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Dear Bainbridge Islanders,
City staff are leaning in to the last month of 2018, mindful of work we hope to complete before the milestone of December 31 but also eager to look ahead and plan out our 2019 tasks. 

For our daily services (police patrols, permit processing, road and utility maintenance, etc.), it often feels as if there are never enough hours in the day. On the other hand, for our multi-year projects (intersection improvements, land-use planning) it can seem as if the milestones are too few and far between.

We will be taking stock in the next few weeks to check in with ourselves and with the community on where things stand with the tasks we identified as top priorities for 2018. And we will be organizing the plans set forth in the 2019-2020 Approved Budget to establish how new initiatives will fold together with the work that is already underway. Stay tuned for our reporting on highlights from 2018 and our plans for 2019-2020 goals.

If you find yourself in City Hall during December, you'll also see signs of our holiday spirit. Our community toy drive, a few twinkle lights on desks, and the occasional staff potluck lunch are all part of what helps make December feel like the warmest month of the year.

Best wishes,

Morgan Smith 
City Manager
City Council Approves 2019-2020 Budget

The City Council voted unanimously at the business meeting this week to approve a two-year budget that would direct money to add two new police officers, support implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, and provide additional resources for natural resource staffing and planning, among other City programs and services.
The $89 million biennial budget for 2019 and 2020 was proposed by City staff in September and adjusted by the Council in recent weeks.

"I think it's been a good process," said Councilmember Ron Peltier after the vote. "I do think that together we came up with a really good way to mold this budget, so I really feel like the Council in the end was exercising its responsibility as the ones who approve spending at the City."

The budget also includes $1.5 million across the biennium for funding support to community service organizations, including human services, cultural funding, public art and public farmland.
Learn more about the 2019-2020 Adopted Budget here.
WSDOT Cancels Agate Pass Bridge Night Closures in December

The Washington State Department of Transportation has postponed a series of night closures along SR 305 Agate Pass Bridge that were scheduled in December. Both lanes of the bridge will now remain open throughout December. 

Crews were planning to replace seven overhead steel bridge members that were damaged by an overheight load. The project is postponed to give staff more time to prepare for the project. WSDOT has not released information yet when the work will be rescheduled. 
Attend a Dec. 10 Meeting to Discuss New Buoys in Eagle Harbor

The  Marine Access Committee is hosting a public meeting to gather input from the community about the placement of new buoys in the  Dave Ullin Open Water Marina (DUOWM) in Eagle Harbor.

Earlier this year, the City Council voted to provide funding to expand the number of moorage sites in the DUOWM from nine to 16, as allowed under the terms of the City's lease with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. 

The Dec. 10 meeting will begin with an open house from 5:30-6:00 p.m. and a formal presentation will begin at 6:00 followed by a question-and-answer session.

If you can't attend the meeting, please send comments to Operations Project Manager Aaron Claiborne at Comments are due by Friday, Dec. 14. Learn more here.
Public Hearing Set to Consider Extending Landmark Tree Ordinance
A public hearing to consider extending the landmark tree ordinance for six months will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the Council Chamber. The landmark tree ordinance was adopted by the City Council on an emergency basis in June after the Council heard numerous concerns from residents about the loss of landmark trees on Bainbridge Island. Currently, anyone who violates the landmark tree ordinance could face a $25,000 penalty. 

In addition, new tree regulations take effect next Monday, Dec. 3.  The City Council approved new tree retention and tree removal permit regulations at a business meeting in October. Staff hosted a public meeting Monday, Nov. 19 to discuss these new regulations. If you were not able to attend, you can listen to the discussion on the New Tree Regulations project page (scroll to the bottom). 
Update on Suzuki Affordable Housing Project Workshop

A crowd filled the Council Chamber Wednesday evening to learn more about the progress of the City's Suzuki property development project.

The City owns a  roughly 14-acre property at the southeast corner of Sportsman Club Road and New Brooklyn Road, commonly referred to as the Suzuki Property. The property is currently undeveloped and wooded, except for walking trails and a pond along the south boundary.

The City hired Olympic Property Group (OPG) as lead consultant to take the project through formal site planning and preliminary project approval. During the Nov. 28 meeting, OPG shared studies and revised draft site plans with various options for the number of units. The meeting was recorded and will soon be available on  OPG's project page here .

OPG will provide another update at the January 15 City Council Study Session.
Spread the Holiday Cheer: Join Us For Winter Wonderland

We hope you'll join us for a free holiday celebration Saturday, Dec. 8 as Waterfront Park is transformed into Winter Wonderland!

Enjoy a tree lighting ceremony at 4 p.m., live holiday music, a visit with Santa Claus and reindeer, face painting, balloon clowns, cider and cookies, ice sculptures, a lighted boat parade, S'mores with the Squad, and more! 

Stick around Waterfront Park and watch the Argosy Christmas Ship arrive at 8 p.m. with a performance by the Emerald City Voices. 

The event is a partnership by COBI, BI Metro Park & Recreation and the Senior Center and sponsored by Puget Sound Energy.

Mark Your Calendar:  Styrofoam Recycling Event Dec. 29 at County Fairgrounds
As the holidays approach and your home fills with packaging from all your holiday shopping and gifts, please consider bringing your Styrofoam packaging to Kitsap County's STYRO-Roundup recycling event.

The free recycling event for Kitsap County residents is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Van Zee building, located at 1200 Fairgrounds Rd. NW in Bremerton. Please limit your recycling to one carload per household. Learn more here.

We'd also like to remind everyone of the City of Bainbridge Island's code that prohibits the use of S tyrofoam packaging at retail establishments. We hope you'll do your part to spread the word about our community's sustainable practices.

Association of Bainbridge Communities (ABC) Celebrates 40th Anniversary! 

Congratulations, Association of Bainbridge Communities on the 40th anniversary of the organization's foundation! 

ABC, an environmental group, has worked to protect the natural systems, health and unique beauty of Bainbridge Island. The organization has  contributed to the awareness of many environmental issues on Bainbridge Island, including the cleanup of the Wyckoff creosote site that led to the acquisition of Pritchard Park. 

The organization was honored at the City Council meeting Tuesday night and recognized for its work to preserve and improve the island's environment. Watch here
Upcoming Events
  • Friday, Dec. 7: First Friday Art Walk, 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 8: Winter Wonderland, Waterfront Park, 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 10: Marine Access Committee Hosts Meeting on Buoy Placement in Eagle Harbor, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Dec. 29: STYRO-Roundup, Kitsap County Fairgrounds Van Zee Building, 9 a.m. - 3p.m.
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