Kitsap County News

  
4/18/2019

 

​Sustainable Cinema presents "Earth Seasoned," a film about a young woman who finds her greatest teacher in nature while spending a gap year with four urban friends in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.

The film shows at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at Dragonfly Cinema, 822 Bay St., Port Orchard.

For more inforamation, visit www.dragonflycinema.com. Sustainable Cinema is sponsored by Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido.

4/5/2019

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long Term Care is the designated Area Agency on Aging for Kitsap, responsible for the development of an Area Plan that identifies local services for older adults. The Aging Area Plan is a four-year plan that identifies gaps in services, defines demographic trends, challenges and opportunities.  The plan also addresses how the Area Agency on Aging will administer programs to support older adults and adults with disabilities living in the community and allocate discretionary funding.

The 2020-2023 Area Plan is currently being developed.

Kitsap County residents are invited to participate in the Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long Term Care survey that will be used in the development of the 2020-2023 Area Plan.  The survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GC7DVB5

The survey deadline is Tuesday, April 30, 2019.   

Local community input is important! Individuals who do not have online access can contact the Aging office at 360-337-5700 to request a mailed paper survey.

Community members can check the Aging and Long Term Care website at www.agingkitsap.com for more information about services, the Area Plan, future public hearing dates, and to view the draft document in mid-August.




4/4/2019

Ferry service and community conversations are topics of presentations at the next meeting of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE.

Walt Elliott of the Kingston Ferry Advisory Committee will provide an update on local Washington State Ferries service and Stan Mack of Kingston Cares will lead a discussion on outcomes from the March 16 Community Conversation. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Jennifer Haro in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080 or jharo@co.kitsap.wa.us.

4/4/2019

Veterans and their families are invited to the spring 2019 Veterans Stand Down, which takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Ave. in Bremerton.

Complimentary services for veterans - women, men and their families - will be available including free dental screening, clothing, hot meals, food and hygiene items and haircuts; a separate women's circle; housing, employment and legal assistance; education and training services; resources for emergency shelter and social services; and more.

This event is open to Kitsap County veterans and their immediate families only. Please provide a DD214 form, military retiree ID card, or VA card. Unaccompanied family members must bring a DD214 and proof of relationship. Active duty members transitioning out of the military or retiring by the end of 2019 are also invited to attend to gather information and resources that will assist in their transition to civilian life.

The event is coordinated by the Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance and Kitsap County Veterans Program with dozens of partnering organizations, volunteers and donors.

For more information, contact the Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program Coordinator Andrew Sargent at (360) 337-4811 or asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us . Those who wish to donate to the event may contact Jim McKenna of the Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance at (360) 697-4559. Volunteers are needed to help set up and break down the event. Contact Gary Trudeau, volunteer coordinator, at (360) 328-8566.

To learn more about resources available through the Veterans Assistance Program, visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/VAB-LANDING.aspx .

4/1/2019

Join the Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee at 6 p.m. this Thursday, April 4 in the Suquamish Tribal Council Chambers, 18490 Suquamish Way NE, for a preview of plans for six modern roundabouts along State Route 305 between Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island.

Washington Department of Transportation Project engineer Michele Britton will provide information on the locations of the proposed roundabouts including one at the intersection of Suquamish Way and another at Totten Road. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and provide comment. A link to the WSDOT project website is available here.

The meeting will also include a monthly crime report from Suquamish Tribal Police, an update on vegetation management along Suquamish streets, and access to Suquamish Shores. For more information, contact Jennifer Cannon in the Kitsap County Commissioners’ Office at (360) 337-7080 or jjcannon@co.kitsap.wa.us.

The Suquamish Citizen Advisory Committee (SCAC) provides a forum for community discussion and helps to coordinate improvements for the Suquamish community. If you live in the Suquamish area and are interested in being part of the SCAC, please apply and fill out this online application form.

4/1/2019

Homelessness in Central Kitsap is the focus of the next meeting of the Central Kitsap Community Council, which begins at 5 p.m. this Wednesday, April 3 at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road.

Kirsten Jewell, coordinator of the Kitsap County Housing and Homelessness program, will join with others to review recent data and look at the countywide response. Commissioner Ed Wolfe invites the public to join him at the meeting.

To learn more about homelessness in Kitsap County and where to find resources for those in need, please click here.

3/27/2019

This is a courtesy retransmittal of a WSDOT news release.

Several roundabouts proposed between Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island

SUQUAMISH – Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are invited to get an in-person look at plans for six modern roundabouts along State Route 305 between Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will hold three open houses about the project in April. The public is invited to share comments about the roundabout plans, which are designed to help reduce the risk of collisions while keeping traffic moving. Adding the roundabouts also will enhance regional mobility and travel time reliability.

Each open house includes opportunities to talk with agency staff and provide input. Attendees are free to come at their convenience anytime during each two-hour event.

 

SR 305 open house schedule

Tuesday, April 9

When:             5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where:           Community House 7235 Northeast Parkway, Suquamish, WA

 

Wednesday, April 10

When:             5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where:           Bainbridge Island City Hall 280 Madison Ave North, Bainbridge Island, WA

 

Thursday, April 11

When:             5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where:           Poulsbo City Hall, 200 Northeast Moe St, Poulsbo, WA

 

WSDOT will also share this information and take feedback during an upcoming online open house from Tuesday, April 9, through Thursday, May 9.

 The highway enhancements follow an in-depth look at the corridor involving community partners. Construction is slated to start in spring 2020.

Hyperlinks within the release:

Roundabouts: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR305/winslowferrytohostmarkstsafety/default.htm

Online open house: sr305improvements.com/

Contact: Doug Adamson, Communications, WSDOT (360.357.2716 or AdamsoD@wsdot.wa.gov).

3/27/2019

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Rimack as the new director of the Department of Community Development, effective April 1, 2019. He will manage the department’s 73 employees and oversee a budget of approximately $8.8 million.

Mr. Rimack is currently Assistant Director of the department and Chief Building Official for the county. He was selected from nearly 50 applicants across the country and locally.

“We had two excellent final candidates for this position,” said Commissioner Ed Wolfe, chair of the Board of Commissioners. “Jeff Rimack was chosen by the Board for his collaborative leadership and professional abilities, and military background. The combination of his technical expertise and strong customer service philosophy was compelling.”

Since joining Kitsap County in 2008, Mr. Rimack served as an engineering technician, plans examiner, and construction inspection supervisor. As the county’s Chief Building Official, he conducts training and interacts with the development community, citizens and contractors. As a project expediter, he worked with all divisions of the department and is former president of the Local 1308 Union, which provided him experience working with human resources, collective bargaining agreements and labor negotiations.

He also serves as Officer in Charge with the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion #18 Kitsap, where he commands 400 sailors that earned recognition the last two years as being the top unit in the Naval Construction Forces.

“Our screening process yielded several highly capable professionals with varying backgrounds and it was gratifying to find our successful candidate within the department,” Commissioner Wolfe noted. “We appreciate the patience and participation of Community Development staff as we moved through the hiring process, and the input from external panel members and many others who provided comment during listening sessions that informed development of the recruitment announcement.”

Mr. Rimack holds multiple certificates as a building official, inspector and plans examiner and within the Navy for construction inspection, journeyman instructor training and welding. He is also a certified Lean Practitioner and will continue the department’s pursuit of improved efficiency and innovation.

He replaces former director Louisa Garbo who left the county the end of last year.

3/25/2019

Make your plans! The Washington State Ferries "Triangle Route" - Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth - goes back to three-boat service and will have a new schedule, beginning Sunday, March 31. Click here for a flyer. For more information, visit https://www.wsdot.com/Ferries/Schedule/default.aspx or contact WSF at (206) 464-6400, e-mail wsfinfo@wsdot.wa.gov. Happy sailing!

Are you a regular commuter on the Southworth or Bainbridge routes? We're looking for new members on our Southworth and Bainbridge Island Ferry Advisory Committees. To learn more, visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/FAC.aspx .

3/20/2019

"15 to Life: Kenneth's Story" is a documentary film that explores children serving life sentences. Presented by Commissioner Charlotte Garrido's Sustainable Cinema, the film shows at 6:30 p.m. March 28 at Dragonfly Cinema, 822 Bay Street, Port Orchard.

For more information, visit www.dragonflycinema.com.

Sustainable Cinema

 

3/19/2019

More than 450 people in Kitsap County are homeless and over 170 of them are living in places not meant for human habitation, according to Kitsap County’s annual January 2019 Point-In-Time Count survey, released this month. Preliminary results show a 17-percent increase in unsheltered homelessness from 2018 and a 5-percent increase over the average of the last three years.

 

The spike in unsheltered homelessness includes those living on the streets, and in vehicles, abandoned buildings and the woods. This year’s count also reflects an overall 6-percent increase over 2018 of those who are homeless living in emergency and transitional shelters. Surveys were collected throughout the county during a 24-hour period at the end of January. During that time, 487 individuals were living homeless in various situations, with 174 living in places not meant for human habitation.

 

“The increase in this year’s Point-In-Time Count shows we have a lot of work to do to identify the underlying causes of homelessness and through our community partnerships and coalitions, move swiftly to implement solutions,” said Commissioner Ed Wolfe, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners. “From exploring options for more affordable housing to our Homes for All group that is building a tiny house village to provide temporary accommodations, we’re committed to addressing the circumstances that prevent all citizens from having safe, decent, affordable housing.”

 

The survey showed 158 people living in emergency shelters (including two overnight shelters), and 155 housed in subsidized transitional housing units. Many additional individuals and households are “doubled up” or “couch surfing” – living temporarily with family and friends – which makes it extremely difficult to get an accurate count of this demographic.

 

Every year, efforts are made to improve the surveying process. In 2019, more than 120 citizen volunteers donated over 450 hours, helping with outreach surveying. Kirsten Jewell, Housing and Homelessness Division Coordinator for Kitsap County Human Services, said, “It’s exciting to see so many community members stepping up to volunteer for this project. Clearly there is a lot of community awareness of homelessness and a strong desire to help.”

 

In addition to surveying at food banks and community meal sites, volunteers paired with experienced outreach workers to survey encampments, parking lots, and people living on the street. This year, Kitsap County did a small pilot program to recruit and work with people who have experienced homelessness to gain their expertise in order to improve the Point-In-Time Count.

 

“We are confident this year’s survey results are more accurate,” Jewell said. “We do know there are other people that either we don’t find, or who don’t want to be found. We recognize these results do not include everyone experiencing homelessness.”

 

A significant factor in the number of unsheltered versus sheltered people over the last few years is the addition of overnight shelter beds hosted by the Salvation Army, serving 60-plus people per night. The Salvation Army Winter Shelter is slated to close until next winter on March 31. The Kitsap Rescue Mission also provides beds for 20-plus people per night.

 

Background

 

The state of Washington mandates an annual Point-In-Time Count over a 24-hour period across the state. Results provide agencies and local officials data about changing trends and identifies needs of the homeless population. Because participating in the survey is voluntary, and relies on volunteers finding people experiencing homelessness, it is considered to be an under count of the actual number of homeless. Many communities multiply their Point-in-Time Count number by 220 percent as an estimate of the real number of unsheltered individuals.

 

The Washington State Department of Commerce Housing Assistance Unit will certify Kitsap’s count over the next few months and then report statewide results to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

“Although these are preliminary numbers, they certainly reflect what we are seeing on the street and in homeless programs – higher numbers of households struggling with the basic human need of shelter,” said Jewell.

 

Project Connect

 

Project Connect service fairs are held in conjunction with the Kitsap County Point-in-Time Count and offer access to valuable resources for individuals and families who may be homeless or face the imminent risk of homelessness. This year, three Project Connect events were held in Bremerton, Kingston and Port Orchard to expand access to services throughout the county and more than 300 low-income and homeless residents attended. Over 50 organizations provided services including housing referrals, immunizations, eye exams, health screenings, rabies shots, sleeping bags, coats, haircuts, and more.

 

The Salvation Army also provided participants with a hot lunch in Bremerton and Port Orchard. About 25 students from the North Kitsap Options middle school program in Kingston helped with the event in Bremerton and prepared and served meals at the Kingston Project Connect.

 

Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition, a community network of homeless and affordable housing service providers and organizations serving low-income residents, coordinates Project Connect.

 

For more information

 

To view an overview and preliminary data for the 2019 Kitsap County Point-In-Time Count, click here.

 

To learn more about available homeless and housing resources, go to the Continuum of Care website http://www.kitsaphhc.org/ or visit the Kitsap County Housing and Homelessness Division at https://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/HH-Housing-and-Homelessness-Landing.aspx  .

For more information, contact Sheryl Piercy, chair of the Housing and Homelessness Coalition, at (360) 377-5560, sheryl.piercy@thecoffeeoasis.com or Kirsten Jewell, Housing and Homelessness Program Coordinator of Kitsap County Human Services at (360) 337-7286, kjewell@co.kitsap.wa.us.

3/5/2019

Based on National Security concerns raised by the U.S. Navy, Kitsap County is proposing limiting drone usage within 3,000 feet of its five military installations (Bangor, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Manchester Fuel Depot, Keyport Underwater Warfare Center and the Naval Hospital). This would only apply to properties within unincorporated Kitsap County (no cities at this time) and may require drone users to notify the County and Navy in advance of launching drones in these areas.

Kitsap County would like to discuss these proposals with drone users, property owners and interested citizens in advance of future consideration by the Board of Commissioners. To gain more information regarding the specific proposal and ask questions, please join us at an upcoming Open House.

March 12, 2019 - 6:00 p.m.

Kitsap County Administration Building - Commissioners Chambers

619 Division Street, Port Orchard

For more information regarding the proposed regulations, please visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/Drone-UAS-Regs.aspx or contact Eric Baker, Policy Manager, Kitsap County Commissioners' Office, at (360) 337-4495 or ebaker@co.kitsap.wa.us

2/28/2019

 

The Central Kitsap Community Council hosts an array of county informational presentations on several policy initiatives under development and review in Kitsap County. The meeting takes place 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 at the Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road.

The agenda includes overviews of timber harvest code amendments with Scott Diener and Steve Heacock of the Department of Community Development and interim DCD Director Jim Bolger gives an update on an emergency ordinance to regulate sex offender group residential facilities. Eric Baker of the Commissioners' Office discusses short-term vacation rentals in Kitsap County and will gather public input on the benefits and impacts on local communities. Also, Keli McKay-Means presents information on the redevelopment of the Silverdale recycling and garbage facility.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. There are opportunities for public comment.

For more information on the timber harvesting and residential facilities, visit the DCD code update page at https://www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/Pages/Code-Updates.aspx. To learn about short-term rental policy development, go to https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/STR.aspx .

To learn more about the Central Kitsap Community Council, visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/CKCC.aspx or contact Angie Silva in the Commissioners' Office at asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us or (360) 337-7080.

2/28/2019

Interested in helping to plan for public safety from hazardous materials in the event of an emergency? Citizens are sought to serve on the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) through the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management. The committee is meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 20 at the Norm Dicks Center, 345 6th Street, Bremerton.

Anyone interested in joining the committee is encouraged to attend. The meeting is open to the public.

Citizens join first responders, emergency planners and industry representatives to ensure adequate plans are in place to respond to hazardous material incidents and that the public is informed of chemical hazards in their communities. The committee meets once or twice per year.

LEPCs were established as part of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act that was passed in 1986 in response to concerns about the environmental and safety hazards that the storage and handling of toxic chemicals pose.

For questions about serving on the Kitsap County Local Emergency Planning Committee, contact Tom Malley, State of Washington Region 2 Department of Homeland Security Coordinator, at tmalley@co.kitsap.wa.us.

To learn more about LEPCs, go to www.epa.gov/epcra/local-emergency-planning-committees. More information on the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act is available at www.epa.gov/epcra/what-epcra.

2/25/2019

In honor of Black History Month, Sustainable Cinema presents a double feature of two deeply moving short films, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Dragonfly Cinema, 822 Bay St., Port Orchard. 

"The Long Walk to Freedom" is a story of 12 ordinary people from very different backgrounds who accomplished extraordinary deeds that changed the nation during the Civil Rights movement.

"Our Mockingbird" takes a provocative, honest and inspirational look at race, class, justice, community and tolerance through the story of high school students in Birmingham, Alabama who collaborate on a life-changing production of the play, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido sponsors Sustainable Cinema. For more information on the films, visit www.dragonflycinema.com.

 

2/19/2019

 

Kitsap County hosts a special short-course on affordable housing, presented by the Washington State Department of Commerce, from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Thursday, March 14 in the Commissioners' Chambers of the County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard. The course is free and open to the public but please register by March 7 at the contacts below.

Local officials, planning commissioners, developers and others working in their communities to promote affordable housing are invited to attend. The course will be tailored to local circumstances and is intended to educate and inspire attendees about the types of actions communities are taking across the state to address the affordable housing crisis. Legal cases are covered, along with an overview of strategies to encourage, require or enable the development of affordable housing.

Presenters include Emily Grossman, housing policy lead of the Community Services and Housing Division of the Department of Commerce; Jill Dvorkin, attorney with the Municipal Research and Services Center; and Anne Fritzel, senior planner with the Department of Commerce.

The course will cover:

  • Understanding affordability with an overview of the roles of federal, state and local agencies in addressing affordable housing;
  • Legal aspects of affordable housing including a look at the impacts of decisions in the courts and hearing boards;
  • Tools to promote affordability and how communities can use them;
  • Examples of local governments taking on housing solutions.

TO REGISTER: Register by March 7 by sending an email to shortcourse@commerce.wa.gov with your name, organization and title (if applicable) and the location of the course (Port Orchard) or by leaving the same information at (360) 725-3064. For more information, contact Anne Fritzel at anne.fritzel@commerce.wa.gov, (360) 725-3064.

Visit the Washington State Department of Commerce short-course web page for a full listing of upcoming short courses, handouts, recordings of previous planning courses and many other resources at http://www.commerce.wa.gov/serving-communities/growth-management/short-course/ .

2/7/2019

PORT ORCHARD (WA) – Tuesday February 12th is Election Day for 88,000 voters in Kitsap County.  Voters residing within the Bremerton, Central Kitsap and Bainbridge Island School Districts as well as the Bainbridge Island Fire District had ballots mailed to them in January.

With a Winter storm on the horizon, Kitsap County Elections is preparing contingency plans to ensure everyone who wants to vote has that opportunity. 

We would like to remind all voters that no postage is required to return your ballot by mail. We also encourage voters who chose to mail in ballots to do so by Friday, February 8th to ensure it receives a postmark by February 12th.

We are scheduled to open a Vote Center at the Olympic College Poulsbo campus on Election Day from 7:00am to 8:00pm. We have also secured an alternate location in the event one is needed because of extreme weather. Additionally, we have 11 drop boxes opened for this election and as always, you can vote at the Kitsap County Auditor's office, located at 619 Division Street, Port Orchard.

For a complete list of all open drop box locations, please visit kcowa.us/vote

If you have any questions, please call us at 360-337-7128.

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1/29/2019

The public has two new opportunities to learn about and provide input on Kitsap County's initiative to update its current code for short-term vacation rentals. County staff will review the benefits and impacts of vacation rentals on our communities and neighborhoods and discuss concerns. Input gathered will inform new policies that protect customers, uphold building safety and prevent adverse community impacts.

A public open house focusing entirely on short-term vacation rentals is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Commissioners Chamber of the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division St., Port Orchard. There is time to review materials before the presentation begins at 6:15 p.m. The final hour is dedicated to sharing information, discussions, and questions to staff.  

Another presentation takes place during the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. (the presentation will start about 7:30 p.m.) Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston. Please note: public comment time is at the discretion of the council since this is one of several agenda items.

A survey remains open through Feb. 28. Citizens are asked to share their thoughts on short-term vacation rentals. Click here to learn more about vacation rentals and go to the survey directly at http://kcowa.us/strsurvey.

Short-term vacation rentals are popular alternatives to traditional lodging and hundreds have sprouted up in unincorporated areas of Kitsap County. Vacation rentals can fill gaps left by a lack of hotels, provide supplemental income to property owners and support tourism. But the growth of these short-term accommodations has also raised safety concerns and led to impacts to neighbors including noise, disrespectful guests, parking and intrusions onto private shorelines.

For more information on short-term vacation rental policy development and public outreach, to submit public comment, and to sign up to receive project updates automatically, visit the project website or contact Eric Baker in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4495, ebaker@co.kitsap.wa.us. 

1/29/2019

​Short-term vacation rentals, such as those found on popular listing sites including airbnb.com, are the focus of new policy to be developed for unincorporated areas of Kitsap County. County staff will review the benefits and impacts of short-term vacation rentals on our communities and neighborhoods at the Feb. 6 meeting of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston. The presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Input gathered on vacation rentals will inform new policies that protect customers, uphold building safety and prevent adverse community impacts. A public survey remains open through Feb. 28 where citizens are asked to share their thoughts on short-term vacation rentals. Click here to learn more about vacation rentals and go to the survey directly at http://kcowa.us/strsurvey.

County staff from the Kitsap County Department of Community Development will also give a brief overview of proposed code changes for timber harvest practices during the KCAC meeting. Visit the timber harvest code update project page here. A fact sheet and online portal for public comment is available.

1/22/2019

Facebook premiere of "She's Had Every Job"

Thursday, January 24 @ 2:00 p.m.

Set an event reminder by visiting www.facebook.com/kitsapwa

 

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County's Human Resources Department (HR) is premiering a new video Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 2pm on Facebook. The video highlights different career paths available working for Kitsap County. Holly Lawrence, a Manchester resident, stars in the video as she tries several different jobs before finding the perfect fit in Kitsap County.

"We work closely with local high schools and colleges sharing information about careers in the public sector. We've found that many students there don't consider public service as they explore career options and are surprised about the variety of positions we have here," said Nancy Buonanno Grennan, HR Director. "This video highlights just a handful of the professions available working for local government," Buonanno Grennan added.

Tim McManus, vice president at the Partnership for Public Service, said in a recent interview that young people tend to dream about specific professions. They want to be leaders, lawyers, scientists and explorers.  And though government hires for all these roles, they don't envision assuming them in the public sector.

"Working for local government provides the best of all worlds. We get to do challenging work while making a tangible difference in the lives of residents," said Buonanno Grennan.

The light-hearted video is a parody of Johnny Cash's song "I've Been Everywhere" with new lyrics. Over 50 employees and Kitsap County residents appear in the video, along with K9 Officer Titan! The video was produced in-house, and filmed and edited by Jacob Hollis, an intern with HR this past summer and Olympic College student. Kitsap County actively recruits about 200 regular and seasonal positions each year.  "We hope this video encourages prospective employees to look at Kitsap County when considering career choices," added Buonanno Grennan.

Join us, online www.facebook.com/kitsapwa at 2pm as we premiere the video for the first time to the public. County staff is available online before and during the premiere to chat about the video. You can set yourself a reminder now by visiting the page and clicking on the "Get Reminder" button below the video image.

1/22/2019

From executive producers Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson comes a film exploring the legendary life of the young orca whale, Luna. Sustainable Cinema presents the film at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at Dragonfly Cinema, 822 Bay St., Port Orchard. Sponsored by Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. For more information, visit http://dragonflycinema.com/.

1/21/2019

​PORT ORCHARD – Ballots for the Feb. 12, 2019, Special Election will be mailed by Friday to voters residing within the Bremerton, Central Kitsap and Bainbridge Island School Districts. Bainbridge will also have a measure from the Fire Department.

Bainbridge voters will weigh in on a capital projects levy for the Bainbridge Island School District and an EMS levy for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department. The Bremerton School District is asking for a capital projects levy and Central Kitsap School District is requesting a school support levy. Approximately 87,000 registered voters will receive ballots.

An online Voters' Guide at kcowa.us/lvp provides information and arguments about the measures.

Twelve ballot drop boxes (kcowa.us/vote) will be available 24 hours a day beginning Friday, Jan. 25 until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than Feb. 12 to be counted. We recommend voters mailing ballots to mail them by Feb. 8. No postage is required this election.

Paul Andrews, Kitsap County Auditor, said voters curious about how ballots are processed are welcome to come watch the process in person. "Even Kitsap residents who do not live in a district with an election this time might appreciate watching the process step by step," he said.

Kitsap residents registered to vote who do not receive a ballot by Jan. 31, or who have a damaged or lost ballot, should request a replacement by contacting the County Elections Office via email at auditor@co.kitsap.wa.us or by phone at 360.337.7128. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Election Day, Feb. 12, the office will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Residents who are not currently registered in Washington have until 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 to register in person at the Kitsap County Auditor's Office at 619 Division Street in Port Orchard. Ballots for military members and overseas voters registered in Kitsap County were sent on Jan. 11.

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Contact:  David Frisk, Elections Manager, 360.337.7130

1/15/2019

​Kitsap County Commissioners are launching a new effort to gather public input and reach out to residents about how short-term vacation rentals benefit our communities and affect residential neighborhoods. A survey is open now through Feb. 28 and citizens are asked to share their experiences of staying in vacation rentals, living nearby rentals, serving as host or manager of a site, or as property owner of a vacation rental.

Click here to learn more and find a link to the online survey or go to the survey directly at http://kcowa.us/strsurvey.

Short-term vacation rentals are popular alternatives to traditional lodging and hundreds have sprouted up in unincorporated areas of Kitsap County. Vacation rentals can fill the gaps left by a lack of hotels and inns, provide supplemental income to property owners and support tourism, which in turn, helps local communities. But the growth of these short-term accommodations has also raised safety concerns and led to impacts to neighbors including noise, disrespectful guests, parking and intrusions onto private shorelines.

This effort is underway to collect public opinion, hear directly from citizens and review current code before any new regulations are proposed. It is intended to inform policy on short-term rentals in ways that protect consumers, uphold building safety, and prevent adverse community impacts.

To take the survey, click here. Public meetings will be scheduled this winter and announced at a later date, along with other opportunities to provide comment. 

For more information on short-term vacation rental policy development and public outreach, to submit public comment, and to sign up to receive project updates automatically, visit the project website or contact Eric Baker in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4495, ebaker@co.kitsap.wa.us

 

 

1/14/2019

Each year, Project Connect offers a free one-day, one-stop services fair for individuals and families who may be homeless, face the imminent risk of homelessness, or need access to community services. This month, Project Connect will take place at three different sites – one in each part of the county – to better reach more Kitsap residents.

Events are scheduled:  

  • Tuesday, January 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave, Port Orchard
  • Wednesday, January 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Salvation Army, 832 6th Street, Bremerton
  • Thursday, January 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston

Last year, about 450 local, low-income and homeless residents attended the three Project Connect events. Over 50 organizations provided services including housing referrals, immunizations, eye exams, health screenings, rabies shots, sleeping bags, coats, haircuts, and more.  Each of the three 2019 Project Connect sites will have slightly different vendors, tailoring offerings to what is available to residents in that geographic area.  A hot lunch will be provided at each of the sites.

Project Connect is held in conjunction with the annual Point-in-Time Count survey of people experiencing homelessness, conducted by the Kitsap County Department of Human Services. Guests at Project Connect are asked to participate in the survey, which helps local and state leaders better understand community needs and homelessness trends. The results also influence state and local funding decisions.

Project Connect is coordinated by the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition, a network which includes homeless and affordable housing service providers as well as organizations serving homeless and low-income residents of our community.

For more information on Project Connect and available homeless and housing resources, please go to the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition website at www.KitsapHHC.org. To print the Project Connect flyer, click here.

Additional statistics and information about past Point-in-Time Counts and homelessness in Kitsap is available at https://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/HH-Reports-and-Data.aspx.

 

1/3/2019

Short-term vacation rentals, such as those found on popular listing sites including airbnb.com, are the focus of policy being developed for unincorporated areas of Kitsap County. Staff from the Commissioners' Office will attend public meetings in Suquamish and Manchester this week to kick off outreach, review current code and gather input on existing issues and amenities related to short-term vacation rentals.

Presentations will be given at the Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 in the Suquamish Tribal Council Chambers, 18490 Suquamish Way NE; and at the Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 in the Manchester Library, 8067 East Main Street.

Other public meetings will be scheduled this winter and announced at a later date. A survey will be circulated broadly throughout the county to gather further input. For more information on short-term vacation rental policy development and public outreach, visit the project website or contact Eric Baker in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4495, ebaker@co.kitsap.wa.us.

 

12/18/2018

PORT ORCHARD – Committees are needed to draft voters' guide arguments against proposed ballot measures submitted by the four different districts for the Feb. 12, 2019, Special Election.

The four measures are:

  • Bremerton School District is proposing a property tax levy to fund repair renovation and improvement projects.
  • Bainbridge Island School District is proposing a property tax levy for capital improvements.
  • Central Kitsap School District is proposing a property tax levy education program enrichment and operations.
  • Bainbridge Island Fire Department is requesting a permanent property tax levy for Emergency Medical Services.

According to Revised Code of Washington 29A.32.280, Districts proposing the measures are responsible for appointing committees to write arguments for and against each measure. The four Districts have not appointed committees to write arguments against the measures, so the County Auditor is seeking individuals to serve on those committees.

The Special Election Online Voters' Guide includes official ballot titles, explanatory statements, arguments "for" and "against" each measure, and rebuttals.

Committee members do not have to be residents of the district in order to draft arguments. Interested parties should contact the Elections Division by 4:30 p.m., December 24. Please email auditor@co.kitsap.wa.us or call 360-337-7128 if interested.

Resolutions submitted by the districts for each measure are at the Resolutions page [DF1] on the Kitsap County Auditor's website.

12/14/2018
12/14/2018

​The Kitsap County canvass board will meet to re-certify the results of the manual recount of the 26th Legislative District.

This meeting will take place at 2:30pm on Friday December 14, 2018 at 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, in the Kitsap County Auditor's office, room 304.This is a public meeting and observers are welcome.

12/14/2018

 

Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder was recently elected as First Vice-President of the Washington State Association of Counties for 2018-2019 and will step up as President in the top leadership role in 2019-2020. The Washington State Association of Counties has served as the collective voice of Washington's counties for over one hundred years and provides training, legislative advocacy and a forum to build a statewide county legislative agenda. WSAC members include county commissioners, council members and executives from all of Washington's 39 counties.

"It's my great honor to serve as the First Vice-President," said Commissioner Gelder, who is 2018 chair of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners. "As a subdivision of the state, counties play a unique role in the provision of services and programs to our local communities, often on behalf of the state.

"It is vital to maintain a strong voice of advocacy in Olympia and Washington, DC for adequate funding for infrastructure (roads, fish passage barrier removal), trial court public defense, and foundational public health services," he noted. "In addition, it's important to challenge new state-mandated services that shift the burden of funding onto the backs of local residents and taxpayers."

WSAC is governed by a board of directors led by the executive committee. Each year, county representatives elect officers for the following year.

Join Commissioner Gelder on one of his monthly "Walk & Talk" sessions through North Kitsap communities. Upcoming walks take place January 5, 2019, beginning at the Bainbridge Island Senior Center, 370 Brien Dr SE, and February 2, 2019, beginning at the Commissioner's Kingston office, located in the back portion of the building housing the Kitsap County Sheriff's precinct office at 26076 Illinois Ave. The Walk & Talks get underway at 9:30 a.m. sharp.

Visit Commissioner Gelder's website to view newsletters, Commissioner's Corner programs and an interactive map of North Kitsap communities, and to sign up for electronic news updates: https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/Dist1home.aspx . To learn more about WSAC, visit http://wsac.org.

 

12/13/2018

​Trickle Down Town explores the personal stories of those living unsheltered in Seattle. Filmmaker Tomasz Biernacki will be on hand for discussion after the showing. The film begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27 in Dragonfly Cinema, 822 Bay St., Port Orchard as part of Commissioner Charlotte Garrido's Sustainable Cinema film series. For more information, visit www.dragonflycinema.com.

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