Sewer work rerouted -- News Roundup

South-end sewer work is being shifted away from Lynwood Center Road for a few weeks, to give nearby merchants a break from traffic disruptions.

Crews from Evergreen Utilities, contractor on the $2.5 million sewer project, will move into the Emerald Heights neighborhood this week, said Tom McKerlick of the city engineering department. A second crew will continue on Baker Hill Road, linking Blakely Elementary School to the new sewer line.

Contractors agreed with the schedule change after a meeting with Lynwood business owners. Flaggers and poor road conditions have come just as a new restaurants tries to get a toe-hold there.

“The businesses told us July and August are their critical months, so we’re trying to help them out a little bit,” McKerlick said.

Crews will return to Lynwood Center Road in early September for about two more weeks of work, with repaving to follow, he said. Work then shifts to Point White, followed by Pleasant Beach and Rockaway Beach.

Crews have been installing sewer mains in the first phase of a project that will bring service for four south-end neighborhoods that will be served by the Kitsap County Sewer District No. 7 plant in Fort Ward.

The project is about a week behind schedule, McKerlick said, but Evergreen has added a crew and is making up time. Completion is still expected in November.

“They have the resources to pick up on their schedule, or that’s how it seems,” he said.

– Douglas Crist

Enviro forum to bring Hayes

Denis Hayes, founder of Earth Day, is coming to town to share the stage with Rep. Jay Inslee in a forum on problems and opportunities for our environment.

“It’s such a rare privilege to get these two people in the same room at the same time,” said Barry Peters, co-moderating the environmental forum.

The environmental forum is the third sponsored by the 23rd Legislative District Democrats. Speakers Inslee and Hayes will give talks followed by a live question and answer session.

Inslee is up for re-election as U.S. representative for the 1st Congressional District this fall.

He is expected to talk about the New Apollo Energy Project, which he is leading in Congress to make America the “world leader” in clean energy technologies.

Other forum topics will include global warming, dependence on foreign oil, the current administration’s environmental record, and local issues such as low oxygen levels in the Hood Canal.

Although the forum is hosted by the 23rd District Democrats, co-moderator Bob Burkholder urges people of all political persuasions to attend.

“It’s of universal concern – Republican, Democrat, Green. Black, white or green, we’re all concerned about the environment,” Burkholder said. “You can’t have a good economic climate without a good environment. They are so often cast in opposing roles, but that’s not the case.”

Hayes is now president of the Bullitt Foundation, a $100 million environmental philanthropy, which funds “worthwhile environmental projects any voter would be interested in.”

He is known for holding the first Earth Day in 1970, which some credit with helping to launch the American environmental movement.

“Denis Hayes is a world-renowned expert,” Peters said. “He’s not a politician or a candidate. He will bring a technological background and (background in) environmental law.

“I’m sure this will be an extraordinarily lively and outspoken event. Both (speakers) are informed and inspiring,” Peters said. “They are better able than anyone I can think of to let us know what the environmental issues are, and what we can do about them.”

The free forum will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Bainbridge High School LGI room. Light refreshments will be served.

Information: Bob Burkholder, 842-7764 or Barry Peters, 963-7701.

– Tina Lieu

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