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Message from the City Manager

Dear Bainbridge Islanders,


The past two weeks, my focus has been about what I
believe to be the four most impactful initiatives undertaken by the City to improve the organization during the past six years. Those initiatives are: Use of Best Practices, Strategic Thinking, Performance Measurement, and Transparency. In the two previous City Manager' Reports, I wrote about how the City has used best practices and Strategic Thinking.

This week, my focus is on the initiative of Performance Measurement. A common phrase used in management is "what gets measured gets done." It is a simple phase that means regular measurement and reporting keeps you focused. Simply measuring performance isn't necessarily going to get the right things done though. Measuring the right things (Key Performance Indicators) is the most critical measurement.

An example of an important Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for the City of Bainbridge Island would be our Pavement Condition Index (PCI). Several years ago, the Pavement Condition Index for Bainbridge Island roads was 67 on a scale of 0 - 100, with 100 being the highest rating. In fact, one of the frequent criticisms I heard from the community back in 2013 was how poor the pavement conditions were on Island roadways. Our 140 miles of roadways on the Island represents an investment of approximately $110,000,000. The cost of replacing a roadway is in excess of $775M per mile so it is important to properly maintain our paved roadways before they deteriorate to the point of needing replacement. Since 2013, our overall Pavement Condition Index has improved significantly. Some individual roadways still require repaving, but the overall PCI is approaching a rating of 80, which is considered to be "Very Good".

The City has many Key Performance Indicators, which are tracked and reported on a regular basis. Our new performance measurement system was recently launched for the 2018 Mid-Year Report and is available on the City website for public review. This new reporting system is a fantastic tool for city management and for upholding our obligation to be accountable. This Mid-Year Report does not include the KPI, but those measures will be included in the 2018 Year End Report when that is published in early 2019. I hope you will take some time to review the 2018 Mid-Year Report to better understand what your local government is doing and how your tax dollars are being used.


Doug Schulze
City Manager
Workshops Scheduled for "Connecting Bainbridge: SAFE Mobility Levy" 

Don't miss the upcoming community meetings regarding the $15 million levy measure for non-motorized improvements that will be on the November ballot! The meetings are intended to provide voters with information about why the City is proposing the levy, potential projects if the levy is approved, and financial impacts.
Join us to learn more about this important topic at one or more of the meetings. All meetings are intended to provide the same information.
Wednesday, September 12 at City Hall from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 22 at Seabold Hall from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 11 at Island Center Hall from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Bag it Up Bainbridge! Volunteers Needed for Beach Cleanup

The Beach Cleanup is happening on Sunday, September 9 and organizers need your help! So far, more than 200 people have registered. Volunteers will cleanup at the public road ends and shorelines. Pick the spot you'd like to clean or add your own location. Details:




Traffic Alert: Winslow Way Ravine Project Impacts

The sidewalk closure near the Winslow Way Ravine Project has been delayed to September 17 due to delays in delivery of construction materials. The project, located near Waypoint Park, will cause the closure of a traffic lane and portion of the sidewalk along Winslow Way.
Crews are replacing a storm water pipe along the ravine and during much of the project the southern sidewalk of Winslow Way East, from the Tillicum Condominiums to Waypoint Park, will be closed.

When the closure is in place, pedestrians may use the Waterfront Trail or the northern sidewalk as an alternative route getting to and from the ferry terminal.

The right-turn-only lane on Winslow Way East will also be closed throughout much of the project. In addition, there may be short closures of the eastbound travel lane on Winslow Way to allow for construction activities.

Construction is expected to occur from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday until the project is completed in November.
Join the Discussion: Community Invited to Ward Meetings

Upcoming Events
  • Saturday, September 8: South Ward Meeting at Island Center Hall, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 12: "Connecting Bainbridge: SAFE Mobility Levy" Workshop at City Hall 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, September 15: Central Ward Meeting at City Hall, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 22:  "Connecting Bainbridge: SAFE Mobility Levy" Workshop at Seabold Hall 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
  • Saturday, September 29: North Ward Meeting 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