Blogging from the County Commission Meeting

You’ve got folks complaining about speed bumps, with a final counterpoint argument from Commissioner Steve Bauer. North Kitsap sounds like it’s adopting some of the political rivalry personalities of North Mason.

One man asks why not put the entire county into one port district.

One woman may be intent on seeing new ordinances in the county that would stem the possibly growing tide of baristas in pasties.

A couple of property owners think the Hearing Examiner done them wrong. One gets rebuffed. The other will have to wait until next month.

Read the play-by-play below.

These posts are being offered quickly and probably with spelling and grammar errors intact, kind of like my regular posts.

6:59 p.m.: Got here with a minute to spare and despite the presence of about 30 people and two of the three commissioners, the room is dead quiet. I wondered if I’d interrupted a moment of silence.

7 p.m.: Jan Angel says they’re waiting for the TV crews to be ready.

7:01 p.m.: The pledge, then employees of the month.

7:05 p.m.: Jan Angel says it’s time to honor Dave Dixon, a county public works (wastewater) employee of whom she said, “I have never heard a complaint or bad word about Dave Dixon’s work.” Dang. I can’t compete with that.

7:12 p.m.: March is going to be Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month.

7:18 p.m.: Public comment. (I probably can’t vouch for the spelling of anyone’s name, here.)

John Wiggenstein talks of the county’s installations of speed bumps around Hansville. He has signatures from 632 people who want the bumps removed. He said commissioners were misled into thinking there was broad public support for them and that there was a good public process. Not true, he said. Said a small group got them in. Requesting the commissioners , “Fix your mistake, get rid of the bumps,” he said.

7:22 p.m.: Robert Austin says the residents who live in the Port of Bremerton district are carrying the load for those who don’t. Why should someone barely able to pay their mortgage pay 77 cents in Bremerton while millionaires on Bainbridge Island pay nothing. Mentions “Port of Kitsap, if you will.”

7:26 p.m.: Richard ????? against speed bumps. Said bumps are bad for vehicles and emergency vehicles.

7:29 p.m.: (Didn’t catch her name) She’s against the speed bumps. Found no articles prior to the May meeting about the speed bumps. People were not given enough information about what committee that came up with speed bumps was planning to do.

7:32 p.m: Jerry Carney, “I really didn’t see the problem . . . Some people speed. Some people tailgate.” Didn’t see the need before the speedbumps came in. Hansville is a very involved community, thinks part of Hansville advisory committee been hijacked by a small interest group.

7:35 p.m.: Appointments of Annie Humiston and Shane Phillips to the Transportation Planning Advisory Committee representing North Kitsap and Jane Bedinger to the Southworth Ferry Advisory Committee representing South Kitsap.

7:38 p.m.: Closed Record Hearing to consider an appeal by Desmond Policani of the Hearing Examiner’s decision to deny the request for a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit (Beach at Driftwood Cove) to allow improvement of an existing 2,200 foot long access road.

He wants to build a 780 foot long spur road to improve access to nine undeveloped residential lots. They’re within a Conservancy Shoreline Designation.

A closed record hearing doesn’t allow for additional — new — information from opponents tonight.

Jan Angel said she went through the record and said she’s familiar with the area. She lays out how commissioners would overturn the HE’s decision. It would have to be an illegal or pretty clearly wrong on legal and constitutional grounds. Angel said “I find that none of these appeal items have been met.” Moved to keep the decision as handed down. Bauer agreed.

7:53 p.m.: Another closed record hearing — an appeal filed by David Horton, attorney representing Bruce Pineo/Skyline West Enterprises, Inc. of the Hearing Examiner’s decision to deny the request for appeal of the Department of Community Development Determination that a drainage ditch on the subject property is a Type “Ns” stream. The county denied Pineo’s site development activity permit to fill in and grade the stream. The property is in Central Kitsap.

Steve Bauer said the property being in CK, commissioner Josh Brown asked that the decision be held until he returns. (He’s in Washington, D.C.) He’ll watch the tape.

Pineo’s attorney, David Horton, said the hearing examiner erred in leaping from legal language that says it “may” have been a stream to it “is” a stream. A Dept. of Fish & Wildlife official once said in an E-mail that it was a stream. Why? “It’s a stream because they say it’s a stream.” He said under Washington Administrative Code, the area doesn’t meet the definition of a stream.

8:02 p.m.: Jan Angel moves to delay decision until March 10. Bauer seconds. Approved.

8:03 p.m.: More public comment: Doug Liebrant said small group of people shouldn’t be making road decisions. (Hansville speed bumps) He lays the blame heavily at former commissioner Chris Endresen.

8:06 p.m.: John Hostvedt. He thanks Jan Angel for being most responsive commissioner. He started Web site: to look at speedbump issue. He lists a host of steps that weren’t taken before getting them in.

8:09 p.m.: Elizabeth Barnes talking about near topless espresso stand. She’s a bit embarrassed by the topic. Talks “When this nipple is covered it therefore meets the guideline.” Lots of places have employees in negligees. This takes it to next level. “If we can’t enforce an existing law then we need to start looking at an ordinance, a decency ordinance.” Said there are rumors more places like the one in Gorst are coming.

8:12 p.m.: Hugh Tucker said he’s concerned speed bumps will make emergency vehicles slower to respond if he needs them.

8:15 p.m.: David Peterson said Gamblewood housing development should have priority over new commercial development. Wants a stop work permit for a fuel depot and is opposed to other commercial changes that would threaten Gamblewood’s rural atmosphere. He implied county is going against Jan Angel’s decision. She said she’s not been involved since decision long ago, but does want county to respond better when he and others call the county.

Steve Bauer calls Peterson a “tremendous asset for your community,” and is frustrated to hear that county has not responded well to Peterson’s concerns.

8:25 p.m.: Jan Angel calls for volunteers for county committees. Transportation, water, ferries, available. She praised the Salad Bowl.

(I ran out to talk briefly with Elizabeth Barnes and missed Steve Bauer’s report. He gave me the rundown afterward.)

Bauer was part of the process in which the speed “tables” were installed. They’re speed tables, not speed bumps. Speed tables are designed to let you travel over them at the posted speed limits. He disputed the public safety element, saying Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer and North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Chief Dan Smith were in favor of them. He said he has a stack of news stories that were written about them. There were public meetings, two of which were attended by about 100 people.

He also said some of the tactics that have been employed in the community have seemed to be meant to intimidate people. Someone posted a “Wanted” poster on a stop sign near his home. The face on the poster was his. Those who led the committee have had arrows posted pointing to their homes.

This could be worth a follow-up, don’t you think?

It’s 8:56 p.m., and it’s dark in the chambers. Hope you enjoyed round two of this little endeavor.

One thought on “Blogging from the County Commission Meeting

  1. So what was Josh Brown doing in DC?

    I know Gregoire was there and testified before the US House today but where did Josh go?

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