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Message from the City Manager

Dear Bainbridge Islanders,


During the last City Council meeting, Deputy City Manager Morgan Smith
provided a presentation of the 2018 Mid-year Report on Citywide Priorities. While I am pleased with the progress made on Citywide priorities, I also want to share how the City is tracking, monitoring, and reporting on our priorities because this is a milestone for the organization.

This new performance measurement tool will be extremely useful to the organization internally, but also as a communications tool so the community can see the work of the City in a clear and transparent way. Combined with our OpenGov Financial Transparency and our NextRequest Public Records application, we have truly opened new windows into the organization.

Between now and the time the 2018 Year End Report is completed, staff will continue to make improvements to the software and incorporate the Priority Based Budgeting information. Many leading practices have been implemented by the City of Bainbridge Island during the past six years. Using these approaches and techniques helps the organization achieve optimal results in functional areas. These systems are in place and will help the organization continue to move toward being high performing.

I want to specifically acknowledge the efforts of Deputy City Manager Morgan Smith and Financial Analyst Alain Huggler who spent many hours working with the software vendor and entering data into the software. Without the efforts of Morgan and Alain, we would not have achieved this goal.


Doug Schulze
City Manager
Miller Road/Fletcher Bay Road Shoulder Widening Delayed

We reported last week that the Miller Road/Fletcher Bay Road shoulder widening project would start on Monday, August 20. Our contractor, Titan Earthwork, notified the City that they have postponed the start of construction to August 27. Crews anticipate work will be occurring 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday to Friday.
Construction is expected to continue through November. As previously advised, travelers should avoid this area whenever possible. Delays should be expected during construction because the road will be reduced to one lane at certain times during the project.The improvements are being done to make the roads safer for all users as part of the City's Core 40 program.

Connecting Bainbridge: SAFE Mobility Levy

Planning is underway for a series of public informational meetings related to Connecting Bainbridge: SAFE Mobility Levy,  the non-motorized transportation ballot measure, that will be on the ballot in November.
Mark your calendars! We have scheduled three workshops to inform the community about the "Connecting Bainbridge: SAFE Mobility Levy". The levy is designed to provide safe access for everyone on the Island-from pedestrians and wheelchair users to bicyclists and cars.
The workshops will include an open house, brief presentation, and question and answer session. The open house will include stations with information about the use of funds if the ballot proposition is approved by the voters. Information about potential projects, including: shoulder improvements, safe routes to schools and trails, pedestrian improvements in the Winslow core, and other opportunities. There will also be a staff member from the Finance Department to let you know how this levy, if approved, will affect your property taxes.
The information provided will be fair and objective facts related to the ballot proposition, which is required by Washington state law.

Workshop Dates:
Wednesday, September 12 at City Hall 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 22 at Seabold Hall 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thursday, October 11 at Island Center Hall 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

City Seeks Proposals for Human Services Programs

Every funding cycle, the City provides thousands of dollars to local nonprofit organizations to support  a range of services related to housing, health, youth programs, elder care and other human needs in the community--  and now we're seeking new proposals for the 2019-2020 funding cycle.
A total of $660,000 will be available for distribution through the two-year funding cycle to support selected projects.
Applicant and project requirements are included in the Request for Proposals (RFP), which is also available on the City Funded Human Services page. Applicants seeking funding must be registered as a federally sanctioned nonprofit under 26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(3). Applicants must be submitted on the City website by 4 p.m. on Friday, September 28.
Members of the Human Services Funding Advisory Committee (HSFAC), made up of seven citizens and two Councilmember liaisons, review the funding proposals and develop a recommendation that is submitted to the City Council for consideration and approval.

Update: Council Amends Landmark Tree Ordinance

A public hearing was held at the City Council business meeting on Tuesday, August 14 for the landmark tree preservation ordinance  (2018-25). During the meeting, Council unanimously passed a motion to amend the ordinance so that a permit to remove a landmark tree is approved by the Planning Director instead of the Council. An ordinance to change the permit approval authority will be discussed at a City Council meeting soon. 
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.
Additional tree regulations are proposed in Ordinance 2018-19. This proposal includes a new "exceptional tree" category to replace the landmark tree ordinance. The Council discussed Ordinance 2018-19 at its meeting on August 14 and will continue their discussion on September 4.
Kitty Hall Returns to City Hall for Adoption Event

The City of Bainbridge Island is partnering with the Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) to host a Kitty Hall adoption event on Tuesday, August 28 from 12 to 3 p.m. in the Council Chamber.

During the one-day Kitty Hall event, cats and kittens will be available for adoption for reduced adoption fees. The public is invited to play and cuddle with the cats and kittens available for adoption. KHS representatives will be available to answer questions about cat ownership and to match adopters with the right kitten to take home.
Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, August 28: Kitty Hall Adoption Event at City Hall 12 - 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 12: "Connecting Bainbridge: SAFE Mobility Levy" Workshop at City Hall 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, September 22:  "Connecting Bainbridge: SAFE Mobility Levy" Workshop at Seabold Hall 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
  • Thursday, October 11:  "Connecting Bainbridge: SAFE Mobility Levy" Workshop at 
    Island Center Hall 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


City of Bainbridge Island