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New On-line Utility Billing Information and Payment Options
The City is excited about providing our utility billing customers more payment options and better accessibility to their billing information.
Beginning in May all City Utility Customers will have the ability to set up a username and password for secure access to their utility billing information. 
For more information, click here.


Parks and Recreation Commission Vacancy

The City of Poulsbo is seeking a volunteer living within the North Kitsap School District boundaries to serve on the Parks and Recreation Commission. The position term is through 12/31/16.


To download an application, click here, or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 360.779.9898


Employment Opportunity:
Building Inspector

The City of Poulsbo is seeking to fill a full-time Building Inspector position.
For more about this position, click here.
The closing date is Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm.
City of Poulsbo Partners with the Kitsap Humane Society
The City of Poulsbo has partnered with  the Kitsap Humane Society for pet licensing.  You may visit the Kitsap Human Society website for more information or you may now pay for animal licensing online at the KHS Pawzii  page.


City of Poulsbo Now has an
In-House City Prosecutor

On April 15, 2015 

Mayor Erickson appointed  City Risk Manager Kylie Purves as the City Prosecutor, effective May 1st.  The City Prosecutor will handle misdemeanor violations of City criminal and traffic ordinances, including building and zoning code violations.

Nelson Park Easement Trail

One of the trail projects that is currently underway is the Nelson Park Easement Trail, between Poulsbo's Fish Park and Nelson Park.  The trail will be complete by the end of May, and then the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club will be building a stairway up into Nelson Park, and planting new plants and native vegetation along the corridor.  Once complete, walkers will be able to walk between the two parks without crossing a street or going through a parking lot.   


Parking Spot Restriping Downtown

The Public Works Department will begin restriping the parking spaces along Front Street. State law requires parking spots to be 20 feet from crosswalks. The restriping will bring all the parking spots along Front Street into compliance with the law and create safer crossings for pedestrians.

May 2015 E-Newsletter 
News From the Mayor's Desk

As I write this brief article, I am reminded of Earth Day which we celebrated on April 22nd. On Earth Day I always think about the beauty of Poulsbo; the cleanliness of Liberty Bay and the backdrop of our green forests. Thank you to West Sound Academy who celebrated Earth Day by picking up trash around the streets of Poulsbo.

Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park is looking especially beautiful as we installed new benches around the freshly painted Pavilion. The big birthday party for Bill Austin and Ardis Morrow is Saturday May 2 from noon until 4:00 pm recognizing 170 years of service; Bill turns 80 and Ardis turns 90. Happy Birthday!! Poulsbo is a fundamentally different place because of the public service and volunteerism of Bill and Ardis.

There is a tired soccer field in the middle of the mobile home park at Lincoln and Caldart. It needs new sod, painted goals with new netting and an overall clean up. Many fine soccer players grew up in this neighborhood. The Poulsbo Police Department, Poulsbo Rotary, Mayor's Office of Poulsbo and Skelly Works Inc. are teaming up to repair the soccer field and install new play equipment. This neighborhood has many children that would benefit from a newly improved play area. If you would like to help with this project, please contact the Mayor's office at the City of Poulsbo (360) 779-3901.

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is already working on the new bicycle pump track to be located at the Little Valley ball field located north of Central Market. They have been removing the scotch broom from the hillsides and getting ready to bring in and move dirt to establish the tracks. Meanwhile, we continue to look for additional ball fields for both the Diamond Dusters and North Kitsap Little League.

The City of Poulsbo has been recommended to receive a $73,000 grant from Kitsap County's 1/10th of 1% for mental health. The Kitsap County Commissioners were briefed about the grant on April 29th. The funds will be used to pay Kitsap Mental Health to hire and place a mental health specialist in the Poulsbo and Port Orchard Municipal Courts. Poulsbo took the lead on the grant and will function as the lead agency to administrator and manage the new program. This will be the first program of its kind in the State of Washington. People with mental health problems that have been arrested for minor crimes will be better treated for their illness rather than face expensive incarceration.

The old City Hall property continues to move forward with initial drawings of the new apartment - mixed use building. The old police station is being actively marketed with a price drop to $950,000.

Olympic Crest, our newest neighborhood, achieved it final plat status April 15th. The project is located on Pugh road close to Lincoln and is almost sold-out. Poulsbo is a very hot housing market. Coming soon to Poulsbo are the neighborhoods of Mountain Aire on Noll Road and Summerset on Viking Way. Thank you to the Kitsap Realtors Association and the Kitsap Homebuilders Association for meeting with me on April 27 and 28th as we discussed our changing housing market.

Representative Drew Hansen and our police department have worked tirelessly on HB 1917 which would support the use of body cameras for police in the State of Washington. We don't know if the bill will pass, but the conversation has been raised not only at a state but a national level by crafting this bill. We hope legislation will pass that supports police accountability and preserves the individual's right to privacy when body cameras are in use.

Jump on the #44 bus as it travels around Poulsbo. We have worked hard to establish the new routes serving and circulating through Poulsbo. Soon it will be sporting a new look with a brand new paint job.

Finally, Viking Fest is coming!! A new bicycle ride call the Viking Tour will be Sunday, May 17th starting at Fishline on Viking Avenue.

For more information go to www.poulsbovikingtour.com.

Becky Erickson, Mayor

New and Improved City E-newsletter

The City E-newsletter will now be published monthly!  The newsletter will include construction project updates, upcoming events, and much more!

2015 Viking Fest Road Race

For information on other Viking Fest activities:
Viking Fest
Viking Tour
Utility Discounts Expanded for Low Income Senior and Disabled Citizens

The City Council approved Ordinance 2015-02 on January 14, 2015 which includes provisions to expand the low income utility discount program by increasing the income threshold for seniors and by adding the storm utility to the program. The changes outlined in the ordinance, including the new water and storm drain rate increases, were effective February 1, 2015. In the new guidelines for the discount program, Senior citizens of age 65 or older, with a household income of $30,000 or less are eligible for utility discounts. The discounted base water rate is $9.89 plus $1.98 per 100 cubic feet of water usage. The discounted storm drain rate is $9.86. The eligibility criteria for disabled citizens have not changed.

For more information and application instructions, please visit the Utility Billing section of the City's website: Utility Billing.  (The Low Income Utilities brochure and application form are posted in PDF format at the bottom of the page) They are also available for pickup at City Hall on the 3rd Floor or call (360) 779-3901 to request a copy to be mailed to you.

 Construction Updates
There is a lot of exciting construction projects in process around the City!! To get updates and see what is coming, read our  Construction Update.
Parks and Recreation Summer Camps
For information on other Parks and Recreation programs and events, visit: http://www.cityofpoulsbo.com/parks/parks.htm