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Dear Bainbridge Islanders,

I'd like to start by thanking the many members of the community who responded to and assisted with the search for our missing resident last week. The Police Department worked hard to spread the word, and to make use of a range of resources from the island and beyond. A community member, who was aware of the situation through social media posts, recognized the woman in a building on Winslow Way and contacted 911. We are all grateful for a positive outcome. Thank you also to the members of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department for their efforts in responding to the serious fire in downtown. As we share our condolences and support with the victims of this incident, please also appreciate the ability of our Fire Department to act quickly and prevent further damage.

Here is a last reminder about the opportunity to join the City's citizen advisory committees. Our deadline to apply is 4 p.m. next Monday, April 29. In particular, I'd like to highlight the City's Design Review Board (DRB), which plays an important role in the review of development projects, and seeks a balance of members with particular skills and experience. Please see below for more detail and consider applying for one or more of our committees.

This week marked the official start of construction for the Olympic Drive project near the Washington State Ferries terminal. This $3 million project was made possible due to roughly $2 million in State and Federal grants. The improvements will enhance safety for all users (bikes, pedestrians, drivers), provide wider sidewalks, and include the addition of bike lanes and bike boxes to help bicyclists better navigate the busy turn onto Winslow Way. City staff is providing extensive outreach on the project via Nixle and Notify Me notifications, roadway signage, printed materials, and speaking directly to ferry passengers. The end result will be a safer and more welcoming transition from one of the busiest ferry routes in the world to our beautiful main street. Thanks in advance for your extra patience and attention during construction. Please see the City's project webpage for additional detail.

This week at the City Council meeting, the Council discussed how to implement our priority projects related to affordable housing, considered a State grant that could help plan the restoration of historic buildings on the City's Suyematsu farm property, and reviewed the WSDOT plans for a series of roundabouts along Highway 305. You can watch video of the meeting via the City's website.

Next week, the Council will devote its entire meeting to a focused joint workshop with the members of the City's Ethics Board. The workshop will be facilitated by several regional experts who have assisted with others cities' Ethics Programs. The goal is for the Council and Ethics Board members to discuss areas of the City's Ethics Program that could benefit from improved clarity.

On Saturday, please consider attending one of the quarterly City Council ward meetings. Detailed information on the location and times for the North Ward meeting and the Central Ward meeting are below (the South Ward meeting was held earlier this month).

Best wishes,

Morgan Smith
City Manager
Traffic Alert: Detour along Madison Ave today (Friday, April 26) for paving project

The southbound lane of Madison Avenue N from High School Road to Wyatt Way is closed today due to a paving project. Drivers traveling south along Madison Avenue at High School Road will be detoured to Grow Avenue and Wyatt Way. The closure is expected until the early afternoon.
The northbound lane of Madison Avenue in this area will remain open with one lane and flaggers.
Pedestrians should use the sidewalk on the east side of Madison Avenue.
The pavement project is being done to support utility work in the area at the nearby development project sites along the Madison Avenue core. This is not a City of Bainbridge Island project.

  Please spread the word to your family, neighbors and customers.
Tomorrow: Join the discussion at Ward Meetings

Ward meetings are an opportunity for community members to meet with City Council representatives to share any thoughts or concerns about what's happening in your neighborhood. There's no agenda - just a casual conversation. Please join us at the Ward meetings happening tomorrow (Saturday, April 27):

North Ward meeting with Mayor Kol Medina, Councilmember Joe Deets and At-large Councilmember Ron Peltier:  Seabold Hall; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Central Ward meeting with Deputy Mayor Leslie Schneider, Councilmember Rasham Nassar and At-large Councilmember Ron Peltier: City Hall; 1 to 3 p.m.

Don't know your ward? Check the map here.
Last call: apply to serve on a citizen advisory group

Do you or someone you know have an interest in climate change? Funding for cultural activities in the community? Design review? We need you! There's still time to apply for a position on one of the city's volunteer citizen groups.  These committees assist and advise the City Council on a range of topics. 

The application process is simple-- fill out the online form with your contact information, select the committee you're applying for and upload a resume (if applicable). 

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 29. Applicants must be available mid-May to early June for interviews. Terms begin on July 1.
Share your thoughts: One year review of the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) update

City staff is conducting a one year review of the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) update. As part of this process, we'd like to know about your experience. Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey. 

Results will be summarized in an assessment report provided to the Planning Commission and City Council.

If you have any questions about the survey, please send an email to Senior Planner Christy Carr.

Star the survey now. Click here
Tomorrow: BIPD hosts Prescription Drug Take Back event

Do you have any unused or expired prescription drugs? Please consider disposing your pills tomorrow at BIPD's Prescription Drug Take Back event.
The event will happen 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police station, located at 625 Winslow Way East.
  • Please do not bring sharps to this event, which is specifically for collecting unwanted medications only.
  • Controlled and non-controlled prescription substances (including over-the-counter substances) will be accepted.
  • You may deposit loose pills directly into the disposal box or submit the entire container. If you dispose of the entire container, we encourage you to remove personal information from the prescription label by either removing it or obscuring it with a permanent marker.
  • Intravenous solutions, injectables, syringes, or medical waste WILL NOT be accepted.
  • All participants must retain possession of their own medication during the surrender process. Law enforcement personnel may not handle the medications at any time.
The BIPD is hosting this event in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 

In addition, usual methods for disposing of unused medicines- flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash- pose potential safety and health hazards. 
Council and Ethics Board to participate in joint workshop

A joint workshop for the City Council and Ethics Board is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The workshop is designed to help structure the future of the ethics program and how to improve clarity how the program is written and applied. 

The workshop will be facilitated by regional experts who work in this area and have assisted other cities.

Navy to conduct testing on Hood Canal April to June

The Navy will conduct testing operations on Hood Canal April 29 to June 28.
Testing will be performed from a self-contained U.S. Navy barge near Big Beef Creek (southeast of the Dabob Bay entrance). During this period. Navy-supported watercraft activity will increase in the area, including a tugboat.
The barge, which has operated in Hood Canal previously, will be present from dawn until dusk on weekdays, with the exception of days in port for maintenance.
All appropriate agencies, including U.S. Coast Guard, were notified of scheduled activities.
The Navy's environmental site review concluded that testing will not threaten marine life or habitat. No wastewater or other fluids will be discharged, and operations will not inhibit crab pot usage, or other fishing and harvesting.
Boy Scout designs drop boxes to properly dispose of American flags

Looking to get rid of a tattered or faded American flag? Please consider bringing it to a new drop-box location on Bainbridge Island.

The effort to properly dispose of flags is being led by 16-year-old Greysen Allen of Bainbridge Island who is a member of Boy Scouts of America. Allen built two flag disposal boxes for an Eagle Scout project. He came up with the idea  after learning that people have been dropping off flags  at the doorstep of the  American Legion, fire station and police station.  "I really wanted the flag to get the respect it deserved, even when its days of flying were over," said Allen. 

Allen's disposal boxes were placed at the following locations: 
  • American Legion Colin Hyde Post No. 172
    • 7880 NE Bucklin Hill Rd 
  • Ace Hardware
    • 635 High School Road NE
The American Legion will service the flag boxes and will be responsible for proper disposal of the flags.
Mark your calendar: Household Chemical Collection Event

Residents of Bainbridge Island and the north end of Kitsap County can bring certain hazardous household chemicals to a free, one-day collection event on Saturday, June 15 at the City's Operations & Maintenance facility, located at 7305 Hidden Cove Rd.

This event, which is being hosted by the City's Public Works team and Kitsap County Solid Waste Division, is limited to household products from Kitsap County residents. Organizers can't accept items from businesses or non-household organizations.

Containers must be five gallons or smaller. Organizers can't empty and return containers (fuel containers are the only exception).

* adhesives
* aerosols
* automotive fluids (excludes motor oil, antifreeze)
* corrosive cleaners
* flammable liquids
* lawn and garden chemicals
* oil-based paints and stains
* paint thinners
* pool and spa chemicals

Search  to find recycling or disposal sites for these items.
* No latex paint
* No motor oil
* No antifreeze
* No batteries
* No light bulbs or tubes
* No needles
* No marine flares or explosives
* No business or non-profit waste
* No containers larger than 5 gallons
* No empty containers (put these in the trash, not the recycling)

* Do not mix products
* Transport items in sturdy, leak-proof tubs
* Keep products in their original containers. If you've used a different container, please label it.
* Transport items in your trunk or truck bed, not in the passenger area.

Please coordinate with your neighbors to combine items into one vehicle. This reduces cars on the road and shortens lines at the event! Read more here
Upcoming Events & Meetings
  • Saturday, April 27: Fire Extinguisher Safety Event; Winslow Wharf Marina; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 9: WSF meeting on Long Range Plan; Bainbridge Island Senior Center; 6-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 14: Public Hearing on sewer & water rate proposed changes during City Council meeting; Council Chamber
See the full calendar list here.
City of Bainbridge Island