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Holiday closures for recycling and garbage facilities 8/17/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) The Labor Day holiday results in several changes to drop-off recycling and garbage facilites.

Hansville, Silverdale, and Olalla Recycling and Garbage Facilities
Closed Monday, September 3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Regular schedules resume following the holiday.

Bainbridge Island Transfer Station
Always closed on Mondays.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
Always closed on Mondays.

Olympic View Transfer Station
Open.

Residential and Commercial Collections for Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Debris
Bainbridge Disposal, Waste Management, and the City of Poulsbo service on their regular schedule.

For more information, visit kcowa.us/dropoff or call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

Stage two burn ban begins Friday8/16/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) - A stage two burn ban begins Friday at 8:00 a.m. in Kitsap County. "Elevated temperatures for extended periods, and our lack of precipitation has created a high fire danger in Kitsap County, and across the region," according to David Lynam, County Fire Marshal.

During a stage two burn ban no outdoor fires of any kind are allowed. This includes recreational fires as well as the use of backyard fire kettles, chimneys, or fire pits.

"Light fuels including grass, dead brush, leaves, and pine needles, are extremely dry and susceptible to ignition from any type of spark. Even residential fires can ignite light fuels which readily spread to heavier items," Lynam said. "Conditions are just too dangerous to continue any outdoor burning – and resources to respond to a fire if one breaks out are very limited," he added.

No major change in weather conditions are forecasted. County fire districts and departments are regularly responding to small fire incidents daily – all with the potential of spreading to a major incident.

Resources from surrounding communities are extremely limited and help from state and federal agencies are not immediately available. Similar bans are already in effect throughout all lands protected by the Department of Natural Resources and throughout Mason county.

Changes to burning restrictions are likely to continue into the fall when the seasonal rains return.

Elections Division seeks volunteer writers for voters’ pamphlet arguments8/15/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Auditor's Office is seeking individuals to serve on committees to draft voters' pamphlet arguments against proposed ballot measures submitted by four different districts, according to Revised Code of Washington 29A.32.280.

  • South Kitsap School District is proposing two measures, one a property tax levy and the other a levy for general obligation bonds. Both are for capital projects.
  • Central Kitsap Fire District is proposing a property tax lid lift.
  • Kitsap County Fire Protection District No. 18 (Poulsbo Fire Department) is also proposing a property tax lid lift.
  • North Kitsap Fire & Rescue is requesting a property tax levy for ongoing maintenance and operations.

The General Election Local Voters' Pamphlet includes official ballot titles, explanatory statements, arguments "for" and "against" each measure, and rebuttals. Committees writing arguments in favor of each measure were already appointed by the districts.

Committee members do not have to be residents of the district to draft arguments. Interested parties should contact the Elections Division by 4:30 p.m., August 20. Please email auditor@co.kitsap.wa.us or call 360-337-7128 if interested.

Resolutions submitted by the districts for each measure are on the Resolutions page on the Kitsap County Auditor's website.

Port Gamble heritage park closed due to fire danger8/13/2018

Due to extremely dry conditions and elevated fire dangers in the Port Gamble forest block, Pope Resources has exercised the Forest Tract Declaration and Reservation of Timber and Other Rights Agreement and is temporarily prohibiting public access to the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. The park will remain closed until further notice when conditions improve and become more moderate. 

For more information, contact the Kitsap County Parks Department at (360) 337-5350.

Prosecutor's annual report is available online8/8/2018
Prosecutor’s Office publishes 2017 Annual Report
The Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office has published their 2017 Annual Report. Follow the links below for more information.

2017 Prosecutor's Annual Report

Contact: Kitsap County Prosecutor, kcpa@co.kitsap.wa.us or 360.337.7174

Learn how tiny cabins can serve as a response to county's homeless crisis 8/2/2018

​Across the country, villages of tiny cabins are being constructed as part of strategies to develop transitional, emergency or temporary shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Kitsap County's Homes for All coalition has scheduled meetings for community members to learn more about how tiny cabin villages can fit into larger housing and homelessness plans. The meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 15, Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave., Port Orchard
  • Wednesday, Aug. 29, Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, Norm Dicks Center, 345 6th Street, Bremerton
  • Thursday, Sept. 27, Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive NE, Bainbridge Island

 

In response to the homeless crisis in Kitsap County, Homes for All, a countywide leadership coalition of local agencies, businesses, faith-based and community organizations, was created to develop strategies for an efficient and effective homeless response system. Representatives from some of the Homes for All partners, including Kitsap Community Resources, Kitsap Rescue Mission, and Kitsap County's Department of Community Development and Human Services Homeless Program, will share information on how tiny cabin villages address goals of the 2018 Kitsap Homeless Crisis Response and Housing Plan. A pilot project underway in South Kitsap aims to provide 14 tiny cabins for up to 20 people.

The foundation of Homes for All is that every person should have the opportunity to live in a safe, decent and affordable home. Tiny cabin villages, also known as 'livability community projects,' can serve as transitional, emergency or temporary housing and offer case management and care services for residents. The villages are built through community partnerships and provide interim shelter until permanent housing is obtained.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend these community meetings. There will be opportunities to ask questions and learn about available resources.

For more information on the meeting locations, contact Sue Hughes of the Kitsap County League of Women Voters at suhughes111@comcast.net. To learn more about Homes for All, click here.

Walk & Talk through North Kitsap with Commissioner Rob Gelder8/2/2018

Join Commissioner Rob Gelder to "Walk & Talk" as he traverses through North Kitsap communities to talk about topics that are important to residents. No reservations required!

"Walk & Talk"  sessions are scheduled the first Saturday of the month, beginning at 9:30 a.m. sharp at the following starting points:

August 4, 2018
Port Gamble
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park parking lot
(main lot, west side of highway 104)
 
September 1, 2018
Hansville
Hansgrill - 7532 NE Twin Spits Rd
 
No October Event
 
November 3, 2018
Kingston
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
 
December 1, 2018
Poulsbo
Coffee Oasis - 780 NE Iverson St
 
January 5, 2019
Bainbridge Island
BI Senior Center - 370 Brien Dr SE
 
February 2, 2019
Kingston
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
 
No March Event
 
April 6, 2019
Keyport
Keyport Mercantile - 15499 Washington Ave
 
May 4, 2019
Indianola
General Store - 9175 NE Shore Dr
 
June 1, 2019
Kingston
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
 
July 6, 2019
Suquamish
Suquamish Pier
 
August 3, 2019
Port Gamble
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park parking lot
(main lot, west side of highway 104)
 
September 7, 2019
Hansville
Hansgrill - 7532 NE Twin Spits Rd
 
October 5, 2019
Kingston
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
 
November 2, 2019
Poulsbo
Coffee Oasis - 780 NE Iverson St
 
December 7, 2019
Kingston
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave

For more information, contact Commissioner Gelder at (360) 337-7080, rgelder@co.kitsap.wa.us. Click here for a Walk & Talk flyer.

New administrator to oversee Salish Behaviorial Health7/25/2018

Kitsap County's Department of Human Services welcomes Stephanie Lewis to the position of Salish Behaviorial Health Organization (SBHO) Administrator. She will assume the administrator responsibilities upon the retirement of Anders Edgerton in late September of 2018.

Stephanie currently serves as Utilization and Integration Manger for the SBHO and  brings extensive human services management experience to the position, having served youth and adults in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

Prior to joining Kitsap County, Stephanie held leadership positions at Kitsap Mental Health Services and Navos. She has successfully served as community services director, clinical manager, hospital liaison and youth inpatient unit clinical supervisor during her career. Her leadership experience includes building strong, service-oriented teams, developing innovative clinical programming and uniting with community partners to serve our most vulnerable citizens. She began her professional career as a case manager in California, relocating to Washington in 2006.

Stephanie earned a bachelor of science degree in behavioral science and a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. She is also a a licensed mental health professional. She can be reached at (360) 337-4422 or via email at sjlewis@co.kitsap.wa.us.

For more information on the Salish Behavioral Health Organization, visit the website here.

 

AARP awards community challenge grant to Homes for All project 7/23/2018

Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido is pleased to announce that Homes for All, which is planning a tiny house village in South Kitsap, is the recipient of an $11,153 AARP Livable Communities challenge grant. Funds will be used to renovate a donated 320-square-foot trailer into an ADA-compliant, shared kitchen facility to be located within the village. The trailer will provide the community with room for food storage, appliances, nutritious meal preparation, individual lockers for residents and a multi-purpose community room where they can have meals together, and participate in activities such as educational and wellness classes.

"I'm thrilled Homes for All is receiving this national recognition and support from AARP," said Commissioner Garrido. "These funds will allow us to begin renovation of the trailer immediately. Having a central gathering place for the village will be vital to building a sense of community and improving the confidence, health and well-being of the residents."

Homes for All is a countywide leadership coalition of government agencies, businesses, non-profit and faith-based organizations, partnering to provide affordable micro-houses that are a safe, secure and sanitary option for those who have no home. The Homes for All coalition's tiny house village in South Kitsap is a pilot "livability community" project that will provide housing, case management and care services for men, women, families and seniors. The village design incorporates 14 tiny homes as transitional, emergency or temporary housing for approximately 20 residents and will include shared open space for community activities.

The Homes for All grant is one of only 129 awarded nationwide, and one of two in Washington state. AARP is distributing $1.3 million to innovative projects that inspire change and positively impact the lives of residents of all ages. The grants help communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress.

"AARP has teams on the ground in communities across the country who hear from mayors, community leaders and local residents about the value of getting quick wins to create long-term change. We developed the Community Challenge Grant Program to answer that call and help build momentum for more livable communities nationwide," said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President of Community, State and National Affairs. "This year, we are proud to fund more projects in more communities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico."

For more information, visit the Homes for All website, call (360) 337-7287 or e-mail homesforall@co.kitsap.wa.us. To learn more about AARP and the Community Challenge grant program, visit www.aarp.org/livable.

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Kitsap County files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and wholesalers7/23/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County has joined the nationwide effort to hold opioid manufacturers and wholesalers responsible for the harm caused by opioid overuse and addiction within the community. Kitsap County filed suit today in federal court with this goal in mind. The lawsuit's allegations highlight the deliberate and systematic practices of manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids who put their financial interests above the interests of their patients, at the expense of communities such as Kitsap County.

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges the defendants made false claims and provided misleading information to doctors and patients about the safety of opioid use and aggressively pushed the sale of opioids despite knowing, among other things, that the drugs were not safe for long-term use, that they were falling into the hands of "pill mills," and that they were being diverted for illicit and illegal uses.

In addition, the lawsuit alleges these defendants knew or should have known they were distributing an unreasonable and unconscionable amount of prescription opioids into the country. These practices, as alleged by the lawsuit, have contributed to a marked increase in opioid overuse and addiction in the community. The result has been a ripple effect of opioid-related hospitalizations and deaths, affecting countless individuals and their families.

"There isn't a community that hasn't been touched by the opioid crisis – friends, family members, neighbors," said Kitsap County Commissioner Robert Gelder. "It's time to join in the fight to turn the tide in the conversation, debate and response."

Between 2002 to 2004 and 2011 to 2013, the number of opioid-use treatment admissions rose 305 percent in Kitsap County. From 1993 to 2003, there were 62 opioid-related deaths in the county – from 2012 to 2016, there were 107 deaths. Beyond the costs of human life, the costs nationwide are estimated at $78.5 billion annually.

For years, Kitsap County and the Kitsap Public Health District have been working to alleviate these harms by providing public-funded treatment, drug court programs, and needle-exchange programs. Unfortunately, this has come with a public financial toll.

Kitsap County and the Kitsap Public Health District continue to allocate substantial resources and have seen a rise in costs related to opioid-related programs and services as the epidemic continues to grow. The lawsuit seeks to hold prescription opioid manufacturers and wholesale distributers financially responsible for these costs. The opioid crisis has impacted not only the delivery of treatment services, but has also contributed to homelessness, family support cases involving child support affected by opioid addiction, and placed significant burdens on the criminal and civil justice systems.

"As opioids continue to flood our communities, the impacts to law enforcement have increased dramatically," said Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson. "Deputies have had life-threatening exposure to these substances, which has greatly influenced how we respond. Deputies are now required to carry Narcan kits to be administered to themselves or others when necessary. We have limited resources to continually address the increase of assaults, thefts and major crimes associated with addictive behaviors. The influx of opioids must be curtailed, and options for people suffering from addictions increased."   

The Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has partnered with Seattle-based law firm, Keller Rohrback, to represent Kitsap County in this lawsuit. Keller Rohrback is a nationally recognized law firm that routinely litigates against some of the largest corporate defendants in the country. The firm, hired on a contingency-fee basis, has filed similar lawsuits on behalf of King, Clark, Skagit, Pierce, Clallam, and Thurston counties, the Tulalip Tribes, and the cities of Tacoma, Kent, Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Sedro-Wooley.

Old Town Silverdale survey results released7/19/2018

​Kitsap County Public Works and the Port of Silverdale partnered on a public survey during the month of June to gather input on projects and plans within the Old Town Silverdale area. The survey was open from June 1-30. 535 residents responded.

Feedback from the survey helps guide plans for upcoming infrastructure projects in Old Town, and updates to the Port of Silverdale Comprehensive Plan. The survey results are available online.

Contact: Lisa Horanyi, Outreach & Education, 360.337.5777 (3681) or lhoranyi@co.kitsap.wa.us

 

Primary 2018 ballots mailed7/19/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) – Ballots for the August 7, 2018 Primary were mailed Wednesday, July 18 and should be in most Kitsap County homes by the weekend. 

Each of the approximately 167,000 Kitsap County registered voters will have the opportunity to select among 70 candidates in 19 races to decide who will move on to the General Election in November.

Included on this ballot are races for seats in Congress, the State Legislature, and county positions.  Some voters will also choose candidates for Kitsap County Public Utility District and Precinct Committee Officers for local political parties. 

The Local Voters' Pamphlet, which has statements from the candidates, was mailed two weeks ago and is also available at http://kcowa.us/lvp.  

The county has 22 ballot drop boxes, available from July 20 through 8 p.m. on Election Day, August 7. Locations for the drop boxes are listed on the county elections website. This year voters can also mail their ballots postage-free. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by August 7.  

Ballots received by the Monday before Election Day will be included in the initial results on election night. 

Registered voters who do not receive a ballot by July 26 or who have a damaged or lost ballot, should request a replacement by contacting the County Elections Office at auditor@co.kitsap.wa.us or at (360) 337-7128.  

Residents who are not currently registered in Washington have until 4:30 p.m. on July 30 to register in person at the county elections office. Members of the military have until 8 p.m. on Election Night to register. 

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Contact: David Frisk, Elections Manger, 360.337.7128 or dfrisk@co.kitsap.wa.us

 

Bethel Burley Road closure coming August 20-317/18/2018

A portion of Bethel Burley Road SE is closing August 20 so County road crews can repair 400 feet of the northbound lane. The closure, between SE Quartz Court and SE Dews Lane, is expected to last through August 31. A detour route using SR 16 will be posted during the closure. Resident's access to private property is maintained during the project. 

During the project crews are installing a structurally reinforced "geo-grid" fabric. This helps stabilize the roadway, the roadway shoulder and the adjacent embankment. Stabilizing these areas will improve roadway safety in the project area. The existing guardrail is being removed during the project. Traffic barrels and cones will delineate the shoulder until this fall, when a contractor is selected to install new guardrails as part of the County-wide guardrail replacement project.

To learn more about the project go to kcowa.us/bbs.

New story map explores North Kitsap communities5/24/2018

​Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder invites the public to explore the new North Kitsap Communities story map on the county's website.

The story map format allows viewers to scroll through information about North Kitsap, while accompanying maps adjust to provide a close-up look at the many communities. There are links to additional maps and community resources for those who live in the area or are planning a visit.

"In this day and age, we all try to find ways to explore and connect with our neighborhood. This is an interactive way to take a tour of our community, from the comfort of our home," said Commissioner Gelder.

For more information on North Kitsap Commissioner District 1 and to sign up for electronic notifications, visit Commissioner Gelder's website here.

Commissioner Wolfe holds monthly listening sessions in Silverdale3/13/2018

​Constituents of Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe now have an opportunity to meet with him in Silverdale - without an appointment - during First Friday Listening Sessions in Old Town Silverdale every month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Monica's Waterfront Bakery & Café, 3472 NW Byron St. The first session will be April 6.

The time and location allow for those in Central Kitsap to drop by over the lunch hour to share concerns and ideas or just engage in lively conversation.

Other First Friday Listening Sessions are scheduled May 4 and June 1. The July session will be cancelled because of its proximity to the Fourth of July but meetings resume Aug. 3.

For more information, contact Angie Silva in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080, asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Kitsap County Aging & Long Term Care offers expanded support services for individuals and caregivers1/9/2018

After the success of the state's Family Caregiver Support Program, the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services received a demonstration grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand support services in Kitsap County for individuals and caregivers.

The grant allows for the creation of new programs that will preserve and promote choices for long-term care support services; family support for the well-being of those caring for loved ones; and allow for the delay or avoidance of the need for more intensive Medicaid-funded, long-term support services, when possible.

In addition to the local Family Caregiver Support Program, there are new, expanded services for those in Kitsap who do not live in a residential facility. No copayment is required for the services and the programs do not impose estate recovery. There are higher income and asset limits for eligibility, compared to the traditional Medicaid Long-Term Care program.

The Medicaid Alternative Care program allows people age 55 and older, who need help with activities of daily living and are currently eligible for certain Medicaid programs, to transition to services that support their informal, adult caregiver.

The Tailored Services for Adults program is for people age 55 and older, not currently eligible for Medicaid, who need help with activities of daily living. The program can either support someone's informal, adult caregiver or provide services directly to an individual without a caregiver.  

Contact the Kitsap County Aging and Long-Term Care office at (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418 to learn more about eligibility requirements, benefits available, and the application process, or stop by local offices of the Kitsap County Aging & Long-Term Care in the Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave. Suite 105, Port Orchard, open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or the Caregiver Support Center, 9857 Silverdale Way, Silverdale, open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on these programs go to https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/stakeholders/medicaid-transformation-project-demonstration .

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