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Nasser Rolfes to lead 2003 council -- News Roundup

Christine Nasser Rolfes will lead the Bainbridge Island City Council as chair in 2003.

She was selected by unanimous vote of her colleagues after a motion by current chair Michael Pollock, who said she would be “outstanding” in the role.

Nasser Rolfes will be in the fourth year of her first council term, and is the only senior member who has yet to serve as chair.

Her selection nevertheless seemed to come as something of a surprise; Pollock had only told her earlier in the day of his hope that she would succeed him.

“I thought there would be a lot more lobbying and positioning” for the post, she said.

Nasser Rolfes likened the chair position to a party “whip” at the legislative level, and credited Pollock with redefining its function during his term.

But after a year marred by general discord between the council and mayor, and among council members themselves, she cited as her mandate to “grow relationships” between the members and “make our meetings more fun.”

“I think we have a lot of work to do in the next few months, to regain community confidence,” she said.

Nasser Rolfes will assume the chairmanship when the council convenes on Jan. 8.

– Douglas Crist

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***Winslow condo plans advance

The city has received a pre-application from Darrell Cooley of Bainbridge Island for 10 one-level condominiums to be built on a 1.67-acre lot on the south side of High School Road, to the west of the former Group Health building.

The plans on file show that the detached units would be built around a central entry courtyard. Each of the two-bedroom, two-bath units would have a small backyard and deck and a two-car garage.

Meanwhile, planning director Stephanie Warren has ruled that there would be no adverse environmental impact from 15 residences on the corner of Winslow Way and Wood Avenue.

The plan from Bainbridge developer Rod McKenzie, includes eight “stacked flats” – two one-story units atop each other – and seven two-story townhomes.

– John Waldo

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