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Comment on proposed cell tower in Manchester by Wednesday

We are running in tomorrow’s Kitsap Sun a short glance item on a proposed cell phone tower.
Note the location: 6398 Hilldale Ave.
And the deadline: Wednesday.
The company is located in Massachusetts, so I don’t know if it has to be by end of business Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday. I have not yet been successful in getting a call back from anyone who can speak to this project. There apparently will be a county-level permitting process with opportunity for more comment. Hopefully we can more information during that process.

Here’s the glance item:
A cellphone company leasing property at 6398 Hilldale Road is soliciting comments through Wednesday on potential significant impacts of a 156-foot tall “monopole telecommunications” tower proposed on the property.
The new tower will be fitted with standard lighting, and the tower facility will include a 50-by-50-foot lease area and associated easements, along with a 30-foot buffer surrounding the lease area.
American Towers LLC seeks comments on potential impacts of the tower on the quality of the human environment, as required under the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.1307, including potential impacts to historic or cultural resources that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Email American Towers LLC on or before Wednesday at

Vacancy on board of Manchester H2O District

The Manchester Water District is seeking applicants to fill the unexpired term of a commissioner who is moving out of the district and will be ineligible to serve the rest of his term.

Kyle Galpin, who has served on the district’s board since 2000, announced his resignation this month, said Dennis O’Connell, general manager.

Galpin was selected to replace outgoing Commissioner Jacki Masters in July 2000. He was elected to office in 2001, and re-elected in 2003 and 2009.

“In his nearly 14-years of service as commissioner, Kyle helped guide the district through two management changes, critical infrastructure improvements, and an occasional billing dispute,” said O’Connell. “His experience in the water utility industry as an employee of West Sound Utility District made him uniquely qualified to address matters of concern for Manchester Water District, and we’ll miss his expertise, sound judgment, and good humor.”

The other two commissioners and district staff are grateful for Galpin’s service and “wish him the best in his future endeavors,” O’Connell said.

Manchester residents who live within water district boundaries are eligible for appointment to the vacant position. Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Manchester Library and are open to the public.

Letters of interest, due by April 15, should be mailed to board Chairman Steve Pedersen, Manchester Water District, P.O. Box 98, Manchester, WA 98353.

Strategic plan, timeline set for mental-health tax

Up to $3 million from the local mental-health tax will be doled out July 1.

A sales tax of 0.1 percent dedicated for local mental-health services went into effect Jan. 1 after being approved by Kitsap County commissioners in September.

The July deadline is just one of several in the recently released strategic plan from the Kitsap County Behavioral Health Strategic Planning Team. Proposals for projects or programs, aimed at reducing the number of mentally ill juveniles and adults cycle through the criminal justice system and the demand on emergency services, will be accepted from Feb. 20 to April 18 at 3 p.m. Kitsap County County Mental Health, Chemical Dependence and Therapeutic Court Citizens Advisory Board will review the proposals.

The citizens advisory board also is asking for community input on what residents what to see funded by the sales tax via an online survey.

In the 62-page strategic plan, which outlines recommendations for closing service gaps for mentally ill and substance abuse, it says county and surrounding peninsula region had the highest number of mentally ill boarded ever recorded in October 2013.

The plan recommends increasing housing and transportation options, treatment funding and outreach, among other suggestions.


Reporting and responsibilities outlined

The strategic planning team makes recommendations the citizens advisory board and establishes the strategic plan for the mental health tax.

Proposals will be submitted to the citizens advisory board for review. The board will make recommendations for the proposals and funding level to the county commissioners, who ultimately approve the proposals.

The citizen advisory board will annually review projects and programs while receiving input from the strategic team, and report to the director of Kitsap County Human Services, who will present reviews to the county commissioners.


 Meet the team and board

Kitsap County Behavioral Health Strategic Planning Team

  • Al Townsend, Poulsbo Police Chief (Team Co-Chair)
  • Barb Malich, Peninsula Community Health Services
  • Greg Lynch, Olympic Educational Service District 114
  • Joe Roszak, Kitsap Mental Health Services
  • Judge Anna Laurie, Superior Court (Team Co-Chair)
  • Judge Jay Roof, Superior Court
  • Judge James Docter, Bremerton Municipal Court
  • Kurt Wiest, Bremerton Housing Authority
  • Larry Eyer, Kitsap Community Resources
  • Michael Merringer, Kitsap County Juvenile Services
  • Myra Coldius, National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Ned Newlin, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
  • Robin O’Grady, Westsound Treatment Agency
  • Russell D. Hauge, Kitsap County Prosecutor
  • Scott Bosch Harrison, Medical Center
  • Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH Kitsap Public Health
  • Tony Caldwell, Housing Kitsap


Kitsap County Mental Health, Chemical Dependence and Therapeutic Court Citizens Advisory Board

  • Lois Hoell, Peninsula Regional Support Network: 3 year term
  • Jeannie Screws, Kitsap County Substance Abuse Advisory Board: 3 year
  • Aimee DeVaughn, Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth: 3 year
  • Connie Wurm, Area Agency on Aging: 3 year
  • Dave Shurick, Law and Justice: 1 year
  • Walt Bigby, Education: 1 year
  • Carl Olson, At Large Member District 2: 2 year
  • James Pond, At Large Member District 3: 2 year
  • Robert Parker, At Large Member District 2: 2 year
  • Russell Hartman, At Large Member District 3: 2 year
  • Richard Daniels, At Large Member District 1: 1 year

PO police pull crab pots

Last week we heard from Jim Griffis who sent us this picture of Port Orchard Police Department’s patrol boat, with officers on deck pulling crab pots.
Griffis said the officers appeared to be taking photographs of the crabs and gear. He found it “very unusual” since the state Department of Fish & Wildlife has jurisdiction over crabbing regulations.

True, but the police help out as they are needed, according to Chief Geoffrey Marti. The city of Port Orchard has binding agreements with a number of different agencies, including Fish & Wildlife to assist with enforcement. Part of the reason is that grant money used to purchase the boat requires inter-agency cooperation with other jurisdictions.

One such agreement ensures help on the water from Port Orchard to the city of Bremerton, which does not have its own patrol boat. Fish & Wildlife has boats, but wildlife officers can’t be everywhere. Neither can Port Orchard officers, but if they see something illegal, they’re not going to turn a blind eye, Cmdr. Dale Schuster said.

“We’re not going to walk away from a violation that’s right in front of us.” Schuster said.

Schuster said the crabbing enforcement documented by Griffis happened on July 16 (a Tuesday) in Yukon Harbor, according to POPD records. Crabbing in this area is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (as in all of area 10 covering the Seattle/Bremerton region). Other regulations apply. The catch is limited to male crabs of a minimum size (depending on the variety). Gear must meet DFW specifications, and the catch must be recorded.

According to Schuster three illegal pots were pulled; two belonged to the same person. The third belonged to another person.

So the next time you see a law enforcement marine patrol boat checking out crab pots, you can be assured they’re not after a seafood dinner.

Manchester’s answer to the Space Needle

David C. Eddy has an idea that could put Manchester on the map.

As you locals know, the town of Manchester, Wash., is a quiet, little waterfront burgh with a sweeping view of Blake Island and Seattle and the Cascade Mountains. Eddy envisions a rotating restaurant along the lines of Seattle’s Space Needle on Manchester’s waterfront. He calls it “the Space Barge.”

The barge signifies Manchester’s connection to the Navy. As locals know, the Manchester Navy Fuel Depot — also part of the Manchester view — is just down the road. The fuel depot comprises 38 storage tanks with a capacity for 60 million gallons of fuel and 11 miles of pipeline, most of it cleverly hidden under the facility’s hillsides. The fuel depot serves primarily Navy vessels, but also Coast Guard ships and the occasional foreign vessel.

Like the space needle, the barge would rotate 360 degrees its topside beacon light flashing in the night sky, Eddy says.
Space Barge
Eddy, an artist, author and economic philosopher, displayed an oil painting of the Space Barge at a recent art show. The reaction?

“I didn’t really get a whole lot of feedback on it,” he said.

Funding the enterprise is another matter altogether.

“I was thinking because Bill Gates is local, he may be interested in funding a major attraction that would represent the futuristic approach for Microsoft Corporation,” Eddy said. “The Space Barge would also provide a key player in attracting people to the West Sound.”

Eddy is “semi-retired” and owns Manchester Ventures, a catch-all business for his diverse endeavors. Eddy in 1983, published “Earthland,” about economic theory and “the relationship between people, their earth, and the delicate balance that makes life possible.” The book is available at

Eddy said his interest in economics was sparked by a trip to China he made decades ago through the People to People ambassador program founded in 1956 by then-president Dwight D. Eisenhower. He also teaches Tai Chi.

Mr. Gates, the ball is in your court.

Snowplows in July

With weather in the 70s and 80s, sunny with the occasional summer thunderstorm, snow and ice may be the last things on our minds. But when frigid, dark days close in on us, we can take comfort from knowing that four of Kitsap County’s snowplow blades now sport works of art created by local schoolchildren.

Students from Manchester, Brownsville, Green Mountain and Breidablik elementary schools were selected by county public works officials in May from among 14 competing schools to decorate the plow blades. The contest was modeled after similar competitions in other jursidictions around the United States. Teachers  used the art project as a teaching opportunity, according to Anne Giantvalley, a teacher at Manchester Elementary. The students got a field trip to the public works department. They submitted drawings, then the classes involved voted on their favorite designs, which were chosen for transfer to the snow removal equipment. When it came time to paint, the county brought the blank canvass blades to each school.

“Our students learned about design and had to work collaboratively to complete the painting in a limited time in some inclement weather too,” Giantvalley said. “Students also had the opportunity to see the truck bring the blade and unload it – quite fascinating.”

We may not need it now, but tuck this link to the county’s snow removal plan in your bookmark bar for when the snowflakes start to fall. Now, get out and soak up the sun while it’s here.

Oh, THAT big ship …

Observant bunch, those folks in Manchester.

I got an email earlier in the week from Manchester resident Dave Pabst inquiring about a large — make that humongous — cargo ship anchored off Blake Island. Pabst, armed with binoculars and the magic of the Internet, already knew the ship was the Fortune Daisy, 738-foot bulk cargo ship based in Hong Kong.

You may have noticed the ship in photos from today’s Manchester dock replacement story. It’s hard to miss it there in the right of the photo.

Pabst wondered, “With charter rates in excess of $27,000 per day, someone is spending/losing a lot of money keeping this relatively new (built 2011), 738 foot long ship out of service.”

I poked into the ship’s story, using a handy site that Pabst already discovered called, a public site that shows the location of major ships around the world, with links to their specifications. The only thing I have to add to Pabst’s description is that the ship’s most recent port of call was Lianyungang, a major port in China.

I called Lt. Cmdr. Heather St. Pierre of the U.S. Coast Guard, who said the ship was more or less assigned anchorage in Yukon Harbor, as it arrive in the Seattle area earlier in the week, right after a weather pattern that caused large swells in South Puget Sound. St. Pierre did not know if the ship’s miscellaneous cargo was eventually bound for Seattle or Tacoma. She said having ships moored in protected pockets like Yukon Harbor, which is sheltered by Blake Island, is a common practice.

Not only is the surface water off Manchester relatively well protected from wind and waves, but the sea floor composition is such that it offers better “holding ground” or bite for anchors than in other areas, St. Pierre said.

St. Pierre had no other information on the ship, which according to was still there Saturday morning, but she said there’s no cause for alarm.

“There’s definitely nothing nefarious going on with this vessel,” St. Pierre said. “It’s just looking for a safe place to be.”

Well, aren’t we all?

Manchester dock closed Thursday for south dock replacement

Note, 4:10 p.m. Wednesday: Just got word that weather Thursday, with high swells, will prevent installation of the dock, which has been rescheduled to Friday.

The Manchester dock and boat launch facility will be closed Thursday as the Port of Manchester replaces the south dock.
Both the north and south docks will be off limits so crews from Marine Floats of Tacoma have room the maneuver, said Dennis O’Connell the port’s contract administrator. The north dock will reopen Saturday, if all goes well.
Both the north and south docks will be off limits Thursday, as crews from Marine Floats of Tacoma need room the maneuver, said Dennis O’Connell the port’s contract administrator. The north dock will reopen on Friday, and both docks will be open for the weekend, if all goes well.
The port commission approved the contract with Marine Floats in June to replace the deteriorating south dock, installed in 1996. A grant from the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office covered 75 percent of the total cost, $128,954. The port contributed a 25 percent grant match, covered through its property tax levy and boat launch fees.
The port will seek RCO grant funding to replace the north dock in 2013. The north dock was built in 1998.