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Guy Cole renovation

The go-ahead was given by Sequim city councilors on Monday, March 14, for staff to work with the Sequim City Band to investigate the scope and cost estimates for remodeling the Guy Cole Convention Center in Carrie Blake Park.


Councilors voted 6-0 with Mayor Ken Hays removing himself from involvement due to a business arrangement on designs of the project.


Patsy Mattingley, a Sequim parks advisory board member and band member, developed the proposal, which proposes the center become a multi-use community center.


She proposes fixing the acoustics, making cosmetic upgrades throughout, remodeling the storage area, expanding the stage and sound system, and improving the ventilation and fire systems.


The city band and other nonprofits would pay for renovations, which Mattingley estimates at $200,000-$250,000.


The councilors all like the concept in principle but several said they’d reserve judgment until the plan is complete and the actual cost is determined.


Laura Dubois, mayor pro-tem, said Guy Cole is a valuable resource that’s become outdated. She believes the cost estimate is low.


No time frame was given on the project’s next steps.



Fifth Avenue speed test

South Fifth Avenue, a dead end street consisting of residences, businesses and the Sequim Masonic Lodge, is being readied for a speed test.


Police plan to determine the appropriate speed after an 85-percentile rule study, which measures the speed that 85 percent of traffic travels. Previous road signs had the road at 30 mph, but Dickinson said they were taken down temporarily to see people’s usual driving speed. North Fifth Avenue was included in the city’s “Comprehensive Review of Traffic Speed Zones” in spring 2007, but not South Fifth Avenue.
Police Chief Bill Dickinson said speed sensors would record drivers for a few weeks and that it’s likely the study suggests the road have a 25 mph limit. After this study, Dickinson said more streets could be tested in the future.

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