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:
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 .
(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announces that the phase one burn ban will be lifted at 8:00 am on Friday, September 13.
All outdoor burning may resume subject to the normal rules and regulations:
"Due to the recent weather patterns, vegetation has been able to retain moisture and not dry out as quickly, allowing general backyard burning and lifting of the ban," said David Lynam Kitsap County Fire Marshal.
If you have any questions, contact your local fire district, or the Kitsap County Fire Marshal's Office (360) 337-5777.
Click, Fix app makes reporting problems easier
(Port Orchard, WA) - Have you ever seen a pothole, a sign that is broken, or illegal dumping alongside the road? Did you want a fast and easy way to report it? Kitsap County is using a new way to help residents report problems anywhere in the County. See, Click, Fix is a free, easy-to-use app (Android or IOS) that allows residents to instantly send pictures, specific descriptions and other important information to report potholes, downed signs, traffic signals, illegal dumping and other issues that need attention. It's also available from the desktop (www.kcowa.us/k1).
The report is sent to County staff and routed to the appropriate County Department or city agency to investigate and respond. Residents are updated through the app as their request is completed. All reports are shown on an area map. This allows users to see other reports in their area and determine if their concern has already been reported.
This really helps residents process requests," said Jamie Linville, Supervisor for the County's customer service center (Kitsap1). "They get real-time updates on the app, engage in their community and can report problems anywhere in the County," Linville added. The GPS location information, and being able to see problems on a map, are helpful for her staff in determining the proper response. "This helps ensure we get accurate data in the initial request, which helps us get the request routed to the correct agency," said Linville.
The app allows users to track their request and see progress made. The software provides a dashboard that allows technicians to monitor responses to ensure timely completion. Residents can even create their own "watch area" to receive notifications about all issues reported in their community-not just the ones they report. Get the app and see the app at www.kcowa.us/k1.
You can always submit concerns through Kitsap1 (360.337.5777 or email@example.com). Kitsap1 is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
In response to the many questions he receives about what is being done to alleviate traffic gridlock in downtown Kingston, Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder prepared a document that addresses long- and near-term solutions. Commissioner Gelder has worked for many years with Kingston residents, state agencies and legislators to identify specific options and pursue funding to move projects forward. The document is available here.
To learn more about efforts of the Washington State Department of Transportation State Route 104 Kingston ferry terminal traffic improvement, visit their website at: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr104/kingston-ferry-terminal/home .
Contact Washington State Ferries to comment on or complain about ferry issues at (206) 464-6400 or (888) 808-7977. These can also be submitted online at https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/infodesk/customerfeedback .
(Port Orchard, WA) - Local Puget Sound artists are converging on downtown Keyport to turn storm drains into public art. The artists were selected by a committee who reviewed a dozen submissions for proposed artwork on storm drains.
Kitsap County Public Works' Stormwater Division wanted the public art to emphasize the link between storm drains and surface waters and help connect the community to their local water resources.
"We want to paint the picture that pollutants that make their way into storm drains end up in our local waters, affecting water quality, habitat and wildlife," said Michelle Perdue, Stormwater Monitoring and Outreach Manager. "The Keyport community is the perfect location for this project, with its walkable streets, enthusiastic community response, and direct connection to our natural waterways."
The event takes place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Thursday, August 22. Spectators are encouraged to come watch the artwork take shape, encourage the artists, and vote for their favorite completed design at http://kcowa.us/stormdrainartvote.
For information about the event call 360.337.5777. You can see the other submitted ideas online at
The U.S. Census Bureau launched address canvassing throughout the country last week, including here in Kitsap County, as the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. Census Bureau employees (listers) have started walking local neighborhoods verifying addresses. The listers are area residents hired to help with the project. Their work continues through mid-October, with the actual census count getting underway in 2020.
Listers identify every place where people could stay, whether temporary or permanent. They compare what they see on the ground to the existing census address list and then verify, correct or add address and location information as needed. If the lister does not find anyone home, they will verify and update the address information by observation.
Address canvassing improves and refines the Census Bureau's address list of households nationwide, adding new housing developments, changes in existing homes and other housing units that did not previously exist. This is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the 2020 census.
The address list plays a vital role in ensuring a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States.
To help identify address listers, employees will have badges and briefcases indicating their affiliation with the Census Bureau. They will knock on doors and ask a few simple questions to verify the address and any additional living quarters on the property for inclusion in the census.
Employees will introduce themselves as a Census Bureau employee, show their official government identification badge (sample below), and explain the purpose of the visit. People may also ask them for a picture from another source to confirm their identity.
About 30 percent of all addresses in Kitsap County will be canvassed. The 2020 Census: In-Field Address Canvassing (IFAC) Viewer provides county information on areas that listers will visit.
This operation is one of several activities the Census Bureau conducts for an accurate and complete count. The Census Bureau also partners with the U.S. Postal Service and tribal, state and local officials to update the address list.
Census worker ID badge sample front/back:
For a brief video about address canvassing, including how to identify address listers, click here.
The 2020 Census officially starts counting people in January. Most households in the country will start receiving invitations to respond online, by phone or by mail in March 2020.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years. Census data is used to determine the number of seats each state holds in Congress and how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed back to states and local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including health care, jobs, schools, roads and businesses.
If you have any questions or want to verify a lister, please contact the West Coast Regional Census Office in Los Angeles at (213) 314-6500. For more information on the 2020 Census, visit the Census Bureau website .
Census workers are still needed - paid jobs are available now in Kitsap County. Go to https://2020census.gov/jobs.
Community input is sought on the draft four-year plan for local aging residents that identifies gaps in services, demographic trends, challenges and opportunities. The 2020-2023 area plan addresses how the Kitsap County Area Agency on Aging administers programs and allocates discretionary funding to support older adults and adults with disabilities living in the community.
The Kitsap County Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Long-Term Care, the designated Area Agency on Aging, developed the plan and encourages residents to submit comments on the draft and learn more about resources and services available.
The draft plan will be posted Aug. 19 to the Aging and Long-Term Care website at www.agingkitsap.com. A printed copy will be also available at the Aging and Long-Term Care office, located at 1026 Sidney Avenue, Suite 105, Port Orchard or call (360) 337-5700.
Comments on the draft will be accepted until Sept. 11, 2019 and may be mailed to the Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care, 614 Division St. MS-5, Port Orchard, WA, 98366 or emailed to Tawnya Weintraub at TWeintra@co.kitsap.wa.us.
The 2020-2023 draft plan will be presented during the Board of County Commissioners' regular business meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, followed by a public hearing. The meeting is held in the Commissioners' Chambers of the Kitsap County Administration building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard. The public is welcome to attend and comment on the plan.
For more information or to require special accommodations, please contact Stacey Smith at (360) 337-5700, (800) 562-6418 or TDD (360) 307-4280. One week advance notice is needed for interpreter services at the community presentation.
Share your values about the Puget Sound region and give input on future growth strategies detailed in the draft VISION 2050 plan of the Puget Sound Regional Council.
By 2050, the central Puget Sound region will be home to nearly 6 million people – a 40 percent jump from today. The Puget Sound Regional Council's VISION 2050 is the guide for how this growth can support thriving communities, a strong economy, and healthy environment.
The draft VISION 2050 describes how the region should grow and preserve what people value about the region – a healthy natural environment, economic opportunity and great communities – and also address affordability, equity, climate change and other challenges.
VISION 2050 lays out policies and actions for guiding growth to create healthy places to live and work, while protecting the region’s forests, farms and open spaces. The plan talks about where cities and counties will encourage more housing and jobs, and how transportation will connect people to where they need to go. The draft VISION 2050 plan calls for:
• Increasing housing choices and affordability
• Providing opportunities for all
• A strong economy and balanced job growth throughout the region
• Significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions
• Transportation that connects centers and improves mobility
• Growth focused in centers and near fast and frequent transit
• Restoring the health of the Puget Sound
• Protecting a network of open space
Visit https://www.psrc.org/our-work/regional-planning/vision-2050/get-involved for an online open house, more information and the opportunity to submit comments. The public comment period is open until Sept. 16, 2019.
Questions? Contact PSRC at VISION2050@psrc.org or (206) 464-7532 .
Volunteer park stewards spent more than 18 months preparing a stewardship plan for natural resource protection and recreational use of the county's North Kitsap Heritage Park. The draft plan is now open for a 60-day public review and comment period.
To access the document and online form click here or visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Pages/NorthKitsapHeritagePark.aspx.
Parks staff will work with the NKHP stewards to review comments received and make revisions, if necessary. Kitsap County Commissioners are anticipated to adopt the stewardship plan this fall.
"We applaud the dedicated planning work of these volunteer stewards," said County Commissioner Rob Gelder. "Because this park attracts use from all parts of the county and beyond, we want to ensure the larger public can see the planning goals and weigh-in with comments, concerns and ideas."
North Kitsap Heritage Park (NKHP) is a regional treasure, located off Miller Bay Road, consisting of 799 acres of forest, wetlands and hiking trails. A dedicated volunteer stewardship group, formed in 2009, largely maintains the park, in partnership with the Kitsap County Parks Department.
The NKHP Stewardship Plan is a management tool and template intended to provide direction for resource protection and conservation actions. It guides recreational use and future development away from areas of environmental sensitivity.
The draft plan follows a county-adopted landscape classification planning process, identifying zones within the park for varying levels of resource protection, conservation actions, and development for recreational use, primarily trail corridors. The plan also outlines the history of the landscape, including its ancient glacial formation, use by Native Americans, historic logging operations, and finally, the County Commissioners assertive land acquisition program.
The park setting is a mix of forest types. Some are derived from the previous monoculture, which was important to commercial timber production. More recently, the forest is becoming diversified through ecological-based forest thinning and replanting with mixed tree species. The stewardship plan also identifies streams, wetlands, culverts and other waterbodies, assessing the quality and describing management objectives.
For more information, contact Steven Starlund, Parks Planner, at (360) 337-5312, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Pages/NorthKitsapHeritagePark.aspx.
Take a drive with us to learn more about the County road system. Chapter 2 of our
Getting You There story talks about road priorities and costs associated with maintenance and operations.
Select 'What we do' on the top right-hand corner to skip to chapter 2. Did you miss our history chapter? Click 'History' to read chapter 1.
County Commissioners continue outreach on short-term vacation rentals in Kitsap County. After reviewing public input from a recent survey and outreach events, Commissioners directed staff to host interest-based focus groups (such as short-term rental operators and neighbors) to review preliminary regulatory concepts.
The regulatory concepts were developed after an extensive outreach effort. Public comments received through mid-June on the impacts and opportunities from short-term vacation rentals and related survey responses were summarized and are now available for review. Participation was excellent with more than 26 comment submittals, over 300 citizens attending outreach events, and 894 responses to the survey.
This input provided an understanding of the range of interests, needs, and perspectives of owners/hosts (operators), users, neighbors, and citizens. The results lead to a general conclusion that short-term rentals are an important part of the local tourist economy but some level of oversight is necessary to prevent impacts to community character and neighborhoods.
Additional outreach will continue through the summer with potential focus groups and other discussions. Please check the project website for ongoing updates and click here to sign up for the project email list.
If you have any questions, comments, or would like additional information, please visit the project website or contact Eric Baker, email@example.com, or Jennifer Cannon, firstname.lastname@example.org, in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080.
Kitsap County is now accepting applications with accompanying resumes from individuals interested in serving as non-compensated fiduciaries on a new Kitsap County Fair & Stampede Association Board of Directors. Candidates should have experience in non-profit governance and potential access to community organizations. The application deadline is August 2.
For a position description and to complete the online application, click here. Email a supplemental resume to email@example.com.
Commissioners will appoint a nominations committee to review and interview applicants, leading to the appointment of the initial members of the association board of directors. Once selected, directors will serve as the governing body of the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede Association.
Kitsap County Commissioners contracted with a consultant last year to do a fair sustainability study and review business models to provide the opportunity for the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede to fully develop into an entrepreneurial entity while keeping true to its public purpose.
In February 2019, based on the study's recommendation that a non-profit model provides the most efficient transition, County Commissioners approved reorganizing the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede into a non-profit corporation. The County is creating documents required to establish the non-profit entity, while working with a consultant to draft operational policies and procedures, and research resources outlined in the consultant’s transition plan. As recommended in the study, County Commissioners will be instrumental in the transition.
The new non-profit Kitsap County Fair & Stampede Association will perform as a responsive and entrepreneurial organization with latitude to streamline business operations while keeping to professional business standards.
The County fair sustainability study is available on-line at www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Documents/KitsapCountyFair%20Stampede_Long%20TermSustainability%20StudyFinalReport_January2019.pdf.
For more information on the application process, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/Advisory-Boards-.aspx.
The Kitsap County Coroner's Office will hold a public burial ceremony at 10 a.m. July 13 at the Silverdale Pioneer Cemetery for 15 residents who were considered "indigent" at the time of their passing and left the world without family or funds for a final resting place.
The Kitsap County Coroner's Office feels very strongly that these individuals deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. By way of a generous donation from Sue Brown several years ago, Kitsap County was gifted two large cemetery plots at the Pioneer Cemetery, located at the end of Impasse Place off Anderson Hill Road. These plots provide a beautiful setting for these individuals to be interned.
Chaplain Don Melendez of Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue will officiate a short ceremony. Anyone who would like to attend is encouraged to join in this opportunity to show respect to those who have departed, and that they are not alone nor forgotten as they are laid to rest.
The names of those being interned:
For more information, contact Kitsap County Coroner Jeff Wallis at (360) 337-7077, email@example.com.
(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announces that a phase one ban on outdoor burning will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Friday 6/28/19.
During a phase one burn ban all outdoor burning is prohibited, except for recreational fires in approved devices and locations. For more information on approved devices and locations, see Outdoor Burning Frequently Asked Questions.
As part of the ban, all burning permits are suspended until further notice and no additional permits will be issued in the unincorporated areas of Kitsap County.
This ban is needed due to dryer than normal conditions and the potential for fires to spread once ignited. According to Fire Marshal David Lynam, “June is always a dry month, but this year it is particularly dry, with the larger debris in the rural areas reaching moisture content the same as Kiln dried lumber.”
The National Weather Service predicts Kitsap County residents can expect 1.5 inches of rainfall in June with the exact amount depending on location. Records indicate that the official rain gauge for June shows less than 10% of the typical June amount with temperatures slightly higher.
The burn ban is imposed due to fire conditions and is not the same as a stage one burn ban implemented by the Puget Sound Air Quality Agency, due to air quality issues.
For additional information, please contact the Fire Marshal's Office (360) 337-5777 or your local Fire Department.
Experienced appraisers or real estate professionals with a deep knowledge of appraisal practices are needed to serve on the Kitsap County Board of Equalization, an impartial group of citizens who make decisions on homeowner, commercial and personal property appeals to the assessed value of properties. Must be a resident of Kitsap County and meet above qualifications. Training provided. For more information, call (360) 337-4650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . To learn more about the Board of Equalization, visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/BOE.aspx .