City Manager's Report
Bainbridge Islanders,

According to our Green House Gas Reduction Goals, 80% of the vehicles on the road should be electric vehicles by 2045. Towards this goal, the City is working to convert our vehicle fleet to full electric, and we support other public agency efforts to transition to electric transportation as well.  

Last week, the City of Bainbridge Island wrote a letter in support of a Washington State Ferry’s federal grant application to pay for infrastructure at the Colman Dock in Seattle and the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal to support full electric ferry boats. The grant application seeks approximately $7.0 million to pay for a medium voltage charging infrastructure. The intention is to provide the utility upgrades, power distribution, and offshore structures needed to support automated vessel charging equipment for electric-battery boats.

Something totally different from the above, this week an old white phosphorus grenade was found on private property on South Beach Drive. The grenade was discovered by the Fire Department while they were fighting a brush fire in the area. It appears that it was buried for some time and may have been left over from the Fort Ward era. I am told that this type of grenade is intended to produce smoke, and the charge is used to disperse white phosphorus which ignites when it hits the air.

Finally, our thoughts are with the 15-year-old victim and his family of the bicycle crash this week on Baker Hill. I am thankful he was wearing a helmet, and I am grateful for the witness and the police and medical responders who helped.  

Best,

Blair King
City Manager
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Events
VIRTUAL Winslow Community Visioning Workshop - July 26
Help provide feedback for future guidance of the Winslow area! We are planning for the Winslow Subarea Plan Update, and we need YOUR voice. If you missed the July 20 workshop in person, there is a virtual workshop option on July 26.
 
Virtual (similar to 7/20 in person workshop)
Wednesday, July 26 6-8 p.m.
On Zoom HERE - Meeting ID: 946 7401 3174 Passcode: lmn
Moonlight Market and Farmers' Market
Moonlight Market Special make-up day July 21 5-9 p.m. at Town Square next to City Hall (normally first Fridays)

Farmers' Market Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Town Square next to City Hall
National Night Out
The City of Bainbridge Island invites you to join in National Night Out
Tuesday, August 1 at Bainbridge Island Town Square from 5 to 8 p.m.
 
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live. This year’s event will take place at Town Square (near City Hall) where there will be informational booths for local businesses and organizations and fun activities for kids. Come and see a police car and fire truck up close! Have your picture taken with K9 Officer Whitney! Enjoy free hot dogs and ice cream!

The best way to build a safer community is to know your neighbors and your surroundings. National Night Out helps us get to know one another and have fun too. Hope to see you there!
Program, Project & Operation Updates
Wyckoff/Eagle Harbor Superfund Site Work - Beach Closures Beginning July 31
Within the next year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be entering a very active construction period at the Wyckoff/Eagle Harbor Superfund Site. Additional cleanup actions are needed in the soil and groundwater at the former Wyckoff wood treatment facility and in the adjacent beach sediments. Cleanup investigations will support ongoing construction design for additional work at the site. Through the fall, residents will see pre-design investigation activities at the former Wyckoff wood-treatment facility located at the mouth of Eagle Harbor.

These activities will include porewater sampling, surface and subsurface sediment sampling, bathymetry and LiDAR surveys, a baseline eelgrass survey, geotechnical drilling, and cap stability measurements. Crews will perform some of this work from the water on barges, and some work during low tides on the beach. The EPA will direct and oversee all work. Most work will occur on closed portions of the beaches surrounding the site. The portions of the beach that are safe for recreational use will remain open to the public with limited access during active sampling operations.

EPA expects investigation activities will begin July 31 and continue through October.

For more information, contact EPA Remedial Project Manager Bernadette Wright, [email protected] or 206-771-3106. 
Climate Smart
Survey on Incentives to Switch to Electric Lawn Tools - ends July 31
We are interested in hearing from residents and businesses about incentives to switch from gas-powered landscaping equipment to electric equipment on Bainbridge Island.

There are two surveys available online through July 31: one for residents and one for local businesses that provide landscaping services on the island. The business survey is available in both English and Spanish and a print copy can be provided by City staff for residents to distribute to any landscaping companies/crews they know on the island. Please visit www.bainbridgewa.gov/climateaction or contact [email protected] for a print copy of the survey.  
City Council Updates
The next scheduled City Council Regular Business Meeting will be on July 25. Key topics include:

  • Announcement of the Next BI Reads Book
  • Approve Water Tank Graphic
  • Presentation from City Thread's Accelerated Mobility Playbook for Bainbridge Island

Ways to Watch
  • In-person at the City Hall City Council Chambers 

  • Zoom

  • City website livestream (visit the Agendas & Minutes page, then click on "In Progress" when the meeting starts)

  • BKAT (Channel 12 on Comcast & Channel 3 on WAVE)

The public is invited to contact members of the City Council to express concerns, questions and praise. Some council members are holding virtual office hours and others are available to meet upon request.

Please visit the City Council page for more information on individual City Council members.
Important Dates