The city has chosen eight semifinalists for its
public works director position. The semifinalists were
selected from a pool of 30 applicants from 17 states, according to
the Friday city
Six of the eight semifinalists are from Washington. One
semifinalist is from Texas, and one is from Indiana. The
semifinalists will complete a brief online interview. Finalists
will be selected Oct. 1. The finalists will visit the island in
mid-October for more extensive interviews.
The city is searching for a permanent replacement for Lance
resigned this spring. John Cunningham is serving as interim
public works director.
Scheduling conflicts have forced the city to postpone
work on Fort Ward Hill Road until next year.
The City Council
awarded a $700,000 contract for road reconstruction and
shoulder widening in July and a public outreach meeting was held
Aug. 19. The project was supposed to begin late this summer
but the contractor ran into scheduling conflicts with private
utility companies working in the area said Interim Public Works
Director John Cunningham. With rainy weather descending, the work
was postponed until the spring of 2014.
“The last thing we want to do is open it up and not get it paved
before the wet winter weather hits here,” Cunningham said during a
recent briefing to the City Council.
This is the second phase of work on Fort Ward Hill Road.
Contractors will rebuild the street between Bolero Drive and Sunny
Hill Circle, and widen shoulders to 5 feet on both sides. An
additional 700 feet of guardrail, rockeries and drainage will be
The first phase of the project rebuilt the roadway between
Country Club Road and Bolero Drive in 2008.
project page for updates.
Long awaited repairs on crumbling
Rockaway Beach Road
will begin next week, accompanied by a road closure.
A traffic detour will be in effect for the duration of the
stabilization project, according to a Wednesday bulletin from the
city. The city expects the road to be closed near Creosote
Lane from about Aug. 21 through the end of November.
A map of the detour route is below. More updates are available
Rockaway Beach project page.
Detour by tsooter
Bainbridge Island’s public works director vacancy is now being
is posted on the website of search firm Strategic Government
Resources. SGR is giving the public works position the same
treatment it gave the city’s
police chief openings. Consultants hosted
a forum to gather community input and developed this glossy
Bainbridge Island Public Works Director by tsooter
Requirements for the public works position include at least
eight years of experience in public works, a bachelor’s degree in
engineering (master’s preferred), and a professional engineer’s
license. The salary will vary depending on the applicant’s
qualifications. Former Public Works Director Lance Newkirk earned
$131,000 a year.
announced his resignation in April, but
only recently left the city’s payroll. The city hired John
Cunningham as an interim public works director at a rate of $100 an
The deadline for applications is Sept. 3.
A portion of Sportsman Club Road will be northbound-only next
week, as the city
begins work on bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The city
expects major construction to be wrapped up before the Rotary
Auction opens for donations June 21.
Here are details and a detour map from the city:
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, June 13, 2013 – Work will begin on Sportsman
Club Road next Monday, June 17. The City has contracted with
Lakeside Industries Inc. to install non-motorized shoulder
improvements on the west side of Sportsman Club Road from Wardwell
Road to approximately 400 feet south.
During construction hours, between 6 am and 5 pm Monday-Friday,
Sportsman Club Road will be restricted to one-way northbound
traffic. A detour route will be established for southbound traffic
and residents/local traffic accessing Wardwell Road. Shoulder work
is expected to last for approximately one week, with paving to
follow as weather permits.
Citizens are encouraged to access Sportsman Club Road from the
south when delivering donations to Woodward Middle School for the
Rotary Auction, beginning Friday, June 21.
This improvement project is part of the City’s Core 40 Program
which targets 40 roads for upgrades around the island for
Club Detour by tsooter
head-on collision just south of the Agate Pass Bridge closed
Highway 305 for nearly four hours Monday afternoon. Two drivers
were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center and
remained in serious condition Tuesday afternoon.
Response to the collision closed the highway in both directions
from about 2-5:30 p.m. Monday. Backups stretched for miles.
We’ve heard from a few frazzled commuters and followers on social
media wondering why the highway remained closed for so long
after the drivers were evacuated. It’s a fair question, and I
thought it would be interesting to break down what goes into a
response of this nature, according to first responders:
- The collision was reported at 2:09 p.m. Monday by Bainbridge Fire Assistant Chief Luke
Carpenter, who happened to driving from the island to a meeting in
Bremerton at the time. Carpenter was only a few cars behind the
sedan involved in the collision when the wreck occurred.
- About 20 firefighters responded to the scene. The drivers were
trapped in their vehicles and had to be cut free. Both drivers were
transported away from the scene by 2:35 p.m. The last fire
department vehicle cleared at 3:06 p.m. (This
aerial image from KOMO nicely illustrates the scope of the
scene). Continue reading
Civic-minded islanders have a busy dance card tonight. They can
choose between a potluck and discussion with new City Manager Doug
Schulze or a Washington State Ferries community meeting.
Discussion group VillageSpeak will hold a dinner forum with Schulze
beginning at 6:30
p.m. at OfficeXpats in the
Bainbridge Pavilion. The conversation will include opening remarks
by the city manager, a moderated discussion and a Q&A session
with the audience.
The event is free but attendees are encouraged to bring a dish
to share and a $5 donation. A standing reception will follow the
discussion at 8:30 p.m. Schulze (pictured)
joined the city on Nov. 5. He previously served as manager of
Another meeting will take place across town at the same time.
WSF brings its traveling
community outreach tour to Bainbridge at 6 p.m. in the Art
Ferries chief David Moseley will discuss the upcoming
legislative session, staffing issues and other topics. This is a
good time for ferry riders to bring forward questions and
complaints. WSF already held a meeting in Bremerton, where
proposed service cuts are a hot topic.
Tad Sooter photos
If islanders are perturbed by a proposed new vehicle
registration fee, they didn’t show it Wednesday.
hearing on a resolution creating a charge of up to $20 per
vehicle to support road work drew no attendees to City
Hall on Wednesday evening. The Transportation Benefit District
board — made up of City Council members — did not vote on the
proposed fee. Instead, a vote may come at the district’s Dec. 5
A few islanders have
spoken out for and against car tab fees at past meetings. Some
believe the charge is a fair way to raise money for badly needed
road repairs. Others, including car collectors, say it would unduly
burden households with multiple vehicles.
The city estimates a $20 fee would generate $330,000 each year
for road projects.
The full draft resolution
can be read here.
After listening to 11 days of testimony and deliberating the the
better part of three days, a federal jury took a middle path with
verdict on Friday.
Of the four main claims made in the lawsuit by the parents of
Douglas Ostling, the mentally ill man who was fatally shot by
Bainbridge police in 2010, the jury agreed with just one – that the
Bainbridge Island Police Department failed to properly train
officers in how to deal with the mentally ill. The jury awarded the
Ostlings $1 million.
The jury disagreed with claims that officers illegally entered
the Ostling family’s home, used unnecessary force and failed to
render aid to the wounded Douglas Ostling.
How do you feel about the verdict? Cast your vote over to the
Head down below to see the results from the Bainbridge
Conversation’s poll on how the city should pay for road fixes.
This week, a city report indicated the city will need to pay
$2.5 million each year just to maintain the current condition of
its roads. Read more about it
The city hasn’t been coming close to that. Over the last four
years, the city has put just $1 million into its road maintenance
budget. This year’s $600,000 contribution was the highest in the
The city would have to more than quadruple what it pays now just
to break even on its roads, according to the report.
So, the big question is: where’s that money going to come
The City Council is moving toward a ballot measure in 2013 that
– if approved – would boost taxes for a big infusion of
road-repairing cash, possibly in the range of $8 million.
Others say the city should better manage the money it already
receives from taxpayers, spending less on overhead and more on
And of course there’s always the
$20 car tab fee that’s been debated on the island for years.
The $440,000 it would raise for roads each year isn’t nearly $2.5
million, but it could help.
Or maybe roads aren’t such a big deal. Some residents have urged
the city to leave the roads as they are and put more money into
arts and cultural programs boosters that they say drew people here
in the first place. A few islanders even prefer a few potholes here
and there to keep people from speeding.
What do you think? Cast your vote in the poll over to the
Drivers know the island’s roads aren’t what they used to be.
Bicyclist know the roads aren’t what they could be.
Heeding calls for road repairs and new bike lanes, the
Bainbridge City Council may put
a multimillion-dollar bond measure on the November 2012
The exact dollar amount and the scope of work has yet to be
worked out, but one council member has floated the idea of an $8
million bond split between major road repairs and bike lane
Would you vote for higher taxes if it made the roads less ragged
and more safe for bike travel? Head over to the right (under the
Facebook links) and have your say.
Halls Hill Road on the island’s south end will get some
long-awaited fixes and a fresh coat of asphalt next week.
For more info, read the city’s press release below…