Snohomish County Charter Review Commission
Jackson Board Room
January 20, 2016
3000 Rockefeller Ave
8th Floor Robert J. Drewel Building
Jackson Board Room
7:00 p.m. Call to Order
Vice Chair Miller
Commissioner Liias (by phone)
Debbie Eco, Ex-Officio Clerk
(See names below for persons providing public comment)
Chair Gregerson call the meeting to order 7:00 p.m.
All commissioners present, including Commissioner Liias by telephone.
Approval of the Minutes
The minutes from January 6th meeting were presented. One correction was made to clarify the nomination for First Vice-Chair Terwilliger.
Commissioner Miller made a motion to approve the minutes from January 6, 2016, as amended. Commissioner Koster seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
January 6, 2016 Minutes
Report from Chair
Chair Gregerson reported that she has been working with the County's Information Services Department for commissioner e-mail accounts. She also announced that the Charter Review Website has been launched.
She spoke briefly about the frequency of meetings, meeting packets, and said her goal is to provide packets a couple of days in advance of the meetings.
She said she has been working on getting various electeds scheduled to attend the meetings. Those who have shown interest so far are County Clerk, Sonya Kraski; the Superior Court judges; and Assessor, Linda Hjelle. Sheriff Trenary was on the agenda tonight, Chair Gregerson said he is interested in participating and will get him re-scheduled.
Chair Gregerson spoke briefly about rules and procedures regarding public comment at the Commission meetings. She said she would allow three minutes here, but in-district meetings will handle differently and may allow more time.
Laura Henderson, Executive Director Pasados Safe Haven, spoke about law enforcement in Snohomish County regarding animal control.
Don Murray, Counsel for Pasados Safe Haven, asked if the Commission has subpoena power and supported Ms. Henderson's comments.
Dr. Hanna Mueller stated she is a veterinarian that works with Pasados Safe Haven, she agreed with prior testimony and spoke about the failures of animal control in Snohomish County.
1. Sheriff Ty Trenary
Sheriff Trenary was not present and will be re-scheduled for an upcoming meeting.
1. 7:30 p.m. Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) Compliance Project (2016-01)
Chair Gregerson explained that training must be done within 90 days and provided options for training. Vice-Chair Terwilliger said spoke briefly about Sara Di Vittorio, Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor and said she has a great presentation. The majority of members showed interest in having in-person training. Chair Gregerson said she will get Ms. Di Vittorio scheduled.
2. 7:40 p.m. Staff Hiring Committee Report (2016-02)
Chair Gregerson reported that the Commission's subcommittee met and had good sessions. Topics discussed were: Staff contract, sunset date, job description, and RFP.
Continued discussion took place regarding staff job duties, whether or not it is a full-time job, retaining a qualified person, job description, office space, and target for start date.
Commissioner Liaas made a motion to authorize the committee to finalize a job description with a contract of $5,000 per month, advertise appropriately, and establish a hiring committee to interview candidates, with a deadline of one month to hire someone. Commissioner Valentine seconded the motion. Commissioner Roulstone expressed concern with waiting one month to hire someone. Chair Gregerson clarified that it would be at most one month, but the Commission can work more quickly than that. Commissioner Liaas suggested having it open for at least 10 days. Discussion ensued.
The question was called for and the motion carried unanimously.
Commissioner Kelly inquired about hiring an attorney. Chair Gregerson responded and said yes, the Commission needs legal support. Discussion ensued regarding legal support and comments were provided from Commissioners, Kelly, Koster, and Valentine.
3. 8:00 p.m. Rules and Procedures Committee Report (2016-03)
Lengthy, detailed, discussion ensued regarding the Rules and Procedures, several amendments were made and the Commission approved the Rules and Procedures, as amended.
4. 8:20 p.m. Process for Receiving Charter Amendment Proposals
Commissioners discussed what the best ways are to receive information; standard written form or online submission. They also discussed deadlines.
Commission spoke about scheduling electeds and scheduling in-district meetings.
Commissioner Rousltone made a motion that once a staff person is hired, one of their duties will be to record what the 2026 Charter Review Commission will need as a starting point. Commission Matthews seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
Commissioner O'Donnell asked about the procedure to move forward with ideas, specifically with the issues brought forward tonight by Pasado's Safe Haven. Chair Gregerson and Commissioners Koster and Terwilliger responded.
Commissioner Roulstone made a motion that the Chair appoint a committee to write up a procedure for bringing forward issues for consideration for charter amendments and have at the next meeting. Commissioner Matthews seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
Commissioners Matthews, Roulstone, and O'Donnell all volunteered to sit on this committee.
Commissioner Stanford requested to invite the Performance Auditor to a meeting.
Commissioner Kelly requested more information relating to how Skype can be used for commissioners to participate in meetings. Chair Gregerson said she would look into it further.
9:00 p.m. Adjournment
The Commission adjourned at 8:47 p.m.