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Council: the hours are getting longer

  • Apr 10, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

Serving on the Bainbridge Island City Council has become time-consuming to the point that holding a full-time job is difficult at best, potentially limiting the pool of candidates who can run. Some wonder how well the community is represented by a council that consists of four retirees, one executive at a family business, one mother with two young children and only one full-time worker.

New charges in HMC case -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

A federal grand jury has returned a new 114-count indictment in the criminal case against Kevin Lawrence and other figures involved in the marketing of stock in Bainbridge-based HMC and Znetix. The new indictments also name four new criminal defendants – Steven J. Reimer, 45, of Sammamish, Larry L. Beaman, 61, of Ridgefield, Michael J. Culp, 32, of Woodinville and Harvey W. Kuiken, 50, of Newcastle.

Olympia seeks accord on budget plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Senate members unveiled their bipartisan transportation tax package late last week, just days after Gov. Gary Locke outlined his proposal and House Democrats sketched out their own response to the state’s transportation needs. The Senate plan includes $298 million for the state ferry system, including money to buy one replacement vessel and to undertake various terminal improvement and maintenance projects, but no breakdown was available to determine how much of that money might go to Bainbridge Island projects.

Cingular to air antenna plan -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Cingular Wireless next week will present Bainbridge Park District commissioners with a proposal to install cellular communications antennas on the water tower at Battle Point Park. The company will make a public presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday during the regularly scheduled park board meeting at the Strawberry Hill Center. Public comment will be accepted, but no board action will be taken.

Whither Rolling Bay Walk?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

For folks who wanted to live on the water, Rolling Bay Walk was the place to be. Homes are wedged in chock-a-block, abutting a seawall that’s more sidewalk than one-lane street. At the edge of the walkway, at low tide, a gravel beach stretches just beyond barnacle-encrusted concrete steps. At high tide, there is nothing but water between “the Walk” and Seattle. “It was a real beach community,” said Rob Smallwood, a contractor who built or remodeled a number of homes along the beachfront neighborhood. “Everybody knew each other, and the kids had the beach and the water.”

Change splits fire board -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Bainbridge fire commissioners Wednesday delayed a vote on reorganization of the department’s top management. On the current organization chart, an executive director oversees the department and all personnel, including the fire chief. An ad hoc committee has spent two months studying whether to switch to a “traditional” model, with the fire chief heading the department.

Under fire, council extends moratorium

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Saying there is no alternative, the Bainbridge City Council Wednesday extended a moratorium on subdivision applications for another four months, a time frame the planning department said would be the minimum necessary to put a new ordinance into place. The move came despite the pleas of everyone who testified at the public hearing on the extension.

Wanted: visibility, accessibility for planning

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Acknowledging that the city’s planning department suffered from either “a significant problem or a major public relations problem,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said she will look for a new director who can restore public confidence. “We need someone who can be active and visible, accountable and accessible for both good and bad,” the mayor said in an interview Thursday. Stephanie Warren, who has been the city’s planning director since 1991, resigned this week effective April 25.

Ballots out soon for 911 sales tax

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

A minor campaign glitch: Some passersby have taken the “911 Yes” signs to be a comment on the Iraq conflict. But the signboards placed at roadsides throughout the county actually promote an upcoming sales tax hike proposed by Kitsap County Central Communications (Cencom), the 911 dispatch service for Bainbridge police and fire and more than a dozen other agencies.

Peace and war fall into conflict -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Passions ignited by the Iraq war turned ugly Friday evening, when two anti-war protesters had a brief scuffle with a veteran at the 305/Winslow Way intersection. No arrests were made, but the case was sent to the prosecutor for review and possible charges of misdemeanor assault against the veteran, a Bainbridge Police spokesman said.

Mom n' pop caught in middle of moratorium

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Everett Thompson and Roberta Newland need a bigger house for their sons age 9 and 13. For two Bainbridge High School teachers – she active, he retired – money is tight. As longtime islanders, though, they have one valuable asset, namely, their land – a 1.3-acre tract off Battle Point Drive in an area zoned for two homes per acre. So their plan was to subdivide the lot, build a new home on one tract, and either keep the existing home as a rental for income, or sell it off to pay for the construction. Those plans, though, have been on hold since last August, when the city imposed a moratorium on all new subdivisions.

Planning Director Warren to resign in April

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Stephanie Warren will resign effective April 25 as director the city’s Department of Planning and Community Development, a position she has held since before the effective date of all-island incorporation. The resignation is contingent upon council approval of an agreement by which Warren would stay on part-time as a special assistant to the mayor through December 2004, which would entitle her to full retirement benefits, according to Mayor Darlene Kordonowy.

Transit makes ferry pitch

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

With legislative authorization likely, Kitsap Transit brought its campaign to take over fast-ferry service to Bainbridge Thursday as Executive Director Dick Hayes pitched the plan to the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon. His argument: It’s us or nobody. And while the plan would require Kitsap County voters to raise their own taxes, Hayes doesn’t think that’s out of the realm of possibility.

Next round of ferry fare hikes OK'd

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

Following a two-hour public hearing Thursday, the citizen-based state Transportation Commission voted to increase general ferry fares by 5 percent beginning May 4, and by another 5 percent next May. The hearing, held in Seattle Thursday, capped off weeks of public comment garnered at eight open houses throughout the Puget Sound region. The forums were hosted by WSF and the Tariff Policy Committee, a group appointed by the Transportation Commission, and 83 written comments were collected from ferry customers during that time.

City may buy the farm, twice

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

It wouldn’t be the largest farm on the block. But the five-acre Morales spread at SR-305 and Lovgreen Road would go a long way toward reclaiming an agricultural district in the heart of the island. So say members of the Bainbridge Island Open Space Commission, who are recommending city purchase of the property. Asking price: $210,000.

Bremerton foot-ferry run thrown overboard

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

The fight for continued passenger-only ferry service is heating up in Olympia, and the Bremerton-to-Seattle run could be a casualty. Reps. Beverly Woods (R-Poulsbo) and Phil Rockefeller (D-Bainbridge Island) Friday rolled out a new bipartisan water transportation strategy before the House Transportation Committee.

‘Critical areas’ get the next look

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

While the city council continues to wrestle with both shoreline and subdivision ordinances, it will begin this week taking a fresh look at its code covering “critical areas.” Ordinance revisions could lead to expanded no-build buffer areas around wetlands and near slopes.

Council nixes sewer proposal -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

A proposal to contribute $500,000 in general revenue to the south-end sewer project was scuttled by the city council Wednesday. Representatives of Pleasant Beach, Point White and Emerald Heights had proposed a plan under which the city would contribute a half-million dollars to build basic infrastructure to connect the neighborhoods to the Fort Ward treatment plant operated by Kitsap County Sewer District No. 7.

Council OKs Kane property purchase

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

In a deal that raised enthusiasm and reservation in roughly equal measure, the Bainbridge Island City Council Wednesday OK’d purchase of the Kane property on Manitou Beach Road. The $350,000 purchase, said to be key to the restoration of an estuarine environment, had the conditional support of the Open Space Commission. “We cannot answer some of the questions that need to be answered before this goes forward,” said Connie Waddingon, commission member, adding, “what this really is (is) taking a chance to purchase the property.”

Ethics ordinance hits a nerve at City Hall

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

A proposed ethics ordinance drew fire from city employees this week, with one planner accusing a councilman of advancing the proposal to see him fired from his job. In a hearing before the city council Wednesday, associate planner Josh Machen said Councilman Bill Knobloch was using the ordinance in a “personal vendetta.” “I believe (Knobloch) has pursued this ordinance as his vehicle to discredit me and disrupt my life,” Machen said. “He has implied in so many words that he would like to see me fired.”

New clearing law proposed -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

The Bainbridge Island City Council tonight will introduce an ordinance that would prohibit unpermitted clearing of areas bigger than 1,000 square feet. Currently, there are no limits on the clearing of underbrush or trash trees like alders, and no limits on logging up to 5,000 board feet of merchantable timber, according to city planning staffer Steve Morse. “We are concerned about erosion control and critical areas,” Morse said. “People aren’t allowed to clear in critical areas, but they may not realize they have them on their property.”

Three-year fight comes to an end

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

The Bainbridge Island City Council tonight will formally decide that an 1,800-square-foot home cannot be built behind a bulkhead on the Point Monroe Sandspit – a decision that took the council three years to make, and that the attorney for the losing party says will be appealed. No one is completely happy with the process, even those who agree with the decision the council is expected to make.

New townhomes planned on Winslow Way

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

The largest piece of undeveloped property in downtown Winslow will become home to some 30 residential units and 19,000 square feet of retail and office space if a pre-application filed this week comes to fruition. The multi-building mixed-use development is planned for a two-acre site at 298 Winslow Way West, on the north side of the street between Winslow Green and Grow Avenue.

'Don't force us into a box'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

When it comes to preserving the island’s character, the rototiller, mower and pruner have their place. So said islanders who turned out Wednesday evening to argue against a new plan to surround subdivisions with buffers of vegetation. The complaints were about property rights, but also about the city council’s perceived focus on trees to the exclusion of other amenities like lawns and gardens. “You’re proposing to allow development only if nobody can see it,” said Arlene Buetow. “People like open pastures.”

Deal could see estuary restored

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

The city’s next open space purchase could lead to reclamation of an estuary in Murden Cove. The city council Wednesday will consider purchase of the 1.3-acre “Kane property” off Manitou Beach Drive, a parcel that is key to any plans for the marsh project. Open Space Commission member Dwight Sutton described the $350,000 purchase proposal as a “placeholder,” to let the city explore the environmental project that is backed by many neighbors. “We’ve got a challenge,” Sutton said, “but even if it doesn’t work, we still have something we wouldn’t have otherwise – namely, the beach.”

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