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Kitsap Great Give an opportunity to support county parks4/19/2018

Kitsap Great Give, a 24-hour online fundraising event for local non-profit organizations, takes place April 24, beginning at midnight (though early giving has already opened). This year, joining the Kitsap Great Give is the newly created Kitsap County Parks Foundation, raising funds to preserve, support and promote Kitsap County Parks Department properties, facilities and open space, and continue to foster the ongoing development of public-private partnerships.

Kitsap County is 396 square miles in size. The Kitsap County Parks Department proudly manages 73 county parks, totaling 10,487 acres. The park system is unique in its features and demands with heritage parks, waterfronts and waterways, legacy parks, specialized parks, and community recreation complexes – each offering different recreational opportunities and experiences. The total acreage of Kitsap County parks has increased 67 percent since 2012, while the parks budget is only slightly more than it was in 2007. The Kitsap County Parks Foundation is working to bridge this gap and offer an opportunity for community partners to be a part of preserving and enhancing the county's greatest assets, and establishing a stronger financial support base.

The Kitsap Community Foundation hosts the Great Give as a way to bring awareness about the many non-profit groups in Kitsap that raise funds to support causes from human services, animals and arts to education and the environment. Kitsap County Commissioners will pass a proclamation April 23 in support of this countywide fundraising event. Those wishing to donate to multiple organizations can make their contributions on a single website. Great Give sponsors supplement donations, providing organizations added cash bonuses to help bolster individual contributions.

For more information on Kitsap Great Give, go to https://kitsapgreatgive.org. To learn more about Kitsap County Parks, go to www.kitsapgov.com/parks.

 

State Public Works Board approves loan to county for sewer improvements4/18/2018

The Washington State Public Works Board approved 12 cities and counties for approximately $6 million in pre-construction loans for 2018, including $727,000 for sanitary sewer improvements in Kitsap County. This is the first time in five years the board received funding from the state Legislature to issue loans.

The sanitary sewer improvements include upgrades at four sewage pumping stations, constructed in the Silverdale/Central Kitsap area in the mid-1970s, to provide for future capacity, replace out-of-date equipment, and bring the facilities into compliance with current design standards. The improvements will also upsize sewage conveyance lines which serve the stations. The funding will be used for preliminary engineering, an evaluation of permitting requirements, and extensive public outreach.

"The state's investment in this program is vital for local jurisdictions being able to move forward on key infrastructure projects in a timely manner, thus meeting the current and future needs of our growing community," said Commissioner Rob Gelder, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners.

The State Public Works Board announced April 13 its selection of 12 out of 15 projects from applications requesting over $7.5 million. These projects will improve water, sewer, roads, and street systems in rural communities throughout the state. Kitsap was the only county selected. All other recipients are rural cities throughout the state

"State investments in public infrastructure are the foundation for strengthening rural communities where the burden of funding these projects can be a huge obstacle to economic vitality," said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender.   

The 2018 Legislature authorized a total of $14 million for these loans that assist local governments, with the remainder to be awarded later in the year. The Legislature also provided $5 million in emergency loans, available until the funds are exhausted.

The mission of the State Public Works Board is to provide financial and technical assistance to Washington communities for critical public health, safety, and environmental infrastructure that supports community and economic vitality. The Board is comprised of 13 board members, appointed by the Governor for four-year terms. Three represent counties, three represent cities, three represent special purpose districts, and four are from the private sector. For more information, visit www.pwb.wa.gov.

Volunteers needed for Suquamish community cleanup4/17/2018

Want to help pitch in to clean up the Suquamish community in time for Earth Day? Volunteers are needed to join the Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee for its annual Suquamish Cleanup, taking place from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 21. Meet at the Suquamish United Church of Christ, 18732 Division Avenue NE. All ages are welcome. Supplies will be provided.

This is a great volunteer opportunity, especially for scouts and high school students who need to complete community service hours. For more information, contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at (360) 337-4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Sustainable Cinema Presents - Death by Design4/17/2018

By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.

“Both jaw-dropping and heartbreaking, Death by Design forces the viewer to reconsider their whole approach to technology, and this mad and unsustainable obsession with constantly upgrading.”

Watch Death by Design Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
at Dragonfly Cinema
822 Bay St. Port Orchard
www.dragonflycinema.com
Suggested Donation

View the poster here


Sheriff Simpson joins Commissioner Wolfe at First Friday Listening Session May 44/16/2018

​Constituents of Central Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe are welcome to drop in during his First Friday Listening Session from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 4 at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road. Sheriff Gary Simpson will join Commissioner Wolfe to address law enforcement and school safety in Central Kitsap, topics brought up at the April 6 listening session. This is an opportunity for citizens to voice their concerns and engage in lively conversation.

First Friday Listening Sessions are usually held at Monica's Waterfront Bakery & Café in Old Town Silverdale but the May meeting is being moved to the hotel to provide more room for attendees. Other First Friday Listening Sessions are scheduled June 1 and Aug. 3. The July session will be cancelled because of its proximity to the Fourth of July.

In addition to joining Commissioner Wolfe in this public discussion May 4, Sheriff Simpson and deputies serving the Central Kitsap community will host an open house during National Drug Take Back Day, from 11 am. to 3 p.m. April 28 at the Silverdale precinct office, 3951 Randall Way. The public will have the opportunity to tour the office, learn neighborhood crime prevention tips and about planned responses for active shooters in schools.

For more information on the May 4 listening session, contact Angie Silva in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080, asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us . For more information on the Sheriff's Office Open House, call (360) 337-7101 or e-mail kitsapshpio@co.kitsap.wa.us.

 

Roadway improvements planned along Suquamish Way NE 4/13/2018

Kitsap County's Department of Public Works is making roadway improvements on Suquamish Way NE, from Division Avenue NE to NE Hyak Lane. The project area is part of the Mosquito Fleet Trail and is the only walking pathway from downtown Suquamish to the Suquamish Tribal Administrative Center. Suquamish Way NE serves as the main thoroughfare between Kingston and Bainbridge Island and can have substantial traffic during commute hours. This project improves safety for pedestrians.

As part of the project, the contractor will construct a 5-foot paved shoulder on the north side of Suquamish Way NE and a 5-foot bike lane and 6-foot sidewalk on the south side. A new stormwater treatment unit that uses specially designed filter media to capture and treat storm water pollutants is also included in the project.

The 4-month project begins Monday, April 16, 2018 and is expected to be complete this fall.  The roadway will remain open for the duration of the project; however, motorists can expect traffic delays. Flaggers will assist motorists through the project area.

The contractor will suspend work during the following events, Chief Seattle Days, August 17-19 and Tribal Journeys, July 25-26.

The work is being done by Sound Excavation Inc. under a $881,000.00 construction contract. The work will occur during normal working hours between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm

For more information contact Julie Hamon, Assistant Construction Manager, at Kitsap1, 360.337.5777 or email help@kitsap1.com.

For more information on the project and to sign up for electronic notifications go to http://kcowa.us/suw


Dealing with downtown traffic: Learn what's in the works for Kingston May 24/12/2018

​Transportation improvements on State Route 104 and Washington Boulevard are moving from planning to implementation in the near future. Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder will discuss proposals under consideration for dealing with downtown ferry traffic and new state funding at the next meeting of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council, which takes place 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be time to address questions and comments.

Kitsap County Public Works staff will provide updates on street improvements for Washington Boulevard, South Kingston Road and others. The KCAC Transportation Committee will also share the latest on Kitsap Transit's passenger-only ferry, slated to begin Kingston-to-Seattle service in late summer of this year.  

KCAC currently has two vacancies for at-large positions and applications are being accepted. To apply, fill out the online application form. For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners’ Office at (360) 337-4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us

Stand Down offers information, resources and services to veterans and their families4/11/2018

Veterans and their families are invited to the Spring 2018 Veterans Stand Down, which takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Ave.  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 Kitsap County 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.  Active duty transitioning out of the military or retiring by the end of 2018 are encouraged to attend to gather information and resources to assist in their transition to civilian.

Service providers include Department of Veterans Affairs, Olympic College, Veteran Service Organizations, Northwest Justice Project, Washington Department of VA, 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 Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance (KAVA); 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 + Women's Auxiliary; Michael & Karen Johnson; Abraham House; Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board; and Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance.

For more information, contact the Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program at (360) 337-4811 or asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Roadway improvements begin on Ridgetop Blvd NW4/11/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County's Department of Public Works begins stormwater and roadway improvements on Ridgetop Boulevard NW from NW Waaga Way (SR 303) to Quail Run Drive. This work is the first phase of a three-phased project that extends from NW Waaga Way to Silverdale Way. Phase II is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2018. Phase III is not scheduled for construction as Kitsap County is currently seeking funding.

This project will make stormwater improvements by installing 7 biorentention cells in the newly designed roadway medians. The project will also construct an additional southbound travel lane from Hillsboro Drive to NW Waaga Way, a 10-foot sidewalk on the east side of the roadway and two mini-roundabouts at the intersections of Marigold Drive NW and Quail Run Drive, along with pedestrian safety improvements throughout the project.

The 9-month project begins April 11 with the contractor mobilizing equipment onsite. Construction is anticipated to start the week of April 16 and be completed by February 2019. The roadway will remain open for the duration of the project; however, motorists can expect traffic delays. Flaggers will assist motorists through the project area.

The work is being done by Nordland Construction NW under a $3.92 million construction contract.

For more information contact Gunnar Fridriksson, Project Manager, at Kitsap1, 360.337.5777 or email help@kitsap1.com.

To learn more about the project and to sign up for electronic notifications on weekly progress go to http://kcowa.us/RidgetopBlvd

As this construction project begins, it is a reminder that this week, April 9-13 is National Work Zone Safety Week. Please be vigilant as you drive through work zones. To learn more about National Work Zone Week go to https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/outreach/wz_awareness.htm


Road safety improvements planned at Bethel Burley Road SE – SE Burley Olalla Road intersection4/10/2018

Kitsap County's Department of Public Works is making safety improvements at the intersection of Bethel Burley Road SE and SE Burley Olalla Road in South Kitsap. The project will install a left turn lane on southbound Bethel Burley Road SE, just north of the intersection with SE Burley Olalla Road. The project also includes improvements to the stormwater collection system with the installation of new catch basins within the project limits.

The 3-month project is scheduled to begin on April 23, 2018, and be completed by July, 2018, weather permitting. The roadway will remain open for the duration of the project; however, motorists can expect brief traffic delays. Flaggers will assist motorists through the project area.

The work is being done by Northwest Cascade, Inc. under a $442,321.00 construction contract. The work will occur during normal working hours between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm.

For more information contact Derek McCoy, Construction Manager, at Kitsap1, 360.337.5777 or email help@kitsap1.com.

To learn more about the project go to http://kitsap.paladinpanoramic.com/project/2232/54700

Help Shape the future of Washington State Ferries4/2/2018

​Ferry ridership is expected to grow 30 percent by 2040. Washington State Ferries (WSF) is developing a Long Range Plan to better understand and plan for the changing needs of the system through 2040. Participate online or join WSF at an open house to learn more and share your priorities for the Long Range Plan. 

Bainbridge Island
Tuesday, April 17
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Bainbridge Island Senior Center
370 Brien Drive SE,
Bainbridge Island

Port Townsend
Thursday, April 19
5 – 7 p.m.
Cotton Building
607 Water Street,
Port Townsend

Vashon Island
Tuesday, April 24
6 – 8 p.m.
Vashon Island High School
9600 SW 204th Street, Vashon

Bremerton
Wednesday, April 25
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Kitsap Conference Center 
100 Washington Avenue,
Bremerton

Southworth
Thursday, April 26
6 – 8 p.m.
John Sedgwick Jr. High
8995 SE Sedgwick Road,
Port Orchard

Kingston
Tuesday, May 8
6 – 8 p.m.
Kingston Village Green Community Center
26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston

View open house materials and provide feedback at an online open house from April 10 through May 24 at www.WSFLongRangePlan.com (the link will be live when the open house begins). Visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/planning/long-range-plan/the-plan for more information.
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CONTACT:  Carmen Bendixen, Senior Transportation Planner, Washington State Ferries, 206.515.3463 or BendixC@wsdot.wa.gov

Permits Whenever, Wherever - We're going paperless!3/23/2018

Beginning Sunday, April 1st, 2018, all Community Development (DCD) applications must be submitted through the Online Permit Center.

No more paper. No more driving to Port Orchard. No more waiting. Apply for all permits online, 24/7, from the comfort of your own home or office.

Visit our Online Permitting Page to locate application packets and other helpful resources to help you submit with success.

Worried about your first online submittal? We are here to help!

  • Call us at (360) 337-5777
  • Email us at help@kitsap1.com
  • Visit our Self-Service Kiosk in the Permit Center Lobby to have a Permit Technician walk you through your first online submittal.
  • Attend an upcoming live demonstration.

 

Upcoming Training & Live Demonstrations: 

Attend one of our live demonstrations with County staff to learn how to navigate the online submittal process.

Thursday March 29, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Kitsap County Administration Building, Commissioner's Chambers - 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Wednesday April 4, 2018, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Kitsap County Administration Building, Commissioner's Chambers - 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Friday April 20, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kitsap County Administration Building, Commissioner's Chambers - 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Tuesday April 24, 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Kitsap County Administration Building, Commissioner's Chambers - 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366

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 .

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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