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Annual Meeting of Voting Members
Thursday, October 7, 2021
2:45 p.m., Video Conference Call

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Board Meeting Summary

by Sally Franzel, PLVC Secretary

At the August 5, 2021, Port Ludlow Village Council Board Meeting the following reports were given:

Dan Toepper—Commissioner, Public Utility District 3
Based on the results of their consultant’s report, the Jefferson County Public Utility District (PUD) is considering a full replacement program of its electrical metering system by installing Smart or AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) meters. The project will take approximately four years with an anticipated cost of $5 million. An “opt out” program will be available.

PUD is pursuing a $12.5 million grant to fund installation of fiber optic internet from Quilcene to Discovery Bay and surrounding areas. As part of the grant application, PUD had asked residents within the project area to fill out a survey and received overwhelming support for the project. The total project will build more than 160 miles of optical fiber to connect more than 1,600 homes and businesses in Quilcene, Discovery Bay, Gardiner, and part of Chimacum. The project was submitted to the state Broadband Office requesting partnership and matching funds. If accepted, it would be bundled within a statewide application to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Infrastructure Funding program. PUD’s involvement in expanding broadband access within the county is dependent on obtaining grants. PUD was also considering applying for a grant under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ReConnect Program which offers federal financing and funding options in the form of loans and grants to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas that don’t have sufficient access to broadband. This program will require a 10 to 25 percent match depending on qualifying factors. Mr. Toepper thanked the county for the $150,000 from the Federal Relief Funds given to PUD for broadband expansion. 

PUD is considering exercising retail authority to be an Internet Service Provider (ISP) for connections built in the grant project area; however, all PUD fiber will be “open access,” meaning any eligible service provider could use PUD fiber to connect to a customer and provide an additional service option.

The budget review process for 2022 will begin soon and will include discussion on how to best utilize income received from property taxes. The commissioners will also initiate a strategic plan update to cover the next three to five years. These meetings will be open to the public and input from interested residents will be appreciated.

Greg Brotherton—County Commissioner, District 3
The commissioners had made a commitment to the Jefferson County Fairground Board to supplement their loss in revenue during the summer due to the homeless encampment at the fairground and to look for an alternate location. A contract has been signed for a 30-acre parcel at Mill Road and Highway 20 for an emergency homeless center to be managed by OlyCAP. This location can also be used for parking for the Larry Scott Trail.

Brotherton testified at a hearing in Quilcene that discussed a proposed Inter-Trust Exchange. The exchange would allow for the future transfer of 826 acres of State Forest Land Trust forestland near Quilcene into the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This would be managed by Dabob Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) for recreation and wildlife habitat. The exchange would be for equal-valued parcels of Common School Trust forestland in the same area, and all parcels involved in the transaction will remain in state ownership. Under state law, only Common School Trust properties may be transferred through the Trust Land Transfer program, but state law permits DNR to propose inter-trust exchanges to meet the needs of the trust beneficiaries.

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Board Meeting Summary

by Sally Franzel, PLVC Secretary

At the July 1, 2021, Port Ludlow Village Council Board Meeting the following reports were given:

Diana Smeland—President, Port Ludlow Associates
Hospitality: the Fireside Restaurant has been impacted by the on-going shortage of staff. The restaurant will be closed to the general public Mondays and Tuesdays. Breakfast and a take-out dinner will still be offered to guests staying at the Inn. Washington State has 80,000 jobs available in the hospitality area. PLA continues to search for interested individuals including retirees and high school students and would appreciate any referrals.

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Jefferson County Hazardous Waste Disposal Site

(Adapted from the Jefferson Country website)

Jefferson Country has a disposal site for hazardous waste in the Port Townsend Boat Haven.

 It is called “The Moderate Risk Waste/Household Hazardous Waste Facility.” The County has a comprehensive program for dealing with leftover hazardous wastes such as lawn and garden products, fuels, paints, and many other items identified as being household hazardous waste, also termed “moderate risk waste.”

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Emergency Management Redundancy

by Bill Dean, Emergency Management Committee Chair

The Beach and Bay Clubs have been the designated Emergency Management Communication Centers for as long as anyone can remember. What would happen if either or both of those facilities were unavailable, under water, or blocked by trees fallen on the access roads after a disaster? Both clubs are at relatively low elevation above the water level of the Bay and could be at serious risk if the water level rose.  

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Board Meeting Summary

by Sally Franzel, PLVC Secretary

At the June 3, 2021, Port Ludlow Village Council Board Meeting the following reports were given:

Diana Smeland—President, Port Ludlow Associates (PLA)
Hospitality: The Inn has several group bookings starting in July and continuing into next year. The Fireside Restaurant will bring back its Wednesday Night Farm dinners now that the local farms are able to supply a large variety of fresh produce. In preparation for the summer season, the Inn and restaurant still have vacancies for housekeepers, servers, cooks, and bussers. Information on the opportunities available is posted on the PLA website and interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The Golf Course is ramping up for the season with a Wedge Clinic and the Port Ludlow Women’s Golf Association Ladies Invitational. The club will also host the United States Golf Association Junior Am Qualifier Event June 15. Golfers are encouraged to view the amazing talent of these youngsters.

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Board Meeting Summary

by Mike Towner, Communications Committee Chair

Report for May 6, 2021 meeting.

Greg Brotherton—County Commissioner, District 3: The County Administrator resigned last week. Mark McCauley, Central Services Director, will be the interim Director. The county council is investigating how it does business in the absence of a few other positions that have recently been and will be vacated in the near future. The commission will reach out to stakeholders who are interested in defining how the county will conduct business going forward.

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