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City Council Reconsiders, Approves City Manager Contract with Morgan Smith
The City Council approved an employment agreement this week with Deputy City Manager Morgan Smith to be the City Manager through Dec ember 31, 2020.

The approval comes after reconsideration by the Council. During last week's business meeting, the Council considered a draft of the proposed contract but did not vote on the contract at that time. Based on further negotiations between Smith and the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, a revised proposed contract was presented to Council for consideration at the October 2 meeting.  This contract was approved.

Smith replaces former City Manager Doug Schulze who left the City last month after accepting a job in California. 

Watch the October 2 discussion here: City Council Study Session
SAFE Mobility Levy Outreach at Farmers Market

If you're heading to the Farmers Market tomorrow, please stop by our table to learn more about the $15 million SAFE Mobility Levy that's on your November ballot to improve shoulders, sidewalks and trails. 
The SAFE Mobility Levy, if approved, will raise $15 million over seven years through an increase in property tax. 

The City is hosting a final workshop to inform the community about the SAFE Mobility Levy on Thursday, October 11. The workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. at Island Center Hall.

Learn more on the SAFE Mobility Levy webpage.
City Seeking Input on Intersection Improvements at
Sportsman Club Road & New Brooklyn Road
A public meeting will be held on Thursday, October 18 to discuss improvements at the Sportsman Club Road and New Brooklyn Road intersection, an area near Woodward Middle School, Sakai Intermediate School and the Coppertop Park Business Complex that is often congested in the mornings and afternoons with cars and buses coming and going.

The meeting will be held 6 - 8 p.m. at the Woodward Middle School Commons, located at 9125 Sportsman Club Road.

The intersection improvements could include a roundabout, sidewalks, and bike lanes. The City received grant funding in the amount of $679,840 for construction of the Sportsman Club Road and New Brooklyn Road Intersection Improvement Project.

If you can't attend the meeting and would like to provide your input, please email Project Manager Chris Munter at

Traffic Alert: Detours in Winslow Core on Saturday, October 6, During Open Streets Festival       
Don't forget: There will be major traffic revisions in place in the Winslow core tomorrow  for the Open Streets Festival, a nationwide event that gives people an opportunity to explore protected bike lanes, trails, and paths to build healthy communities.

People will be walking, biking, and rolling along a route that is a loop between the Bainbridge High School and Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park. The traffic revisions, which include reducing some streets to one-way, are expected from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and signs will be posted to let drivers know about the changes. 

Please see the News Flash for the map and more details of the traffic changes.   
You're Invited: Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration
Please join us for the Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration on Monday, October 8 at the Bainbridge High School Commons. The event will include Sacred Water drummers and singers, a panel discussion on experiences growing up indigenous and brief remarks by representatives from the Indipino Community of Bainbridge Island and Vicinity, City of Bainbridge Island, BISD, and Suquamish Tribe. The event begins at 3 p.m. with refreshments and the formal program begins at 3:30.

Traffic Alert on Tuesday: Temporary Closure of Eastbound Lane of Winslow Way for Construction Activity 
On Tuesday, October 9, the eastbound lane of Winslow Way, from Bjune Dr to SR 305, will be closed between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for construction activity.
Traffic entering westbound Winslow Way from SR 305 will be maintained.
The closure is necessary for crews to continue working on a stormwater pipe replacement project at Ravine Creek.  

Pedestrians are advised to follow sidewalk closure signs -- do not enter the work zone and only cross at appropriate intersections.
Reminder: PCD Counter Closed on October 11
The Planning & Community Development counter will be closed on Thursday, October 11 for a process improvement day as part of the effort to improve customer service and online building permit submittals. Staff will resume normal business hours at 8 a.m. on Friday, October 12. Thank you for understanding. 

Thank You, Three Days of Preparedness Partners & Volunteers
Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers of this year's Three Days of Preparedness. This truly was a community effort! We hope those who attended all the events got valuable information to help make our community prepared and resilient when there's a disaster.

A special thanks to all the City's partners who made the event happen: Bainbridge Prepares, Bainbridge Public Library, Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, BI Metro Park and Recreation, and Puget Sound Energy. 

Upcoming Events
  • Friday, October 5: First Friday Art Walk, from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Monday, October 8: Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration at BHS, 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 9: Discussion of 2019-2020 Proposed Budget at City Council Business Meeting, 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 11: SAFE Mobility Levy Workshop at Island Center Hall, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 18: Meeting on Intersection Improvements at Sportsman Club Rd & New Brooklyn Rd at Woodward Middle School, 6 p.m.
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