October 22, 2019
Meeting was called to order by Carol Johnson at 7:30am.
No motion to approve.
Edna announced that she is collecting donations for this year’s ice village.
Kiwanis this Thursday at Joshua’s features Nina Napiontek and Navarra Carr.
Jim McEntire asked for a vote on the two public comments emailed to membership for Rayonier and the fish pens.
Steve B. suggests not sending the fish farming letter citing unanswered ecological questions, prevalence of viruses, escaping of female fish and breeding with native fish, and past behaviors of Cooke not being addressed such as Greenpoint and Cypress Island.
Kaj moved to approve both comments, second by Dick. Steve moved to amend the motion in order to separate the two comments, second by Edna. Motion passed.
Connie moved to approve the Rayonier site comments, second by Kaj. Mike French commented the city has an aligned interest. Motion passed.
Connie moved to approve the fish farm comments, second by Kaj. Kaj said the goal is to support business, the Jamestown tribe is very responsible and has a tribal interest, and there is a chance for good paying jobs. Dan Gase agreed that it is different as a joint venture iwth Jamestown. Connie added it’s not for us to determine the level of healthiness of fish pens, but the job of Department of Ecology. Steve B. said there are indications that the play has been fast tracked. By show of hands, 10 votes yes, 5 votes no. Motion passed.
Andrew announced the Chamber passed a motion to place a PDN ad to defeat I-976. he moved that PABA declare that it stands as an organization with the Chamber as a show of support, second by Edna. PABA would let the chamber know of its support and they would include PABA in a letter. Kaj opposed the motion saying normal procedure is to bring any position to members 7 days in advance and proper notice should be given. This is not an emergency position and he doesn’t believe it would affect Elwha Bridge funds. Mike F. said it will affect Clallam Transit and supports the motion. Andrew said it is an emergency position because ballots are out, and Mike Chapman belivees it would have a different effect on the bridge. By show of hands, 10 votes yes, 4 votes no. Motion passed.
Carol’s vote is negated.
Steve Bearman moved to extend the meeting up to 15 minutes, seconded by Jim McEntire. Motion passed.
Program: Rod Fleck, Mike French, Therese Stokan, Andrew May, Don Corson – District 3 Candidates for Clallam County Charter Review Commission
Candidates gave opening remarks.
If Clallam County didn’t have a home rule charter, what would be the reason for one?
Don had no opinion, Andrew said if it was the wish of citizens he would do it, Therese said it gives voice to local government, Mike said they would not have it if citizens were not involved and did not care and that is why it’s good, Rod said it allows citizens to give direction on how government functions.
How would extra commissioner positions be paid for?
Rod said at 100,000 residents we should have 5 commissioners, each representing 20K, then the tax base would pay for it. Mike said each commissioner wouldn’t need a $95K salary, the west end loses out as development moves east and the workload of 3 commissioners is considerable. Therese would increase to 5 commissioners because the growth rate merits it. One position should be determined by sovereign tribes. Andrew said a commission of 3 is not good for deliberations and two should be at large, but his opinion doesn’t matter. It depends on his constituents. Don believes it is prejudicial to come to the table with an agenda. Charter Review is to review, take the time to do so.
Is there a benefit of home rule in influencing state legislature?
Andrew said it is how we influence own form of government. Don said there is always opportunity to bring an idea to the state, for example managing our own forestlands. Therese said ideas have already been brought forward in listening sessions and we can lead the way in the state. Mike said there is a WA State Association of Counties but our structure is not really relevant at that level. Rod said we have 2 legislators who are a lot better prepared in Olympia because they’ve served in charter review counties.
Should we ban Coast Guard training over the county?
Therese believes in no military training exercises except by the Coast Guard. Mike French said that legislation should not be brought to the CRC. Rod asked how a county can dictate what the federal government has control over. Therese asked an attorney who said why shouldn’t a charter protect its people per the Bill of Rights. Therese added there is an impact on animals, plants, and it’s a quality of life issue that could be covered by home rule. Andrew said to address it through federal legislators, it’s not in our privy to address the issue. Don had no comment.
How do you define the internal structural problems in the county?
Don said it is critical to learn and all are invited to talk about issues. Andrew agrees and would actively solicit ideas. Therese has been collecting info at listening sessions. Mike said input is crucial, as well as having competitive elections to provide accountability. Rod remember shaving many hears to gather information.
All candidates except Therese said 5G and smart meters don’t belong in home rule charter.
Candidates gave closing statements.
Mike F. said League of Women Voters held a forum on Prop 1 that is on video.
Andrew said the city is providing electricity for the ice rink instead of having a generator. Edna thanked Angeles Electric for helping solve the problem.
Meeting adjourned at 8:40am.