Port Orchard, Port of Bremerton Confirm Pact for SKIA Sewer

PORT ORCHARD — City of Bremerton staff, including its attorney, sat poker-faced Thursday as elected officials from the port of Bremerton and the city of Port Orchard agreed their pact stood solid naming Port Orchard the sewer provider for the South Kitsap Industrial Area.
They meet in a rare informal session to go over a few items, this topping the list.
But that memorandum of intent was signed before SKIA was annexed into the city of Bremerton.
“Suddenly we’re being told, ‘Well, that may not be the case,’ ” Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola said. “Well, we disagree.”
He pointed to the $21 million his city has poured into sewer-system upgrades.
Port representatives agreed the memo still stands.
Coppola added, however, that should the city of Bremerton ever be interested in buying Port Orchard’s interest, his city would be willing to listen.
There wasn’t a peep from Bremerton on Thursday.
SKIA stands undeveloped, empty and unreachable today, until a road leading through it being built by the port is finished.

Port Orchard Garage
The other 800-pound gorilla in the room was Port Orchard’s desire to build a parking garage downtown.
“And we’re looking for funding help,” Coppola told port officials.
The proposed garage today calls for as many as 400 spaces, which proponents hope would make the waterfront more park-like with less parking.
A full range of funding options is being examined and Port Orchard is seeking partners in the project, Coppola told the group.
Port Commissioner Bill Mahan asked Coppola to get more information to the port so its leaders can decide what role the port will play.

Port Orchard Marina Park
The Bremerton port and Port Orchard have circled around and around on how to permanently designate free parking spaces for users of the Port Orchard Marina Park.
Park users compete with Port Orchard Marina users and commuters for the premium waterfront parking now.
Port Commissioner Larry Stokes has been a strong proponent for park users in this squabble. That was certainly the case Thursday as he convinced both sides to agree to find a way to designate 11 parking spaces just for park users.
The group tasked their staffs to come up with recommendations.

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