While the island’s City Council and school board have a handful
of seats on this year’s election ballot, there is only one race
where multiple candidate have filed.
Susan Bergen and Kol Medina have filed for the North Ward to
replace Anne Blair, who is not running for reelection.
Pegeen Mulhern has filed for the at-large seat to replace Steve
Bonkowski, who also announced he is not running for reelection.
Michael Scott, appointed to the Central Ward earlier this year, and
Sarah Blossom, who represents the South Ward, are running for their
Mev Hoberg and Tim Kinkead have filed for reelection and do not
have any opponents as of Wednesday morning.
Patty Fielding will not be running for reelection to the school
board, and Lynn Smith has filed for Fiedling’s position.
Candidates have until the end of the business day Friday to
City Council members voted 5-2 to buy 100 percent
green energy for the city. Council members Sarah Blossom and Steve
Bonkowski voted against it.
Bonkowski said he would vote against it because of the low
percent of residents who participate, which he correlated to
green energy support.
About 13 percent of islanders participate in Puget Sound
Energy’s Green Power Program. The program relies more on
wind, bio-gas and solar-energy sources instead of coal.
The city had been buying about about 13 percent of
its electricity from green energy to match the resident
participation, costing about $3,000 a year. The city spends a total
of $330,000 a year on electricity, and going to all green power
would cost the city an additional $15,000 a year.
City Council will discuss buying 100 percent green energy
for the city’s electricity at its next business meeting in two
Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power Program relies more on wind,
bio-gas and solar-energy sources instead of coal.
About 13 percent of the city’s electricity is from green energy,
costing about $3,000 a year. The city spends a total of $330,000 a
year on electricity, and going to all green power would cost the
city an additional $15,000 a year.
The council decided to buy 13 percent green power from PSE last
year, matching the percent of residents that use green power.
Two other Washington cities buy 100 percent green energy, said
Heather Mulligan, PSE market manager. Those cities are Lacey and
Developers and Bainbridge Island residents Dave Christianson and
Terry McGuire shared details and took questions about their
proposed community workspace for arts and artisan Monday night
during a public meeting.
Christianson is with Tseng Properties, LLC, which is leading the
development on a 4.5-acre property off of Day Road near the
Bainbridge Island Saddle Club’s facility.
Only 1.5 acres of the site is buildable land because of
wetlands, said Michael Wangen, the Bainbridge Island architect
working on the project.
Construction on the 10-building project, known as Creative
Space, could start as early as this summer and be finished in six
to 12 months, said Christianson.
All 10 of the Creative Space buildings are 40 feet by 48 feet,
and proposed uses include boat and vehicle restoration, woodwork,
painting or sculpture work. Space is not intended to be used for
office or retails space, although there could be display and sales
events open to the public, Christianson said.
Two of the buildings would be 1.5 stories with a
1,920-square-foot garage on the first floor and a 920-square-foot
loft above. One building would be a residence for the facility’s
manager. No other units would have residential space.
Eight of the buildings would be divided into two studio spaces,
each side about 960 square feet, with the possibility a
440-square-foot storage loft. Tenants could potentially rent the
The developers want to rent space at about 75 cents a square
foot, they said Monday.
McGuire said the goal is to rent the 960-square-foot studios for
about $720. A unit with a loft would be about $1,050. The final
price would depend on construction costs, which are still unknown,
McGuire and Christianson also live next to and have their own
personal workspace by the proposed development. They have lived on
the island for about 25 years, Christianson said.
Access to Creative Space would be off of the same gravel road
used to drive to the Saddle Club facility and Manzanita Park.
There are no proposed changes to the road or its overhead tree
canopy, although about a dozen Saddle Club members at Monday’s
meeting voiced concerns about who would maintain the road with the
There is an easement for the road use and the county will be
looking into who is responsible for the road’s upkeep according to
that easement, said Heather Beckmann, a planner with the city.
Christianson said he was “willing to pony up” and help maintain
“If I am causing wear and tear on the road, I have to cover the
expense,” he said.
Saddle Club members also were concerned whether the road could
handle more traffic and how how safe it would be because it has
mainly been used as a trail.
Juliet LeDorze suggested creating a trail alongside the road for
equestrians and pedestrians.
Beckmann said the city would talk to the park district about
The project is in the pre-application phase and there will be
another public comment period after an application has been
submitted to the city.
The Federal Communications Commission recently granted the city
of Bainbridge Island a 10-year license to operate an AM information
The city expects to have the station — which will be transmitted
on 600k Hz and 1700 kHz — broadcasting in late summer or fall,
according to the city manager’s report.
The radio station will provide information about Amber Alerts,
school incidents, bridge closures, earthquakes and other types of
“During nonemergency times, the station could be used to inform
motorists of street repairs, traffic hazards, community events,
travel advisories, city history and even visitor information,” the
The city has been working to start a radio station alongside
Sustainable Bainbridge, an island nonprofit that created Bainbridge
Bainbridge Community Broadcasting provides podcasts and radio
shows online via its website.
Although the Bainbridge Island City Council did not discuss
updating the animal ordinance during Tuesday’s meeting, it is
expected to be on the council’s next study session agenda.
The proposed changes would require dog owners to leash their
dogs in the Winslow and Lynwood Center business areas, as well as
city parks. A story in last week’s Islander incorrectly stated the
changes would not apply to city-owned parks.
The story has been updated online.
The potential ordinance change also would include that the
school and park district require dogs to be leashed on their
In recent years, the park district has had incidents of
off-leash dogs intimidating or injuring people as well as
Under the current city code, dog owners can face up to $1,000
fine for not preventing their dogs from intimidating or injuring
pedestrians or cyclists.
Owners failing to keep their dog under voice control or leashed
face a citation and up to a $300 fine.
There are no proposed changes to the ordinance’s penalties.