Kitsap commissioners sign off on planned interlocal agreement

In a joint meeting with all three Kitsap County commissioners, the Port Orchard City Council learned Monday night at its regular meeting that the Interlocal Agreement (ILA) between the county and the city is building steam toward a ceremonial July 28 kickoff.

The report, given by Interim Director of the Department of Community Development Cindy Baker, indicated both the commissioners and Seattle-based ILA consultant EDAW had signed the final contracts.

“We’re ready to move forward,” said Port Orchard Mayor Kim Abel, Wednesday.

Tentatively scheduled, the kickoff will be the first time the commissioners and council members meet with EDAW representatives together, although Abel and SK Commissioner Jan Angel have already met with EDAW representatives.

According to Baker, the kickoff is a pre-planning meeting and will allow the group to become acquainted and discuss the focus of further planning.

Monday night was the third joint meeting between the commissioners and council members regarding the ILA.

After extensive public comment and a clear identification of how the officials wanted the process to go, the last contracts regarding cost-sharing have been signed.

“It’s a long time coming,”said Councilman John Clauson.

After official business had run dry, Angel took a moment to thank City Engineer Larry Curles for his service to the city. Curles resigned as city engineer on July 9, accepting a position as assistant general manager at Annapolis Water.

In other City Council actions:

n After several citizens went before the council to speak against a rezone continued from June 28 that would change the classification of the west side of the intersection of South Flower Street and Fireweed Street allowing for more development, the council unanimously approved the Leora Park rezone request and the subsequent Plat Amendment.

Councilwomen Carolyn Powers and Rita DiIenno were absent from the meeting.

The applicant, Chuck Childress, complied with the city’s previous request that he develop a “tree retention plan.”

Childress’s plan replaces two trees that would be cut with six planted trees. In his written application, he agreed to pay the city $200 per developed lot, for a total of $600.

He also agreed to share in any future maintenance of the road and surrounding area. Dissenters of the rezone cited narrow roads and no sidewalks as safety-based reasons to deny the request, but Clauson pointed out the builder was already required to put in sidewalks.

Childress was absent from the meeting but had a representative there to answer questions.

• The council authorized Abel to sign a formal employment with Port Orchard Police Chief Al Townsend. The contract gives Townsend job security in Port Orchard until January 1, 2008, when it will be re-evaluated.

• The council passed a request by applicant Mark Schooler to relinquish the Andersonwood screening easement along the west side of three lots along on Sidney Avenue. After a brief discussion about the possible effects on drainage.

Deciding the relinquishment would not affect drainage in any way, Councilmen Ron Rider, Bob Geiger, Rick Wyatt and Clauson passed the request with Cramer in dissent.

• The council also unanimously approved a request by applicant Lynnett Suprenant to allow her parent to live in a recreational vehicle on her Sidney Avenue property until February, assuming all health standards are followed.

Suprenant’s application cited her need for assistance in taking care of her four children while dealing with her health problems and moving to a new home.

• The council voted to continue discussion on a six-year Transportation Improvement Program, prepared by Curles, until July 26, although Monday was Curles’ last city council meeting.

Cramer, Rider and Clauson voted to continue discussion, Geiger and Wyatt were against.

• The Economic Development Committee, chaired by Councilman Todd Cramer, will meet July 20, at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. The Sewer Advisory Committee (SAC) will meet on July 26, 7:30 a.m. at the Sewer District office to discuss future plans for Gorst.

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