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Council gives nod to ferries -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

The Bainbridge Island City Council united this week behind a plan to restore foot-ferry service to Puget Sound. The council approved a resolution in support of Proposition 1, Kitsap Transit’s plan to fund new foot-ferry service through sales tax hike and motor vehicle excise taxes, which will appear on the Nov. 4 general ballot. The vote was 6-0, with Councilman Michael Pollock absent.

Arthur Barnett, defender of rights, dies at 97

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Noted civil rights attorney Arthur Barnett died in his sleep Thursday at Island Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 97. Barnett, a longtime islander, leaves a rich legacy to family, friends, community and country. Chief among his accomplishments was his historic 1942 defense of Gordon Hirabayashi, the only Japanese person to challenge, through the United States legal system, the government’s World War II removal of West Coast Japanese Americans.

Police, fire eye shared facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

The Bainbridge Island Police Department is quartered in a cramped and outmoded facility originally designed as an all-purpose government headquarters for the tiny city of Winslow. Someday, the all-island police department is going to need a larger, updated facility. The Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s headquarters station on Madison Avenue has run out of room, and the department had been planning a major remodel of that facility in two years.

Downpour sets one-day mark

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Pummeling rains set a new standard for weather inclemency Tuesday. In the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight Oct. 20, Bainbridge Island saw rainfall measuring 4.05 inches, according to data collected at the Sakai Intermediate School weather station. In the storm period from 11 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Tuesday, the total reached 4.6 inches, Sakai science teacher Doug Olson reported.

Fire, ferries narrow rift

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Bainbridge Island’s fire department and the Washington State Ferries have worked out part of their smoldering dispute about the costs of providing fire protection to the island’s principal transportation link, agreeing on a new three-year contract covering the on-shore facilities.

Grand new plans for downtown

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

If everyone cooperates, it may be possible to create a downtown parking garage, a new retail corridor, a welcoming gateway into Winslow and provide for major expansion by both Town and Country and the Virginia Mason clinic – all while avoiding the need to tear up Winslow Way. So says architect and planner Bill Isley, after taking a first pass at downtown planning on behalf of a new Winslow property owners’ association. “This is a holistic view of downtown, looking at the issues of utilities, traffic circulation and parking simultaneously,” Isley said.

Usual themes carry council debate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

If the objective of a political debate is to avoid a gaffe on which the opponent can hammer, then all candidates can claim success from Tuesday night’s effort. If the objective is to outline specific positions, clearly separate oneself from one’s opponent and give undecided voters a clear basis for making a choice, then it’s not clear that any of the four candidates for contested City Council seats prevailed.

Inslee seeks views on Iraq -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee is seeking constituent views on the upcoming congressional vote on further spending in Iraq.

'Critical areas' to get council review

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

As new scientific discoveries change what we thought we knew about the world, state law requires that new knowledge to be integrated into our land-management practices. Beginning at this morning’s land use committee meeting, the city will begin doing just that by updating its “critical areas ordinance” to incorporate new knowledge, what is referred to as Best Available Science.

Council OKs sewer LID -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

South-end sewage surged closer to treatment this week. A short-handed City Council Wednesday approved formation of a Local Utility District to bring sewers to four neighborhoods – reserving the right, council members said, to exclude some properties from the project later on. “They’re a tentative bunch, aren’t they?” one sewer proponent said after the vote.

Schools may try bond, tech levy in '04

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

Campuses and computers will be at issue in two local school funding measures next fall. A technology levy and a capital facilities bond will go before voters in November 2004 – a change from a previous timeline that would have put the tech levy on the ballot next February, and the facilities bond the following year. “We’re not too concerned with doing both at the time of the presidential elections,” schools Superintendent Ken Crawford said.

City sued over new subdivision rules

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

As he promised during final council deliberations, island builder Andy Mueller filed suit this week to overturn the city’s new subdivision ordinance. Mueller contends that requirements for open space and buffers violate state law and the federal constitution. The suit does not seek monetary relief, but asks the court to strike down those requirements. “(A) generic set-aside that is based upon development in general, and not the specific impacts of a specific development constitutes an illegal tax, fee or charge on development of land in violation of the general laws of the state,” says the complaint, filed by attorneys Dennis Reynolds and Tracy Shallbetter in Kitsap County Superior Court.

Do voters say 'yes' too often?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

Bainbridge Island is like a family with four different grocery shoppers and one checking account. Each of the four all-island governmental agencies – city, schools, fire department and park district – draws up its own shopping list. And while they sometimes present it to the “paymaster” – the taxpayers – either by choice or necessity, they don’t always discuss those plans with one another, and generally leave the taxpayers with only two choices – take it or leave it.

City's draft budget holds the line

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

Facing possible staff cuts for the first time since all-island government began, the city administration is taking advantage of several staff vacancies to balance its proposed budget for 2004. A lone new staff position will be offset by attrition, according to a draft document unveiled by the mayor last week. “Three weeks ago, we were really struggling with how we were going to balance the budget,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said. “We were at a place where we thought we might not be able to wait for attrition, and would have to cut personnel. (But) we were able to hold the line.”

Neighbors: move ahead on sewers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

After five years of rehearsals, the south island sewer debate finally had its first and only formal run Monday night, as city staff, consultants, friends and foes of the sewer plan said for the record what they have been saying over and over again during the lengthy debate. Sewers protect the environment, and promote or preserve property values, say the friends.

Foot ferries: How should Bainbridge vote?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

Fast and frequent ferry service to downtown Seattle would put much of the rest of Kitsap County on an equal footing with Bainbridge Island, proponents say, boosting economic development while reducing traffic pressures on the island. “There’s a lot at stake here for Bainbridge Island – whether this will be a place to live or a terminal city for the ferry,” said Alice Tawresey, who co-chairs an effort to promote Kitsap Transit’s fast-ferry plan. But opponents see the plan as risky and speculative, one that could stick county taxpayers with enormous liabilities and very few benefits.

Transmitter building gets Battle Point patch-up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

Most of the junk has been hauled off. Only the basement remains strewn with paint cans, building materials, a sailboat of dubious buoyancy, and whatever else has accumulated over a period of decades. “This tire – who knows how long ago it was put here?” Terry Lande says, kicking through the still-formidable mess. “There were hundreds of things like that in here. There was stuff in here from the ‘70s and ‘80s that nobody had used since then.” A repository for detritus and debris – that’s been the sorry plight of the historic transmitter building at Battle Point Park. But in Lande, who took over last month as Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District director, the structure has a new champion, and perhaps a happier future.

Ferries nearly collide in fog -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

Patchy fog on Thursday morning forced a number of vessels out of their normal traffic pattern on Puget Sound. In the course of making those adjustments, the Bainbridge-bound ferry Tacoma and the Seattle-bound Hyak sailing out of Bremerton found themselves on exactly the same course, heading directly for each other.

Celebrating nature's bounty

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

Dressed in moody October golds and grays, the Johnson farm – with its once-burgeoning apple orchard and pleasantly ramshackle sheds – is a portrait of the island’s agricultural heritage. Under the care of the Trust for Working Landscapes, it may also offer a glimpse of its future. Acquired by the city in the summer of 2001, the 14-acre homestead off Fletcher Bay Road is the locus of TWL’s plan to keep farming alive on Bainbridge, while giving farmers and others a place to live.

Islanders gag on fast food proposals

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:52PM

If a location scout for a fast-food chain dropped into Thursday’s workshop on possible changes to the city’s ordinance, the message would have come through unmistakably: Go away. Bainbridge Island, attendees said in numbers, wants to be different. It wants to promote local businesses, healthy food, and above all, wants to avoid being like everywhere else.

City flops, BCC forums OK'd -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:52PM

After determining that the group Bainbridge Concerned Citizens is registered under a portion of the federal tax code that does not permit the endorsement of candidates, city Administrator Lee Walton reversed an earlier decision and decided that BCC could use the council chambers for candidate forums it wants to sponsor.

Mayor wants in-house attorney

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:52PM

In an effort to rein in escalating legal expenses, the city administration wants to hire a staff attorney to handle routine legal business, communicate with the city’s outside attorneys and help staff “work through potential problems at the outset rather than after the problems have matured.”

Winslow Way work may be 'paused'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:52PM

Despite objections from the arts community, the city is on the verge of “pausing” the rebuild of Winslow Way by a year or more to integrate input from the downtown business owners and to help balance a tight budget. A final hurdle was overcome Monday when Public Works Director Randy Witt was told the state would permit the $300,000 in grant money for the project to be spent in 2005 or 2006 rather than next summer.

Fast-food eatery restrictions may be eased

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:52PM

It’s not formula fast food we object to so much on Bainbridge Island. Rather, a city committee believes, it’s the taste, or lack thereof, of the packaging from whence it comes. And by that, they don’t mean the ubiquitous boxes, cups and styrofoam clamshells. They mean the buildings themselves, the free-standing structures that proliferate along every American highway from Key West to Port Angeles. And while Bainbridge Island has tried to avoid that “Anywhere USA” look, its controversial fast-food ordinance fails to address the real problem, according to City Councilman Norm Wooldridge.

City puts kibosh on BCC forums

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:52PM

Echoing concerns that the advocacy group Bainbridge Concerned Citizens is an inappropriate sponsor for a candidate forum, the city has revoked permission for the group to sponsor two events in City Hall. In response, BCC director Gary Tripp said the forums scheduled for Oct. 13 and 20 have been cancelled. The decision to revoke BCC’s use of City Hall was made by interim city Administrator Lee Walton, who said he believes state law prohibits the use of city property for efforts other than a neutral forum.

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