Monthly Archives: July 2009

What’ja Want For That?

I was at the chiropractor the other week and was interested to hear my provider say she was trading her services for tennis lessons.

I haven’t checked Craiglist or other sources, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if, given the economy, the fine art of bartering isn’t seeing a bit of a revival here in Kitsap County.

According to an article in USA Today, bartering, common in the 19th Century and earlier, is definitely making a come-back.

From the article, written in February:

“Barter “absolutely thrives in bad times,” says Roger Staiger, a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s business school. Last month, a Denver developer asked Staiger for help restructuring a loan. Lacking cash, he gave Staiger a Colorado ski trip, and the developer’s wife is designing his Web page.

“This is part of the underground economy that does not contribute to the GDP (gross domestic product), but it absolutely contributes to helping people and fostering trade,” he says.

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Then there was the guy who began trading a paper clip for a fish-shaped pen, and, through bartering on the Internet, ended up with a house.

While bartering appears to fall outside the Economy (note the capital “E”), the Internal Revenue Service wants its cut.  A plumber who trades with a dentist for services, for example, must report the fair market value of said services.

“Generally, you report this income on Form 1040, Schedule C (PDF), Profit or Loss from Business. If you failed to report this income, correct your return by filing a Form 1040X. Refer to Topic 308 for Amended Return information.”

The IRS article talks about barter clubs and bartering on the Internet. Regarding the latter, the article says, “If you exchanged property or services through a barter exchange (on the Internet), you should receive a Form 1099-B (PDF), Proceeds From Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions. The IRS also will receive the same information.”

I am curious about bartering:

Have you bartered for goods or services? Has your bartering activity increased with the recession? What sources, including the Internet, do you use to make connections? Regarding the quote about not contributing to the gross domestic product, how – if at all – do you think bartering helps the local economy? Do you have any advice for people who are new to bartering?

Thanks for your thoughts. CTH

P.S. What does this have to do with South Kitsap? My chiropractor is in SK.

Kitsap Commissioners to Consider Sewers & “the Laughter of Children”

Two public hearings of note on Monday’s agenda for the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners.

1. The board will hear an appeal by the Farmhouse Montessori School in South Kitsap of the county hearing examiner’s denial for a special permit that would allow the school/day care to operate in a rural neighborhood.

2. The Board of Commissioners also will take up the issue of whether to form a Local Improvement District to extend a sewer line along Colchester Drive in Manchester.

Farmhouse Montessori

Kitsap County planners recommended approval of the school’s permit request, but when the project reached the Hearing Examiner Ted Hunter, several nearby residents said they weren’t too keen on the proposal, especially considering the extra traffic, noise and potential damage to the environment.
Hunter denied the permit, saying the use would be detrimental to the surrounding property owners.

“Educating children is an admirable profession and laudable goal,” Hunter wrote in his findings. “Montessori schools offer a unique perspective on the educational process and can provide a valuable service to the community. (But) noise generated by laughter and screaming of young children during outdoor playtime and by up to 84 vehicle trips to and from the property would be materially detrimental to single-family residential properties in the immediate vicinity.”

Manchester Sewer LID 9

The Board of commissioners deferred a decision on the matter, after testy testimony from area residents, who questioned the accuracy of the costs and the process by which LID boundaries were drawn.

Ron Rada, chairman of the Manchester Community Council’s sewer committee, is spearheading the LID process. After the previous meeting in June, he submitted to the board a detailed response to questions raised during the hearing.

Among other questions, Rada addresses a concern about LID boundaries raised by Kitsap County Assessor Jim Avery, a Manchester resident. Avery asked why some properties between the previously formed LID 8 and the proposed LID 9 were not required to be part of either district. Avery said it was unfair to other residents that these folks weren’t obliged to pay their share of the cost.

Rada, in his letter, explained that some property owners joined LID 8 as latecomers, a move approved by the board. The latecomers and those who didn’t want to hook up to the sewer form a patchwork of properties between LID 8 and 9, some with sewer service, some without.

The committee couldn’t legally require the unsewered properties to be part of LID 9, Rada explained, because the sewer line had already been extended to accommodate the latecomers in LID 8. The law permits LID boundaries to include only properties without current access to sewer. When and if the septic on the properties in LID no-man’s-land fail, they will be required to either fix them or hook up to the sewer, Rada said.

Rada also sent me an article by John Carpita, a public works consultant, explaining how local utility districts are formed . The title of the article, “Are We Having Fun Yet?” hints at the complexity of the process, but Carpita spells it out in his introduction, saying, “LIDs are more fun than root canals without novocaine, a three-month visit from your in-laws, balancing city budgets… (with) a reputation as difficult to administer, time consuming and a public relations disaster waiting to happen (my emphasis added).”

The article addresses the issue of proportionality of assessments. “Statutes specify that the assessment per parcel must not exceed the special benefit, which is defined as the fair market value of the property before and after the local improvement project,” Carpita writes.

Resident Tom Warren questioned whether residents were proportionately represented. The petition approval was determined by area of property, giving those with larger properties more weight in the vote, yet the amount assessed per property is the same, he observed. Carpita’s article confirms that the LID petition “needs to be signed by owners of 51 percent of area within the LID.” (The LID 9 petition just barely met this threshold.) Clearly, Rada & company followed the statutes. However, the question the commissioners need to answer (and one that perhaps Avery himself could address) is whether having access to the sewer line conveys equal value to each property regardless of its size.

I’m going on vacation next week, so will pass this off into other capable hands. But I’ll be watching to see how the commissioners rule and invite your comments of enlightenment before or after the meeting. Cheers.

It’s Bob Geiger Trivia Time

Bob Geiger, owner of Geiger’s Rexall Family Pharmacy, is hanging up his mortar and pestle after 52 years in business. The economy, competition with chain stores and a stroke in May led to the decision, Geiger said today. Wearing a Hawaiian shirt under his lab coat, Geiger – now largely recovered from his ailment – is sizing up retirement with mixed feelings.
“It’s kind of a shock,” he said. “The big shock will be getting up in the
morning and deciding if I want to go out and weed the flowers or go for a walk.”

Geiger’s will hold a liquidation sale on Thursday. The pharmacy will remain open until customers have been able to transfer their prescriptions. The post office boxes will be moved to the main Port Orchard branch of the U.S. Postal Service

How well do you know Bob Geiger and his wife Ursula? Find out by playing the Bob Geiger Trivia game. Answers in tomorrow’s Kitsap Sun and on this blog.

1. Where was Geiger’s formerly located?

2. How long has the business now known as Geiger’s operated as a family-run pharmacy? (Hint: Bob is the fifth owner)

3. In what branch of the service did Bob Geiger serve?

4. Name the Geiger’s three children.

5. What year was the post office added to the store?

6. Where were Bob Geiger’s parents from?

7. A. How many years did Bob Geiger serve on the Port Orchard City Council?
B. How many council meetings did that amount to?
C. How many absences did he have?

8. Bob Geiger and other business owners banded together in the 1980s with the intention of buying and renovating the old movie theater on Bay Street, now the Historic Orchard Theatre. Bob and Ursula ended up buying the building themselves and operating a theater there until 2003.
A. What was the name of the business owners’ group?
B. What was the name of the theater under the Geigers?

9. Bob Geiger is known for his civic contributions in Port Orchard. What seasonal charitable effort did he head up for a number of years?

10. What color was Bob Geiger’s hair until it turned white?

Debbie Macomber (and Delilah) to Team Up at Chamber Meeting

South Kitsap’s resident bestselling author Debbie Macomber will speak at the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce meeting, 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Clubhouse at McCormick Woods. Macomber will whip up brewing enthusiasm for the upcoming Cedar Cove Days, Aug. 26 through 30. The event celebrates Macomber’s work and Port Orchard, which is the real-life inspiration for her popular Cedar Cove series.

Delilah Rene, South Kitsap’s radio personality in residence, will join Macomber to drum up support for a Paint the Town event Aug. 2. Delilah is spearheading the effort to put a fresh face on downtown Port Orchard for Cedar Cove Days. She and others are recruiting professional contractors and individual volunteers to help paint buildings in need of some love, with owners’ permission of course. Delilah will soon post a Web site to illustrate the current state of affairs, portorchardpaintthetown.org. The painting party will be an excuse for a block party, with music, face painting and other activities, Delilah said. Individuals and groups can sign up at paintthetown@ymail.com.

Here’s the press release from the chamber on Thursday’s meeting:

Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce July Membership Meeting on Thurs. July 9th at 11:30am at McCormick Woods Golf Course Banquet Room will feature bestselling novelist Debbie Macomber. Join us for a short, humorous, condensed version of beloved Port Orchard author Debbie Macomber’s thirty-year career in the publishing business. From her start as a young mother of four, writing out her stories on a rented manual typewriter (because they couldn’t afford the rent on an electric model!) to her current status as a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Debbie’s speech will keep everyone entertained and inspired. Port Orchard’s most famous hometown author will also describe some of the fun activities scheduled during the Cedar Cove Days festival in August.
Reservations are necessary and can be made online at www.portorchard.com or by calling 360-876-3505 by noon July 6th. Membership Luncheons are open to non-members, cost is $22 and must be paid in advance. Chamber members are $20 if prepaid and $22 at the door.

Friday Afternoon Club Part II: Ciscoe Clowns for Helpline

By Chris Henry
chenry@kitsapsun.com
PORT ORCHARD
South Kitsap Helpline and supporters will host a fund-raising event Sunday to help with the purchase of the Port Orchard Nursery. The event will feature King 5 TV personality and master gardener Ciscoe Morris, known for his off-the-wall humor.
Earlier this month, Helpline was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Birkenfeld Trust through the Seattle Foundation. The grant will allow the food bank to make a down payment on the property, which has been for sale by the Greseth family.
The campaign to raise additional funds for the purchase will kick off with a Garden Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the nursery, 1012 Mitchel Avenue.
There will be a vendor fair featuring gifts, flowers, plants and garden art held in the nursery parking lot. Free classes and workshops for children will also be offered throughout the event. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Ciscoe will speak from 4 to 5 p.m. Tickets to the talk are $25 and include a reception from 5 to 6 p.m.
For more information and to make reservations for the Ciscoe Morris event, call (360) 876-4089.

Friday Afternoon Club: Fathoms Finishes with a Bang

Fireworks festivities in Kitsap County start Friday with Poulsbo’s Liberty Bay Fireworks, held as tradition dictates July 3rd (those crazy Scandinavians).

On Saturday, Bainbridge Island and Bremerton will hold 4th of July street fair celebrations. Celebrations will also take place in Kingston, Keyport and Tahuya.

There will be a fireworks display Saturday in Central Kitsap after the Bluejackets’ Game at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

And of course there’s the grand finale of the Fathoms O’ Fun Festival, the fireworks display over Sinclair Inlet that can be seen from Bremerton to Bay Street and points in between.

Yo, Bremerton, happy to share, as always. Your pal Port Orchard.

Former Council Candidate’s Wife Recovering from Stroke

Wife’s health comes first candidate says.
By Chris Henry
chenry@kitsapsun.com
PORT ORCHARD
Former Port Orchard City Councilman Rick Wyatt has dropped his bid to regain a seat on the council, citing family obligations.
Wyatt’s wife Linda suffered a stroke on June 24. Although she is recovering nicely, Wyatt said, “I feel it’s more important to be at her side as much as possible.”
On June 25, Wyatt made the decision to withdraw from the race for position 3 against incumbent Rob Putaansuu. He made it official at the Kitsap County auditor’s office on Monday.
Wyatt spent five years on the city’s planning commission and 12 years on the council before losing his seat to Fred Olin in 2007. He had been eager for the chance to jump back into city government.
“Physically, I left the building, but mentally, I kept track of everything that was going on,” he said.
The choice to withdraw from the race was clear, however.
“There was no hesitation on my part,” Wyatt said.
Doctors told the Wyatts Linda’s stroke may have been caused by complications from a car accident the couple was in on Mother’s Day. One of her vertebrae was injured, causing “leakage” that may have led to the stroke, Rick Wyatt said.
According to Wyatt, Linda, 62, is “making recovery by leaps and bounds.”
In her favor is the fact she has always taken good care of herself, exercising regularly, “never smoked, never drank.”
The Wyatts are hopeful that her condition will continue to improve.
“We’re both really positive thinkers,” Rick Wyatt said.