City News Bytes: Non-profits get boost, Moratorium on Inns, Drainage Projects Move forward, Island-wide Speed Limit?

Bainbridge Island City Hall image courtesy of Google - photo by Andrew Lingbloom Nov 2016Bainbridge Non-Profit Orgs. get a Boost from City Hall
Some 13 island non-profit organizations will receive funding over the next two years from Bainbridge taxpayers. The City typically awards funding to local non-profit organizations through a competitive proposal process on an every-other year basis. A Request for Proposal is issued, proposals submitted, and then submittals are reviewed by a specially-appointed task force of community residents.

For 2023-2024, the task force reviewed proposals and recommended distribution of $660,000 to 13 different organizations. Council approved the recommended awards without alteration, according to a city statement. Services supported by City funding range from child-care support to emergency management to senior services.

Funding awarded over two year period (2023-2024):

  • Bainbridge Youth Services $106,000
  • Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center $91,000
  • Housing Resources Bainbridge $80,000 + $70,000 (different projects)
  • Bainbridge Island Boys & Girls Club $62,000
  • Helpline House $60,000
  • Island Volunteer Caregivers $60,000
  • Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation $26,000
  • Bainbridge Prepares $25,000
  • First Years Children’s Center $25,000
  • Peacock Family Services $25,000
  • Kitsap Legal Services $17,000
  • Arms Around Bainbridge $13,000

Moratorium on Development of New Inns
The City Council recently adopted Ordinance No. 2022-25 that creates a moratorium on the acceptance and processing of certain applications related to the development of new inns in the Neighborhood Center zoning district. An “inn” is a building or group of buildings containing 15 guest rooms on one property (BIMC 18.36.030).

Under current code, it is possible for a common operator to own or operate inns on properties next door to each other.

With this moratorium, the City Council will take additional time to review the regulations and policies to ensure that the vision and goals of the City’s Comprehensive Plan are being met and allow time for community input on the matter.

boat moorage pay stationSmall increase in Boat Trailer and Moorage Fees
If you’re an island boater, you’re going to see a slight rise in moorage and parking fees coming in 2023. Starting Jan. 1, the annual boat trailer parking passes will increase from $80 to $88. As always, launching, pump out and day time dinghy tie up remains free of charge.

Fee information can be found at the boater’s kiosk by the City Dock near Waterfront Park. The boater’s kiosk accepts card payments. Cash transactions can be paid at City Hall Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Receipt must be visible for Harbormaster or Parking Officer. More information HERE.

storm drain imageCity Funds Four Drainage Projects
The City Council recently authorized a construction contract with Pape and Sons for the delivery of annual drainage projects. This coming year, the annual project funding will support four small projects:

  • improvements on Shepard Way just north of the trail access point;
  • replacement of a water bar with a slotted drain on Irene Place;
  • catch basin improvements on Fort Ward Hill Road near the intersection with Kitsap Drive; and
  • the replacement of a cross culvert on Eagle Harbor Drive.

The annual drainage projects received three bids from independent contractors, and Pape and Sons submitted the lowest bid of approximately $70,000, which was in line with the City’s estimate. The work is expected to start in Q1 of 2023.

Speed limit signCity to Consider an Island-wide Speed Limit
Over the years, there have been numerous complaints from Bainbridge residents about speeding on island roads. No easy solutions have ever been arrived at, as different speeds limits have been set – albeit unsuccessfully on different stretches of roadway. For example, Miller Road, that runs along the west side past the Grand Forest, has seen a number of speed limits imposed over the years, sometimes changing on different stretches.

Now the Bainbridge Island City Council is hoping to rectify the issue. It has set a public hearing date of January 24, 2023 for Ordinance No. 2022-24 related to setting Island-wide speed limits.

According to a release, the City’s staff is working to develop a process for implementation and enforcement of the new speed limits, should they be adopted by the City Council.


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