The WSAC Newsletter for April 2015
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Get_InvolvedBoards & Commissions Tackling Some Intriguing Issues

Looking for a way to get involved and make a difference? WSAC has some exciting opportunities to serve on several statewide boards & commissions.

CommuteTransportation Improvement Board (TIB): This independent state agency, created by the Legislature, distributes and manages street construction and maintenance grants to 320 cities and urban counties throughout Washington State.

Aging_CouncilState Council on Aging: serves in an advisory capacity to the Governor, the Secretary of Social & Health Services, and the State Unit on Aging on all matters pertaining to policies, programs, and services affecting older persons.

County_RoadWashington State County Road Administration Board (CRAB): provides accountability through standards of good practice, fair administration of funding programs, and technical and professional assistance to the 39 Washington State County Road Departments.

JusticeSentencing Guidelines Commission: Evaluates state sentencing policy for both the adult & juvenile criminal justice systems, recommends standard sentences for felony offenses, and makes recommendations for criminal code modification.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 24; click here to apply

If you have questions, please contact Derek Anderson at

It's National County Government Month!


April is National County Government Month (NCGM)! This year's theme is Counties Moving America Forward: The Keys are Transportation & Infrastructure

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has held this annual celebration of county government since 1991, and encourages counties to actively promote their services and programs.

Raise public awareness and understanding about your county's effective programs by posting to social media using the hashtag #NCGM and #CountiesMatter and tagging @WaCounties and @NACoTweets.

Find out more details and information here!

Counties Applaud Secure Rural Schools, Health Care Services Extension

Great News for USFS Counties!

The U.S. Senate approved the “Doc Fix” bill that includes the 2 year extension of Secure Rural Schools. Once signed by the President, checks will be sent within 45 days.

The NACo Press Release follows:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Counties (NACo) today applauded federal lawmakers for passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2), the so-called "doc fix" bill.  The bill includes provisions important to the nation's counties, particularly the much-needed reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program retroactively for FY 2014 and through FY 2015 and an extension for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Community Health Centers and other health care programs...Continue Reading

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Low Impact Development Webinar for Elected Officials

Stormwater management in Washington is evolving...Have you started your Low Impact Development (LID) review and update process? Do you know what this means for budget and workload and the timelines you'll need to meet? How about help with an overview of the issues and what this means to you as an elected or other municipal official?

AWC has partnered with the Department of Ecology and others to develop these resources to help you meet this challenge: Questions? Contact AWC staff at (360) 753-4137 or

Commerce to Gauge Interest in Public Works Training

The Public Works Board and the Board of Community and Technical Colleges are interested in hearing from you regarding your interest in a training program for local government personnel, including special purpose district staff who manage infrastructure systems, or who would like to move into a management position.

If there is enough interest, the Public Works Board and partners may try to develop a program to support this need.Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey and respond to us by April 24, 2015.

Take Survey Now!

Questions? Please contact Lynn Kohn at the Department of Commerce/Public Works Board (360) 725-3042.


"As an elected official, what should I consider in my everyday decisions to advance recovery of Puget Sound?"
  • How do local government activities impact water quality, habitat, and the health of the Sound?
  • What are examples of land use, transportation, or development decisions that make a difference?
  • What sources of funding and other tools are available?
Hear from your elected peers and learn the questions to ask, the downstream impacts of weekly decisions, and how to make sound choices that are good fro your community, make economic sense, AND protect Puget Sound.

Friday, May 29
9a - 1p
Cedarbrook Lodge
18525 - 36th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98188

Lunch Provided

Who should attend? This workshop will be used to develop training materials for newly elected officials. Please consider sending at least county official, senior staff members, planning and public works staff, and/or advisory committee members if applicable.

RSVP: Brynn Brady, Coastal Caucus Contractor, (253) 686-3387


New Prevailing Wage Tools Added for Customers

The Washington State Labor & Industries Prevailing Wage Program has introduced new, online tools to support public agencies and prime contractors.

“This feature has helped us immensely with our small and large projects,” said Amy Stenvall, with the Northshore School District in Bothell. “The fact that not only can you see who has filed but when they filed both intents and affidavits – this design was exactly what was needed, and testing must have gone well, because I have not run into any issues. A job well done!!”

What could get someone that excited about prevailing wage? It comes down to understanding what public agencies face when working with prevailing wage.
L&I’s Prevailing Wage Program establishes the pay for workers on public projects, such as roads, sewers, and schools. The program also ensures workers are paid at that “prevailing wage,” and audits contracts to allow final payments to be made to contractors.

What contractors and awarding agencies, such as schools, need to know is whether a construction firm can bid on public projects or is on a “debarment” list. Contractor “strikes” track the number of violations a firm may have. Finally, getting a single “dashboard” view of a project allows everyone to see whether proper paperwork has been filed – such as intents and affidavits (documents that state worker pay and confirm it has been paid).

Contractor Strikes & Debarment Lists
Both lists have been updated from a static PDF to an easy-to-use application updated in real-time that is searchable with the ability to sort and download.  Check out these new tools using the links listed below:

Contractor Strikes          Contractors Not Allowed to Bid

Project Dashboard
A new project overview is available when selecting the Project Dashboard link, found at the top of any Intent or Affidavit filed after March 2011.  People at awarding agencies, such as school districts, cities and other organizations are  now able to view the following items on one page:
  • Overview of the project information.
  • List of all contractors that filed at least their Intent for the project, with links to the approved forms.
  • Complete list of all contractors on the project, compiled from filed Intents, hiring contractors listed on Intents, and subcontractors listed on Affidavits.
Begin searching for approved Intents or Affidavits to view the new dashboard.

Your feedback is important. Your questions and comments can be emailed to

Save the Date! Upcoming Events


Mark your calendars! WSAC officially invites you to join us again this year at the 2015 County Leaders Conference, November 17-19, 2015 at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington.

The County Leaders Conference is the primary gathering of Washington’s County councilmembers, commissioners, and executives. Also in attendance will be directors of several county departments, including engineers, planners, public health and human services as well as public and private partners and affiliates.

Registration & lodging information will be provided soon.

Counties Legislative Reception

Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) invites you to an evening of networking and conversation with your partners and colleagues at the County & State level.

Don't miss this invaluable opportunity! Join us for a hosted reception at Waterstreet Café, and connect with County Commissioners, Councilmembers, and Executives.

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided gratis.

Wednesday, April 15
5p - 8p
Waterstreet Café
610 Water Street SW
Olympia, WA

Register Here
Budget Summaries

2015 State Budget Overview
WSAC: Senate Budget Summary
WSAC: House Budget Summary
Upcoming Conference Calls
Date: Friday, Apr. 17
Time: 8a
Contact: Laura Merrill

Date: Wed., Apr. 22
Time: 8:15a
Contact: Gary Rowe

Coastal Caucus
Date: Friday, Apr. 24
Time: 9a
Contact: Brynn Brady
Congratulations to Our Recent CPO Graduates!

Perry L. Rice, Whatcom
Jim Goeben, Kittitas
Sam Castro, Pend Oreille
Arne Denny, Skagit
Claire Hauge, Cowlitz
Kim Hort, Cowlitz
Elaine Marlow, Island
Pamela Morias, San Juan
Bryan Perry, Benton
Scott Pineo, Skamania
Don Ramsey, Pend Oreille
Rich Sill, Clallam
Lucy Schwallie, WallaWalla
Mitch Reister, Chelan
NACE 2015
Sun, Apr 19-Thu, Apr 23
Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
Daytona Beach, FL
WSAC Board of Directors Meeting
Wed, May 6, 2015; 5-8p
Suncadia Lodge
WCRP Board Meeting
Thu, May 7-Fri, May 8
SeaTac area, location TBD
ACHS - Olympia
Tue, May 19–Thu, May 21
Thurston County
2015 NACo Western Interstate Region Conference
Wed, May 20–Fri, May 22
Kauai, Hawaii

Looking for an update on what's happening on the hill during session? Check out WSAC's weekly Legislative Bulletin!

With a new edition released each Monday, you'll be in-the-know with news on everything from bills to upcoming events.

Subscribe today!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Salmon Recovery Conference, May 27-29, in Vancouver, WA!

Early bird rates are good through TODAY: April 15. Almost 200 abstracts were, and the agenda is going to be great! Stay tuned.

The conference website has the following information :

Hotel reservations
Students who want to volunteer

Want to be a sponsor? Please click here to find out more.

This year's conference co-hosts are the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Long Live the Kings.

Managing Integrity and Civility

April 16: 2:00–3:15 PM EST

This webinar will examine the customary ways in which most people think of integrity and civility. Participants will explore the terrain beyond the common place and set the stage for more thoughtful focus on the qualities of values-based leadership. Specifically, integrity and civility will be developed as interdependent learned skills, not the product of innate talent or the natural inclination of well-mannered people. Webinar attendees will begin to develop personal definitions of both integrity and civility, which will be refined as new concepts are introduced. Stu Brody, Founder of Integrity Intensive, will be the featured speaker.

Register Today!
Contact: Shaunda Ragland 
(202) 942-4225

Future Webinars
June 4: 2:00 PM-3:15 PM
Strategies for Employers Providing Retiree Health Coverage

June 25: 2:00 PM-3:15 PM
U.S. Supreme Court Decision: Health Insurance Marketplace Tax Credit Subsidies

Archived Webinars
Leadership Series: Managing Upwards-How to Manage Your Manager

The  Excise Tax on High-Cost Health Insurance and Your County

Next Generation 911: Upgrading County Emergency Communications


Bud Hover Announces He Is Leaving WSDA

OLYMPIA – Director Bud Hover announced today he is leaving the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to return to his farm in Okanogan County and spend more time with his wife and family. In his resignation letter to Governor Jay Inslee, Director Hover wrote:

“I believe we have made great strides in the past two years in advancing new and innovative solutions to help solve some of the pressing issues facing agriculture today as well as making great strides in improving efficiency in the Department of Agriculture,” adding, “However, after many hours of discussion with my wife, Tonya, and considering the needs of her aging father, we have decided that it is time to return to the farm and the Methow Valley.”

Governor Jay Inslee thanked Hover for his work at the agency.

“As a farmer himself, Bud has been a tireless advocate for the average farmer, making sure their concerns were heard at the highest levels of government.  He provided key leadership in implementing a state of the art Animal Disease Traceability program that will better protect the state’s vital livestock industry and provided important guidance in the difficult situation we faced with issues at our ports.”

Director Hover was appointed to lead WSDA on April 1, 2013. He will continue to serve through the current Legislative Session, scheduled to conclude April 26, to ensure a smooth transition.

Save the Dates!

Utility Rate Setting Workshops!

The Public Works Board invites you to attend a rate setting workshop. The Board proudly partners with the FCS Group to present a clear understandable approach to rate setting. Learn key concepts on how to plan for capital improvements, obtain public support, develop effective reserve funds, and more.

The FCS Group has 27-years of rate-setting experience with water and wastewater systems. Take advantage of this unique and valuable training!

Who should attend? Elected officials, public works staff, clerk treasurers, financial directors, and anyone else who may benefit. CML, CPO, and CRE credits are available.

Moses Lake: May 21
Big Bend Community College
10a - 3p

Mount Vernon: June 3
Skagit Transit Center
10a - 3p

Questions? Contact Steve Dunk at (360) 725-3157

Kitsap Public Health District's Op Ed: Smoking's Risk to Kids Remains with Vaping


The Washington State Department of Health released data this week which reveal an escalating trend in e-cigarette use among youth. Kitsap County youth are using them at even higher rates than the statewide average. E-cigarettes are not safe for children, and we must take action now to protect them from this harmful nicotine delivery device.

Over the years, there have been successful statewide efforts to reduce youth consumption of tobacco. However, we are poised to lose ground in this battle due to the introduction of so-called electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) — also called vaping pens — and other vapor products. These new nicotine delivery systems are not subject to federal regulation and are inadequately regulated in our state. They are widely available online and in stores, and are easily accessible to youth.

Nicotine is a highly addictive and harmful drug, whether it is delivered via conventional cigarettes or e-devices. Vaping pens are a new way for people to experience the effects of nicotine quickly. The devices use a small electronic heater to create a vapor from liquid mixtures, often called “e-juice.” Use of e-devices has more than tripled since 2012 among Kitsap County eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders, according to the 2014 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey.

Youth exposure to nicotine in this device is a triple-whammy.

First, nicotine exposure during adolescence and fetal development may permanently damage developing brain tissue.

Second, exposure results in addiction. Children, adolescents, and young adults are especially vulnerable to nicotine addiction. Almost half of children studied in the 2011-13 National Youth Tobacco Survey who had never smoked but who had used e-cigarettes at least once intended to start smoking conventional cigarettes.

Third, the e-juice is brought into homes in cartridges, where children may be drawn to the attractive packaging. The packaging often sports cartoonish graphics and brightly colored labels, and there is no requirement for child-safe packaging. Poison control calls related to ingestion of e-juice by 1- to 3-year-olds have skyrocketed over the past two years. Just a few drops of e-juice swallowed or absorbed by the skin can send a child to the emergency room, and ingesting as little as one-third of an ounce of e-juice may be fatal for children.

E-cigarettes are marketed in a way that is appealing to children, including the use of flavors like bubble gum, cotton candy, and chocolate. Currently there is no regulation of e-juice, and no safety monitoring or even much knowledge about the more than 7,000 products on the market to be used in these devices. Several chemicals are often found in e-juice, including formaldehyde, lead, and heavy metals, none of which are considered safe for internal use. In addition, the pens offer youth an easy way to experiment with inhaling new substances, including THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and potentially any other liquid in the youth’s environment.

Some e-cigarette manufacturers market their product as a great way to stop smoking without exposing others to harmful substances. These claims are unfounded. In fact studies are not at all clear on the use of this device to reduce tobacco smoking — many users also smoke cigarettes. Some studies that have tried to determine the level of safety to others from secondhand vapor have found that harmful substances including nicotine are expressed into the air breathed by others, especially in closed spaces. It is not harmless steam. Nicotine in e-cigarettes causes the same physiologic responses as cigarette-based nicotine, including cardiovascular and lung changes, and those that result in harm to unborn children.

Currently in Washington, it is illegal for retailers to sell vaping devices to children, however, there is no funding to provide enforcement of the law. E-cigarettes help users to circumvent smoke-free laws. Multiple states have passed laws regulating e-cigarette use in smoke-free venues. It is time for Washington State to do the same thing. Internet sales and marketing to Washington’s children need to be eliminated. Child-safe packaging must be required. Safety monitoring and regulation of e-juice must occur. Finally, funds need to be made available to combat deceptive marketing/advertising practices, and effectively reduce youth nicotine use.

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, killing more than 1,200 Americans every day (more than 480,000 annually). More than 8 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. Each day, more than 2,000 youth and young adults become daily smokers. The risk of e-devices is not remote, but a very real risk right now. Let us take action as parents, legislators, and as a community to protect our youth now.

Dr. Susan Turner, MD, is the health officer of the Kitsap Public Health District. Contact her at

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