City officials are calling Rockaway Beach residents to
ask them to reduce water use, specifically landscape
A new release from the city said the Rockaway Beach water
system, which serves about 90 homes, is experiencing “unusually
high water consumption.” The increase is putting stress on the
system that pulls water from a single well with limited
While it hasn’t been dangerously hot on the island, higher than
normal temperatures have hit the region, along with dry
No other areas of the city’s water system have been affected,
according to the city.
BARN is currently in a 2,000-square-foot facility, which was
meant to be a temporary location for the nonprofit. It is home
to metalworking, fiber arts, writing, printmaking and glass work,
BARN is a nonprofit organization, which formed in 2012 to
operate a “hands-on center for craft and invention” on the
The organization is hoping to break ground this fall on the new
The Health, Housing and Human Services Council was created by
the city in the early 1990s, and tasked with distributing city
money to about a dozen human service groups — from the food bank to
the teen center. It also undertook regular community needs
assessments and surveys.
The city has still provided funding to nonprofits since 2010,
although it has not reviewed whether the amount these organizations
receive should change based on needs or if the organizations are
still based on Bainbridge Island.
A new Human Services Funding Advisory Committee also would be
formed to make recommendations on goals and funding
The program, run by Bainbridge Island Child Care
Centers, will have to leave the Bainbridge Island School District’s
central campus, because the district needs the portables where Kids
Club now meets to address space issues at Ordway Elementary
The district has said Kids Club can stay in the
portables through the end of June, and the district has made the
Ordway gym available through the end of August, until school
The program is looking for a new location as close to
the central campus as possible, said program director Shelley
Anyone with a potential location can call Long at
The city of Bainbridge
Island is looking to start refunding the Public Art Program.
In November 2010, the council voted to suspend program
Now, the council is moving forward with plans to transfer an
equivalent of two-percent of all eligible municipal capital
construction projects to the art program. Water, sewer and
stormwater management facilities would not be eligible
City officials could decide to include an additional transfer
during discussions on individual projects.
City Council is expected to approve the ordinance during one of
its Tuesday meetings in the near future.
City Council is considering an ordinance to allow temporary
tent cities on property owned by religious organizations.
The city’s insurer, Washington Cities Insurance Authority,
suggested city officials have regulations on tent cities since a
church sued the city of Woodinville for not providing a permit for
a temporary homeless camp in 2006. The church said the city was
violating its first amendment right to free exercise of religion,
and won the lawsuit.
Bainbridge Island’s proposed ordinance would allow camps for up
to 92 days with a permit and require campers be over the age of 18.
No drugs, alcohol or open flames would be allowed. The number of
campers would be limited to 100.
A “ sight-obscuring fence” could be required around the camp
unless there is “sufficient vegetation, topographic variation, or
other site conditions,” according to the proposed ordinance.
A public hearing for the ordinance will be scheduled.
Pritchard Park will be open to off-leash dogs under
voice command all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as
Saturdays before noon. The ordinance was approved by a
City Council vote Tuesday night.
The off-leash ordinance will go into effect as soon
as the city can post signs. The city also plans to add mutt mitt
locations and additional trash cans to the park.
Pritchard Park is owned by the city, but is planned
to transfer to the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks District
later this year. The parks district does not allow off-leash dogs
except in designated off-leash areas, including the Strawberry Hill
The off-leash amendment will end two weeks before the
park is transferred to the park district.
The Douglas M. Ostling Act, a measure that will require all
Washington law enforcement to receive crisis intervention training,
became law when Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill April 24.
Ostling, a mentally ill Bainbridge Island man, was shot and
killed by Bainbridge Island police in 2010, and two years later a
federal jury determined the city had not provided proper training
for the officers, awarding the Ostling family $1.4 million.
The new law requires incoming police officers to receive eight
hours of initial crisis intervention training starting in 2017, and
two hours of additional training each year for all officers by
Since the shooting, Bainbridge Island’s newest police chief has
been working to improve training and repair community ties.
Matt Hamner, hired in 2013, sent Officer Trevor Ziemba to
Olympia to testify in favor of the Ostling bill. Ziemba is the
department’s crisis intervention officer.
“We wanted to show our support of this bill,” Hamner
said. “We want to do better, and we want to do the best we can for
Bainbridge Island author and journalist Bruce Barcott will be on
Bainbridge Island next Thursday signing and discussing his latest
book on the ramifications of legalizing marijuana.
“Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America”
talks about cultural, social and financial adjustments surrounding
Barcott discusses his last minute change of heart to vote for
legalizing marijuana in a CNN
opinion piece, where he notes that marijuana possession can
come with more prison time than some rape and other violent crime
convictions in states like Louisiana.
“Legal weed hasn’t
inspired an army of hooligans to tear up the state. It’s just kept
10,000 people with a little bud in their pockets from being branded
as criminals,” he wrote. “Instead of losing their jobs, they keep
them. Instead of draining tax dollars as prisoners, they contribute
tax dollars as workers and consumers.”