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Porch Lights on: National Night Out Moves to Town Square (with Pie Toss)

The annual free-food, free-information, free-fun event sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Police Department and local businesses to raise awareness about crime, crime prevention, and preparedness won’t be at Sakai this year as it has the previous two years. As it was in 2012, National Night Out will be held in City Hall Town Square, in…

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sandwich signs by Ann Knight

Bainbridge’s Dagwood-Sized Sandwich Sign Spread

You may be too young to remember the comic strip Blondie and character Dagwood’s super-sized, multilayer sandwiches. But take it on faith that Dagwood is an apt adjective to describe the size of the Island’s spread of sandwich boards or a-frame signs. Reader Ann Knight recently wrote to us about the volume: “I believe the signs are a…

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school mailbox by Chad Kainz

Letter to the Editor: Suzuki Property Should Be a BISD Swap

At the last City Council Meeting July 21, 2015, the City Council voted to remove the “Fair Market Value” requirement from the Suzuki property sale. Why should Islanders lose money on the sale of the one piece of land that is so valuable to our schools and our children’s educational resource’s? At Last January’s intergovernmental meeting,…

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The Chip Seal Deal Is Sealed: Which Roads Will Get the Treatment

Tuesday night, Public Works Director Barry Loveless asked the City Council to approve a contract with Doolittle Construction for about $626,000 for chip sealing. Chip seal is a way to extend the life of a road by combining asphalt emulsion with finely graded aggregate over its surface. Excess rock is removed several days after the application by…

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Waterfront Park

$500K Grant for Waterfront Park, but Estimated Project Costs Go Up (and Down)

At least two members of the City Council were confused Tuesday night (July 21) after Public Works Director Barry Loveless’s presentation on the Waterfront Park upgrade budget. Loveless was asking the Council for an increase of $500,000 to the project budget. In his presentation, he explained that the Council had approved the Phase 1 final design…

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sakai lake by Julie Hall

Parks District Closes on Sakai Property, Gets Low-Interest Financing

Yesterday, July 22, the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District closed on the purchase of the Sakai family property. This followed BIMPRD’s securing of funding for the purchase on July 9. Standard and Poor’s recently awarded BIMPRD a AA credit rating, reconfirming the District’s prior bond rating. The high credit rating enabled the BIMPRD to fix the 20-year…

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Police Chief Hamner

Police Chief Takes a Breath, Finally

June 10 was the 2-year work anniversary of Bainbridge Police Chief Matt Hamner. We sat down last week to reflect on everything that’s happened since his arrival on the Island. The first thing he said was, “I’m so happy. This is the first time I can take a breath. The past two years were like…

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LiveScan by Sarah Lane

Police Get Their Prints Charming

When the Bainbridge Island Police Department learned that the soonest they might be able to move into a proposed new public safety building on Madison was 2017, they decided to make some cosmetic and functional changes to their current digs. They still have to use fans or sweaters during the summer months in different areas…

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Former Council- member Solicits Donations for New Legal Challenge to SMP: Should You Pay?

In June, former City Councilmember Bill Knobloch sent a letter to Bainbridge Island shoreline property owners that starts out with an apology: Knobloch says in the letter that he’s sorry he wasn’t still on Council last year because, if he had been, the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) wouldn’t have passed. He writes, “I’m sorry I wasn’t still…

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Anne Blair

Mayor Blair Recovering from Emergency Heart Surgery

Today, July 15, Bainbridge Island Mayor Anne Blair had emergency heart bypass surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Washington. Mayor Blair was vacationing in the Spokane area with family when she experienced chest tightness and shortness of breath. She did not have a heart attack, but her condition was critical and doctors determined that…

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City Considers Assessing Transpor- tation Impact Fees on New Development

On July 21, the City Council will consider an ordinance to adopt transportation impact fees into the City code. Transportation impact fees are collected by a municipality to help offset travel demand created by new development. The fees are used to fund transportation system capacity improvements. If the ordinance is adopted, then each new development will be…

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Planning Commission Is Greening up the Comprehensive Plan

At the July 7 City Council meeting, Planning and Community Development Director Kathy Cook presented the latest status report on the Comprehensive Plan update process, a process that happens every eight years. She told the Council that the “most interesting and exciting and responsive to the public” work is the addition of new goals and policies regarding the…

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Close the Fire Pit: All Recreational Fires Now Banned in Kitsap

This past Friday, July 10, the Kitsap County Fire Marshal initiated a Phase II burn ban, countywide. That means that all outdoor recreational fires, even those in fire pits and campgrounds, are forbidden. No open flames are permitted. The only exceptions are gas- or propane-fired appliances and barbecues using charcoal briquettes. The reason for the expansion…

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Hey, Artists: $42,000 Available for Your Waypoint Public Art Installation

The Executive Director of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, Barbara Sacerdote, shared with the City Council at last week’s meeting, July 7, the organization’s plan for public art at the Waypoint, the park at the corner of 305 and Winslow Way. Sacerdote explained that the RFP content emerged from a meeting led by AHB to elicit public input…

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BIPD Asks for Public Compliance to Fireworks Ban but Will Enforce

This afternoon the Bainbridge Fire Department issued a ban on discharging consumer fireworks, in effect for the July 4th season. The ban is a response to historic hot, dry weather conditions and low fuel moistures, which have already led to a rash of brush fires in the last several days. The Bainbridge Island Municipal Code Section 8.28.100…

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Fireworks Banned on Bainbridge for Season

[Updated at 4:04 p.m. and 5:52 p.m., June 29, 2015.] At about 3 p.m. today the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) announced that the Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) has banned personal-use fireworks, effective immediately. The ban is a response to the extreme fire danger this year due to record-breaking dry, hot weather conditions. The…

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gay pride proclamation party at The Pub

Islanders Gather at The Pub to Celebrate Pride Proclamation

by Christina Albrect Tinling Even before today’s momentous SCOTUS decision clarifying full Constitutional rights for LGBTQ couples, the Island’s queer community was already basking in its own local legal affirmation. Tuesday night, June 23, members of the Island’s BLGTQ community & straight allies gathered at Harbour Public House to celebrate the unanimous vote by the…

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Mailboxes by Beate Meier

Letter to the Editor: City Should Have Been More Transparent and Inclusive with Branding

I am writing in response to Inside Bainbridge’s stories on June 15, 2015, “Firm Presents Branding Package Proposal: What They Were Thinking,” and June 17, 2015, “Branding Process Not Clear Cut,” in which IB point out the consultant’s proposed crest had been met with disfavor.  Given the way the City approached this endeavor, the public…

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Who Are Your Friends & Neighbors to Serve on City Boards, Committees, & Commissions?

At tonight’s (June 23) City Council meeting, the Council will be asked to approve the appointments and reappointments of 23 Bainbridge Islanders to City boards, commissions, and committees. Following a March 2015 call for volunteer participation in the advisory groups to fill vacancies, 32 people responded. Mayor Anne Blair served on all of the interview committees. Other Councilmembers—Steve Bonkowski, Wayne…

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Citizens Petition City to Fire Branding Firm and Hire Local Talent

[Updated 5:04 p.m. June 22, 2015—see boldface below] Bainbridge Island resident Nicole Oliver has launched a petition requesting that the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) terminate its current branding effort with the firm Arnett Muldrow & Associates and instead seek local input. As of this afternoon over 300 people had signed the petition, citing displeasure with the…

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