Bainbridge council approves UAC appointments

The Bainbridge Island City Council approved three appointments to the utility advisory committee Wednesday, despite concerns over the overt political activity of two of the committee members.

Arlene Buetow and Jeff Kanter were reappointed to their positions on the advisory committee. The appointment of islander Eric Turloff was also approved.

While the council appointed the three candidates with a 5-2 vote, two council members said they were worried that Buetow and Kanter were too political.

Councilwoman Kirsten Hytopoulos expressed her reservations over committee member Buetow's previous work outside of the committee on water utility issues. Hytopoulos said Buetow had politicized utility issues and went beyond her role of being an advisor.

Councilman Bob Scales echoed Hytopoulos' sentiments but said Turloff was also a bad choice.

"For me the UAC is a technical committee; what I would look for in membership is technical expertise," Scales said.

"They need to put their politics at the door," he added. "I don't believe Arlene and Eric can do that."

The recent round of utility advisory committee selections attracted a total of five candidates to the positions. Former councilmen Bill Knobloch and Barry Peters also had thrown their hats in the ring.

Councilman Steve Bonkowski and Councilwoman Sarah Blossom interviewed the candidates and recommended Buetow, Kanter and Turloff for the committee.



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