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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Board Meeting Summary

by Sally Franzel, PLVC Board Secretary

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

Diana Smeland—President, Port Ludlow Associates
The project to refresh the rooms at the Inn is 90 percent complete and guests’ responses to the new look and especially the new beds has been very positive. The production of a video walk-through of sample rooms will be available online, and an “open room” for visitors on a limited basis is among potential plans. The verandah adjacent to the restaurant has been completely fitted with see-through curtains and radiant heat will be installed within the next two weeks. This will make outside dining more comfortable for guests and the area can also be used for small group functions. Two full-time positions need to be filled at the Inn, a Front Desk Manager, and a Food and Beverage Manager. Interested candidates should contact Ms. Smeland. A number of summer positions will also be available. Details will be posted on the PLA website.

The painting of the Village Centre is almost complete and painting has begun on the Conference Centre in a similar color scheme. The Olympic Water & Sewer Inc. (OWSI) filtration project is approximately 50 to 60 percent complete and management continues to work with the contractor to ensure the project is completed and the filtration system brought on-line according to schedule. Management anticipates that the project will qualify for the reduced interest rate on the amount of the loan.

Greg Brotherton—County Commissioner, District 3
County-wide issues: The state Supreme Court’s Blake decision decriminalizing simple drug possession could have a significant impact on Jefferson County’s finances. The court struck down the state’s felony drug possession law because it did not require prosecutors to prove someone knowingly or intentionally possessed drugs. Since the statute dated back to 1971, this meant that the decision is retroactive. The fiscal impacts on individual counties has not yet been determined and the Washington State Association of Counties, a non-profit, has asked the state to establish a central fund for legal financial obligations related to the Blake ruling.

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PLVC Board Meeting Summary

by Sally Franzel, PLVC Board Secretary

At the March 4, 2021 Port Ludlow Village Council Board Meeting, the following reports were given:

Diana Smeland—President, Port Ludlow Associates
The project to refresh the rooms at the Inn by replacing beds and carpets, repainting, etc., is scheduled to be completed by the end of March. Photos of the updated rooms will be used as a marketing tool for the Inn. As part of an ongoing effort to reduce contamination and dumping at the recycling area, new signage will be installed providing a contact phone number to call if the bins are full. In addition, several people have used the parking area to leave their cars for an extended period. Signs indicating such vehicles will be towed away will also be installed. During March and April, a drone company will be used to apply moss removal solution to the roof of the Harbor Master building.

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Roadway Safety—We Are All Responsible

by Valerie Goree, Contributing Writer

Allan Kiesler, chair of the Village Council’s Roadway Safety Committee, presented an extensive and informative review of the proposals made to Jefferson County’s Department of Public Works. As mentioned in the board meeting summary, you can view the whole presentation on the website, plvc.org. If you are a concerned resident of Port Ludlow, I highly recommend you check it out.

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Port Ludlow Village Council

Board Meeting Summary

by Sally Franzel, PLVC Board Secretary

At the January 7, 2021 Port Ludlow Village Council  meeting the following reports were given:

Diana Smeland—President, Port Ludlow Associates
At approximately 7:00 a.m. on January 5, 2021, Olympic Water and Sewer Inc. (OWSI) discovered a bypass at the wastewater plant. The plant had been experiencing extremely high flows due to an excessive amount of rain in a short period of time. Approximately 50,000–70,000 gallons containing a mix of storm water and wastewater had bypassed into Ludlow Bay during the night. Upon discovery, the flow was immediately diverted which stopped the bypass, and the appropriate government agencies were notified.

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