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Dear Bainbridge Islanders,

Today we roll into March and leave behind a particularly challenging and wintry February. It feels like a relief to return to regular activities and projects, although you can easily look around the island and still spot the remaining signs of storm impacts. Please know that City crews continue to work steadily on removing debris along the roads and will stay at it until we are done. Since we have over 140 miles of road in our not-so-small City, this effort takes some time to accomplish.

Next week we will conduct our internal "after event" to review the City's response to the winter storms across all departments, collect lessons learned, consider community feedback, and develop suggestions for improvement. This self-assessment is an important component of emergency preparedness and helps us to be better positioned for future events.

At the City Council meeting this week, we moved forward on two City projects that are worth noting. First, improvements to Olympic Drive (near the ferry terminal) are coming this spring/summer and will create dedicated elements for bikes and pedestrians moving through this high-volume intersection. The goal is to improve the safety of this area for all travelers, while accommodating the unique demands of the ferry loading system. More information about this project can be found on the Olympic Drive project webpage.

Second, the City Council approved the next steps to increase residential moorage in the Dave Ullin Open Water Marina (DUOWM). Existing buoys can support 11 vessels, and the City will now expand that capacity to 16 vessels (the maximum number allowed by our DNR lease). The footprint of the DUOWM will not be changing, but now more vessels can be placed within this area. In conjunction with this project, the Council is simultaneously working to ensure that other activities in Eagle Harbor have good access and clear "fairway." After a careful survey of existing conditions, City staff have identified a small number of buoys in this part of Eagle Harbor that we hope to relocate. In doing so, we can ensure a sufficient fairway for other users and activities in Eagle Harbor. For more information, please see the message below and  DUOWM project webpage.

Best wishes,

Morgan Smith
City Manager
City Council approves buoy layout design in DUOWM

The City Council approved a layout design option in the Dave Ullin Open Water Marina (DUOWM) that provides 16 liveaboard spots and increases width to the navigation fairway south of the marina area. This option, which was modified from the earlier design, will accommodate four 60-foot boats, four 50-foot boats, four 40-foot boats, and four 30-foot boats. 

Staff was directed to continue working on efforts to relocate private buoys that conflict with the navigation fairway. The new boats and buoys will be added after relocation of the private buoys.

The layout decision was reached after months of discussion to determine the best way to address the needs of both the liveaboard community and recreational rowers.

In 2018, the City Council voted to provide funding to expand the number of moorage sites in the DUOWM to 16, as allowed under the terms of the City's lease with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Watch the Feb. 26 discussion here (click on Item 10.B).

Once a specific design layout is developed, we will post it to the project webpage.
WSDOT completes annual repairs on SR 305 Agate Pass Bridge

WSDOT crews have completed annual work on the SR 305 Agate Pass Bridge that required consecutive days of one-way alternating traffic. The work was scheduled to continue through today, Friday, March 1, but crews finished one day ahead of schedule. 

The one-way alternating traffic allowed crews to conduct an in-depth inspection and annual bridge maintenance. 
Crews plan to return this spring to begin a two-year effort to repaint the bridge. Unlike annual bridge inspections that require daytime work, the nature of the painting project allows crews to minimize daytime lane closures. WSDOT will announce construction-related information about the work when it is scheduled. Follow WSDOT's construction and travel notices for Kitsap County here.
Police clean up vacant homeless encampment near SR 305

Bainbridge Island police and a volunteer cleaned up a homeless encampment Wednesday morning after two residents vacated the site, near SR 305 and High School Road.

In early February, police became aware that two people staying at the homeless encampment, located on property owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), had left the area. One of the residents, with assistance from Helpline House social workers, accepted a permanent housing solution in Bremerton.  
Once the area was vacated, the City began working with WSDOT to post No Trespassing signs, so that people are aware they cannot occupy the site, as it will be a construction zone for a trail segment in the near future. Staff from Helpline House spoke with both former residents to ensure that they were aware that they could not return to the site, and to offer help with collecting any remaining personal items from the site. "The City is appreciative of this support from Helpline House and other community partners," said City Manager Morgan Smith.

Currently, there are still two other people staying at a homeless encampment near SR 305, north of the vacated site. The residents continue to work with their church community and Helpline House to find housing.

"We're hopeful that, with the partnership of others, the rest of the individuals who are camping are able to find housing," said Helpline House Executive Director Maria Metzler.
The remaining homeless encampment will not be affected by the development of the new trail segment.
Last call: Name the newsletter and win a boat tour

We've enjoyed receiving your name suggestions for our new printed newsletter -- and there's still time to send more ideas!  We'd like a name that is catchy, energetic, and reflects the Island character.

The selected winner of the contest will get a rare opportunity to take a boat tour with BIPD's Marine Unit. Enjoy a trip around the Island aboard Marine 8, a 33-foot SAFE (Secure All-around Flotation Equipped) boat, while learning all about marine law enforcement, search and rescue missions, and other public safety resources. You pick the date! 

Submit your ideas by sending an email to Communications Coordinator Kristen Drew:

Thank you in advance for your ideas!
Tonight: First Friday Art Walk

Have plans tonight? Join downtown merchants for the First Friday Art Walk! 

The Art Project is the featured business this month. The gallery is marking its newest exhibition "Chickens: Birds of a Feather" with a celebratory artist reception during the First Friday Art Walk.  The exhibition  features works by: Barbara Berger, Lynn Brunelle, Lynn Di Nino, Gretchen Hancock, Denise Harris, Sandra Hurd, Tracy Lang, Karin Lowrie, Pierr Morgan, Debbie Peek, Heather Saddler, Lynnette Sandbloom and Donna Snow. 

There are roughly 30 galleries and businesses participating in the First Friday Art Walk this month. The event is happening 6-8 p.m.  Don't miss out!

We're hiring: lead our Finance team

We are currently seeking a dependable and dedicated leader who can support and demonstrate superior customer service and teamwork to serve as the Director of Finance & Administrative Services.

The Director of Finance & Administrative Services is responsible for guiding the Finance Department as it continues and improves its award-winning financial reporting and support of City departments. The ideal candidate has recent experience in fiscal and policy analysis, strategic planning, citizen engagement, and working in a union environment.

The first review of applications is March 20. Learn more about the opening here.
You're invited: WSDOT to host open house on SR 305 safety improvements

WSDOT is hosting an open house at City Hall Wednesday, April 10 to update people about the 
safety improvements planned along SR 305 from  the Bainbridge ferry terminal to Hostmark Street in Poulsbo. 

The project will include roundabouts at several major intersections along the corridor.   Read more about the project  here .

The open house is scheduled 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers.
Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, March 5: City Council Study Session; 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 12: City Council Business Meeting; 6 p.m.
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