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Director of the Fairfax County Virginia public library system chosen as new San Juan County Manager

LWVSJ Observer Corps*summary of San Juan County Council May 21, 2024 meeting.

The Council held a public hearing on the Public Facilities Finance Assistance Program awards then approved the Advisory Committee recommended awards for three Economic Development Commission initiatives and core funding and for an upgraded entrance at the Orcas Community Center to make it ADA compliant. The applications which were not recommended did not meet program qualifications. 

The Council approved the announcement for the 2024 open funding round for the Home Fund with $2 million in REET funds available and another $200k from the new sales tax for low-income housing. The notice will be released June 1, 2024 with a July 15 application deadline. There will be a separate funding round in the fall for housing services grants. 

The Council agreed to sign a letter of support for an application to the Historic Courthouse Rehabilitation Grant Program to deal with seismic issues in the historic portion of the court building. The exact amount and match of the request will be notified at the June 4 meeting. 

The County will hold a series of internal budget workshops with elected officials and department managers, both in person and on-line over the next five Wednesdays. 

Council Member Minney was attending Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) meetings which set their legislative priorities for the next two years. Council Member Wolf had been in Washington DC with other Puget Sound officials lobbying for salmon recovery funding. Council Member Fuller was interviewed by the local CNL2 TV station. The County was requested to do a presentation on the 32-hour Work week this fall at the WSAC Conference. 

After an executive session the Council authorized the County Manager to recruit a code enforcement officer. They announced that an offer had been made and accepted to Jessica Hudson, director of the Fairfax County Virginia public library system for the county manager position. The county will issue a press release about the new county manager. 


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