Charter Review Recommendations

  • Thu Feb 4th, 2021 2:09pm
  • News

The Clallam County Board of Commissioners will be discussing the Charter Review Recommendations at the Work Session on Monday, March 15, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 East 4th Street, Room 160, Port Angeles, via BlueJeans Video/Audio Conferencing System.

No in-person attendance will be allowed until Governor’s Proclamation is lifted. The BOCC will briefly discuss each recommendation and request a call for a hearing. All recommendations are available on the County website at http://www.clallam.net/bocc/homerulecharter.html

Public comments are encouraged. Submit written comments to the Clerk at [email protected] or to the Board of Commissioners 223 East 4th Street, Ste. 4, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Housing:

The Charter Review Commission recommends that the Clallam County Board of Commissioners immediately take active leadership to reclaim and renew their primary leadership role in engaging a group of public and private organizations and businesses to creatively increase affordable housing availability, apply forward-thinking ideas proven to be successful in communities that have reduced the experience of homelessness effectively, and report progress back to the community every six months.

Franchise/EMF:

The Charter Review Commission recommends that the Clallam County Board of Commissioners shall take all required and necessary legal actions to ensure that any franchise associated with new radio frequency devices or systems operating in the micro or millimeter-wave frequency range, be accompanied by a scientific study determining that such law, regulation or franchise is in compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) prior to the enactment or granting of any franchise.

Forester:

The Charter Review Commission recommends that the Clallam County Board of Commissioners increase their monitoring of the DNR’s management of its trust lands by hiring a forester.

Department of Community Development:

The Charter Review Commission recommends that the Clallam County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) and the Department of Community Development (DCD) shall jointly agree to commission a third party review of the County ordinances and solicit a report on proposed changes to ordinances and operating procedures to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the DCD. The BOCC will consider, after public review and hearings, any proposed ordinances for adoption within 120 days of the receipt of the commissioned report. BOCC shall place on the November 2022 ballot, if needed, any necessary charter changes to clarify the powers and duties of an elected DCD Director.

Ranked-Choice Voting:

The Charter Review Commission recommends that the Clallam County Board of Commissioners pass a resolution calling on the state legislature to pass legislation, which would enable the County (and other jurisdictions in the state) to adopt ranked-choice voting for local elections if they so choose.

In response to the current pandemic, to promote social distancing, and in compliance with Governor’s Proclamation which prohibits in-person attendance at meetings, the Board of Commissioners strongly encourages the public to take advantage of remote options for attending open public meetings. The Board of Commissioners also strongly encourage public comments to be submitted in writing if possible.

This meeting can be viewed on a live stream at this link: http://www.clallam.net/features/meetings.html

If you would like to participate in the meeting by phone call 408-419-1715 and use Meeting ID: 875 561 784

If you would like to participate via video conference, visit www.bluejeans.com and join the Regular Meeting with Meeting ID: 875 561 784.

No in-person attendance will be allowed until Governor’s Proclamation is lifted.

Public comment and questions can be directed to the Clerk of the Board at [email protected] or 360-417-2256