|City to Host Take 25 Event to Commemorate National Missing Children's Day
May 23, 2013 – The Bainbridge Island Police Department, in partnership with The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), in partnership, will observe National Missing Children’s Day this year by participating in the national Take 25 child safety campaign. Police Department staff will be at the Farmers’ Market with informational brochures including tips and conversation starters on Saturday, May 25 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Town Square at City Hall.
May 25 has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day since it was first recognized in 1983. National Missing Children’s Day serves as an annual reminder that there are thousands of children who are still missing, and stresses the importance of making child protection a national priority. The Take 25 campaign is a national child safety public awareness campaign created in 2007 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The campaign encourages parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety and ways to prevent abduction. The campaign begins on May 1 and continues through May 25 every year in communities throughout the country.
“Every day we hear stories about children who escaped a would-be-abductor because someone talked to them about what they should do in that type of situation”, said NCMEC CEO John Ryan. “Education and open communication are key to keeping children safer. Take 25 minutes and talk to your child.”
“Hopefully, this project will help reach those people in need of this important information as well as be a reminder for everyone to stay focused on the safety of all children,” added Interim Public Safety Director Larry Dickerson.
Every year in America, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, more than approximately 2,000 each day. Of that number, it is estimated that 200,000 are abducted by family members and approximately 58,000 are abducted by non-family members. Each year, it is estimated that 115 children are the victims of the most serious abductions; they are taken by non-family members and either murdered, ransomed or taken with the intent to keep.
An analysis of attempted abduction cases by NCMEC found that in 84% of cases, the child escaped would-be abductors through their own actions. Teaching children about safety works. It saves lives.
About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1984. It is the leading nonprofit organization that deals with the issues of missing children and sexual exploitation of children. It operates the national toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST, as well as the CyberTipline which is the national system for reporting suspected sexual exploitation of children. To learn more about NCMEC or to make a donation, visit http://www.missingkids.com/
or call 1-800-THE-LOST.
Island residents may contact Officer Aimee LaClaire
for more information (842-5211).
|City Recognizes National Police Week
May 9, 2013
– Again this year, communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week—May 12-18—to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those Law Enforcement Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
This year, the names of 321 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. Included in the dedication this year will be Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty on February 23, 2012. Trooper Radulescu died from gunfire during a traffic stop in Gorst. Trooper Radulescu was 44 years of age and had 16 years of law enforcement service.
“This week is a great time to honor your local law enforcement officers who serve your community on a daily basis as well as reflect on those who lost their lives protecting the citizens of this county,” said Interim Public Safety Director Larry Dickerson. “The hope is that awareness and support can help prevent line of duty deaths that occur all too often in our profession.”
On May 13, the 25th Annual Candlelight Vigil will take place and the names of the fallen officers will be dedicated at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. People across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony by live webcast over the Internet beginning at 5 pm (PDT) on May 13. To register for this free online event, visit www.LawMemorial.org/webcast.
The Candlelight Vigil and national observance is organized by a group of organizations led by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.
In tribute to American law enforcement officers and at the request of the NLEOMF, Public Law 103-322 designates May 15 National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half staff. The Bainbridge Island Police Department encourages citizens to honor our fallen heroes by flying their U.S. flags at half staff.
Locally, there are several opportunities to honor National Police Week. On May 15, during the regular City Council study session, there will be a reading of the National Police Week Proclamation. There will also be blue ribbons available at the City Council meeting and at the Police Department. The ribbons can be displayed or worn to honor National Police Week and show support for local officers. Citizens can also display blue lights or candles in their home or business windows throughout the week. Additionally, Inside Bainbridge will be honoring Bainbridge Island Police Department members with a daily ‘Behind the Badge’ feature.
For more information about National Police Week, please visit the website.
You can also sign a pledge to show your support for law enforcement and ‘Stand with the Thin Blue Line.’
For more information about Police Week events occurring locally, contact Officer Aimee LaClaire
|Surface and Storm Water Management Program Under Review
April 29, 2013 – At the Utility Advisory Committee’s (UAC) regular meeting last week, City Manager Doug Schulze was in attendance to initiate a review of the City’s Surface and Storm Water Management Program, known as SSWM. The discussion was intended to provide members of the UAC with an overview of the existing SSWM Program and to develop a framework for the review and evaluation process. “The dialogue with the UAC resulted in good progress toward development of the framework,” said Schulze.
Many questions on the history and elements of the existing SSWM Program have been raised by the UAC and the community. Because of the complexity and the breadth of the SSWM Program, City staff continues to provide information to the UAC and anticipates theevaluation process will take several meetings to complete.
It should be noted that like all citizen advisory group meetings, the UAC meetings are open to the public. Schulze explained, “It is my goal to encourage citizen participation in decision making and, that decisions are fact-driven. SSWM is an important program to our city and it behooves all of us to get it right.” The UAC meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month, at 5:30 pm at City Hall. Meeting agendas are available for review on the City’s website in the calendar section.
|Public Works Director Announces Resignation
April 26, 2013
– Public Works Director Lance Newkirk announced his resignation today. Newkirk has worked at the City of Bainbridge Island for over 15 years, including the last four as public works director.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the community of Bainbridge Island,” Newkirk said. “I have been blessed during my time with the city to work with so many talented, professional and dedicated public employees. I sincerely wish the city all the best going forward as I leave to pursue other interests and opportunities.”
Under Newkirk’s direction, the Public Works Department completed several significant capital projects, including the $14.9 million Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project and the $5.2 million Winslow Way Reconstruction Project; secured $4.6 million from the Public Works Board in low-interest Public Works Trust Fund loans to start the Eagle Harbor Sewer Beach Main Replacement Project; secured $3.4 million in federal grants for future motorized and non-motorized projects; and re-established the annual roads preservation program, after a three year hiatus brought about by the economic downturn.
“Lance is a seasoned Public Works veteran whose skills and experience will be missed,” said City Manager Doug Schulze. “I appreciate his service to the citizens of Bainbridge Island and wish him much future success.”
Newkirk has agreed to assist in the transition of the leadership of the department as the city begins the search for a new public works director.
|Police Department to Host Drug Take-Back Event
April 16, 2013 – The Bainbridge Island Police Department will provide citizens with an opportunity to dispose of unwanted prescription medication at National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
This event is coordinated by the US Drug Enforcement Agency and will be held at the Bainbridge Island Police Department between 10 am and 2 pm. Members of the public are invited to drop off any prescription medications no longer wanted or needed. All medications will be disposed of safely by the DEA to ensure that dangerous chemicals are kept out of lakes, streams and aquifers.
The Police Department is discontinuing the practice of regularly accepting prescription medications for disposal at the station. After April 27, medications will be accepted only during the DEA-sponsored events which typically take place twice yearly in the spring and fall.
Information regarding other drop-off locations is available on the Kitsap Public Health District’s website.
Please contact the Police Department (842-5211) or the DEA (800-882-9539) with any questions.
|Matthew Hamner Selected to Become Next Police Chief
April 12, 2013 - City Manager Doug Schulze has hired Matthew Hamner for the position of Police Chief, after a lengthy and rigorous selection process.
Last week, five candidates interviewed to become the next Bainbridge Island Police Chief. The finalists were selected from an applicant pool of 57 after a comprehensive process of written responses to 22 questions, recorded online interviews, psychological profile assessments and intensive background checks. The interview process was just as intense as the screening process. Each candidate appeared before four different panels and a one-on-one interview with Schulze.
The result was a general consensus that all of the candidates had the experience and background to carry out the duties of the Police Chief. Input from panelists and community members provided valuable information, which was taken into consideration by Schulze. “The input did not result in identification of one top candidate, which made the decision extremely difficult,” Schulze stated.
Mr. Hamner, of Indianapolis, Indiana, currently serves as Chief’s Executive Officer at the rank of Major with the Indianapolis Police Department, where he has been employed since 1990. During Mr. Hamner’s 23-year career, he has served in numerous positions throughout the Indianapolis Police Department, including in the Neighborhood Resources Unit, Crime Prevention, School Resource Officer Unit, and Community Affairs.
Mr. Hamner has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and will complete a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Public Safety from Indiana University in May 2013. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy (June 2011).
|City Joins with Partners to Study Murden Cove Watershed
April 11, 2013 - The City, in partnership with a variety of other agencies and groups, has launched a project to study the Murden Cove Watershed. The project participants will work to identify sources of nutrients and bacteria throughout the watershed, and to provide educational outreach and technical assistance to watershed residents and businesses in order to reduce nutrient and bacteria sources in the watershed.
This partnership of local agencies, businesses, schools and volunteers includes Bainbridge Island Watershed Council, Kitsap Conservation District, IslandWood, Farbank/Sage, Sakai Intermediate School and Kitsap Public Health District. The City serves as the project hub by providing monitoring training and oversight, coordination among project partners, data compilation and analysis, data sharing, project effectiveness assessment, and project reporting.
In addition to providing shoreline access to the public for recreation, Murden Creek and Murden Cove provide habitat for numerous aquatic animals, including shellfish and salmonids, specifically coho, chum, and cutthroat trout. However, these water bodies are challenged by low dissolved oxygen levels, warm temperatures, elevated levels of bacteria and nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, and increasing algae blooms.
”Given the challenges facing the Murden Cove Watershed, it was clear that improving water quality conditions would require a comprehensive multi-agency and community investment,” said Cami Apfelbeck, City Water Resources Specialist and Project Manager
Citizens are encouraged to attend the project kickoff meeting on Wednesday, April 24, from 6-7 pm at the Grange (10340 Madison Avenue).
For more information and to find out how you can be a part of this project, contact Cami Apfelbeck
|Citizens Invited to Police Town Hall Meeting
April 3, 2013 - The Bainbridge Island Police Department will hold its next town hall meeting next week on Thursday, April 11, 2013, from 6 to 8 pm. The meeting will be held at the Waterfront Park Community Center at 370 Brien Drive. The meeting is informal and open to the public. Residents are encouraged to attend in order to ask questions, share comments and get to know members of their Police Department.
Panelists include Interim Public Safety Director Larry Dickerson, Lieutenant Chris Jensen, Detective Scott Weiss, Parking Enforcement Officer Ken Lundgren and Harbormaster Tami Allen.
For more information, please contact the Police Department: 842-5211.
|City Council to Hold Ward Meetings
March 29, 2013
- The City Council will hold three separate ward meetings in April to encourage community discussion about important issues. All are scheduled to begin at 7 pm.
- South Ward - Tuesday, April 9, Lynwood Commons, 4779 Lynwood Center Road
- North Ward - Tuesday, April 16, Seabold Community Hall, 14450 Komedal Road
- Central Ward - Tuesday, April 23, City Hall, 280 Madison Avenue North
The Council encourages citizens to bring their own issues and concerns, as well as feedback for recent and/or proposed policy. Citizens are invited to email questions and proposed topics to the Councilmembers at firstname.lastname@example.org
in advance of the meetings.
|Community Invited to Meet Police Chief Finalists
March 25, 2013
– Citizens are invited to meet the five candidates for the Police Chief position at a reception next week.
These five finalists, identified through a nationwide search yielding over 50 applicants, will attend interviews with the City Manager, key staff and representatives from other law enforcement agencies, other island government agencies and a citizen panel. The recruitment process is being coordinated by Strategic Government Resources, an executive search firm specializing in public sector recruitment.
The public is invited to the reception on Thursday, April 4, from 6 to 8 pm in the Council Chamber at City Hall.
|Historic Preservation Commission Seeks Blakely Award Nominations
March 12, 2013 – The City of Bainbridge Island’s Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2013 Blakely Awards. The Blakely Awards are given to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to historic preservation on Bainbridge Island. There are two nomination categories: Project of Excellence and Preservation Leader.
The Project of Excellence award recognizes an outstanding historic preservation/restoration project of significant value to the community. Past winners are the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District for the restoration of Camp Yeomalt (2011) and Michael Yates for the restoration of his early log home in the Wing Point neighborhood (2012).
Preservation Leader awards are given to individuals or organizations which have demonstrated community leadership in promoting historic preservation. Past winners are Steve Romein and Ty Cramer for preserving the character of Lynwood Center and also for promoting the preservation of farmlands in the Old Mill road neighborhood (2011). In 2012, the award was given to Jeff and Jocelyn Waite, owners of the Harbour Pub and Pegasus, for incorporating and respecting the historic nature of their buildings into their successful businesses.
Nominations need to be submitted no later than March 22. Nomination forms and guidelines can be found on the City’s website
. Winners will be announced in May. For more information, please contact Associate Planner Heather Beckmann (780-3754).
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| Mental Health First Aid Training Offered by KMS, Co-Sponsored by BIPD
March 11, 2013
- In response to the need to better address mental health issues in communities everywhere, the nationally acclaimed training course Mental Health First Aid is being co-sponsored by Kitsap Mental Health and the Bainbridge Island Police Department this month.
This nationally recognized course teaches “Mental Health First Aiders” to assess a situation and respond to signs of mental health concerns, such as helping a person through a panic attack, or talking with someone who is anxious or depressed. The 16-hour, 2-day course is useful for everyday events, and especially helpful to people working with the public. Sessions will be taught by nationally certified trainers.
The course is being held at Bainbridge Island Fire Station #23 on Phelps Road, March 21 and 22. The cost is $30 and is open to the public. If you are interested in attending, please act now. Registration is required by March 15, 2013 and participation is limited to 32 attendees.
For more information, or to register for the course, contact KMHS at 360-415-5801 or email@example.com.
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|Up-Skirt Photographer Apprehended
March 7, 2013
- Bainbridge Island Police received information on February 14, 2013 of a male suspect taking photographs up the dresses and skirts of females at a local grocery. After identifying the suspect, police developed a surveillance plan and proceeded to follow and observe the suspect’s actions.
On March 6, 2013 detectives surveilled the suspect as he followed a young female walking from a grocery store to a pharmacy. Once inside the pharmacy, the detective observed the suspect take an up-skirt photo/video of the juvenile female using his smart phone.
The suspect was quickly arrested when leaving the store after a brief struggle with officers. He subsequently admitted to taking an estimated 50 videos up the skirts or dresses of females over the last six months on Bainbridge Island. The 32-year old Bainbridge Island man was booked into the Kitsap County jail and charged with Voyeurism, Resisting Arrest, and Assault 3rd Degree. Initial bail was set at $250,000. One of the officers involved in the arrest was treated for an injury at a local hospital and released.
It is believed that the victims were unaware that they had been videotaped or photographed. If anyone believes that they have been victimized or may have witnessed a male taking up-skirt photographs or video, they are asked to contact Detective Scott Weiss (206) 842-5211.
|Police to Host Unwanted Firearms and Ammunition Disposal Event
March 5, 2013 - Next week, the Bainbridge Island Police Department will offer the public an opportunity to dispose of unwanted firearms and ammunition. Free gun locks will also be available for securing weapons.Citizens from all jurisdictions are welcome.
The event will be held at the Bainbridge Island Police Department, 625 Winslow Way East, on:
- Mon, March 11, 9 am – 1 pm
- Tues, March 12, 3 – 7 pm
“This event gives citizens with unwanted firearms an option to ensure the weapons don’t find their way onto the street,” said Interim Public Safety Director Larry Dickerson. “In 2012, approximately 70 firearms were stolen in Kitsap County, and are now unaccounted for.”
For more information, contact the Police Department (842-5211).
|Witnesses Sought in Injury Collision South of Agate Pass Bridge
March 5, 2013 - At 2:09 pm on Monday March 4, Bainbridge Island Police and Fire units were dispatched to the scene of a two-car injury collision on State Route 305, just south of the Agate Pass Bridge. Upon arrival, officers found two severely damaged vehicles blocking both lanes of travel. The drivers of both vehicles were trapped and required extrication.
A witness to the collision advised that the southbound vehicle, a Kia Sedona van driven by a Bainbridge Island woman, had crossed the center line into the northbound lane of travel, striking a Lexus 4-door sedan driven by a Bainbridge Island man. The vehicles collided head-on, and the Lexus ended up partially over a guardrail. Both occupants sustained critical injuries and were airlifted for medical treatment. State Route 305 was closed in both directions for more than three hours for investigation and cleanup.
The cause of the collision remains under investigation. Witnesses to the collision are asked to please contact the Police department at (206) 842-5211.
|Applications Accepted for Next Police Citizens' Academy
January 29, 2013 – The Bainbridge Island Police Department is accepting applications for the next Citizens’ Academy. The ten-week program gives citizens access to a wealth of information about the many functions of the department, from traffic enforcement, narcotics, and criminal law, to defensive tactics and investigations.
The Citizens’ Academy was established to assist citizens in understanding what law enforcement officers do. There is no educational credit for the program, and the intended purpose is not to prepare people for a career in law enforcement, but simply to provide insight into the workings of public safety. Participants learn in a classroom setting, but also have the opportunity to ride along with an on-duty patrol officer, as well as attend tours of the 911 dispatch center, the County Coroner’s Office, and the Kitsap County Jail. Individuals from other agencies in Kitsap County will also help instruct the classes.
The 2013 program begins Tuesday, February 12 and runs through April 16. Classes are held from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday nights, with two optional Saturday sessions.
Class Coordinator Officer Carla Sias said, “This is a great opportunity for people to get to know the Bainbridge Island Police Department’s officers and staff on a more personal level, and for the department to create connections within the community they serve.”
Applicants must be 18 years old, be willing to make a ten-week commitment, and will be subject to a criminal background check. Applications are available on the city’s website or in person from the Police Department and will be accepted from now until February 5. Class size is limited to 20 participants.
For more information, contact the Police Department (842-5211).
|City to Hold Public Forum to Solicit Input on Police Chief Search
January 8, 2013 – The City has scheduled a public forum next week in order to receive input related to the search for a new police chief. Last month, the City engaged the firm Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to lead in this search. SGR will facilitate the forum to allow citizens to share their thoughts and feedback on what qualifications and attributes are desired in the next police chief.
The forum will be held in the Council Chamber on Tuesday, January 15, from 6 to 8 pm.
“It’s very important to me that SGR hear directly from island residents about the qualifications and characteristics desired in potential candidates,” said City Manager Doug Schulze. “The consultants will then use this input when developing the police chief position profile.”
Those citizens unable to attend the forum are welcome to submit suggestions and feedback via email
. This information will be forwarded to SGR for their review.
|Police to Hold Fraud Prevention Workshop
January 7, 2013 – The Bainbridge Island Police Department (BIPD) will host a fraud awareness and prevention workshop at the Waterfront Park Community Center on January 18, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pm. The workshop will be facilitated by BIPD detectives and will cover topics such as scams, check fraud, identity theft and more.
No advance registration is necessary, and the workshop is free. “The purpose of the workshop is simply to educate islanders about the latest scams and to help them avoid being the victims of fraud,” said Interim Public Safety Director Larry Dickerson. “While the workshop will be geared toward the island’s senior citizens, any interested members of the public are welcome to attend.”
|City Receives Clean Audit Report from State Auditor's Office
December 21, 2012 - The State Auditor’s Office provided the City of Bainbridge Island with its official 2011 report, containing no findings or suggestions for management changes, after completing its independent accountability audit of 2011 transactions. In an accountability audit, the auditors evaluate internal controls and perform audit procedures on the activities of the City. They also determine whether the City complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures.
Particular areas of focus for this audit included utilities, payroll, financial condition, Police evidence room and property disposition, cost allocation, open public meetings, citizen hotline referrals and building permits.
In the areas examined by the State Auditor’s Office, auditors determined that the City’s internal controls were adequate to safeguard public assets. The City also complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in the areas examined.
“The City is pleased to receive a clean audit report,” said Finance Director Ellen Schroer. “We work hard throughout the year to be careful stewards of the public’s money, and welcome the auditors’ review of our records, policies, and procedures.”
|Police Commander Submits Resignation
December 14, 2012 - City of Bainbridge Island Police Commander Sue Shultz has submitted a resignation from her position with the City of Bainbridge Island.
“Commander Shultz is to be commended for the many contributions she has made to the Bainbridge Island Police Department and the Bainbridge Island community,” said City Manager Doug Schulze. Shultz joined the Bainbridge Island Police Department in 2007 as a Lieutenant and was promoted to Commander in 2010.
“Although we have reached a mutual agreement that the leadership change within the Bainbridge Island Police Department is necessary, I want to be respectful of the many contributions Commander Shultz has made to improve public safety in Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County,” said Schulze.
At this time, there are no plans in place to fill the Police Commander position.
|Police Offer Reward for Stolen Property Information
December 3, 2012 - The Bainbridge Island Police Department is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of parties responsible for the theft of City property. Three propellers were removed from the Police Department marine unit sometime during the last week. The propellers are stainless steel, made by Quicksilver, 12 inches in diameter in size and have four blades each. Two propellers are right handed and one is left handed.
A reward up to $1,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers
for information leading to the arrest of parties involved. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477.
|Police to Hold Town Hall Meeting
November 20, 2012 - The Bainbridge Island Police Department will hold a second town hall meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, from 6 to 8 pm. The meeting will be held at Fire Station #23, located at 12985 Phelps Road. The meeting is informal, open to the public, and residents are invited to ask questions, make comments and request information of their police department in an open forum.
Panelists include Interim Public Safety Director Larry Dickerson, Commander Sue Shultz, Lieutenant Chris Jensen, Detective Michael Tovar, and Harbormaster Tami Allen.
For more information, please contact the Police Department: 842-5211.
|Boat Owners Reminded to Register Vessels
November 16, 2012 - Boat owners are reminded that 2012 vessel registrations expired at the end of June, and all vessels subject to registration need to display the blue 2013 Washington State vessel registration decal. Marine officers will be conducting patrols on the water, and docks enforcing registration laws. “The grace period has ended, and owners of vessels that are not currently registered are now subject to a $257 ticket,” stated Commander Sue Shultz.
For more information, refer to Chapter 88.02.550 of the Revised Code of Washington, or contact the Bainbridge Island Police Department:
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|Time to Remove Political Signs
November 8, 2012 – The ballots are in and the signs must come down. With election season at its end, it is time to clean up the roadways. The City’s Municipal Code (Chapter 15.08) regulates the placement of signs to protect public safety and preserve the natural character of the community.
Political signs must be removed within seven days following an election. As a citizen, you may assist in this effort by removing any signs on or around your property by Nov. 14, 2012. Signs that remain in the right-of-way – requiring City removal – will have the expense of removing the signs charged to the political candidates.
Please contact the City’s Code Enforcement office at 780-3769 to report any political signs remaining in the right-of-way after Nov. 14, 2012.
|City Plans Welcome for New City Manager Combined with Food Drive
November 5, 2012 – On Sunday, November 11, community members are invited to a social meet and greet with City Council members and City employees to welcome the new City Manager Doug Schulze and his family to our community. The event will take place at 3 pm at City Hall. In conjunction with this event, the City is launching a community-wide food drive, "Give Thanks - Give Food!" to restock the Helpline House food bank shelves and provide Thanksgiving fixings for island families in need. So, when you come to the gathering, remember to bring your food donation. Other participating venues include the Bainbridge Public Library and the Interfaith Council membership of local churches.
COMMUNITY-WIDE FOOD DRIVE EVENTS
Give Thanks - Give Food!
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community-wide Food Drive
November 11-17, City Hall and other participating locations: T&C, Safeway, Bainbridge Public Library, Interfaith Council Church Members
Launching in conjunction with the Welcoming Gathering for the new City Manager Doug Schulze and his family on Sunday, November 11, 3 p.m. at City Hall, islanders are asked to donate non-perishable food and toiletry items (see attached lists) and place them in donation boxes at City Hall or around town at local churches and Bainbridge Public Library.
3 Days of Thanksgiving - Thinking Outside the Box
November 15-17, 9:30 a.m-4:30 p.m.,Helpline House, 282 Knechtel Way NE, Bainbridge Island
Like many food banks, Helpline House has a tradition of providing generous traditional Thanksgiving foods and a turkey during the week of Thanksgiving, and relies upon our generous community to provide much of the feast. This year the focus is on three days of community giving
and three days of a community well-fed. Please click here
to find out how you can help!
|Bring Your Bags Starting November 1
October 29, 2012 - Effective Thursday, November 1, 2012, Bainbridge Island retailers will no longer provide single-use, thin, plastic carry-out bags. Paper carry-out bags will cost five cents ($0.05) per bag plus sales tax. The City Council unanimously approved the Single Use Carry-Out Bag Ordinance (commonly known as the "plastic bag ban") in April. Bainbridge Island became the first city in Kitsap County and the fifth Washington State city to ban plastic bags, after Seattle, Bellingham, Edmonds and Mukilteo.
"It's an expression of our community values," said Councilwoman Kirsten Hytopoulos, who began proposing the ban almost a year ago. "This isn't the first time that the City has chosen to regulate the use of disposable plastic products," she added. "We have had a prohibition on polystyrene carry-out containers for more than 20 years." Key elements of the ordinance include:
- Single-use plastic carry-out bags (less than 2.25 mils thick) are prohibited.
- Customers (except those who have federal or state food assistance) will be charged 5-cents per paper carry-out bag. Retailers keep the revenue from the 5-cent charge, which is taxable and must be shown on sales receipts.
- Smaller paper bags and thick plastic bags, 2.25 mils or greater, may be provided with or without charge at the store’s discretion.
- Plastic bags used for restaurant take-out foods and meats and produce in grocery stores are allowed, because of the public health functions they provide.
- Bags used by customers for bakery and bulk items in grocery stores, those used for small hardware items or greeting cards, newspaper bags, dry-cleaning bags, and those used for garbage and waste are allowed.
about the ordinance and read the frequently asked questions.
|City Announces Bainbridge Bag Winning Design
October 18, 2012 - After tallying 154 votes for the 44 designs, the City of Bainbridge Island announced island resident Diane Walker’s design as the winner of “The Bainbridge Bag” reusable bag design competition.
Featuring a salmon, a strawberry, a tree and a heron, Walker's design (#41) incorporates many of Bainbridge Island’s well-known attributes. When told her design received the most votes, Walker responded, “I can’t believe it – you’ve got to be kidding!”
In an effort to raise awareness of the City’s single-use carry-out bag ordinance (commonly known as the "plastic bag ban") and to encourage reusable bags, the City hosted a reusable bag design competition. Forty-four original designs, specific to Bainbridge Island, were submitted in the last two weeks of September. Voting took place October 1-12, with votes spread widely amongst many of the designs and three designs receiving over 20 votes each.
Five hundred Bainbridge Bags will be given away beginning October 31 at the Bainbridge Island Library, at City Hall and from the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association at the downtown Trick or Treat event. Merchants may purchase additional bags to sell or give away through Paper Products.
The ordinance goes into effect on November 1, 2012, at which time plastic bags less than 2.5 millimeters in thickness are prohibited at check out or point of sale. For more information about the bag ban, please visit the Sustainable Practices
|Vote for Your Favorite Bainbridge Bag Design
In an effort to raise awareness of the City’s single-use carry-out bag ordinance (commonly known as the "plastic bag ban") and to encourage reusable bags, the City is hosting a design competition for what will become “The Bainbridge Bag.” The ordinance goes into effect on November 1, 2012, at which time plastic bags less than 2.5 millimeters in thickness are prohibited at check out or point of sale.
Individuals have submittedoriginal designs, specific to Bainbridge Island.Some community members submitted more than one design so the details are important.There are 44 designs in all. The designs are posted in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 280 Madison Avenue North and on the website.
The Bainbridge Bags will be given away to encourage reusable bags, just in time for the plastic bag ban to take effect on November 1.
Vote Now! Submit your vote in person at the City Hall or by email
|City Staff Deliver Proposed 2013-2014 Budget
September 27, 2012 – Last night, City of Bainbridge Island staff delivered a proposed biennial budget to the City Council at the Council’s regularly-scheduled business meeting. The City prepares a biennial, or two-year, budget to provide multi-year financial guidance and reduce administrative effort in the off-years. The City Council will consider the administration’s proposed budget over the next several weeks, and must pass an ordinance to adopt a budget for 2013 and to endorse a budget for 2014 before the end of 2012.
The 2013-2014 Proposed Budget continues current programs and services, with only a few programmatic changes. No expanded services are proposed. The 2013 Proposed Budget includes over $1.2 million in City support for roads projects, which includes annual preservation funding of $956,000 and various capital projects. In accordance with City policy, the Proposed Budget funds significant policy reserves for both tax-supported and utility-supported funds.
The proposed budget reflects the assumption that key City revenues will remain flat in the near-term. Against this forecast, the City must manage ongoing structural increases in operating costs.
“City leadership needs to work together to establish realistic expectations about service delivery and new initiatives,” said Interim City Manager Morgan Smith. “Given our forecasts, the city will be challenged to continue to deliver current services.”
The Proposed Budget reduces City staffing by a total of 4.5 FTE, including the planned elimination of a 1.0 FTE term-limited position in the Planning and Community Development Department. Other positions proposed to be eliminated include a manager and an administrative position in the Planning Department, both of which are filled, and a parking enforcement officer in the Police Department, which is vacant. In addition, a full-time position in the Police Department is reduced to half-time.
“It was not possible to meet the City’s financial objectives, including holding the recurring costs less than the recurring revenues and funding the policy reserves, while also maintaining our current staffing structure,” said Finance Director Ellen Schroer.
|Citizens Invited to Tour New Municipal Court
September 20, 2012 – The Bainbridge Island Municipal Court cordially invites the community to an Open House on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 5 pm to 7 pm.
“Thanks to generous donations from the Bainbridge Island community, significant improvements have been made to the Court facility at Rollingbay which greatly enhance the safety, security and health of our visitors and employees,” said Judge Kathryn Carruthers. Improvements include security cameras, bulletproof glass, construction of a separate holding area for in-custody defendants and new hardware, doors and ventilation.
The Court invites the public to enjoy refreshments and tour the facility beginning at 5 pm. At 6 pm, there will be a special recognition for community members who assisted in the efforts to improve the court.
“We invite members of our community to come see their new and improved court, which is now one of the most safe and secure in the state,” said Judge Carruthers.
|Solar Panels Require a Building Permit
September 19, 2012 – Did you know? Putting solar panels on your house requires a building permit.
With the installation of solar panels on City Hall and the Bainbridge Aquatic Center over the past few months, many homeowners are starting to follow suit. The city updated its zoning regulations last year to provide more leniencies in allowing items such as solar panels and small wind energy generators to encourage these types of uses. However, prior to starting the installation process, a building permit needs to be obtained.
“Solar panels can change the structural load on a roof,” said Chris Wierzbicki, Acting Building Official. “The City needs to review the proposed installation to ensure that the weight and height of the panels do not cause structural instability or create a ‘wind sail’ condition that can damage a roof during storm events.”
Other common projects that require a permit include:
- Decks and stairs (including repair or replacement) attached to the house or over 30 inches above grade.
- Water heater, generator, heat pump or propane installation or replacement.
- Roof replacement (i.e. re-roof).
- Cosmetic repairs that become a bit more of a project (carpet replacement becomes floor joists, sink replacement becomes plumbing, window replacement becomes frame and drywall, etc.)
- Installation/ removal of interior walls (including non-structural).
|City Manager Finalists to Interview Next Week
September 13, 2012 – Three finalists, identified through a nationwide search yielding approximately 44 applicants, will interview for the position of City Manager next week. The City Council will hold an executive session on Wednesday, September 19 to evaluate the qualifications of the applicants.
The public is encouraged to meet the finalists at a community reception on Tuesday, September 18 from 7-9 pm in the Council Chamber. The process is being coordinated by Strategic Government Resources, an executive search firm specializing in public sector recruitment.
Background information on finalists for the position of City Manager:
Mark Hoppen served as City Administrator for the City of Gig Harbor, Washington, Manager of Development Services and Public Works Director for the City of Puyallup, Washington as well as the Interim Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer for the Snohomish Health District in Snohomish, Washington.
Douglas Schulze currently serves as the City Manager for the City of Normandy Park, Washington. He has also served as the City Manager for City of Medina, Washington as well as City Administrator for the City of Sandstone in Minnesota.
Bonnie Therrien currently serves as the Interim Town Manager of North Branford, Connecticut. She has also served as Town Manager of the City of Wethersfield as well as the City of Berlin, both located in Connecticut.
|City Announces Resignation of Police Chief
September 11, 2012 – Today, Interim City Manager Morgan Smith makes the following statement:
“Police Chief Jon Fehlman has decided to resign from the City effective Saturday, September 15. The terms of a separation agreement will be presented to the City Council tomorrow night. The City wishes Jon the best in his future endeavors and thanks him for his service to the City.
“As we look ahead, I think it will be important to understand the full range of issues and challenges impacting our police department. For that reason, I will be asking the City Council to resume their consideration of a police management study in order to conduct a comprehensive review of the department, and to develop specific recommendations for the city to implement. I think the results of this study are needed to inform our search for a new police chief, and to continue our work to improve the department. Following Jon’s resignation, Larry Dickerson will remain in his current role as Interim Public Safety Director, and will continue to provide day-to-day management for the department.”
|Bainbridge Brings Its Bags (And Designs Them, Too!)
September 10, 2012 – In an effort to raise awareness of the City’s single-use carry-out bag ordinance (commonly known as the "plastic bag ban") and to encourage reusable bags, the City is hosting a design competition for what will become “The Bainbridge Bag.” The ordinance goes into effect on November 1, 2012, at which time plastic bags less than 2.5 millimeters in thickness are prohibited at check out or point of sale.
To participate in the bag design competition, individuals are invited to submit original designs, specific to Bainbridge Island. The designs will be posted in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 280 Madison Avenue North. Community members are invited to vote to determine the favorite, and the winning design will be reproduced on 500 bags. The bags will be given away to encourage the use of reusable bags, just in time for the plastic bag ban to take effect.
Key elements of the competition:
- Designs must be no larger than 5 inches wide by 8 inches tall.
- Designs can be multi-colored.
- Deadline for design submission: 4 pm, Friday, September 28.
- Vote at City Hall: October 1-12.
For more information, visit the web page, or contact Code Enforcement (780-3769).
|Cops and Kids Tennis Tournament to be Held Saturday
September 4, 2012 – Join the Bainbridge Island Police Department, Bainbridge Island Police Guild and Bainbridge Athletic Club for the Cops and Kids tennis tournament this Saturday, September 8.
The tournament pairs children with adults for play in a round-robin (no elimination) format, and is a benefit for the Bainbridge High School Spartan Booster Club.
Junior participants may be matched up with a police officer; the event is open to adults as well, and younger children can play sponge ball. Entrants will also be able to participate in a tennis clinic with a club professional.
The event will be held at the Bainbridge Athletic Club from 9:30 am to 6 pm. The $50 per person entry fee includes tournament registration, a post-tournament barbecue lunch, and a junior exhibition match. Contact the Bainbridge Athletic Club at 842-5661 for more information and to register for the event (club membership not required).
“This is a great opportunity for community members to support our island’s youth as well as the Booster Club,” said Commander Sue Shultz.
|Kitsap County Updates Diver Death Certificate
September 4, 2012 - Bainbridge Island Police report that the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office released an updated death certificate for the Department of Natural Resources diver who drowned off the shores of Bainbridge Island on July 24.
The death certificate for 24-year-old David Scheinost indicates the cause of death is “salt water drowning” with a contributing factor being “acute cocaine intoxication.” The certificate further states the David drowned while SCUBA diving and was intoxicated by cocaine.
Scheinost’s body was later recovered on July 27. Bainbridge Police detectives continue to investigate the incident.
“The Department of Natural Resources continues to assist in the investigation and those involved in the accident are cooperating. We are hopeful that the investigation will conclude in the next few weeks, pending equipment testing and further results from the coroner,” said Commander Sue Shultz.