Sanitizer, Safety and Sun at County Commission


A word to the wise if you’re planning on heading to the county admin building/attending a commish soiree today: BYO hand sanitizer. Maybe some Coricidin. Industrial strength vitamin C. So’s you can ward off the latest case of creeping crud that’s goin’ around, aka summer colds and sniffles and what not.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s the scoop from this morning’s Board of County Commissioners meeting:

The commissioners authorized the temporary use of a Hoquiam Licensing employee to help fill in at the county auditor’s office for a week while other staff are out. The cost is under $1,000.

The possibility of a 3/10 ths of a percent public safety tax was discussed. That’s three cents on ten dollars. Commissioner Vickie Raines said if the measure passes, $ will mostly go to “boots on the ground” on the road and in Corrections. The measure will likely be on the August ballot. Watch for an opinion letter in the traditional media soon.

Al Smith was in attendance briefly at this morning’s meeting. He thanked Commissioner Raines for “bird-dogging” the Illahee-Oyehut sewer system project.

There were a couple closed-door executive sessions (don’t tell anyone). No votes taken. No decisions made. No action taken.

Oh yeah. There’s a public workshop set for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. Agenda items include Byles house financing, employee training, budget, and a Marijuana letter from the Prosecutor’s office.

Also this morning, Public Works Director Joseph Seet was appointed County Engineer. He’ll wear both hats. Commissioner Frank Gordon made the motion to approve the appointment. Commissioner Wes Cormier seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

And if you’ve ever torn your hair out trying to navigate the labrythian maze of building permits, codes, inspections, multitudinous reports and walking on water to get or keep a business up and running on the Harbor, you can probably relate to Rollie Dawson. He’s Regional Sales Manager for Xpress National Gas. Based in Boston, XNG does “transported, compressed natural gas.”

He was on hand at 11:30 to discuss a project going on in District 1 at Satsop. “We’re here. We’re hiring local. We’re here for the long term,” said Dawson, who described XNG as “an environmental plus to the Olympic Peninsula.” (Going from 8M gals of waste oil a year to clean natural gas for power.)

He was a teensy – weeny bit frustrated with the permitting process and such, which typically moves at the speed of a growing redwood. Facing a time crunch and what may be construed as a slow as molasses in February process a la Building and Permits (staff shortages?), the company poured its slab without a permit. Oh, the horror. Commissioner Raines, who asked PW Director Joseph Seet to remain following the 11:00 a.m. portion of the calendar, prevented a potentially volatile situation from going nuclear.

Noting that Seet is both PW Director and a civil engineer, Raines asked Seet if he could go out to the work site and get things moving. He and Dawson are reportedly headed out to the Satsop site later today. Seet will be on site tomorrow per testing.

Kinda sounds like a win-win, huh? The county gets all its paper ducks in a row. XNG moves forward on its building project to deliver natural gas.

Meanwhile, most everyone agreed that the sunshine is terrif but temps are too high. Except for one. She’s not thawed out until it hits 75 degrees. At least.

For more, tune in tonight at 6:00 in the large meeting room.