Snohomish County Charter Review Commission
8th Floor Robert J. Drewel Building
Jackson Board Room
Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016
Commissioner Liias (by phone)
Sara Di Vittorio, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Matt Otten, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Sheriff Ty Trenary
Carolyn Weikel, Auditor
Garth Fell, Elections
Debbie Eco, Ex-Officio Clerk
Call to Order
Chair Gregerson called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.
All commissioners present. Commissioner Liias by phone at 7:34 p.m.
Open Public Meeting Compliance by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Sara Di Vittorio (201601)
Sara Di Vittorio, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, provided Public Records Act training. Matt Otten, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, provided Open Public Meeting Act training.
1. Sheriff Ty Trenary
Sheriff Ty Trenary spoke about the function of the Sheriff's Office. He touched on Search and Rescue, Office of Neighborhoods, drug epidemic, homelessness and mental health issues, and the jail.
Sheriff Trenary addressed public comments made at the last Charter Review Commission meeting related to animal control being better served under the Sheriff Office. He provided background information and explained that animal control originally left the Sheriff's Office due to funding issues and also explained the current funding issues with having animal control return to the Sheriff's Office.
Commissioner Roulstone asked Sheriff Trenary if there is anything currently in the Charter he would like changed. Sheriff Trenary said he didn't believe so; there are not a lot of issues in the current Charter regarding public safety, but said he is available for anything related to public safety that the Commission may have questions about.
Sheriff Trenary responded to questions from Commissioner Terwilliger regarding moving Corrections to the Sheriff's Department. He said he believes Corrections should be under the Sheriff. He responded to additional animal control related questions and questions related to jail beds.
Commissioner Matthews asked about the Sheriff's current budget. Sheriff Trenary responded and said they are just under 56% of the County budget.
2. Auditor Carolyn Weikel
Carolyn Weikel, Auditor, distributed and spoke about information related to proposed timelines for re-districting. She responded to various questions from commissioners.
Ms. Weikel addressed public comments from the last Charter Review meeting regarding animal control.
Ms. Weikel responded to Commissioner Chase's inquiry about addressing issues from concerned citizens and not being able to please everyone.
Carolyn Weikel, as a resident and voter of Snohomish County, provided public comment and expressed her concerns with councilmembers being able to abstain from a voting.
There were no further persons present wishing to provide public comment.
Approval of the Minutes:
January 20, 2016
Commissioner Chase made a motion to approve the January 20, 2016 Charter Review Commission minutes. Commissioner Koster seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
Report from Chair
Chair Gregerson stated that she found archived records from the last Charter Review Commission and has forwarded all of them to the commissioners.
She said she is aware that commissioners are still having e-mail troubles and said the County will provide tech support for the commissioners.
1. Procedures for Amendment Proposal Committee Report (201605)
Commissioner Matthews distributed a proposal to change the language on the front page of the Charter Review's web page. He said this change would clarify the intent of the Charter Review Commission.
Commissioner Matthews also distributed and explained a proposed submission form for charter changes.
After lengthy discussion regarding the proposed website language and the submission form. The commissioners agreed that they all would like the public to be encouraged to attend and participate in the Charter Review Commission meetings. They also agreed that the draft submission form should be less formal.
Chair Gregerson said she will write up a statement for the meetings reflecting that the Commission will listen to all public comment, but may or may not be able to help with all concerns.
Commissioner Terwilliger made a motion to have the Chair and the Committee prepare and finalize the form discussed tonight and post it on the website as soon as possible. Commissioner Barton seconded the motion.
Commissioner Chase expressed her concern with the language related to enhancing government efficiency and would like that language removed. Commissioner Barton would like it left in. Commissioner O'Donnell suggested the Committee and the Chair prepare the form and post on website as soon as possible and leave it open for language changes.
The question was called for and the motion was carried unanimously.
2. 8:50 p.m. Staff Hiring Committee Report (201602)
Chair Gregerson said there has been eight applications for the staff person and interviews are set up for Friday. She stated there are good candidates to choose from.
Commissioner Kelly inquired about e-mail and asked for commissioners' contact phone numbers.
Commissioner Terwilliger announced he has a meeting scheduled in District 4 March 23rd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Mill Creek Council Chambers.
Commissioner Fior announced she has a meeting scheduled in District 3 on Saturday, March 12th from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Edmonds City Hall. She is verifying availability and will check in with Councilmember Wright.
Commissioner Chase said she has served on the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission so she will be recusing herself when related items will be voted on.
Chair Gregerson said Councilmember Klein, Judge Beth Fraser, and Judge Linda Krese are scheduled for the next meeting. She asked commissioners to think about areas of interest they would like to discuss.
Commissioner Valentine requested that people who are presenting and have significant amounts of information, submit it prior to the meeting. Chair Gregerson responded and said the Commission can let presenters know that they may not receive an immediate response.
Commissioner Terwilliger also responded to Commissioner Valentine. He also said he assumed that commissioners would be obligated to use the same submission form that was discussed tonight.
With no further business, Chair Gregerson adjourned the meeting at 9:03 p.m.
Future Agenda Topics
● Round Table Discussion of Amendment Ideas
● Finalized Commission Rules and Procedures
● Extended Agenda