King: Sail float for Eagle Harbor dock planned

A sail float will be added to the city dock on Eagle Harbor, city manager Blair King said in his weekly report.

The city and Bainbridge Island Metro Parks and Recreation Department signed an agreement recently. The current float needs to be replaced and after doing a study this seemed to be the safest option for young people, King said. Also, with the two agencies in agreement, that would help with grant applications.

At a recent planning commission meeting, the members approved a development for 550 Madison Ave. that would bring 82 housing units to town, 69 at market value and 13 for affordable housing. The effort is awaiting final approval, as is $2 million from the city to Housing Resources Bainbridge to help with the affordable housing units, King said.

Meanwhile, HRB has proposed another project that would build a multi-family apartment building with 22 affordable units. The project would be located at the intersection of Ericksen and Knechtel avenues.

The city manager shared that 52 pounds of prescription drugs were brought to the BI police station on drug take-back day. He said the Drug Enforcement Agency puts on the event to keep the drugs out of the wrong hands and to dispose of them safety, rather than them being flushed into the sewer system. Another event will take place in the fall; or drugs can be disposed of at anytime at the designated box outside the police station.

The city continues to take public input regarding making Grow one-way northbound and Lovell one-way southbound to free up 10 feet of space for bicycle and pedestrian paths. Traffic calming such as speed bumps and signage also would be part of the project.

Also, an agreement with Kitsap County for noxious weed control was terminated due to lack of county staff. The city is considering alternatives, but the BI Cooperative Weed Management Area will still be doing things like work parties.

On Tuesday, the City Council looked at three options for improvements on Madison Avenue that will include bike lanes, wider sidewalks, sewer improvements and pavement restoration from Wyatt Way to Highway 305.