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Message from the City Manager

Dear Bainbridge Islanders,


On Friday, August 3rd, I submitted my official resignation as City Manager of
the City of Bainbridge Island. This decision was not made lightly and I will truly miss living on the Island. I have enjoyed working with many community members who have volunteered their time to make Bainbridge Island such a great community. If you have never volunteered to serve on one of the many citizen advisory bodies, I would strongly encourage you to consider doing so. It is a great way to become involved in your local government and to contribute to the greater good.

During the next 6 weeks, I will be working closely with the management team to create a smooth transition and take the steps necessary to keep the current projects, issues, and service delivery on track. Your City's management team and staff are hard working and highly skilled so I have great confidence that they will continue providing great service to the community. Approximately 50% of current City employees live on Bainbridge Island so they are also members of the community. All members of the City management, except one, live on Bainbridge Island.

The City is currently in the process of developing the 2019 - 2020 biennial budget, which will be presented to the City Council in late September. I am pleased to report that the City's financial position remains strong and future projections are encouraging.


Doug Schulze
City Manager
Miller/Fletcher Bay Road Shoulder Widening to Start

Roadside Work Along Miller Road & Fletcher Bay Road to Begin End of Month

People who travel along Miller Road and Fletcher Bay Road should plan for delays when a shoulder improvement project begins later this month.  

The construction is expected to start on or about Monday, August 20 and completion is expected in late October. Crews anticipate the work will happen 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday to Friday.
The project involves widening both shoulders of Miller Road from Tolo Road to Peterson Hill Road and Fletcher Bay Road from High School Road to New Brooklyn Road.

At various times during construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane with flaggers, so drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes as this is a heavily traveled area.

The shoulder improvements are part of the City's Core 40 program that was developed in 2007 to create a 40-mile integrated shoulder network across the Island to make the roads safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Core 40 Miller Road and Fletcher Bay Road Shoulder Improvement Project, which totals $1.38 million, is paid for through two federal grants in the amount of $1.14 million with the balance to be paid from the City's general fund.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Receives Award

The City of Bainbridge Island Wastewater Treatment Plant has received an outstanding performance aw
R-L_ Doug Otte_ Del Franz_ Steve Pyke
ard for the fourth year in a row from the WA Department of Ecology.
The team is made up of three Plant Operators - Doug Otte, Delbert Frantz and Steve Pyke - and each has more than 25 years of service with the City of Bainbridge Island.

The team works around the clock to make sure our treatment plant is operating in full compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
permit. In addition, the Plant Operators have demonstrated a commitment to stewardship by initiating several improvements to reduce annual operating costs, which reduces costs for ratepayers.
We hope you'll join us in congratulating them on a job well done!

Public Hearing on Landmark Tree Ordinance

The public hearing for the landmark tree preservation ordinance is scheduled for Tuesd
ay, August 14 during the City Council Business Meeting.
The Council approved the landmark tree ordinance in a 6-1 vote on June 26 as an emergency ordinance after numerous public comments expressing concern about the loss of landmark trees on Bainbridge Island.
This was a unique situation where Council acted on an emergency basis to protect trees and, by law, must have a public hearing within 60 days of passing the ordinance.

Upcoming Events 


  • Tuesday, August 14: City Council Business Meeting at City Hall at 6 p.m. (Public Hearing for the Landmark Tree Preservation Ordinance)

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