(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Public Works seeks road project and other transportation improvement suggestions to consider in the preparation of its annual six-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is used to identify and prioritize road improvement projects. This year's selection process determines which new roadway projects to include in the 2018–2023 TIP. Project ideas are scored and ranked using set objective criteria. The criteria consider safety and capacity needs, structural conditions, environmental issues, non-motorized needs, and funding availability. Once the top projects are identified, a formal public hearing is held to review the prioritized projects for the TIP. Residents can submit their ideas using the link below through May 26, 2017. Residents may also attend one of the following scheduled community meetings to learn about the TIP process and submit project ideas:
Manchester Community Advisory Committee 6:30-8 p.m., April 4 Manchester Library 8067 East Main Street
Kingston Community Advisory Council 7-8:30 p.m., April 5Village Green Community Center26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston
Suquamish Community Advisory Committee Open House 4-7 p.m., April 11 House of Awakened Culture7235 NE Suquamish Way
Hansville Neighbor's LuncheonNoon, April 19Greater Hansville Community Center6778 Buck Lake Road
Central Kitsap Community Council 5-6:30 p.m., May 3 Location to be determined.
To review the TIP and submit project ideas, go to https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/Pages/Project-Planning-.aspx or call Public Works at (360) 337-5777._____________________________________________________________________
Contact: Marc Lewis DeGrace, 360.337.5777 or firstname.lastname@example.org or David Forte, 360.337.5777 or email@example.com
(Port Orchard, WA) Kitsap County is in the process of updating the County Road Standards (the Standards) and is seeking comments from the public, utility companies, and other interested parties. The Standards, originally enacted in 2003 by the Board of County Commissioners (Ordinance 293-2003) and last amended in 2007 (Ordinance 404-2007), govern the design and construction of publicly maintained roadways within existing right of way, and in private developments where roads will be dedicated to Kitsap County.
The new Standards will apply to future road construction and improvements to County roads built after January 13, 2003—the original adoption date. They do not apply to general road maintenance or to County roads constructed prior to the original adoption of the Standards.
The Standards, incorporated into Chapter 11 of the Kitsap County Code, were developed to provide minimum design requirements for the safety, welfare, and convenience of the travelling public. They were developed as a criteria primarily for engineers involved in road design and are not intended as a substitute for competent design or sound engineering practice.
New land development activities impacting the quality of traffic service, safety or operational efficiency of existing roadways will be assessed during the land use approval process and developers may be required to make improvements in accordance with the updated Standards. The Standards are not intended to govern privately maintained roadways located outside County right of way, however it is highly recommended that designers of those roads follow them.
Kitsap County Public Works encourages interested parties to comment on any portion of the existing Standards. Two versions of the document are available at www.bit.ly/roadstandards: a redline mark-up of proposals from prior public input and County staff, and a "clean" copy of the document reflecting the proposed revisions.
Submitting comments in "Track-Changes" (redline) format is preferred, but all input will be considered. The department's internal review team will address each comment and, after the review period ends on May 26, will present a final document for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners.
Please submit your revisions to Jo Meints at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. You can mail comments to Kitsap County Public Works, Attention: Jo Meints, 614 Division Street MS-26, Port Orchard WA 98366
The anticipated schedule to complete this process is as follows:
Formal request for input - March 29, 2017
Comment period ends - May 26, 2017
Complete final draft - August 15, 2017
Begin final adoption process (final public review) - September 1, 2017
Commissioners enact final document - October 23, 2017
To learn more about this project and to sign up for electronic notifications go to http://bit.ly/roadstandards or call Kitsap1 at (360) 337-5777.
Contract: Jon Brand, County Engineer, 360.337.5777 or email@example.com
Veterans and their families are invited to the spring 2017 Veterans Stand Down, which takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo in Bremerton.
Complimentary services for women and men veterans and their families will be available including dental screening, Veterans Assistance, housing, employment, education, counseling and more. Qualifying veterans and family members may also receive free clothing, sleeping bags, groceries, and personal hygiene items.
This event is open to veterans and their families only. Please provide DD214, military retiree ID card, or VA card. Unaccompanied family members must bring a DD214 and proof of relationship. We also encourage active duty transitioning out of the military or retiring by the end of 2017 to attend to gather information and resources to assist in their transition to civilian life as seamless as possible.
Service providers include Department of Veterans Affairs, Olympic College, Veteran service organizations, Kitsap Legal Services, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, Abraham House, Asset Building Coalition, Housing Solutions Center, WorkSource, Department of Social and Health Service, Red Cross, Kitsap Community Resources, and Kitsap Transit.
The event is sponsored by the VFW 2669 Riders Group, Kitsap Sun, Kitsap Credit Union, Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, City of Bremerton, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, AL-P-109; DAV Chapters 5 & 22 and Women's Auxiliary; Michael & Karen Johnson; Abraham House; Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board; and the Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance.
Contact: Andrew Sargent, Coordinator, Veterans Assistance Program, Kitsap County Human Services, 360.337.4811 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Port Orchard, WA) Kitsap County is looking for individuals or classrooms that want to put their art on one of our snow plow blades. "Each year as part of our National Public Works Week we invite local classrooms or individuals to submit ideas for artwork on snow plow blades," said Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager. "We use those plow blades in the vicinity of where the artists live so they can see their art in action," Bear added.
Artists can apply here (https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/Pages/npww.aspx). If your idea is chosen Public Works arranges to bring the plow blade to the school, along with paints and brushes. Entries close May 3, 2017.
You can view some of the previous winners here
•2015 Winners: (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kitsapcounty/sets/72157663841965702/)
•2013 Winners: (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kitsapcounty/albums/72157635585546273)_____________________________________________________________________________________
Contact: Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager, 360.337.4598, or email@example.com
(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan serves as a policy document that guides the County, incorporated cities, Tribes, and the US Navy, in solid waste and hazardous management. The state requires a review of the plan every five years.
The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) will review the preliminary draft plan. We invite you to review and provide comment during the next 30-day period. Written comments are accepted until Thursday, May 15, 2017.
You may find this document posted on the County's website at
Email comments to:
Mail comments to: Keli McKay-Means, Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, 614 Division Street MS-27, Port Orchard, 98366. Postmark date May 15, 2017.
Contact: Keli McKay-Means | Public Works, Solid Waste Divisionkmckayfirstname.lastname@example.org | 360.337.5777
Courtesy retransmittal of a WSDOT news release...
SOUTHWORTH – Beginning Tuesday, April 18, drivers can expect delays on State Route 160 (Sedgwick Road) from milepost 4.8 near Banner Road to milepost 7.3 in Southworth while utility crews trim trees adjacent to the highway. The work will require closing the eastbound SR 160 lane for periods of up to 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each weekday through April 28. During those times, a single alternating lane of traffic will be flagged through the workzone.
Motorists will also encounter shoulder closures on the south side of SR 160 during those same hours. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time to travel through the area. High winds could postpone this work.
Before heading out the door, drivers can get real-time traffic information on their phones with the WSDOT mobile app, and the WSDOT travel alerts page.
Hyperlinks within the release:
Contact: Shari King, WSDOT Communications, 360.704.3270 or KingS@wsdot.wa.gov
(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) Draft was open for public comment 3/1-3/31. The Kitsap Planning Commission is scheduled to hold three hearings to provide additional opportunity to comment on the draft. The County has prepared a preliminary matrix of the March public comments and provided staff responses.
The County will hold three Open Houses, followed by Planning Commission Hearings, for the Critical Areas Ordinance on the follow dates:
Tuesday, April 25Kitsap Fairgrounds, President's Hall1250 NW Fairgrounds Road in BremertonOpen House at 5 p.m.Planning Commission at 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 27Poulsbo City Hall200 NE Moe Street in PoulsboOpen House at 5 p.m.Planning Commission at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 2Commissioners ChambersKitsap County Administration Building619 Division Street in Port OrchardOpen House at 5 p.m.Planning Commission at 6 p.m
More information is available on the County's
CAO webpage andincludes drafts, comment matrix, summaries, maps, a schedule, comment form and a 24/7 online open house.
Contact: Kathlene Barnhart, Planner, 360.337.5777 or KBarnhar@co.kitsap.wa.us
PORT ORCHARD – An around-the-clock closure of State Route 166 near SR 16 in Port Orchard has been rescheduled to Monday, May 8. The closure is necessary so contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of transportation can finish paving and striping associated with a fish barrier removal project.
The work is weather dependent, and subject to contractor availability.
Advance traveler information is available from the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates web pages.
Contact: Doug Adamson, Communications, 360.357.2600
The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for the position of District Court Judge Department #4. This position will become vacant upon the retirement of Judge Stephen J. Holman on June 30, 2017. Judge Holman has served since 2006.
Those wishing to apply may submit a packet that includes four copies each of a letter of interest, brief resume and completed Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, which can be found on the Governors' website (www.governor.wa.gov) under "judicial appointments." Applicants for the Kitsap County District Court Judge position are not required to fill out section 13 of the Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire. Applicants must be registered voters of Kitsap County and admitted to practice law in the state of Washington.
After an initial screening, interviews are tentatively scheduled for mid-May with an appointment anticipated the first week of June.
The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017. Submissions should be delivered to the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, located on the fourth floor of the County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard or submitted by mail to the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, 614 Division Street, MS-4, Port Orchard, WA 98366.
For more information, contact Dana Daniels, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, at (360) 337-7080 or email@example.com.
More information about Kitsap County District Court is available at https://spf.kitsapgov.com/dc/Pages/default.aspx.
Contact: Rebecca Pirtle, Commissioners' Office, 360.337.4650 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kitsap County's Department of Community Development proudly celebrates Building Safety Month each May. This year, to help raise building safety awareness the department is coming to you! Join us and ask questions of Department specialists at one of our Building Safety Month pop ups shown below.
Building Safety Month, first proclaimed in 2011 by President Barack Obama, is a public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy-efficient homes and buildings. "All year round our building safety and fire prevention team experts including, architects, engineers, builders, tradespeople, laborers and others in the construction industry work to ensure the safe construction of buildings," said Jeff Rowe, Building Official for Kitsap County. "Building safety month provides us the opportunity to engage the community on what we do and thank the team and construction community for making it their mission to keep Kitsap safe."
To support Kitsap residents in building a safer community, we will re-launch the permit forgiveness program. During May the investigation fee will be suspended for anyone who submits a building permit application for a previously unpermitted structure. The investigation fee is 40% of the building permit fee. All other permit fees still apply. To take advantage of this program, bring your completed permit application to The Community Development Department. If you have questions regarding permit type and what work needs to be done, please call 360.337.5777.
Homes and buildings built in compliance with building codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. Because resilient structures minimize the risk of property damage, property owners may pay lower insurance costs and millions of taxpayer dollars can be saved when rebuilding from natural disasters. Based on building science, technical knowledge and past experiences, model building codes provide protection from man-made and natural disasters, guarding public health and reducing property losses. The codes address all aspects of construction, from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency.
Contact: Jeffrey L. Rowe, CBO, 360.337.5777
(Silverdale, WA) - Join the Central Kitsap Community Council and Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe for another interactive community conversation from 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 3 at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel. The Council will lead a discussion on using infrastructure investments to re-shape Central Kitsap's future. Presentations include:
For more information, contact Angie Silva in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080 or email@example.com. To learn more about the Central Kitsap Community Council, go to http://www.kitsapgov.com/boards/CAC/ckcc/default.htm.
PORT ORCHARD – More than 19,000 Washington boat owners are required to get new hull identification numbers, thanks to new safety and enforcement rules adopted by the US Coast Guard.
The Washington Department of Licensing sent notices in late March to boat owners affected by the new standards for identifying vessels. The Coast Guard made the change to enhance its enforcement capabilities and improve safety and security on the water.
Boat owners can apply for the new Certificate of Ownership that generates the compliant Hull Identification Number (HIN) in person at their local licensing office. Licensing offices, including the County Administration Building at 619 Division Street in Port Orchard, can be found at: http://www.kitsapgov.com/aud/licensing/locations.htm. The new numbers are not available online.
"I want to emphasize that there is no title transaction fee involved for solely issuing a compliant HIN," said Dolores Gilmore, Kitsap County Auditor.
The new 12-digit identifier must be no less than ¼ inch high and be affixed permanently on the boat near the existing number so the old number also remains visible.
Boat owners with questions can contact:
Washington State Department of Licensing www.dol.wa.gov360-902-3770 or email CustomerCare@dol.wa.gov.
Kitsap Auditor County Licensing Division360-337-4440 or AuditorRecLic@co.kitsap.wa.us