Dear Bainbridge Islanders,
For me, this past week included conversations with Islanders that centered around two topics: our Police Department and our City efforts related to transparency and communication.
Regarding the first topic, I appreciate hearing from community members who wanted to share their strong support for our Police Department and the significant changes that have occurred in recent years. We have a thriving department, now fully accredited by the State of Washington (roughly 20% of departments receive that distinction), clear commitments to training and professionalism, and a higher level of trust and communication between our Police and our community. This is progress begun and moved forward by Police Chief Matt Hamner in his five years with the City. And it is progress that will continue as we challenge ourselves to provide the highest and best level of service possible. The Police Department you see today will continue to evolve and improve, and we will use our recent accomplishments as a foundation to reach even higher in the future. Chief Hamner let me know yesterday that he has decided to accept a new position in California. His time with the City of Bainbridge Island has resulted in meaningful change in both our community and our City organization, and for that I want to express my personal appreciation and to wish him the best for his work in his new role.
Our current Deputy Police Chief Jeff Horn will be appointed as Interim Police Chief and will serve in that role until a replacement Police Chief is hired. Deputy Chief Horn has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement, including more than four years at the City of Bainbridge Island. The City will conduct a national search for the next Police Chief.
Regarding the City's work on communication, I hope that many of you will take a few minutes to participate in our
. We work hard to reach as much of the community as possible to share important news about projects and policy decisions, and to seek your feedback and input. Our goal is to reach a range of residents using a variety of tools. Your feedback will help us to see where these efforts can improve. Effective communication is also a key ingredient in our commitment to transparency and openness. The more the community knows about the City's work and plans, the more involved you can be in helping us to shape the results. We are here to answer your questions, and benefit from your feedback and engagement. We are looking forward to learning more about which communication channels and tools you find to be most effective.
Join the Discussion: North Ward Meeting This Saturday
Got something to share with your Council representatives? Attend t
he North Ward meeting this Saturday, Jan. 12 at Seabold Hall.
No agenda. No speeches. No public comment sheet. Just a chance to ask questions, share your thoughts and get to know your Council representatives.
The North Ward representatives include Mayor Kol Medina, Councilmember Joe Deets and At-Large Councilmember Ron Peltier. The meeting starts at 10 a.m.
The Central Ward Meeting with Deputy Mayor Leslie Schneider, Councilmember Rasham Nassar and At-Large Councilmember Ron Peltier is 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at City Hall.
The South Ward Meeting with Councilmembers Sarah Blossom and Matt Tirman and At-Large Councilmember Ron Peltier is 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Island Center Hall.
Don't know your ward? Check the map here.
Bring a neighbor and join the discussion!
City Council Postpones Vote on Car-tab Fee Increase
The City Council vote on a $10 car-tab fee increase has been postponed to the January 22 meeting.
f approved, the car-tab fees for Bainbridge Islanders would increase from $20 to $30.
The vote was delayed because Council approved a motion to amend Resolution 2019-08 to i
nclude a clause that the fee increase, if approved, would expire in four years. Once the fee expires, car-tab fees would roll back to $20.
The City estimates the increase will add approximately $200,000 per year to the City's Transportation Benefit Fund.The additional revenue will be used for traffic calming, climate change mitigation and marketing of Kitsap Transit's BI Ride Service.
Councilman Matt Tirman proposed the increase to reduce reliance on single-occupancy vehicles, reduce traffic congestion and lower greenhouse gas output on Bainbridge Island.
Public Input: Staying In Touch with COBI
Email? Facebook? Ferry outreach? Postal mail? We're curious to hear how you'd like to be informed about what's happening at the City.
Please take a few minutes to fill out a brief survey that addresses general communications and our latest outreach efforts on the SAFE Mobility Levy. Your feedback will help to shape future public outreach, engagement and communications.
The survey will be open until Friday, Jan. 25. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us!
City Council Approves Revised Design of Visconsi Trail Segment
The City Council approved a revised design of the Visconsi Trail segment, located on the west side of SR 305 near High School Road.
Visconsi, a development company, is required to complete the trail segment as part of its development conditions of the Wintergreen Walk property located at the northeast corner of High School Road and SR 305.
During discussion last year, the City Council directed Public Works to seek WSDOT approval to construct an 8-foot wide trail segment in WSDOT's SR 305 right-of-way. WSDOT has determined the trail needs to be 10-feet wide, which is still less than the 12-foot shared-use trail width that is preferred by WSDOT.
The trail would be about 425 feet in length and connect to the Park District's Sakai Park located to the north of High School Road.
Trail construction is expected to begin this summer.
Get Involved: City Seeking Input on Design Guidelines Update
The City of Bainbridge Island is seeking input to update its Design Guidelines to improve the quality of design in the community and support the vision for Bainbridge Island as a sustainable and thriving place.
The City's design guidelines are a method of guiding development and enhancing the quality of buildings, sites and the public realm. Some of the guidelines include: streetscape design, public space (plazas and courtyards), and building design (proximity to street, materials, roof appearance, etc.). The core purpose of design guidelines is to produce higher-quality development that reflects the Island's values and character. The design guidelines are used by the
Design Review Board to assess the merits of a project's design
As part of the project, a public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at City Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to gather public input and present findings of the existing conditions analysis, best practices, and opportunities for the design guidelines update.
City staff will also be on the afternoon ferry route Jan. 23 to provide information and answer questions about the design guidelines update.
Drivers Should Expect Delays Due to Development Construction Near SR 305 & High School Rd
Drivers and cyclists should expect minor delays as work continues near SR 305 and High School Road.
A Comcast contractor started working on the project this week and completion is anticipated Friday, Jan. 18. During the project,
High School Road, from Hildebrand Lane to Wintergreen Lane NE, will be reduced to one lane in each direction with flaggers.
Crews will be working during the day (9 - 3:30 p.m.) and night ( 8 p.m. - 6 a.m.). During the overnight construction, a police officer will be guiding traffic at the High School Rd and SR 305 intersection as there will be more construction activity with crews boring under the road.
Drivers are advised to plan ahead as this may cause delays during the morning and evening commutes for ferry passengers.
For more information, contact Comcast Representative Lee Haines at 253.278.2474. This is not a City of Bainbridge Island project.
Apply Now: BIPD is Accepting Applications for the 2019 Citizens Police Academy
Have you ever wondered it's like being a police officer and what the job entails day-to-day? Join the Bainbridge Island Police Department for a free, hands-on learning experience at the Citizens Police Academy.
The program gives people access to information on how the police department functions. The intent of the program isn't to prepare people for a career in law enforcement, but simply to give folks a chance to see how public safety works and better understand the types of challenges officers face daily.
Saturday, Jan. 12: North Ward Meeting at Seabold Hall; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Saturday, Jan. 19: Central Ward Meeting at City Hall; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Wednesday, Jan. 23: Kitsap County Solid Waste Division Presentation on Recycling & Waste; City Hall Council Chamber; 3 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26: South Ward Meeting at Island Center Hall; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 30: Public Meeting on Design Guidelines Update at City Hall; 6 p.m.