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Message from the City Manager
Dear Bainbridge Islanders,

This past week has been filled with fun community events that require thousands of volunteers and countless hours of volunteer time to plan, execute and then clean up after everyone else has gone home.......exhausted! From the Rotary Club Auction & Rummage Sale to the Eagle Harbor Fireworks display, without our volunteers it would just not be possible. Please remember to thank our community volunteers for their hard work.

The Celebrate Bainbridge events bring many visitors to Bainbridge Island as well as returning family members who no longer live on the Island. These community events help to retain the small town character of the Island and build a strong sense of community. I have lived and worked in cities without the small town feel that lacked sense of community - it is hard to enjoy living in those communities. It is important to remember that welcoming and inclusive communities celebrate all people because diversity makes a strong community.

Bainbridge Island is very fortunate to have a thriving downtown that swells with visitors throughout the summer. I occasionally hear locals complain about all the tourists and lack of parking, which is hard to understand. Without the summer tourists, our small businesses simply could not survive, but I am on Winslow Way almost every weekday of the year and many times on weekends. I see the number of "locals" who frequent the downtown on a regular basis. Don't buy into the criticism you hear that Winslow is for tourists. It is a great place to meet community members shop at our local stores or enjoying a latte while visiting with friends.

Annual property taxes paid by those who own property on Bainbridge Island do not generate enough revenue to cover basic services like the police, road maintenance, records management and financial administration. Without sales tax revenue, the City could not provide the services expected by the community.

With Gratitude,

Doug Schulze
City Manager, Bainbridge Island
Landmark Tree Ordinance Adopted by Council

At the June 26th meeting of the City Council, Ordinance No. 2018-25, that will protect certain trees that, because of their age, size, and condition, are recognized as having exceptional value in contributing to the character of the community. Under this new regulation, a Landmark Tree cannot be removed without approval from the City Council, and violators will be subject to civil penalties, including a $25,000 penalty. The City Council adopted this ordinance on an emergency basis, which means it is effective immediately. When an ordinance is adopted on an emergency basis, a public hearing is required within 60 days. The City Council will set the date for the public hearing at its meeting on July 10th.

Following the public hearing, the City Council will consider revisions to the ordinance. The ordinance was developed in response to concerns expressed by community members regarding the lack of regulations to protect large trees that are native to the Pacific Northwest.

Volunteers Needed for Ballot Pro/Con Committee
The City Council is expected to approve an ordinance that would authorize the City to put a proposition on the November 2018 ballot for non-motorized transportation projects. The Connecting Bainbridge: SAFE Mobility Levy would increase property taxes by an amount estimated to generate $15 million over seven years for projects such as shoulder widening, trail construction and sidewalk improvements. As part of the process, we are looking for people to serve on Pro and Con Committees to prepare written arguments and rebuttal statements that will be included in the Kitsap County Voters Pamphlet. The statements will support and oppose approval of the levy.
There is a limit of three members per committee and each committee will appoint a chairperson as the primary point of contact. Committee appointments will be made by August 7.  A property tax levy lid lift is a voter-approved increase in property taxes above the one percent increase limit set by state law. More information.
Fireworks on Bainbridge Island

BIPD wants your expired flares and fireworks - they're doing a collection event thru Friday, July 13 (except Saturday, Sunday). The department will accept: highway flares, marine hand-held flares, marine hand-launched rocket flares, marine pistol-fired flares and consumer fireworks (category 1.4c only). They will not collect ammunition.
The expired flares and fireworks are a safety hazard and contain a variety of toxic chemicals that are harmful to humans, animals and the environment, so bring the items to BIPD for proper disposal. The collection event is a partnership with Bainbridge Fireworks and Eagle Harbor Yacht Club.

WSF Overhead Walkway Replacement Project
WSDOT will be doing outreach efforts on Wednesday, July 11 to let ferry passengers know about construction to replace the overhead walkway at the Bainbridge Island Terminal. The work is scheduled to begin in spring 2019 and expected to last about a year. Aside from three or four short exceptions, walk-on customers will continue to load and unload using the existing walkway while crews build the new walkway alongside it.  
WSDOT staff will be onboard the Seattle-Bainbridge routes at 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. on July 11 and in the passenger waiting area at the Bainbridge ferry terminal to provide customers with more information about the project, including a construction timeline and visual renderings of the updated design of the new walkway. More information

EPA Beach Sampling at Wyckoff Site
You may notice a lot of activity on the beaches next week near the metal sheet pile wall at the former Wyckoff site. EPA contractors are collecting additional sediments samples, digging test pits, and installing temporary wells. The results from these tests will inform detailed cleanup construction plans for the beaches. Sampling crews will be out on the beaches Monday, July 9 through Saturday, July 14. The work will be done during low tide conditions, beginning early Monday morning and shifting an hour later each day. Residents should expect typical construction equipment noise, including diesel engines and backup alarms. The work may also generate odors, as the equipment digs down into more heavily contaminated layers below the surface of the beach. Community members are asked to stay off the beaches north and east of the former wood-treating facility during the sampling activities. The broad area of beach west of the former treatment plant (Pritchard Park's "West Beach") will remain open and available for public use. Learn more

Upcoming Events
  • City Council Business Meeting - 7pm on July 10 at City Hall

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