of importance were: Waterfront Improvement, AIA Proposal, Small Business, Race Street, Social Concerns, City Cleanup, Ediz Hook, Alternate Routes, Lincoln Theater, Youth and Urban Forests.
Edna invited everyone to her 76th Birthday Bash on Friday. She then mentioned some of the PADA upcoming events such as a European Auto Rally on April 16; Mothers & Others Day on May 13; Esprit and Girls Night Out on May 13; and a Search & Rescue Conference June 7 – 12.
Other announcements were Maggie Roth is running for County Commissioner, Don Perry has sold his business to Black Ball Ferry and he will retire on April 1. He said that the newspaper, USAToday, is having a contest on the ten best underground tours. Each person can vote once a day until April 16.
Connie said new Port Commissioner, Steve Burke, is concentrating on the K-Ply Cleanup.
Phil reminded the group of the upcoming scholarship auction in Forks on March 19 & 20.
Andrew drew our attention to an article in the Seattle Times featuring the Olympic Peninsula. It said to hike it & bike it.
Edna moved and Jon seconded approval of the minutes for March 8 and March 14. Motion carried.
Treasurer Jon handed out updated copies of the budget. He said there are now 58 paid members. George moved and Kaj seconded approval of the budget. Motion carried.
President John suggested a letter of appreciation be sent to Senator Jim Hargrove for all his years of service. Phil said that Mr. Hargrove will be missed and has done the best job in representing District 24. Andrew moved and Jack seconded that President John send a letter to Mr. Hargrove.
John B acknowledged and presented membership certificates to Young Johnson and Kathryn MacGeraghty.
Harry Bell, Governmental Affairs Committee Chair gave a summary of what that committee does. He then introduced Debra Early and Alan Coleman, who explained the County Commissioners interest in having their meetings filmed and put out to the public live or for viewing later. Coverage, probably through the internet, would focus only on the meetings and unlike YOUTUBE, could not be edited. Alan estimated there would be an initial setup cost and then $500 per month for expenses.
Dale Wilson presented a different approach though. One that would use a public access channel that is now available and is not being used. Not only would their presentation cover the Commissioners Meeting, but could also interact with other public access channels to feature things as tourism, businesses, non-profits, churches, and tribal interests.
Patrick Innes traced his background in film and TV production and of all the awards he has been given. He said the students in his class at the Skill Center are not only interested in learning film and TV production, but in getting TV and film companies to come to Port Angeles.
Phil moved and Kaj seconded that the meeting be extended 15 minutes. Motion carried.
Debra said she felt the county could be compatible with the other company. Dale said funding is of importance and $150 would be needed to get started.
Q & A Period
Access, funding, jobs, media center and/or TV station, Northland Cable and Wave Cable 21.
John announced that Mary Ellen Winborn will be the speaker on March 22.
Meeting adjourned at 8:42am.