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Bainbridge has the electric cars, Port Orchard will have the chargers

The city of Port Orchard is moving ahead with plans to install electric vehicle charging stations in its downtown.

Meanwhile on Bainbridge, where over half of the county’s 22 registered electric vehicles are parked, similar plans have stalled.

Bainbridge City Engineer Chris Wierzbicki says designs for the downsized and delayed Winslow Way project include pre-wiring for charging stations, but that the city lacks funding to install them.

Read more about Port Orchard’s efforts to support EV technology HERE, in South Kitsap reporter Chris Henry’s story.

Port Orchard taking over police patrols on Bainbridge?

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Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola said he’d be willing to have his police replace the Bainbridge Island Police Department – as long as there’s a profit for P.O.

As police reporter Josh Farley noted in his blog, Coppola floated the idea at a recent Port Orchard planning meeting after hearing rumblings on B.I. that the city may cut its police department to save money.

“We wouldn’t do it unless we were going to make extra money,” Coppola said.

Coppola said P.O. Police Chief Al Townsend “seems to think we can do it.”

Port Orchard may import their police force via boat, which is a much quicker way of getting to BI than driving all the way up to North Kitsap to cross the bridge.

The notion of Bainbridge renting out Port Orchard cops hasn’t yet reached the stage of formal discussions, but Coppola said he plans to bring the issue up with Bainbridge Mayor Darlene Kordonowy in the near future.