The in basket: Scot Harper writes, “I have a fire zone striping
question and one about street lights.
“ We live in the new housing development off of Anderson
Hill Road (near Gorst). In the last couple of weeks a red painted
curb appeared on the new section of road in the development. This
was expected as the streets are narrow and all the existing streets
have a fire zone on one side.
“What was surprising was the side of street it was painted
on. The new section of street loops and connects two sections
of Maritime Drive. So the side the new fire zone is on makes
no sense for several reasons.
– All the fire hydrants are on the outside side of the loop
– The inside only has three houses on the street on the south
end and a park on the north side.
– With the fire lane on the inside there is no extra parking for
anybody on the loop or people at the park
“So who decides what side of street the fire lane is on, and who
can we talk to about changing it?
“The other question is how does the county (I am assuming)
decide if an intersection needs a street light? The
intersection of Anderson Hill Road and Old Clifton Road could
definitely use one now that there are 100-plus new houses down
Anderson Hill Road and 200-plus more coming in the next two
The out basket: Bremerton Fire Marshall Mike Six says he made
the call on the striping.
“I directed the contractors where to place the fire lane.
Placement of fire lanes, which are required in this case, is at the
sole direction of the fire marshal. The decision was based on
firefighting tactics and the direction the fire crews would be
“My understanding is the parking requirement is satisfied and
street parking is not generally considered as parking is not
considered part of that requirement.”
Derek Skanes of the city added that the fire lane requirement is
a section of the International Building Code adopted by the City of
“The real issue may be the scarcity of on-street parking and
elimination of potential parking in narrow lots with front yard
driveways,” he added.
The street light question is for the city of Port Orchard, where
Public Works Director Mark Dorsey says, “The city is currently
designing a roundabout at Anderson Hill Road /Old Clifton
Road…….illumination will be included. The construction
timeline is uncertain.”
In the meantime, the city is working with Puget Sound Energy to
get a light mounted on one of the three utility poles near the