Spotlight on Manette

The Seattle Times editorial page staff was highly complimentary of Manette Neighbors, who are willing to tax themselves to keep a former reservoir as some sort of park.

The best neighborhoods are distinguished by more than an address or location. The best neighborhoods are defined by a caring community spirit. Such a spirit is alive in Bremerton’s Manette neighborhood, where a group of residents want to buy a former reservoir from the city and turn it into a park.

The other big news in Manette was the first church service at the New Life Assembly. The church bought the former Manette School property, which some of the same people saving the park were instrumental in stopping from becoming condos. Getting the church service Christmas Eve took some doing.

Church leaders had not planned on unwrapping this gift so early, but the Internal Revenue Service said they had to have at least one service in their new building before the end of the year to qualify for tax-exempt status next year. It took a bureaucratic miracle to make the deadline. The aging school, built in the 1940s, does not have a sprinkler system. But Bremerton city officials agreed to accelerate the temporary permitting process so that the church could make its IRS deadline.

One thought on “Spotlight on Manette

  1. Well, of course.
    The Manette Park, the church service… acomplished when local government works WITH the community to enhanse its area of responsibility to the whole.
    Common sense good government seems to be alive and well right here in Bremerton.

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