Clallam County to review noise ordinance

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PORT ANGELES — Clallam County commissioners instructed the district attorney’s office to draft a noise nuisance ordinance during its Monday business session.

Assistant Civil Prosecutions Attorney Dee Boughton will design a noise ordinance that reflects Clallam County without being overly restrictive, cumbersome or complicated.

“I suggest we move away from objective measurement to subjective measurement,” Commissioner Bill Peach said. “In other words, keep it simple and where we have known events.”

Boughton said the county’s noise ordinance is “pretty limited.”

He noted in investigating noise ordinances from other counties that four parameters dominate their settings. They include: amplified noises (stereos, musical instruments, etc.), automotive noises (noisy mufflers, compression brakes, etc.), industrial noises (construction, etc.) and animal noises (donkeys bawling, etc.).

“Clallam County is really only dealing with amplified noise,” Boughton told commissioners, though he suspects all four noise parameters exist in Clallam County. “So I think it would be wise to design a prescription that would address at least the three that are not currently regulated.”

Commissioners ordered Boughton to draft the noise ordinance by August.

In another action on Monday, the commissioners:

• Considered a motion to end Clallam County’s participation in Hood Canal’s regional septic loan program, which has ceased operations.

The interlocal agreement, which the county joined in 2016, was designed to provide financial assistance to citizens…and therefore to address water quality issues in the Hood Canal caused by on-site sewage issues. . The program, comprising Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Mason counties and the Kitsap Public Health District, has been replaced by a similar program that operates statewide.

• Participated in a non-profit Regional Rural Development Institute (RDI) discussion to implement a leadership development program in Forks and the West End. RDI works with rural communities to develop leaders and promote revitalized rural economies, according to Monday’s summary of agenda items.

The program seemed to impress curator Mark Ozias.

“The role of the program, as I see it, is to introduce the people of Clallam County to ideas, concepts and peers that they might not otherwise have had,” he said.

Christine Gilmore, commercial director of RDI’s leadership services, supported Ozias’ interpretation.

“We’re trying to connect people by introducing a pipeline for them to take on leadership roles,” she said.

• Reviewed a request to amend an agreement between the State Department of Ecology and Clallam County Community Development to extend a Phase 1 stormwater discharge project for five months.

• Moved to their July 5th regular meeting a recommendation to increase the maximum number of members of the homelessness working group from 25 to 26 due to an inaccuracy in the total number of members versus available positions.

• Moved to their recommendations from the July 5 regular meeting to appoint new members to vacancies on the Homelessness Task Force, Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Clallam County Board of Health and Advisory Board of the Conservation Futures program.

• Considered an emergency questionable personal services agreement with the Lincoln Park BMX Association for $19,570 for the USABMX Northwest Gold Cup Finals. Additional funding would come from the county’s hotel/motel tax fund.

• Considered an emergency questionable personal services agreement with the Forks Chamber of Commerce for $53,638 for the Twilight in Forks festival. Additional funding would come from the county’s hotel/motel tax fund.

• Considered an emergency questionable personal services agreement with the Port Angeles Waterfront Center for $145,000 to hire a qualified marketing and sales consultant. Additional funding would come from the county’s hotel/motel tax fund.

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Reporter Paul Dunn can be reached at 360-452-2345 or by email at [email protected]



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