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Clallam County seeks volunteers for advisory boards

 

The Board of Clallam County Commissioners announces opportunities for residents to participate in county government on the following advisory committees:


AGRICULTURAL COMMISSION

(Five positions open)

This Commission was established to act in an advisory capacity to research agricultural issues, provide information, and convey the interests and desires of farmers and others in the agricultural community to the Board of Commissioners.  Positions are open for a farmer in Commissioner District I, a farmer in Commissioner District II, an at-large farmer, and two non-farmers at-large to serve three-year terms.


ANIMAL ISSUES ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(Three positions open)

This Committee serves as a liaison between the County and the contractor for animal shelter services and as an objective, fact-finding body when the Board, the contractor, or the Sheriff's Office requests the advice of the Committee.  There are openings for a representative of Tribal government, a veterinarian, and a representative of Friends of Forks Animals.  


BOUNDARY REVIEW BOARD

(Three positions open)

Autonomous board that, upon request by any jurisdiction affected by a boundary change such as an annexation proposal, reviews the proposal and has broad powers to determine logical boundaries, transfer of services, and other matters.  Operates under the authority of RCW 36.93.  Public meetings are held as necessary.  The county, city, and special districts positions are open serving four-year term.

 

BUILDING CODE BOARD OF APPEALS

(Two positions open)

The Board hears and decides appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by the Clallam County Building Official relative to the application and interpretation of the codes.  Positions are open to fill unexpired terms in the ICC-certified building official, building inspector, or plans examiner with at least five-years of experience and for an alternate.  


CARLSBORG COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

(Two positions open)

The council acts as a liaison between the citizens of the Carlsborg Urban Growth Area (UGA) and the Board of Clallam County Commissioners by functioning in an advisory capacity in order to more efficiently facilitate and convey community desires to the Clallam County Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners.  A resident of the Parkwood manufactured home community and an at-large member who is a real property owner within the UGA boundary positions are open serving three-year terms.


CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY/MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM FUND ADVISORY BOARD

(Four positions open)

The Chemical Dependency/Mental Health Program Advisory Board was established to advise the Board of Clallam County Commissioners on administration of the funding received from the imposed 1/10 of 1 percent sales tax allowed by RCW 82.14.460 and passed in the 2005 Washington State Legislative Session.  There are positions open for a designated hospital districts representative, a designated cities representative, a consumer/past consumer of chemical dependency/mental health services representative, and for a representative of the housing resource sector. 


CLALLAM BAY/SEKIU COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

(aka CLALLAM BAY/SEKIU COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM)

(Five positions open)

This council was recently reauthorized to assist in gathering and analyzing information, making recommendations, and advancing the orderly growth and development of the area.  Openings are for three at-large members who are residents of Clallam Bay/Sekiu (963 prefix), a member of the Senior Community, and a member representing business owners (Clallam Bay/Sekiu Chamber of Commerce).


CLALLAM BAY/SEKIU SEWER ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(One position open)

This committee is responsible for gathering accurate information regarding Clallam Bay/Sekiu sewer operations, rates, and billing procedures, and making recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.  There is one position serving a two-year term.


CRESCENT COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

(Four positions open)

Recently reauthorized, this committee acts as a liaison between the citizens living in the Crescent School District area and the Board of Commissioners on issues that may include land use, economic development, transportation and pedestrian improvements, capital projects and services, and community projects and activities.  Openings are for an area business owner or individual who owns commercially zoned property and three at-large positions.

 

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(Five positions open)

Volunteers act in an advisory capacity to plan and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners and the Department of Health and Human Services regarding programs and services for persons who have mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, other neurological impairments, or developmental disabilities and their families through service contracts with provider agencies.

 

FAIR ADVISORY BOARD

(Two positions open)

This board acts in an advisory capacity to assist the County Commissioners in planning, developing, organizing, and operating the Clallam County Fair and Fairgrounds.  The garden club and communities of Sequim and Dungeness positions are open both serving four-year terms.


HERITAGE ADVISORY BOARD

(Two positions open)

The Board is responsible for advising the Clallam County Commissioners on various matters related to the preservation of the cultural heritage of the County.  There are positions open for a citizen from Commissioner District I (Sequim) and Commissioner District III (west end).  This is a four-year term.


HOMELESSNESS TASK FORCE

(Four positions open)

The Board is responsible for advising the Clallam County Commissioners on various matter related to homelessness in Clallam County.  There are openings for a representative of Tribal government, law and justice system, at-large, and advocate for veterans' issues serving three-year staggered terms.


LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(Two positions open)

The Committee is responsible for reviewing all proposed changes to expenditures from the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund and to make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.  There are openings for a member representing a collector of the tax and for a member representing a potential user of the fund.


MARINE RESOURCE COMMITTEE

(Seven positions open)

The Marine Resource Committee advises the County Commissioners regarding issues related to the marine resources of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and its bays, estuaries, and inlets within the borders of Clallam County.  The current opening include a representative of the Makah Tribe, Clallam Bay/Sekiu Community, Commercial Fishers, Sport Fishers, Conservation/Environmental, Commissioner District II, and Development Community.  


NORTH OLYMPIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

(Two positions open)

The Clallam County Rural Library District, known as the North Olympic Library System, provides services to the residents of the unincorporated areas of the county and annexed cities and towns.  It is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees and administered by a Library Director.  

 

NORTH PACIFIC COAST MARINE RESOURCES COMMITTEE

(two positions open)

The North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee assists in understanding, stewarding, and restoring the marine and estuarine ecological processes of the North Pacific coast of Washington within the boundaries of Clallam and Jefferson Counties in support of ecosystem health, sustainable marine resource-based livelihoods, cultural integrity, and coastal communities.  Members represent conservation/environmental groups, recreational groups, economic groups and the scientific community.  There is currently an opening for a representative of conservation/environmental groups, and another for economic groups.


NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL BOARD

(One position open)

This advisory board oversees the control and eradication of noxious weed infestations in the County.  The 5-member board serving 4-year terms consists of representatives of each of the five geographic areas.  Questions regarding geographic areas should be directed to Cathy Lucero, Noxious Weed Coordinator, 417.2442.  The Geographic Area 3 (the area west of Morse Creek including the entire City of Port Angeles plus the area around Lake Crescent and Lake Sutherland) position is open.


OPPORTUNITY FUND BOARD

(Three positions open)

The State Legislature authorized rural counties to retain a portion of the sales and use tax to finance public facilities resulting in new jobs through business expansion and recruitment.  Funds from the Opportunity Fund Program are used to improve the base economy in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Clallam County through the attraction of businesses with grants and low interest loans for public facilities.  Decisions regarding the use of the funds for public facility projects are made by the Opportunity Fund Board who provides recommendations to the Board of Clallam County Commissioners for a final decision.  There are openings for a representative from the Port of Port Angeles, City of Port Angeles, and City of Forks.


PARK AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD

(One position open)

The Park and Recreation Advisory Board assist the County in delivery of park and recreation services to its residents and visitors.  Under the direction of the Board of Clallam County Commissioners through the Director of Public Works, the Advisory Board holds public meetings as necessary, advises and assists the County in developing reasonable rules and regulations for the operation of county parks and other recreational facilities, and reviews park acquisitions and development strategies.  There is one position open serving a six-year term.


PENINSULA HOUSING AUTHORITY

(One position open)

This is an autonomous, local entity created by state enabling legislation and operating under a contract with the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to provide and maintain low-income housing for residents of Clallam and Jefferson County.  The Peninsula Housing Authority Commissioners function similarly to the Board of Directors of a private corporation.  Its primary role is to establish policy for the public housing program including personnel, occupancy, lease, grievance, and rent collection.  The Board also selects and employs the Executive Director of the Authority who is responsible for day-to-day operation and carrying out Board policies.  There is one position open serving a five-year term.

 

PERMIT ADVISORY BOARD

(One position open)

This board makes recommendations to the Board of Clallam County Commissioners for changes to the Clallam County Building Code.  The Environmental Consultant category is open serving two-year terms.


PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(Five positions open)

This committee acts in an advisory capacity to plan for and make recommendations to the Board of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services regarding community assessment information, public health policy options, and emerging concerns.  Volunteers should have an interest in public health policy options, emerging health concerns, communicable diseases, environmental health, and/or disease prevention.  There are five positions open serving three-year terms.  


SHERIFF’S CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(Eleven positions open)

The Sheriff’s Citizen Advisory Committee advises the Sheriff’s Department regarding issues related to the Sheriff’s Department and shall serve as an open link of communication between the Sheriff’s office and the community.  Positions are open for representatives in the following categories: unincorporated area surrounding Sequim, Diamond Point, unincorporated area surrounding Port Angeles, at-large, unincorporated area surrounding Forks, Quileute Tribe, City of Port Angeles, Makah Tribe, Elwha Tribe, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, and Joyce.


SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(One position open)

This committee is comprised of representatives of each of the incorporated cities, the waste industry, tribal councils, Clallam County, state and federal agencies, private industry, and at-large.  The committee assists in the implementation of programs and policies concerning solid waste handling and disposal, and reviews and comments on proposed changes to the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan.  The is an opening for a representative of Tribal government.


TRAILS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(10 positions open)

This committee makes recommendations to the Board and other appointed bodies of Clallam County government regarding non-motorized transportation and trail-related issues.  Although the committee continues to meet, all terms expired in 2009.  There are currently vacancies for representatives in the following categories: Sequim area trails advocacy group, Port Angeles area trails advocacy group, Western area trails advocacy group, Straits area trails advocacy group, Olympic National Park, Department of Natural Resources, large private forest company, City of Port Angeles, City of Sequim, off-road motorized user groups.


How to Apply


Interested citizens are invited to contact the Clallam County Commissioners’ Office at 417.2233, visit their office in the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 East 4th Street, Port Angeles, or obtain the application online at www.clallam.net. Current members with expiring terms are asked to provide a written statement by facsimile (417.2493), mail (223 East 4th Street, Suite 4, Port Angeles 98362), or email tholden@co.clallam.wa.usApplications must be received by close of business, Oct. 26.  

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