October 3, 2017
Meeting was called to order at 7:30am. Mike French led the flag salute.
Jack Glaubert moved and Julie Hatch seconded acceptance of September 29, 2017 minutes after Steve Bearman’s correction of October 5 meeting place of the North Olympic Technology Alliance. Alliance will meet at First Federal Building on 8th Street. Motion carried.
Membership Certificate Presentations:
President Kevin presented certificates to Mike French, Lindsay Shromen Warwin, Dan Gase, Steve Bearman, Brian Garrett and Julie Hatch. Other membership certificates will be handed out as the year goes on.
District 2 Fire Chief, Sam Phillips, said they would be getting a surplus fire engine from the DNR. The engine is refurbished and will be unveiled at 11:00am on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Fire Station.
Dan Gase said the Rite Bros., who helped sponsor the Chamber After Hours, took 52 people for a free scenic ride after the event. He asked that PABA members give Rite Bros. a big thank you. Dan also said that Rite Bros. has a good charter price for those flying from PA to SeaTac.
Mike French, the only candidate for City Council Position 2 now that Jake Oppelt has dropped out of the race, said he was born, raised and educated – PAHS, Peninsula College – in Port Angeles and feels his background as a restaurant owner (First Street Haven) will help him bring a good background of fiscal responsibility.
Q & A:
Q: Railroad Avenue?
A: He feels Council is aware of problems and will address them.
Q: Second Class City Status?
A: He hopes voters will vote against if because City would lose so much local control. Local issues would have to go to and through the Government in Olympia.
A: Citizens distrust the Council. Many go to meetings just because they want someone to listen to them. He wants the Council to communicate with public as to what is gong on. The City budget is on line with great detail as to projects and costs but citizens should still be able to talk with Council. Mike would like long range planning plans on such things as annexation, facilities, utilities, and economy to be presented in a timely manner. Public Works should showcase small projects just as much as large scale ones.
Q: Annexation? Impact on Fire Districts?
A: Large call volume but understaffed Districts. He sees no problem with Fire District 2 contracting with the Port Angeles District – which now has 5 vacancies! He said there might not be a lot that can be done now but a long range plan is needed.
Q: Sheltered Service?
A: More coordination between organizations – to avoid costly and timely duplication – is needed. The Council does not have all the answers so should be looking to the citizens and business for more input.
Q: Unfinished Issues? What are the important areas?
A: Infrastructure, utility costs and depreciation savings to replace things. Monies ($44 million) for sewer overflow should have been completed many years ago when it would n’t have been so expensive. (Dan Gase)
Q: What does he want to accomplish?
A: City Manager to work with and not against the City Council and to believe there is a future for Port Angeles. A bright future at that. Mike would like to see more work on the Pier and Waterfront and on Race Street.
Q: What of economic development?
A: Mike believes in a free market system and does not like regulations that are too onerous. He feels the EDC is now on good footing, as opposed to when it spent too much money and time on businesses that should have let go before they did. He thinks the EDC should spend more time on recruiting and retention. Looks forward to mill starting up again. The Port, tech work, especially a work force boot camp to train new people, housing and zoning downtown are of interest to him. Builders have to change their ideas about what they want and what is needed. There are enough undeveloped lots and the City may have to come in and take them over.
Q: Downtown safety?
A: The homeless and mentally ill are a problem and more police might be needed. Agencies such as Serenity House need to be funded. Mike is looking forward to the 2019 Budget Year to tackle some of these problems.
Q: City and County?
A: Mike thinks there is more that the City and County can do together with joint meetings. He likes change of focus of the Chamber in handling tourism. He hopes the Downtown Association and other groups can work together.
Oct 9: PABA Board Meeting
Oct 10: On The Ballot: Flouride Issue
Meeting adjourned at 8:33am.