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Dear Bainbridge Islanders,
I hope you have all received your 2018 Voters Pamphlet. Please remember that ballots are being mailed today, October 19, and are due by Election Day on November 6. There are several important issues for Islanders to consider in this election. I encourage everyone to take a moment to become educated about the various Initiatives and Propositions and to make sure you participate in the decisions that will affect you and your community. Your vote truly matters, and is particularly impactful in the case of local issues.
You may already be aware of Proposition 1 - SAFE Mobility Levy.

If you are still seeking additional information and background on this topic, the SAFE Mobility Levy website has a great deal of information to help voters understand this proposed levy lid lift. If approved, the levy will provide $15 million in funding for a wide range of transportation and accessibility projects.

This week, I learned two facts about the community that I think are worth sharing and thinking about collectively. The first is that, in the next few years, our island's population will have more than 50% of our residents over the age of 55. We need to continue to think about how to support and prepare for this trend in terms of our infrastructure, but also through community-building and interpersonal connections.

The other fact I found interesting is that fully 50% of City employees are now relatively new hires, having been with the organization for four years or less. This is a change since my time with the City, and is part of the general U.S. trend as workforce turnover accelerates. It is important to recognize this period of transition as an opportunity for increased emphasis on professionalism and organizational culture. It continues to be the case that roughly 40% of City employees are also residents of Bainbridge Island. I think that plays an important role in our City staff commitment to customer service, stewardship and connection.

Best wishes,

Morgan Smith 
City Manager
Ferry Schedule Changes This Weekend Due to Colman Dock Construction
The Bainbridge Island and Bremerton ferry routes will be on a   temporary sailing schedule  this  Saturday and Sunday due to construction activity at the Colman Dock. During this time, all Bainbridge Island and Bremerton sailings will share a single slip. The vessels will operate slower and departure times will shift between five and 30 minutes to prevent more than one ferry from arriving or departing the single slip at the same time. Passengers should expect longer crossings and are encouraged to plan ahead. Read the details here.
Waterfront Park Earns "Great Places in Washington" Award
Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park (Waterfront Park) was honored as one of the state's top gathering spaces by the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA WA) and the Planning Association of Washington (PAW).

The "Great Places in Washington" awards  program recognizes gathering spaces in Washington State that add value to communities. 

Engineering Project Manager Mark Epstein accepted the award earlier this month on behalf of the city and landscape architecture consultant Walker Macy. Epstein will give a brief presentation about the award at the City Council Business Meeting next Tuesday, October 23.
Join Us: SAFE Mobility Levy Outreach at Farmers Market
If you still have questions about the $15 million SAFE Mobility Levy on your November ballot, please stop by the Farmers Market tomorrow from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. to speak with Council members and City staff. The $15 million levy is designed to improve shoulders, sidewalks and paths across the island. For a list of example projects, please read Resolution 2018-21 that is included in the additional resources section of the SAFE Mobility Levy website
Community Responds to Roundabout Proposal at Sportsman Club - New Brooklyn Intersection    

City staff held an information session last night to get feedback on a roundabout proposal at the Sportsman Club - New Brooklyn intersection.

Staff presented a range of options for traffic control at the intersection, from doing nothing to adding a traffic signal or roundabout. City staff showed various roundabout landscaping examples to get feedback from residents on what the roundabout could look like.

Early next year, City staff and the consultant from Skillings Connolly will present a preferred alternative at the intersection for the City Council's consideration.

If you'd like to learn more about the intersection improvements, please visit the project webpage
Trick-or-Treat Returns to Downtown & City Hall

We hope you'll join us for Trick-or-Treat Downtown 4 - 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31. 

Staff will be passing out candy to all the ghouls and goblins who stop by City Hall, where the Bainbridge High School band  will entertain the crowd, beginning at 4:45 p.m. 

T here will be street closures 3 - 7 p.m. along Winslow Way, so please plan ahead. 

Don't miss the fun!
Upcoming Events
  • Saturday, October 20: SAFE Mobility Levy Outreach at Farmers Market
  • Wednesday, October 24: SAFE Mobility Levy Outreach on Ferry
  • Wednesday, October 31: Trick-or-Treat Downtown, 4 - 6 p.m.
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