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
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
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.
Last week, I wrote a story about the revival of “Minnie Rose
Lovgreen’s Recipe for Raising Chickens.” The book is an oral
history of sorts focused on an old-time islander’s methods of
making hens happy (and getting a lot of fresh eggs at the same
time). You can read the story
While talking to Nancy Rekow, who first published the book in
1975, she mentioned that the road named after Lovgreen’s family has
long been misspelled on city street signs. The road, which
intersects Highway 305 south of Day Road, is titled “Lovegreen”
road. Note the extra ‘e’.
Rekow said several longtime islanders have pointed out the typo,
but the city’s been slow to respond.
Fortunately, a new form of government – heralded as the more
responsive and effective alternative to the musty old mayor-led
kind – is taking shape at City Hall.
Echoing the late Ronald Reagan’s famous Berlin
address : “Mr. City Manager, tear down that misspelled
(*Reagan may have actually used slightly different words.)
Addendum: Blog reader Marvin added that the city also misspells
Lovgreen as “Lovegren” on other parts of the Road. If memory
serves, the city uses “Lovegreen” at the highway intersection and
“Lovegren” to the east. By the way, I’ve also heard plenty of
different pronunciations of the road – “Love-green,” “Loav-green,”
“Loav-grin” and “Lofgren” (which is actually a road south of Murden
Cove). According to Rekow, the correct pronunciation is
Bainbridge Island requested about $11.3 million in project
funding from President Barack Obama’s $787 billion stimulus plan.
Most of Bainbridge’s requests, which were submitted to the Kitsap
Regional Coordinating Council earlier this month, are for road
repairs and non-motorized transportation improvements.
The project list is below…
Crews were working overtime during the weekend and on Monday
morning to clear snow-laden roads and restore power to over 3,000
Puget Sound Energy notified Bainbridge Island Police on Monday
that four repair crews would soon be joined by teams searching for
downed power lines, fallen branches and other problems causing
blackouts around the island.
Parts of Winslow lost power at around 5 p.m. on Sunday while
surrounding areas flickered out on Monday morning. By the
afternoon, a handful of downtown businesses found power restored,
only to lose it hours later.
Bainbridge City Hall, which opened two-hours late on Monday, was
without power all day. Many staff relied on the light coming in
through windows to do their work.
Bainbridge police were inundated with calls over the weekend and
on Monday to assist motorists struggling with snowy conditions.
“A lot of people are getting themselves stuck or are sliding off
the roads,” Police Chief Matt Haney said.
Haney predicted driving conditions would worsen on Monday
Bainbridge City Hall was closed at 11:30 a.m. today due to the
snow. The municipal court is also closed.
City road crews and other essential services are still in
“Maintenance crews are hard at work sanding and plowing
roadways, and the police department has additional officers
standing by in case they are needed as the day continues,” said
City Administrator Mark Dombroski. “We encourage residents to stay
off the roadways if at all possible, and to take extra safety
precautions such as using chains and carrying an emergency kit with
flares and blankets.”
For updated listings on road closures, visit the city’s website
at www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us. County-wide road closures are
Additional information is available at the city’s emergency
phone line, 842-7633.
The snow’s coming down thick here at the Kitsap Sun’s island
School’s out. Library’s closed. City meetings are called
But the snowman making contest is on. Starts at 2 p.m. at
Ericksen Park (between Ericksen Ave and Hildebrand Lane).
Avoid these roads on your way to the contest:
-Bucklin Hill Road between Eagle Harbor Drive and Lynwood Center
-Koura Road between Highway 305 and Meadowmeer Circle.
-Valley Road at Park Hill Place.
If you aren’t up to a making your own Parson Brown, you can read
Sun story about the icy sabotage at the
Bainbridge school district bus barn, and the angry, angry comments
that follow. But why do that when the snow’s falling?
Mayor Darlene Kordonowy wants to trim more than the fat.
Her combined $135.5 million budget proposal for 2009 and 2010
would cut into the meat of emergency services, city staff and
several core city functions to offset a continuing trend of falling
revenues, largely because of the island’s slowing housing
“We’ll have to do more with less,” Kordonowy said during her
presentation of the biennial budget to the City Council on
City staffing levels, under her proposal, would take a 10
percent hit, knocking the city’s 152 full-time positions down to
140 in 2009 and 138 in 2010.