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Court orders tobacco companies to run corrective statement ads12/12/2017

​Kitsap County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions and the Kitsap Public Health District welcome corrective statement ads that the federal court has ordered tobacco companies to run nationally in newspapers and television. They hope the ads will focus attention on the public health problem caused by tobacco use and second-hand smoke, and the evidence-based practices and policies known to prevent and reduce tobacco use.

"We're hopeful these publicized corrective statements will shine the light on practices of the tobacco industry and encourage leaders to implement evidence-based programs and practices that will help bring about the first tobacco-free generation," said Laura Hyde of Kitsap County Substance Abuse Prevention and Youth Services.  "We have many groups in Kitsap County working together on this goal, some of which are the Bremerton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth, North Kitsap Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and the Kitsap Public Health District's Chronic Disease Prevention Program."

Eleven years after a federal court ordered the tobacco companies to make these corrective statements and following multiple appeals, the ads are finally running. The courts ruled the tobacco companies violated civil racketeering laws, defrauded the American people by lying about the health effects of smoking and the addictiveness of cigarettes and nicotine, and marketed cigarettes to children. In Washington last year alone, there were a reported 49,000 youth and 892,000 adult tobacco users and smoking remains one of the major causes of illness in the state. In 2015 nationwide, tobacco companies spent nearly $9 billion in tobacco-related spending. Not surprisingly, 9 out of 10 tobacco users start before the age of 18.

In her landmark ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler described how tobacco companies targeted youth with sophisticated marketing campaigns that track youth behavior and preferences then market tobacco to them using imagery that appeals directly to the desires of adolescents. The U.S. Surgeon General agreed with the finding.

Judge Kessler ordered the tobacco companies to publish corrective statements on five topics about which they had deliberately deceived the public including: the adverse health effects of smoking; the addictiveness of smoking and nicotine; the lack of significant health benefits from smoking "low tar," "light" or "natural" cigarettes; the manipulation of cigarette design and composition to ensure optimum nicotine delivery; and the adverse health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke.

"It is a step forward that Big Tobacco has been forced to issue these long-overdue corrective statements," Hyde said.

The corrective statement ads began running Nov. 26 in print and online in about 50 newspapers specified by the court, and will also run Dec. 10, Jan. 7, Feb. 4 and March 4. Ads must also be broadcast during prime time on the major television networks for one year. The tobacco companies must also publish the corrective statements on their websites and cigarette packs. The tobacco companies will pay all costs associated with these corrective ads. Some implementation details are still being finalized.

For more information about the implementation of the court-ordered corrective statements, click here.  Follow these links to view the full text of the corrective statements and details on when and where they will run. To learn more about Substance Abuse Prevention efforts in Kitsap County, visit https://spf.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/PREVENTION-Landing.aspx .

Public comment sought on draft of Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan 12/7/2017

The Kitsap County Parks Department has been gathering public input since last summer as part of its update of the 2012 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan. The final plan will outline goals, objectives, priorities and strategies to address improvements and investment emphasis for the Kitsap County park system. It will identify key issues, strengths, and opportunities; provide guidelines and policy direction for acquisition, development, and preservation; and ensure that parks continue to serve as an integral part of the county's social and economic development.

The next step in the PROS update is to collect community and stakeholder comments on the working draft, which is now available online. Public comments will be accepted through the Parks Department website at the online form, by e-mail or mail. The deadline for submissions is January 5, 2018.

A final version of the PROS plan will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners in February 2018 with a public hearing to follow.

An extensive online community survey resulting in over 1,100 responses and other outreach, including open houses and presentations throughout the county, provided a foundation for the preliminary draft that reflects needs, ideas and concerns expressed in public input. The Parks Department posted those comments on its website in November.

The 2018-2023 PROS plan is required to be eligible for state and federal grants administered by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, and must be updated every six years. Parks department staff, working together the last six months with members of the Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, developed the plan outline and summary of policy direction.

For PROS Plan updates, further information and to submit comments, click here, go to https://spf.kitsapgov.com/parks/Pages/PROSPlanUpdates.aspx or contact Steven Starlund at (360) 337-5350, parks@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Volunteers needed for Point-In-Time Count of homeless next month12/6/2017

​Each year, around the state, counties survey as many individuals experiencing homelessness as possible during a 24-hour period. This is called the Point-In-Time Count and it will take place in Kitsap County January 23-26, 2018. 

Volunteers are needed to help with this project throughout the county during that week to assist the Kitsap County Department of Human Services Housing and Homelessness Program and the Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition.

 Volunteer opportunities include surveying at food banks and meal sites, and outreach with experienced teams. No experience is necessary; training will be provided. To register as a volunteer, go to  http://tiny.cc/PIT2018 . The deadline to register is Dec. 31, 2017.

For more information about this project or questions please contact Cory Derenburger, Housing and Homelessness Program Specialist with Kitsap Human Services at cderenbu@co.kitsap.wa.us or call (360) 337-7287.

Kitsap earns green star on Nature’s Scorecard for Puget Sound 12/5/2017

(Seattle, WA) – Kitsap County was awarded a green star on Nature's Scorecard for embracing a healthy and more sustainable future. Puget Soundkeeper and the Washington Environmental Council released Nature's Scorecard Nov. 28 as the first comprehensive assessment of holistic health and water-quality planning in cities and counties around Puget Sound. The report highlights municipalities that exceeded requirements and recognizes ten "green star" communities, including Kitsap County and the city of Port Orchard. 

As part of stormwater permitting and under the authority of the Clean Water Act, 81 cities and counties across Puget Sound were required to update their code to make low-impact development (LID) principles and practices the preferred and commonly used approach.

"In Kitsap, we have developed a culture of viewing water as a resource," said Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners. "A low-impact development approach allows us to work with the rain, rather than against it. This approach protects, restores, conserves, and reclaims our water -- and this scorecard helps us know exactly where we stand in our region."

The scorecard recognizes Kitsap County as a leader in LID practices, noting the county took the permit requirements to heart, submitting 90 pages of amended code and making significant progress in the ways communities are planned, designed and built. The scorecard shows fewer than half of cities and counties round Puget Sound have made meaningful changes with 15 percent completely failing to meet requirements as of Dec. 1.

"Recovering Puget Sound must include transforming how we manage stormwater as a region," said Mindy Roberts, program director of People for Puget Sound at the Washington Environmental Council. "We are inspired by our cities and counties who are truly stepping up and taking responsibility for protecting community health and local waterways."

Low-impact development techniques include rain gardens, buffers around paved areas, permeable pavement, and preserving existing plantings on development sites. Soundkeeper and the Washington Environmental Council won legal decisions in 2008 and 2009 requiring that LID be incorporated into state permits for managing stormwater.

To see the full scorecard go to https://naturesscorecard.com/scorecard/ . For information on low-impact development practices, visit the Kitsap Conservation District or Kitsap County Department of Community Development.

Comprehensive Plan amendment process for 2018 opens11/28/2017

The Board of County Commissioners has opened the annual Comprehensive Plan amendment process for 2018.  A public hearing will be held on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.  Click here to learn more.

Styrofoam Recycling Event December 30 at Kitsap County Fairgrounds11/15/2017

​Kitsap County's first STYRO-Roundup recycling collection event will be held on Saturday, December 30 from 9am to 3pm at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Van Zee Building located at 1200 Fairgrounds Rd. NW, Bremerton. The following types of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) will be accepted for recycling at no charge:

  • Packing Peanuts
  • Styrofoam Block (No tape or labels)
  • Food Packaging (Clean and unstained)
  • Styrofoam Trays (Separate color from white)

 

Styrofoam must be clean, dry and empty and please remove packing tape and labels. Limit one car load per household for Kitsap County residents only. No trailers, box trucks or commercial customers will be accepted.

Material that will not be accepted include soft foam, hot tub covers, Expanded Polyethylene (EPE) and sealed or foil lined foam.

For detailed printable pdf, click Here

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Contact: Kitsap 1, 360.337.5777 or help@kitsap1.com

Storm debris disposal options11/15/2017

(Port Orchard) - With the recent storm in Kitsap County, residents may find themselves with significant quantities of storm debris, consisting of tree limbs, leaves, and other windblown material.

Much of this material is usually recyclable and can be managed at composting and soil blending facilities in the area. If all material is vegetative debris, and is suitable for composting (free of foreign materials, pet waste, rock, and soil), it can be delivered (disposal fees may apply) to any of the facilities listed:

  • North Mason Fibers
    NE 431 Log Yard Road, Belfair
    360.275.0228
  • Olympic Organics
    7890 NE Ecology Road, Kingston
    360.638.0117
  • Olympic View Transfer Station
    9300 SW Barney White Road, Bremerton
    360.674.2297
  • Peninsula Topsoil
    25014 WA-3, Belfair
    360-275-1000
  • Bainbridge Island Transfer Station
    7215 NE Vincent Road, Bainbridge Island
    206.842.0962
  • Allen Shearer Trucking
    E 121 Log Yard Road, Belfair, WA
    360.275.3465
  • Morrison Gravel, Inc.
    1004 SE Spencer Road, Port Orchard
    360.876.4701
  • Williams Wood Waste
    12139 Brownsville Highway NE, Poulsbo
    306.613.9972
  • Tilz Soils and Compost
    12112 Miller Road NE, Bainbridge Island
    206.842.4045

If you have questions about acceptance criteria, fees, or operating hours, please contact the facility directly.

Smaller amounts of vegetative storm debris can also be disposed of in your residential yard waste cart, if you have subscribed to the service and it is available in your area. Additionally, if the widespread power outages resulted in food spoilage in your refrigerator or freezer, please dispose of this material in your household garbage.

For other storm debris, such as waste lumber, roofing material, plastic debris, or other manufactured waste, please dispose of the material in your garbage container or consult Kitsap County's "What Do I Do With It?" website for alternate disposal locations.

Additional link for waste disposal questions

West Kingston Road to remain closed until March 2018 due to construction delays10/25/2017

​The completion of the West Kingston bridge project is delayed until March 2018. The road will remain closed until construction is complete.

The delay is due to numerous issues and challenges, including encountering old buried wooden pilings and associated contaminated material, a revised sanitary sewer design, and labor and materials shortages, which disrupted the construction schedule. The onset of the winter weather months will also add to the delay as final work on the project, such as paving, depends on fair weather.

Kitsap County and the contractor, Redside Construction, recognize the inconvenience this delay may cause and are working closely together to assure the project moves forward to completion in March.

The new West Kingston bridge project replaces a small culvert with a two-span, 150-foot bridge, restores tidal function in the Carpenter Creek Estuary, enhances fish passage, and widens the stream channel. There are many safety benefits of the project as well, including wider travel lanes, street illumination, a five-foot pedestrian sidewalk and a five-foot bike lane on the north side.

To learn more about the project and sign up for electronic notifications, go to http://bit.ly/WKingston.

County parks plan to reflect broad community input10/25/2017

The Kitsap County Parks Department has been gathering public input as it revises its Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan. To create broad opportunities for community outreach, the Kitsap County Parks Advisory Board developed a strategy with the Parks Department that included hosting a series of public meetings and participation in local community events.

An online survey, available since August, provided another means to receive public feedback and ideas on the future direction of the county parks system. Over 1,000 responses were received. Comments and survey results will be posted on the Parks Department's website in November. Draft versions of the PROS plan will also be available to view online. Additional comments are welcome and will continue to be posted.

The plan will outline goals and objectives, implementation strategies, capital improvements and investment emphasis for all Kitsap County parks. It will also identify key issues, strengths and opportunities; provide guidelines and policy direction for acquiring, developing and preserving properties; create strategies to ensure parks are an integral part of the county's economic development; and assess current and potential funding mechanisms, sources and partnerships.

The draft plan is scheduled to be completed by late November and will be posted on the Parks Department website. The public is encouraged to review and comment on the plan that will establish a blueprint of proposed actions and strategies for county parks in the next six years of a 20-year vision.

The final PROS plan will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners in early 2018 with a public hearing to follow. The PROS plan is scheduled to be adopted by County Commissioners in February 2018

The 2018-2024 PROS plan is required to be eligible for state and federal grants administered by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, and must be updated every six years. Parks Department staff, working together with members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for the last six months, developed the plan outline and summary of policy direction, along with the public outreach strategy.

For PROS Plan updates, further information and to submit comments, click here, go to https://spf.kitsapgov.com/parks/Pages/PROSPlanUpdates.aspx or contact Steven Starlund at (360) 337-5350, parks@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Kitsap County needs your knowledge and expertise on advisory councils and committees 10/11/2017

Are you a looking for ways to get more deeply involved in your community? Do you have knowledge and expertise you’d like to put to good use? Would you like to find a professional development opportunity to work with those who have similar interests and concerns?

Consider applying to serve on one of the many Kitsap County advisory groups. Members are appointed by county commissioners to serve as sounding boards and conduits between citizens, communities, county staff and commissioners. Members may also review grant applications, transportation and development plans or host informational events with other public agencies.

Applications are currently being accepted for the following boards, committees and councils:
o Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council – Central Kitsap Representative
o Board of Equalization – South and Central Kitsap Representatives
o Bremerton Kitsap Access Television Citizens Advisory Board– North, Central South Kitsap Representatives
o Commission on Children and Youth – At-Large, Faith-Based, Tribal, youth from Bremerton, Bainbridge, North and South Kitsap school districts
o Council for Human Rights – North, Central and South Kitsap Representatives
o Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board – At-Large Representatives
o Fair Board – Admissions, Entertainment, Parking and Security Directors
o Ferry Advisory Committees – Southworth and Bremerton Representatives
o Parks Advisory Board – North Kitsap Representative
o Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee – At-Large Representatives
o Veterans Advisory Board – At-Large Representatives

More information about the positions listed above and an online application are available at http://www.kitsapgov.com/volunteer/current.htm or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at (360) 337-4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us .

Physical inspection of real property begins in Poulsbo, Suquamish8/31/2017

​Appraisers from the Kitsap County Assessor’s Office are now conducting on-site inspections throughout the greater Poulsbo/Suquamish area. Washington State Law (RCW 84.40.025) requires inspections of all real property throughout the county at least once every six years.  The current inspections should be completed by April 2018.

If an appraiser from the office attempts to make contact with you, please understand that they are trying to verify the characteristics of your property to ensure the accuracy of our data.  Due to the high volume of inspections our appraisers are conducting, we are unable to accommodate appointments at this time.

Our appraisers do not drive county issued vehicles, however their vehicles are marked with the proper county identification on both sides.  Other verification options are to request to see individual credentials, contact our office at 360-337-7160, or check our inspection area progress map on our website at: www.kitsapgov.com/assr.

The cooperation of the public is always appreciated by our staff.  We look forward to working with you and answering your questions.

Volunteers needed for Sheriff’s Office Citizens On Patrol5/26/2017

Applications are now open for volunteers dedicated to helping others who want to support the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office while improving the quality of life for citizens. The Citizens On Patrol program offers the opportunity to interact with the community, enforce handicap parking regulations, help with boat inspections, conduct security/vacation checks on homes and be the eyes and ears of law enforcement.

Volunteers are also trained to assist with traffic control, mark and process abandoned vehicles on county right-of-way, and perform junk vehicle VIN inspections. COPs work in teams of two. Training, uniforms and vehicles are provided.

Volunteers must be able to pass extensive criminal and credit background checks including a polygraph exam, have an excellent driving record and commit to a minimum of 16 hours per month and two-hour monthly training sessions and meetings for at least a year. Those working full time or serving on active military duty may find it difficult to meet these time commitments.

For information on this and other volunteer opportunities and to apply to the Citizens On Patrol program, click here or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at (360) 337-4650, rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.

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