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3/24/2017Suquamish open house connects local government and community organizations

​The Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee's annual community Open House takes place 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at the House of Awakened Culture, 7235 NE Parkway in downtown Suquamish. The event is free and open to everyone.     

The open house provides all members of the Suquamish community – tribal members, residents, businesses, developers and other interested parties –  the opportunity to learn about community events, non-profit organizations, and Kitsap County projects, planning and initiatives. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. Light refreshments will be available.

Kitsap County Parks, Public Works and Community Development will participate alongside the Suquamish Tribe and dozens of other organizations including Kitsap Transit, the Washington Department of Transportation, Kitsap Regional Library, PAWs, the local garden club, farmers' market, museum, merchants' association, restaurants and others. Suggestions for improvements to local roads will also be taken for the county's Transportation Improvement Program. The League of Women Voters will be registering new voters as well.

The mission of the Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee is to provide a forum for community discussion on the issues and interests found in the rural Suquamish community. The group works towards improvements that benefit the whole community and help to foster enhanced communication between the residents of the Suquamish area, Suquamish Tribal Government and Kitsap County Government.

Applications are now open for new members to serve on the Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee. For an application and more information, click here or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at (360) 337-4650, rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.

3/23/2017County partners with school district in upgrade to athletic fields

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Central Kitsap School District approved a memorandum of understanding March 22 with the Kitsap County Parks Department. The agreement grants CKSD use of the six tennis courts at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, located adjacent to the district's Olympic High School. The school's tennis program has utilized and shared the use the facilities for years. The Kitsap County Commissioners are scheduled to approve the tennis court MOU in April.

The agreement will transfer liability and the responsibilities of renovating, managing and maintaining the courts to the school district. The agreement will not affect the public use of the courts, which will continue on a first-come, first-served basis, outside of scheduled school functions.

"The ability of the county to develop partnerships such as these, to maximize community resources for the benefit of the community, is a terrific model for efficient and effective government," said Kitsap County Commissioner Ed  Wolfe. "The recent agreements create a great win-win for the schools and community." He anticipates that Kitsap County Parks and the school district will continue to discuss possibilities for similar agreements.

The agreement follows an inter-local agreement the county signed with the school district in 2016 pertaining to the upgrading of athletic field serving Klahowya Secondary School, built on county parkland within Newberry Hill Heritage Park. Again, the district assumed liability of the facilities and funding for all upgrades. Since then, the district has prepared developmental plans for a $2.4 million project to improve the fields, provide accessible access, and possibly upgrade restroom and concession buildings. The county reviewed the plans and provided written consent for the project to move forward, as is required in the agreement.  

"Continuing this decades-long partnership aids our efforts to provide quality athletic facilities for our students and our community," said Central Kitsap School District Superintendent David McVicker. The school district and county have worked together on the athletic complex next to Olympic High since 1976.

Along with other community partners such as the Public Facilities District, the county and school district continue to discuss a possible extension of a similar agreement to additional athletic facilities at the fairgrounds.

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Jim Dunwiddie, Parks Director
jdunwiddie@co.kitsap.wa.us | 360-337-5350

3/22/2017Open House to get input on Port Gamle Trail Feasability Study

(Port Orchard, WA)—Kitsap County invites you to a community open house to learn about a feasibility study underway for a 6-7 mile shared-use trail connecting SR 104 in Port Gamble to Stottlemeyer Road NE.  This shared-use trail is part of the Sound-to-Olympics Trail connecting the Hood Canal Bridge, Kingston, Poulsbo, and Bainbridge Island.

Port Gamble Feasibility Study Open House
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Village Green Community Center
26159 Dulay Road NE in Kingston, WA

During the open house, County staff will provide an overview of the Feasibility Study, share work study materials, and take public comments. All interested parties are invited to attend.

The goal of the Feasibility Study is to examine possible trail alignments, environmental concerns, design and constructability, operational constraints, and estimated costs associated with constructing a trail. If built, the bicycle and pedestrian trail will provide a non-motorized corridor connecting locations within northern Kitsap County.

To learn more about the project go to http://bit.ly/portgambletrail

For more information, contact David Forte, Transportation Planning, Kitsap County Public Works at 360.337.5777 or by email at dforte@co.kitsap.wa.us.

A map of the study area is shown below.

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3/22/2017Governor's proclamation recognizes work of local Office of Public Defense

(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners joins Governor Jay Inslee in recognizing the work of Kitsap County's Office of Public Defense. The Governor proclaimed March 18 as Public Defense Day in Washington. The local Office of Public Defense is taking the occasion to inform the public about the role it plays in the County's justice system as well as thank the local public defense attorneys and staff that serve Kitsap County so well.   

Kitsap County's Office of Public Defense (OPD) provides all defendants charged in Kitsap County's Superior and District courts with an attorney at their initial appearance in court if they have not already retained one.  For those unable to afford the cost of an attorney, OPD guarantees the accused has legal representation for the duration of the entire criminal case.  OPD ensures that all defendants represented by its staff or contract attorneys have access to sufficient investigative or expert services as case circumstances necessitate. 

OPD also coordinates the representation of indigent individuals subject to involuntary treatment and commitment, civil contempt of court proceedings, as well as cases diverted to adult and juvenile drug court, juvenile individualized treatment court, veteran's court, and human trafficking diversion court.  OPD provides around-the-clock access to counsel over the telephone for anyone arrested in Kitsap County for driving under the influence who makes a request for counsel to the arresting police officer. 

Located within the Administrative Services branch of Kitsap County government, the Office of Public Defense has a staff of eight attorneys, an office manager, two legal assistants and an investigator.  In addition to annually providing direct legal representation in hundreds of felony cases, OPD also oversees a multitude of contracts with 16 other local law firms and attorneys to ensure all indigent persons subject to County court proceedings where personal liberty may be in jeopardy are guaranteed effective legal representation.  The OPD, in coordinating the provision of legal representation between its staff attorneys and the attorneys it contracts with, takes pride in making certain that those found indigent in Kitsap County whose personal liberty is at stake are guaranteed effective legal counsel. 

Kitsap County's Office of Public Defense would like to thank its hard-working and dedicated staff as well as the diligent local attorneys, law firms, and investigators it contracts with, for ensuring that all the expectations embodied in the U.S. Supreme Court's cases celebrated by Governor Inslee's Public Defense Day Proclamation are capably met in Kitsap County each and every day that one of its many courts are in session. 

A copy of Governor Inslee's proclamation is available here. For more information about Kitsap County's Office of Public Defense, go to https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pubdef/Pages/default.aspx or contact office manager Susan Taylor at staylor@co.kitsap.wa.us.  Anonymous feedback and comments may be submitted in the suggestion box located in the lobby of the OPD office.

3/16/2017Portion of West Kingston Road closes April 17 for bridge construction

(Port Orchard, WA) – A portion of NE West Kingston Road will close to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic on April 17, 2017 to make way for construction of a new 150-foot, two-span bridge across Carpenter Creek, replacing a narrow culvert. The road will be closed between Siyaya Avenue NE and South Kingston Road, and is expected to reopen in December, 2017.  For residents within the work zone, driveway access will be maintained at all times.

The project is funded in partnership with Kitsap County Public Works and the United States Navy.

"The partnership with the Navy was crucial to the project happening on this timeline," said County Commissioner Rob Gelder. "This isn't just a culvert replacement project, but a project that will increase the safety and functionality for drivers and pedestrians alike. Road closure is never easy, but I hope the community will appreciate the improvements when it's all complete."

The bridge project replaces an existing 60-inch diameter culvert considered to be a partial barrier to fish migration. By removing the culvert and installing a bridge, the natural tidal function of the Carpenter Creek estuary can be restored, the historical salt marsh habitat reclaimed, and the fish migration to and from Carpenter Creek enhanced.  

"Replacing that tiny culvert with a big bridge is good for the marsh, the grasses, the fish, and all the wildlife, too! It can't come soon enough!" said Naomi Maasberg, administrative director of Stillwaters Environmental Center, located adjacent to the estuary. "The temporary inconvenience will be SO worth it!"

The bridge project will also provide many safety benefits for motorists and pedestrians, including wider travel lanes, new street lights, a five-foot sidewalk and a five-foot bike lane built on the north side of the road. On the south side, a six-foot paved shoulder is included as part of the project.

During the planning phase of the project, Kitsap County conducted an extensive traffic study. The study recommends Lindvog Road NE as the most effective detour route during the closure. To reduce delays, there are simple tips motorists can follow: travel during off-peak hours, adjust travel routines, combine trips or carpool.

Bridge construction is being done by Redside Construction, LLC from Bainbridge Island under a $3.7 million construction contract.

To learn more about the project and to sign up for electronic notifications, go to www.bit.ly/WKingston or call Kitsap1 at (360) 337-5777.

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Contacts:
Dick Dadisman, Project Manager 360.337.5777 or Ddadisma@co.kitsap.wa.us or Steve Nichols, Construction Manager, 360.337.5777 or snichols@co.kitsap.wa.us.

3/16/2017Overnight closures begin Saturday on Hood Canal Bridge

​Courtesy retransmittal of WSDOT news release

Starting Saturday, March 18, contractor crews working on the SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge – Special Repair project will begin the task of rehabilitating the structural, electrical, mechanical and hydraulics systems of the longest floating bridge over salt water in the world.

Between the overnight hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday, March 18 through Saturday, March 25, the bridge span will be closed to traffic while work crews take precise measurements on the internal mechanics that allows the bridge span to open and close.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and plan accordingly. An overnight work schedule was selected in order to minimize traffic impacts. Additional periodic closures will be announced as dates are scheduled.

Marine vessels may be affected by this project. While bridge operators will still be able to open the drawspan up to 300 feet, there will be times during the project when they will not be able to open it up to its maximum 600 feet.

More details on why these important closures are taking place can be found on the WSDOT blog.

Driver Resources
Drivers can receive up-to-date Hood Canal Bridge information through several resources. Advanced notification of drawspan openings is not provided for passage of marine vessels associated with the Department of Defense. 

  • WSDOT email updates
  • Hood Canal text messages: 
    • To subscribe, send a text message to 468311 with the words: wsdot hood
    • To unsubscribe, send a text message to the same number with the words: wsdot stop
  • Social media users can follow updates on Twitter

Additional information about the Hood Canal Bridge can be found on the WSDOT's Common Questions web page.

Hyperlinks within the release:

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Contact: Cara Mitchell, Communications, WSDOT, 360.357.2703 or mitchca@wsdot.wa.gov

3/15/2017County seeks input on transportation improvements

(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 5
Village Green Community Center
26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston

Suquamish Community Advisory Committee Open House
4-7 p.m., April 11
House of Awakened Culture
7235 NE Suquamish Way

Hansville Neighbor's Luncheon
Noon, April 19
Greater Hansville Community Center
6778 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.
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Contact:  Marc Lewis DeGrace, 360.337.5777 or mdegrace@co.kitsap.wa.us or David Forte, 360.337.5777 or dforte@co.kitsap.wa.us

3/15/2017Public Open Houses explain draft update to Critical Areas Ordinance

​Kitsap County is holding three informational open houses to present information about the draft Critical Areas Ordinance update.

The open houses are at these locations:

North Kitsap—Thursday, March 23rd 4‐6:30 p.m.
Village Green Community Center
26159 Dulay Rd. NE, Kingston, WA 98346

South Kitsap—Tuesday, March 28th 4‐6:30 p.m.
Commissioners Chambers
Kitsap County Administration Building
619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Central Kitsap—Thursday, March 30 4‐6:30 p.m.
Eagles Nest, Kitsap County Fairgrounds
1195 NW Fairgrounds Rd, Bremerton, WA 98310

The Kitsap County Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) is undergoing a required update under the Washington Growth Management Act. The CAO (Kitsap County Code, Title 19), is the portion of local code which provides development standards for protecting the environment and minimizing risk to human safety. Critical areas include:

  • Wetlands;
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas;
  • Geologically Hazardous Areas;
  • Frequently Flooded Areas; and
  • Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas.

 A preliminary public comment period is open now, March 1‐ 31st. An additional comment period will open in mid‐April, prior to the Planning Commission hearings. More information is available on the County CAO webpage and includes drafts, summaries, maps, a schedule, comment form and a 24/7 online open house.

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Contact: Kathlene Barnhart, Planner, Department of Community Development, 360.337.5777 or kbarnhar@co.kitsap.wa.us

3/8/2017Central Kitsap Community Council meets to discuss branding, Critical Areas Ordinance

The Central Kitsap Community Council will host its next meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 12 at the Silverdale Beach Hotel ballroom, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road, Silverdale. It will not meet as previously planned in the  Haselwood Family YMCA Community Room, Silverdale.

The council will lead a discussion on promoting a sense of community by developing a brand or theme for Silverdale and how that could be considered in future community improvements such as pedestrian amenities, signage, and other visual features as part of the community's rapidly changing landscape. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate.

Additionally, the Kitsap County Department of Community Development will provide a brief update on the Critical Areas Ordinance. An online open house was created to provide maps, draft and summary documents of proposed changes, and opportunities to submit public comment.

For more information on the Central Kitsap Community Council, visit the council website or contact Angie Silva in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us, (360) 337-7080.

3/1/2017Kitsap County Seeking Initial Comments on Draft Update to the Critical Areas Ordinance

County launches online open house with draft code for review

(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) is undergoing a required update under the Washington Growth Management Act. The CAO (Kitsap County Code, Title 19), is the portion of local code which provides development standards for protecting the environment and minimizing risk to human safety. Critical areas include:

  • Wetlands;
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas;
  • Geologically Hazardous Areas;
  • Frequently Flooded Areas; and
  • Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas


The Kitsap Board of County Commissioners wishes to provide the public an opportunity to view the required and recommended changes. This initial comment period will be open March 1-31, 2017. Additional opportunity to comment will follow, leading up to the Planning Commission hearings in late April / early May.  Adoption is scheduled by June 30, 2017. A full schedule, including public open houses, is available on the County website.

If you would be interested in scheduling a presentation for your organization, please contact Kathlene Barnhart at kbarnhar@co.kitsap.wa.us

In addition, the County will be providing a new online Open House, available from the County website, 24/7.  Draft documents, summaries, and electronic commenting are provided along-side interactive maps and links. The public is encouraged to visit and utilize the quick and efficient online commenting form.

For automatic updates on this effort, please sign up for Kitsap County's GovDelivery system.



Kathlene Barnhart,
Planner Kitsap County DCD Planning and Environmental Programs Division
(360)337-5777 |  kbarnhar@co.kitsap.wa.us
2/23/2017Free golf at Village Greens Golf Course

The Village Greens Golf Course in Port Orchard opens for the season on Monday, March 13. Opening Day Celebration features FREE greens fees for all golfers that day. The course will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. All guests attending Opening Day are eligible to win prizes by participating in a variety of family oriented golf contests. 

In addition to the contests, Golf Instructor, Howard Blakes, is providing three half-hour clinics beginning at noon.  Blakes teaches beginner and intermediate golf lessons at the course, and plans to hold several public tournaments this year.  PGA Golf Professional, Bruce Weir, will offer free clinics to experienced golfers if there is an interest.  He asks that interested golfers contact him at bruceaweir@hotmail.com to schedule. 

The successful First Tee Program, a low cost youth development program focusing on teaching the game of golf while also teaching life skills, returns for the season.  The program is designed for youth ages 6-18.  The First Tee Program will have a series of sessions throughout the year, beginning April 24. Program instructors will attend the festivities on the 13th to meet and greet families from 3 - 5 p.m. 

Village Greens Golf Course is located at 2298 Fircrest Drive SE in Port Orchard, across from the Orchard Heights Elementary School.  March hours at the course are 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Wednesdays through Mondays. The course is closed on Tuesdays for maintenance.

The course is a public 18 hole executive golf course with a covered driving range, putting and chipping greens.  Rental clubs and pull carts are available. USGA consultant, Larry Gilhuly, says, "This course is ideal for families, women, and beginning golfers, and is the exact type of golf course the game needs to bring new golfers to the game.  At the same time, it's still challenging for experienced golfers and those working on their short game."  More information about the course can be found at www.villagegreensgolfcourse.com.  

Kitsap County Parks Department's mission is to provide quality of life enhancing opportunities through the management of natural areas and specialized facilities, fostering community stewardship, and offering an outstanding service-oriented environment.  For more information about the Kitsap County Parks Department visit their website at www.kitsapgov.com/parks.

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Contact:  Billie Schmidt, Kitsap County Parks, 360.337.5371 or bschmidt@co.kitsap.wa.us