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Changes afoot for LM district

The city is hosting a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall to discuss the future of the city’s light manufacturing district.

The City Council in 2004 amended the city’s Comprehensive Plan to pave the way for more flexibility in the district. Now, additional policy changes are in the works, and the city is seeking input.

For more information call Planner Brent Butler at 842-2552.

Sewer rates set to increase

Sewer rates will jump by 29 percent in 2008, following a restructuring of the city’s Storm and Surface Water utility fee.

The change, approved last week by the City Council, means island households will pay $149.64 in 2008, up from $115.44 last year.

The fee jump is smaller than last year’s 37 percent increase. It would have increased even more had the council retained the previous structure, in which the city’s only paid 30 percent of its portion of the fees.

The other 70 percent was recouped by property owners. Under the new plan, that money – about $332,500 in 2008 – will come out of the city’s general fund.

The shift was more of a philosophical one than a practical one, said City Finance Director Elray Konkel, since the cost is ultimately passed on to taxpayers either way.

Had the old structure been retained, rates next year would have increased to $174.72 per household.

– Chad Schuster

Man died while on a walk

A 66-year-old man was found dead near Mill Heights Circle Friday morning.

The man apparently died of natural causes while out on a walk, Bainbridge Deputy Police Chief Mark Duncan said.

“All the investigations point to a heart attack or stroke or something like that, which caused him to collapse mid-stride,” Duncan said.

According to Duncan, children first saw the body and told a neighbor who reported it to police at 8:07 a.m.

– Tad Sooter

Boat parade this weekend

The 7th annual Lighted Boat Parade – sponsored by The Chandlery, Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce and Star Marine – is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Waterfront Park.

The parade features the Argosy Christmas Ships, other lighted boats and caroling.

Call 842-2745 for more information.

Get set for Solstice Run

The 6th annual Solstice Run, sponsored by Island Fitness and Go Run!, will be held this Saturday.

The 1 mile fun run/walk, 5 K race (3.1 miles), and kids’ dashes start and finish in Town Square of City Hall Park.

Day of race registration opens at 8 a.m, with the 1-mile starting at 9 a.m., the 5K starting at 9:30 a.m. and the kids’ dashes starting at 10:30 a.m. Awards will be given to top male and female finishers, age group winners, and kids dash runners. Random drawings from local businesses will be held during the awards.

Island Fitness has sponsored the Solstice Run for six years. New to the race management is Bainbridge GoRun!, a local non-profit leading after-school running programs for fifth and sixth grade girls.

Registration forms are available online at, or pick one up at Island Fitness, Poulsbo Running, Island Sports, and other local sports stores and fitness clubs.

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