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City Manager Morgan Smith is out of the office this week.
Ferry terminal changes this weekend for walk-on passengers

The Washington State Ferries (WSF) is closing the Bainbridge terminal overhead passenger walkway Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 for repairs. 

All walk-on passengers will be loaded and unloaded on the car deck. Ask WSF staff for assistance if you need help boarding or disembarking the vessel. 

Staff to provide update on Police-Court replacement project

Staff will provide an update to City Council during the Oct. 15 study session  on recent progress of the Police Station and Municipal Court replacement project.

The presentation will include an update on the permit status and design, CHI Franciscan Health's plans to vacate the building, and estimated construction start time. The discussion will also include information about options for  sustainable building features, including building materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and more. 

Earlier this year, City Manager Morgan Smith signed a purchase and sale agreement for the Harrison Medical Center Building, located at 8804 Madison Avenue N, for approximately $9 million to support completion of a new police and court facility. The approximate cost for the project, including property purchase and renovations, is estimated to be $20 million.

In September, the Council approved moving forward with $12 million of funding from existing City resources and $8 million of funding from long-term debt, and to issue Councilmanic bonds, also known as Limited Tax General Obligation (LTGO) bonds. LTGO bonds are repaid using existing City revenues, and will not increase property taxes. 
City Council approves fireworks ban

The City Council has approved a ban on the use and sale of consumer fireworks on Bainbridge Island following concerns related to wildfire risk, noise, safety and environmental impacts. The ban will become effective in October 2020 - one year after the adoption - which means the upcoming July 4, 2020 holiday will be the last opportunity for people to discharge consumer fireworks.

Consumer fireworks include firecrackers, bottle rockets, sparklers, and more.  According to Fire Chief Hank Teran, sparklers, hand-held firework popular among children that burns slowly while emitting sparks and colored flames, pose a danger similar to other consumer fireworks, as they burn at a high temperature and can cause injuries and fires. 

Currently, City code allows the sale of consumer fireworks within the City between the hours of 12 p.m. and 11 p.m. July 1 through July 4 each year and allows the discharge of consumer fireworks within the City for a six-hour period on July 4 of each year.

People can still request a permit from the fire marshal for a public display of fireworks. 
Both sidewalks now open on Olympic Drive

Both sidewalks on Olympic Drive are now open for pedestrians, but crews are still working to complete other construction on the  Olympic Drive Non-motorized Improvements Project

The final tasks include completion of pavement markings, installation of a railing along the sidewalk on the west side of Olympic Drive, and installation of a bicycle signal and push buttons in the southbound bicycle lane. The completion of this work is expected in November.

The new center bicycle lane (heading north from the ferry) and the southbound bicycle lane will remain closed until completion of the project.

We hope you've had a chance to review the City's animated video of the improvements on the project  webpage. It's important for all users to understand the changes to keep everyone safe on the road!
Join us for the Oct. 17 ShakeOut earthquake drill

Get ready to shakeout! On Thursday, Oct. 17, all Nixle subscribers will get an alert at 10:17 a.m. to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" as part of an earthquake drill. Join us  - whether you're at school, the office, or home -- and be prepared to survive and recover when an earthquake strikes! 

Click here for more information on earthquake preparedness. 
Indigenous Peoples Day celebration returns

This year's Indigenous Peoples Day celebration is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodward Middle School and will include a panel discussion on experiences growing up indigenous.

Some of the special guests include Alice Harry, a Squamish Nation elder from Canada, and a song and dance group from Suquamish. 

Guests are encouraged to bring a potluck dish or dessert to share. Fry bread and fry bread tacos will be available for sale.

For more information, please visit the City's online calendar or the Indipino Community of Bainbridge Island and Vicinity Facebook page. The event is open to the public, and is a collaboration of the City of Bainbridge Island, the Indipino Community of Bainbridge Island, Suquamish Tribe, Bainbridge Island School District, and IslandWood.
Last chance: Share your thoughts on climate change

There are just a few days remaining to fill out a climate change  survey that was  put together by the City's Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC) to help prepare our community for a changing climate.
The CCAC, made up of community members with expertise in climate science, atmospheric science, environmental law, and more, advises the City Council on the climate-related goals and policies contained in the Comprehensive Plan.

The CCAC is working to create the City's first Climate Action Plan (CAP) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help prepare residents, businesses, and City services for a changing climate. The plan will establish a clear road map of priority actions and projects that make sense for Bainbridge Island.
Your survey input will help the CCAC determine goals, vision, targets, focus areas, and implementation strategies. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey -- click  here to start now.  The survey closes Oct. 14.  

The CCAC will host a workshop Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at City Hall to provide the community an opportunity to learn about the climate impacts on Bainbridge Island and provide input on the CAP.  A second workshop is scheduled for Wednesday Dec. 11 at Bainbridge High School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the library reading room. 

Click here to listen to a recent podcast about the CCAC and survey.
Join Us: Celebrate Community Planning Month

Planning departments nationwide are celebrating Community Planning Month throughout October to acknowledge the work of many who contribute to making our communities special by planning for infrastructure that benefits all. Join us as we recognize our favorite places on Bainbridge Island and the people who help make it a great place to live.

Here's how you can participate:
  • Snap a photo of your favorite place on Bainbridge Island and send it to us to share on the City's website or social media.
  • Have a child who likes to draw? Have your kiddo enter our coloring contest by drawing a picture of their favorite place on the Island.
  • Join staff for a photo and cupcakes at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 as we wrap up Planning Month with members of the Design Review Board, Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and City Council.
Click here to learn more about Community Planning Month.  
Looking Ahead: City Council agenda

Below are some of the topics to be discussed during the Oct. 15 City Council study session:
  • Briefing on the Police Station-Municipal Court replacement project
  • Discussion on a proposed Community Bill of Rights, which establishes nature as a legal entity with rights.

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).
Listen: City staff address ADUs/tiny homes, I-976 and more in latest podcast

What's City Council proposing to do about accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and tiny homes? How do I learn about all the development moratorium changes? How would Initiative 976 (I-976) affect Bainbridge? 

City Manager Morgan Smith and Director of Planning & Community Development Heather Wright chat about these topics and more in the latest podcast with Bainbridge Community Broadcasting (BCB) host Robert Ross. 

here to listen. 

The City is participating in a podcast series with BCB to inform the community about projects and work plan items at City Hall. 
Upcoming Events & Meetings
  • Thursday, Oct. 17: ShakeOut Earthquake Drill; at 10:17 a.m., all Nixle subscribers will get an alert to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" as part of an earthquake drill
  • 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.
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