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Letter to the Editor: Recommendations for Suzuki Property from a 2008 Task Force Member

I live on Commodore Lane NW, which is immediately south of the pond on the Suzuki property. I was a member of the 2008 Suzuki Task Force. Some of my suggestions below on the disposition of the Suzuki property address issues raised at the November 3, 2014, Community Workshop on the Suzuki Property. Potential transfer to…

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Station 23

Poll: Should Fire Station 23 Be Staffed to Improve Safety of North Islanders?

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall A fire this morning on the north end of Bainbridge Island that destroyed a house, injured a resident, and killed a dog trapped in the home received its first response from Kitsap Fire and Rescue units in Suquamish. Units from Station 21 on Bainbridge Island took longer to get…

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Council Paves the Way for 305 Expansion/ Bridge Rebuild

The Bainbridge City Council has not fast-tracked a plan to expand 305 and rebuild the Agate Pass Bridge without the community getting to weigh in on the matter. But the Council has given the go-ahead to a countywide lobbying effort to get the state legislature, among other things, to focus on Bainbridge transportation needs and…

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Posted in Government, New 2, News, Roads, Transportation13 Comments

Bainbridge Island City Hall

Firewall Problem Takes Down City’s Internet

If you’ve been having trouble connecting with the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) online, it’s because COBI’s Internet service has been out since yesterday afternoon. COBI Community Engagement Specialist Kellie Stickney said that it was a firewall problem. When the firewall was relaunched, the problem was resolved. The problem, which affected City Hall, the police department, and…

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taser by Roland Tanglao

Bainbridge Police Chief Issues Incident Review of Near Tasering of Senior Citizen

Today, November 6, Police Chief Matt Hamner released his official review of the incident involving a taser that failed to connect and a 72-year-old Island woman last month. Hamner’s conclusion was that Officer Mo Stich, who tried to deploy her taser against the woman, did not use excessive force. But, he said, “She could have…

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Washington State Patrol WSP car by Julie Hall

Washington State Patrol Institutes New DUI Testing Method

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has just added the next-generation of breath-testing instruments for DUI enforcement. The Draeger instrument is easier to use and produces faster results that are equally as effective as previous generations of breath-testing devices. The Draeger utilizes a dry gas standard instead of a liquid solution to verify that the instrument is working…

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Four Proposals Come in for City-Owned Suzuki Property

Monday night, October 2, nearly 100 Islanders showed up for the City-hosted workshop on possible uses for the City-owned 13.83-acre Suzuki property at the southeast corner of Sportsman and New Brooklyn. The workshop was intended to elicit community input about whether the property should be sold and how it should be used. Four organizations submitted…

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Suzuki Property

How Should City-Owned Suzuki Property Be Used?

The City of Bainbridge Island owns the 13.83-acre undeveloped parcel at the southeast corner of New Brooklyn and Sportsman Club Roads known as the Suzuki Property. But COBI is considering selling it. The question is, What would be the best use for it? The property is residentially zoned R-2, with one unit per 20,000 square…

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City Council Approves Property Tax Increase for 2015

City Manager Doug Schulze gave a brief review to Council Tuesday night, October 28, of where every bit of a property tax dollar goes on Bainbridge Island. This brief presentation preceded the Council’s unanimous vote to enact a slight property tax increase. Schulze used PowerPoint slides to show that the lion’s share, 30.6 percent, of…

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For Your Safety, BIPD Trains Fire Department in Water Rescues (w/ Photo Gallery)

The floating victim dummy used by the Bainbridge Island Police Department for training purposes is aptly named Bob, and Bob performed his job admirably on Saturday, October 25, a windy and rainy day that gave Fire Department water rescue trainees some inclement weather experience. The other victim of the day, a more animated, actual person,…

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Red Robin by Mike Mozart

Red Ribbons, Red Robins: BIPD Officers Wear Red, Wait Tables

In addition to stopping speeders and drunk drivers and solving crimes, your Bainbridge Island Police Department officers are volunteering in two community awareness-raising events this week. Red Ribbon Week Starting today, October 23, and for the next seven days officers are wearing red ribbons on their uniforms to honor the memory of DEA Agent Enrique…

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Police by Leonard Bentley

BIPD Is Looking for a Few Good Men and Women Who Like Uniforms

Do you want to serve your community, but bake sales, car washes, and walkathons are just not your thing? If you like uniforms and want to provide an important service, consider joining the Bainbridge Island Police Department Reserves. Reserve Officers perform a variety of functions including responding to medical emergencies and traffic accidents; patrolling the…

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Council Fast-Tracks Waterfront Park Makeover

The Bainbridge Island City Council has voted unanimously to push up the timeline for the planned redo of Winslow’s Waterfront Park from 2016 to 2015. During a Capital Improvements Plan budget review in last week’s Council meeting, Councilmember Steven Bonkowski questioned why the work on the park was scheduled to take place in 2016 since money will…

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Wing Point by Jan Tik

Islanders File Petition for Review of SMP

Yesterday, October 7, Preserve Responsible Shoreline Management LLC and eleven Islanders filed a Petition for Review with the Growth Management Hearings Board to challenge the City of Bainbridge Island’s new Shoreline Master Program (SMP) (Ordinance 2014-04) and the Department of Ecology’s approval of it on August 8. The petition’s stated goal is for the GMHB…

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Bainbridge Island City Hall

Police Facility: Council Says No to Island Fitness Site and to Co-Location with Fire Department

At last night’s (October 7) City Council meeting, the Council swiftly and unanimously voted to remove the Island Fitness site to the south of City Hall from consideration for the construction of a new police building. The Council’s decision to drop pursuit of a public safety building combining Police and Fire departments took far longer…

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Island Fitness

Why Didn’t City Contact Owners of Winslow Property About Police Facility Development Plans?

Owners of the property adjacent to City Hall didn’t find out that their property was under consideration for the location of a standalone police facility until the September 23rd City Council meeting when architecture/design firm Mackenzie shared their latest plan options for a new police or combined police-fire facility. No one from the City approached the…

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National Research Center Gives Bainbridge Two 2014 Voice of the People Awards

Bainbridge is one of just 18 communities across the country to have been awarded a 2014 Voice of the People Award by the National Research Center. And it’s just one of 10 communities to have received two or more of the awards this year. The awards come from the National Citizens Survey on which Bainbridge…

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October Is Cyber Security Month: Some Tips on Staying Safe

The Better Business Bureau of Alaska, Oregon, and Western Washington and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office have partnered with the Stop.Think.Connect global cybersecurity awareness campaign to help digital citizens stay safe online. The timing is perfect: Not only is it National Cyber Security Month, but the announcement comes on the heels of the Home…

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Navigate Bainbridge

Navigate Your Bainbridge Tomorrow: Five Ways to Participate

Tomorrow, October 1, from 7-9 p.m., you are invited to speak your mind about the course currently being set for Bainbridge through the Comprehensive Plan Update. Comprehensive Plans are a sort of sea chart for the direction a community will take over the next 20 years. The Update is required by the Washington State Growth Management…

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Lacking Key Information, City Council Divided on Public Safety Building(s)

At the September 23 City Council meeting, opinions about where a new police station should be located were, if you’ll pardon the pun, all over the map. The preferences from City staff, councilmembers, and the public ranged from (a) co-locating the current City Hall with the Police Department, (b) co-locating the Police and Fire departments…

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