The city is proposing a “small parking area” on Manitou Beach Drive, making it easier for residents and guests to enjoy the city-owned waterfront property.
While there are views of Puget Sound and Seattle from the shoreline, Manitou Beach Drive is a narrow two-lane road without shoulders.
The city owns .13 acre of waterfront land across the street from 9865 Manitou Beach Drive, according to the county parcel search.
The city owns about another acre next to 9865 Manitou Beach Drive, where six parking spots are being proposed.
A public meeting Wednesday night will help identify how many parking spots are needed or wanted for access to the waterfront, said Mark Epstein with the city’s capital projects coordinator.
The public meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 280 Madison Avenue.
Bainbridge Island city officials are trying to figure out who has been leaving plastic produce bags filled with “liquid food waste” on trash bins for animals to tear open.
The city’s maintenance crews have been finding these bags around Winslow — including Waterfront Park and City Hall — the last several weeks, according to a news release from Kellie Stickney, the city’s spokeswoman.
The bags have been torn open by birds and raccoons, causing the waste to spill out. And City officials say the oily waste is a “potential human health hazard” and can wash into the drainage system that flows into Eagle Harbor.
They haven’t be able to tell exactly what type of food is in the bags, and their best guess is that it is either soup or leftover food from cooking, Stickney said.
City officials have not been able to find who is responsible and is asking residents to report any suspicious behavior to the Public Works Department at 206-842-2016 or the county’s Spills Hotline at 360-337-5777.
A neighbor on the 200 block of Ericksen Avenue told police he spotted a stranger with a flashlight around an oil fuel tank at a nearby office on March 16 about 11 p.m.
While on the way to the call, Officer Trevor Ziemba saw a man biking southbound on Ericksen Avenue with a “large five gallon water jug on the back” with red fluid. The fluid matched what was dripping from the business’ oil tank, which is used to heat a furnace.
The man admitted to taking the fuel for his boat and told police he had done it one other time at the same oil tank, but that he would “make things right with the owner.”
He also told police that he took the heating oil because it has a “lower flash point and runs the [boat] engine better.”
The business owner called police two days later to let them know the man had “settled up” with him for stealing the heating oil and he did not want to press charges.
A cyclist commuting from the island to Poulsbo for work found a small handgun with bullets in a black case along Highway 305 on March 16 about 9 a.m.
Police picked up the gun from the cyclist and found no record or information related to the gun based on its serial number.
Bainbridge Island City Council is moving forward with changes to the city’s animal ordinance, which will affect where dogs need to be leashed on the island.
The ordinance updates will require dogs to be leashed in two major business areas on the island — Winslow and Lynwood Center — and give teeth to the park district’s current leash rule.
Under the city’s current code, dogs can be off leash on city property if under voice command.
The school and park districts already have their own regulations that require dogs to be leashed on their property, except at Strawberry Hill’s off-leash dog park. Those rules are not included in the city’s current city ordinance.
Updates to the city’s animal ordinance will include that dogs must be leashed on park district land, providing penalties for violators.
Dogs owners can face up to a $300 fine for not keeping their dogs under voice control or on leash.
Dog owners who do not prevent their dogs from injuring or intimidating pedestrians or cyclists can face up to a $1,000 fine for having a dangerous animal.
The city began discussions about changing its animal ordinance months ago at the request of the park district, which has struggled with enforcing its leash rule.
One resident who spoke out against changes to the ordinance Tuesday night said the park district hasn’t enforced its own leash rule.
Terry Lande, the park district’s executive director, previously said that the park’s rule has little teeth without the backing of a city ordinance and its penalties. Violators of the leash rule can only be asked to leash their dogs or leave the park property, Lande said.
The city had previously considered requiring dogs to be leashed in city owned parks as well, but has since decided to only apply the leash regulations to park district owned parks.
Other updates to the ordinance will require dogs be leashed in the Winslow and Lynwood Center business areas. The Winslow business area will extend from the waterfront to High School Road, and fall between Madison Avenue and Ferncliff Avenue.
The city-owned Waterfront Park will be included in the Winslow business area, and dogs will have to be leashed there.
The city also is considering a trial period to specifically allow off-leash dogs at Pritchard Park, another city-owned park, during certain hours, days or in certain parts of the park.
The off-leash experiment for Pritchard Park is expected to be discussed at a later council meeting.
Eventually, the city plans to transfer nearly all of the Pritchard Park over to the park district. About half of the park is already co-owned by the city and park district, where the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial is located.
The park transfer is expected to take place some time after September, said City Manageer Doug Schulze.
The city won’t make any conditional requirement in favor of off-leash dog spaces or times at the park for the transfer to take place, Tollefson said.
While leashes will be required in more areas on the island, there are no plans to change the animal control budget for enforcement or code penalties.
Updates to the city’s animal ordinance are expected to be adopted next week.
Multiple mailbox thefts
A neighbor along the 10000 block of Duncan Lane saw a smaller, four-door SUV parked at group of neighborhood mailboxes March 5 around 7 a.m. as she walked her child to the bus stop.
The woman told police that when she walked toward the SUV, it drove to the next group of mailboxes and the driver reached into the mailboxes.
The next day she saw the SUV again taking mail from the mailboxes.
There also were piles of potentially stolen and discarded mail reported on March 6 along Miller Road near Bergman Road and two other incidents on North Madison Avenue, one which included stolen medication, according to Bainbridge Island police reports.
There was an earlier report of stolen mail on the 600 block of Winslow Way E on March 1.
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 whole building.
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, she said.
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 new development.
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 the road.
“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 that possibility.
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 radio station.
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 emergencies.
“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 report says.
The city has been working to start a radio station alongside Sustainable Bainbridge, an island nonprofit that created Bainbridge Community Broadcasting.
Bainbridge Community Broadcasting provides podcasts and radio shows online via its website.
There will be a public meeting Monday about a newly proposed development for artists.
Tseng Properties, LLC, is proposing ten buildings on 4.5 acres of undeveloped land located west on NE Day Road W, and accessed off of Saddle Club and Manzanita Park access roads. The buildings could be used for “light manufacturing” such as workshops, storage and display spaces for lease.
The public meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at City Hall.