City sets new goals, forum for biomass

Sequim Gazette staff

City of Sequim councilors recently formed a subcommittee to create a Sequim forum on the addition of a wood-burning cogeneration plant being built at the Nippon Paper Industries’ paper mill in Port Angeles.


The city has received complaints about the new plant and how it might affect Sequim’s air quality.


The Port Angeles City Council invited the Sequim council to participate in their upcoming discussion on the plant’s pros and cons at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Port Angeles City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St. Port Angeles’ council plans to hold a forum on the pros and cons of biomass, too. City Manager Steve Burkett said the council is still deciding on if it will participate with Port Angeles.

City goals approved
Five city council goals for 2012-2013 were unanimously approved by councilors on Monday March 26. Goals include:
• Adopt the updated Comprehensive Plan
• Develop an economic development plan with key areas in tourism, annexing the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and creating a city light industrial zone
• Develop financial and implementation plan for Police Station and City Hall
• Evaluate feasibility of Guy Cole Center rehabilitation
• Improve street maintenance by implementing pavement management system
Many of the goals set for this year, Burkett said, have work plans in place.

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