Do you like to get out to local parks with friends and family? Do you belong to a sports organization that wants to know more about local fields and open spaces? South Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido and the Kitsap County Parks Department invite the public to an open house presentation on the final draft of the 2018 Kitsap County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan update. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 in the Commissioners' Chambers of the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard.
A complete copy of the plan, including appendices, maps and previously submitted comments and replies, is available for review on the Parks Department website here. An online comment form is also posted.
County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the plan at their regular business meeting February 12, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in Poulsbo City Hall, 200 Moe St. NE, Poulsbo. (Please note the special location of this meeting.) The Parks Advisory Board will formally review the plan during its regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Eagles Nest Community Room, 1195 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton.
The Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan outlines goals, strategies, capital facilities planning and investment emphasis for the county park system that now encompasses over 10,000 acres. Public input collected since last summer is incorporated into the final draft that identifies key issues, strengths, and opportunities; provides guidelines and policy direction; and ensures parks continue to serve as integral to the county's social and economic development.
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.
For more information, go to https://spf.kitsapgov.com/parks or call (360) 337-5350.
For the first time, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners will hold its regularly scheduled business meeting Feb. 12 in Poulsbo instead of the county seat in Port Orchard. The meeting begins at the usual time of 5:30 p.m. but will be held in the Council Chambers of Poulsbo City Hall, located at 200 NE Moe Street, Poulsbo. The public is welcome. Commissioners have also scheduled two other 2018 regular business meetings in Poulsbo June 11 and Sept. 24.
In order to be more accessible to all county residents, County Commissioners lobbied the state legislature to approve House Bill 1013-2013-14, which authorizes regular meetings of county legislative authorities to be held at alternate locations within the county.
"We're striving to be more available, accessible and transparent to the communities and residents of Kitsap County," said Commissioner Rob Gelder, chair of the Board of Commissioners who represents North Kitsap. "Previously, we could hold only special meetings outside of Port Orchard, but couldn't take action. Now those in the north end who want to attend our business meetings can do so without making the long drive."
Commissioner Gelder added public hearings and special meetings will continue to be scheduled outside of Port Orchard. Commissioner business meetings are broadcast live countywide on the local Bremerton Kitsap Access Television station (BKAT). The city, county and BKAT worked collaboratively to make technology upgrades that allow for countywide broadcasts from City Hall.
Commissioner meetings are broadcast live on BKAT at Comcast Channel 12 and Wave Channel 3. Programs are archived here. For more information on the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners' meeting calendar and agendas, visit the Commissioners' home page here or call the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080.
A community meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 23 in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Rd NE, Kingston, to learn more about the Seaside townhomes development planned off of Lindvog Road. County Commissioner Rob Gelder is hosting the meeting that will include the developer and architect of the project, and county staff from the Kitsap County Departments of Community Development and Public Works to provide information and answer questions.
To learn more about the Comprehensive Plan amendment process, go to https://spf.kitsapgov.com/dcd/Pages/2018-Comprehensive-Plan-Amendments.aspx or click here. For more information on the meeting, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kitsap County Parks Department continues to post revised drafts of the update to the 2012 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan, after each public comment period. County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the plan at their regular business meeting February 12, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in Poulsbo City Hall, 200 Moe St. NE, Poulsbo. (Please note the special location of this meeting.)
The plan outlines goals, objectives, and strategies to address improvements and investment emphasis for the county park system that now encompasses over 10,000 acres. The preliminary draft was posted from early December through the first week of January for community and stakeholder review and comment. The plan has since been revised and the final draft is now posted on the Parks Department website linked to below.
Public input collected since last summer is incorporated into the final draft that identifies key issues, strengths, and opportunities; provides guidelines and policy direction for acquisition, development, and preservation; and ensures parks continue to serve as integral to the county's social and economic development.
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 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.
Community outreach, including public forums and participation in local events, identified the needs and concerns of county residents, and provided feedback and ideas on the future direction of the county parks system. More than 1,100 citizens responded to the survey.
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, email@example.com.
The Kitsap County Department of Community Development will discuss the ongoing Comprehensive Plan amendments process related to the Kingston Urban Village Center zone and provide a 'Permitting 101' review for those who wish to learn more about how large developments are permitted and where the public can go to find more information.
The presentation takes place during the regular monthly meeting of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council, which begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
To learn more about the Comprehensive Plan amendments process, go to https://spf.kitsapgov.com/dcd/Pages/2018-Comprehensive-Plan-Amendments.aspx or click here. For more information on the meeting, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A resource fair focusing on agencies and organizations supporting individuals with developmental disabilities will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 3 at Ridgetop Middle School in Silverdale.
Dozens of agencies, programs and support groups will have informational tables on topics such as early intervention, parks and recreation, community services, residential agencies, employment vendors, governmental support, respite, advocacy, transportation and more. Refreshments will be served.
The event is sponsored by Kitsap County, the Central Kitsap School District, the Kitsap County Parent Coalition and Holly Ridge Center.
For more information, call Kitsap County Developmental Disabilities division at (360) 337-4624 or click here.
Each year, Project Connect offers a free one-day, one-stop services fair for individuals and families who may be homeless, face the imminent risk of homelessness or need access to community services. The event has taken place in Bremerton for about a decade. This month, Project Connect is expanding to include three different sites – one in each part of the county – to better reach more Kitsap residents.
Events are scheduled:
Last year, about 450 local, low-income and homeless residents attended Project Connect at the Salvation Army in Bremerton. Over 50 organizations provided services including housing referrals, immunizations, eye exams, health screenings, rabies shots, sleeping bags, coats, haircuts, and more. The Salvation Army also provided participants with a hot lunch. Each of the three 2018 Project Connect sites will have slightly different vendors, tailoring offerings to what is available to residents in that geographic area.
Project Connect is held in conjunction with the annual Point-in-Time Count survey of people experiencing homelessness, conducted by the Kitsap County Department of Human Services. Guests at Project Connect are asked to participate in the survey, which helps local and state leaders better understand community needs and homelessness trends. The results also influence state and local funding decisions.
Project Connect is coordinated by the Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition, a network which includes homeless and affordable housing service providers as well as organizations serving homeless and low-income residents of our community.
For more information on Project Connect and available homeless and housing resources, please go to the Continuum of Care website at www.kitsapcontinuumofcarecoalition.org.
Additional statistics and information about past Point-in-Time Counts and homelessness in Kitsap is available at https://spf.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/HH-Reports-and-Data.aspx .
PORT ORCHARD – The Auditor's Office is seeking individuals to serve on committees to draft voters' guide arguments against proposed ballot measures in the North Kitsap and Bremerton school districts. Each of the four measures will be on the Feb. 13, 2018 Special Election ballot.
Each district is proposing two ballot measures and separate committees are requested for each measure. The Bremerton School District is proposing a School Support Levy and a Technology and Capital Projects Levy. The North Kitsap School District is proposing an Educational Program and Operations Funding Levy and a Facilities and Technology Capital Projects Levy. The Feb. 13, 2018 Online Voters' Guide includes official ballot titles, explanatory statements, arguments "for" and "against" each measure, and rebuttals. Committees writing arguments in favor of each measure were already formed.
Committee members do not have to be residents of the district in order to draft arguments. Interested parties should contact the Elections Division by 4:30 p.m., Dec. 22. Please email email@example.com or call 360-337-7128 if interested.
Resolutions submitted by the districts for each measure are at the Resolutions page on the Kitsap County Auditor's website.
Contact: Steve Gardner, Auditor's Office, 360.337.7280
The easiest way to recycle your unflocked Christmas tree is in your curbside yard waste container. Remove all decorations-- they put recyclers in danger, ruin compost, and ruin machinery.
If you don't subscribe to this convenient curbside service, click here for a map or text descriptions that help you find a drop-off site for your unflocked tree.
The holidays result in several changes to solid and hazardous waste facilities and services. Regular facility schedules resume following the holiday.
Residential and commercial collection service for garbage, recycling, and yard debris:
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 .
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 337-7287.
(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.
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.
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:
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.
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Contact: Kitsap 1, 360.337.5777 or email@example.com
(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:
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.
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Tickets now on sale for Dec. 15 event featuring Clarence Moriwaki
The 27th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights is scheduled for Friday, December 15, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Olympic College in Bremerton. This year's theme is "Historical Perspectives and Moving Forward."
The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights is honored to announce the conference keynote speaker is Clarence Moriwaki, president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and founder and past president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association. He will present "History, Honor, Healing and Hope: The timeless - and timely - story of the devastating impacts of fear, prejudice, intolerance and failure of political leadership during World War II, and the hopeful, healing power of redemption to let it not happen again."
The conference begins with a complimentary continental breakfast, followed by the keynote address, a panel discussion on "Personal Perspectives and the Path Forward," complimentary lunch, a spoken word performance and afternoon workshops.
Tickets are on sale now via Brown Paper Tickets. Follow the link here or go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3127095. Ticket prices are $25 for youth 18 and under; $40 for adults; and $50 for adults including an informational table to share materials from non-profit organizations. All ticket prices include breakfast and lunch. Parking is free.
The conference is organized by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights and sponsors include Olympic College, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners and Sound Publishing.
For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Council for Human Rights, go to http://www.kitsapgov.com/boards/humanrights/council_for_human_rights.htm or click here.
Kitsap County Public Works is seeking land to build a new Road Maintenance facility in the north end of the County. Operations and staff have outgrown the current North end road facility and access to and from the facility is an issue. A future facility will include an employee/crew building, a shop for vehicle maintenance, a covered canopy area for vehicles and equipment, and a materials storage area.
The land must meet the following conditions:
• A minimum of 10 acres and maximum of 15 acres of usable, unencumbered property.
• Have a Land Use designation of "Rural Industrial," "Commercial Industrial," or "Limited Areas of More Intense Rural Development (LAMIRD)."
• Be close to a main road or highway for easy access.All interested property owners or land representatives with acreage meeting the listed criteria are encouraged to contact Jacques Dean, Road Superintendent, at 360.337.4671 or email@example.com to discuss the project.
The Thanksgiving Day holiday (November 23) results in several changes to solid and hazardous waste facilities and services. Regular facility schedules resume following the holiday.
Bainbridge Island Transfer Station, Hansville, Silverdale, and Olalla Recycling and Garbage Facilities Closed November 23
Olympic View Transfer Station Closed November 23
Household Hazardous Waste Collection FacilityExtended closure Thanksgiving weekend (November 23-25) and reopens Thursday, November 30.
Waste ManagementNo service November 23. Collection delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
Bainbridge DisposalNo service November 23. Collection delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
City of PoulsboGarbage is picked up weekly including holidays.
For more information, visit https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/Pages/solidwastehomepage.aspx or call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777
(Port Orchard, WA)- The Department of Community Development is currently processing two batches of code amendments. The planning commission will hear public comments about the proposals on November 14, 2017.
Of the thirty-six proposed code amendments, the three following topics include an extended public review process:
For more detailed information and a tentative schedule please visit the Kitsap County Code Update website at http://tinyurl.com/Kitsap-County-Code-Updates.
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Recording documents get technology speed boost with ERecording
(Port Orchard, WA) Documents electronically recorded in Kitsap County are now viewable online immediately, in most cases, thanks to changes to the county's online document recording program at https://spf.kitsapgov.com/auditor/Pages/Kitsap-County-eRecording.aspx. The Kitsap County Auditor’s Office, one of the first to introduce eRecording technology in July of 2009, is expanding on the industry standard for delivering public documents for recording in electronic format by working with some of the most notable companies within the industry. "Government and private sector synergy makes eRecording technology available to the people of Kitsap County," said Dolores Gilmore, Kitsap County Auditor. "The Internet can be used to prepare documents for scanning and uploading while drastically reducing the time it takes to record documents with the county".
The Kitsap County Auditor is currently working with the following companies to deliver a variety of choices for eRecording: Corporation Service Company, eRecording Partners Network, Indecomm Global Services, and Simplifile (currently the only company that can eRecord documents that require a treasurer excise tax stamp). This efficient way of placing documents on public record provides the people of Kitsap County an essential service in a manner that ensures quality, accountability, and accessibility.
Kitsap County was formed in 1857 and was the hub of industrial activity that built the Pacific Northwest. Today, the Kitsap County Auditor's four divisions — Elections, Finance, Recording & Licensing — continue to be a hub for citizens with services like voting and marriage licensing. The Auditor is dedicated to more than 260,000 citizens and ensures the quality of our services.
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The public is invited to join the Central Kitsap Community Council for an insightful and action-oriented presentation addressing citizen concerns about the rise of homelessness and opioid and mental health issues in Kitsap County. Doug Washburn, director of the Kitsap County Department of Human Services, will be the guest speaker leading an overview of local data, resources, planning and ways to help, during the council's regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Rd.
The council will also hear an update on the Silverdale Transportation Center from John Clauson, director of Kitsap Transit.
Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the community conversation. For more information, contact Angie Silva at (360) 337-7080, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Traffic congestion, highway reroute, ferry service to be discussed
Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder invites the public to join him for a forum he will moderate to discuss Kingston transportation issues. Topics will include ferry traffic management, State Route 104 rerouting, Complete Streets implementation, Washington Blvd. improvements, passenger-only ferry service and local bus schedules. The event is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 25 in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston.
"Transportation is always at the top of our minds when we move throughout our day for both business and personal needs," said Commissioner Gelder. "This forum will assemble key agencies who oversee aspects of transportation infrastructure that supports the greater Kingston community. While this forum may not provide all the answers, it's a great chance to exchange ideas and opportunities for moving forward."
Representatives from Kitsap County Public Works, Kitsap Transit, Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State Ferries will address traffic safety, congestion, ferry service, current projects and ongoing planning. There will be opportunities for public comments and questions.
For more information, contact email@example.com or call (360) 337-4650.
In recognition of Family Caregiver Month in November, Kitsap County's Aging and Long-Term Care Family Caregiver Support Program is hosting free seminars for unpaid family and volunteer caregivers during its annual conference from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road. Doors open at 8:15 a.m.
This year's seminar topics support the physical and mental well-being of caregivers:
The Family Caregiver Conference offers unpaid caregivers the opportunity to increase their resilience, network with each other, and gain relevant information and knowledge of local resources from industry professionals in the community.
Complimentary refreshments and a light continental breakfast will be served. The event is free to family caregivers. Professional caregivers may also attend for a $15 fee. Registration is required for everyone. Call (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418. Individuals who may require special accommodations should contact Vicki Hanson at (360) 337-5700, (800) 562-6418 or TDD (360) 307-4280. One week advance notice is needed for interpreter services.
The state of Washington estimates that more than 900,000 people provide care for another adult. A caregiver's role may have developed slowly or suddenly and can be physically and emotionally demanding. When trying to juggle multiple roles, caregivers may put aside tending to their own well-being, resulting in increased stress, health problems, depression, and/or feelings of anger and anxiety about their situation.
Located in Silverdale, the Kitsap County Family Caregiver Support Center offers free services to support caregivers. Trained staff for available to listen, care, and provide practical information and ongoing support. The center also provides free personalized consultations with professional case managers and a resource library.
Those 18 years of age or older, living in Kitsap County and providing unpaid care for an adult with functional disabilities is eligible to utilize services. To learn more, call (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418, visit the website here, or stop by the Caregiver Support Center at 9857 Silverdale Way in Silverdale. Drop-in hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment.
The Phase One burn ban in Kitsap County was lifted Saturday morning (10/14/17).
Outdoor burning may resume subject to the normal limitations and permitting requirements:
"Fire conditions are much improved," according to David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal. "That said, our local fire crews still respond to brush fires every day so if you do burn – be diligent in following all of the safety precautions listed in your permit," Lynam added.
(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County invites you to a third Open House to learn about and provide input on the Silverdale Transportation Implementation Strategy (TIS).
Silverdale Transportation Implementation Strategy Open House #3Wednesday, November 8, 2017Open House: 6:00 pmPresentation: 6:30 pmJackson Scout Hall9161 Washington Ave NW
The TIS examines current and future transportation movements within Silverdale, identifies transportation needs and concerns, and develops strategies and priorities for transportation improvements. The strategy focuses on vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and freight movements.
During the first open house held this past April Kitsap County Public Works presented an analysis of how the current and the future transportation system in Silverdale function. At the second open house held in June, the staff presented strategies to address the transportation issues in Silverdale.
Through project analysis and public input received during the open houses, the TIS has identified and prioritized transportation projects for Silverdale. Identified projects will be presented at the upcoming third open house in November. Kitsap County Public Works staff will also lead a discussion on what a potential future transportation system for Silverdale can look like and how it might function.
The public is invited to join the conversation and have the opportunity to provide comments during the open house portion (6:00-6:30) and at the conclusion of the presentation which begins at 7:00 p.m. Comments and suggestions can also be submitted in writing to:
David Forte, Transportation PlanningKitsap County Public Works614 Division Street, MS-26Port Orchard, WA 98366
or via email to
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