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City Council noticing proliferation of sandwich boards

July 30th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler
Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun A pedestrian crosses Ericksen Avenue as he walks along Winslow Way next to a number of business sandwich boards.

Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun
A pedestrian crosses Ericksen Avenue as he walks along Winslow Way next to a number of business sandwich boards.

Even though last month the Bainbridge City Council pleased Winslow Way merchants with the process it and the city took in updating an ordinance for the retail use of sidewalks for cafes and displays, the City Council is still keeping a close eye on the seemingly growing use of sandwich boards by island businesses.

At the July 21 meeting, council member Steve Bonkowski wanted to add an item under council discussion about sandwich boards since a number of people had made comments about the influx of sandwich boards and trees advertising a hospital on public land. Bonkowski said he would refrain from talking about the use of the trees for another time and would focus the discussion on sandwich boards.

“At least to me, there are a lot more (sandwich boards) than I ever envisioned possible,” Bonkowski said. “It’s almost as if we’re deforesting the island to make sandwich boards.”

Bonkowski said it appeared there were two different varieties of sandwich boards: ones that advertise to consumers to “come on in” and others that direct the locations of businesses.

City Manager Doug Schulze said that on July 21 that the city’s Code Compliance officer found 39 signs from Madison Avenue, along Winslow Way, to State Route 305 with two violations. On July 18, the Code Compliance officer found 43 signs and only two violations for multiple signs that were off-site.

Schulze said he’s aware businesses use sandwich boards also on High School Road.

During the recent economic downturn, Schulze said cities often gave businesses more latitude on sandwich boards for advertising. Schulze also used a PowerPoint presentation to show the City Council some examples of how cities, including Seattle, use uniform directional signs to direct people to businesses.

“It doesn’t look like it’s a matter of people not complying with the current ordinance, it looks like it’s just what the current ordinance allows,” Schulze said. “What I would suggest is we look at the (sign) ordinance, but at the same time that we’re working with the businesses so that we can find some solutions that can work with the businesses as well. Rather than just looking at eliminating the signage.”

Bonkowski then asked Schulze whether something could be done this summer to impact the issue.

“I think it would be pretty difficult to get something constructed and installed that quickly,” Schulze said. “But, I think, certainly for next summer, it’s a reasonable timeframe.”

Council member Wayne Roth noted there are city directories in the Bainbridge ferry terminal and Columbia Bank that are updated, already in place and providing solutions to the situation. Roth said he’s used them many times with tourists who needed help finding food and clothing locations.

“There’s always been – old Winslow Way/new Winslow Way – some sandwich boards somewhere,” Roth said. “But it is now that everyone has one out and ‘Now I need one, too, (philosophy)’ and it has gotten to be … hard to find a business without one.”

Schulze said he planned to have a discussion with the business community about sandwich boards in the near future and revisit the issue with the City Council possibly as early as September.

Any change in the city’s sign ordinance would require public hearings.


Puget Sound Energy to start work on replacing lattice utility towers

July 30th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler
Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun Puget Sound Energy will begin work next week to replace the 45-year-old lattice utility towers (upper center). Work on the Bainbridge side, pictured, will start the week of Aug. 11.

Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun
Puget Sound Energy will begin work next week to replace the 45-year-old lattice utility towers (upper center). Work on the Bainbridge side, pictured, will start the week of Aug. 11.

Starting as early as next week, Puget Sound Energy will begin work to replace the lattice utility towers on each side of the Agate Pass – the only two lines serving Bainbridge Island.

Construction will begin first as early as next week on the Squamish side and will start on the Bainbridge side the week of Aug. 11, Puget Sound Energy Project Manager Barry Lombard said.

Lombard said the two new brown weathered steel monopoles arrived Tuesday and the anchor bolts would arrive Wednesday.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of October, if not sooner, Lombard said.

The estimated cost to remove the existing 45-year-old towers and replace them is $3.5 million to $4.5 million. The cost is approximately $500,000 less than previously estimated, Lombard said.

The new monopoles will stand 140-feet tall out of the ground – 10 feet taller than the current lattice towers. The monopoles will remain the current 115 kilovolts with each tower carrying three wires each.

Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun Puget Sound Energy will replace the old lattice utility towers with 10 feet taller brown weathered steel monopoles.

Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun Puget Sound Energy will replace the old lattice utility towers with 10 feet taller brown weathered steel monopoles.


Longtime islander joins Bainbridge police force

July 30th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler
Contributed photo / City of Bainbridge Island “Joining the BIPD is a great opportunity for me to give back and serve the community I was raised in," says Jon Bingham, Bainbridge Island's newest police officer.

Contributed photo / City of Bainbridge Island
“Joining the BIPD is a great opportunity for me to give back and serve the community I was raised in,” says Jon Bingham, Bainbridge Island’s newest police officer.

Jon Bingham is in his second week of work after being hired by the city as Bainbridge Island Police Department’s newest officer.

Bingham is a longtime Bainbridge resident and previously served as a reserve officer with the BIPD for nearly six years.

Bingham comes to the Bainbridge Island Police Department after working the last three years with the Suquamish Police Department.

“Joining the BIPD is a great opportunity for me to give back and serve the community I was raised in,” Bingham said in a news release.

With Bingham’s hiring, Police Chief Matthew Hamner said three vacant officers positions remain to be filled. When BIPD is fully staffed, it has 19 officers and two administrators, which includes Hamner and a deputy chief.


Bainbridge Island police blotter, July 30

July 30th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge police reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

Crime log stats from July 20 to July 26: 7 traffic accidents, 5 found property, 4 miscellaneous, 3 thefts in the third degree, 2 assaults in the fourth degree, 2 burglaries in the second degree, 1 mailbox theft, 1 agency assist, 1 other crimes against property, 1 theft in the first degree, 1 bicycle theft, 1 residential burglary, 1 violation of no contact order, 1 suspicious incident/investigation, 1 false alarm unknown cause, 1 suspicious persons/situations, 1 hit and run/unattended property damage, 1 indecent liberties, 1 verbal dispute, 1 runaway, 1 mental investigation, 1 driving under the influence/liquor, 1 malicious mischief in the second degree, 1 disorderly conduct.

July 28
Driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree: A 34-year-old Bremerton woman was stopped at 6:45 a.m. by an officer after he ran the license plate of the car the woman was driving. The woman had been charged with driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree for failure to appear in court for unpaid tickets. The woman said had been making payments to keep her license, but lost her job and stopped making payments.

Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 43-year-old Poulsbo man who had a warrant out for his arrest for drinking while intoxicated was stopped by a Bremerton Police Department officer at 9:02 p.m. at 17th Street and Warren Avenue. Bainbridge Police confirmed the man’s warrant, which carried a $5,000 bail, and faxed a copy to the Kitsap County Jail.

July 27
Identity theft: A woman living on the 9000 block of Tidal Court reported that she had been a victim of identity theft after receiving a copy of her credit report. She said she had accounts opened “left and right” that she didn’t open or authorize.

Mailbox theft: At 2:51 p.m. police were notified that mail theft had occurred at Miller and Day roads. The caller advised police that she had seen people in a white over tan 1966 Ford Mustang stealing mail from mailboxes. The car, which had a Missouri license plate, was last seen on State Route 305 southbound. When police ran the license plate the caller had provided, the license tab had expired in March. Officers were unable to locate the suspects after checking the area.

Failure to transfer title of motor vehicle: A 26-year-old man from Poulsbo was stopped as he drove his car at 8:45 a.m. on Sportsman Club Road at Wardwell Road. When the officer ran the car’s license plate, it indicated that the vehicle’s tab had expired in May and a report of sale of Feb. 28. The officer then noticed that the vehicle was displaying a “7” sticker for July on the license plate, making it appear that the car’s tab was current. The driver said he was aware he purchased the car in February and just hadn’t transferred the title, and that he had just gotten the car running. When asked about the incorrect month tab, the man said he must have put the tab from his other car on the wrong vehicle. The man also had an expired insurance card and no vehicle registration. Department of Licensing also advised the officer that the man had a driving while license suspended in the third degree arrest as of July 25 for failure to appear in court for unpaid tickets. The officer cited the man for failing to transfer the title of the car he was driving, driving while license suspended in the third degree and for no proof of insurance. The passenger in the car told the officer her license was in good standing and that she would drive the car from its stopped location.

July 26
Miscellaneous: An intoxicated 47-year-old man was found in the common bathroom of an apartment complex at 10:20 p.m. on the 200 block of High School Road. The man was a guest of a tenant in the past, but was told he was no longer wanted on the premise. An officer told the man if he returned to the location he would be arrested for criminal trespassing. The man said he understood the directive and wouldn’t return.

Burglary in the second degree: A possible burglary was reported by a restaurant on Madison Avenue at 4 p.m. However, restaurant employees and officers couldn’t find anything missing. An employee said the front door was unlocked when he arrived at noon, but didn’t think anything of it because he incorrectly assumed the co-owner had unlocked the door.

Traffic accident: A male French tourist was riding a rental bike from the ferry terminal bike rental shop with three other friends, who were also French tourists, south on Madison Avenue near Parfitt Way at 2:44 p.m. The man was riding too fast and used the bike’s front brake to abruptly stop. This caused the man to be launched off the bike and onto the pavement. Bainbridge Fire medics determined the man sustained torn shoulder ligaments and a collarbone injury before he was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

Disorderly conduct, criminal trespass in the second degree: A 47-year-old intoxicated married woman starting banging on a door of a home on the 200 block of Ferncliff Avenue at 11:30 p.m. She also started honking her vehicle’s car horn to get the attention of her 39-year-old boyfriend, who lives with his deaf mother. The boyfriend told the woman to leave, but she refused. An officer suggested to the man that he may want to consider getting a restraining order against the woman. Because the woman was drunk, officers offered the woman a ride home and she obliged.

Malicious mischief in the second degree, disorderly conduct: A 33-year-old intoxicated man was charged with malicious mischief and disorderly conduct after he caused $2,500 damage to a parked car in the ferry terminal parking lot at 1:37 a.m. When police arrived, one of the man’s arms was bleeding and the man was uncooperative. The man apparently arrived at the terminal with friends and started swinging around a golf club, which attracted the attention of ferry personnel who told him to stop. Although the rest of the friends boarded the ferry to Seattle the man swinging the golf club couldn’t be found by his friends on the ferry. It was later discovered that the man had broken out the back hatch window of a parked car that was 25 feet from where police officers found him. There were also blood marks on the asphalt next to the vehicle. The man was booked into Kitsap County Jail after he was taken to the hospital for treatment for his injuries.

July 25
Driving while intoxicated/alcohol: A 40-year-old man was stopped as he drove southbound on Miller Road at 11:12 p.m. for driving 45 mph in a 35 mph speed zone. When the officer approached the man, he smelled alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. The man provided a .139 and .140 Breathalyzer test and was transported to the Kitsap County Jail without incident with a $5,000 bail. At age 21, someone who registers at least a .08 percent on a Breathalyzer test can be charged for DUI in Washington state.

July 23
Suspicious incident/investigation: At 12:27 p.m., an unknown man drove into the yard of a home on the 10000 block of Mariner Lane. The man told the woman, who was in her yard at the time, that he was looking for a construction site but didn’t have an address. The man soon left quickly. The woman believed the man was casing her place because she lives down a long, secluded driveway. The man was in his 20s or 30s, white, clean cut with reddish blonde hair. He drove a silver 150 or 250 pickup truck. The woman didn’t get the license plate number on the truck the man was driving.


New senior police clerk joins BIPD

July 23rd, 2014 by Ethan Fowler
Contributed photo Kelly Eisenhood is Bainbridge Island Police Department's newest senior clerk.

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Kelly Eisenhood is Bainbridge Island Police Department’s newest senior clerk.

Kelly Eisenhood is in her second week of training as Bainbridge Island Police Department’s new senior police clerk.

Eisenhood is replacing retiring senior police clerk Ted Rought, who has been working with Eisenhood to smooth the transition. Rought’s last day is Thursday and will cap a 19-1/2 year career at BIPD.

Eisenhood, who was born and raised in Richmond, British Columbia, had previously worked the last 6 ½ years as an administrative assistant at New Motion Physical Therapy clinic on Bainbridge. Her husband of seven years, Ian Eisenhood, will be entering his 10th year of teaching Wilkes Elementary School. The couple have a 4-year-old son.

“I’m eager to be of service to the residents of Bainbridge Island as part of the BIPD team,” Eisenhood said.

Eisenhood’s hiring process was overseen by the city’s Civil Service Commission. It included passing a civil service exam and an oral interview process with two community members, a Bainbridge police officer and another officer from a different police department.

“We are thrilled to have her on board,” said Barbara Burns, BIPD administrative coordinator, of Eisenhood.


Bainbridge welcomes MLK Center employee

July 23rd, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

Appreciative of the two King Center banners they received to share at events to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month, Bainbridge residents greeted a woman who works at the Atlanta national historic site and her son recently when they visited the Puget Sound area.

Juanita Robinson, the gift shop manager at The King Center, came to the area because her 25-year-old son Thomas was participating in the U.S. Track & Field Club Nationals in Tacoma July 11-12. Thomas competed for the Atlanta Track Club and finished eighth in the 100-meter dash with a finals time of 11.43 seconds.

The 8-foot-tall King Center banners were also shared at the Navy Undersea Engineering Museum at Keyport, Kitsap County Fairground President’s Hall, Olympic College in Bremerton and the Washington state African-American awards program at Bremerton High. On Bainbridge Island, the banners were displayed at Bethany Lutheran Church, Ordway Elementary School and at the Filipino-American Community Hall for the 15th annual community celebration Kitsap Sing Out! in January.

The Robinsons visited Chief Seattle’s gravesite, St. Peters Mission Church, Ol’ Man House Park in Suquamish, as well as the Suquamish Veterans Memorial, Suquamish Museum and House of the Awakened Culture. They also toured the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.

The Suquamish Tribe at the Clearwater Resort co-hosted the visitors. Upon the Robinsons return to Georgia, they were given books and publications for The King Center Library by the Suquamish Museum, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, Kitsap Black History Museum, Bainbridge Island Japanese-American community, Bainbridge Island School District, Experience Music Project Museum and Sing Out Kitsap!

Robinson said she was “overjoyed and ever so grateful” to visit the Bainbridge and Suquamish communities.

Contributed photo / Daniel Cristofferson Welcoming the Robinson's were, from left to right, Patricia Moncure-Thomas, president of the Black Historical Society and Museum of Kitsap County; Dian O'Brien, past president, Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center and MLK Jr. Memorial Sing Out Kitsap Steering Committee; Gerald Elfendahl, Bainbridge Island historian and wife Judie Elfendahl, both Sing Out Kitsap participants; Juanita Robinson, gift shop manager at The King Center; Carolann Barrows, singer/songwriter and Bainbridge Island community advocate; the Rev. Senji Kanaeda, Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple; Rodrigo "Rudy" Rimando, past president, Filipino-American Community of Bainbridge Island and Sing Out Kitsap!; Karen Vargas, Bainbridge community advocate, Bremerton’s Embassy Center and Sing Out Kitsap!; Thomas Robinson, Atlanta Track Club; and Pat Baillargeon, former secretary to Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Welcoming the Robinsons were, from left to right, Patricia Moncure-Thomas, president of the Black Historical Society and Museum of Kitsap County; Dian O’Brien, past president, Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center and MLK Jr. Memorial Sing Out Kitsap! steering committee; Gerald Elfendahl, Bainbridge Island historian and wife Judie Elfendahl, both Sing Out Kitsap! participants; Juanita Robinson, gift shop manager at The King Center; Carolann Barrows, singer/songwriter and Bainbridge Island community advocate; the Rev. Senji Kanaeda of Bainbridge’s Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple; Rodrigo “Rudy” Rimando, past president, Filipino-American Community of Bainbridge Island and Sing Out Kitsap!; Karen Vargas, Bainbridge community advocate, Bremerton’s Embassy Center and Sing Out Kitsap!; Thomas Robinson, Atlanta Track Club; and Pat Baillargeon, former secretary to Eleanor Roosevelt.


Bainbridge Island police blotter, July 23

July 23rd, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge police reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

Crime log stats from July 13 to July 19: 6 traffic accidents, 5 miscellaneous, 3 found property, 3 theft in the third degree, 2 suspicious incident/investigation, 2 identity theft, 2 harassment, 2 theft from motor vehicle, 2 driving under the influence, 2 theft in the second degree, 1 burglary in the second degree, 1 citizen assist, 1 disorderly conduct, 1 theft-shoplifting, 1 warrant arrest by outside agency, 1 domestic verbal, 1 mental investigation, 1 driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree, 1 lost property.

July 19
Driving under the influence/liquor: A 28-year-old woman was involved in a collision with a tree at Olympic Drive and Winslow Way, south of Bainbridge Gateway Park, at 11:47 p.m. The woman was late for a departing ferry and as a traffic signal turned yellow the woman attempted to stop her car, but was unable to due to the slick road conditions and collided with a tree in a ditch. After failing her first three attempts on the voluntary portable breath test, the woman blew a .161. The state’s legal limit for DUI is .08 for adults 21 and older. An officer also smelled alcohol on her breath, and observed that she had watery eyes, slurred speech, etc. The woman’s interaction with police was videotaped. She was transported to the Kitsap County Jail after being booked for DUI and also received a traffic citation.

Driving under the influence/liquor: A 34-year-old male visiting from Brighton, Mass., was stopped at 1:01 a.m. for failing to maintain his lane. The officer smelled alcohol on his breath. The driver voluntarily took Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and performed poorly on them. He was arrested for DUI and subsequently blew 0.163 and 0.164 on the Breathalyzer test. He was booked into Kitsap County Jail.

July 17
Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 29-year-old Federal Way woman had a warrant arrest confirmed by the Bainbridge Island Police. The report didn’t list why she had a warrant for her arrest.

Disorderly conduct: A 52-year-old woman reported a road rage incident at Wyatt Way and Madison Avenue by a 64-year-old man who was driving a van with another man after she approached a four-way stop sign. The man started yelling at the woman and used obscene hand gestures. The van then followed the woman into her neighbor’s driveway and revved his vehicle’s engine, as well as lurched the car forward in an attempt to intimate her. The driver of the van then drove onto a ferry to Seattle, but not before the woman got the van’s license number and called police. Ferry workers were later able to identify the van based on the woman’s description later.


Bainbridge Island police blotter, July 16

July 16th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge Island police reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

Crime log stats from July 6 to July 12: 5 traffic accidents, 5 miscellaneous, 4 found property, 4 theft in the third degree, 3 malicious mischief in the third degree, 2 theft in the first degree, 2 identity theft, 2 domestic verbal, 2 theft in the second degree, 1 suspicious persons/situations, 1 residential burglary, 1 warrant arrest by outside agency, 1 extortion in the first degree, 1 disorderly conduct, 1 vehicle prowling in the second degree, 1 driving under the influence/liquor, 1 agency assist, 1 driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree and 1 harassment.

 

July 14

Suspicious incident/investigation: A 50-year-old man, who was burglarized recently, reported a possible prowler outside his residence at 2:30 a.m. on the 300 block of Fir Acres. Police couldn’t locate anyone suspicious. Since the burglary, the homeowner said he often doesn’t sleep at night and waits until daylight to rest.

 

July 11

Driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree: A 36-year-old man from Nordland was stopped at 1:10 p.m. An officer driving behind the man had ran the man’s license plate and found that he had a driving while license suspended charge for unpaid tickets from December 2013. The man told the officer that he had paid the tickets. The officer told the man that he couldn’t drive.

 

July 10

Theft in the third degree: An Amazon shipping box was taken from an unsecured public lobby of a condo, located on the 300 block of Knechtel Way.

 

Driving under the influence: A 54-year-old man living on the 5000 block of Wild Cherry Lane was stopped for going 52 mph in a 25-mph speed zone at 11:11 a.m. on High School Road near Sportsman Club Road. The officer smelled a strong odor of alcoholic intoxicants coming from within the man’s vehicle. The man, who refused to take a breath test, later was transported to the Kitsap County Jail and booked for DUI with a $10,000 bail.

 

Theft in the second degree, counterfeiting: A 55-year-old man fell victim to an Internet scam to be a secret shopper for a company called T. Duncan Evaluation Group. The company gave the man a $2,340 check from Home Street Bank. When the man purchased four Green Dot Money packs for $500, he would receive $300. However, the man, who had recently moved from Minneapolis, said his bank reported the check as counterfeit and demanded payment from for the charge-backs that would result.

 

Vehicle prowling in the second degree: A 23-year-old man who lives on the 8000 block of Baker Hill Road said his cellphone and marijuana smoking pipe had been stolen from his vehicle while it was parked at the Park & Ride lot on the 8000 block Day Road. The phone was a silver Samsung Galaxy valued at $200.


Bainbridge wildfire danger increases

July 11th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

Bainbridge Island Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter said rising summer temperatures have dramatically increased the danger of wildfires on the island.

Currently, the fire danger is “moderate” – which could be raised if temperatures stay high and rain continues to not fall in the near future.

Currently, only recreational fires are allowed on Bainbridge. Carpenter’s guidelines for recreational fires include:

– Fires may not be larger than 3 feet in diameter.

– Only dry, natural fire wood may be burned.

– Fires should not be closer than 25 feet to combustible structures such as houses, fences and sheds.

– A garden hose should be kept handy to extinguish a fire after people are done with it.

– Watch for sparks and embers blowing in the wind.

– An adult should be present at all times.

– Extinguish all fires before leaving a site.

“People don’t realize we have a potential wildfire problem on the island,” Bainbridge Fire Chief Hank Teran said recently. “If we have dry climate and proper fuel conditions we can have significant potential to have a wildfire. Since 1989, we average between 10-30 wildfires in a calendar year and we’ve been very fortunate they’ve been contained.”

For more information, visit the Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s website at www.bifd.org or contact the fire marshal’s office at 206-451-2033.


Study indicates Bainbridge boasts large tenured city workforce

July 9th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

During a presentation on a citywide study of job classification and compensation by Milliman Inc. of Seattle, Bainbridge City Council members learned during Monday night’s meeting that Bainbridge Island city employees receive approximately 9 percent above the market median (50th percentile) when comparing actual salaries.

The compensation analysis was from 34 cities that responded to Milliman’s request. Most of the responding cities were primarily from Washington, but some were from Oregon, said Greg McNutt, a compensation consultant and principal with Milliman. Yakima, Renton, Spokane Valley, Marysville and Lakewood were some of the municipalities that responded.

“You have a lot of tenured people here,” McNutt told the Council. “You have 86 percent of the people that are at the top step.”

Some of the recommendations given by McNutt for managing the city’s staff included:

– Managing base salaries toward its intended market position. This action will maintain desired market target.

– Maintaining benefits in their current form. This will provide employees both the opportunity to save for retirement and act as a safety net against unforeseen health issues.

– Maintaining salary structured at their current range width, but create mores steps within each grade with annual increments of approximately 3 percent between steps. This would cause pay progression problems to diminish over time.

– Manage high fixed costs of base salaries.

McNutt’s presentation to the City Council was for information only and no action was taken on it.


Two Bainbridge Island law and justice candidate forums planned

July 9th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

Voters will have two chances to hear and ask questions of Kitsap County prosecutor candidates, as well as one forum giving them an opportunity to hear from candidates for the Kitsap County District Court judge in Department 1.

Islanders for Collaborative Policing (ICP) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Kitsap County (NAMI-Kitsap) will hold a forum from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Bainbridge Island Waterfront Community Center, located at 370 Brien Drive. The event will feature candidates for the county prosecutor position and will focus on mental illness and drug dependency.

The candidates will also discuss how they think people with mental and behavioral problems are being handled by the local justice system. They will also talk about what they will do – or continue to do – as prosecutor to improve outcomes in these areas.

The July 17 forum will be moderated by Jane Cartmell of NAMI-Kitsap and Bainbridge Police Chief Matthew Hamner will give introductory comments. An update on Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) tax allocations will also be provided by Lois Hoell, a MIDD Citizen Advisory Committee member.

A forum for prosecutor candidates and candidates for Kitsap County District Court judge Department 1 will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Bainbridge Island City Hall, which is located at 280 Madison Ave. N. The candidates will discuss a wide range of law and justice issues at the forum. The event will be moderated by Court of Appeals Judge Robin Hunt.

Former Bainbridge city councilman Bob Scales (Democrat), Tina Robinson (Republican, Port Orchard) and Bruce Danielson (independent, Port Orchard) are running against incumbent Russ Hauge of Silverdale in the Kitsap County prosecutor race. The position carries a four-year term.

Claire Bradley of Silverdale and Tracy Flood of Port Orchard are running for four-year terms in the non-partisan Kitsap County District Court judge Department 1 office.

The primary election is Aug. 5 and the general election is Nov. 4.


Bainbridge Island police blotter, July 9

July 9th, 2014 by Ethan Fowler

** This blog was edited to fix a mistake in the July 6 “Found property” entry at 12:45 p.m. July 9.

 

The following items were taken from Bainbridge police reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.
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Crime log stats from June 29 to July 5: 7 traffic accidents, 4 found property, 3 miscellaneous, 2 identity theft, 2 mental investigation, 1 missing person, 1 agency assist, 1 reckless driving/racing, 1 theft in the first degree, 1 mailbox theft, 1 missing person, 1 driving under the influence, 1 theft in the first degree-shoplifting, 1 injury from car accident, theft in the third degree, 1 malicious mischief in the third degree, 1 criminal trespass in the second degree, 1 suspicious incident/investigation, 1 warrant arrest by outside agency, 1 miscellaneous, 1 boating/marine incident, 1 motor vehicle theft, 1 vessel abandoned/derelict on aquatic lands, 1 verbal dispute.

July 7

Identity theft: A 41-year-old man living on the 7000 block of Vincent Road reported that he had received a state tax refund from Indiana, a state he had never lived or ever done business. When the man inquired with the Indiana Department of Revenue, he discovered someone was using his name, address and social security number as documentation for work in the Midwest state. This has caused tax withholdings for both state and federal taxes that are reporting under the man’s name and social security number.

Theft in the third degree: A woman and her husband, who live on the 5000 block of Battle Point Drive, discovered several items from their cars were left in the driveway a distance from their home’s parking area. Both cars had been tampered with and several items had been stolen.

Malicious mischief: A man living on the 5000 block of McDonald Avenue reported that he was awoken to the sound of glass breaking and a softball-sized rock hitting the floor in his living room as he slept in his bedroom upstairs at 12:30 a.m. When the officer arrived, the man said a rock was also used to break the right rear window on a vehicle parked in the driveway that belongs to his daughter-in-law, who lives in a separate residence behind his. The man saw what he thought was a flashlight beam in his backyard. The right rear tail lamp on the man’s car was also broken. Estimated cost to fix the house 12-inch-by-16-inch window is $750 and $250 to repair the tail lamp.

July 6

Theft in the third degree: A woman living on the 6000 block of New Brooklyn Road reported that her family’s Fourth of July sign that it ties to the house and uses annually was missing. The 30-inch-by-36-inch vinyl sign shows Peanuts characters Snoopy and Woodstock, along with the American flag, with wording “CELEBRATE.” The sign is valued at $25. There are no suspects, but the woman believed it was neighborhood kids since other items had gone missing in the past but weren’t reported to police.

Found property: A woman found a wallet sitting on a sidewalk post area of Winslow Way. Credit cards and ID in the wallet bore the same name, but when the officer searched several databases to obtain a phone number they were unsuccessful. The wallet was placed into police property. Another wallet was also found on July 5 on Winslow Way East and an officer had similar problems locating a phone number for a person whose name was on several credit cards.

July 5

Boating/marine incident: The marine patrol officer and another officer on the boat responded to a boat in distress at 3:40 p.m. near Lincoln Park. The boat had two people and a dog on board. The Auburn man’s boat had a problem with his out-drive (gear case) and was unable to operate the boat. The man threw out a small anchor to keep him from blowing onto the rocks. When the patrol boat arrived on the scene, the 25-foot Maxum cabin cruiser was equidistant between Alki Point and the Fauntleroy ferry crossing in approximately 20 feet of water. The tide was flooding and the wind was building to approximately 15 knots to the north. The vessel needed to be towed to Des Moines and the boat’s operator made arrangements with Vessel Assist Tacoma, which arrived soon after.

July 4

Miscellaneous: An officer assigned to Pritchard Park on foot and bicycle patrol from 6 p.m. to midnight reported 16 camp fires were doused, four firework violations were dealt with verbally. The officer estimated approximately 400 to 600 people were present. At 2 a.m. on July 5 when officers walked the area, they found an extreme amount of trash left on the beach. Officers went through the trash in an effort to find who left the large amount of trash behind, but were unsuccessful.


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