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Sewer stalls; Ericksen approved -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

South-end residents vented frustration at the city council Wednesday evening, as a design contract for sewer extensions stalled. “We’ve worked on this for five years,” Pleasant Beach resident Julie Schulte told the council. “Now is not the time to kill it.”

Remembering a boy who lived on purpose

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

The eight hikers may look like the other backpackers on Olympic Park trails this weekend, but they are distinguished by their purpose. They walk in memory of Hayden Strum, who died of a brain tumor just before his seventh birthday, and to raise money to help other kids with cancer.

Is project too tall, or not tall enough?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

What comes down may go back up. Case in point: a two-building mixed-use project planned for the north side of High School Road, just east of American Marine Bank. Two weeks after asking developers to sink the project further into the earth to conceal its parking garage, Bainbridge Island Planning Commissioners Thursday asked that more retail space be added to the project – even if that means making it taller again.

Island's strawberry crop in short supply

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Bainbridge Island’s Strawberry King and Queen don’t have much of a kingdom this year. The regal pair will be presented to the crowds at today’s Street Fair, but the sweet fruit they symbolize is in short supply. The Bainbridge crop, grown commercially on the four acres of Bainbridge Island Farms co-owned by Karen Selvar and Dick McKinney, has been hit by black root rot fungus.

Discord reigns over south-end sewers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Before the city takes the next step towards south-end sewers, some council members want residents to guarantee at least some of the up-front costs. “The city has shown its good faith, and now it’s time for the neighborhoods to step up,” Norm Wooldridge, public works chair, told south-enders at a Monday committee meeting.

Parking restrictions likely near school

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Driving a car to school is part of growing up, school officials say. So the city should allow on-street parking to take the overflow from the Bainbridge High School grounds. “We have to be cognizant of the adolescent experience,” Deputy Superintendent Ken Crawford told a city council panel Wednesday.

Teachers want 'civility policy' for parents

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Aggressive and sometimes rude parents are making teaching more difficult, Bainbridge educators say. Adults barging into classrooms, demanding information and berating teachers in front of students are examples of bad behavior that would be outlawed under a draft policy against uncivil parental conduct. “We have standards of behavior for kids and for staff, but not for parents,” said Cheryl Dale, school board president. “We’re saying, there is a proper way of behaving for adults.”

Island valuations spiraling upwards

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

The bad news for property taxpayers is that Bainbridge Island property-value assessments continue to soar. But there is good news as well. First, on-the-spot physical inspections – which happen only once every six years – didn’t hike local assessments any more than usual. Second, the rest of Kitsap County showed unusually large increases.

Patrol calls off ferry searches -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Faced with a dearth of new information about terrorist threats to state ferries, the Washington State Patrol has called off its random searches of vehicles waiting to board. In a news release, the WSP said it undertook the searches at the request of the Coast Guard.

Late bills irk permit applicants

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

When the city moved from flat fees to hourly charges for some planning department work, it told permit applicants they would benefit by knowing what the planners were doing. It hasn’t worked out as planned. Bills have arrived late – as much as 18 months late. Errors have been frequent – on recipient says he has been billed for work on projects that are not his. And the bills have been so vague that there is no accountability at all.

Honest Tom's World of Wheels

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Perhaps you see yourself cruising along a desert highway in a vintage Lincoln, massaged by the 462 throbbing cubic inches of American muscle under the hood, heading toward Vegas and your rendezvous with Frank and Dino at the Sands. Then again, your imagination may go no further than your own basement, and you see yourself happily trudging away the morning on a second-hand NordicTrak. As the body wanders amongst the acres of...of stuff for sale at this weekend’s Rotary Auction and Rummage, so inevitably does the mind.

Rowley bolts island schools for California

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Steve Rowley is stepping down as superintendent of Bainbridge schools. Rowley signed a letter of resignation June 21 that will be formally accepted by the school board at Thursday’s meeting. He leaves Bainbridge at the end of the month, to replace the retiring superintendent of the Fremont Union School District – five high schools that serve 9,000 students in California’s Silicon Valley.

Few complaints over random car searches

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

While civil libertarians may question their legality, random searches of vehicles at the Winslow ferry terminal Friday morning didn’t appear to disturb those on the receiving end. “Glad you’re doing this,” a Port Townsend motorist said to the two Washington State Patrol troopers, as they searched his Volkswagen bug while he waited for the 11:10 sailing. “I ride this ferry quite a bit, and I’m glad these folks are here making it safe,” he said.

City stung by 'horrible' audit results

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

City of Bainbridge Island financial statements for 1999-2000 contained so many errors, that the city’s affairs could not be audited for the period. Even after three attempts by city finance officers to provide accurate information, the books were still riddled with mistakes.

Transit adds four routes -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Kitsap Transit has added four new daily routes on Bainbridge Island. The routes will be in addition to the regular, commuter-oriented morning and afternoon routes, and will make three midday runs each between Winslow and outlying areas.

City looks at quick fixes for parking

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

While a long-term solution to downtown parking problems goes back to committee for review, the city will look at short-term measures that can be taken now. The leading candidate may be cracking down on folks who ignore the time limitations on downtown parking. “I think we need to take a look at adding someone immediately to beef up our enforcement,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said.

Poor audit blamed on staff training

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Lack of trained staff is the principal reason for the city’s inability to comply with state accounting standards, city accounting manager Karl Shaw says. The recent addition of a staff accountant should fix the problem, he said, especially if the city maintains the position as full time. “The problem hasn’t been the amount of staff, but the amount of qualified staff,” Shaw told the Bainbridge City Council’s Finance Committee Monday. “You can’t just hire accounting clerks.”

A senior moment: BHS Class of 2002 is free

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

The sun, emerging at last, transformed the upturned mortarboards into a sparkling, nearly blinding expanse. Family and friends seated in the stadium above the graduating seniors donned sunglasses, but didn’t stop cheering. The headgear, customized by many of the seniors with glitter glue, metallic ribbons and other reflective materials, revealed other characteristics of the class of 2002 besides humor; the National Honor Society gold cords that meant students maintained a 3.6 grade point average dangled from nearly a quarter of the 289 mortarboards, while the class as a whole achieved a four-year grade point average of better than 3.1.

Apartment/hotel complex delayed

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Even the developers admit that their apartment-hotel complex wouldn’t fit in with today’s High School Road. But, they argue, the project sets the tone for the future. “It is out of character today,” said Franco Mola of developer Base Capital in Bellevue, “but the zoning was created so that this area would redevelop, and it is consistent with that zoning.”

Is business getting too big for Winslow?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Though still vibrant, the Bainbridge economy is feeling pinched by limited physical space, declining public-sector budgets and rising home prices. But for those businesses able to overcome those obstacles, the island is a hospitable market both financially and personally, according to local entrepreneurs. “Not surprisingly, Bainbridge Island is a big market for financial services,” said Rex Townsend, CEO of American Marine Bank. “Our main office is the largest financial insitution in Kitsap County, with $15 million more in deposits than anyone else.”

Metro, ferries teaming up -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Metro, ferries teaming up Starting next week, ferry commuters on Central Sound routes will be receiving information on how carpooling and vanpooling can make their daily trips easier. Commuters will also be introduced to the newest commute service, VanShare.

New forestry commission puts down roots

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

When a developer clear-cut a parcel along Madison Avenue two years ago to build condos, some island residents decided that something had to be done to protect trees. A citizen advisory group decided what was needed was not punishment and enforcement, but more education and planning.

How $100 million earned Znetix no interest

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

The lure to investors – HMC and Znetix would revolutionize fitness and medicine by integrating exercise and health care under one roof. Investors and lenders sunk over $100 million into that promise. The reality – a spending spree of staggering proportions by HMC insiders. The bottom line: Total cash inflows: $100.767 million. Total cash outflows: $100.601 million. Cash balance in 2002: $167,475.

Student scores 'solid' on latest tests

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Bainbridge kids still make the grade. Results from tests administered to third and sixth graders this spring – the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills measuring achievement, and the Cognitive Abilities Test of ability – show island students scoring higher than nearly three-quarters of the national student sample.

Parking garage financing plan crumbles

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

While downtown Winslow has a parking problem, a multi-level public garage may not be the way to solve it, at least for now. And though merchants would benefit from more parking, those benefits aren’t great enough to provide a funding source for a garage.

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