First Public Hearing on Budget is Nov 3. The workshops are all happening right now, you can review the first two presentations at https://www.bremertonwa.gov/1267/2022-Proposed-Annual-Budget. Final Budget Workshop is Nov 1. Zero increases to utilities in 2022! Except General Utilities charge, which is codified to rise 2.7%. Why? ARPA paid for capital improvements AND City did … Continue reading 27 October 2021 City Council Study Session
Roy Runyon confirms no systemic racism against white men in Bremerton. Callow Ave area to allow light industrial uses, like block-long plant at 1123 N Wycoff that is naval contractor. Though Bremerton voters went to meetings, hearings, and walks & formed a vision for Charleston Area, a 4-block-wide corridor with Callow Ave as its spine … Continue reading 20 Oct 2021 City Council General Meeting – 5:30-some time after 8:45pm
Important Public Hearing 10/20! Details below. Council reports have been sketchy, I know. I've been busy. My opponent is a daily inspiration to me. I'm taking every daylight hour I can to walk up to voters' doors, knock, and ask them about their hopes and concerns for Bremerton. Streets and homelessness. Over 1400 doors and … Continue reading City Council October 1-13: The Most Minimal Reporting
Simpson warns that communism is the #1 killer – over 100 million – and we shouldn’t let it happen here. He comes out strong for My Body, My Choice … but I’m pretty sure that only applies to vaccines. In reality-based actions, (5A) Lt Elton explains that BPD is not purchasing any militarized equipment through … Continue reading 6 October 2021 General Meeting – Communism’s Dark Threat Unveiled.
I scheduled 6 public meetings. I'm canceling the last two, 10/3 & 10/4, since attendance was zero at the first four. I'll use the time to meet District 6 at front doors -- Upper Phinney Ridge and upper (above 24th St) Lafayette, Stevens, Snyder, and Veldee Streets in the next few days, as well as … Continue reading 3-5 October 2021
I've missed a couple of Council meetings while campaigning hard. Sorry. Back on track in October. Tonight at 5pm Council meets for a special study session, briefing by WA-DOH on Certificate of Need. Also tonight, at 5:30pm, is my Zoom Townhall One. Here's the link: https://zoom.us/j/94760268470?pwd=VWFRZWtPQ2g4Vk5tMEpib3FrSE1ldz09. District Six, tell me your hopes and concerns. Help … Continue reading Update & Zoom Townhall One info
Come meet me, in person or on Zoom. Tell me your hopes and concerns for Bremerton. Help me represent you. Schedule: 9/25 Matan Park 11 am - 12:30 pm 9/26 Lulu Haddon Park 11 am - 12:30 pm 9/29 Zoom Townhall* 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 10/2 Evergreen Park (So. pavilions) 11 am – 12:30 … Continue reading Meet the Candidate
No summary for this 22-minute meeting. Vice-President Daugs was Acting President, as Council President Gorman was absent. A. BRIEFINGS on AGENDA BILL ITEM 1. Confirm Reappointment of Benjamin Burnette to the Parks & Recreation Commission Moved to Consent Agenda 2. Confirm Appointment of Andre Henderson to the Bremerton Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Moved to … Continue reading 8 September 2021 City Council Study Session, 5- 5:22pm. The Most Minimal Meeting
Council moves to urge Mayor to appoint Tom Wolfe as BPD Chief. New police contract approved. Drive-throughs in neighborhoods approved. Simpson claims that “lockdowns don’t work because it didn’t stop the spread of this stuff”. He supports people who have questions about masks and vaccination, but is ok with people wearing masks and getting vaccinated … Continue reading 1 September 2021 City Council General Meeting, 5:30-8:20pm
City sewage treatment center releases TEN TIMES above allowable levels of nitrogen effluent. Aging sewage / wastewater system can’t comply with WA Dept of Ecology standards. $200M or more to bring us into compliance. (Item C) Public Hearing 9/1 on Amendment to Allow Drive-Throughs. Planning Commission and DCD believe we need more drive-throughs in Bremerton. … Continue reading 25 August 2021 City Council Study Session – the Effluent Bombshell Meeting
Please get vaccinated. Until most of us are vaccinated, young people are at risk. Children were generally more immune in the first three or four waves of Covid. We got used to that. Now 14 year old kids are on ventilators. We’re seeing healthy 35 year olds cough, sicken, and die in days. Even a … Continue reading 18 August 2021 City Council General Meeting, 5:30-6:29pm – the 59-minute meeting
Half of this meeting occupied by Councilor & public attempts to re-design projects already approved, up for cost overrun approval (5A, Warren/Wheaton & Kitsap Way); feasibility study for Warren Ave bridge ped/bike/wheelchair lane (5B) – and this one’s 100% grant-funded!; and road painting & bike signal installation downtown & along Austin Way (5C). Clarity on … Continue reading 4 August 2021 City Council General Meeting, 5:30 PM – 8:04pm
Iverson’s proposal for Warren Ave Bridge liked by Council -- but didn’t make it to Public Works design. Iverson proposed single 14-foot wide non-motorized lane for Warren Ave Bridge, Council was enthusiastic, asked for feasibility study but Grover, new Project Mgr – A woman! A PW official who’s a woman! – says her design team … Continue reading 28 July 2021 City Council Study Session: 5pm – 6:55pm
Why so many Public Works items? Budget overruns. Supply chain disruptions. Staff shortages. No magic return to February 2020. Green bike lanes and TWO! Ped refuge islands for Kitsap Way, one at 11th, one at Brother Don’s. 87% paid for by grants, yay PW grantwriters. Marine Dr water main replacement to get a contractor for … Continue reading 21 July 2021 City Council General Meeting, 5:30-?pm
14 July 2021 City Council Study Session – Happy Bastille Day! Downtown Library can’t find a buyer for $1.00. City on the hook for complete HVAC revamp. New traffic signals & painted bike lanes for Kitsap Way & Warren/Wheaton -- pedestrian refuges at 2 wide locations (11&Kitsap, Brother Don’s) planned, drawing outrage from Simpson who’s … Continue reading 14 July 2021 City Council Study Session – Happy Bastille Day!
Very Public Works evening except a woman - YES! FIRST!!- was appointed Bremerton City Attorney. 6-year transportation improvement plan (TIP) approved after public hearing. Profit from redlight cameras to go to Transportation Capital Projects Fund, i.e., the projects outlined in TIP will get $200-$400K extra funding, unless Council decides to exercise their oversight. Which means … Continue reading 7 July 2021 City Council General Meeting, 5:30-7:45pm.
Delays, digressions, irrelevancies, technical difficulties. Too Darn Hot. Everything moved to General Business except Oyster Bay Sewer Upgrades, where costs have gone up, but a mere $50K and all covered by "the loan" so no worries. Mottner's promotion at DPW delayed once more; In-person meetings could resume soon; Marine Drive $2.2M water main replacement contract … Continue reading 23 June 2021 City Council Study Session, 5-~7:50pm: The Too Darn Hot Meeting
Juneteenth is officially a City holiday! Over objections from Simpson & members of public, not because they're racist, oh no no no, just fiscal conservatives. Same group deplored "bureaucrats" being added to our tax burden, i.e., new hires. Runyon comments "we gotta hire more people because we don't have enough people to do all the … Continue reading 16 June 2021 City Council General Meeting, 5:30-8:03pm
Juneteenth to be a City holiday! Otherwise, a geek's delight session of infrastructure and re-organization. PSE has a plan to go beyond net zero carbon by 2045 & announces 2021 Covid Assistance, $2.5K bill assistance for low-income customers. Infrastructure: sidewalk construction along 6th, Warren to Pacific; Mottner to fill new FTE, Internal Services Mgr at … Continue reading 10 June 2021 City Council Study Session, 5-7:48pm
Hot weather, short meeting. Building permit activity is twice highest previous year in just 1st 5 months. Transport grant accepted, new landscape contractor ok'd. Boundary lines & lot size averaging ok'd 5-1, Simpson objecting. Narrower manufactured homes (19' wide) accepted. Simpson warns Council not to get on the wrong side of some legal monass [sic] … Continue reading 2 June 2021 Council General Meeting, 5:30-6:45