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Candidate Kucinich fires up island crowd

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

Saying he wants to “break the shackles of fear” that have gripped the country since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich offered a vision of a nation reconnected to the world and restored to fundamental optimism. Speaking to a crowd of more than 300 in the Bainbridge High School auditorium Saturday evening, the fourth-term Ohio congressman placed himself in the vanguard of a movement to embrace a positive national identity – one that would reverse what he sees as a tide of escalating military aggression, expanding corporate power and shrinking civil liberties.

Dump stops taking city ditch spoils

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

On-island or off? The Bainbridge City Council tonight will consider whether a citizen panel formed to look at off-island options for disposing of roadside waste materials should consider sites closer to home. The question has become somewhat more urgent in recent days because the most readily available off-island alternative – the Olympic View Sanitary Landfill in Port Orchard – stopped accepting new material last Friday.

Will moratorium be lifted by fall?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

The Bainbridge City Council tonight will consider yet another extension of a year-long and increasingly unpopular moratorium on subdivisions. And although a new draft ordinance on short plats and large-lot subdivisions may not be what the council wants, the chair of the Land Use Committe believes it can be passed within two months – and the moratorium lifted in that time frame. “I think we are close to an agreement,” Councilman Michael Pollock said this week. “We just need to clarify with staff that open space (in new subdivisions) is not optional.”

Mayor to tap administrator -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

Having winnowed the field to two, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy plans to select an interim city administrator early next week, perhaps in time for confirmation at Wednesday’s council meeting. “They are both strong, experienced people, and we could flip a coin and be OK,” Kordonowy said.

Planning fee hike advances

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

The Bainbridge City Council’s finance committee Monday advanced to the full council a measure to double the hourly fees charged by the planning department from $90 to $180 per hour. The department charges hourly fees for certain non-routine matters, most of which involve subdivisions or other significant development projects. City figures show that the fees charged by the planning department cover less than a quarter of the department’s cost of issuing the permits. Those costs include things like a share of the costs of City Hall, a portion of the costs of general city administration and the costs of land-use litigation, whether instituted by the developer or those inquiring about or protesting the development.

School projects blocked by code

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

Island School on Day Road wants to build a multi-purpose room, a place where the whole school community can come together for meetings and performances, or where the kids can play indoors on rainy days. But under the city code, that can’t be done. The Bainbridge Racquet Club wants to expand, adding an exercise facility and other amenities. But under current city code, it can’t do so unless it takes out one of its five tennis courts and one of its two racquetball courts.

City mulls Blakely dock ban

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

If ordinances were simply a matter of reflecting the desires of the majority, there is little doubt that no more docks would be allowed in Blakely Harbor. But whether a proposal to ban new docks on the quiet harbor is legal is another question, and nobody seems quite sure how it would be resolved. “We have a right to ask the state, and to see how the Department of Ecology responds,” said Larry Frazier, interim planning director for the city.

Lande named island parks boss

  • Jul 12, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

He hadn’t planned on making a career move to Bainbridge, but everywhere Terry Lande looked, he found the island in his field of vision. Just opening a door at a relative’s house in Seattle, he was confronted by a “Bainbridge Island” T-shirt. “We had all kinds of weird experiences – signs like it was supposed to happen,” Lande said. It did. Lande, 49, was hired Thursday as the next director of the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District. The announcement was made after a unanimous vote by district commissioners.

A Fourth for fires

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:45PM

Small blazes blamed on the discharge of fireworks kept island fire crews moving over the weekend. The most significant fire scorched a hillside off Logg Road near the vacant end of Rolling Bay Walk, threatening homes and utility poles, Bainbridge Island Fire Chief Jim Walkowski said.

Island Center plan takes the long view

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:45PM

If Bainbridge’s commercial areas had a beauty and ambience contest, there’s little doubt that Island Center would finish last. Instead of the Tudor distinctiveness of Lynwood Center or the rustic appeal of Rolling Bay, Island Center features the bold reds and blues of a strip center. And one can’t ignore the traffic along Miller Road, the major thoroughfare on the west side of the island.

Stollman bids for return to council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:45PM

Saying she wants to restore a sense of civility and community to local government, former two-term city council member Annette Stollman has announced her candidacy for the North Ward seat of Norm Wooldridge, who is retiring from the council. “Politics is one thing, personal relations are another,” Stollman said. “You don’t have to be be hostile towards people when you disagree with them.”

Health District faults city for decant operation

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:45PM

Bainbridge needs a decant facility, and it needs one on the island. But the most recent proposed site at the city’s Head of the Bay property may well be “out.” In fact, some of the city’s current operations there should be terminated, and the site cleaned up sooner rather than later, according to county health officials. “I’m not going to tell Public Works they have to stop using that site today, but using it for two years while deciding what to do long term is not an option,” said John Kiess, county environmental health specialist. “We need a decision quickly.”

Fire, ferry heads discuss protection around terminal

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:45PM

To resolve a potentially life-threatening impasse over fire service around the Winslow terminal, Washington State Ferries sent its top man to the Bainbridge Fire Department last week to discuss a new contract between the agencies. Ferry CEO Mike Thorne came to the island to hear Bainbridge Fire’s side of the issue, Chief Jim Walkowski said, and has promised a response within two weeks. “He heard us. That’s what we wanted,” Walkowski said. “He didn’t say ‘that’s not going to happen’ on any of our points, but said he would get back to us.’” At issue is the contract under which BIFD provides fire-protection services for WSF facilities, including the terminal, vessels that may be in port, and the Eagle Harbor maintenance yard.

Update on city financial status -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:45PM

Revenue is down a bit from projections, and spending is up a tad, but neither trend is particularly serious, according to city Finance Director Ralph Eells. Eells will spell out the city’s financial status in greater detail at a special council workshop at 7 p.m. June 24 in City Hall. “We have enough money to do everything the council put in the budget for the year, but maybe not enough money for some of the additions the council would like to make,” Eells said.

Winslow Way stop signs curbed

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:45PM

It took a stop sign to get the downtown business community going. A group of Winslow businesspeople and property owners, generally characterized as “the heavy hitters,” turned out Wednesday evening to discuss plans for the intersection of Winslow Way with Ericksen Avenue and Bjune Drive. While what was said was important, some say the fact that it was being said in a unified fashion was even more significant.

Judge smites shoreline moratorium

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:45PM

Saying the city exceeded its legal authority, Kitsap Superior Court Judge Leonard Costello this week invalidated Bainbridge Island’s moratorium on new dock and bulkhead construction. “Because the legislature has authorized the use of moratoria in other similar land development statutes and it did not include such authority in the Shorelines Management Act, no such authority can be implied by local governments,” Costello wrote in his decision.

Blame enough to go around for City Hall woes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:45PM

From the inside, Bainbridge Island’s city government is a divisive, dysfunctional organization characterized by weak leadership, inconsistent direction, distrust and defensiveness, and rock-bottom morale. And while the problems go back for years, the current city council has made matters worse, according to a report from consultant Sandra Davis. “Today, the greatest discord within the organization is between the city council and the executive office and between council and staff, whereas in 1997 the tension was between management and staff,” Davis wrote in a draft report, released Friday morning.

Subdivision plan finds little support

  • Jun 18, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:45PM

Clearly weary of a year-long moratorium on the subdivision of island land, local developers and property owners hammered on proposed new rules. Builder Andy Mueller told the council it was hurting residents’ livelihoods, and to simply pass the subdivision ordinance and be ready to take its chances in court. “If this is legally defensible, let’s go see,” Mueller said.

Quintet of finalists for top park post

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

Bainbridge park commissioners have winnowed to five the finalists for the district’s directorship. The five are: * Terry Lande, Springfield, Ore. – director of Willamalane Park and Recreation District; * Ken Heany, University Place, Wash. – 20-plus years experience with the Tacoma Metropolitan Park District, currently serving as manager; * Thomas Kruse, Vallejo Calif. – administrator for the Greater Vallejo Recreation District; * William Graeff, Flagstaff, Ariz. – director of the Coconio County Parks and Recreation Department; * Kevin Beck, Astoria, Ore. – director, Astoria Park and Community Services.

Drowning victim ID'd -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

A drowning victim whose body was recovered in the waters of Agate Passage last Saturday was a Suquamish woman, police say. The victim was identified as Jennifer Jane Hanscom, age 51, of Suquamish, although she had some years ago changed her name and identity to that of a man, and was known to friends and associates as Paul Goodman. Hanscom/Goodman was identified when officers showed her picture to checkers at area markets, looking for anyone who knew her.

Maharishi plans spa on island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

It’s like a flashback from the ‘60s, but this time with neatly trimmed hair and button-down clothes. Followers of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru to the Beatles and a generation of no-longer-young Americans, want to build a Vedic education center on a 10-acre site on North Madison Avenue to train practitioners and offer treatments to guests.

Winslow Way session slated -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

The Bainbridge Island City Council will hold a special meeting beginning at 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall to consider plans for rebuilding Winslow Way from Ericksen Avenue to the highway. The first hour of the meeting will be devoted to artists’ plans to beautify the “gateway” portion of the street from the highway across the ravine and into downtown Winslow.

Bicyclist killed in collision on highway

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

A bicyclist was killed in a collision with a vehicle on the highway at Agatewood Road Monday night. Thomas A. Kendall, age 59, of Port Townsend, was pronounced dead at the scene after the 11:15 p.m. accident. He was not wearing a helmet, and his bicycle was not equipped with a headlight, police say.

Fire blamed on propane blast

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

A blaze destroyed a third-floor unit at the Island Homestead Apartments on Wyatt Way Monday evening, with smoke and water damage to other units displacing five families. No injuries were reported. The fire, which started on an apartment balcony, was blamed on a “flash” explosion caused when propane gas built up in a barbecue and ignited as the grill was lit.

Subdivision plan gets latest airing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

Before it lifts a year-long moratorium on subdivision applications, the Bainbridge Island City Council plans to make major changes to the process that it hopes will both allow for future growth and preserve open space in a legal fashion. While the public will get its first chance to comment at tonight’s council meeting, it likely won’t be the last chance. “The council’s land-use committee will probably want to make additional changes after hearing public comment, and I would anticipate another public hearing after that,” said city long-range planner Libby Hudson.

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