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One SKIA Decision Down

January 9th, 2009 by Steven Gardner

The Washington State Boundary Review Board decided Thursday night to allow Bremerton’s annexation of the smaller part of SKIA to stand as requested. Port Orchard’s mayor, Lary Coppola, said the news was good for his city, because it doesn’t preclude Port Orchard from being the sewer service provider in the future.

In Bremerton, meanwhile, a planner for the city characterized the board’s decision as saying the board is not the place to determine how sewer will happen.

I’ll have more later, and Port Orchard’s press release and the Bremerton e-mail follow the “more” button below.

From Port Orchard:

PRESS RELEASE
BREMERTON DENIED EXCLUSIVE SEWER SERVICE TO SKIA

The Kitsap County Boundary Review Board (BRB) met on Thursday, Jan. 8. and issued a decision regarding the SKIA North annexation request by the City of Bremerton. The Boundary Review Board had conducted a public hearing on the SKIA North annexation on Dec. 19, 2008, accepting testimony from both the City of Bremerton, and the City of Port Orchard, as well as interested property owners.

The Board determined at the Thursday night meeting that the City of Port Orchard did have standing in the matter and referenced in its findings both the 2003 Inter-local agreement with the Port of Bremerton, and the 1998 Memorandum of Understanding between Kitsap County, Port Orchard, the City of Bremerton, and the Port of Bremerton.

The Board noted in its decision that it was premature to declare Bremerton the sole provider of sewer service to the area, since neither Bremerton, nor the City of Port Orchard, had completed a sewer plan for SKIA that has received the necessary Department of Ecology approval. The Boundary Review Board also strongly recommended that the parties come to a resolution of the sewer service provision issues independently of the BRB, and that it would support the annexation, but would not prejudice a decision regarding the sewer service to the area that would exclusively benefit the City of Bremerton.

Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola stated he agreed with the BRB’s decision, and is extremely pleased with its decision not to exclude the City from providing sewer service to SKIA. “The BRB’s decision reinforced Port Orchard’s long-held position that negotiation is preferable to litigation, and that the best course of action for SKIA is to negotiate the issues regarding sewer provision, so we can find a win-win solution for everyone.”

From Bremerton:

From: Lindsey Sehmel
Sent: Friday, January 09, 2009 9:36 AM
To: City Council
Cc: Andrea Spencer; Roger Lubovich; Thelma Swem; Phil Williams; Ned Lever; Cary Bozeman
Subject: SKIA North Annexation – BRB Decision

Council Members,

Last night the Kitsap County Boundary Review Board held their deliberations on the SKIA North Annexation. After a few minutes of discussion the Board made their decision to approve the annexation as presented by the City of Bremerton. They acknowledged that Port Orchard has shown interest in being the future sewer service provider in the SKIA area, however they suggested to Port Orchard that this issue be worked out among the parties interested, reinstating that the Boundary Review Board is not the forum for this conversation.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the meeting last night.

Respectfully,
Lindsey Sehmel
Planner I
City of Bremerton – Community Development

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3 Responses to “One SKIA Decision Down”

  1. Speaking of South Kitsap » Blog Archive » SKIA Annexation Part One Says:

    [...] at the Caucus blog we’ve got a little ditty about SKIA anexation. You might not be surprised to hear that I’m seeing slightly different characterizations from [...]

  2. The Bremerton Beat » Blog Archive » Bremerton, You’ve Got (Part of) SKIA Says:

    [...] at the Caucus blog we’ve got a little ditty about SKIA anexation. You might not be surprised to hear that I’m seeing slightly different characterizations from [...]

  3. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    Lindsey Sehmel
    Planner I
    City of Bremerton – Community Development

    The only comment I have is thanks for your tasteful, understated and simple rendering of the decision.
    Lindsey, you deserve a raise…Bremerton is lucky to have you.
    Sharon O’Hara

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