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Dear Bainbridge Islanders,

This week, many islanders took part in the annual, statewide earthquake drill known as The Great Washington ShakeOut. Held each year in October, all City staff participated as did other island agencies like the Bainbridge Island School District (BISD) and Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD).  As part of the exercise, at 10:17 a.m. the City sent a Nixle alert to all 9,460 subscribers asking everyone to "drop, cover, and hold on" for one minute, practicing good earthquake safety. Immediately following, City facilities were evacuated, staff accounted for, and buildings assessed for reentry. Statewide, this exercise includes more than 1.5 million registered participants across public agencies, nonprofit groups, health care providers, neighborhood organizations and individual households.

Ahead of the statewide drill, on Oct. 16, the City's Emergency Management Coordinator Anne LeSage facilitated a tabletop exercise with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) focused on earthquake response. During an emergency, the Council Chamber serves as the City's EOC, which is a   central location for staff and community partners to meet to gather information and coordinate response and recovery efforts (you may recall, the EOC was activated during last year's winter storm).

Participants in the Oct. 16 exercise included roughly 35 representatives from all City departments, BIFD, BISD, and Bainbridge Prepares. The group spent an hour and a half reviewing response efforts and coordination during the first 24 hours following a hypothetical 7.2 earthquake on the Seattle Fault line. The exercise referred to likely impacts to island roads, buildings and utilities based on existing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) risk assessments. The group focused on how to address immediate life safety concerns, assess the condition of roads and critical infrastructure on the island, check on the status of schools and medical facilities, communicate with the community without internet and cell phones, and activate the island's emergency hubs (shelters) for displaced and injured people.  

Emergency preparedness continues to be a high priority for the City, and we focus on how City resources can be best used to leverage and support the outstanding level of community volunteerism and interest. As an island, we will need to be particularly resilient in the event of a regional incident, which includes preparing your own household to be self-sufficient when resources are limited.

We continue to grow and expand our community capacity through volunteer training and neighborhood-level planning. By the end of 2019, the community will have the benefit of 138 Map My Neighborhood groups, 98 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, and 116 Wilderness First Responders. If you'd like to learn more about ways you can prepare your own household or neighborhood, please visit the City's preparedness webpage

At the study session this week, the Council received an update on the status of the Police Station-Municipal Court replacement project. The Council discussed the aspects of that project related to "green building" and sustainability, and will receive additional information at a future briefing. The Council also discussed a proposed Community Bill of Rights and heard from a representative from the Center for Environmental Legal Defense Fund on similar efforts in other jurisdictions.

At the business meeting next week, the Council will hold public hearings related to the mid-biennial budget modifications and an extension of interim controls for small wireless facilities. The meeting will also cover a number of other topics including changes to encourage great flexibility for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), changes to the rules for the City's Housing Design Demonstration Projects (HDDP) program, revisions to the City's Ethics Program, a proposed process for renewal of the City's electricity franchise agreement with PSE, and additional consideration of a request for funding from Friends of the Farms.

Best wishes,

Morgan Smith
City Manager
Ballots expected to arrive in mail soon

Bainbridge Island voters should be receiving their Nov. 5 general election ballots in the mail very soon.

As you're likely aware, there are four seats on the City Council up for election this year that voters will decide:
  • North Ward District 2
  • Central Ward District 4
  • South Ward District 6
  • At-Large Council District 1

It's important to note that Bainbridge Island voters in the general election vote for positions in all wards. Click here to learn more about Council representation.

In addition, we want to make sure voters in our community are aware of the facts on statewide Initiative 976 (I-976) that's also on your ballot. 

I-976, described as the "$30 car-tab initiative," is a ballot measure that would cause the City of Bainbridge Island to lose about $600,000 per year if passed by statewide voters during the November election. If I-976 is approved, it would result in the repeal of all local Transportation Benefit District (TBD) fees. 

For Bainbridge Island, the fees provide $400,000 for annual pavement repairs (asphalt repairs, chip sealing) and $200,000 per year in funding for traffic calming measures and expanding public transit services. Click  here to learn more how I-976 would affect Bainbridge Island.

Ballots must be received at the ballot drop box by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in order to be counted. If you send your ballot by mail, make sure it's postmarked no later than Nov. 5.  No postage is required. Click here to read the Kitsap County local voters pamphlet and more. 
New buoy installation in Eagle Harbor to begin next week

The City is anticipating that a contractor will begin the installation of new buoys in the Dave Ullin Open Water Marina (DUWOM) in Eagle Harbor on Monday, Oct. 21.

During the project, there will be days with little or no activity on the water, as the contractor works with subcontractors to assemble materials. The project completion is expected around Friday, Nov. 15.
During construction, liveaboard tenants of the DUOWM will be temporarily relocated to the City dock beginning Saturday, Oct. 19. There will still be space for guest moorage at the City dock. Click here for more information about the project. 
New subdivision rules begin Oct. 24 

The new subdivision regulations, which aim to align growth and development with the City's Comprehensive Plan when a property is being divided to create new lots, will become effective next Thursday, Oct. 24.  
The City Council approved the new subdivision regulations ( Ordinance 2019-03) during the Sept. 24 business meeting.
Some of the changes include:
  • Increased open space requirements (i.e. natural areas)
  • A new community space requirement (shared space for residents of a subdivision to gather)
  • A preferred clustered development pattern
  • New design guidelines related to site development
  • Review by the Planning Commission and Design Review Board
  • Each parcel being subdivided now must designate a maximum homesite size for the primary residence, accessory dwelling unit, and infrastructure (parking, fences, septic, etc.).
  • A few zoning districts limit the maximum home size and require a variety of housing designs and sizes.
  • Departures, which is a request to deviate from a standard, are now available for all standards except for natural area, community space and homesite size.
Staff will host two open houses to share information about the new subdivision regulations and other moratorium work plan items. The workshops will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall
  • First Hour: Staff will provide an overview of the development moratorium workplan and presentation on the new subdivision regulations and design guidelines.
  • Second Hour: Staff will explain how to navigate the Planning & Community Development Department. They'll briefly explain the permit process, how to research the status of a permit and your own property, how to stay informed on PCD projects, and more.
  • Final Hour: There will be booths with staff available for the public to ask questions, including information on tree regulations, permits, committees, moratorium topics, and more.
If you have questions about the moratorium or upcoming workshops, please contact PCD staff at
City seeking volunteers to serve on the Civil Service Commission, Salary Commission

We're looking for volunteers to serve on the Civil Service Commission and Salary Commission.
Applications for both Commissions are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Interviews will be held in late November and/or early December.
Civil Service Commission

The Civil Service Commission oversees the hiring processes for the Police Department. This includes entry level and promotional testing, adoption of rules and regulations, and hearing appeals and complaints.
Commissioners are appointed by the City Manager and serve four-year terms. The Civil Service Commission is made up of five appointed Commissioners and one Chief Examiner; there are three positions to be filled beginning in January 2020. 
A member of the Commission must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Bainbridge Island, and an elector of Kitsap County.
The Commission meets at 3 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at City Hall.
Click here for more information on the Civil Service Commission and to complete the online application.

Salary Commission
The City is looking for seven volunteers to serve on the Salary Commission to help determine how much members of the City Council should be paid.

City Council salary data was last reviewed in 2009. Beginning this year, a new salary commission will be appointed every seven years to perform a salary review. Currently, Council members receive $1,000 per month. The Council member selected to be Mayor receives $1,250 in recognition of additional duties assigned to the position.

Members of this Commission will be appointed by the Mayor with approval of the City Council.

Commissioners will serve for approximately 120 days, during which time the group will meet as needed. The meetings are open to the public and subject to the Open Public Meetings Act.

A member of the Commission may not include a City employee or official, or an immediate family member of a City employee or official. An "immediate family member" means the parents, spouse, siblings, children, or dependent relatives of a City employee or official.
Click here for more information about the Salary Commission and to complete the online application.

If you have questions about the openings, please contact Human Resources Analyst Eileen McSherry at 780-8632 or by email at
Finance Department earns top honor for budget presentation

Back Row: Senior Financial Analyst Ron Logghe; Finance Manager Karl Shaw; Middle Row: Deputy City Manager Ellen Schroer; Front Row: Budget Manager Kim Dunscombe; Finance Director DeWayne Pitts; Financial Analyst Alain Huggler
The  Finance Department  has received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the  2019-2020 Biennial Budget .
This is the third year in a row that the department has received this recognition that is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.
"It is an important accomplishment and I appreciate all the hard work that goes into making our budget materials accurate, useful, and informative," said City Manager Morgan Smith.
In order to receive the award, staff had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as:
  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device.
Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. 
Police to host Drug Take Back event

Do you have any unused or expired prescription drugs? Please consider getting rid of your pills at the Police Department's Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 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 Police Department is hosting the Take Back Day event in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, click  here.
If you can't make a drop off during the Oct. 26 event, please do not toss your medications in the trash or flush them down the toilet - this poses potential safety and health hazards. Instead, hold on to your medication until the next event, or drop it off at the police station 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Look for the blue, medication drop off box in the lobby.
Thank you, seasonal workers & interns!

This year, the City benefited from the assistance of seven seasonal maintenance workers in the Public Works Department. By supplementing the City's work force with seasonal help, full-time staff are able to focus on larger infrastructure maintenance, repair, and improvement projects. Thanks to Khody Golden, Josh Miller-Rhees, Alex Burns, Cody Warren, Alec Holzer, Kyle Pool, and Sam Ward.
In addition, several interns worked throughout the City this year:
  • Donnie Strohfus, Management Intern
  • Tiara Adler, Planning Intern
  • Alex Larson Freeman, Public Works Intern
  • Dylan Branscum, Water Resources Intern
  • Rebecca Stebbing, Water Resources Intern
Interns are able to work alongside City staff, while both deepening understanding of their chosen areas of study and providing much-needed assistance with specific projects and policies. Thank you, all!
Planning Commission  meetings to be video recorded

Beginning this week, the Planning Commission agendas will now be published using the same platform as the City Council agendas to improve efficiency and give people better access to meeting materials.
The meetings will be video recorded and available for public view the morning following the meeting. 

Click here to view Planning Commission and City Council agendas (including meeting videos and minutes).  Click here to view Planning Commission agendas and audio recordings for previous meetings.
Looking Ahead: City Council agenda

Below are some of the topics to be discussed during the Oct. 22 City Council business meeting:
  • Public Hearings on property tax levy for collection in 2020; adoption of mid-biennium modifications to the budget ending December 2020; and small wireless facilities design standards
  • Council will consider finalizing policy direction on accessory dwelling unit (ADU) regulations
  • Council will consider amending the Housing Design Demonstration Projects (HDDP) program
  • Council will discuss revisions to the Ethics Program
  • Council will consider a request for annual funding from Friends of the Farms
  If you would like to receive the City Council agenda by email when it's published, click here to sign up on the City's Council Agendas webpage.

The meetings are live-streamed on the  City website . Visit the Agendas & Minutes  section, then click on "In Progress" when the meeting starts. You can also watch the meetings on BKAT (Ch. 12 on Comcast & Ch. 3 on WAVE).
Upcoming Events & Meetings
  • Saturday, Oct. 26: Drug Take Back Day at Police Station, located at 625 Winslow Way E; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2: South Ward Meeting at Island Center Hall; 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9: North Ward Meeting at Seabold Hall; 10 a.m.
Click  here  for the full calendar list.
City of Bainbridge Island