City Manager's Report
Bainbridge Islanders,
It has been a busy week, with four City Council meetings over the past three days.  At the business meeting on Tuesday, the Council decided to discuss at a future meeting its options for reviewing the method used to determine the purchase price of the Harrison property, and whether it was industry standard method and the reliability of the current budget and cost projections. I encourage interested community members to review the Police-Court facility project page, where you can find detailed information about the history of the project, the extensive public process, as well as recent questions and responses. The next discussion of this topic is currently planned for March 9.

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, the City Council hosted an online event with City Manager finalist Blair King, during which King answered more than 60 questions drafted and submitted by community members. After that conversation, the Council met in Executive Session to continue its selection process.

On Thursday, Feb. 11, the City Council held a special meeting at which they discussed portions of the City’s municipal code related to affordable housing. The Council has previously identified improving access to affordable housing as a high priority for the City. Therefore, the Council decided to consider adoption of regulations to increase the duration of affordability described in the municipal code on a high-priority basis. The Council unanimously approved an ordinance which increased the duration of affordability of units from 30 years to 50 years for rental units and 99 years for home-ownership units. Watch the Feb. 11 meeting here.

In addition to these Council meetings, the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) met this week to review the process for this year’s LTAC awards; the Planning Commission and Utility Advisory Committee held standing meetings; and the Sustainable Transportation Task Force is hosting an educational session this morning with information on successful models from other locations. You can view any of these meetings real-time via Zoom, and many of them are posted on the City’s website for viewing at your convenience.

We are pleased to share that we are now able to provide real-time closed captioning to our live Zoom meetings. The City launched the new feature this week during the Council business meeting, which can be viewed at The closed captioning will now allow our meetings to be accessible to more people.

For more information on some of next week's topics and other items, please see below.

Best wishes,

Ellen Schroer
Interim City Manager
National Weather Service issues winter storm warning
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for our area until 4:00 p.m. Saturday, with heavy snow expected.

On Thursday, Operations & Maintenance crews began working 12 hour shifts to provide 24-hour coverage throughout the snow event.

The City has a Snow and Ice Control Plan that includes priority streets for response; crews focus first on the main roads and then on neighborhood streets.

Keeping sidewalks clear of snow/ice is the responsibility of abutting property owners. Only sidewalks on or abutting City property are maintained by City crews during snow/ice operations.

The City will not be operating the Severe Weather Shelter on Bainbridge Island due to the COVID-19 response. The Kitsap County Severe Weather Shelters will be open in Poulsbo at the Gateway Fellowship Church (18901 8th Ave NE) and in Port Orchard at the United Methodist Church (725 Kitsap Street). Check in is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at both locations. Subscribe to shelter activation notifications by texting KITSAPSWS to 898-211.

The City uses Nixle, a free text and email notification system, for alerts on road closures, downed power lines or other emergent issues. Sign up by texting 98110 to 888777 or at

Learn more about the City's inclement weather preparedness at

Information on Kitsap County's inclement weather response can be found here.

Puget Sound Energy
In the event there are any power outages, please see the Puget Sound Energy outage map for the status on restoration at

Washington State Ferries
With snow in the forecast through the weekend, riders should prepare for the possibility of WSF operating on its severe weather schedules on some routes. WSF will continue to send updates to let you know if a route switches to its alternate timetables. Get WSF travel alerts here.
Next steps in the City Manager selection process
City Manager finalist Blair King met with the community and the City Council on Wednesday, Feb. 10 to continue the City Manager selection process. Mr. King addressed questions from the community in an online event that ran more than 90 minutes. The list of more than 60 questions were submitted by two dozen community members. The questions related to development, community engagement, sustainability and more. Watch the event here.

Next week, the Council will hold additional discussions of King's qualifications in an Executive Session scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Mr. King is the final candidate in a process that began last summer.
City seeking two volunteers to serve on Race Equity Advisory Committee
The City of Bainbridge Island is seeking two volunteers to serve on the Race Equity Advisory Committee (REAC) for three-year terms.

The REAC, which meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, advises the City Council on race equity issues within local government and in the community. 

Applications are due by 4 p.m. Friday, February 26.

Terms begin immediately following City Council appointment and expire in June 2024.

For more information on the REAC and to complete the online application, please see the City's News Flash.
COVID-19 Updates
Kitsap County to move to 'Phase 2' of recovery plan on Sunday
Gov. Jay Inslee announced yesterday evening that on Sunday, Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day), Kitsap County will move to Phase 2 of the "Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery" plan, which is the state's phased approach for COVID-19 recovery.

The holiday weekend provides a large portion of a restaurant's yearly revenue, and by moving up the region's reopening date will allow dining establishments to benefit, according to an announcement from Governor Inslee's office.

"I know this creates more options for restaurants to make Valentine's Day special for couples who hoped they could have a night out," Inslee said. "I am confident people, young and old, will celebrate safely. And if it's a first date that doesn't go well, remind them to stay six feet away from you."
COVID-19 vaccine distribution on Bainbridge Island
Based on the current weather forecast, we expect our vaccine clinics today (Friday, Feb. 12) and tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 13) to be held as planned. However, please be aware that conditions may change.

If we must cancel the clinics due to inclement weather, a notice will be sent by Nixle. We plan to reschedule any canceled first dose appointments for next week.

At this time, we do not have an update on vaccines for next week. We will notify the community on Monday if we get any new doses and schedule any clinics for next week. Although Monday is the Presidents Day holiday, the emergency management staff and volunteers will hold a unified command planning meeting.

Follow the City's vaccine page at for updates.

Register for Nixle alerts
COVID-19 vaccine distribution update from the Washington State Department of Health
Please see the message below that was sent by the Washington State Department of Health on Feb. 10.

Vaccine supply
Supply from the federal government continues to be our greatest challenge. This week our providers requested more than 440,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including 281,100 first doses and 165,750 second doses. In all, we received just over 200,000 doses from the federal government, which is less than half.

Although doses are not where we would like them to be right now, we are optimistic about the future. We have been told by the federal government that allocations for both Pfizer and Moderna will increase in the coming weeks and months.

The progress of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also encouraging. Last Thursday, the company announced they submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of its Janssen COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The FDA could decide on a EUA by the end of February.

Allocation forecast
For the first time, DOH received a 3-week allocation forecast from the federal government. Up until last week, we did not receive weekly allocation numbers until Tuesday morning, making it difficult for our staff, providers, and the public. The allocation forecast is a blend of first and second doses and is subject to change as vaccine availability from the federal government may change.

Read the full announcement here.
City's COVID-19 test site closed Monday due to holiday
The City's COVID-19 test site will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 for the Presidents Day holiday. We will resume operations Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Kitsap County cancels COVID-19 testing Friday, Saturday due to inclement weather
Due to the anticipated snow and cold temperatures, the Kitsap Emergency Operations Center is canceling COVID-19 testing today (Friday, Feb. 12) and tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 13) for the safety of staff.

Testing will also be closed Monday, Feb. 15 for the Presidents Day holiday.

The regular hours will resume when the weather permits.

To learn more about community-based COVID-19 testing options, visit
Project Updates
Join Us: Sustainable transportation online session this morning
A subcommittee of Sustainable Transportation Task Force members will host the final educational session this morning for Sustainable Transportation Task Force members and the public to learn more about issues related to sustainable transportation. The public is invited to watch, but there will be no opportunity for public comment. The session will be held 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Zoom.

The topic is related to successful sustainable transportation systems in North America and worldwide, and will include:
  • A bold vision for Bainbridge Island
  • Lessons from places with successful sustainable transportation systems
  • Learning from Victoria, Seville and the Methow Valley

The session is one of four events hosted by the STTF subcommittee to help the project team identify future projects, policies and programs and begin to evaluate and prioritize those items.
City Council Updates
Council to discuss Police-Court facility project on March 9
At the business meeting on Feb. 9, the City Council discussed questions related to the Police-Court facility project, specifically questions on the purchase of the Harrison building, and scheduled a future discussion on the topic for March 9. The Council has received many emails from interested community members related to this project.

The Feb. 9 discussion concluded with the decision to schedule a future agenda item to review process options for evaluating the following aspects of the police and court project:

  • The valuation method used to determine the purchase price of the Harrison Medical Center property and whether it comported with industry standards

  • The reliability of cost projects for construction of the project as designed and what steps the City can take to ensure the project comes in on budget.

To provide context for some of the information included in the Council packet, staff provided a memo by email to the Council and has posted this information to the project page.

Watch the Feb. 9 discussion here (click on Item 7B).
Feb. 23 Public hearing: Council to consider extension of interim control on bonus density options 
The City Council will hold a public hearing on Ordinance 2021-09 during the Feb. 23 business meeting to gather public input on the proposed six-month extension of the Bonus Floor Area Ratio (FAR) interim control.

Floor area ratio is a form of measurement used to determine the amount of square footage that can be constructed on a property. Each property in the Mixed Use Town Center and High School Road zoning districts has a base and bonus floor area ratio that is allowed for residential, commercial and mixed use projects.

The City Council approved the interim control on March 10, 2020 to study whether the applicability and use of certain types of bonus density options are meeting what is intended, including related to the Comprehensive Plan. As a result of Ordinance 2020-20, bonus density can only be obtained or used currently under the following circumstances:

  • Providing affordable housing;
  • Transferring unused FAR from the Islander Mobile Home Park to another parcel or parcels in the Mixed Use Town Center District for residential development; or
  • Preserving an historic structure located on a state, local, or federal register such when an historic structure is preserved, the square footage of that structure will not count toward the FAR calculation.

The extension, which would last until Sept. 10, 2021, will allow staff and the Planning Commission additional time to work on an ordinance that limits the FAR program, including, but not limited to, the City’s pursuit of purchasing the remaining FAR from the Islander Mobile Home Park.
Upcoming City Council agenda
Below are some of the topics to be discussed during the Feb. 16 City Council meeting.

  • Public Art Committee update and budget request
  • Proposed expansion to Bainbridge Performing Arts facility
  • Puget Sound Energy (PSE) franchise agreement process
  • Feedback on proposed changes to the Governance Manual

If you would like to receive the City Council agenda by email when it's published, sign up on the Council Agendas webpage.

Ways to Watch
  • 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)
Proposed Land Use Actions
Upcoming Public Participation meetings
Below are upcoming public participation meetings as part of the proposed land use actions process.

A public participation meeting provides an opportunity for the community to learn about a proposed project. The public participation meetings are held at Planning Commission meetings, which begin at 6 p.m. on Zoom.

  • Thursday, Feb. 25
  • AT&T Telecommunications Facility; 6 p.m.
  • The AT&T Telecommunications Facility project proposes to install an unmanned telecom facility on a KPUD water tower located on NE Baker Hill Road. Learn more about the project proposal here.

  • Wintergreen Townhomes; 6:30 p.m.
  • The Wintergreen Townhomes proposal is a 74-townhome long subdivision proposal that incorporates affordable housing (as defined in the Municipal Code) on two lots totaling 2.94 acres. The project site is located at 1332 Wintergreen Lane. Learn more about the project proposal here.

Sign up to get email notifications on proposed land use actions, which includes legal notices for permit applications and related activities at
Other Updates
Expect daytime delays during Agate Pass Bridge work  
Please see the message below from WSDOT.

Travelers are encouraged to plan for several days of significant daytime congestion approaching the State Route 305 Agate Pass Bridge. Washington State Department of Transportation crews will reduce the span to one-way alternating traffic during daytime hours for 5 consecutive days beginning Monday, Feb. 22.

Bridge maintenance crews will conduct an in-depth bridge inspection and perform maintenance.

8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 22-26
  • Agate Pass Bridge will be reduced to one alternating lane of traffic.
  • Expect at least 30-minute delays in each direction.
  • Law enforcement officers will direct traffic at the intersection of SR 305 and Suquamish Way Northeast.

WSDOT needs help from travelers
  • Add extra travel time to help prevent delays
  • Consider postponing discretionary trips
  • Travel early in the morning or later at night

WSDOT does a lot of work at night to reduce congestion. This work requires daylight to allow crews to conduct the inspection safely. Crews maneuver a large mechanical arm of an Under Bridge Inspection Truck (UBIT) through, over and under the bridge.
Important Dates
Friday, Feb. 12: Sustainable Transportation Task Force subcommittee to host online session on sustainable transportation systems; 9 a.m. on Zoom
Monday, Feb. 15: City offices closed for Presidents Day
Tuesday, Feb. 16: Design Review Board meeting; 3 p.m. on Zoom
Wednesday, Feb. 17: Climate Change Advisory Committee meeting; 5:30 p.m. on Zoom
Thursday, Feb. 18: Race Equity Advisory Committee meeting; 6 p.m. on Zoom
Thursday, Feb. 25: Planning Commission meeting; 6 p.m. on Zoom
Friday, Feb. 26: Sustainable Transportation Task Force meeting; 9:30 a.m. on Zoom.
Friday, Feb. 26: Deadline to apply for Race Equity Advisory Committee; applications are due by 4 p.m.
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Contact Information

280 Madison Avenue North
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Phone: 206-842-7633