Lawsuits, landslides and energy billsMarch 21st, 2011 by tristan baurick
Bainbridge Positive Energy group officially launched a grant-funded initiative to curb residential power use.
The group is scheduling free home energy assessments for up to 4,000 Bainbridge households.
Read more here.
Also this week, the Bainbridge Ratepayers Alliance expanded its lawsuit against the city, giving a bit more life to a legal challenge that has already suffered three setbacks in court.
The lawsuit now includes an allegation that the city failed to properly charge itself stormwater fees for island roads.
Read more here.
Gertie Johnson Road remains closed and most of its homes remain empty after an emergency evacuation last week.
Rain continues to plague the landslide-prone hillside on which Gertie sits, making road-clearing risky.
Read my update on the closure here, and head below to read the city manager’s Mar. 18 letter to the road’s residents.
Residents of Gertie Johnson Road,
Following 48 hours of relatively dry weather City staff and our geotechnical consultants, Aspect Engineering, reassessed the slide area. We were concerned Wednesday and continue to remain concerned today about the potential for the removal operation to trigger further slides above and below the roadway due to the wet ground conditions. In consultation with our geotechnical consultants, we are developing parameters for the removal operations to manage those risks. The removal work requires equipment that the City does not have and it will need to be contracted. Staff are developing contract documents and obtaining permits based on the preliminary geotechnical recommendations. We have made initial contact with potential contractors and are in the process of finding contractors who are qualified and available. We have also contacted the various overhead utilities to coordinate their relocation which will facilitate access for the slide removal. At this point it appears that the earliest possible start for the removal work is mid-week next week. This date could change, and most likely will, if any of the work previously mentioned does not come together as planned.
City staff will continue to monitor site conditions at Gertie Johnson and other island locations over the weekend.
We recognize that not having a defined date for the removal of the slide debris is stressful and disruptive, and we are working as quickly as we can to develop a solution that can be implemented safely for all concerned – residents and workers alike.
Thank you for your understanding and continuing patience.
Brenda Bauer, Interim City Manager
City of Bainbridge Island