Council Schedule Highlights Week of August 6th, 2018

It’s the week of the primary election. Don’t forget to turn in your ballots by Tuesday, August 7th. Stamps are no longer necessary.

On Thursday I’ll be speaking at a candidate forum put on by the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce. 7:30am, Cottesmore in Gig Harbor. Get there early to get a seat.

Tuesday, AUGUST 7th, 2018

9:30am Select Committee on Human Services

Connie Ladenburg, Chair
Rick Talbert, Vice Chair
Douglas G. Richardson

Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect). Meeting materials and video can be accessed

Proposal No. R2018–99, Task Force Relating to Termination of Civil Patient Placements at Western State Hospital A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Establishing a Legislative Task Force to Develop a Financial Plan and Assess the Community Impact of the Closure of Civil Commitment Beds at Western State Hospital.

Sponsored by: Councilmember Connie Ladenburg

The bill creates a task force to assess the community impact of the closure of civil commitment beds at Western State Hospital. Essentially the idea is to create a number of smaller, more manageable hospitals around the state.

This change of policy comes as the hospital was recently de-certified by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, resulting in millions in lost federal funding.

The legislative task force would include the Council, Executive Office, Superior Court, mental health providers within Pierce County, the Pierce County Accountable Community of Health, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Homeless Outreach Program 
Presenter: James Pogue, Director of Homeless Outreach Services, Comprehensive Life Resources

Coordinated Entry Access Point for Housing 
Presenter: Valorie Crout, Chief Program Officer, Associated Ministries

We’ve reached crisis levels of people experiencing homelessness. These two presentations will be about existing services provided. The Coordinated Entry system is now a year old and it’s time to evaluate its effectiveness getting people the right services, regardless of where they access the system.

3:00pm Council Meeting

Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect). Meeting materials and video can be accessed

It’s likely you’ll see a couple bills be brought up for reconsideration that failed to get support from enough members at last week’s shorthanded Council meeting including a surplus property sale and the Homeless Empowerment Labor Program (HELP).

Proposal №2018–48s, Speed Limits An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Amending Ordinance №2010–36, Making Applicable Revisions to the Maximum Speed Limits of County Roads and Directing the County Engineer to Properly Implement the Maximum Speed Limits Through the Use of Appropriate Traffic Control Devices; and Setting an Effective Date.

Sponsored by: Councilmember Derek Young

The bill makes a number of speed limit adjustments around the county. Locally, the main changes are the creation of new school zones.

Proposal No. R2018–95, District №7 — In District Council Meeting A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Setting the Date of an Evening Council Meeting in Council District №7 for Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Peninsula High School Auditorium, 14105 Purdy Drive NW, Gig Harbor, Washington.

Sponsored by: Councilmember Derek Young

The County Charter requires the Council to have an evening meeting in each district once a year. This resolution sets this year’s District 7 meeting for September 11th, at Peninsula High School. Hope to see folks there.

My Weekly Calendar

Last year we got a request for my forward looking calendar. Rather than have staff waste their time on public record requests, I decided to publish screenshots. If you have questions, feel free to call. Keep in mind, my schedule isn’t static. Things will get added, deleted, changed, etc. There are conflicts that I have to pick between. But if people want to see where I’m at and who I meet with, that’s fine by me.

Re-Elect Derek Young, Pierce County Council