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Poulsbo’s park board will be recommending two of four proposals
for Little Valley Ball Field — a bike track and softball field — to
the City Council.
The board ranked the proposal after every organization presented
Monday night at Poulsbo City Hall where a crowd of residents and
supporters spilled out into the hallway.
“We certainly know this process works,” said Mary McCluskey,
Parks and Recreation Department director. “That was the best part
of it. Know what? We could do this again if we had another piece of
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance West Sound Chapter proposed a
bike pump track, while the Diamond Dusters wanted a “home” softball
field. North Kitsap Little League also wanted to leave the property
as a ball field to use for practice, and Kitsap Children’s Musical
Theater wanted a new facility for rehearsal space.
The board did not discuss why the bike track and softball field
proposals were chosen over children’s theater or the little league
field, although McCluskey said it was likely a combination of
factors, such as timeline, cost, support and the organization’s
While five proposals had originally been submitted to the city,
one — a solar park proposal — was withdrawn at the request of
PIE Inc. owner Pedro Valverde, who told the city via email that
partners for the $1 million project did not come through.
The children’s theater proposal also had changes announced at
Monday’s presentations. The Kitsap Children’s Musical Theater
decided to scale back plans for a $5 million performance and
rehearsal center to a $3.9 million rehearsal only facility.
The project would take about five years to complete fundraising
After the board announced its recommendation, the neighbor who
shares a driveway with the ball field spoke up about concerns with
being able to leave and enter his property, along with preventing
contamination to the shallow wells on his and his father’s property
Maurice “Gene” Foster, who has lived by the park for 55 years,
told the board he did not want to favor any one proposal, although
he wanted the board and the city to consider his comments.
“I really support the children of this community,” he said. “I
built that field. I built that driveway. Every time we have asked
the teams to keep the driveway vacant, I’ve had to weave around
cars and ask people to move.”
Poulsbo City Council will consider the parks board
recommendation, although council members will review all four
The final proposal must meet building code and environmental
standards, McCluskey said.
The bus makes a full loop around town about every 30 minutes,
giving riders access to the Doctors Clinic and Group Health, the
Poulsbo library branch, Hostmark Apartments, downtown, Olympic
College, WalMart, Central Market and the NK Medical Center.
Poulsbo has three bus routes running Monday through
Kitsap Transit buses do not operate on Sunday anywhere in Kitsap
Poulsbo City Council
will interview four candidates and appoint a new member Wednesday
night to Linda Berry-Maraist’s vacant seat.
Berry-Maraist announced her resignation at the end of last year
to focus on family and starting her career back up. Her term did
not end until December 2015, along with three other council
Boone Eidsmoe, Hunter McIntosh, Kenneth Thomas and Shane Skelley
are vying for the seat.
Each candidates said they would like to run for election in
Council members serve four-year terms and earn $6,000 a
Eidsmoe, a recent graduate of North Kitsap High School, is a
sale associate at Dahlquist Fine Jewelry in Poulsbo. During his
time at North Kitsap High he was the drama president where he
helped budget for projects and productions, his application
Eidsmoe also is the youngest Poulsbo Lion’s Club member, joining
last year. His volunteer work includes helping rebuild trails
around Raab Park.
His three highest priorities for the city would be dealing with
the issue of drugs and homelessness, along with bringing more
businesses to Viking Way.
McIntosh is the managing director with The Boat Company where he
has worked since 2000, with a two-year stint in computer
communications from 2006 to 2008. The Boat Company is a “nonprofit
educational organization offering luxury eco-cruises through
Southeast Alaska,” according to its website.
McIntosh’s career has been spent working with environmental
policy for nonprofits, his application says.
His earned his bachelor’s degree in political science,
communication and marketing from Sacred Heart University in
Connecticut in 1999.
McIntosh has lived in Poulsbo for two years, and half of his
community involvement is in Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington,
D.C. He served on the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, the
Environmental Policy Commission and the Youth Policy
His three highest priorities would be redeveloping Viking
Avenue, create a “college town” with Olympic College and strengthen
the city’s position as a destination local via water access.
Thomas bought a Poulsbo home in 2009, before becoming a
full-time resident there in 2012.
He is a retired Naval officer, working with the Navy for about
20 years and was most recently responsible for a maintenance
training program in the Puget Sound region last year.
Previously he taught high school and middle school in Arizona
from 2001 to 2005, after working with the Navy since 1982.
He also served as an elected Goodyear City Councilman in Arizona
from 1977 to 1979.
Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at
Arizona State University in 1991 and a master’s in secondary
education from the same university in 1997. He also earned a
bachelor’s in history at Regents College in New York in 1991, and
“completed graduate-level courses in public administration,” which
was taught by city managers, his application says.
His top three priorities as councilman would be preparing the
city for review of its urban growth areas in 2016, ensuring public
safety with a well staffed and trained police department, and
maintaining Poulsbo’s quality of life and character..
Skelley is a general contractor and owner of Skelley Works LLC
in Poulsbo, which he started in 1998.
His company does bid on public works projects, his application
said, and it has helped with city projects, including the
educational amphitheater at Fish Park.
Skelley has lived in Poulsbo seven years, graduated from North
Kitsap High School in 1993 and attended Clatsop Community College
in Oregon from 1993-1995.
He was a member of the Poulsbo Planning Commission and Port of
Poulsbo Citizen advisory board. He is currently a member of the
Poulsbo Rotary Club and Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce.
Skelley’s top three priorities would be “keeping ahead of new
storm regulations,” establish stormwater fee incentives for
commercial and residential property owners to reduce impervious
surfaces, and help streamline permitting processes, “especially
when it relates to habitat restorations and projects involving non
profits,” according to Skelley’s application.
Technology has made Poulsbo’s Community Police Advisory Board
obsolete, leading to the City Council disbanding it.
The board was established in 1991 to “ensure quality citizen
input and information exchange concerning police services and
programs,” Police Chief Al Townsend told the City Council Wednesday
Before Twitter, Facebook or even easy access to the internet,
the board members were the connection between the community and
It was not an investigative, watchdog or review board, Townsend
Townsend and the Poulsbo Police communicate directly with
citizens these days using an email newsletter and Townsend’s
Twitter feed, which has nearly 700 followers.
“These new methods of communication reach a considerably wider
audience and supply immediate feedback from both supporters and
critics of the police department,” Townsend said.
The department doesn’t have a Facebook. It’s too trendy for that
“The high schoolers tell me that is old school,” Townsend
replied in a tweet.
The Twitter account is where the department reaches its younger
and “more mobile audience,” he said.
Beyond emails and Twitter, the department has neighborhood
meetings, survey audits for those that contact the police and
individual meetings with citizens.
“I still have meetings with people in our community routinely. I
had one this morning at 8, another one at 1:30,” Townsend said
Wednesday. “We are still reaching out. We’re still doing the
one-on-one conversations with people, but now we have new methods
to reach a much wider audience.”
While online communication grows, the department was struggling
to fill the nine board seats and had only seven members.
“People’s schedules have changed over the years,” Townsend said
before noting evening meetings are difficult for residents to
routinely make, pointing to the small audience of four at the
Mayor Becky Erickson also noted that when the board first formed
there were no City Council committees, which now include a public
safety committee chaired by Councilwoman Connie Lord.
“We’ve really multiplied ways we do outreach to our community,”
Lord said that with current technology and outreach programs the
Community Police Advisory Board’s time has “come and gone.”
Firefighters from Kitsap County and across the country, ran, jogged
and sometimes leaned against walls on their way up 69 flights and
1,311 steps in full firefighting gear, including oxygen tanks and
breathing equipment, Sunday during Seattle’s annual Scott
Firefighter Stairclimb, a fundraiser for the Leukemia &
CKFR firefighter’s eight-man team has raised more
money than any other Kitsap area team with $16,036.13, beating its
CKFR also has placed in the top 10 fundraising teams
“Now we really set the bar too high,” joked
firefighter Ryan Orseth, CKFR team captain.
Orseth himself made an impressive fundraising push. He
was $403.95 short of making the list for the top 10 individual
fundraisers. He raised a total of $5,201.05.
Although firefighters are done racing stairs in
downtown Seattle’s Columbia Center, the second tallest building
west of the Mississippi, they can accept donations until the end of
So far, 1,800 firefighters from more than 300
departments have raised about $1.55 million.
Last year, the event raised $1.44 million with the
help of 1,500 firefighters from 282 departments.
While every Kitsap area fire district and department
participated in the event, not everyone is as closely connected
with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as the North Kitsap Fire
and Rescue is.
The district lost one of its own firefighters to
leukemia on March 8, 1997, according to NKFR spokesperson Michele
Tom Kenyon died at age 33, leaving behind his wife and
six-month-old daughter, who is now a high school senior.
The stairclimb has always been close to and sometimes
on the anniversary of Kenyon’s death, Laboda said.
This year, NKFR’s four-man team has raised $2,128,
just a few hundred shy of it’s $2,500 goal.
Besides the gratification of fundraising for a noble
cause, there also is a little pride in how quickly individuals and
teams climb the stairs.
Each team can have any number of participants, but
team times are calculated from the top three fastest times.
CKFR’s team time was 1 hour, 5 minutes and 30 seconds,
while the North Mason Fire Authority had the fastest time for
Kitsap area districts, finishing in 49:09.
The average firefighter takes 20 to 30 minutes to run
up 69 flights of stairs, according to the event website.
Only firefighters are allowed to climb in the
This year’s fastest time was 11:03 by 32-year-old
Missoula, Mont., firefighter Andrew Drobeck.
CKFR is looking at improving fundraising, not speed,
Orseth said he would like to see CKFR on the top 10
This year’s top fundraisers ranged from $22,318 to
To compete, Orseth suggested pooling Kitsap County’s
resources to create a countywide team.
And he has already started campaigning for next year’s
climbers, asking CKFR commissioners to consider joining the