Port Townsend City Hall will reopen to the public Monday

Posted 4/8/21

Things will begin to start looking a bit more normal around Port Townsend’s City Hall starting Monday, April 12 as the public will be permitted to return to the building. 

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Port Townsend City Hall will reopen to the public Monday

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Things will begin to start looking a bit more normal around Port Townsend’s City Hall starting Monday, April 12 as the public will be permitted to return to the building. 

City Manager John Mauro explained that the reopening was a step toward normalcy, but it would be some time yet before the city could let its guard down.

“It won’t be like it used to be, where you’d kind of roam around and see the wonderful building and find the staff member that you know and kind of knock on their door,” Mauro said at the city council's April 5 meeting.

Mauro said that while a local health mandate barring large in-person gatherings remains in place, the city should prepare for when the mandate is lifted and plan to make accommodations for visitors both in person and virtually.

In-person visitors to city hall will pass through a front desk area where staff will assist them with their business.

Appointments will still be required for certain city services and a full list of guidelines is expected to be made public on the city’s website Friday, April 9.

Citing the recent reopening of the Mountain View Pool, Mauro said staff have been excited to resume serving the people of Port Townsend. 

“Once we get the kinks worked out, the staff are just overjoyed to see the public again,” Mauro said.

“And hopefully the other way around as well.” 

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HarveyW

As a member of the public, I would like to see completion of John Mauro's review, shelved after information regarding his lack of qualifications surfaced. The building may be open, public process is not. Appointed mayor Sandoval finds it not necessary to deal with this reality regarding who she vetted.

I also have a letter to City Council and BOCC regarding Mauro using Main Street to eliminate yet more parking for a "'parklet", using BOCC approved funds. No response. A letter I am writing today to both entities asks for clarification of the process. Seems to me with no enforcement and what I know will be a record busy season starting now, parking, not a park is needed. Has been the case for around 7 years.

Perhaps a qualified person would be able to see that "recovery" means access, following laws, and answers to the public when asked for.

Thursday, April 8