DRB member ousted after no-shows

A member of Bainbridge Island’s Design Review Board has been removed from the advisory committee for missing too many meetings.

The Bainbridge Island City Council voted to remove the DRB member from his post at Tuesday’s council meeting.

At an earlier DRB meeting, board chairman Alan Grainger said Chris Gutsche, who was appointed to Position 7 on the advisory body, had not attended the previous five meetings and also had no explanation for his absences.

“We haven’t heard from Chris for a number of months,” Grainger said. “He never replies, he never says, ‘I’m not coming.’”

City regulations say that after three consecutive absences by any DRB member, that member can be removed for cause from the board, he added.

The board then voted 4-0 to remove Gutsche from the DRB.

Gutsche’s term was set to expire June 2019.

DRB members said they had heard from several people who may be interested in joining the board.