November 5, 2019
Meeting was called to order by Carol Johnson at 7:34am. Debby F. led the flag salute.
Peggy gave a history quote.
Kaj moved to accept October 29 meeting minutes, second by Jack. Motion passed.
Sarah Parks, Super 8 Manager; new members Dan Shotthafer and Martha & Jeff Cunningham. Carol recognized new members not present: Dave Lotzgesell, Colleen McAleer, Ann Marie Henninger, Paul Kolesnikoff.
Noon Kiwanis this week features the Dream Playground and next week is school superintendent Marty Brewer.
Andrew said help is needed unpacking lights for the ice village on Saturday at 10am and he will host a celebration, hopefully, Wednesday night at New Moon after elections.
City Council meeting is tomorrow night, not tonight.
Debby stated Saturday is the first season production for the PA Symphony at 7:30pm.
Edna is looking for volunteers or money for the ice village.
Program: PABA Business Meeting led by Jim McEntire
County Commissioner Randy Johnson said their priorities are affordable housing, including zero lot lines, various sized homes and 4-plexes, etc., funding for mental health, timber harvest, funding for CASA, and road funding.
Kaj said about 35% of housing cost is environmental and stormwater regulations. Randy said it’s possible for fixed regulations by the city for a period of time. We can be more energy efficient. Department of Ecology wants the urban growth area to be stormwater accountable. Cost of public funded building versus private is almost double, he is working on all of this data right now.
Jim M. reviewed the mission statement of PABA. Data online from his charts do not take into account self-employed and sole proprietors.
Real wages increased $23M in Clallam and GDP increased by $29M showing we are keeping up with inflation.
PABA will produce a paper for each of the approved legislation and regulatory agenda for board and member approval in the usual fashion. Government Affairs committee will also work local issues as they come up such as the Carbon Neutral Initiative.
Clallam EDC is the fiscal and admin agent for NOLA. Jim reviewed the committees they are forming and that an RFP has been sent out for a lobbyist.
Jim reported that according to recent numbers, there are 391 acres for each female nesting marbled murrelet. Discussion followed about changes in water temperature, food sources and climate.
Kaj talked about the NOLA committees and asked members to bring him ideas. Three issues will be chosen as their top priorities. He suggested PABA take a position on changing the city’s power system, eliminating hydro. Is hydro power a renewable resource? Jim Waddell said reservoirs emit methane. Hydro is expensive to maintain but we need it to support a base load. Reservoirs are naturally warming bodies of water, streams and rivers are not.
Edna moved that PABA develop an opinion on how the county receives road funding, second by Julie H. Motion passed. This will be in conjunction with the county priority.
Kaj moved that PABA draft a letter to the city directly opposing the 2030 elimination of hydro power. It is unfriendly to business and not affordable for our cost of living. Second by Jack. Cherie Kidd abstained from voting. Steve B. suggested picking our battles, it may be moot and opposed. Motion passed.
Andrew asked if PABA should talk about what it agrees on to include with NOLA. Kaj said they will not have a consensus but will work together and compromise. Edna added NOLA is making our community inclusive with more people meeting each other.
There will be a board meeting next Monday, November 11. Meetings are open to all members, but they do not have a vote.
Next week’s meeting features an update on the Performing Arts Center.
Meeting adjourned at 8:32am.