KCAC’s ‘get to know us’ meeting Sept. 5 | KCAC Notes

A summary of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council meeting, Aug. 1, in the North Kitsap Fire & Rescue headquarters station on Miller Bay Road.

Introductions: Two new members will join KCAC: Patty Page, the new North Kitsap School District superintendent; and Reed Anderson, who joined the committee this evening. Ben Hudgens, representing the office of the County Commissioners, was introduced.

September meeting: On Sept. 5, KCAC will host its annual “get to know us” meeting. Each representative will be given five minutes to describe their organization: who you are, what you do and whether or not you want help from others.

Locations were discussed. Dawn Purser will look into potential Tribal facilities. Members are asked to bring snacks to share. More information will be coming as plans are finalized.

Co-Chair election:  The selection of new co-chairs should have taken place in June. A motion was made and seconded to elect Betsy Cooper and Naomi Maasberg to the position of co-chair for another year. Motion carried.

Naomi and Betsy noted that they intend to stay in the positions through December, then help with the transition as needed. Persons interested in being co-chair should talk with them soon.

Sub-Committee Reports
— Parks & Open Space, Walt Elliott: Regarding North Kitsap Parks and Trails, the boardwalk is complete on the blue trail at the Heritage Park.

— Ferry Advisory Committee, Walt Elliott: The Transportation Com-mission will run its semi-annual online ferry rider survey in September. Topics will include customer satisfaction, proposals for fare policies, changes in walk-on passenger policies and changes in methods of fare payment. Results will be used to justify system changes so participation is important.

Sign up for the Ferry Riders’ Opinion Group (FROG) survey at the Washington State Ferry website.

Community Reports
— Rotary Club, Clint Boxman: Three new members have turned in applications: Scott Larson, Mark Baze and Beth Brewster.

Rotary is always looking for new members. Meetings will be held at the Port in September.

— Village Green Foundation, Dave Wetter: Design of the picnic pavilion was provided by Brad Pugh with assistance from Miles Yanick. Matt House of Pacific Concrete Casting provided steel inserts for the footings and arranged for complimentary concrete and installation. The footings and slab were poured and finished compliments of Hard Rock Concrete and Kingbridge Construction Company. Russell Bishop of Kingstone Construction did an outstanding job with the stamped finish that is slip resistant and has a unique pattern.

Trenching for electrical power was provided compliments of Kelly Construction. Timberwolf Construction erected the log structure.

The Pea Patch garden project is moving along and water has been installed. Initially, the water will be metered from the Public Works pump station until the Community Center is built.

— Port of Kingston/SoundRunner, Walt Elliott for Pete DeBoer: The Port’s main channel marker, previously located across from the end of the guest dock, has been moved west 15 feet. Boats with deeper drafts should stay to the west side of the channel at low tides.

There was a meeting with agencies involved with the approval of a dredging permit; this may become a routine process.

SoundRunner numbers are going up. Evening runs are averaging 50 riders while morning runs average between 30 and 40 riders. The recovery rate is around 23 percent, which is within the average.

— Downtown Kingston Association, Nancy Langwith: Summer Concert Series sponsors included Stakeholders, Rotary, Kiwanis, Columbia Bank, Marcy Johnson, IGA, Subway and Kingstone Construction. Food vendors were Mi Sueno Taqueria and Scoops Bavarian Brats and Roasted Nuts.  Concerts were advertised in Edmonds this year and the response is being monitored.

— Carpenter Lake/Creek, Steve Heacock:  There has been discussion at the Port about the dredging permit. The original permit for the marina dredging was issued by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1967. Kitsap County DCD is searching permit archives for other approved shoreline conditional use permits issued to the Port to determine if any were for dredging maintenance activities apart from the minor ramp maintenance dredging issued in the 1994 permit.

The question was raised regarding need for dredging in the future, or if this is a one-time need. The technical aspects haven’t been examined yet; we are just into the initial shoreline permitting stages.

The debris from the vandalized Carpenter Lake Trail sign has been cleaned up.

— Friends of the Library, Scott Hedrick on behalf of Pat Wiklund: The July book sale at the Farmers Market was very successful. Friends are now focused on the next event to be held on Oct. 20 — a trivia event. Tickets will be on sale at the Farmers Market as well as other venues.

The 2008 pledge to the Village Green Foundation has been fulfilled and the first payment toward the new pledge has been made.

— Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Dawn Purser: The Point Casino opened at the end of May with the official grand opening taking place at the beginning of July.

The purchase of Heronswood has been finalized. The Tribe is looking at a variety of possibilities at the site. Including education programs, meeting space, retreats for children as well as interest groups. Eventually, there will be a newsletter and an email address connected to the site.

The gardens aren’t in horrible condition but they do need work. The plan is to mix Tribal art in with the original architecture. It’s going to be a very big project.

The Tribe had the University of Washington conduct a study regarding potential clinic and medical services. This would be made available to both Tribal and non-Tribal citizens. The facility would focus on basic health and prevention of heart disease, diabetes, etc.


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