Brynn Grimley writes:
The big news coming out of yesterday’s Housing Kitsap (formerly Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority) meeting was the agency is looking good financially, compared to this time last year. Read that story here.
Beyond that, everything was cut and dry. Which left me wondering, where was the board discussion about whether the agency should move from Silverdale to Bremerton?
I’m not trying to sound like a broken record, but I’d like to be able to write a story that says the decision was made and the authority is moving to (insert location here).
Executive Director Tony Caldwell did mention the move, but the board had no further comment after his update.
It has been more than 60 days since county commissioners sent a letter to the agency requesting they move out in 60 days. But that letter, besides a mention by Caldwell at the August meeting, has never been discussed by the board. (I should say, the letter has never been publicly discussed by the board in a meeting. I can’t attest to what has been said behind closed doors during an executive session).
As the meeting adjourned, I decided to do my due diligence and ask why the county commissioners had not raised the issue of the move at either of the last two meetings?
Here’s what County Commissioner Josh Brown told me:
“The majority of the board feels there is a possibility of a deal with the city of Bremerton that, at the end of the day, would be the most financially viable option.”
But, the county commissioner’s no. 1 priority remains keeping the agency’s overhead costs down, he said.
OK, but I’m still left wondering what the answer is to the agency’s Shakespearean dilemma: To Move or Not To Move?
In his update during the meeting, Caldwell said he planned to meet with the city of Bremerton later this month. From that meeting he hopes to get a clear direction about the city’s intent for the ground floor office space. Ultimately, does the city want the space or not?
Their response will dictate how the housing authority moves forward.
In the meantime, we wait. Again.