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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.

Woman’s body found in sound -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

Authorities have yet to determine the identity of a woman whose body was found floating in Agate Passage Saturday morning. Neighbors with a dinghy recovered the body after spotting it from shore around 9 a.m. The body showed no trauma besides bruising that would be consistent with a fall, and an autopsy showed the cause of death to be drowning, Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said.

Nordby leaving city next month

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

Frustrated by conflicts with the City Council, Administrator Lynn Nordby announced yesterday that he will retire effective July 31 to become senior project manager with MuniFinancial, a California-based consulting firm. The only full-time administrator Bainbridge Island has ever had, Nordby was hired by then-mayor Sam Granato in January 1991, four weeks before what was then the city of Winslow annexed the rest of the island. “The position was created in anticipation of all-island government,” Nordby said. “While I have enjoyed the challenge of creating an organization, it is time to do something else.”

Is fast-food law a matter of taste?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

While the formula fast-food ordinance may have helped keep Bainbridge Island from looking like “Anyplace USA,” it may not be legal, and it may not be broad enough, says City Councilman Norm Wooldridge. Instead, Wooldridge says, the city should look at design guidelines that will protect Bainbridge’s appearance without discriminating against non-local businesses. “Is it the franchises we’re concerned about or the look?” Wooldridge asked. “I think it’s the look. And while we’d like to protect the little local businesses – I’d like to – we can’t. It’s illegal.”

Library will warn patrons on privacy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

The Bainbridge Library is warning patrons that the federal government may be reading over their shoulders. The Kitsap Regional Library Board of Trustees voted May 28 voted to post a warning in KRL branches to counter provisions of the USA Patriot Act – an acronym for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” – that allow government agents to review library records without demonstrating “probable cause.”

Home prices see wild surge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

After spending the last year in a holding pattern, the Bainbridge Island real-estate market rocketed upwards in May, with both sales volume and prices climbing significantly from this time last year. Figures released by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service this week showed that 52 home and condominium sales were finalized in May 2003, compared to 37 a year ago.

Burglar gets 15-year sentence

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

He drifted through a three-county area, harvesting high-dollar households for cash, jewelry, and whatever else caught his eye. He worked by night, and few heard him come and go; those who did often waited crucial minutes before summoning police. The pattern of his crimes was identical everywhere – occupied, unlocked homes in waterfront neighborhoods, small valuables taken, doors left ajar when he left. “He just walked around and looked for the biggest, most expensive houses he could find,” said Scott Anderson, Bainbridge Police detective.

City legal bills keep climbing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

Believing it could find ways to reduce the city’s hefty legal costs, the Bainbridge City Council budgeted $400,000 for legal services in 2003, a 28 percent reduction from the $556,000 actually spent in 2002. The results so far are not encouraging. In the first four months of this year, legal spending is up substantially. At the current rate of spending, Bainbridge Island would pay some $630,000 on legal bills this year, exceeding the budget by almost a quarter million dollars.

Council opposes 'Patriot' provisions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

Islanders waved the flag in dissent Wednesday evening, giving the city council a standing ovation as it passed a resolution opposing the federal USA Patriot Act. “At stake is what our definition of America is,” said Kathy Horsley, one of the resolution’s supporters. Unanimous council support for a resolution introduced that evening followed often-emotional testimony by members of the Bainbridge Island Bill of Rights Defense Committee and other citizens.

Westhome breaks ground

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

If the weather cooperates, nine low-income Bainbridge families will celebrate Christmas in new and affordable apartments in downtown Winslow. Ground will be broken at 11 a.m. this morning on Janet Westhome, on Knechtel Way west of Helpline House. The complex is named for the late Janet West, former mayor and longtime affordable-housing advocate.

All foes, no friends for decant facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

Bainbridge residents seem in complete agreement over the best location for a new “decant” facility. They want it to go elsewhere – off-island if possible, or perhaps to the former dump site on Vincent Road – and nowhere near their own neighborhood. A recommendation to upgrade the existing site at the Head of the Bay drew outrage and protests from nearby residents concerned about truck traffic and pollution, at an open house Thursday at the Commons.

Commodore doom looms -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

The school district will go to bid next week for demolition of the aging third of the Commodore Center, a 50-year-old wing beset by a sieve-like roof and other problems. Under an aggressive schedule approved by the school board Thursday, district officials hope to award the winning bid on June 12 and have most of the work done by time school resumes next fall.

'JeanDome' may open by end of year

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

It may not look like much today – even “utilitarian” might be a compliment. But park officials see, if not beauty, potential charm in a spare metal building at John Nelson Park, which should be ready for use as a recreation center by the end of this year. The Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District board Thursday approved a $26,000 remodel, to make the building suitable for aerobics classes, kindergym, martial arts and other activities.

Trailer park gets a new lease on life

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

The Islander Mobile Home Park is an economic anomaly – the island’s most affordable owner-occupied housing on some of Bainbridge’s most valuable land. So when word spread that long-time park owner Pat Alderman was considering selling the property, the park’s residents – many of them elderly and on fixed incomes – feared that their tenure was about to end. With quick and coordinated action from the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority, the city and the park’s homeowner association – backed by Alderman’s commitment to the park’s residents – KCCHA will buy the property, preserving it “as is” for at least 10 years, and as affordable housing permanently.

Geoduck clam hearing Wednesday -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

The state Department of Natural Resources will go before a city hearing examiner this morning, seeking approval for the harvest of geoduck clams on more than 1,500 acres of state-owned bedlands around Bainbridge Island. The DNR is seeking a shoreline conditional use permit for a commercial harvest on tracts in the Agate Passage, Battle Point, Murden Cove, Port Madison and Skiff Point areas.

Bank project trips over sidewalk

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

The main drag just isn’t big enough for everybody, and islanders may see a showdown on Winslow Way. The problem: the Winslow Master Plan calls for 10-foot sidewalks in the downtown area, a requirement that American Marine Bank has been told to meet as part of its building expansion. But more concrete means less asphalt, as widening the sidewalk means shrinking the street. And if the street shrinks any further, there may not be room for delivery trucks to service local merchants.

Bargains are old hat to her

  • May 21, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

It’s a big change – and then again, it isn’t. Bargain Boutique store manager Willie Grimm is stepping down June 1 after 23 years, but the slot will be filled by long-time assistant manager Patty Pelandini. Grimm came on board as a volunteer in 1970, a year after the doors opened. Trace her history with the second-hand store, founded to underwrite care that Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle gives to less-advantaged families, and one has learned nearly the whole story of Bargain Boutique’s evolution.

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