News Roundup - 305 forum next week/Harbor wake on the docket/China group reflects on trip

305 forum next week

Mayor Darlene Kordonowy and other regional leaders will host a forum on long-range plans for State Route 305 next week.

Commissioned by Kitsap Transit, the Suquamish Tribe, the cities of Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island, the “SR 305 Corridor Vision Project” will study long-term transportation options from Poulsbo to Winslow.

The project aims to identify and evaluate high-capacity transit options to meet regional transportation growth demands into the year 2060. The project will also identify near-term action to improve transportation conditions throughout the highway corridor.

Public involvement will help shape the vision for SR 305, with the Seattle-based Otak consulting firm gathering input through various stages of the project.

The June 3 forum will begin at 9 a.m. at the Clearwater Casino Resort, 15347 Suquamish Way NE, in Suquamish.

The event will include presentations by national transportation planning experts and a roundtable discussion between the project’s steering committee representatives, including Mayor Kordonowy, Suquamish Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman, Poulsbo Mayor Kathryn Quade, Kitsap Transit Director Dick Hayes and Kitsap County Commissioner Chris Endresen.

A week-long series of public workshops in the region to gather and document public opinion will follow the forum. The two workshops on Bainbridge Island will be held June 5 and 6 at City Hall. Both two-hour workshops begin at 6:30 p.m.

A public open house will be held in Suquamish on June 10th to present the results of the workshop series.

For more information or to request a project information, contact Otak’s Erin Tam at or (206) 442-1382.

– Tristan Baurick

Harbor wake on the docket

The City Council will consider final changes to the ordinance governing vessel speeds and wakes in Eagle Harbor at tonight’s meeting.

The proposed ordinance changes were reduced in scope by the council last month to allow only emergency response vessels, human-powered watercraft and wakeless support vessels to exceed the 5-knot speed limit in the harbor under certain circumstances.

The council’s Land Use Committee is reconsidering rules for water-skiing off Pritchard Park as a separate matter after the state Environmental Protection Agency required assurances that the sport would not disturb salmon and shift sediment capping industrial contamination. The EPA ordered the city to conduct tests before allowing water-skiing in the area.

Penalties for breaking vessel speed and wake rules has been set at $250.

The council meeting begins at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall. The council is scheduled to consider final approval of the vessel speed and wakes ordinance at 7:30 p.m.

China group reflects on trip

This past March, Bainbridge Island artist Michele Van Slyke led a delegation of fourteen artists and arts-related business owners, most from Bainbridge Island, to the Peoples’ Republic of China for a cultural and professional exchange.

The visit, at the invitation of the China Workers’ Center for International Exchange (CWCIE) in Beijing, was for the purposes of preserving and promoting world peace.

Van Slyke and others in the group will present a slide talk on their experiences at 7:30 p.m. this evening at the Bainbridge Public Library, as part of the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council’s 2006 Humanities Inquiry “Sharing an Ocean: Living on the Pacific Rim.”

In addition to Michele Van Slyke, the delegation included Bainbridge Islanders Kent Van Slyke, Susan Guffey, Nan and Norm Wooldridge, Gene Priestman, Pam Christiansen, Andrea King, Diana Liljelund, David Berfield, Julie Kriegh and Kathleen Kler.

The delegation visited Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, and Yixing, where they met with Chinese educators, artists, performers, instructors, and students to learn about both traditional and contemporary Chinese art and to develop cultural and professional relationships with Chinese artists.

The presentation is free.

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