Bainbridge Island Briefs

Waste reduction

The final parts of Bainbridge’s Waste Reduction law will go into full effect Jan. 1, 2023.

Onsite dining must use reusable (metal, ceramics, glass) instead of disposable food service ware. To-go orders must use home compostable food service ware made with natural fibers. Plastic disposable food service ware will not be allowed for either onsite dining or to-go orders.

Customers will be encouraged to bring their own reusable containers for take-out, and a 25-cent fee must be imposed on all single-use to-go cups. Lodging establishments will no longer be allowed to offer single-use personal care products, unless it is in home compostable packaging.

In his weekly city address online, city manager Blair King said learning to bring your own cup will be similar to bringing your own bag when shopping, so it may take time to get in the habit, but will be worth it in helping the environment.

Also, another local business, Madison Diner, is the newest to become a Climate Smart Bainbridge Business, pledging to erase waste. Joining that list also are: Quality Inn & Suites, Cups Espresso & Cafe and SuBI Japanese Restaurant.

For details go to the city’s webpage.


The subfloor and framing is underway on the newly completed foundation and footings at the west end of the Bainbridge Island police station and court facility, per city manager Blair King’s weekly report.

The addition is on the site of a previous staircase and will now support new stairs and offices. The building’s interior structural reinforcement is nearing completion. Once structural reinforcement and the west addition are complete, framing for new interior walls will begin.

Landscape improvements

The city is seeking landscape and irrigation contractors for three bundled landscape projects (Rockaway Beach Road/Eagle Harbor Phase II/Halls Hill Road Revegetation) south of Eagle Harbor.

The Rockaway Beach Road location is the site of a landslide and road embankment repair undertaken by the city in 2013. The site includes a large geosynthetic retaining wall in need of replanting. The project aims to revive the slope vegetation and provide lasting plant cover.

Parts of Eagle Harbor Drive will be replanted to provide better visual separation with the bike lanes and edge of the road.

Within the city’s slope buffer between Halls Hill Road and Southern Cross Road, the project will remove invasive plants and replant the area with native plant species. The re-establishment of a thriving buffer will serve to better retain stormwater and ensure the slope remains stable.

Bainbridge Prepares

Bainbridge Prepares recently was named an International Association Emergency Management USA Voluntary Organization of the Year.

During the COVID pandemic, Bainbridge Prepares worked with the city and others to have more than 500 volunteers provide 38,000 vaccines, city manager Blair King says in his weekly report online.

BI police log

11-27: Theft from a vehicle, Grand Avenue NE

11-28: Vehicle prowl, Sportsman Club Road NE

11-28: Motor vehicle hit and run property damage, NE Day Road E at Highway 305.

11-29: Fraud theft, High School Road NE

11-30: Theft 1 motor vehicle parts, Lynwood Center Road

12-1: Theft from motor vehicles, Brien Drive SE

12-1: Fraud theft 1, NE North Street

12-2: Marijuana 40 grams or less, Weaver Road NW

12-2: Traffic emphasis, North Madison Avenue NE

12-2: Motor vehicle traffic accident, Mattson Place NE

12-2: Burglary, NE Puget Bluff Lane

12-3: Motor vehicle traffic accident, Ericksen Avenue NE at Winslow Way E.

12-3: Motor vehicle hit and run property damage, NE Hidden Cove Road at Highway 305