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Fate of Port Orchard's Active Club to be discussed this week

Port Orchard's Public Property Committee will meet this week to discuss the fate of the city-owned Active Club without notifying the groups that use the facility, but will take no action about its final disposition at that time.

The club, located at 1025 Tacoma St. in Port Orchard, is owned by the city which in turn rents it to a variety of community groups. This includes the local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous, which holds as many as three daily meetings.

A request by the local Boys and Girls Club to manage the building that could potentially displace AA was discussed by the city council in December but no action was taken. Instead it was tabled, so it could be addressed by the committee.

The committee, which cannot take independent action, will make recommendations that will be brought up at a study session (which could be as soon as January 19). Following this, the staff will receive instructions about the specifics of a resolution to be addressed by the full council.

The Public Property Committee meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. January 14 at Port Orchard City Hall.

During the public comment section of the January 12 council meeting, Port Orchard resident Gerry Harmon asked if the groups who use the facility had been notified of the meeting, and was told they had not.

As the committee is to meet two days after the council meeting there was no time to send out a mail notification. Council member Carolyn Powers said there was time to notify the groups by telephone, but that probably would not happen.

City Attorney Greg Jacoby said committee meetings are open to the public, but since there are no decisions made at committee meetings the city is not required to provide any additional notice beyond the "Committee Meetings" section of the agenda--which it had done.

Jacoby added that it was up to the committee to decide whether it would allow the public to address its meeting, which also holds true for the study session (although the council will usually recognize the public during these sessions).

The public will have the opportunity to comment about the meeting where the council takes action prior to the vote. Those who are interested will need to contact City Hall or refer to the

Port Orchard web site for information about the specific agenda.

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