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Learn more about Kingston community at event Sept. 219/14/2017

Learn more about local organizations, volunteer opportunities, downtown development and initiatives, road projects, parks and trails and much more at the Kingston Community Open House that takes place 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 21 in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Rd NE. Get questions answered, hear about ways to get actively involved, and find out about what's on the horizon for fast ferries, activities for youth, development of the Port of Kingston property and much, much more.

Dozens of community and non-profit organizations, county departments and local agencies will be on hand to share information on their programs, initiatives and planning efforts. This event is for all ages and interests and is hosted by the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council.

The open house is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle at rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us, 360-337-4650.

Central Kitsap and Manchester Treatment Plants recognized for outstanding performance9/8/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA)  — Two Kitsap County wastewater treatment facilities have been recognized for "Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance" in 2016 by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

The Central Kitsap Treatment Plant in Brownsville and the Manchester Treatment Plant were among 108 out of approximately 300 wastewater treatment facilities statewide that received the award. Kitsap County's Manchester Treatment Plant received the award for the 22nd consecutive year. It is the only wastewater treatment plant in Washington to receive the award since its inception in 1995.

"It takes diligent operators and a strong management team, working effectively together, to achieve this high level of compliance," stated Heather R. Bartlett, Water Quality Program Manager for the Department of Ecology. "It is not easy to operate a wastewater treatment plant 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without violations."

The Department of Ecology evaluates wastewater treatment plants for compliance with discharge limits, monitoring and reporting, spill prevention, and other water quality permit requirements. Treatment plants recognized for outstanding performance must be in compliance with no permit violations.

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is presenting the awards to plant operations staff at its next regular meeting 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017.

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Contact: Stella Vakarcs, 360.337.4896 or SVakarcs@co.kitsap.wa.us

CK Community Council building a community collage: Updates from Harrison Medical Center, Stirrett Glass Art Studio at Sept. 6 meeting8/28/2017

​The Central Kitsap Community Council and Commissioner Ed Wolfe will continue 2017 Community Collage discussions at their next regular meeting, which takes place 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road. The meeting will feature an update on the Harrison Medical Center construction project from President David Schultz and a presentation on Native American talking sticks from local artist Lisa Stirrett with discussion on  ways that this form of art might help communicate the community's unique values and identity.

The Public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Angie Silva in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080, asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Holiday closures for recycling and garbage facilities and services8/18/2017

(Port Orchard, WA)  The Labor Day holiday, September 4, results in several changes to drop-off and curbside garbage and recycling. Regular facility schedules resume following the holiday.

Hansville, Silverdale, and Olalla Recycling and Garbage Facilities — Closed Monday, September 4.

Poulsbo Recycle Center — Always closed on Mondays.

Bainbridge Island Transfer Station — Always closed on Mondays.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility — Always closed on Mondays.

Olympic View Transfer Station — Open

Residential and Commercial Collections for Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Debris:

  • Bainbridge Disposal, Waste Management and the City of Poulsbo are on their regular schedule.

For more information, visit
https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/Pages/solidwastehomepage.aspx or call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

  
Alison Sonntag appointed as new Superior Court Clerk  8/17/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) — The Kitsap Board of County Commissioners appointed Port Orchard resident Alison Sonntag as the Kitsap County Superior Court Clerk at their August 16th Board meeting. Ms. Sonntag replaces David W. Peterson who served as Clerk for 17 years and retired on August 4, 2017. She has served as Chief Deputy Clerk in the Kitsap County Clerks office since 1993.  Her appointment is through the end of 2018.  

 

“Alison is well respected by staff in the Clerks Office and by other elected officials.  She has the support of her predecessors and I have confidence that she will provide continuity in Clerks Office services as well as the leadership to guide innovation,” said Charlotte Garrido, Chair of the Board of Commissioners.  

 

Ms. Sonntag’s community involvement includes serving as an elected precinct committee officer for the Nebraska 223 precinct.  She is a member of the Kitsap County Democratic Central Committee 26th District Democrats as well as a member of the Port Orchard Business Professional Women, and a past member of the Board of Kitsap Legal Services.

 

“Alison has worked in the justice system for over 35 years and understands the importance of keeping accurate, accessible court records.  Her familiarity with the process and the needs of citizens and legal community will be beneficial especially as the Office looks to implement needed technology changes in the near future,” said Commissioner Ed Wolfe, District 3 representative.

 

“Alison has a passion for public service and a demonstrated commitment to providing high quality customer service, as well as empathy, to the public who may be struggling with the legal system when they walk into the Clerks Office,” said Commissioner Rob Gelder.

 

The Kitsap County Superior Court Clerks Office serves as the records keeper and financial agent for the Superior Court, creating and maintaining all Superior court files, staffing court hearings, providing jurors for all courts within Kitsap County, and offering passport services.  Ms. Sonntag will oversee a staff of 37 employees.

 

Alison Sonntag, Kitsap County Superior Court Clerk

 

 

 

 

Alison Sonntag
Kitsap County Superior Court Clerk

Stage 1 burn ban is still in effect8/16/2017

With the recent lifting of the air quality burn ban, it's a good time to remind residents that we are still under a Stage 1 burn ban that was put into place July 15.

"Outdoor burning bans have become commonplace during summer months and into the fall due to our nice summer weather, according to Fire Marshal David Lynam. "The warm, dry conditions have overcome our wet winter and now much of the material on the forest floor is as dry as the kiln dried lumber we buy in a lumber yard." 

Under a Stage 1 burn ban all burning permits are suspended and outdoor burning throughout the county is prohibited except for campfires in designated areas at campgrounds and small recreational fires on residential property.  The prohibition on outdoor burning in Kitsap county is in coordination with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and our neighboring counties including Mason, Pierce, King and Snohomish.

Community members needed to write voters' pamphlet statements on proposed levy lift8/9/2017

(Port Orchard, WA)  The Auditor's Office is seeking individuals to serve on a committee to draft a voters' guide argument against a proposed Kitsap Regional Library (KRL) property tax levy lid lift measure on the November 7 General Election ballot. 

The ballot measure appearing in the November 7 General Election Local Voters' Pamphlet includes the official ballot title, explanatory statement, arguments "for" and "against" the measure, and rebuttals. A committee "for" the proposal has already been formed.

Interested parties should contact the Elections Division by 4:30 p.m., August 16. Please email auditor@co.kitsap.wa.us or call 360.337.7280 if interested.

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Contact: Steve Gardner at 360.337.7280 or sgarner@co.kitsap.wa.us

Kingston Town Hall with Commissioner Gelder, Sheriff Simpson Sept. 68/9/2017

    Applications open to participate in Sept. 21 Community Open House

Commissioner Rob Gelder will join with Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson for a Town Hall meeting with the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 in the Village Green Community Center, located at 26159 Dulay Road in Kingston. Council members, as well as the public, will have an opportunity to hear about ongoing planning and services in the greater Kingston area and ask questions.

Save the date for the Kingston Community Open House that takes place 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 21 in the Village Green Community Center. Over 50 county departments, local agencies and nonprofit organizations will be on hand with information on their programs, initiatives and planning efforts. Applications are now open to reserve a table for the open house. Please fill out the online application here.

The Kingston Community Open House provides area residents, developers, businesses and others the opportunity to learn about community events, activities, projects and planning, volunteer opportunities, and other initiatives all in one evening. County departments anticipated to participate include Parks, Public Works, Community Development and Emergency Management alongside dozens of non-profit and community groups.

The mission of KCAC is to develop and promote a sense of community vision and pride, and to facilitate communication between the citizens of Kingston and county government, and within the community. The Kingston Community Open House provides a venue to do that with many Kingston organizations and their neighbors all in one place.

Space is limited –  please register as soon as possible. For-profit businesses are not eligible. Applications are available online here or through the KCAC website at http://www.kitsapgov.com/boards/CAC/kingston/kcac.htm . For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us .

 

 

Silverdale Way improvement project underway, alternate traffic routes advised8/4/2017

​The Silverdale Way NW Road Improvement project gets underway next week with the contractor mobilizing and staging equipment. Construction is anticipated to begin mid-August and completed by September 2018. The project is designed to improve safety, increase roadway capacity, and enhance stormwater collection.

During construction, travel may be restricted to one lane of alternating traffic. All businesses will remain open during construction and driveway access will be maintained at all times.  Motorists can expect delays, and are encouraged to travel during off-peak hours, adjust schedules, or find alternative routes to work or business destinations. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work area, minimizing delays to the maximum extent possible. Immediate access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Silverdale Way NW will be widened to five lanes, beginning 550 feet south of Byron Street and extending to Anderson Hill Road, which includes two southbound lanes, two northbound lanes, and a center turn lane. To enhance the cycling and pedestrian experience, five-foot bike lanes, eight-foot sidewalks and six-foot planter/landscape areas are included in the project.

New street lights throughout the project area, a new traffic signal at the intersection of Byron Street, and upgrades to the existing storm system to provide treatment for the approximately 43-acre drainage basin are also included in the project. A traffic study conducted in 2012 showed daily traffic counts support the need for widening the road to increase capacity. To accommodate the widening, retaining walls will be constructed on both sides of Silverdale Way north to NW Byron Street and NW Lowell Street.

"This is an exciting project that will address many long-term needs in Silverdale," said Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe. "As Silverdale continues to grow and develop, we need to develop a streetscape that will provide for all modes of transportation and capabilities, and address the growing congestion that limits circulation, while still supporting the business community and residents.  I believe we've accomplished that with this design."

Kitsap County Public Works conducted an online public survey in 2016 to choose a theme for art on the west side retaining wall. The public selected the "Marine Aquatic," combined with "Activity" and "Patriotic" themes, to reflect Silverdale overall and Old Town specifically. Other design features included in the survey were landscaping options, crosswalk and sidewalk designs, and district and wayfinding signs.

This second phase of the project is one of four segments identified in a pre-design study conducted in 2010 to improve the Silverdale Way NW corridor from NW Newberry Hill Road at State Route 3 to Anderson Hill Road.  The first phase was completed in 2014 and includes the roundabout at the Chico Way NW/NW Newberry Hill Road/Silverdale Way NW intersection. The study also recommends widening NW Newberry Hill Road from SR 3 to the roundabout, and Silverdale Way Road NW from Byron Street to the roundabout. There are no design or construction start dates scheduled for these segments at this time.

Ceccanti, Inc. of Tacoma was selected as the contractor for the $7.8 million construction project.  The total cost is estimated to be just over $11 million. Crews are scheduled to work 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

To learn more about the project and sign up for electronic notifications and weekly updates, go to www.bit.ly/SilvWayProject or call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

Household hazardous waste collection event coming to Bainbridge Island8/2/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) – Residents in Bainbridge Island and the north end of Kitsap County can bring their hazardous household chemicals to a free, one-day collection event scheduled for Saturday, August 26 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the City of Bainbridge Island Operations Maintenance Facility (7305 NE Hidden Cove Road).

This event for Kitsap County residents is limited to household products. Event staff cannot accept waste from businesses or other non-household organizations. Containers must be 5 gallons or smaller, and containers cannot be emptied and returned.

What to bring:

  • oil-based paints and stains
  • adhesives
  • aerosols
  • paint thinners
  • corrosive cleaners
  • lawn and garden chemicals
  • pool and spa chemicals

Not accepted:                          

  • Latex paint. It is not hazardous and can be solidified with cat litter or concrete mix before disposing in the garbage.
  • Products with local recycling options (search recycle.kitsapgov.com for options):
  • Motor oil and antifreeze
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
  • Household and vehicle batteries
  • Propane tanks
  • Empty containers

This one-day event supplements the permanent, year-round Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility in Bremerton. View the facility's webpage for more information.

Visit the event webpage for more information.

Public hearing Aug. 14 for addendum to county’s 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update Environmental Impact Statement8/2/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) - In response to an appeal to Kitsap County's 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update,  the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board directed Kitsap County to "show its work" regarding specific properties in the Silverdale Urban Growth Area through a revised land-capacity analysis.

To comply with the Growth Management Hearings Board's order, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners will introduce and take testimony at its regular business meeting Aug. 14 on a resolution adopting an addendum to the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that when approved will become a supporting document to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update.

The addendum demonstrates work required by the Growth Management Hearings Board. Following the public hearing Aug. 14, the Board of Commissioners is scheduled to adopt the resolution at its meeting Aug. 28, 2017.

A draft addendum is available for review prior to the Aug. 14 public hearing at http://compplan.kitsapgov.com/Pages/Home.aspx .

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend Kitsap County Commissioners' meetings, which begin at 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month in the Commissioners' Chambers of the County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard.

Givens Community Center tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, Aug. 78/1/2017

(Port Orchard) – The Givens Community Center, closed this week due to a significant electrical failure, is tentatively scheduled to reopen the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 7. The closure of the building, located at 1026 Sidney Road in Port Orchard, includes Discovery Montessori School, Holly Ridge Center and Connection Credit Union.

Kitsap County is coordinating with Puget Sound Energy to restore power to the building. The public is encouraged to call the county departments, services and businesses located in Givens rather than visiting them in person until the building is fully operational. Contact information is below. Kitsap County regrets the impact to the public and tenants of the building, and thanks them for their patience.

The following services located in Givens Community Center are among those impacted:

Givens Senior Center

  • Closed until power is restored.
  • Senior Luncheon scheduled for Monday, Aug. 7 will be canceled if there is no power.
  • Contact Gloria Hough at 360-895-4220 for questions related to Senior Center activities.

    Kitsap County Aging and Long-Term Care Division
  • Staff will be available at the front window to answer questions.
  • Case management staff will be working at alternative locations.
  • Senior Information and Assistance can still be reached at (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418.
  • The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is still operational and may be reached at (360) 337-5714.
  • Any other Aging and Long-Term Care questions may be directed to (360) 337-5700.

    Kitsap Recovery Center Outpatient Services
  • Kitsap Recovery Center Outpatient Services will remain open for group and individual counseling through Wednesday, Aug.
  • Urine analysis collection will continue through Wednesday, Aug. 2. As of Aug. 3, Urine analysis collection was temporarily moved until the building reopens to the Kitsap Recovery Center, 661 Taylor Street, Port Orchard. For questions and more information, call (360) 337-4625.

    Discovery Montessori (360) 337-5745, www.discoverymontessori.org

    Holly Ridge Center  (360) 337-2356, www.hollyridge.org/Infant-Toddler-Program/locations-directions.htm

    Connection Credit Union (360) 337-7009, www.connectioncu.org

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Contact: Roger Belieu, Facilities Manager, 360.337.7189 or rbelieu@co.kitsap.wa.us 

Talking shop in Kingston: Local business roundtable Aug. 27/18/2017

Members of the Kingston business community will join in a roundtable discussion to talk about their experiences and challenges during the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council meeting, which takes place 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2 in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road, Kingston. The public is invited to attend and learn more about the local business community.

Colleen Carey, executive director of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, and Dave Wetter, representing the Kingston Stakeholders, will moderate an informal discussion with business owners including Cameron Fletcher, who recently purchased the old Kingston Lumber site; Micki Monroe of d'Vine Wines; Amy Anderson of Cup & Muffin; Johnny Walker of Almost Candid; Paul Barrett of West Side Pizza; and Lisa Maxwell of Little City Candy Company.

Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder and Sheriff Gary Simpson will be the featured guests at the Sept. 6 meeting of KCAC, joining in a town hall-style meeting to talk about plans in the greater Kingston area and take questions from the public.

On Sept. 21, KCAC hosts its annual community Open House featuring 60 local organizations and county departments from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Village Green Community Center – save the date!

At the Oct. 4 KCAC meeting, the North Kitsap School District's Community Partnership Committee will lead a conversation about how today's educational system's basic design has not changed much since its inception though the world has changed a lot.

The Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management will provide a presentation at the Nov. 1 KCAC meeting.

 The public is welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings, which take place 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Village Green Community Center. For more information, go to the KCAC website here or contact Rebecca Pirtle at (360) 337-4650, rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Kitsap County District Court announces online access to case files and daily calendar7/17/2017

​Kitsap County District Court has launched two new features on their webpage. The public can now access all District Court criminal case records online. Using the Search Documents feature on the eCourt webpage allows searches by Name or Case number. In addition, the Court is now publishing their Daily Calendar online which gives the public a "live" daily look at what cases are being held in each of the courts.  

Being able to search public cases online has been a goal of the Court for some time. "The District Court is responsible for creating, preserving and protecting the public records that come from its proceedings," said Clint Casebolt, District Court Administrator, "Making these records available online represents a huge step forward in transparency and accessibility of the District Court.  Having these records and our calendar online will eliminate the need for many to come to the courthouse to view these public records," Casebolt added.

Celebration planned July 30 for Kitsap’s first public covered equestrian arena7/13/2017

 

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​Kitsap County Parks will celebrate completion of upgrades to the equestrian arena at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon, July 30 at the north end of the fairgrounds (enter off Nels Nelson Road) during a break in the Pre-Fair Miniature Horse Show which opens at 10 a.m..

The celebration will honor Harry and Jayne Boand who donated funds for a new roof in 2015. In recognition of their generosity, the facility will be known as the Harry and Jayne Boand Equestrian Arena. The construction and upgrades to the 130-by-260-foot arena were completed by the end of 2016 and will be put to good use for the miniature horse events during the upcoming 2017 Kitsap Fair and Stampede August 23-27.

The arena is now large enough to host horse shows and equestrian competitions all year. In addition to a new 33,800 square-foot roof over the arena, fencing, lighting, stormwater management and signage were improved, and the electrical system upgraded, thanks to donations and deep discounts from local businesses and individuals. A new announcer's booth was also installed.

The improvements were first proposed by Ron Gascoyne, a volunteer with the fair's mini-horse program who owns Seven Wells Ranch in Seabeck. He saw the need for local 4-H clubs and equestrian organizations to have a facility that could be used year-round. "There were no large covered arenas like that in the whole county or the neighboring ones," he said. So he applied for a grant from the Boand Family Foundation and was awarded $500,000. The Kitsap Community Foundation stepped up to serve as fiscal manager of the grant and oversee construction on behalf of the Parks Department.  

"The foundation is ecstatic to be a part of creating the first public equestrian arena in the county that has a roof," said Kitsap Community Foundation Executive Director Kol Medina.

Not only did Mr. Gascoyne find funding, he also donated his time to manage the project, sought out a cost-efficient roof kit with pre-engineered plans, and oversaw hiring of a contractor. The Board of County Commissioners bestowed special recognition to him July 10 for his contributions.

Other donors to the arena upgrades included: Puget Sound Energy with a $7,500 grant for LED lighting; Graybar Electric Co. for light fixtures; Viking Fence for fencing and installation; Lowe's of Silverdale for discounted lighting and plants; Asbury's Topsoil for landscaping materials; MAP LTD for assistance in site plans and a stormwater management plan; Rock Cement Co. for discounted cement; Keith Humond for signage; Silver Spurs for signage funding; RV & Associates for fill dirt; Mike Hawley for hydro grass seeding; and Ed Marshal of Peninsula Pole for discounted electrical upgrades.

The Parks Department is working with other organizations to take over operations of the facility.

For more information on the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede Aug. 23-27, visit https://spf.kitsapgov.com/parks/Pages/FairMain.aspx . For additional information about Kitsap County Parks, go to www.kitsapgov.com/parks.

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Contact: Billie Schmidt, Superintendent of Operations, Kitsap County Parks, 360.337.5350 or bschmidt@co.kitsap.wa.us 

A portion of Panther Lake Road West closes July 17 for culvert replacement7/7/2017

​Kitsap County Public Works is closing a portion of Panther Lake Road West beginning July 17 and expected to remain closed until late August. This project replaces an existing culvert located on the north side of Panther Lake near a wetland complex. The deteriorating metal culvert there is being replaced with a new 12-foot span, three-sided precast concrete culvert. Replacing the culvert there improves roadway safety, and enhances fish passage.

The road closes to all vehicles and pedestrians at the construction area. A detour route is established and will be posted on Bear Creek Dewatto Road. Private drives will remain accessible at all times during the construction.

The 1.5 month-long project is being done by Mike McClung Construction Co. from Buckley Washington under an $180,000 construction contract. Crews will be onsite working Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To learn more about the project go to http://kitsap.paladinpanoramic.com/project/2232/54719 or call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

Community forum explores Kitsap’s LGBTQ history and future7/6/2017

​The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights, in partnership with the Kitsap Pride Network and Q Youth Resources, presents a community forum exploring the history and future of Kitsap County's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 14 in the Eagle's Nest located at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton. The event is free and open to the public.

A panel discussion will include members of LGBTQ organizations as well as those who provide services to the community. They will shed light on the challenges the LGBTQ community has faced due to its diverse composition, biases, and recent, significant legislation. Featured will be Quinn VanOrsby and Maggie Rich of Q Center; Emily Randall of Planned Parenthood; and J. Data Logan, chair of the Council for Human Rights.

For more information on the County for Human Rights, go to www.kitsapgov.com/boards/humanrights/council_for_human_rights.htm .

Homes for All project presentation to Port Orchard City Council July 117/6/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) – Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido will present information about "Homes for All" to the Port Orchard City Council at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11.  The program describes efforts to address homelessness with new housing in the form of cottages. The meeting takes place in the Robert G. Geiger Council Chambers, 216 Prospect Street, Port Orchard.

The public is welcome to attend to learn more about the Homes For All partnership of local, city, and tribal leaders as well as service and faith-based organizations, who are working to create a village of tiny and affordable "Kitsap Cottages."

"These cottages introduce a practical form of housing that is needed in our community," said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido.

Homes For All was created to coordinate diverse efforts responding to local homelessness following the 2016 Point-In-Time Count, which identified 1,733 individuals living unsheltered.

The 2016 Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan includes goals of making homelessness rare, brief and one-time. The plan also directs continuous improvements to the local homeless response system while expanding community engagement and partnerships.

Several of the Kitsap Cottages were built recently by local volunteers. The planned "Kitsap Cottages" village will provide residents and neighbors with a sense of community, security, and sanitation, as well as connections to transportation and social services.

Donations are being collected to pay for materials to construct additional cottages and provide furnishings. Donations of property are also welcome. To volunteer or donate, e-mail homesforall@co.kitsap.wa.us or call (360) 337-7287. Learn more about Homes For All at www.kitsapgov.com/hs/housing/hcc.htm .

Fire Marshal reminds residents to use alternate number to report fireworks complaints6/30/2017

Kitsap County Fire Marshal David Lynam is reminding local residents to use 360-307-5811 to report fireworks and other less-urgent incidents instead of calling 911. "The 911 call center can easily get overwhelmed with less urgent calls during the holiday," Lynam said. "Using this phone number allows dispatchers to spend time on the more urgent issues that need immediate attention."

Kitsap 911 is asking residents to use this line for noise complaints, reckless drivers who are no longer in the area, reports of events that happened before that day, or other less-urgent concerns.

Do call 911 if there is eminent threat of fire, vandalism, breaking and entering or other more urgent situations.

The alternate line will be in operation from 1 p.m. June 30 until 7 p.m. July 5.

Prosecutor’s Office publishes 2016 Annual Report6/28/2017

​The Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office has published their 2016 Annual Report. Follow the link below the view the report.

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Be Prepared – Be Safe – Be Responsible this July 46/27/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Fire Marshal, David Lynam, announced today that with retail firework stands opening tomorrow, citizens are urged to celebrate legally and safely. "We see property loss and injuries from fireworks every year and they are all preventable," said Pyrotech Specialist Angela Donn with the county fire marshal's office. "There are several ways to protect children and the public from fireworks related injuries," says Donn who offers the following:

  • Let the professionals handle it – There are several Independence Day festivals and free fireworks display shows in our area.
  • Have a plan – Be prepared! Be safe! Be Responsible! Follow these safety tips:
    • Purchase only legal fireworks from licensed stands.
    • Never let children light fireworks – 45% of all firework related injuries happen to children under 14.
    • Think about your pets; loud noises often scare pets, especially dogs and horses.
    • Discharge fireworks in a safe area. With the dryer weather grass and other vegetation becomes more susceptible to fire.
    • Have a bucket of water, hose or fire extinguisher nearby just in case.
    • Keep spectators at a safe distance.
    • To prevent injuries – follow the directions on the label
    • Duds can be dangerous and should not be relit. Wait at least 15 minutes and place duds in a bucket of water.

Legal consumer fireworks go on sale at locations in unincorporated Kitsap, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo at noon on Wednesday, June 28 until 10 p.m. on July 4. The sale of fireworks on Bainbridge Island is limited to July 1 – July 4.

As a reminder, authorized firework discharge periods are the same as last year and are limited to July 4th between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. in the unincorporated areas of Kitsap County, Bainbridge Island, and the cities of Bremerton and Port Orchard. Fireworks may not be discharged at any other time of year.

Certain fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles and skyrockets are strictly prohibited off of tribal lands. Having or setting-off these fireworks off tribal land is illegal and subject to civil and criminal penalties of up to $1,000. The possession or discharge of sky lanterns, M-80s and larger, cherry bombs, tennis ball bombs, and legal fireworks that have been altered is a felony subject to a fine and/or imprisonment.

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Contact:  David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal. (360) 337-5777, dlynam@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Holiday closures for recycling and garbage facilities and services6/22/2017

(Port Orchard, WA)  The Independence Day holiday, July 4th, results in several changes to drop-off and curbside garbage and recycling. Regular facility schedules resume following the holiday.

Hansville, Silverdale, and Olalla Recycling and Garbage Facilities — Closed Tuesday, July 4th.

Poulsbo Recycle Center — Closed Tuesday, July 4th.

Bainbridge Island Transfer Station — Closed Tuesday, July 4th.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility — Always closed on Tuesdays.

Olympic View Transfer Station — Open

Residential and Commercial Collections for Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Debris:

  • Waste Management and the City of Poulsbo are on their regular schedule.
  • Bainbridge Disposal is closed July 4th. Service will be one day late for the remainder of the holiday week.

For more information, visit https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/Pages/solidwastehomepage.aspx or call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

Volunteers needed for summer count of homeless6/22/2017

Volunteers are needed to support the Point-In-Time Count and help gather information about homelessness in Kitsap communities. The count is scheduled for Thursday, July 13 throughout the county. Adult volunteers are needed including college students; those from civic, faith-based and non-profit organizations; veterans; business and neighborhood groups; and bilingual individuals.

Volunteers will be assigned to small teams to survey people experiencing homelessness where they live. Team leaders are also needed, including social service providers, mental health professionals, faith-based outreach groups and others. Data collected during the count will inform local, state and federal funders about the scope of homelessness in Kitsap County and help channel funding and other resources to local communities to help people exit life on the streets and prevent homelessness.

No experience is needed. Trailing will be provided. Pre-registration is required at www.surveymonkey.com/r/3SHPN3L or contact Kitsap County Housing & Homelessness Program Specialist Amy Musselwhite at amusselw@co.kitsap.wa.us. Registered volunteers will be contact directly by team leaders the first week of July.

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Contact:  Amy Musselwhite, Kitsap County Housing & Homelessness Program Specialist. (360) 337-7287, amusselw@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Construction begins July 18 on new Seabeck Holly Road bridge6/20/2017

 

Kitsap County Public Works begins construction of a new bridge on Seabeck Holly Road at the Anderson Creek crossing beginning July 18, 2017. The anticipated completion date of the project is December 2017.  The new bridge replaces an existing 29-foot timber bridge built in 1950 that is showing signs of deterioration. The new bridge is a 50-foot concrete girder bridge with reinforced concrete abutments. It will provide improved safety for motorists, better stream function in Carpenter Creek, and will prevent bridge scour during high tide events.

Seabeck Holly Road is the main route into the Holly community therefore the road will remain open at all times during construction. Travel is restricted to one lane of alternating traffic in the work zone. During work hours, flaggers will direct traffic through the work area minimizing delays to the maximum extent possible. During evening and non-work hours, motorist must follow yield signs posted at both ends of the bridge. Immediate access for emergency vehicles is maintained at all times.

The contractor, Pacific Pile and Marine, is completing the project under a $1.1 million construction contract. The work will occur during normal working hours, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To learn more about the project go to www.Bit.ly/SeabeckHolly

Washington tops nation in support for seniors, adults with disabilities6/20/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) - Washington was ranked first in the nation for supporting seniors, adults with disabilities and family caregivers based on measures such as accessibility, choice, quality of life, caregiver support and transitions between health facilities and home. The AARP released its annual report June 14, recognizing the state's accomplishments.

The third edition of the State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard highlights changes states are facing as the number of older citizens continues to increase and is expected to double in the next 20 years, according to the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.

"This recognition is wonderful to receive," said Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder. "There is no manual for aging gracefully.  What we do know is that it's different for everyone and we need systems in place that can be nimble and responsive to the concerns of our seniors and their families. That's why how we respond locally and across the state is so important."

Washington's ranking confirms decades of commitment to person-centered care for individuals and their caregivers through innovative service models. The state was also recognized for making improvements in the percent of Medicaid and state funding that goes to older people and adults with physical disabilities, subsidized housing opportunities and improving quality of care.

"Washington state has always led the way on health care, and now AARP confirms that our state's long-term care policies foster individual dignity and choice so people can be cared for at home and in their communities," Governor Jay Inslee said. "All of these important gains are now threatened because of actions in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with deep cuts to long-term care services and support. As Medicaid is the largest insurer of these services, many seniors will lose coverage. I will fight to make sure our seniors and others are getting the services they need so that Washington state can continue to be the best in the country."

Credited with the high ratings is the strong network of caregivers, providers, social workers, nurses, and many others who help Washingtonians continue to have choices in how they live their lives.

"The Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care is dedicated to providing quality services, and linking individuals to local resources to enable seniors to age in place.  Most seniors, and their caregivers, are not aware of our free services to support choices for aging in Kitsap," said Stacey Smith, administrator of the county's Division of Aging and Long-Term Care.

Washington's ranking also emphasizes decades of commitment to person-centered care for individuals and their caregivers through innovative service models and making improvements in the percentage of Medicaid and state funding that goes to older people and adults with physical disabilities, subsidized housing opportunities and improving the quality of care in assisted living homes.

"We live in challenging times. We are fortunate to live in a county that provides leadership and funding to support seniors as they navigate through their aging journey," said Mari Van Court, chair of the Kitsap County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board.

For more information on the Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care, go to www.agingkitsap.com or call the Kitsap County Senior Information and Assistance line and Caregiver Support Center at (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418.

Paving will close the Fairgrounds & Central Valley intersection Thursday6/19/2017

Final paving at the intersection of NE Fairgrounds Road and Central Valley Road NW, and at the intersection of NE Fairgrounds Road and Silver Pine Drive NE will close those areas Thursday, June 22, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.,  while Public Works prepares and paves the final asphalt cover. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area, or expect significant delays as they follow the posted detour route. Paving is weather dependent and would need to be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

The paving essentially completes the project that began last summer. Some minor ancillary work will continue Friday, and through next week.  The project widened the existing travel lanes, constructed 5-foot sidewalks, and installed left-turn lanes on all four quadrants of the intersection.

For more information, contact Steve Nichols, Construction Manager, at Kitsap1, 360.337.5777 or by email at help@kitsap1.com.

To learn more about the project go to http://bit.ly/fairgrounds-centralvalley

Kitsap County recognized for using alternative fuels6/16/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Public Works recently received a "Best Achievement" award from Western Washington Clean Cities for use propane autogas as fuel in select fleet vehicles. 

"It's great that county staff and our investments in alternatively fueled vehicles is being recognized by the Department of Energy. This not only makes environmental sense, it makes financial sense without compromising the functionality of our fleet," said Commissioner Rob Gelder. 

The County converted 10 vehicles to run on propane autogas and installed new on-site fueling facilities. "Kitsap County is a leader in implementing efficient business practices and this recognition highlights and confirms our commitment to energy and cost savings while contributing to healthier communities," said Commissioner Ed Wolfe.

"Alternative fuels can burn cleaner than conventional gasoline, and are often more cost-effective for some vehicles," according to Keith Swearingen, Equipment Services Manager for Public Works.  "We continue to explore and evaluate alternate fuel sources, including electric, to power the County's fleet."

About Western Washington Clean Cities:
Western Washington Clean Cities is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to expanding the use of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. A program of the U.S. Department of Energy, it provides education, technical expertise, networking opportunities and funding assistance to help members invest in local, sustainable transportation solutions. For more information, go to http://wwcleancities.org/ .

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Contact: Keith Swearingen, Equipment Services Division Manager, 360.337.5777 or kswearingen@co.kitsap.wa.us

Stormwater Open House at the Long Lake Community Center  June 216/15/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Public Works is hosting a Stormwater Open House on June 21, 2017 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. at the Bob Oke Long Lake Community Center, located at 5448 Long Lake Road, SE in Port Orchard.

If you have questions or concerns about stormwater drainage or flooding issues on or near your property join us for this open house.  We want to hear from you.  Stormwater staff will be available to listen to your concerns and gather input regarding our services and programs. They are also available to answer questions and provide a variety of brochures and resources.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Stormwater Division's services as well as the Clean Water Kitsap program. Clean Water Kitsap is a partnership program between Kitsap County Public Works, the Kitsap Public Health District, Kitsap Conservation District and WSU-Extension. We work together to protect water quality by identifying and reducing sources of pollution, providing technical assistance for a variety of best management practices related to septic systems, livestock manure management, rain gardens and more.

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Contact:  Eva Crim, Water Quality Program Manager, Stormwater Division (360) 337-5777 or ecrim@co.kitsap.wa.us

Kevin Kelly appointed as new District Court Judge6/14/2017

​(PORT ORCHARD, WA) - The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners appointed Port Orchard resident and Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin P. Kelly as District Court Judge at their regular business meeting June 12. Mr. Kelly's appointment is through 2018 to complete the term of the Honorable Judge Stephen Holman who is retiring the end of the month after serving in the position since 2006. Mr. Kelly will officially take the seat July 1.

"Kevin has served the citizens of this county for over 27 years with distinction and compassion. We look forward to his continued contributions to this community in his new capacity as judge," said Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Board of Commissioners.

Mr. Kelly, currently Chief Deputy for the District Court Division of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and a deputy prosecutor since 1990, has presided over trials for a wide range of crimes, including homicides. He has argued before the Court of Appeals and the state Supreme Court. The last three years, his emphasis has been overseeing deputy prosecutors who practice in District Court and involvement in Kitsap's Behavioral Health Court and Veterans Drug Treatment Court.

"The District Court looks forward to working with Kevin," said Presiding Judge Jeffrey J. Jahns. "He has an impressive legal background and is an excellent addition to the court."

A graduate of Kent State University, he earned a law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and was admitted to practice in 1989. He is a member of Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys District Court Committee and has lectured on prosecutorial ethics and family support issues. He also served on the Washington Statewide Family Council and the Child Support Judicial Case Processing Task Force.

His community involvement includes service on the Kitsap Humane Society Board, and as a youth court mentor and a member of the South Kitsap Rotary Club.

"The number and quality of candidates who participated in the process was impressive," said County Commissioner Ed Wolfe. "It made the selection process challenging and instilled great confidence in me that there are highly capable attorneys in the community who could step into any future vacancy on the Kitsap County bench and be a great success."

Mr. Kelly was selected from a pool of eight applicants. The Kitsap County District Court, also known as the "People's Court," has jurisdiction over misdemeanors and gross misdemeanor crimes, which carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. District Court also has jurisdiction in civil cases up to $100,000.

"This process was challenging to the applicants. We appreciated the time and effort they put into completing the application and submitting themselves to scrutiny by the Board as well as the local bar," said Commissioner Rob Gelder. "We also extend our thanks to District Court Presiding Judge Jahns and wish Judge Holman well on his retirement."

 
Judge Kevin P. Kelly
Judge Kevin P. Kelly

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Contact: Karen Goon, Administrator, 360.337.7080 or kgoon@co.kitsap.wa.us

Getting ready for Medicare? Learn more at free class June 226/12/2017

Are you turning age 65? Will you soon be eligible for Medicare? A free "Welcome to Medicare" class is being offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 22 in the Orchid Room of Harrison Medical Center, 1800 Myhre Rd, Silverdale. The event is sponsored by the local Kitsap County State Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program and the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

The class will provide information on Medicare Parts A and B; Medicare supplement and advantage plans; Part D prescription drug plans; and fraud prevention. Walk-ins are welcome to the class but pre-registration is preferred as space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To register, call (800) 562-6418 or contact the Kitsap County SHIBA program at (360) 337-5700. A class flyer is available here.

 

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