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Council delays picks for Sequim Speaks

The city council deferred selecting members of the Sequim Speaks advisory committee Monday night until more applications are received from city residents.

The council did authorize spending up to $1,900 on the committee for the rest of 2009, appointed City Attorney Craig Ritchie as the city's liaison and made the three governmental liaisons nonvoting members.

The vote was 5-1 with Councilor Paul McHugh voting "no." Councilor Erik Erichsen was absent.

Sequim Speaks would be comprised of 12 to 19 members who would apply to the city. Its boundaries would be those of the Sequim School District, which would be divided into four quadrants by Sequim Avenue/Sequim-Dungeness Way and Washington Street.

Each quadrant would have at least three representatives and the majority of the committee must be Sequim residents.

The committee also would have one representative each from the city of Sequim, Clallam County and the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Council.

The committee is intended to gather and present to the council the public's concerns regarding city issues although it won't be allowed to accept public comment on quasi-judicial matters or those requiring a public hearing.

Reach Brian Gawley at bgawley@sequimgazette.com.

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