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Island valuations spiraling upwards

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

The bad news for property taxpayers is that Bainbridge Island property-value assessments continue to soar. But there is good news as well. First, on-the-spot physical inspections – which happen only once every six years – didn’t hike local assessments any more than usual. Second, the rest of Kitsap County showed unusually large increases.

Patrol calls off ferry searches -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Faced with a dearth of new information about terrorist threats to state ferries, the Washington State Patrol has called off its random searches of vehicles waiting to board. In a news release, the WSP said it undertook the searches at the request of the Coast Guard.

Late bills irk permit applicants

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

When the city moved from flat fees to hourly charges for some planning department work, it told permit applicants they would benefit by knowing what the planners were doing. It hasn’t worked out as planned. Bills have arrived late – as much as 18 months late. Errors have been frequent – on recipient says he has been billed for work on projects that are not his. And the bills have been so vague that there is no accountability at all.

Honest Tom's World of Wheels

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Perhaps you see yourself cruising along a desert highway in a vintage Lincoln, massaged by the 462 throbbing cubic inches of American muscle under the hood, heading toward Vegas and your rendezvous with Frank and Dino at the Sands. Then again, your imagination may go no further than your own basement, and you see yourself happily trudging away the morning on a second-hand NordicTrak. As the body wanders amongst the acres of...of stuff for sale at this weekend’s Rotary Auction and Rummage, so inevitably does the mind.

Rowley bolts island schools for California

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Steve Rowley is stepping down as superintendent of Bainbridge schools. Rowley signed a letter of resignation June 21 that will be formally accepted by the school board at Thursday’s meeting. He leaves Bainbridge at the end of the month, to replace the retiring superintendent of the Fremont Union School District – five high schools that serve 9,000 students in California’s Silicon Valley.

Few complaints over random car searches

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

While civil libertarians may question their legality, random searches of vehicles at the Winslow ferry terminal Friday morning didn’t appear to disturb those on the receiving end. “Glad you’re doing this,” a Port Townsend motorist said to the two Washington State Patrol troopers, as they searched his Volkswagen bug while he waited for the 11:10 sailing. “I ride this ferry quite a bit, and I’m glad these folks are here making it safe,” he said.

City stung by 'horrible' audit results

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

City of Bainbridge Island financial statements for 1999-2000 contained so many errors, that the city’s affairs could not be audited for the period. Even after three attempts by city finance officers to provide accurate information, the books were still riddled with mistakes.

Transit adds four routes -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Kitsap Transit has added four new daily routes on Bainbridge Island. The routes will be in addition to the regular, commuter-oriented morning and afternoon routes, and will make three midday runs each between Winslow and outlying areas.

City looks at quick fixes for parking

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

While a long-term solution to downtown parking problems goes back to committee for review, the city will look at short-term measures that can be taken now. The leading candidate may be cracking down on folks who ignore the time limitations on downtown parking. “I think we need to take a look at adding someone immediately to beef up our enforcement,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said.

Poor audit blamed on staff training

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Lack of trained staff is the principal reason for the city’s inability to comply with state accounting standards, city accounting manager Karl Shaw says. The recent addition of a staff accountant should fix the problem, he said, especially if the city maintains the position as full time. “The problem hasn’t been the amount of staff, but the amount of qualified staff,” Shaw told the Bainbridge City Council’s Finance Committee Monday. “You can’t just hire accounting clerks.”

A senior moment: BHS Class of 2002 is free

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

The sun, emerging at last, transformed the upturned mortarboards into a sparkling, nearly blinding expanse. Family and friends seated in the stadium above the graduating seniors donned sunglasses, but didn’t stop cheering. The headgear, customized by many of the seniors with glitter glue, metallic ribbons and other reflective materials, revealed other characteristics of the class of 2002 besides humor; the National Honor Society gold cords that meant students maintained a 3.6 grade point average dangled from nearly a quarter of the 289 mortarboards, while the class as a whole achieved a four-year grade point average of better than 3.1.

Apartment/hotel complex delayed

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Even the developers admit that their apartment-hotel complex wouldn’t fit in with today’s High School Road. But, they argue, the project sets the tone for the future. “It is out of character today,” said Franco Mola of developer Base Capital in Bellevue, “but the zoning was created so that this area would redevelop, and it is consistent with that zoning.”

Is business getting too big for Winslow?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Though still vibrant, the Bainbridge economy is feeling pinched by limited physical space, declining public-sector budgets and rising home prices. But for those businesses able to overcome those obstacles, the island is a hospitable market both financially and personally, according to local entrepreneurs. “Not surprisingly, Bainbridge Island is a big market for financial services,” said Rex Townsend, CEO of American Marine Bank. “Our main office is the largest financial insitution in Kitsap County, with $15 million more in deposits than anyone else.”

Metro, ferries teaming up -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Metro, ferries teaming up Starting next week, ferry commuters on Central Sound routes will be receiving information on how carpooling and vanpooling can make their daily trips easier. Commuters will also be introduced to the newest commute service, VanShare.

New forestry commission puts down roots

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

When a developer clear-cut a parcel along Madison Avenue two years ago to build condos, some island residents decided that something had to be done to protect trees. A citizen advisory group decided what was needed was not punishment and enforcement, but more education and planning.

How $100 million earned Znetix no interest

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

The lure to investors – HMC and Znetix would revolutionize fitness and medicine by integrating exercise and health care under one roof. Investors and lenders sunk over $100 million into that promise. The reality – a spending spree of staggering proportions by HMC insiders. The bottom line: Total cash inflows: $100.767 million. Total cash outflows: $100.601 million. Cash balance in 2002: $167,475.

Student scores 'solid' on latest tests

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Bainbridge kids still make the grade. Results from tests administered to third and sixth graders this spring – the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills measuring achievement, and the Cognitive Abilities Test of ability – show island students scoring higher than nearly three-quarters of the national student sample.

Parking garage financing plan crumbles

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

While downtown Winslow has a parking problem, a multi-level public garage may not be the way to solve it, at least for now. And though merchants would benefit from more parking, those benefits aren’t great enough to provide a funding source for a garage.

Consensus elusive on Ericksen proposals

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Faced with three choices for Ericksen Avenue, islanders voted for four – and, this being Bainbridge, also found a way to stay evenly divided. Perhaps the closest thing to consensus for the contested stretch of roadway was expressed by Ferncliff resident Jessie Hey: “As long as it doesn’t go through (to Hildebrand), as long as it doesn’t create a huge, wide street, it’s fine.”

New math curriculum adds up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

The Bainbridge School District is planning sweeping changes to the math curriculum changes for grades K-12. The school board Thursday agreed to transfer $220,000 from the district’s capital reserves to the general fund, to pay for new programs and materials.

Cleanup likely on Unocal property

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

After years of sitting vacant, the contaminated former gas station property at Winslow Way and Highway 305 may finally be cleaned up and put to use. Property owner Union Oil Company of California (Unocal), which operated a Union 76 station on the site, is studying the site, and looking at ways to remedy the contamination to the satisfaction of the state Department of Ecology. That, in turn, would allow the property to be sold for development.

Mayor-council rift nears flash point

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Bainbridge City Council chair Michael Pollock thinks Mayor Darlene Kordonowy should have a lawyer advise her on the parameters of her job. His complaint: Kordonowy interjects herself into policy discussions, and policy is the exclusive province of the council. “She really likes to be involved in policy discussions – she’s a policy person, not an administrative person,” Pollock said. “The council meetings are for the council to conduct business, and the mayor’s interjections are disruptive.” The mayor sees matters the other way around.

Controversial dock OK'd on Blakely Harbor

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

In a compromise decision, city Planning Director Stephanie Warren has given partial approval to a controversial dock on Blakely Harbor In a decision announced last week, Warren ruled that the dock sought by Seaborn Road residents Kim and Sue Bottles would not have a significant impact on the environment if certain mitigation measures are taken – including substantially shortening the dock and removing it entirely during three months of the year.

Laptop plan won’t boot up -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Abort, retry or fail? Purchase of laptop computers for use by city council members crashed this week, over draft policies on the machines’ use. The issue went before the council at its Wednesday meeting, but was sent back to the finance committee after members said they had not seen the draft policies.

Fire department, clerks come to terms

  • May 28, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department and its clerical employees have agreed to a labor contract, the first since department employees voted to unionize in 2000. The contract provides for immediate raises of roughly 13 percent. One position will see annual raises of 4.5 percent each of the next two years, while future increases for the other position are tied to the cost of living.

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