Kitsap County News

  
2/27/2020



The newest Veterans Memorial will be unveiled in a special dedication ceremony from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14 in the lobby of the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard. The event is hosted by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and will also include Combat Veterans International and the Kitsap County Commissioners. Refreshments will be available after the dedication, which is open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

The memorial serves as a visual tribute to veterans honored during The Unforgotten Run to Tahoma, an annual ceremony in Port Orchard for unclaimed remains of deceased veterans, followed by a large motorcade accompanying them to burials with military honors at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.

The memorial includes a 7-foot-by-5-foot plaque embellished with two scrolls, one containing the Military Oath of Office and the other the Oath of Enlistment as affirmed by those who've entered military service. The war tattered flag represents the struggles our service members endured protecting their country.  The six service seals represent all branches of service activated during war time. 

The memorial contains the names of 50 veterans, listed by the year they were recognized and interred. During the 2020 Run to Tahoma May 23 over Memorial Day Weekend, an additional five service members will be honored and interred and their names added to the plaque.

The plaque is a gift to Kitsap County through the generous support of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board, the VFW Riders and the Combat Veterans International Chapter 11.

For more information, contact George Geyer at ggeyer@co.kitsap.wa.us. To learn more about the Kitsap County Advisory Board, Veterans Assistance Program, Run to Tahoma and other resources and opportunities for local veterans, go to https://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/VAB-LANDING.aspx .

 


2/26/2020

​Kitsap County's Department of Public Works begins improvements on Washington Boulevard NE from NE 3rd Street to Central Avenue. The project was born out of the Kingston Complete Streets Report, published May 2016, which identified numerous projects in the village of Kingston. Complete Streets is a design approach that requires streets be planned, designed and operated, and maintained to facilitate safe, convenient, and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.

This project includes construction of pedestrian sidewalks from SR 104 (NE 1st  Street) to Central Ave NE and makes improvements to the existing pedestrian and bike path from NE Third Street to SR 104. Upgrades to the stormwater collection system and new street and pedestrian lighting are also part of the project.

Finally, a portion of Washington Blvd NE (from NE 1st Street to NE 2nd Street), and NE 2nd Street (from Washington Blvd NE to the alley between Washington Blvd and Ohio Ave NE) will be permanently closed to all non-emergency vehicles as part of this project. The closure begins Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

The permanent closure provides pedestrians a safe walking experience while enjoying the scenic water view. Emergency vehicles will always have access.

The 5-month project begins February 18, 2020 with the contractor mobilizing equipment on the project site. Construction is anticipated to be completed by early Summer, 2020. Access to businesses will remain open for duration of the project; however, motorists can expect traffic delays. Flaggers will assist motorists through the project area.

The work is being done by Pivetta Brothers Construction, Inc., under a $1,061,715.00 construction contract.

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

To learn more about the project go to http://kcowa.us/WaBlvd.


2/24/2020


Between March 12 and March 20, invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will start arriving in households across the country. A Kitsap County Complete Count Committee was formed in 2019, in coordination with the U.S. Census 2020, made up of dozens of representatives from local agencies, non-profit and faith-based organizations, city, county and tribal government and legislators. The committee is led by Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder, Bainbridge Island City Councilman and Kitsap Community Foundation President Kol Medina and United Way of Kitsap County President Carl Borg III.

The Kitsap Complete Count committee seeks to coordinate and support community outreach about the census, especially to hard-to-count people which include those living without homes or in temporary accommodations, children under age 5, the elderly, and those for whom English is a second language. There is also a local website established to provide tools, resources and information about the 2020 Census at kitsap2020census.com .

"Kitsap County is unique in that we are a diverse community," said Leslie Daugs, Kitsap County 2020 Complete County Census Coordinator. "With this diversity, we need to make sure that everyone is counted in the upcoming 2020 Census. What's new this year is that people can respond to the census online. It is important to realize how the number of people who respond to the census helps determine – for the next 10 years –  how tax dollars are distributed for roads, schools and services, and representation in the government.  This amounts to $2,900 for every person counted so don't forget to complete the Census."

The U.S. Census Bureau's invitation will include instructions on how to respond to the census online or by phone. The census questionnaire has just nine questions and one must be completed for each individual residing in a household. A question about immigrant residence status is NOT included in the questionnaire. The Census Bureau protects the data collected and is bound by law to keep it strictly confidential.

"Response is important because statistics from the census are used in distributing where hundreds of billions in funding for school lunches, hospitals, roads and much more," said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham. "The invitations will remind respondents to include everyone living in the household, whether they are related or not. This includes young children. Your response will impact communities for the next decade."

By April 1, the official census day, most households that have not yet responded will have received an invitation by mail. Reminder mailings will be sent to households that do not respond. Those who receive mail via post office boxes will not receive the invitation by mail but can access the questionnaire online, over the phone or with a census taker who will go in person to households that haven't responded by the end of April.

Once households receive invitations, please respond to the 2020 Census by using the provided Census ID. If a household is unable to enter the Census ID people can still respond, by providing an address. The Census ID is not required to complete the census. People can complete the census at any time online or by phone after March 16 and by April 1.

Below is a timeline of how and when the Census Bureau will invite households to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire:

  • March 12-20:Initial invitations to respond online and by phone delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.
  • March 16-24:Reminder letters delivered. Census opens to responses March 16.
  • March 26-April 3:Reminder postcards delivered to households that have not responded.
  • April 8-16:Reminder letters and paper questionnaires delivered to remaining households that have not responded.
  • April 20-27:Final reminder postcards delivered to households that have not yet responded before census takers follow up in person.
  • May 13-July 31: Census takers follow up in person at households that have not responded.

A sample of the 2020 Census paper questionnaire and preview of the online questionnaire are available on the census website. The census questionnaire will also be available online and by phone in English and 12 additional languages: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese. To help ensure a complete count of everyone, the Census Bureau will also provide video language guides, print language guides and language glossaries in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, Braille, and Large Print.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated to state and local communities for the next 10 years.

For more information about the 2020 Census, contact Leslie Daugs, Kitsap County 2020 Complete Count Coordinator, at (360) 440-1961, 2020census@kitsapfoundation.org, or visit kitsap2020census.com or 2020census.gov.


2/20/2020
2/19/2020

​Learn more about how the Kitsap Public Health District is monitoring the coronavirus and Kitsap County's plan to mitigate other natural and man-made hazards at a community meeting Wednesday, March 4, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Best Western Silverdale Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road. Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe invites the public to join him in welcoming Dr. Susan Turner, health officer of the Kitsap Public Health District, and Elizabeth Klute, director of the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management, at a public forum to discuss these important timely topics.

The presentations take place during a meeting of the Central Kitsap Community Council, which will also include an overview of 2020 changes to property taxes with Kitsap County Assessor Phil Cook and Treasurer Meredith Green. Theresa Smith of Kitsap County Public Works will provide an update of the Seabeck Highway improvement project.

The meeting is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend from all areas of the county. There will be opportunities for public comment.

For more information on the Central Kitsap Community Council, visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/CKCC.aspx or contact Eric Baker in the County Commissioners' Office at ebaker@co.kitsap.wa.us, (360) 337-4495. 


2/18/2020

​The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved a one-time competitive process for cities, non-profits and other organizations to access conservation futures funding for acquisition of parks and open space. Approved January 27, 2020, the resolution establishes eligibility, application requirements, process and scoring criteria for this funding. Up to $100,000 is available per project.

Applications may be submitted to acquire open space, farm and agricultural property or timberland for future public use. Eligible applicants include cities, metropolitan park districts, non-profit historic preservation corporations and non-profit conservation organizations.

Applications will be scored against multiple criteria including the property's near-term risk of conversion, public access opportunities, inclusion in regional open space or preservation plans, and viability of long-term maintenance.

Applications for this funding will be accepted March 1 through April 30, 2020 with funding decisions made by the Board of County Commissioners in September 2020. The Board will be limited to approving up to $300,000 in total awards.

For more information, please contact Eric Baker, Policy Manager in the Commissioners' Office, at (360) 337-4495 or ebaker@co.kitsap.wa.us


2/18/2020

Connect with your Manchester community at an open house March 3 to learn more about local organizations and resources, meet your neighbors and find out what's happening. The event is brought to you by the Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee. Everyone is welcome!


1/29/2020

​Help celebrate the 25th year of the Kitsap Water Festival by volunteering. The festival takes place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. The annual Water Festival hosts up to 1,200 third- and fourth-grade students from across the county. Students learn the importance of protecting precious water resources and practical ways to implement water quality measures at home. To learn more and for a link to register, go to https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAKITSAP/bulletins/278dda5



1/17/2020

Lake Flora Road culvert damaged in storm

(Port Orchard, WA) - The existing metal arch culvert on Lake Flora Road at Coulter Creek was damaged during recent storms.  The aged culvert partially collapsed causing the south half of the road embankment to wash out.

Public Works crews are in the process of stabilizing the road embankment, placing a traffic barrier and installing a temporary traffic signal that will allow alternating traffic through the site.  These improvements will allow the passage of vehicles through the site until permanent repairs can be made.  These interim repairs should be completed by Friday afternoon. Motorists should use extreme caution when driving through the area.

County engineering staff have met on site with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and contacted other resource agencies. The affected reach of Coulter Creek is home to steelhead trout, coho salmon and other resident fish species.  In all likelihood, the permanent repair will require replacement of the 6-foot diameter culvert with a structure spanning a 30-foot stream width.  Because the permanent structure will require design, permits and prefabricated elements it may take several months to initiate the permanent repairs.  In addition, it may be necessary to close Lake Flora Road to traffic while permanent repairs are made.

Additional information and updated schedules will be provided to the public as information becomes available.  We recognize that Lake Flora Road is a major route and appreciate citizen's patience and cooperation.



1/15/2020

Join Kitsap County leaders to learn more about planning efforts underway for a new addition to the Kitsap County Courthouse at a community presentation that begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the Commissioners' Chambers of the County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

The agenda will cover the project scope, schedule and work completed through 2019. There will also be opportunities for the public to ask questions. Presenters include representatives from Kitsap County, the City of Port Orchard and Thomas Architecture Studios.

The vision for an improved county campus in Port Orchard addresses current and future needs of the regional law and justice center, security and parking.

For details and more information, visit the courthouse project website at http://kcowa.us/CourthouseProject or contact the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (260) 337-7080, kitsapcommissioners@co.kitsap.wa.us .


12/31/2019

The Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management's proactive and coordinated approach to preparing for disasters recently received an official stamp of approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and State of Washington Emergency Management Division for its Kitsap County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan 2020-2025. 

"As chair of the Emergency Management Council, I am proud of this important accomplishment," said Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe, chair of the Board of Commissioners. "I personally appreciate the leadership of KCDEM Director Lis Klute and the work of her team. This is good for all of Kitsap County."

The mitigation plan reflects the strategies of not only Kitsap County, but its partner cities as well: Poulsbo, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island.

The 329-page document is the culmination of the efforts of county departments, local city jurisdictions, fire and utility districts, special purpose districts and school districts. It lays out a regional strategy through mutually beneficial and cost-effective projects that respond to a broad range of hazards — from tornadoes and tsunamis to cyber attacks and radiological threats.

This year, Kitsap's Department of Emergency Management introduced a new outreach campaign, "Put a Bigfoot Forward Towards Risk Reduction," to help citizens and local agencies prepare for and recover from any emergency or disaster that impacts Kitsap County.  

"None of us really needs reminding we live in an area at risk from earthquakes, volcanoes, significant weather and rapid growth. But it helps to know the whole community is working collectively to do what we can do to help reduce the risk," said KCDEM Director Lis Klute.  

KCDEM would like to thank the Board of County Commissioners, the county Emergency Management Council led by Commissioner Ed Wolfe with the Mayors of Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo; the S'Klallam and Suquamish Tribes; county and city agencies; private sector partners; and especially members of the public who contributed their valuable time to assist in the development and approval of this plan.

To view a draft of the Kitsap County 2019 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, click here. Note: The plan is very large and may need to be downloaded to open. For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the KCDEM website at www.kitsapdem.org or call 360-478-5871.

12/30/2019

Over 1,500 acres, Kitsap County's Coulter Creek Heritage Park is a mostly unknown and undeveloped but diverse forestland that provides wildlife habitat, recharges the aquifers and holds a treasure trove of natural and recreational resources. The community is invited to a public workshop to address the park's potential with the Kitsap County Parks Stewardship and Recreation Steering Committee from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 in the Long Lake Community Center, 5100 Long Lake Road SE, Port Orchard.

Coulter Creek park has no existing trails or parking areas and is not currently open to the public. The citizen steering committee's role will be to assess attributes of the park's landscape and recommend appropriate public access, recreation activities, park management, and the possible future development of support facilities. Coulter Creek park will include Calvinwood, formerly a rustic retreat facility, which had been leased to Washington State Parks, and Square Lake State Park, recently approved to be transferred to Kitsap County from Washington State Parks.

"We're inviting residents from surrounding neighborhoods and members of recreation groups who are potential users of Coulter Creek Heritage Park to join us in initially assessing what's there and some of the immediate possibilities for public use," said Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. "But we'll also begin to envision some longer-term opportunities, especially with the former state park properties."

Kitsap County Parks staff already completed a natural resource assessment of the property, identifying hazards and applying their resource management landscape classifications to define areas of environmental sensitivity and high watershed value, which will need to be protected; and in some cases, off-limits, but other acreage can be identified that is more suitable for some degree of public access and recreation.

To learn more about the Coulter Creek park, go to https://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Pages/CoulterCreekHeritagePark.aspx.

The Coulter Creek Heritage Park Resource Management Plan is available at  https://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Documents/CoulterCreekHeritagePark_Resource%20Management%20Plan2018.pdf . Guided familiarization tours of the property will be available in early 2020.

For more information, contact Steven Starlund, Kitsap County Parks & Open Space Planner at sstarlun@co.kitsap.wa.us, (360) 337-5312.



12/13/2019

​(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County invites you to an Open House to learn about and to provide input on the South Kitsap Transportation Implementation Strategy (TIS).

South Kitsap Transportation Implementation Strategy (TIS) Open House

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Open House: 6:00 pm
Presentation: 6:30 pm

Kitsap County Administration Bldg - Commissioner Chambers 
614 Division Street
Port Orchard, WA

The purpose of the TIS is to examine the current and future transportation needs in the unincorporated area of South Kitsap and to identify and prioritize County transportation projects to address those needs.  This process helps develop the County's annual 6-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of funded transportation projects.

During the Open House (6:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.) the public is invited to provide comments to help identify existing and future "transportation needs" related to capacity, safety, bike, pedestrian, transit, and freight. At 6:30 County staff will present additional information on known transportation issues.

Can't attend the Open House? Please go to http://Kcowa.us/SKTIS to learn more about the study and to submit your comments.

Or mail comments to:
David Forte, Transportation Planning Kitsap County Public Works
614 Division Street, MS-26
Port Orchard, WA 98366
dforte@co.kitsap.wa.us

Please include the specific location and transportation issue you feel needs addressed.



Kitsap County, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), commits to nondiscrimination based on disability in all its programs and activities. Interpreter or translation services for non-English speakers and accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777 or help@kitsap1.com


12/12/2019

Volunteer registration is open for the annual Kitsap County Point-In-Time Count of those living without homes that takes place January 21-24, 2020. No experience is necessary – learn more at http://kcowa.us/kitsap-pit .

Citizens from all walks of life are invited to participate, including college students, non-profit and faith-based organizations, neighborhood groups, veterans, bilingual individuals, people recently or currently living unsheltered, and anyone else who wants to help alleviate homelessness. Training will be provided. The deadline for volunteer registration is Jan. 5, 2020.

Volunteers will be conducting surveys of people living without homes in many different locations including Project Connect resource fairs, local service providers, food banks, shelters, and community meal sites. Data collected during the count informs local, state and federal funders about the scope of homelessness and helps channel funding and resources to local communities.

To sign up online, go to http://kcowa.us/PIT2020 or contact Cory Derenburger of the Kitsap County Department of Human Services Housing and Homelessness Program at cderenbu@co.kitsap.wa.us or (360) 337-7287.




12/4/2019

Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder invites citizens to attend his annual Kingston Town Hall,  an opportunity to ask questions in a public forum on topics of your choice. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, as part of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council's regular monthly meeting. Everyone is welcome!

Can't make the Town Hall? Join Commissioner Gelder during his Walk & Talk sessions on the first Saturday of each month in communities throughout North Kitsap, starting at 9:30 a.m.  A complete list of dates and locations is available here.

For more information on KCAC, visit the website here or contact Jennifer Haro in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080, jharo@co.kitsap.wa.us.

11/26/2019

(Port Orchard, WA) - Fats, oils, and grease from kitchens can impact sewer systems in a big way. When poured down a drain inside the house these items can quickly damage or clog sewage pipes. Whether your house is on a septic system or connected to a public sewer system, NEVER pour these items down your kitchen sink.

This holiday season residents can recycle liquid used cooking oil at no cost at locations listed below. Kitsap County Public Works contracts with a local biodiesel firm for a recycling option for residents. Whether you plan to deep fry a turkey this Thanksgiving or simply cook meats in the kitchen, take your used liquid cooking oils over to these locations (dispose of solid fats in regular garbage):

  • Olympic View Transfer Station
    9380 SW Barney White Road, Bremerton, WA 98312

  • Hansville Recycling and Garbage Facility
    7791 NE Ecology Road, Kingston, WA  98346
  • Silverdale Recycling & Garbage Facility
    8843 NW Dickey Road, Silverdale, WA 98383

  • Olalla Recycling and Garbage Facility
    2850 SE Burley – Olalla Road, Olalla, WA 98359

 These facilities are closed on Thanksgiving.

Visit kcowa.us/dropoff for hours and directions.

How to use cooking oil recycling stations:
Stations are for residents with cooking oil from their home kitchens. Cooking oil from businesses cannot be recycled at these stations.

Before bringing your cooking oil, filter it at home using a strainer, coffee filter, or cheesecloth. Throw away the food particles you filtered out.

Avoid spills. Pour slowly and with care into collection tank.

Take your empty container home to reuse or throw away. Do not leave it in the recycling area.

Benefits of biodiesel:
Studies show that biodiesel outperforms gasoline, ethanol, and conventional diesel in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and in overall fuel-efficiency. Biodiesel has also been proven to be much less toxic than diesel fuel, and is readily biodegradable. This makes it safer for distribution, use and storage. Recycling fats into a biodiesel product helps our local economy.

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Contact: Lisa Edge, Education and Outreach Coordinator
360.337.5777 or ledge@co.kitsap.wa.us

11/18/2019

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Public Works Sewer Utility Division is proposing an increase in monthly sewer rates effective January 2020. All sewer fees (residential, multi-family, commercial, and restaurant) will increase annually by 5.92% from 2020 through 2022.

The rate schedule is set for three years with anticipation of issuing revenue bonds in 2022 for several very large capital projects. These projects increase capacity to meet population growth and replace worn and outdated infrastructure of aging sewer systems. The cost of construction is continuously increasing which has a large impact on revenues. 

The proposed rate change will also affect Navy Yard City customers paying a lower residential rate. This rate has not kept up with maintenance costs on the system nor the treatment costs paid to the City of Bremerton.  The proposed fee structure will transition all monthly fees to an incremental scale for the next six years until the fees are the same for all customers.

The Sewer Utility Division is also proposing an increase on the senior/low income discount on sewer accounts from 15% to 25%.

Washington State law, RCW 36.94.140 requires sewer rates to be set to produce revenues sufficient to cover the costs of maintenance and operations, bond obligations, repayment of loans, and other costs necessary to properly run all five of the county's sewer systems.

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed sewer rate schedule on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 5:30 PM at the Kitsap County Administration Building, Commissioner's Chambers, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, Washington. The proposed rate plan is available online at https://www.kitsapgov.com/pw/Documents/sewerrates.pdf

If you have any questions, please call 360-337-5777.

11/1/2019

​(Port Orchard, WA)- The Department of Community Development has drafted a proposed update to The Master Plan for the Port Gamble Rural Historic Town, The Port Gamble Redevelopment Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement. An Environmental Impact Statement is a document prepared to describe project effects for proposed activities on the environment.

This draft will be consistent with State Environmental Policy Act rules, and the County is conducting a 30-day comment period from September 17, 2019 - November, 2019.

For more information and to make a comment, visit: www.tiny.cc/PortGambleRedevelopment.

CONTACT

Jeff Smith, Senior Planner

Department of Community Development

Planning & Environmental Programs

(360) 337-5777

jnsmith@co.kitsap.wa.us

 

Media Contact: Natalie Marshall

10/31/2019

​(Port Orchard, WA)- The Department of Community Development is hosting two open house events for the Come to the Table – Zoning Use Table Update on:

  • Monday, November 4, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the Kitsap Regional Library, Community Rooom, Poulsbo, 700 NE Lincoln Rd, Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the Kitsap County Administration Building, Lobby, 619 Division St., Port Orchard, WA 98366

This is your community, have a voice in how it changes over time. The open houses aim to inform the public and request feedback on proposed changes that affect what can be built in your neighborhood.  Your feedback will help the Department refine proposed changes that will be considered in 2020.

Want to learn more about the project? Visit our project website at https://www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/Pages/Code-Updates.aspx  

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Department of Community Development at (360) 337-5777.

Thanks in advance for participating in this process!

10/30/2019
Kitsap County's 2019 Update to the Kitsap Homeless Crisis Response and Housing Plan is open for public comment through Wednesday, Nov. 13. To review the plan and submit public comment, and for more information, visit https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAKITSAP/bulletins/269069f  

The Kitsap Board of County Commissioners approved $1,336,562 for 2020 Homeless Housing and Affordable Housing grant awards at their meeting Oct. 28, following a public hearing. These awards include  $491,559 to support 110 emergency shelter beds provided by seven different community non-profits and $845,003 of funding for 13 programs that provide a wide range of housing and services for people experiencing homelessness throughout Kitsap County. 

More information, award amounts, and descriptions of the funded programs are available at this link:  https://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/HH-Coordinated-Grant-Application-Process.aspx

Learn more about what's being done in Kitsap to address homelessness, affordable housing and a coordinated response here: https://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/HH-Housing-and-Homelessness-Landing.aspx


10/28/2019

​(Manchester, WA) - Kitsap County Sewer Utility is conducting an inspection of the Manchester Treatment Plant outfall pipe located off the shoreline in Rich Passage the afternoon of Wednesday, October 30, 2019. This inspection is to verify the condition of the pipe and diffuser. 

It may be necessary to treat disinfected wastewater leaving the plant with a yellow/green dye to assist divers with their inspection of the pipe. This dye is safe for marine environments and is certified to meet ANSI/NSF Standard 60 requirements. Specifications for the dye are available at https://www.brightdyes.com/tracer-dye/fluorescent-yellowgreen-dye.

A bright green tint may occur in the water during the inspection while the dye is in use. The dye should dissipate rapidly. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Sheridan at 360-337-5768.


10/24/2019

​Fall is here and with it comes heavy rains, wind and falling leaves. The National Weather Service is forecasting significant rain through the weekend. Clogged storm drains can cause local flooding of roads and private property. Kitsap County Public Works Department urges residents to help reduce flooding by cleaning up yard debris and keeping storm drains clear.

How 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 on Kitsap County's new, easy to use app: See Click Fix.
  • 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.

Disposing 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.

For questions, to report blocked storm drains, or for flooding issues, use the new See Click Fix app, call 360.337.5777  or email: help@kitsap1.com.


10/18/2019

Come to the Table - Help us plan what's built in your neighborhood!

The Department of Community Development is hosting two open house events for the Come to the Table – Zoning Use Table Update on:

  • Monday, November 4, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the

Kitsap Regional Library, Community Room

Poulsbo, 700 NE Lincoln Rd, Poulsbo, WA 98370

  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the

    Kitsap County Administration Building, Lobby

619 Division St., Port Orchard, WA 98366

This is your community, have a voice in how it changes over time. The open houses aim to inform the public and request feedback on proposed changes that affect what can be built in your neighborhood.  Your feedback will help the Department refine proposed changes that will be considered in 2020.

Want to learn more about the project? Visit our project website at https://www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/Pages/Code-Updates.aspx  

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Department of Community Development at (360) 337-5777.

Thanks in advance for participating in this process!

10/14/2019

​(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Public Works Sewer Division was recently recognized by the Washington State Department of Ecology for Outstanding Performance in 2018 at wastewater treatment plants in Kingston and Manchester.

This is the 24th consecutive year that the Manchester Wastewater Treatment Plant received this award, which is the longest consecutive record in the state of Washington. A total of 110 wastewater treatment plants received the award last year.

Wastewater treatment plants keep Washington's waters clean, by keeping pathogens, chemicals, trash, and sewage out of our water. This is accomplished with careful monitoring, excellent laboratory procedures, and knowledgeable staff. Keeping a wastewater treatment plant in top-performing condition can be a tough job, so every year Ecology recognizes these top-notch facilities and their operators. 

If you are interested in seeing how a wastewater treatment plant works, call Kitsap1 to schedule a tour at 360.337.5777. More information on wastewater treatment and other Public Works facilities is available at www.kitsapgov.com/pw.

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Contact: Lisa Edge, Education and Outreach Coordinator
360.337.5777 x3681 or ledge@co.kitsap.wa.us



10/3/2019

​The Kitsap County Department of Human Services will host two public forums on a proposed Navigation Center, a 24-hour homeless shelter in Kitsap County with supportive services. This is an informational meeting only; no location or provider for the proposed navigation center has been selected.

Information will include: how the program will operate, the population served, services made available at the center, and how these services will be provided.

Questions, ideas, and feedback from the public are welcome.

Meetings will take place:

6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.15

Norm Dicks Government Center,

First Floor Meeting Chambers

345 6th Street, Bremerton

6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22

Kitsap Regional Library

Poulsbo Library Community Room

700 NE Lincoln Road, Poulsbo

For more information, contact Kirsten Jewell, Kitsap County Department of Human Services Housing and Homelessness Division Manager, kjewell@co.kitsap.wa.us, (360) 337-7286. 

To learn more about resources for those living without homes, affordable housing, volunteering for warming shelters this winter, or to read the Kitsap County Homeless Crisis Response and Housing Plan, go to https://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/HH-Housing-and-Homelessness-Landing.aspx

10/2/2019

Phase 2 of this project continues stormwater and roadway improvements on Ridgetop Boulevard NW from Quail Run Drive to Pinnacle Court NW. This work is the second phase of a three-phased project that extends from NW Waaga Way (SR 303) to Silverdale Way NW. Phase 1 was completed this past June. Phase 3 is partially funded by the Washington State Dept. of Ecology for the stormwater upgrades of the project. The County is actively seeking funding for the road construction portion of this phase that currently remains unfunded.

This phase makes stormwater improvements by installing bioretention cells in the newly designed roadway medians. The project will also install standard single-lane roundabouts at Quail Run Drive, NW Timber Shadow Court, NW Thornwood Circle and NW Pinnacle Court. Widening the sidewalk on the east side of Ridgetop Blvd to 10 feet through the project limits, installing new street lighting, and making pedestrian safety improvements are also part of the project.

The 9-month project begins October 14, 2019 with the contractor mobilizing equipment on the project site. Construction is expected to be completed the Spring of 2020. The roadway remains open for the duration of the project; however, motorists can expect traffic delays in the immediate vicinity of the work. Flaggers will assist motorists through the project area.

The work is being done by C & R Tractor and Landscaping, Inc., under a $4.2 million construction contract.

For more information contact Gunnar Fridriksson, Project Manager, at Kitsap1, 360.337.5777 or email help@kitsap1.com. To learn more about the project and to sign up for electronic notifications visit http://kcowa.us/RidgetopBlvd.

10/1/2019

Severe weather shelters provide safe places and warm beds for people to stay in overnight during severe weather events that occur between November 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020. 

Volunteer registration is now open for shelter operations this season, beginning with a free two-hour training course required for all volunteers (and highly recommended as a refresher for returning volunteers). Space is limited. Register online at http://tiny.cc/SWS-2019 or call (360) 337-7287.

These shelters, located in Kingston, Poulsbo, Silverdale and Port Orchard, rely solely on volunteers to operate them. During five-hour evening and overnight shifts, volunteers help set up the shelter, check in guests, monitor safety, help guests depart and close the shelter in the morning.

Required training sessions are scheduled:

North Kitsap

6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24

Gateway Fellowship Church

West Wing Room 272

18901 8th Ave. NE, Poulsbo

South Kitsap

6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30

Port Orchard United Methodist Church

725 Kitsap St., Port Orchard

All volunteers are required to complete an application and pass a criminal background check. Volunteer applications and more information about the Severe Weather Shelter program can be found at http://tiny.cc/kcsws  

9/17/2019

Prepared not scared 3

KITSAP READY!

Kitsap County experiences dozens of small earthquakes each year, that are never felt. However  we are also vulnerable to stronger and more destructive earthquakes hitting our community.

We want you to be #KitsapReady!


 
 

Tip # 2 - What to do during an earthquake:


 
 
Blue Earthquake

 
 

If you are indoors, Drop! Cover! Hold on!

  • Drop to hands and knees
  • Cover head and neck
  • Hold on to something sturdy until the shaking stops
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows.)
  • Stay inside!

If you are outdoors, move to a clear area

  • Move to a clear area,  away from buildings, power lines, trees, sign
  • Then Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

If you are driving, pull over, stop and set the parking brake

  • If possible, avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines and other hazards.
  • Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking stops.

If you are in bed: lie face down, cover your head and neck 

  • Cover neck and head with a pillow.
  • Hold on with both hands.
  • Wait until the shaking stops before getting out of bed.

 
 

How you can prepare for an earthquake:


 
 
Build A KIT

 
 

Build a Kit

Gather Emergency Supplies for your home, car and place of work. This is important for all types of emergencies and disasters.

Practice Earthquake Drills

Participate along with thousands of other organizations, businesses and schools across the state in The Great Washington Shake Out, Oct. 17, 2019 at 10:17 a.m. (or at your own designated time).


 
 

Questions?

For More information visit: The Department of Emergency Management

For questions, call 360.337.5777  or email: help@kitsap1.com

9/16/2019

Kitsap Ready​!

Kitsap County wants you to be prepared and not scared for community disasters and other emergencies. Follow us for the remainder of the month, as we provide you with helpful tips on staying informed, planning ahead, and taking action. Let's get #KitsapReady!

Tip # 1- Preparing for the rain

Clear fallen leaves to prevent local flooding

Fall weather is here, and the rainy season is about to begin.  Storm drains clogged with leaves can cause local flooding of roads and private property.

How 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 on Kitsap County's new, easy to use app: See Click Fix.
  • 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.

Disposing 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.

Questions?

For questions, to report blocked storm drains, or for flooding issues, use the new See Click Fix app, call 360.337.5777  or email: help@kitsap1.com

9/12/2019

​Kitsap County will roll out its proposed 2020 budget at a series of community open houses, beginning September 23. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend to learn more about the county's spending plans in the coming year. Staff from the Department of Administrative Services will share an overview of the proposed 2020 budget and the public will be invited to ask questions or provide comments.

The final proposed departmental budgets will be presented during the community open houses, which are scheduled as follows:

  • Sept. 23, Commissioner District 2, South Kitsap, 4:30-5:30 p.m., prior to the Commissioners' regular business meeting in the Commissioners' Chambers of the County Administration Building, 614 Division Street, Port Orchard.
  • Oct. 2, Commissioner District 3, Central Kitsap, 5 p.m., in conjunction with the Central Kitsap Community Council meeting in the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road.
  • Oct. 9, Commissioner District 1, North Kitsap, 5-6:15 p.m., prior to the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council meeting in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston.

A final public hearing on the budget is scheduled Dec. 2 during the Commissioners' regular business meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building.

To review budget documents prior to the open houses, visit the Department of Administrative Services website at https://www.kitsapgov.com/das/Pages/bgt.aspx .

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