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***Transit adds four routes

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.

The No. 102 Rolling Bay will serve Grand Avenue, Wing Point, Ferncliff, Manitou Beach, Sunrise, North Madison and Lafayette.

The No. 103 Miller Road serves the Alliance Church park and ride, Koura, Miller, Battle Point, Manzanita and Hidden Cove.

The No. 104 Blakely serves Wyatt Way, Eagle Harbor Drive, New Sweden, Old Creosote, Rockaway Beach, Halls Hill, Fort Ward and Blakely.

The No. 105 Lynwood Center will serve Wyatt Way, Lynwood Center Road, Baker Hill, Crystal Springs, Point White, Pleasant Beach and Blakely.

Several routes connecting the island with Kitsap County have also been expanded, including the No. 90 to Poulsbo and the No. 91 to Kingston.

Last May, Kitsap voters approved a three-tenths of 1 percent sales tax increase, allowing restoration and expansion of transit routes.

For routes and times, call (800) 501-RIDE or see www.kitsaptransit.org.

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***Bigfoot leads levy campaign

A committee called Partners for Parks has formed to promote the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District’s upcoming maintenance and operations levy.

The group formed in response to the first levy’s defeat last February, organizers said.

Passing the levy is critical, the group said in a news release, because it provides the baseline funding to continue the maintenance and operations of parklands, facilities and programs.

If the levy fails a second time in September, the park district will close on Jan. 1, 2003.

“First, we want to make the public aware of the diversity of parks programs from the Senior Center to the Teen Center, from the swimming pool and skateboard park, to the quiet trails in the Grand Forest and Gazzam Lake,” said Dane Spencer, Partners for Parks chair.

“Second, we want to highlight the valuable partnerships with many user groups such as the Bainbridge Island Soccer Club, Little League, Pee Wees and many others.

“Because of these programs and partnerships, thousands of islanders enjoy our parks and recreation activities.”

In the coming weeks, the group will contact the representatives of all user groups. The also plans to “have some fun” by using a Bigfoot caricature to promote the levy.

“Bigfoot will be the symbol of our campaign,” Spencer said. “We plan to have Bigfoot involved in all kinds of park and recreation events. And we’re seriously looking for any volunteers who want to wear the Bigfoot costume at events this summer.”

The steering committee of the group includes Ken Guy, Kevin Dwyer, Lynda McMaken, Neil Johannsen, Kirk Robinson, Myron Allen, Cheryl Burns, Mark Lund and Tom Swolgaard.

Information: 842-9044, or email fontleroy@bainbridge.net.

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***BIB reviews are favorable

The City Council’s Finance Committee will recommend a $95,000 mid-year subsidy for Bainbridge Island Broadcasting.

The committee Monday gave favorable reviews BIB’s request for $75,000 for capital equipment, and $20,000 for annual operating costs.

BIB plans to buy what director Wendy Johnson calls “user-friendly” equipment – cameras and editing gear that can be used by community groups, to create their own programming for showing on Channel 6, the community-access frequency.

If the full council approves the appropriation at its June 26 meeting, Johnson said BIB will begin by bringing in the island’s non-profit organizations and teaching them how to tell their stories.

The Bainbridge Foundation “one call for all drive” kicks off in October, and BIB will broadcast programs from any of the participating non-profits to explain their missions.

The operating subsidy will secure the position of a technical director, Johnson said.

But it also comes with a quid pro quo – the technical director will offer 12 hours of his services monthly to the city.

The city council and administration can either use the time to expand communication to citizens, or offer the time to non-profits that would otherwise pay small charges for equipment maintenance.

“This will begin better and stronger communications between us and the city,” Johnson said.

BIB made its request after the city received some $240,000 from AT&T Broadband in a lump-sum payment of the utility tax on cable television operations.

Former cable franchisee Northland had refused to pay the tax based on its interpretation of its franchise agreement with the city.

But as part of its buyout of Northland, AT&T agreed to pay the disputed amount.

The money is not a direct pass-through, because franchise taxes were included in the city’s general fund. The money is available, though, from funds appropriated but not spent in prior years.

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