City Council

23 March 2022 City Council Study Session: 4pm-10:10pm, a possible record for meeting length.

Denise Frey was appointed to the District 2 vacancy after Special session from 4-5:10pm. Some parts of MFTE proposal are approved for incorporation by Council. Other parts require more data, say a majority of Council. Humanity continues to read each Power Point slide out loud, even though they were provided in advance and are up … Continue reading 23 March 2022 City Council Study Session: 4pm-10:10pm, a possible record for meeting length.

16 March 2022 General Meeting – 5:30-7:55 – The Outpouring of Community Support for Leslie Daugs. We will miss her sorely.

Oh, and Public Hearing on changing MFTE to get truly affordable housing. Many people spoke. Most were in favor – even Realtors Assoc! – and several spoke of wanting even stronger measures to secure affordable housing. Sound West said the exact words Jane Rebelowski predicted developers would say: adding more housing drives rent down. Jane … Continue reading 16 March 2022 General Meeting – 5:30-7:55 – The Outpouring of Community Support for Leslie Daugs. We will miss her sorely.

Affordable Housing: MFTE Public Hearing 16 March

The City proposes to create more affordable housing by changing the Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE) structure. There will be a public hearing 3/16/2022. You can download the Agenda and Packet here, to see all the details: https://meetings.municode.com/PublishPage/index?cid=BREM&ppid=d33416d7-25d1-44e6-9d32-55b97fa53824&p=-1. Email Council. Attend the Public Hearing. Let your voice be heard. For years the City has given developers … Continue reading Affordable Housing: MFTE Public Hearing 16 March

16 Feb 2022, City Council General 5:30-7pm, the really pretty typical meeting

Two unarmed security guards for 3 downtown City parking garages, 5pm-4am. From the Parking Fund, they’ll take almost $97K of “budgeted funds”, i.e., money already budgeted. They’ll refer homeless to a shelter. After 9pm, when shelters close, they’ll “move them along”. Will call 911 for any dangerous situations. Interlocal agreement with other Kitsap Co. fire … Continue reading 16 Feb 2022, City Council General 5:30-7pm, the really pretty typical meeting

2 February 2022 City Council General – 5:30-6:04pm; a very short meeting

Short meeting with only one general business item, replacing old used equipment at Gold Mtn Golf Course with newer used equipment from a pool where wealthier municipalities toss their outmoded equipment. It’s Bremerton. We know how to fix old, honest, metal machines. We scoff at the rich know-nothings who’ll toss a mower for scrap just … Continue reading 2 February 2022 City Council General – 5:30-6:04pm; a very short meeting

26 Jan 2022 Council Study Session, 5-5:55pm, The Mostly-Golf-Course Meeting

Gold Mtn Golf Course buying > $500K of used equipment to replace even older equipment. Apparently 100% fossil fuel powered. All $$ comes from golf course revenue of $5.5-$6M / yr. More about golf course income & expenses. Should we consider fireworks ban like Port Orchard? Younger asks. Rest of agenda was Committee reports: 2 … Continue reading 26 Jan 2022 Council Study Session, 5-5:55pm, The Mostly-Golf-Course Meeting

19 Jan 2022 City Council General: 5:30-7-ish.

Not only are we getting a second Behavioral Health Navigator, as funded by 2022 Budget, $50K of their salary will be grant-funded. Waste Management is compassionated for the many complaints they’re being subjected to. WSDOT Ferries are also objects of our compassion. Chamberlin notes that pick-up delays have resulted in garbage strewn over all roads … Continue reading 19 Jan 2022 City Council General: 5:30-7-ish.

City Council General Meeting 5 January 2022: The Effluent Bombshell Briefly Resurfaces

Goodnow Pres., Daugs VP. Derek Kilmer talks infrastructure for 40 minutes, describing the gold in them thar bills. Mayor claims that people had nothing but praise for snow-removal during Ice Week. This was not my experience or the experience of anyone I know. The City is appealing DOE’s General Nutrient Permit, instead of spending big … Continue reading City Council General Meeting 5 January 2022: The Effluent Bombshell Briefly Resurfaces

15 Dec Council General Mtg – 5:30-7:55pm, The Stormwater, Wastewater, Sewage Meeting

Summary will come soon. Left arm not working after laying floorboards in kitchen yesterday. 2. MAYOR’S REPORT Appreciate everyone’s work. We’re at 86.3 cases/100K, vaccination 71.2% of pop have initiated (emphasis mine) vaccination. We’re prepared for inclement weather. The Street and Sidewalk program mean there are more employees available to be trained for snow removal … Continue reading 15 Dec Council General Mtg – 5:30-7:55pm, The Stormwater, Wastewater, Sewage Meeting

8 DECEMBER 2021 CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION: 5:00 PM – 6:55pm, The get your geek on meeting

Changes to Floodplain Mgmt met with indifference tinged with resentment: tacit response was, why does Government have to interfere with our god-given right to use our land however we see fit? Other whinging: why do we have to keep paying $30K/yr for a Salvation Army security guard? (Item A6) IMHO, Possible reasons why we should … Continue reading 8 DECEMBER 2021 CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION: 5:00 PM – 6:55pm, The get your geek on meeting

1 Dec 2021 General Meeting: 5:30-8:20pm, The Meeting Where the Better Angels of our Nature Almost Prevailed.

A tough defeat. Although many people spoke and wrote to Council, Lusignan Forestry contract renewed. At no time did City acknowledge that cutting 97% of volume equals a clear-cut. And, apparently, the clear-cutting is already happening, this contract is just a renewal. So a forest of large trees, 32”->42” wide, directly above the reservoir, will … Continue reading 1 Dec 2021 General Meeting: 5:30-8:20pm, The Meeting Where the Better Angels of our Nature Almost Prevailed.

Lusignan Forestry Update 12/1

This is an email I received from Director Cami Apfelbeck, answering my questions at 6:00 this morning. Very much NOT a slacker, Dir. Apfelbeck. My original questions are in italic, for your reading pleasure. As of 12:45pm, I’ve reviewed it after 3 readings. My comments are in bold italic, following Cami’s responses. “Good morning, Anna: … Continue reading Lusignan Forestry Update 12/1