To make a short story long, every time I see a resume anymore
it’s a trigger to get out the phone book, fire up our trusty friend
the Internet and do a little fact checking. On Friday I did a
little of that checking out the information on the resume of
soon-to-be new Bremerton Assistant City Attorney Mark Koontz.
The whole breakdown of former Bainbridge Island Code Enforcement
Officer Will Peddy’s career started with a call (by a reporter from
an online publication) to verify some of the information he had on
his resume when he ran for mayor. (Here is a list of Will Peddy stories in case you need a
refresher. Start from the bottom.) Peddy’s situation was one in
which the more we checked into what he said was his past, the more
differences we found between his reality and everyone else’s. At
first his campaign manager characterized the resume discrepancy as
“a mistake.” But then while the city was investigating the issue
and refusing to say anything public, I was able to get my hands on
a “smoking gun” document that revealed it was no mistake. It was a
lie, unless there is some truth to his claim of having a double
The Peddy incident showed how important it is to check out
information people provide. So when Mark Koontz’ name was put
before the Bremerton City Council in December, the agenda packet
included his resume. Friday I made some calls and the good news for
Bremerton is everything I checked into was verified.
John Mitchell, a US Bank economist based in Portland, had a
great opening line in his talk today at the Kitsap Conference
He said every morning he wakes up he has to get clear about what
Oregon lawmakers allow him and other residents to do.
Said Mitchell, “I can commit suicide, but I can’t pump my own
Sounds like a new state slogan is in order.
Daniel Surratt can fix your 1908 Victrola.
Meanwhile, the city might offer wireless Internet access by the end of the
So if you had wireless access to the Internet, how would that
serve you? Would you be willing to pay for it?
Offering wireless is something done in other cities, some with
great success and others not so much. The libraries here have the
access and it can be a pretty handy tool.
When I was covering Bainbridge Island I had a company-issued
laptop. Sometimes if we wanted to turn a story around the next day,
I would leave a meeting at city hall, drive to the library and
either park in the perfect spot or walk up close enough to the
library building to connect wirelessly and send the story from
there. Sometimes it was nice to be out and about and be able to
stop in and check my e-mails and perform other tasks as if I were
in my office.
Now that I work out of the Bremerton office the need is not as
acute. However, I could see getting my own laptop, sitting in a
council meeting, writing the story as it transpires and filing it,
saving precious seconds over walking from city hall and writing and
filing it here. OK, it would save minutes.
If you live in Seattle and do business over here I could see the
wireless network being a benefit. And the other way around: If you
live here and do biz in Seattle, you can be waiting at the ferry
terminal, get connected and collect everything you need until the
boat leaves. Once you’re in the water you’re out of luck, for now,
but I understand the WSF folks are still working on that.
So do you think wireless would be a benefit to Bremerton? Is
there any reason you can think of the city should’t pursue this? If
the city does do it, do you have any ideas for how it should be
The Bremerton City Council approved moves paving the way for a
build 400-plus homes on the east side of the narrows. Downtown
Bremerton has seen some significant newness with a government
building and a conference center. But this is one way the new stuff
is getting spread around.
The project might also be noteworthy, because there just don’t seem
to be that many large developments like this. Large tracts of land
ready for building aren’t plentiful in this county.
Go see the city’s information, with renderings, here.
Whaddya think? Is the city headed in the right direction? Is this
development significant to Bremerton’s upgrade? Would you like to
live in any of the new neighborhoods this project will create?
The Port of Bremerton has plans to build
a bigger marina. Some critics say there isn’t the demand and
that the design hasn’t proven itself able to block the wake the
The added slips has been part of the vision for downtown
redevelopment from the beginning, according to supporters.
I’m assuming most of us are not boaters, so the biggest differences
would be more people walking downtown and a different view over the
Perhaps there are things you think a new marina adds. Or maybe you
have thoughts about the port’s plans. The biggest question asked in
the near future will be how to pay for it. The port could bond
against existing general funds, or could add a six-year tax that
would almost double the amount of property tax going to the port
while it’s paying off the debt.
I’ll be paying close attention to the port’s ongoing
If those with the plans have their way, we’ll be able to walk
from downtown Bremerton to Evergreen-Rotary Park over the water on
planks obscuring a sewer main underneath. (See the story.)
(Bremerton Utility Managing Engineer Thomas) Knuckey explained
the boardwalk, which would most often be used by joggers, wildlife
watchers and strollers, would also allow city employees to access
the sewer main that runs along the shoreline on the western side of
Port Washington Narrows.
The city is looking for grant money to get the plan designed,
which Knuckey said would then help the city get more grant money to
actually build the boardwalk and sewer.
Adam Brockus wrote us to say he’ll stay on the council and that
he’s received an outpouring of empathy over “the difficulty of
dealing with a member of a family who refuses to get the
professional medical treatment they need.” Check the Kitsap Sun for updates.
Adam Brockus, Bremerton City
charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a law enforcement
officer. The other charges police had originally suggested were not
part of the county prosecutor’s list Thursday.
Brockus issued a written statement Thursday. The text is below.
accused murderer got convicted. We were waiting for the outcome
The mayor, the judge and four City Council members were
sworn in. That one was scheduled.
Cecil McConnell was elected council president. We knew someone was
going to get picked.
A new City Councilman was
arrested. This was out of the blue.
continues to redefine itself, downtown and in the neighborhoods, my
job will be to cover what’s happening. That means covering the
city government, the
businesses and the people. You’ll also find news about the county’s
two housing authorities — the Kitsap and Bremerton versions.
Prior to my assignment here, I covered Bainbridge Island for three
years, combining that coverage with North Kitsap
during the first year. Now it’s my turn to fill the big shoes left
behind by Eric Williams.
Prior to joining the Kitsap
Sun I was a business reporter for The Columbian in Vancouver, Wash. I
also covered city government and higher education for The Daily Herald in Provo, Utah.
In the more distant past I wrote freelance for different news
organizations and worked full time for a computer publication.
Feel free to send me your questions, comments and complaints. Some
of the best story ideas will no doubt come from you.