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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.”

Students march left, right, center

  • Mar 8, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

School wasn’t officially out, but classes were downsized. A sheet-sized sign lettered “No Iraq War” formed the backdrop, as more than 200 Bainbridge High students walked out of classes Wednesday morning to rally on school grounds, signing petitions and airing views about the looming conflict. “Civil disobedience – that’s what today is about, folks,” senior Mackenzie Adams said. “We have to fight. We can’t work within the confines of the system.” The rally was organized by the Peace Coalition, an after-school anti-war group founded last fall. Student organizers passed out leaflets at school Tuesday afternoon, and notified BHS Principal Dave Ellick Wednesday morning.

Laptops stolen from school -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37PM

Laptop computers and prescription drugs were reported stolen from the Commodore building over the weekend. A custodian reported the thefts Saturday morning, after finding interior doors and windows broken to gain entry to offices and classrooms, according to police reports.

Costs cloud future of sewer plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37PM

As the Bainbridge City Council decides whether to spend $500,000 to help build sewers in four south-end neighborhoods, new cost estimates are creating new doubts about the plan. “It feels like two steps forward, one step back,” said Charles Hawk of Rockaway Beach, an advocate for the sewer extension. “But we will keep working to bring down those costs any way we can.”

Schools trust plans ambitious drive

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37PM

Lower class sizes and teacher retention are the goals of an ambitious fund drive planned by the Bainbridge Public Schools Trust. Organizers hope to raise $1.6 million in private donations this spring, to supplement state and local tax support for the 4,000-student district. “That is our wish and goal,” said Jeff Vincent, trust board president. “Will we get that this year? I doubt it. But we’re trying to get people to understand the needs that are out there in our schools.

Locals blast subdivision plan -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37PM

Proposed revisions to the city’s subdivision ordinance failed the popularity test at a public hearing before the Bainbridge Island City Council this week. Developers and residents who want to subdivide their properties told the council Wednesday that required buffers would leave them no room to build homes or even maintain gardens. Others said the regulations would be confiscatory and spark litigation.

Changes afoot at fire department

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37PM

The hot topics around the Bainbridge Island Fire Department these days have less to do with suppression, more with organization. An organization study under way promises to have long-term implications for the department – perhaps leading to elimination of the executive director position, and elevation of the operations chief to a largely administrative “fire chief” post. “The operation of the fire department is changing significantly, (and) we’re trying to put the best practices in place,” said Glen Tyrrell, fire commissioner. “As the department becomes bigger, we want to have a system in place that allows us to grow, and not spend months going through what we’re going through now.”

Sewer district demands cash up front

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37PM

In order to service the south-end customers who want sewer connections, the Fort Ward treatment plant will have to undergo a significant expansion. And to pay for that, the Kitsap County Sewer District No. 7 will need $1.5 million cash up front from the city. “I don’t see us starting construction until we’ve got the money in hand to pay the bills,” said KCSD commissioner Gayle Ashton.

Haney named interim police chief

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37PM

Bainbridge Police Lt. Matt Haney will serve as interim chief of Bainbridge Police. Haney, a relative newcomer to the department, was appointed Friday by Mayor Darlene Kordonowy. The appointment was made on the recommendation of Bainbridge Police Chief Bill Cooper, who retires from public service this week to take a job at Microsoft, and with the backing of the department’s uniformed officers.

Planners see bold future for ferry yard

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37PM

A maritime village with a boatyard, marina, hotel, restaurants and art facilities could develop on the five acres of Eagle Harbor waterfront now occupied by the ferry maintenance yard. It won’t happen for a few years yet, and even then, only if Washington State Ferries decides to move its maintenance facility into Seattle as a consultant has recommended. But a group of interested volunteers says it’s not too early to start planning. They are holding an open house at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Commons to unveil their plan, and they want plenty of public input.

Lobbying begins for Pritchard Park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37PM

The will is there. Now it’s a matter of finding the ways and means. That’s the report from Olympia after a delegation of islanders traveled to the state capital to make a pitch for state funding to help build a memorial to the World War II exclusion of the island’s Japanese-American citizens, and acquire the nearby acreage for a public park. Despite the state’s record budget shortfall, the city’s volunteer lobbyist is optimistic.

Mass-mailings, mass theft -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37PM

More than 200 pieces of stolen mail were recovered in a garbage can outside the Island Center business area early Tuesday. While most of the items were “junk mail,” police believe other items with personal information, including credit card statements, had been culled and remain in the hands of thieves. “People on this island are good targets,” Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said. “They’ve got high credit limits and rural mailboxes.”

Council may drop 'open space' requirement

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37PM

After further review, the Bainbridge Island City Council’s land-use committee decided that “open space” by another name is just as open. So rather than trying to adjust and buttress requirement for “open space” in new subdivisions, the committee will recommend dropping the requirements altogether – at least under the “open space” name – in favor of buffers, tree retention and protection of critical areas.

Home team takes a new name

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37PM

Downtown Winslow has fallen off the map – literally – and entered the realm of oral tradition. Because it’s hard to sell something that no longer exists on paper, Team Winslow has changed its name to Bainbridge Island Downtown Association. “This is for our work off-island,” said BIDA Executive Director Cris Beattie. “There is no more Winslow ferry, and Winslow is not on the map anymore since the whole island became one city, so people didn’t know what ‘Winslow’ had to do with Bainbridge Island.”

Christmas in February -- open space comes free

  • Feb 22, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:37PM

The third purchase under the city’s open space program comes at a very good price: free. The 13-acre M&E Christmas tree farm, off Lovgreen Road east of the highway, is now in public ownership, thanks to a Bainbridge High School graduate who made good in the world of finance. The land was donated by Elizabeth Grossman, who graduated from Bainbridge High School as Liz Helbig in 1962. Having retired to philanthropy at age 50 after a career in the investment field, Grossman now lives in California. “Her interest is open space,” said Dwight Sutton, the Open Space Commission member who helped broker the donation. “She wants to see trails, and opportunities for people to get back to nature.”

Federal grants fill local coffers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

Leftovers in the refrigerator may not be too exciting. But leftovers in the budget can come as a happy surprise to cash-strapped local agencies. Both the city of Bainbridge Island and Kitsap Transit were on the receiving end of such surprises last week, getting a total of over half a million in “leftover” federal money from the Puget Sound Regional Council, the agency that prioritizes regional projects for federal grant funds.

Volunteers plant trail mix -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

Steady rain softened the earth, not the turnout, as nearly two dozen volunteers showed up for a community tree and shrub planting in Winslow Saturday morning. The site was a newly developed pedestrian trail off Bjune Drive. By the time volunteers were done, about 210 plants had gone in, with varieties including evergreen huckleberry, red flowering currant, snowberry and vine maples. The plants were tucked into a thick blanket of mulch provided by the city public works department.

How will ferries fare in Olympia?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

Faced with popular demands to spend less while doing more, local legislators are more than happy to hand the ball off to someone else. And if that means letting someone else try their hand at operating passenger-only ferries, they’re happy to go along.

Robinson named to park board

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

Volunteerism piqued Kirk Robinson’s interest in the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District board, and it earned him a place on it. “I think it helps any community when people get involved,” said Robinson, a youth sports volunteer appointed by unanimous vote of the four sitting park board members last week.

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