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Homelessness and the opioid crisis in Kitsap: A community conversation Nov. 110/30/2017

​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, asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Transportation forum brings state, local agencies to Kingston10/17/2017

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 rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us or call (360) 337-4650.

Family caregivers offered free seminars at Nov. 8 conference10/17/2017

​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:

  • Caregiver Grief and Guilt, Dr. Kriss Kevorkian, PhD MSW
  • Legal Forms Questions & Answers, Attorney Todd Carlisle, Northwest Justice Project
  • Let's Talk Healthcare Systems, Mari Van Court, MSN, FNP-C
  • Medication Management with Assistive Technology, Curt Johnson, Washington Assistive Technology Act Program


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.

Burn Ban lifted10/16/2017

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:

  • All land clearing fires are prohibited throughout the county
  • All outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in approved appliances and locations requires a burning permit – contact your local fire department.

"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.

Silverdale Transportation Implementation Strategy Open House #310/11/2017

​(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 #3
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Open House: 6:00 pm
Presentation: 6:30 pm
Jackson Scout Hall
9161 Washington Ave NW
Silverdale, WA

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 Planning
Kitsap County Public Works
614 Division Street, MS-26
Port Orchard, WA 98366

or via email to dforte@co.kitsap.wa.us

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

For more information, contact Kitsap1 360.337.5777 or help@kitsap1.com 

Contact: David Forte | Transportation Planning | 360.337.5777 | dforte@co.kitsap.wa.us 

Permits Whenever, Wherever – Apply Online at Kitsap County 10/3/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA)-

Kitsap County's Department of Community Development is upgrading their online permit services! As part of a continuing effort to make permit submittals more efficient and convenient for the public, the Department plans to offer all permit services to be online by January 2018. No more waiting in the lobby, or having to drive down to the County. The Department invested in electronic plan review technology that integrates with the current Online Permit Center portal; this will enable applicants to apply for permits whenever and wherever they choose.

There are several training opportunities to help residents learn more about submitting permits online. These training opportunities occur at the Kitsap County Administration Building, and begin in December. More information about training will be provided soon.

In addition, the department offers onsite training for local builders and developers, as well as ongoing assistance to applicants transitioning from the current paper process to the electronic submittal process. The Department is offering a digital grace period to applicants through the end of March 2018. Electronic submittals will be required beginning April 2, 2018.

To receive updates and other helpful resources related to training, online permit submittal and electronic plan review; follow Kitsap County on Facebook and Twitter.

Sign up for electronic notifications here: Online Permitting Electronic Updates or visit our web page Community Development Online Permitting.

County seeks opinions on roads and transportation10/2/2017

​Kitsap County Public Works is seeking help to assist the County in measuring the Public's satisfaction with the County's road system through an online survey. The survey results will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners to assist in guiding future programs and services.

The County maintains, operates, and improves over 900 miles of roads in unincorporated Kitsap County. The Road Division is divided into three sections; Road Maintenance, Traffic Operations and Transportation Planning, and Engineering. The goal of the Division's work is to develop, operate, and maintain safe and efficient roadways that meet the public's expectations and respect the natural and manmade environment. Funding for these divisions comes from two primary sources, the road levy portion of your property tax and the County's share of the State's motor vehicle fuel tax.

"The survey will help provide input on how funds should be allocated within the County's transportation system," according to Jon Brand, Kitsap County Engineer. "The survey will help us gauge the public's opinion on how well Kitsap County is doing managing the County road system," Brand added.

Each year in the spring, the public is invited to provide input and suggestions for road improvement projects through the Public Works Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Annual Construction Program. Suggested projects go through an extensive vetting process are weighed against available funding prior to being included in the adopted TIP. 

During the adoption process, the Board of County Commissioners conducts formal public hearings for further input. Public input from the survey will help guide this process. To learn more about the TIP program go to https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/projects-construction/project-planning#Roads.

September was National Preparedness Month. To help you prepare for emergencies, the first 50 respondents to the survey will receive a hand crank powered light. After the survey closes November 1, 2017, an additional respondent will be randomly selected to receive an emergency roadside kit. This kit contains a comprehensive set of roadside emergency supplies and features an emergency LED flare, first aid kit, heavy-guage jumper cables, snow shovel, safety vest, and more. You can learn more about preparedness at the County's Department of Emergency Management at  http://www.kitsapdem.org/preparedness.aspx.

Click here to take the survey. It takes about 10 minutes to complete, and is entirely confidential. Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion.

Prepare for the rain:  Clear fallen leaves to prevent local flooding 9/29/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) – Fall weather is here, and the rainy season has begun.  Storm drains clogged with leaves can cause local flooding of roads and private property.

Tips to Prevent Clogged Storm Drains 

  • Keep neighborhood storm drains free of leaves and debris. 
  • If you see a clogged storm drain, use a rake, shovel handle or stick to clear the drain. 
    If this does not help, report the blockage to Kitsap1: 360.337.5777
  • NEVER remove a storm drain lid or attempt to clean a drain located in a busy street. 
  • Do not wade into water when you are unsure of the depth.

Check Your Gutters and Downspouts 

  • Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris. 
  • Replace leaky or broken gutters. 
  • Make sure downspouts are directed away from your house.

Tips to Dispose of Leaves 

  • Dispose of leaves by turning them into compost for your garden, putting them in curbside yard waste bins, or taking them to local composting facilities.
  • If you use a landscaping company, ask the landscaper to take the leaves with them. 
  • Do not blow or sweep leaves into the road, ditches or storm drain.

"Kitsap County performs regular maintenance of the stormwater system," says Chris May, Kitsap County Stormwater Division Program Manager. "During the rainy season, we work extra hard to minimize local flooding. People can help by maintaining their property and contacting us if they see a problem."

To report blocked storm drains or flooding issues in your area, call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.


CK Council invites community to join a discussion with Sheriff Simpson on the Silverdale Sheriff’s Office needs assessment9/28/2017

The Central Kitsap Community Council continues its discussion of community projects with a presentation from Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson addressing a needs assessment of the Central Kitsap Sheriff's Office Precinct, currently located on the Silverdale Community Campus. The meeting takes place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Rd.

The council will also get a sneak peek at Kitsap Regional Library's new plans for the Silverdale branch library and an update on Central Kitsap School District construction projects. 

Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the community conversation. For more information, contact Angie Silva at (360) 337-7080, asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Clear Creek Project Wins VISION 2040 Award9/27/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County's innovative Clear Creek Floodplain Restoration Project received the 2017 VISION 2040 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council at the Kitsap County Commissioners meeting September 25.  "Kitsap is using a strategic approach to its wetland restoration," said Josh Brown, Executive Director of PSRC, "This project restored 30 acres and three stream branches, building on other investments throughout the Clear Creek Basin."  County Commissioners and Public Works staff were on hand to accept the award.

This unique project is the keystone for multiple restoration efforts throughout the watershed. It has multiple benefits for people, reducing downstream flooding and improving the trail system, as well as for fish and wildlife (in-stream, floodplain and riparian habitat enhancements). By improving habitat, fish passage, and water quality we are bringing Clear Creek back to life.

"We built this project with the anticipation that salmon would be able to return to this historic stream.  Now that it's completed, we are looking forward to seeing them come," said Chris May, Kitsap County Public Works Stormwater Division Manager.

VISION 2040 is the region's growth management, economic, and transportation strategy, designed to meet the needs of the 5 million people expected to be living in the region in 2040. It is an integrated, long-range vision for the future that lays out a strategy for maintaining a healthy region - promoting the well-being of people and communities, economic vitality, and a healthy environment.

For more information on this project, visit http://bit.ly/clearcreekfloodplain.

Chris May  | Stormwater Division Program Manager | cmay@co.kitsap.wa.us  | 360.337.5777

The state of our schools discussed at Kingston meeting Oct. 49/27/2017

​The Kingston Citizens Advisory Council will host the North Kitsap Community Partnership Committee, which will share good news about local schools, at the council's monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Rd. Kingston. New North Kitsap School District Superintendent Dr. Laurynn Evans will also be introduced.

The Community Partnership Committee is comprised of educators, parents and community members exploring how traditional school systems are not designed for the economy of today and the future.

For more information, contact rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us or call (360) 337-4650.

Kitsap County Public Works and Kitsap Public Health join Washington Cities, Counties and Utilities to Launch “One-Stop” Green Business Program9/27/2017

​(Kitsap County, WA)   Today, Kitsap County Public Works and The Kitsap Public Health District announce the launch of an expanded program that brings together green business initiatives from around the region under one umbrella.

The supercharged EnviroStars program will be a central hub for businesses in Kitsap County to receive assistance and recognition for saving energy and water, reducing waste and pollution, choosing safer products, and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

"EnviroStars is being expanded statewide because we can accomplish more together," said Chris Piercy, with Kitsap County Public Works. "This expanded program will better serve the needs of our region's businesses, providing them with a single, trusted source they can turn to for all environmental actions."

Seventeen agencies from around Western Washington including Kitsap Health District, Kitsap County Public Works and Puget Sound Energy have pooled resources to develop and launch the program, which includes a central web portal that allows businesses to find referrals for local sustainability services and incentives, and start on a path to recognition. The program will also help small businesses connect with one another so they can learn from and support their peers.

Consumers will use the EnviroStars directory to find businesses who share their environmental values – from restaurants and grocery stores, to hotels and auto body shops, and everything in between. They can also look for the EnviroStars mark on the storefronts of recognized businesses in their community.

The original EnviroStars program began 20 years ago, giving incentives and recognition to small King County businesses for reducing hazardous waste. The new multi-jurisdiction program is leveraging the successful EnviroStars brand to expand its environmental focus and geographic reach.  The new program is also now part of a five-state network of green business programs that have web portals modeled after the California Green Business Program.

Businesses that engage with EnviroStars will benefit by learning to operate more efficiently, strengthening their bottom line, improving employee health, and gaining recognition for environmental leadership.

To learn more or to get started, visit envirostars.org.

Learn about plans for opioid treatment programs in Kitsap, Clallam counties9/26/2017

​The Salish Behavioral Health Organization is hosting informational sessions in Port Angeles and Bremerton regarding two planned opioid treatment programs, which will operate in Kitsap and Clallam counties under a contract with the SBHO. 

The Clallam County session takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at the Peninsula College Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. The Kitsap County session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St., Bremerton.

Each session will feature a panel of subject matter experts to answer questions from community members about opioid treatment programs that utilize a variety of interventions designed to treat individuals with opioid addiction issues and assist them in recovery efforts. 

The Salish BHO is a county-operated organization responsible for the oversight of behavioral health services including mental health and substance-use disorders.  The organization operates under a contract with the state of Washington to contract with community-based agencies throughout the region to provide treatment, behavioral health and crisis services for Medicaid recipients in Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties.

The Salish BHO issued a request for proposals for the operation of the two opioid treatment programs and selected BayMark Health Services. For more information on the Salish BHO, click here or go to www.kitsapgov.com/hs/sbho/sbhomain.htm

Individuals attending the sessions above who may require special accommodations should contact Alexandra Hardy at (360) 337-4604, (800) 843-4793 or ahardy@co.kitsap.wa.us. One week advance notice is needed for interpreter services.

Public input from open houses and online survey will shape county parks plan9/26/2017

​The Kitsap County Parks Department is updating its Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan and holding public meetings in October to review the draft goals and strategies for the nearly 10,000 acres and 80 parks facilities it manages. Public input and review is critical in assessing public recreation needs, and developing and evaluating proposed actions and strategies for county parks in the next six years of a 20-year vision.

"Public input from our diverse communities across Kitsap is vital to updating our parks plan," said Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Board of County Commissioners. "We hope people will attend these open houses in person or online and tell us their ideas for managing our public parklands; and recreational amenities important to them, their families and neighborhoods."

The PROS Plan outlines policy directions, goals and objectives, implementation strategies, capital improvements, and investment emphasis for all Kitsap County parks. It also identifies key issues, strengths and opportunities; provides guidelines and policy direction for acquiring, developing and preserving properties; creates strategies to ensure parks are an integral part of the county's economic development; and assesses current funding mechanisms, partnerships and potential funding sources.

Open house meetings will be held and the public is encouraged to participate. The meetings serve as a listening post for the county to learn how communities use and value county parks and what their priorities are for future use. This input will be folded into a draft PROS Plan update, along with feedback from the parks plan survey. Open houses will be held:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 3, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Eagle's Nest Community Room, 1195 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton;
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10,  5:30 to 7 p.m., Commissioners' Chambers in the County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard;
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Island Lake Community Room, 1087 NW Island Lake Road, Poulsbo.

For those unable to attend the meetings above, an online open house is available where a recreation survey, forthcoming draft plan, and the last county parks plan, adopted by County Commissioners on March 28, 2012, are posted. Click here or go to https://spf.kitsapgov.com/parks/Pages/PROSPlanUpdates.aspx .

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 five months, developed the outline and PROS Plan draft update under review.

For more information, follow the links above or contact Steven Starlund at (360) 337-5350 or parks@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Phase II burn ban lifted, Phase I ban remains9/22/2017

​The Phase II burn ban prohibiting recreational fires was reduced to a Phase I ban on general outdoor burning at 8 a.m., Friday September 22. Recreational fires in campgrounds and other areas in approved locations and devices may resume throughout unincorporated Kitsap County.

Recent rainfall allowed the higher level ban to be lifted. "Most of the area across the county have had at least some rain in the last ten days – some areas much more so than others," according to Kitsap County Fire Marshal David Lynam. General back yard burning as well as land clearing is still prohibited and all burning permits remain suspended for the duration of the Phase I ban.


Contact: David Lynam, Fire Marshal, 360.337.5777 or dlynam@co.kitsap.wa.us

Prepare for the rain:  Clear leaves to prevent local flooding 9/22/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA) – Fall weather is here, and the rainy season has begun.  Storm drains clogged with leaves can cause local flooding of roads and private property.

Tips to Prevent Clogged Storm Drains 

  • Keep neighborhood storm drains free of leaves and debris. 
  • If you see a clogged storm drain, use a rake, shovel handle or stick to clear the drain. 
    If this does not help, report the blockage to Kitsap1: 360.337.5777
  • NEVER remove a storm drain lid or attempt to clean a drain located in a busy street. 
  • Do not wade into water when you are unsure of the depth.

Check Your Gutters and Downspouts 

  • Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris. 
  • Replace leaky or broken gutters. 
  • Make sure downspouts are directed away from your house.

Tips to Dispose of Leaves 

  • Dispose of leaves by turning them into compost for your garden, putting them in curbside yard waste bins, or taking them to local composting facilities.
  • If you use a landscaping company, ask the landscaper to take the leaves with them. 
  • Do not blow or sweep leaves into the road, ditches or storm drain.

"Kitsap County performs regular maintenance of the stormwater system," says Chris May, Kitsap County Stormwater Division Program Manager. "During the rainy season, we work extra hard to minimize local flooding. People can help by maintaining their property and contacting us if they see a problem."


Contact: Chris May, 360.337.5777 or cmay@co.kitsap.wa.us

Public review open for county's area plan update on aging, long-term care9/18/2017

Community meetings this week to review draft plan

The Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care has updated its 2016-2019 area plan and will review the draft document at meetings this week.

The four-year plan, approved in 2015, identifies gaps in services, demographic trends, challenges and opportunities and is required to be updated every two years.

Information about the draft plan update will be provided at presentations during the following meetings for community members interested in learning more about services provided through the Division of Aging and Long-Term Care.    

  • Wednesday, Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council meeting, Cascade Room, Givens Community Center,  1026 Sidney Ave., Port Orchard
  • Monday, Sept. 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during the public comment period at Board of County Commissioners' regular business meeting located in the Commissioners' Chambers, Kitsap County Administration building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard

A draft of the updated plan is posted here or go to www.kitsapgov.com/altc/. Public comment may be submitted to Tawnya Weintraub at  TWeintra@co.kitsap.wa.us until September 26 or during the Sept. 25 public hearing.

Individuals who require special accommodations may contact Stacey Smith at (360) 337-5700,  (800) 562-6418 or TDD (360) 307-4280.  One week advance notice is needed for interpreter services.

CK Council looking for input on using cross-cultural talking sticks to establish community identity9/18/2017

The Central Kitsap Community Council invites public input through an online survey on the idea to use talking sticks to establish a unique identity for Central Kitsap that unifies local businesses, community organizations and neighborhood groups, while symbolizing each entity's individual values and history. The council created a short survey to gather feedback in advance of its next regular meeting, scheduled at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Rd.

The CKCC recently hosted a presentation on talking sticks by local artist Lisa Stirrett. These intricately carved speaker's staffs have been passed around in tribal circles for centuries, symbolizing each member's authority to speak and enabling all voices to be heard. Examples are posted on the council's website here.

Lisa and her team developed several prototypes to demonstrate how various groups might design their own talking sticks to locate at entrances to businesses, community facilities, schools, parks and trailheads. The talking sticks would have a common feature, such as a symbol woven into the metal base or a glass piece in the cap.

To take the survey, click on the links above or go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/JYGLPDN. For more information, contact Angie Silva at (360) 337-7080, asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us.

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.


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

Changes in hours and days of operations coming to the Kitsap County Recycling and Garbage Facilities October 1, 20179/5/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) The hours and days of operations at the Hansville, Olalla, and Silverdale Recycling and Garbage Facilities will change on October 1, 2017.

All three Recycling and Garbage Facilities will open to the public on their regular days of business from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Hansville Recycling and Garbage Facility remains open to the public on the same days of the week as before – open Wednesday through Monday and closed Tuesday.

Olalla Recycling and Garbage Facility open Friday through Monday and closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Silverdale Recycling and Garbage Facility open Thursday through Tuesday and closed Wednesday.

The Poulsbo Recycle Center permanently closes October 1, 2017. You can find out more about that closure here.

For more information about disposal options visit our "What Do I Do With It?" page here, or our recycling and waste disposal site here.

Phase 2 Burn Ban begins September 6, 20179/5/2017

​The Kitsap County Fire Marshal, in cooperation with the Kitsap County Fire Chief's Association, announces the implementation of a Phase 2 burning ban effective 8 a.m. September 6, 2017. 

During  a Phase 2 burn ban all burning permits are suspended All forms of outdoor burning - general backyard or recreational is prohibited. This includes campfires, bonfires or similar recreational burning regardless of location.  Charcoal briquettes in approved bar-be-cues or similar appliances may still be used. 

"The ban is necessary due to the ongoing dry and unseasonably warm conditions," according to David Lynam, Kitsap County's Fire Marshal. "Resources across the state are stretched thin due to several large fires still out of control and there is precious little left to assist Kitsap should something get going in our neighborhood," he added.

The Phase 2 ban is being implemented across Kitsap, Mason and Pierce counties effective tomorrow and will stay in place until further notice.

Poulsbo Recycle Center to Permanently Close on September 30, 20179/1/2017

 (Poulsbo, WA) – The Kitsap County Poulsbo Recycle Center, located at 21868 NW Viking Way, Poulsbo, WA 98370, will permanently close as of 3:30 pm Saturday, September 30.

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved the sale of the Viking Way property after a thorough evaluation of services and available options for residents. Now that the sale is underway, the facility closure date is set for the last day of September.

"The countywide availability of curbside recycling, along with subsidizing the costs of operating the facility with disposal fees from other sites, makes this facility no longer the best use of ratepayers’ money," said Pat Campbell, manager of Kitsap County’s Solid Waste Division. "The sale also provides revenue for the development of a much-needed full-service household hazardous waste facility to serve North Kitsap residents."

Although the County will stop collecting recyclables and limited household hazardous products at the Viking Way site, there are still ways to recycle and dispose of these items in the north end of the county.

The County is encouraging everyone to use curbside recycling service. Curbside garbage and recycling services are available countywide and are required for residences within the city limits of Poulsbo.

There are also local disposal options for materials not collected curbside, such as motor oil, antifreeze, and fluorescent lights. Residents can also search the County’s online recycling and disposal guide, What Do I Do With It?, for countywide options.

More information on the County’s decision to sell the property and close the facility is available in this fact sheet.

You can receive electronic notification on this and other information concerning Kitsap County programs by signing up on our website – click on "News Sign Up" at the bottom of the home page.

Contact Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777 for questions related to the closing of the Poulsbo Recycle Center.

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.

Stand Down offers resources, free services to veterans and their families8/15/2017

Veterans and their families are invited to the fall 2017 Veterans Stand Down, which takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017 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.

Agencies providing services at the Stand Down include the Department of Veterans Affairs, Olympic College, Veteran Service Organizations, Kitsap Legal Services, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, Abraham House, Asset Building Coalition, Housing Solutions Center, WorkSource, Department of Social and Health Service, Red Cross, Kitsap Community Resources and Kitsap Transit.  

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.  Those who are active duty transitioning out of the military or retiring by the end of 2017 are encouraged to attend to gather information and resources to assist in their transition to civilian life and make it as seamless as possible.

The event is sponsored by the 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 and 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 Coordinator Andrew Sargent at (360) 337-4811 or asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us .

Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights Dec. 15; Applications now open for workshop proposals8/10/2017

The 27th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights is scheduled for Friday, December 15, 2017 at Olympic College. This year's theme is "Historical Perspectives and Moving Forward."

The 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."

Applications are now open for conference workshop proposals for the conference. Please complete the online application here. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 13, 2017

Nominations are also being accepted for the Linda Gabriel awards, recognizing individuals and organizations who work to support human rights in Kitsap County. Please complete the online nomination form here.

For more information and updates, visit the Council for Human Rights website or contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650, rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.

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.


For all of the latest Kitsap County Auditor – Elections Division news, visit:
facebook.com/KitsapCountyAuditor, twitter.com/kitsapauditor.


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

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