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Kitsap County Planning Commission to Hold Hearings on  Draft Critical Areas Ordinance4/18/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) Draft was open for public comment 3/1-3/31. The Kitsap Planning Commission is scheduled to hold three hearings to provide additional opportunity to comment on the draft.  The County has prepared a preliminary matrix of the March public comments and provided staff responses.  

The County will hold three Open Houses, followed by Planning Commission Hearings, for the Critical Areas Ordinance on the follow dates:

Tuesday, April 25
Kitsap Fairgrounds, President's Hall
1250 NW Fairgrounds Road in Bremerton
Open House at 5 p.m.
Planning Commission at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 27
Poulsbo City Hall
200 NE Moe Street in Poulsbo
Open House at 5 p.m.
Planning Commission at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2
Commissioners Chambers

Kitsap County Administration Building
619 Division Street in Port Orchard
Open House at 5 p.m.
Planning Commission at 6 p.m

The matrix, and draft Ordinance, are now available for additional public review. Additional comments can be provided to the Planning Commission as written or oral testimony at their hearings.
 
The Kitsap County Critical Areas Ordinance is undergoing a required update under the Washington Growth Management Act. The CAO (Kitsap County Code, Title 19), is the portion of local code which provides development standards for protecting the environment and minimizing risk to human safety. Critical areas include:
  • Wetlands
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas,
  • Geologically Hazardous Areas
  • Frequently Flooded Areas
  • Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas

More information is available on the County's CAO webpage and
includes drafts, comment matrix, summaries, maps, a schedule, comment form and a 24/7 online open house.


Contact:  Kathlene Barnhart, Planner, 360.337.5777 or KBarnhar@co.kitsap.wa.us

Lane closures on SR 160 start Tuesday, April 184/17/2017
 

Courtesy retransmittal of a WSDOT news release...

SOUTHWORTH – Beginning Tuesday, April 18, drivers can expect delays on State Route 160 (Sedgwick Road) from milepost 4.8 near Banner Road to milepost 7.3 in Southworth while utility crews trim trees adjacent to the highway. The work will require closing the eastbound SR 160 lane for periods of up to 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each weekday through April 28. During those times, a single alternating lane of traffic will be flagged through the workzone. 

Motorists will also encounter shoulder closures on the south side of SR 160 during those same hours. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time to travel through the area. High winds could postpone this work.

Before heading out the door, drivers can get real-time traffic information on their phones with the WSDOT mobile app, and the WSDOT travel alerts page.

Hyperlinks within the release:

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Silverdale Way/Myhre Road intersection closed Friday, April 214/14/2017

​(Silverdale, WA)  The intersection of Silverdale Way NW and NW Myhre road will be closed Friday, April 21, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., as Kitsap County Public Works prepares and paves the intersection. Choose an alternate route if possible, or follow the posted detours. Work on this project is weather dependent.

This is some of the last major work in a project that began last summer. The project created a right-turn lane westbound on NW Myhre Road. The traffic signal system at the intersection was upgraded, new illumination along NW Myhre Road was installed, improvements to the stormwater system were made, and pedestrian facilities were upgraded.  The paving work Wednesday completes the project, with the exception of minor ancillary work.

To learn more about the project go to http://kitsap.paladinpanoramic.com/project/2232/54717  or contact Kitsap 1, 360.337.5777 or Help@Kitsap1.com.

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Contact:  Steve Nichols, Construction Manager, 360.337.5777 or help@Kitsap1.com

Public comment sought for Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Plan4/13/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan serves as a policy document that guides the County, incorporated cities, Tribes, and the US Navy, in solid waste and hazardous management. The state requires a review of the plan every five years.

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) will review the preliminary draft plan. We invite you to review and provide comment during the next 30-day period. Written comments are accepted until Thursday, May 15, 2017.

You may find this document posted on the County's website at https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/Documents/Kitsap%20County%20CSWMP%20ENTIRE%202017_0411.pdf.

Email comments to: kmckay-means@co.kitsap.wa.us

Mail comments to:  Keli McKay-Means, Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, 614 Division Street MS-27, Port Orchard, 98366.  Postmark date May 15, 2017.


Contact: Keli McKay-Means | Public Works, Solid Waste Division
kmckay-means@co.kitsap.wa.us | 360.337.5777

 

Nearly weeklong closure of SR 166 (Bay Street) slated near Port Orchard 4/12/2017

PORT ORCHARD – Beginning Monday, April 24, crews will close a section of State Route 166 (Bay Street) near SR 16 to all traffic around the clock for five days. During the closure, a signed detour will be provided via Port Orchard Boulevard and Tremont Street West. The specific closure time on Monday will be provided as the date approaches.

The closure will allow crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation to wrap up the largest remaining work item related to an extensive fish barrier removal project near Port Orchard. Crews will work in an area where they previously installed a culvert designed to help migrating fish access Anderson Creek.

Hyperlinks within the release:

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

Silverdale Transportation Implementation Study Open House4/12/2017

​Kitsap County invites you to a community open house to learn about and provide input on the Silverdale Transportation Implementation Study (TIS). The study focuses on the transportation movement within Silverdale. It is a technical analysis of existing and future transportation systems and looks at vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and freight movements.

Silverdale Transportation Implementation Study Open House
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
Central Kitsap High School Auditorium
3700 NW Anderson Hill Road,
Silverdale, WA

This study documents and analyzes how the current and future transportation systems function, identifies transportation issues and needs, explores strategies to address transportation issues and needs, and prioritizes future transportation improvements in Silverdale.

At the Open House, staff will present the initial analysis of the study and will request public input on how well the report describes the function of the existing transportation system and if critical transportation issues and needs are addressed. Discussions on transportation strategies and prioritization are topics for future public meetings.

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

For more information, contact David Forte, Transportation Planning, Kitsap County Public Works 360.337.5777 or help@kitsap1.com.

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Contact:  David Forte, Transportation Planner, 360.337.7210 or DForte@co.kitsap.wa.us

Put your art work on a snow plow blade!4/11/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA)  Kitsap County is looking for individuals or classrooms that want to put their art on one of our snow plow blades. "Each year as part of our National Public Works Week we invite local classrooms or individuals to submit ideas for artwork on snow plow blades," said Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager. "We use those plow blades in the vicinity of where the artists live so they can see their art in action," Bear added.

Artists can apply here (https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/Pages/npww.aspx). If your idea is chosen Public Works arranges to bring the plow blade to the school, along with paints and brushes. Entries close May 3, 2017.

You can view some of the previous winners here

•2015 Winners:  (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kitsapcounty/sets/72157663841965702/)

•2013 Winners:  (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kitsapcounty/albums/72157635585546273)
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Contact:  Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager, 360.337.4598, or dbear@co.kitsap.wa.us

Earth Day Awards highlighted on special edition of The Inside Report4/10/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) – Take a look inside the County's Earth Day awards with a special edition of The Inside Report. The award-winning news magazine show takes a look inside different County programs to give viewers the inside report. This month's special Earth Day episode highlights a unique way that the annual Earth Day Awards were presented to the winners.

Kitsap County Public Works has presented the annual Earth Day awards since the early 1990's. The awards are presented to individuals, organizations, schools, and businesses for their distinguishing environmental programs or projects. In the past, the recognition ceremony took place at the Board of County Commissioners regular scheduled meeting prior to Earth Day, April 22.

This year Public Works and the Kitsap County Commissioners surprised winners at their workplaces with a visit from our Earth Day Prize Patrol. Tune in and watch their reactions and learn more about how they earned the award. This year's award winners exemplify environmental leadership qualities in programs or projects that emphasize sustainability, waste reduction, recycling, and litter control. These outstanding achievers make a difference every day as they lead the way and make others aware of environmental issues.

Central Kitsap: Adopt-A-Road Volunteers – Central Kitsap Adventist School staff, parents, school board and local congregations:

The parents, staff, and school board members of the Kitsap Christian Adventist School participated in group litter pickups during two separate events in 2016. They also have volunteers from community churches who help out and find very interesting things along the road, like softballs and dead animals.

Last year, the group removed over 300 pounds of litter from two miles of roadway near their school in the Chico community. During six cleanups over the last three years these dedicated volunteers have cleaned up nearly 1,000 pounds of roadway litter.

Principal Becky Rae said, "We enjoy helping keep our community clean, and the Adopt-a-Road program also helps us get to know our neighbors.  Many of them come out and thank us for picking up the litter."

North Kitsap: Environmental Education – Susan Knell, French teacher, Woodward Middle School:

When it comes to waste reduction and recycling at Bainbridge Island School District's Woodward Middle School, all arrows point to one person, French teacher Susan Knell. From the Assistant Superintendent, to the principal, to teachers, to administrative staff, they all tell of how Susan has impacted their waste reduction and diversion practices, both at school and home. Many of them often find themselves thinking, "What would Susan do?" when planning a school event or taking care of their own garbage and recycling.

Susan spends her own lunch teaching students new recycling behaviors. Almost everyone now puts in the extra effort needed to sort their lunch garbage from the recyclables. She is changing the way they think and act, literally one person at a time. Her passion for 'materials management' is infectious! Her calm yet determined demeanor is a perfect combination to teach the students and staff the importance of zero waste. She not only does this at the school level, but is also a knowledgeable and vital resource for coordinating green efforts throughout the district.

District Assistant Superintendent Erin Murphy said, "I have been continually impressed by her passion and dedication to environmental sustainability, she is always open and willing to assist in problem solving efforts to help facilitate change." And Mike Florian, Woodward principal commented, "Susan is a beacon of light to our staff for being good stewards."

South Kitsap: Waste Reduction and Recycling – George Heitman, Facilities Supervisor, CRISTA Camps

George Heitman, the Facilities Supervisor at CRISTA Camps Miracle Ranch, spent much of his time last year coordinating logistics to implement recycling in a large venue that hosts both overnight and day camps. George is a man driven to do things well and efficiently. When he sees a gap between a problem and an opportunity, he is quick to jump to a solution.

In order to collect and divert comingled recycling more efficiently, bins and containers were strategically co-located with garbage cans in both cabins and public areas. New procedures were established for recycling collection from multiple locations throughout a large area of operation. With an average of 216 new campers per week, education was conducted by staff weekly on how to recycle the right items and recycle more. George was also instrumental in recycling used cooking oil from the kitchen.

According to Operations Director Shane Carlson, "He long ago earned the trust of the camp's leadership, and they know if George thinks it's important it's going to be worth the time and effort to complete. We have reduced our garbage by one-third!"

In-House: Clean Kitsap – Sheriff's Office Corrections, Inmate Project Coordinators Wayne Chase & Chris Lacombe:

As part of a comprehensive litter control program for county roads, the Correction's Division of the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office employs a small workforce – the inmate litter crew – to provide a monetary savings to the taxpayer in the continuing effort to keep Kitsap County clean.  With funding from the Department of Ecology and the county's Clean Kitsap program a second litter crew was added in 2014, increasing the capacity to clean up litter and illegal dumps. 

 In 2016 Inmate Project Coordinators Wayne Chase and Chris Lacombe improved this existing program. By keeping motivation alive in their participants the crews cleaned up SR-3 from the sewer treatment plant south to Gorst. To accomplish this they coordinated with Washington State Department of Transportation for traffic assistance. The benefit to the community is noticed and appreciated as many residents have taken the time to talk to the coordinators. The annual commitment for roadway litter cleanup was 1,600 miles. They more than doubled this at 3,473 miles of roadway and removed 460 illegal dumpsites from county roads and other public properties.

Kitsap County Recycling Coordinator Chris Piercy warns, "These crews are not a license to litter for motorists." He adds, "These two do an amazing job keeping Kitsap clean, and what we really need is for all of us to do our part and make sure garbage ends up where it belongs – in the garbage can." The key to keeping our roads beautiful is not in cleaning up the litter that's there – it's preventing it from happening in the first place!

You can watch The Inside Report on BKAT (channel 12 on Comcast and channel 3 on Wave). It airs Mondays at 5 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. To watch current and previous episodes of The Inside Report go to http://bit.ly/kctireport.

Stand Down offers information, resources and services to veterans and their families4/6/2017

​Veterans and their families are invited to the spring 2017 Veterans Stand Down, which takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo in Bremerton.

Complimentary services for women and men veterans and their families will be available including dental screening, Veterans Assistance, housing, employment, education, counseling and more. Qualifying veterans and family members may also receive free clothing, sleeping bags, groceries, and personal hygiene items.

This event is open to veterans and their families only. Please provide DD214, military retiree ID card, or VA card.  Unaccompanied family members must bring a DD214 and proof of relationship.  We also encourage active duty transitioning out of the military or retiring by the end of 2017 to attend to gather information and resources to assist in their transition to civilian life as seamless as possible.

Service providers include Department of Veterans Affairs, Olympic College, Veteran service organizations, Kitsap Legal Services, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, Abraham House, Asset Building Coalition, Housing Solutions Center, WorkSource, Department of Social and Health Service, Red Cross, Kitsap Community Resources, and Kitsap Transit.  

The event is sponsored by the VFW 2669 Riders Group, Kitsap Sun, Kitsap Credit Union, Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, City of Bremerton, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, AL-P-109; DAV Chapters 5 & 22 and Women's Auxiliary; Michael & Karen Johnson; Abraham House; Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board; and the Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance.

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Contact: Andrew Sargent, Coordinator, Veterans Assistance Program, Kitsap County Human Services, 360.337.4811 or asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us

County begins using automatic flagger assistance devices4/6/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA)  Kitsap County is using an automated flagger assistance device (or AFAD) on certain projects this spring.  The device, similar to the one shown below, increases work zone safety. It also allows one flagger, rather than two, to control traffic through work zones. "Work zones are dangerous places," said Jacques Dean, Road Superintendent for Kitsap County Public Works. "In 2014 there were 669 fatalities from crashes in work zones across the United States. That equates to 1.8 work zone fatalities per day. Using an automated device increases safety, and helps motorists more clearly see the work zone," Dean added.

The AFAD allows remote operation. This reduces the flaggers' exposure to work zone risks. An additional benefit is an intrusion alarm that alerts work crews when a motorist goes past the stop location. In situations where one flagger is operating one station remotely, the other person usually assigned to flagging duties is free to perform other vital maintenance responsibilities.

The county purchased two automated devices at a cost of $34,300.00. The automated devices will be used in select locations while their use is evaluated by Public Works. "You'll see them first on the Hansville Road NE shoulder widening project in North Kitsap" said Dean. Motorists are reminded to always use extra caution while driving near or through work areas on the road. You can find a list of current and upcoming road work at http://bit.ly/roadslist .

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Contact: Jacques Dean, Road Superintendent, 360.337.5777 or jdean@co.kitsap.wa.us

Wetland buffers, road improvements, local trails reviewed in Kingston April 53/30/2017

(Kingston, WA) – This month's Kingston Citizens Advisory Council meeting provides citizens the opportunity to learn more about proposed updates to Kitsap County's Critical Areas Ordinance, submit road improvement ideas and learn about the local trails system. The meeting takes place 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 at the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston.

Kitsap County's Department of Community Development is updating its Critical Areas Ordinance as required by the state's Growth Management Act. Information will be presented on proposed changes to wetlands delineations and buffers, wildlife habitat conservation areas, geologically hazardous areas and aquifer recharge areas. A 24/7 online open house for the CAO is available here with more information, opportunities for public comment and the timeline for adoption.

Kitsap County Public Works seeks road project and other transportation improvement suggestions to consider in preparation of its annual six-year Transportation Improvement Program. The existing TIP and ranking system used to identify and prioritize road improvement projects will be reviewed. This year's selection process determines which new roadway projects to include in the 2018–2023 TIP. Residents can submit their ideas online here through May 26 or share their request at the KCAC meeting.

The April 5 meeting will wrap up with a presentation by Mark Libby, KCAC member and coordinator of the Kingston Parks, Trails and Open Space committee. He will look at plans for community connector trails from Indianola to Eglon with the majority of them within the Kingston community that were previously identified in the county's Comprehensive Plan and the Kingston trail plan.

For more information on the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council, go to http://www.kitsapgov.com/boards/CAC/kingston/kcac.htm, call 360.337.4650, or e-mail rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us. Applications are now open for citizens interested in serving on the council.

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Contact: Rebecca Pirtle, Commissioners' Office, 360.337.4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us

New adminstrator to oversee Kitsap County District Court3/29/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) – Kitsap County District Court judges are pleased to announce the appointment of Clint Casebolt as the new District Court Administrator. He began working at the county March 6 after the retirement of long-time court administrator Maury Baker.

The court administrator oversees the court's daily scheduling, monitoring and coordinating of trials, and budget. District Court works closely with the Superior Court, Prosecutor's Office, Office of Public Defense, Kitsap County Sheriff's Office and other municipal courts. Known as the "People's Court," District Court is under the purview of four elected judges including Claire Bradley, Jeffrey Jahns, Marilyn Paja and Stephen Holman.

"Kitsap District Court is fortunate to be able to hire Mr. Casebolt as the new court administrator. His extensive management experience will be a valuable asset to our office," said District Court Presiding Judge Jeffrey J. Jahns.

Mr. Casebolt retired as a lieutenant with Washington State Patrol after 26 years, the last four spent in Seattle overseeing field operations for nearly 50 troopers, sergeants and staff. He also spent several years in Bremerton managing patrol operations in Clallam and Jefferson counties and began his career as a trooper assigned to Whatcom County. His background also includes working as a police officer in Lewiston, Idaho and as a county corrections deputy. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Casebolt followed his father's footsteps into law enforcement.

"Learning to look at the criminal justice system through the perspective of the judicial branch of government instead of the law enforcement or executive branch has certainly been an educational experience," Mr. Casebolt noted, "but one that I've very much enjoyed. What's been most impressive is my interaction with other courts across the state and to get feedback on staff here. We are envied for how knowledgeable our staff is and how far advanced our court is with being a paperless or e-court."

Cases filed from District Court include misdemeanors committed in unincorporated Kitsap County. In addition to cases from law enforcement agencies, District Court also hears cases filed from state agencies such as the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Liquor Control Board and the Department of Natural Resources. The Civil Division of District Court also processes small claims, and civil cases up to $100,000. 

"I'm very excited to help steer through the next steps our providing remote access to court records," Mr. Casebolt said. "Staff has been instrumental in moving this project forward and ensuring we are successful in meeting our mission — which is to create, preserve and protect the record of the court."

Mr. Casebolt and his wife Susan, a teacher with South Kitsap School District, have two teenage sons, and live in the Port Orchard area.

 

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Contact:  Rebecca Pirtle, Commissioners' Office, 360.337.4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us 

County seeks input on road standards3/29/2017

(Port Orchard, WA)  Kitsap County is in the process of updating the County Road Standards (the Standards) and is seeking comments from the public, utility companies, and other interested parties.  The Standards, originally enacted in 2003 by the Board of County Commissioners (Ordinance 293-2003) and last amended in 2007 (Ordinance 404-2007),  govern the design and construction of publicly maintained roadways within existing right of way, and in private developments where roads will be dedicated to Kitsap County. 

The new Standards will apply to future road construction and improvements to County roads built after January 13, 2003—the original adoption date. They do not apply to general road maintenance or to County roads constructed prior to the original adoption of the Standards.

The Standards, incorporated into Chapter 11 of the Kitsap County Code, were developed to provide minimum design requirements for the safety, welfare, and convenience of the travelling public.  They were developed as a criteria primarily for engineers involved in road design and are not intended as a substitute for competent design or sound engineering practice.

New land development activities impacting the quality of traffic service, safety or operational efficiency of existing roadways will be assessed during the land use approval process and developers may be required to make improvements in accordance with the updated Standards. The Standards are not intended to govern privately maintained roadways located outside County right of way, however it is highly recommended that designers of those roads follow them.

Kitsap County Public Works encourages interested parties to comment on any portion of the existing Standards. Two versions of the document are available at www.bit.ly/roadstandards: a redline mark-up of proposals from prior public input and County staff, and a "clean" copy of the document reflecting the proposed revisions.

Submitting comments in "Track-Changes" (redline) format is preferred, but all input will be considered.  The department's internal review team will address each comment and, after the review period ends on May 26, will present a final document for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners.

Please submit your revisions to Jo Meints at jmeints@co.kitsap.wa.us by May 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. You can mail comments to Kitsap County Public Works, Attention: Jo Meints, 614 Division Street MS-26, Port Orchard WA 98366

The anticipated schedule to complete this process is as follows:

Formal request for input - March 29, 2017

Comment period ends - May 26, 2017

Complete final draft - August 15, 2017

Begin final adoption process (final public review) - September 1, 2017

Commissioners enact final document - October 23, 2017

To learn more about this project and to sign up for electronic notifications go to http://bit.ly/roadstandards  or call Kitsap1 at (360) 337-5777.

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Contract:  Jon Brand, County Engineer, 360.337.5777 or help@kitsap1.com

Guardrail work on SR3, Upcoming Hood Canal Bridge closures3/28/2017

Guardrail repair on SR 3 near Bremerton scheduled March 29
Drivers who use southbound State Route 3 near Gorst may experience minor delays on Wednesday, March 29 while Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews repair damaged guardrail. This work will require a right lane closure on southbound SR 3 heading up Sunnyslope Hill at milepost 33 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Southbound drivers can expect a slight delay.

Contact: Shari King, Communications, 360.704.3270 or KingS@wsdot.wa.gov

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6-hour night closures of SR 104 Hood Canal scheduled
Subject to favorable weather, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will resume a series of six-hour night closures of the State Route 104 Hood Canal Bridge.

Tentative schedule  - At 11 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2-5, crews will close the SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge to vehicular traffic. The bridge will remain closed until 5 a.m. each following day. 

To rebuild and replace internal mechanics of the bridge's draw span, crews need to take precise measurements of those systems. Even slight winds or tides could adversely affect their ability to take those measurements, and the work and accompanying closures could be postponed. The closures are a key part of a WSDOT project to rebuild and replace the internal mechanics of the Hood Canal Bridge draw span.

WSDOT apologizes in advance for the uncertainty the weather poses to the closure schedule, and WSDOT staff will make every effort to announce the availability of the bridge to vehicles. Drivers are strongly advised to sign up to receive automated messages for the most accurate bridge information. Sign-up instructions are listed below.

Driver Resources

WSDOT Hood Canal Bridge web page

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

Suquamish open house connects local government and community organizations3/24/2017

​The Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee's annual community Open House takes place 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at the House of Awakened Culture, 7235 NE Parkway in downtown Suquamish. The event is free and open to everyone.     

The open house provides all members of the Suquamish community – tribal members, residents, businesses, developers and other interested parties –  the opportunity to learn about community events, non-profit organizations, and Kitsap County projects, planning and initiatives. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. Light refreshments will be available.

Kitsap County Parks, Public Works and Community Development will participate alongside the Suquamish Tribe and dozens of other organizations including Kitsap Transit, the Washington Department of Transportation, Kitsap Regional Library, PAWs, the local garden club, farmers' market, museum, merchants' association, restaurants and others. Suggestions for improvements to local roads will also be taken for the county's Transportation Improvement Program. The League of Women Voters will be registering new voters as well.

The mission of the Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee is to provide a forum for community discussion on the issues and interests found in the rural Suquamish community. The group works towards improvements that benefit the whole community and help to foster enhanced communication between the residents of the Suquamish area, Suquamish Tribal Government and Kitsap County Government.

Applications are now open for new members to serve on the Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee. For an application and more information, click here or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at (360) 337-4650, rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.

County partners with school district in upgrade to athletic fields3/23/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Central Kitsap School District approved a memorandum of understanding March 22 with the Kitsap County Parks Department. The agreement grants CKSD use of the six tennis courts at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, located adjacent to the district's Olympic High School. The school's tennis program has utilized and shared use of the facilities for years. The Kitsap County Commissioners are scheduled to approve the tennis court MOU in April.

The agreement will transfer liability and the responsibilities of renovating, managing and maintaining the courts to the school district. The agreement will not affect the public use of the courts, which will continue on a first-come, first-served basis, outside of scheduled school functions.

"The ability of the county to develop partnerships such as these, to maximize community resources for the benefit of the community, is a terrific model for efficient and effective government," said Kitsap County Commissioner Ed  Wolfe. "The recent agreements create a great win-win for the schools and community." He anticipates that Kitsap County Parks and the school district will continue to discuss possibilities for similar agreements.

The agreement follows an inter-local agreement the county signed with the school district in 2016 pertaining to the upgrading of athletic field serving Klahowya Secondary School, built on county parkland within Newberry Hill Heritage Park. Again, the district assumed liability of the facilities and funding for all upgrades. Since then, the district has prepared developmental plans for a $2.4 million project to improve the fields, provide accessible access, and possibly upgrade restroom and concession buildings. The county reviewed the plans and provided written consent for the project to move forward, as is required in the agreement.  

"Continuing this decades-long partnership aids our efforts to provide quality athletic facilities for our students and our community," said Central Kitsap School District Superintendent David McVicker. The school district and county have worked together on the athletic complex next to Olympic High since 1976.

Along with other community partners such as the Public Facilities District, the county and school district continue to discuss a possible extension of a similar agreement to additional athletic facilities at the fairgrounds.

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Jim Dunwiddie, Parks Director
jdunwiddie@co.kitsap.wa.us | 360-337-5350

Open House to get input on Port Gamble Trail Feasability Study3/22/2017

(Port Orchard, WA)—Kitsap County invites you to a community open house to learn about a feasibility study underway for a 6-7 mile shared-use trail connecting SR 104 in Port Gamble to Stottlemeyer Road NE.  This shared-use trail is part of the Sound-to-Olympics Trail connecting the Hood Canal Bridge, Kingston, Poulsbo, and Bainbridge Island.

Port Gamble Feasibility Study Open House
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Village Green Community Center
26159 Dulay Road NE in Kingston, WA

During the open house, County staff will provide an overview of the Feasibility Study, share work study materials, and take public comments. All interested parties are invited to attend.

The goal of the Feasibility Study is to examine possible trail alignments, environmental concerns, design and constructability, operational constraints, and estimated costs associated with constructing a trail. If built, the bicycle and pedestrian trail will provide a non-motorized corridor connecting locations within northern Kitsap County.

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

For more information, contact David Forte, Transportation Planning, Kitsap County Public Works at 360.337.5777 or by email at dforte@co.kitsap.wa.us.

 

Governor's proclamation recognizes work of local Office of Public Defense3/22/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners joins Governor Jay Inslee in recognizing the work of Kitsap County's Office of Public Defense. The Governor proclaimed March 18 as Public Defense Day in Washington. The local Office of Public Defense is taking the occasion to inform the public about the role it plays in the County's justice system as well as thank the local public defense attorneys and staff that serve Kitsap County so well.   

Kitsap County's Office of Public Defense (OPD) provides all defendants charged in Kitsap County's Superior and District courts with an attorney at their initial appearance in court if they have not already retained one.  For those unable to afford the cost of an attorney, OPD guarantees the accused has legal representation for the duration of the entire criminal case.  OPD ensures that all defendants represented by its staff or contract attorneys have access to sufficient investigative or expert services as case circumstances necessitate.    

OPD also coordinates the representation of indigent individuals subject to involuntary treatment and commitment, civil contempt of court proceedings, as well as cases diverted to adult and juvenile drug court, juvenile individualized treatment court, veteran's court, and human trafficking diversion court.  OPD provides around-the-clock access to counsel over the telephone for anyone arrested in Kitsap County for driving under the influence who makes a request for counsel to the arresting police officer. 

Located within the Administrative Services branch of Kitsap County government, the Office of Public Defense has a staff of eight attorneys, an office manager, two legal assistants and an investigator.  In addition to annually providing direct legal representation in hundreds of felony cases, OPD also oversees a multitude of contracts with 16 other local law firms and attorneys to ensure all indigent persons subject to County court proceedings where personal liberty may be in jeopardy are guaranteed effective legal representation.  The OPD, in coordinating the provision of legal representation between its staff attorneys and the attorneys it contracts with, takes pride in making certain that those found indigent in Kitsap County whose personal liberty is at stake are guaranteed effective legal counsel. 

Kitsap County's Office of Public Defense would like to thank its hard-working and dedicated staff as well as the diligent local attorneys, law firms, and investigators it contracts with, for ensuring that all the expectations embodied in the U.S. Supreme Court's cases celebrated by Governor Inslee's Public Defense Day Proclamation are capably met in Kitsap County each and every day that one of its many courts are in session. 

A copy of Governor Inslee's proclamation is available here. For more information about Kitsap County's Office of Public Defense, go to https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pubdef/Pages/default.aspx or contact office manager Susan Taylor at staylor@co.kitsap.wa.us.  Anonymous feedback and comments may be submitted in the suggestion box located in the lobby of the OPD office.

Portion of West Kingston Road closes April 17 for bridge construction3/16/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) – A portion of NE West Kingston Road will close to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic on April 17, 2017 to make way for construction of a new 150-foot, two-span bridge across Carpenter Creek, replacing a narrow culvert. The road will be closed between Siyaya Avenue NE and South Kingston Road, and is expected to reopen in December, 2017.  For residents within the work zone, driveway access will be maintained at all times.

The project is funded in partnership with Kitsap County Public Works and the United States Navy.

"The partnership with the Navy was crucial to the project happening on this timeline," said County Commissioner Rob Gelder. "This isn't just a culvert replacement project, but a project that will increase the safety and functionality for drivers and pedestrians alike. Road closure is never easy, but I hope the community will appreciate the improvements when it's all complete."

The bridge project replaces an existing 60-inch diameter culvert considered to be a partial barrier to fish migration. By removing the culvert and installing a bridge, the natural tidal function of the Carpenter Creek estuary can be restored, the historical salt marsh habitat reclaimed, and the fish migration to and from Carpenter Creek enhanced.  

"Replacing that tiny culvert with a big bridge is good for the marsh, the grasses, the fish, and all the wildlife, too! It can't come soon enough!" said Naomi Maasberg, administrative director of Stillwaters Environmental Center, located adjacent to the estuary. "The temporary inconvenience will be SO worth it!"

The bridge project will also provide many safety benefits for motorists and pedestrians, including wider travel lanes, new street lights, a five-foot sidewalk and a five-foot bike lane built on the north side of the road. On the south side, a six-foot paved shoulder is included as part of the project.

During the planning phase of the project, Kitsap County conducted an extensive traffic study. The study recommends Lindvog Road NE as the most effective detour route during the closure. To reduce delays, there are simple tips motorists can follow: travel during off-peak hours, adjust travel routines, combine trips or carpool.

Bridge construction is being done by Redside Construction, LLC from Bainbridge Island under a $3.7 million construction contract.

To learn more about the project and to sign up for electronic notifications, go to www.bit.ly/WKingston or call Kitsap1 at (360) 337-5777.

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Contacts:
Dick Dadisman, Project Manager 360.337.5777 or Ddadisma@co.kitsap.wa.us or Steve Nichols, Construction Manager, 360.337.5777 or snichols@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Overnight closures begin Saturday on Hood Canal Bridge3/16/2017

​Courtesy retransmittal of WSDOT news release

Starting Saturday, March 18, contractor crews working on the SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge – Special Repair project will begin the task of rehabilitating the structural, electrical, mechanical and hydraulics systems of the longest floating bridge over salt water in the world.

Between the overnight hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday, March 18 through Saturday, March 25, the bridge span will be closed to traffic while work crews take precise measurements on the internal mechanics that allows the bridge span to open and close.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and plan accordingly. An overnight work schedule was selected in order to minimize traffic impacts. Additional periodic closures will be announced as dates are scheduled.

Marine vessels may be affected by this project. While bridge operators will still be able to open the drawspan up to 300 feet, there will be times during the project when they will not be able to open it up to its maximum 600 feet.

More details on why these important closures are taking place can be found on the WSDOT blog.

Driver Resources
Drivers can receive up-to-date Hood Canal Bridge information through several resources. Advanced notification of drawspan openings is not provided for passage of marine vessels associated with the Department of Defense. 

  • WSDOT email updates
  • Hood Canal text messages: 
    • To subscribe, send a text message to 468311 with the words: wsdot hood
    • To unsubscribe, send a text message to the same number with the words: wsdot stop
  • Social media users can follow updates on Twitter

Additional information about the Hood Canal Bridge can be found on the WSDOT's Common Questions web page.

Hyperlinks within the release:

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Contact: Cara Mitchell, Communications, WSDOT, 360.357.2703 or mitchca@wsdot.wa.gov

County seeks input on transportation improvements3/15/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Public Works seeks road project and other transportation improvement suggestions to consider in the preparation of its annual six-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is used to identify and prioritize road improvement projects. This year's selection process determines which new roadway projects to include in the 2018–2023 TIP.

Project ideas are scored and ranked using set objective criteria. The criteria consider safety and capacity needs, structural conditions, environmental issues, non-motorized needs, and funding availability. Once the top projects are identified, a formal public hearing is held to review the prioritized projects for the TIP.

Residents can submit their ideas using the link below through May 26, 2017. Residents may also attend one of the following scheduled community meetings to learn about the TIP process and submit project ideas:

Manchester Community Advisory Committee
6:30-8 p.m., April 4
Manchester Library
8067 East Main Street

Kingston Community Advisory Council
7-8:30 p.m., April 5
Village Green Community Center
26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston

Suquamish Community Advisory Committee Open House
4-7 p.m., April 11
House of Awakened Culture
7235 NE Suquamish Way

Hansville Neighbor's Luncheon
Noon, April 19
Greater Hansville Community Center
6778 Buck Lake Road

Central Kitsap Community Council
5-6:30 p.m., May 3
Location to be determined.

To review the TIP and submit project ideas, go to https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/Pages/Project-Planning-.aspx or call Public Works at (360) 337-5777.
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Contact:  Marc Lewis DeGrace, 360.337.5777 or mdegrace@co.kitsap.wa.us or David Forte, 360.337.5777 or dforte@co.kitsap.wa.us

Public Open Houses explain draft update to Critical Areas Ordinance3/15/2017

​Kitsap County is holding three informational open houses to present information about the draft Critical Areas Ordinance update.

The open houses are at these locations:

North Kitsap—Thursday, March 23rd 4‐6:30 p.m.
Village Green Community Center
26159 Dulay Rd. NE, Kingston, WA 98346

South Kitsap—Tuesday, March 28th 4‐6:30 p.m.
Commissioners Chambers
Kitsap County Administration Building
619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Central Kitsap—Thursday, March 30 4‐6:30 p.m.
Eagles Nest, Kitsap County Fairgrounds
1195 NW Fairgrounds Rd, Bremerton, WA 98310

The Kitsap County Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) is undergoing a required update under the Washington Growth Management Act. The CAO (Kitsap County Code, Title 19), is the portion of local code which provides development standards for protecting the environment and minimizing risk to human safety. Critical areas include:

  • Wetlands;
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas;
  • Geologically Hazardous Areas;
  • Frequently Flooded Areas; and
  • Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas.

 A preliminary public comment period is open now, March 1‐ 31st. An additional comment period will open in mid‐April, prior to the Planning Commission hearings. More information is available on the County CAO webpage and includes drafts, summaries, maps, a schedule, comment form and a 24/7 online open house.

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Contact: Kathlene Barnhart, Planner, Department of Community Development, 360.337.5777 or kbarnhar@co.kitsap.wa.us

"Our Mockingbird" returns for this month's Sustainable Cinema3/10/2017

This month Sustainable Cinema is hosting a second showing of Our Mockingbird. This is such a powerful film that many people requested it be screened again. The film screens at Dragonfly Cinema in Port Orchard Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. Click on the link below for a flyer describing the film.

Our Mockingbird, sm poster.pdf

Central Kitsap Community Council meets to discuss branding, Critical Areas Ordinance3/8/2017

The Central Kitsap Community Council will host its next meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 12 at the Silverdale Beach Hotel ballroom, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road, Silverdale. It will not meet as previously planned in the  Haselwood Family YMCA Community Room, Silverdale.

The council will lead a discussion on promoting a sense of community by developing a brand or theme for Silverdale and how that could be considered in future community improvements such as pedestrian amenities, signage, and other visual features as part of the community's rapidly changing landscape. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate.

Additionally, the Kitsap County Department of Community Development will provide a brief update on the Critical Areas Ordinance. An online open house was created to provide maps, draft and summary documents of proposed changes, and opportunities to submit public comment.

For more information on the Central Kitsap Community Council, visit the council website or contact Angie Silva in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us, (360) 337-7080.

Kitsap County Seeking Initial Comments on Draft Update to the Critical Areas Ordinance3/1/2017

County launches online open house with draft code for review

(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) is undergoing a required update under the Washington Growth Management Act. The CAO (Kitsap County Code, Title 19), is the portion of local code which provides development standards for protecting the environment and minimizing risk to human safety. Critical areas include:

  • Wetlands;
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas;
  • Geologically Hazardous Areas;
  • Frequently Flooded Areas; and
  • Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas


The Kitsap Board of County Commissioners wishes to provide the public an opportunity to view the required and recommended changes. This initial comment period will be open March 1-31, 2017. Additional opportunity to comment will follow, leading up to the Planning Commission hearings in late April / early May.  Adoption is scheduled by June 30, 2017. A full schedule, including public open houses, is available on the County website.

If you would be interested in scheduling a presentation for your organization, please contact Kathlene Barnhart at kbarnhar@co.kitsap.wa.us

In addition, the County will be providing a new online Open House, available from the County website, 24/7.  Draft documents, summaries, and electronic commenting are provided along-side interactive maps and links. The public is encouraged to visit and utilize the quick and efficient online commenting form.

For automatic updates on this effort, please sign up for Kitsap County's GovDelivery system.



Kathlene Barnhart,
Planner Kitsap County DCD Planning and Environmental Programs Division
(360)337-5777 |  kbarnhar@co.kitsap.wa.us
CK Community Council shifts meetings to new location2/27/2017

(Silverdale, WA) – The Central Kitsap Community Council, whose members are appointed by the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners to facilitate and improve communication among the community and county government, has changed its meeting location for the near future, at least through May. The CKCC will now meet 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Haselwood Family YMCA, 3909 NW Randall Way, Silverdale. This month, the council will continue discussion of its 2017 work plan, membership and governance, and elect officers. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, visit the CKCC website or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at (360) 337-4650, rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.
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Contact: Rebecca Pirtle, Commissioners' Office, 360.337.4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us

Severe Weather shelters open tonight2/25/2017

​Due to expected freezing weather conditions, the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management is activating the Severe Weather Shelter Program. 

Three shelters will be open Saturday (2/25) and Sunday (2/26) nights.  

Port Orchard United Methodist, Silverdale United Methodist and Gateway Fellowship shelters will be open from 6 p.m until 7 a.m.  The Village Green Community Center will be open from 6:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m.

Guests are not able to check into any shelter after 9 p.m.  

The locations are listed below:

  • Village Green Community Center
    26159 Dulay Rd NE in Kingston
  • Silverdale United Methodist Church
    9982 Silverdale Way NW in Silverdale
  • Port Orchard United Methodist Church
    725 Kitsap Street in Port Orchard
  • Port Orchard United Methodist Church
    725 Kitsap Street in Port Orchard

For more information about the process, call 211 or Kitsap County Emergency Management at (360)-307-5871.

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Contact: Dave Rasmussen, Public Educator/PIO, Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management, 360.307.5874 or drasmuss@co.kitsap.wa.us.

"State of the Schools" and local water quality discussed in Kingston March 12/25/2017

(Kingston, WA) –North Kitsap School District Superintendent Patty Page will give a "State of the Schools" presentation at the March 1 meeting of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Newton Morgan, senior environmental health specialist of Kitsap Public Health District's Water Pollution Identification and Correction Program, will also give a presentation on water quality in the Kingston vicinity and address residents questions and concerns.

The Kingston Citizens Advisory Council meets the first Wednesday of every month, except January and July. Applications are now open to fill two at-large positions. For more information, visit the KCAC website or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at 360.337.4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.

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Contact: Rebecca Pirtle, Communications & Volunteer Services Coordinator, Kitsap County Commissioners' Office rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us or (360)337-4650.

Clear Creek Trail opens March 3, 20172/24/2017

(​Silverdale, WA) – The Clear Creek Trail opens March 3, following floodplain restoration construction work which began last spring.

The Clear Creek Wetland and Floodplain Restoration Project provides multiple benefits for people and fish. Reconnecting the creek to its historical meandering form helps reduce localized downstream flooding, and provides filtration and capacity space for stormwater. The project added side channels, pools, wetlands, gravels, and over 700 habitat logs in the stream. "Increased complexity supports healthy and diverse aquatic communities," said Chris May, Stormwater Program Manager.

The project restored over six acres of floodplain habitat and added over 4,000 feet of meandering stream channel. Over 20 acres of invasive weeds were removed and replanted, along with over 80,000 native trees and shrubs. "Trail walkers will enjoy new sections of the trail and see three new footbridges," May added.

The project is the largest and most complex of the many restoration efforts spread through the watershed. ""Improving habitat and fish passage, and improving water quality helps us bring Clear Creek back to life," said May.

The project was designed by Natural Systems Design, under the supervision of Kitsap County Public Works. It was constructed by Seton Construction of Port Townsend.  Funding for the project was provided by Kitsap County Public Works Stormwater Division, Roads Division, and a grant from the Washington Department of Ecology.

Visit http://bit.ly/clearcreekfloodplain for more information.

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

 

Free golf at Village Greens Golf Course2/23/2017

The Village Greens Golf Course in Port Orchard opens for the season on Monday, March 13. Opening Day Celebration features FREE greens fees for all golfers that day. The course will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. All guests attending Opening Day are eligible to win prizes by participating in a variety of family oriented golf contests. 

In addition to the contests, Golf Instructor, Howard Blakes, is providing three half-hour clinics beginning at noon.  Blakes teaches beginner and intermediate golf lessons at the course, and plans to hold several public tournaments this year.  PGA Golf Professional, Bruce Weir, will offer free clinics to experienced golfers if there is an interest.  He asks that interested golfers contact him at bruceaweir@hotmail.com to schedule. 

The successful First Tee Program, a low cost youth development program focusing on teaching the game of golf while also teaching life skills, returns for the season.  The program is designed for youth ages 6-18.  The First Tee Program will have a series of sessions throughout the year, beginning April 24. Program instructors will attend the festivities on the 13th to meet and greet families from 3 - 5 p.m. 

Village Greens Golf Course is located at 2298 Fircrest Drive SE in Port Orchard, across from the Orchard Heights Elementary School.  March hours at the course are 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Wednesdays through Mondays. The course is closed on Tuesdays for maintenance.

The course is a public 18 hole executive golf course with a covered driving range, putting and chipping greens.  Rental clubs and pull carts are available. USGA consultant, Larry Gilhuly, says, "This course is ideal for families, women, and beginning golfers, and is the exact type of golf course the game needs to bring new golfers to the game.  At the same time, it's still challenging for experienced golfers and those working on their short game."  More information about the course can be found at www.villagegreensgolfcourse.com.  

Kitsap County Parks Department's mission is to provide quality of life enhancing opportunities through the management of natural areas and specialized facilities, fostering community stewardship, and offering an outstanding service-oriented environment.  For more information about the Kitsap County Parks Department visit their website at www.kitsapgov.com/parks.

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Contact:  Billie Schmidt, Kitsap County Parks, 360.337.5371 or bschmidt@co.kitsap.wa.us

 

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