Peninsular Thinking A conversation about Bremerton, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Manchester, Seabeck, Southworth, Suquamish, Belfair, Keyport, Olalla, Bangor, Hansville, Indianola, Port Gamble, Allyn, Port Ludlow, Gig Harbor and every once in a while something about the good folks who don't have the good fortune to live here.
Olumide Ogunubi, a Lagos State firefighter, died
Saturday during a “deep well rescue,” Wright said in an email.
Ogunubi was one of 90 Nigerian firefighters who
Wright and several regional firefighters trained through Targhee
“Nigerian firefighters face risks and challenges that are hard
to fathom for those in the West,” Wright said. “We send our
thoughts and prayers to the Lagos State Fire Service family and the
family of firefighter Olumide.”
Olumide was assigned to the Ikotun station in Lagos
There will be quite a few more spots to sit back, relax and
enjoy the view at Poulsbo’s waterfront park next month.
The city is installing 10 new benches between the
Austin-Kvelstad Pavilion and the parking lot. The metal benches
will be similar to the blue benches at the park, although the new
ones will be dark brown to match the pavilion, said Mary McCluskey,
Workers plan to pour concrete Thursday, and all the benches will
be done by the end of April.
Fest, one of the city’s largest event, is in mid-May.
Questions and discussions centered around parking and traffic
concerns during a neighborhood meeting last Wednesday evening about
a proposed assisted living development in Poulsbo.
“It’s the project that will create the least amount of traffic
and parking problems that you can put on the site,” Co-developer
David Smith told about 30 people at the meeting.
The facility, known as Poulsbo Place II, would
have underground parking to provide enough space for
residents, guests and employees at the assisted living facility, he
There would be 40 parking stalls under the facility along Third
Avenue, with another 52 stalls at the corner of Third Avenue and
Iverson Street. There is the possibility of an expansion above the
52 parking stalls.
There also would be four handicapped parking spots by the main
entrance of the building, although the area would be mainly for
picking up and dropping off residents.
The north end of the development along Sunset Street would have
three stories with retail on the ground level. A majority of the
parking would be unground along the Third Avenue.
Although the Third Avenue buildings would have three-stories,
including parking on the lower level, it would appear to be
two-stories from Sunset Street, said Ian Andersen, a Rice Fergus
Miller architect working on the project.
While residents had questions about traffic and parking, only
one spoke out in favor of leaving the property undeveloped or
developing a building that would have even less impact on traffic,
such as a church, she said.
The property — 2.2 acres of grass and blackberry bushes with no
trees — is assessed at $183,700.
Smith compared available parking and traffic of the proposed
project to the existing Liberty Shores Senior Living in Poulsbo
where his mother-in-law was.
Liberty Shores has 102 units, and Poulsbo Place II would have
100 units, fewer than a dozen of those being two-person units.
“It works great except on Christmas and Thanksgiving,” Smith
said about Liberty Shores. “Other than that, I’ve always had
Most of the traffic at the proposed facility would be during a
change shift for employees at the facility.
Drivers would enter underground parking near the curve on Sunset
and Third Avenue, and exit on Iverson Street. Drivers can only
enter and exit via right turns.
There will be an elevator, along with emergency stairs in the
parking garage area.
Dumpster for the facility will be in the garage area and set out
for a few hours for pickup on trash day.
The residents also would be “captive customers” that would help
support nearby businesses and downtown Poulsbo just a couple blocks
away, Smith said.
When one woman questioned whether residents would actually get
out and about, Smith said that he often went on walks with his
mother-in-law around Liberty Shores and they would go out eating or
shopping about once a week.
Developers are still negotiating with Martha & Mary
— which runs a nursing home in Poulsbo — to manage the
assisted living facility, Smith said.
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.”
Before the Poulsbo City Council voted to
ban marijuana related businesses and collective medical marijuana
gardens Wednesday night, several council members and area
residents voiced concerns about public safety.
Councilwoman Connie Lord said she was “appalled” to learn that
home-based day cares would not require 1,000 feet buffer for
marijuana businesses, a topic
Chris Henry reported on earlier this week.
State regulations require marijuana businesses be at least 1,000
feet from certain areas:
— Elementary schools or secondary schools.
— Recreation centers or facilities.
— Public parks.
— Public transit centers.
— Game arcades.
— Child care centers.
In early March, the Liquor Control Board clarified that “child care
centers,” as defined under state law, did not include “licensed
family home child care,” where “care is provided for twelve or
fewer children in the family living quarters where the licensee
Susan Ogilvie, a Poulsbo resident, said she was in the second phase
of completing her home-based day care center that would be nearby
the light industrial zone area of Viking Way where marijuana
businesses would be allowed.
She asked the council not to approve a permanent marijuana
ordinance, because of a nearby the Viking Way area zoned for
marijuana businesses. Although there is a 1,000 feet buffer applied
to the park where marijuana businesses would not be allowed,
Ogilvie argued that many children ride their bikes through the area
to get to the park.
Ogilvie also spoke out against marijuana related businesses in
Poulsbo at the planning commission’s public hearing last month as
the city moved forward with a permanent ordinance for marijuana
commission voted to send the permanent ordinance to the City
Council for Monday’s hearing.
In February, the council voted to extend the interim marijuana
ordinance for six months.
If the council had decided not to act or voted down the ordinance
Monday night, the current interim regulations would have expired in
The online publication citiesjournal.com has taken a David
Letterman approach to the “top small cities” in Washington State.
ranks 6th in the journal’s list of 14 (not Letterman’s 10), as
noted on Facebook by PO locals Matt Carter and Todd Penland.
And look at us go. Port Orchard, with its maritime ties and
eclectic downtown mix of eateries, boutiques and salons (hair,
tattoo, piercing) beat out Poulsbo, with its Nordic theme, a
longtime solid formula for that town.
“As stated on its website,
Poulsbo has a completely unique and different history from its
neighboring communities. Unlike other small towns and cities in the
local area, this small city was founded by Norwegian settlers,”
Poulsbo came in 12 of 14, ahead of Moses Lake and Chelan.
Beating out Port Orchard, in slots five through numero uno, were
Bellingham, Sequim, Oak Harbor, Hoquiam and Friday Harbor. Nothing
against Hoquiam, but, really? (The article cites the city’s low
taxes related to depressed values on its “nice but old” homes.)
Poulsbo, the journal continues, “may not have a great deal to
offer when it comes to ultra-modern and latest conveniences, but it
does enjoy a close community that values friendship and a rich
cultural heritage. People who place greater priority on these
aspects than what modern society has to offer will find Poulsbo the
ideal place to live.”
The next time you’re in Poulsbo, look for that horse and
I’m figuring the author who wrote about
Pullman is a Cougar. The entry on this city, which ranked 9th,
reads, “Pullman has so much going for it that it is hard to know
where to start.”
Port Orchard is described thus, “The city is blessed with an
abundance of marinas filled with boats of all shapes and sizes
which provide comfortable accommodations for visitors to stay. The
downtown area offers fine dining, shopping, and cultural sites to
Too bad they illustrated the article not with a picture of the
marina but of the Kitsap County Courthouse … on a cloudy day. The
courthouse, and in fact the whole county campus, is fine and all
and very much part of the city. But PO, we can do better. They
should have checked in the day we posted all those rainbow
pictures. Oh, my God!
“Port Orchard is but a ferry ride away from Seattle and
Bremerton,” the journal continues, “making excursions to the area
quite accessible for those wanting to escape …”
Oh wait, there’s more, ” … “for a day or entire weekend.”
“Port Orchard residents are also quite proud of their military
heritage as perceived by the nearby Puget Sound Naval
We won’t tell them the shipyard is in Bremerton, which
apparently is too big to be considered for the Top Small Cities
list. And yes, we all are proud of our military.
Silverdale was not mentioned on the list of Top 10 Cities that
Do Not Exist.
The citiesjournal.com is big on lists. It’s got rankings for
other states, and informational pieces on cities nationwide and
worldwide. The journal covers a wide range of topics, including
“Top 11 Most Haunted Cities,” “13 Best Cities with the Word ‘City’
in Them,” and “Top
12 Cities Aliens Should Colonize.” Detroit tops the list.