Bainbridge council wants to look at $15 minimum wage, 25 mph islandwide speed limit

At the Bainbridge Island City Council’s meeting next week, the council will confirm its priorities for the coming year.

It will also discuss a cornucopia of potentially controversial proposals that some on the council want to take up, including a $15 minimum wage for Bainbridge businesses and a proposal to drop the speed limit to 25 mph on all island streets.

The council has already said it wants to return to some topics that are sure to spur debate on Bainbridge, including a “Rights of Nature” ordinance that would give residents the right to file lawsuits against the city, other government entities, or businesses that residents believe are causing harm to the environment. Councilmembers have also indicated they want to take another look at regulations to restrict to-go food containers and disposable beverage cups and cup lids following the council’s approval of an increase in grocery bag fees in 2019.

Other topics councilmembers want to see added to council agendas in 2020:

• A requirement for on-site manager for short-term rental units;

• Mandating tenant policies for rental properties; and

• A street tree program.

The council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Bainbridge Island City Hall.

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