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News Roundup - Green award for condos/Full docket for council tonight/Schools take up security

Green award for condos

Vineyard Lane, a 45-unit condominium community under construction just north of the ferry terminal, will receive a 2006 Earth Day Award from Kitsap County in the Green Building category.

The award, announced Monday, recognizes the environmentally conscious efforts of developers Bill Carruthers and Andrew Lonseth and others involved in the project.

Each year Kitsap County honors individuals, organizations and businesses for their notable contributions to the environment.

“We started from a position of inexperience,” Carruthers said of building green. “Now that we’re further along and have seen how effective and economical it can be, we’re fully committed to this model for the future.”

Kitsap County Public Works called Vineyard Lane “a model for other builders to follow suit so that momentum is gained for broader application of sustainable practices throughout the building industry.”

Carruthers said it was too early to judge the impact of Vineyard Lane’s success on other builders, but he is hopeful about the future of green building, particularly as costs decline.

Tankless, energy-efficient water heaters, water-conserving toilets and on-site community vehicles are among the environmentally friendly features at Vineyard Lane. Carruthers said 98 percent of the materials used during construction are recyclable.

Vineyard Lane will offer flats, townhomes and penthouses, with prices ranging from $349,000 to $849,000. Occupancy is expected in late summer and the project will be completed in the fall.

“Our motivation was to build a small community that was in line with the broader goals of the island community,” Carruthers said. “That meant building green.”

– Chad Schuster

Full docket for council tonight

The City Council will vote on offering density incentives for restoring and preserving a former barracks building in Fort Ward tonight.

A proposed ordinance, now in its third reading, would allow a developer to create eight residential units in the structure commonly referred to as “Building 16.”

The city is also calling for a community meeting area of not less than 500 square feet and the rehabilitation of the exterior of the brick building in accordance with historic standards and after a review by the Fort Ward historic committee.

Other items on the council’s meeting agenda include a public hearing on proposed changes to vessel speed and wake rules in Eagle Harbor, the reappointment of Open Space Commissioners and a report by the Open Space Commission on the possible sale of T’Chookwap Park.

Schools take up security

The Bainbridge Island School Board will take up the issue of campus security at its Thursday meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in the high school library.

Under consideration are formal policies for the use of video surveilance cameras on the BHS campus.

The draft policies would allow use of cameras “in areas where it is necessary to protect district assets, provide for personal safety...or to monitor possible criminal activity.” Signs would be posted around the grounds advising of the presence of the cameras.

The surveillance system was purchased after school vandalism last year, but has been used only intermittantly.

Copies of the draft policy are available through teh school district office.

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