City New Bytes: Visioning Workshops on Tap, Alternative ‘D’, $400,000 in Lodging taxes, to Shade or not Too Shade, Electric Tools?

COBI Community Visioning Workshops - CNB July 20, 2023WINSLOW COMMUNITY VISIONING WORKSHOPS

The City of Bainbridge Island is holding two “visioning workshops” to elicit feedback from the public on the future of the greater Downtown Winslow area. The sessions will be held:

In-person
Tonight, Thursday, July 20 6-8 p.m.
City Hall, 280 Madison Ave. N

Virtual (similar to 7/20 in person workshop)
Wednesday, July 26 6-8 p.m.
On Zoom

The goal is to provide input from the public as the City Council and City officials address upcoming planning for the Winslow Subarea Plan. “We need your voice,” said City Manager Blair King. For more information on the subarea plan, CLICK HERE.

Eagle Harbor Drive - Wyatt Way - CNB July 20, 2023COUNCIL CHOOSES ALTERNATIVE D FOR EAGLE HARBOR/WYATT WAY

At a recent Regular Business Meeting, the Bainbridge Island City Council voted 4 to 3 for Alternative D for the final design of the Eagle Harbor Drive/Wyatt Way Non-Motorized Improvements project.

Alternative D consists of a widened bike lane with a mix of a protected and buffered lanes mainly along Wyatt Way and south along Eagle Harbor Drive around the Head of the Bay. At this week’s meeting, City Council requested staff investigate extending the route up Bucklin Hill to Hyla School and explore mountable curbs.

Additional information on the project, plus updates and past meetings can be found HERE. For project updates, CLICK HERE.

THE CITY WILL BE AWARDING $400,000 IN LODGING TAX FUNDS TO ELIGIBLE ISLAND ORGANIZATIONS

Downtown signage - CNB July 20, 2023The City Council upped its total award amount of Lodging Tax funding to $400,000, an increase of $50,000 over the amount of funding provided in 2023.

The City of Bainbridge Island annually solicits proposals for eligible visitor related projects to receive funding from the City’s Civic Improvement Fund. The City Council appoints members to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC), which reviews project proposals and provides the Council with recommendations on potential funding. The Request for Proposals will include certain criteria established by the Council and guidance by the State of Washington.

In recent years, the amount of revenue received by the City of Bainbridge Island from this revenue source has increased. The money is derived from taxes levied on island hotel, motel and Airbnb guests. Over the past five years, the average amount of revenue received was $308,000, with a one-year significant decrease in revenue in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic and related restrictions.

City Shade Covenant properties - CNB July 20, 2023CITY’S SHADE COVENANT GOES INTO EFFECT ON SELECTED PROPERTIES

The City of Bainbridge Island owns three parcels on which a shade covenant applies. A shade covenant is typical for agricultural operations to prevent shade from one property negatively affecting another property’s agricultural operations.

The shade covenant requires any tree located within 100 feet of the northern boundary line of the City-owned Crawford Property, the M&E Property, and another “Buffer Area” property, be prevented from growing taller than 30 feet.

At this week’s City Council meeting, Council awarded a contract for the Shade Covenant Tree Project to the responsible low bidder, Tree Cycle, LLC DBA Seattle Tree Care.

The work includes accessing the site, removing trees, coppicing trees, snagging trees, chipping branches and debris, applying wood chips to the access road, and removing invasive species in the work area of the M&E and Crawford properties. Work also includes planting native species on the project area properties and installation of an irrigation system on the Lovgreen Pit mitigation site, as well as other miscellaneous items.

Gas can - CNB July 20, 2023CLIMATE SMART SURVEY ON INCENTIVES TO SWITCH TO ELECTRIC LAWN TOOLS

Gas-powered landscaping equipment – such as leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and trimmers – can contribute to noise and air pollution with negative health impacts, especially for workers using this equipment for several hours a day. The City recently transitioned to having staff use only electric leaf blowers, string trimmers, hedge clippers, pole saws, and lawn edgers, with electric chainsaws coming soon.

The City is interested in hearing from residents and businesses about incentives to switch from gas-powered landscaping equipment to electric equipment on Bainbridge Island.

There are two surveys available online through July 31: one for residents and one for local businesses that provide landscaping services on the island. The business survey is available in both English and Spanish and a print copy can be provided by City staff for residents to distribute to any landscaping companies/crews they know on the island. Please visit www.bainbridgewa.gov/climateaction or contact asalamack@bainbridgewa.gov for a print copy of the survey.

*Photo/image credits: City of Bainbridge Island and Bainbridge Island City Hall image courtesy of Google – photo by Andrew Lingbloom Nov 2016

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