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Affordable housing study

The city of Sequim has hired Beckwith Consulting Group of La Conner to conduct the second phase of its affordable housing study.

The city council voted 5-1 at its May 12 meeting to approve the contract, up to $10,000. Mayor Laura Dubois was absent and City Councilor Erik Erichsen voted "no."

At the April 29 city council meeting, consultant Tom Beckwith presented a "housing needs assessment" that concluded Sequim must increase its supply of affordable housing to maintain its quality of life.

This second consultant study will evaluate how to improve zoning and building policies and regulatory measures and how to encourage more affordable housing in the city.

Flood plan public hearing

A public hearing on the Dungeness River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, at the county commissioners' board room in the Clallam County Courthouse.

The plan amends changes to a 1990 flood plan by updating restoration and flood hazard reduction activities that meet Clallam County's habitat improvement and hazard reduction goals.

Commissioners recommend comments be made for or against the plan by writing them or speaking at the hearing.

Interested persons may write comments to Clallam County Board of Commissioners, 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 4, Port Angeles 98362, or call 417-2233.

The proposed plan is available at www.

An article overviewing the plan can be found in the May 20 Sequim Gazette or searching "flood plan" on

Grant applications available

The Albert Haller Foundation is accepting applications for funding of local nonprofit agencies providing services to the poor and needy in Clallam County.

Foundation grants are given annually to charitable organizations in Clallam County, with priority to those organizations providing food, housing, clothing, medical care and other programs that may enrich the lives of the poor and needy in the county. The amount to be distributed varies from year to year, depending on the earnings of the foundation's endowment fund. The maximum allowable grant request is $18,000.

The United Way of Clallam County serves as advisor to the Haller Foundation's board of directors in making recommendations for grant funding. Applications are available by mail or e-mail. Contact the United Way office by e-mailing or by calling 457-3011. Completed applications are due in the United Way office at 1021/2 E. First St., P.O. Box 937, Port Angeles by Monday July 13.

Dance recitals

Aspire Academy of Expressive Arts features more than 200 performers, age 3 through adults, at its upcoming performances.

What: Aspire Academy "Dance to the Music"

When: Friday, June 19, 6:30 p.m. (music and dance)

Saturday, June 20, 3 p.m. (primarily dance)

Sunday, June 21, 3 p.m. (primarily dance)

Where: Sequim High School auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

Tickets: $5 for ages 3 and older at Aspire, 160 Harrison Road, Sequim, or at the door.

Information: Call 681-3979.

Summer bus schedules

Clallam Transit System will begin its summer schedule changes effective Monday, June 15.

Two routes have changes:

_ Route 10, Joyce: Clallam Transit will drop the 7:15 a.m. service to Port Angeles High School. It will resume in September.

_ Route 14, Forks: CT will drop afternoon and evening service to Peninsula College. It also will resume in September.

For more information, call 452-4511.

Work group to mull financing

The Clallam County On-site Septic Work Group meets 6-8 p.m. June 8 at the Clallam County Courthouse., 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

The primary item on the agenda is continued discussion of financing options for required programs.

Van De Wege's new office

State Rep. Kevin Van De Wege has a new district office at 23 W. Bell St., Suite 100, in Sequim.

Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and by appointment.

The office is closed on Fridays.

Call 582-9830.

Home sprucing available

Paint the Town, the annual community service project that paints and refurbishes homes of area seniors and/or disabled adults, is seeking applicants for the 2009 project.

Typically, six to eight homes each year are selected from a list of applicants.

Interested persons can receive an application by contacting the office of Volunteer Chore Services at 417-5640. Applications must be returned by June 30.

Pressurized septic classes

set for homeowners

Clallam County Environmental Health Division will host two free classes in June as a part of a pilot project to teach homeowners how to inspect their own pressurized septic system.

Environmental Health is contracting with the Washington Onsite Sewage Association to provide training in septic system inspection, reporting and maintenance for owners of single-family residential pressure distribution septic systems.

The classes will cover systems such as pressurized partial fill, pressurized sand lined and pressurized deep trench septic systems. Owners of conventional gravity septic systems and alternative systems such as mounds and sand filters are not eligible for this program.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, and Saturday, June 27. Classes will involve some field training and a homeowner certification test. Space is limited to 20 participants per class and advance registration is required. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis and registration is restricted to one trainee per household.

To register or join a waiting list for future trainings, call Adar Feller at Clallam County Environmental Health at 417-2408.

Leave a detailed message with contact information, mailing address, physical address of the septic system you plan to inspect, preferred class date and the best time to reach you if Feller is not available to take your call.

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