City Manager's Report
City Manager Morgan Smith is out of the office this week.
Biennial Budget
City Council budget discussion to continue
The City Council will continue discussion next week on the proposed 2021-22 Budget. The budget topics to be discussed include:
  • Capital Improvement Plan
  • Internal services departments
  • Community services

The Biennial Budget is the financial plan for the upcoming two years and expresses the City’s identified priorities and planned service delivery to the community.

The proposed 2021-2022 Budget can be viewed online at

See the timeline for discussion topics and opportunities for public comment on the Budget webpage.
Questions about the proposed budget? Submit a budget query
Throughout the budget process, City staff receives questions about the proposed budget. These questions are referred to as 'queries'. Queries are grouped into sets indicating the order received and the timing for the presentation of answers.

Click here to learn more about some of the questions asked so far and the responses.
COVID-19 Updates
Staff to present proposal for COVID-19 testing site next week
Emergency Management Coordinator Anne LeSage will present a proposal to the City Council during next week's business meeting (Oct. 13) to create a COVID-19 community-based testing site on Bainbridge Island.

Based on feedback from community partners and residents, testing is still not widely available on Bainbridge Island unless a person is symptomatic. There are other reasons why people may need to be tested (asymptomatic but had contact with a COVID positive person, needing a negative test to return to work, required for travel, etc.).

The testing site would be located at the City's Town Square (location of the Farmers Market next to City Hall). LeSage is proposing to open the testing site on Monday, Nov. 2. The testing site would be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Testing would be available to anyone by appointment only.

Details on the testing site and how to schedule an appointment will be shared at a later date if the Council approves the proposal.

Click here for a list of current community testing sites in Kitsap County.
Gov. Inslee announces new Safe Start guidance
Gov. Jay Inslee announced this week modifications to guidance in the Safe Start recovery plan. Some of the modifications include:
  • Libraries are allowed to reopen at 25% capacity
  • Youth school sports guidance aligns school related and non-school related sports guidance 
  • Movie theaters can open at 25% occupancy
  • Restaurants can move alcohol cut-off time to 11 p.m. and increase table size to 6
  • Real estate open houses will be allowed

View the full announcement with links to the updated guidance here. View the press conference here.

There are no overall changes to the Safe Start recovery plan phases at this time. Kitsap County remains in Phase 2.
Bloodworks Northwest extends testing of all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies 
Bloodworks Northwest has extended its testing of all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies through Oct. 31, in conjunction with pandemic response efforts.

For more information on testing and to book your appointment, please visit the Bloodworks Northwest website.
City Council Updates
Climate Action Plan presented to City Council
The Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC) this week presented a draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) to the City Council and community. The CAP represents nearly a year of work by the CCAC after the initial step of the City's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, which was completed in 2019.

The CAP includes recommended actions and strategies to move the City toward three goals:
  1. Mitigation – Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2045 compared to 2014 levels with interim milestones of 25% reduction by 2025 and 60% by 2035 compared to 2014 levels.
  2. Adaption – Bainbridge Island is climate savvy, and can withstand the impacts of climate change.
  3. Community Engagement – COBI inspires community action and partners with local and regional organizations to take meaningful and equitable climate change mitigation and adaptation actions.

The CAP was identified as the top priority in the City Council's 2021-2022 budget priorities exercise earlier this year.

Further consideration and potential adoption of the CAP is expected later this year. Read the draft Climate Action Plan here.
Council to hold public hearing on land use amendment request
The City Council will hold a public hearing on a land use amendment request that would eliminate a 500’ setback that applies to waste transfer facilities, and increases the allowed lot coverage for two properties (commonly referred to as the Triangle Property).

The land use amendment request was presented to the Council this week. The applicant is requesting two code changes to allow for a composting facility at the site. The code change requests include:
  1. To exclude two lots commonly known as the “Triangle Property” from a 500’ setback in BIMC 18.09.030.G.3. that applies to waste transfer facilities; and 
  2. To create a use- or parcel-specific dimensional standard that would increase the allowed lot coverage from 10%. 

The City Council directed staff to return to a future business meeting with a draft ordinance to set a public hearing date on the land use amendment request before making a final decision on the request.

The City Council makes the final determination on legislative code amendment requests.

Watch the Oct. 6 Council discussion here.
Upcoming City Council agenda
Below are some of the topics scheduled for the Tuesday, Oct. 13 City Council meeting.

  • Budget discussion
  • Set public hearing extending small wireless facilities design standards interim official control
  • Recommendation from the joint City Council and Planning Commission land use subcommittee
  • Recommendation from the economic recovery ad hoc committee
  • Proposal to create a COVID-19 community-based testing site
  • Discussion related to Council concerns about extension of the Cooke Aquaculture lease in Rich Passage

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).
  • You can also watch the meetings on BKAT (Channel 12 on Comcast & Channel 3 on WAVE).
Other Updates
We’re Hiring: Administrative Specialist and Maintenance Technician
Do you enjoy contributing to a team? Are you a detail-oriented experienced administrator? The Engineering division of Public Works is looking for its next Administrative Specialist III. This position works closely with engineers, project managers and other staff as part of an administrative support team.

The Operations and Maintenance division of Public Works seeks applicants for the position of Maintenance Technician. There are two vacancies in the streets and facilities section. The ideal candidates will have a range of experience and an interest in learning new skills.

WSDOT: Expect delays on SR 305 near Poulsbo for private development tree removal 
Travelers using State Route 305 near Poulsbo should plan for additional commute time today (Friday, Oct. 9).

From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., a private contractor will remove trees along SR 305 near Northeast Totten Road/Lemolo Shore Drive Northeast near milepost 8.7.

Safety concerns require this work to occur during daytime hours. Travelers will see the highway closed intermittently for 5 minutes at a time while the trees are removed.

Traffic control crews will clear the backups before stopping traffic again for tree removal.

Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app and the WSDOT regional Twitter account.
Auditor's Office to begin mailing ballots Oct. 14
The Kitsap County Auditor's Office will begin mailing ballots next Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Beginning 18 days before each election, ballot drop boxes remain open 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

The Bainbridge Island ballot box is located in the Bainbridge Island School District office parking lot (between the district office and the aquatic center), located at 8489 Madison Ave NE.

Voters pamphlets are now viewable online at
Watch: Day of Preparedness sessions
The City of Bainbridge Island, in partnership with Bainbridge Prepares and the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, hosted a virtual Day of Preparedness on Sept. 26.

Approximately 190 community members participated in three different sessions focusing on the history of earthquakes on Bainbridge Island, emotional resilience during a pandemic, and an open question and answer session with emergency preparedness leadership and volunteer team leads.

Click the video below to watch the sessions and learn more about preparing for emergencies.
Join us for ShakeOut Day
Please join us next Thursday, Oct. 15 for the Great ShakeOut to practice earthquake safety. At 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 15, the City of Bainbridge Island will send a Nixle emergency text message asking everyone to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On."

Now that more people are working and learning at home, ShakeOut serves as a great reminder to make sure you have adequate supplies at home to last at least two weeks. Take some time to update your household preparedness kits and make sure you replenish any surgical masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, etc. that you have used during the COVID response.

For more information on earthquake preparedness visit:

Sign up to get Nixle emergency alerts by texting 98110 to 888777 or visit the Nixle website.
Important Dates
Friday, Oct. 9: Deadline to apply for Planning Commission vacancy
Saturday, Oct. 17: City Council parliamentary training; 10 a.m.; Zoom
Tuesday, Oct. 20: Deadline to apply for City Manager position
Friday, Oct. 23: Sustainable Transportation Task Force meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 3: Election Day
Wednesday, Nov. 11: City offices are closed for Veterans Day.
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Contact Information

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