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Poulsbo city clerk accepting applications for council vacancy

December 15th, 2014 at 3:31 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The Poulsbo City Clerk’s Office is accepting applications from eligible residents for appointment to City Council Position No. 1.

The appointee will serve the rest of the term being vacated by Linda Berry-Maraist, who resigned effective Jan. 21. The term will expire upon certification of results of the next regular election, Nov. 3, 2015.

Residents seeking appointment to the City Council must be qualified electors (have the ability to register to vote) and residents of Poulsbo for one year immediately proceeding the time of application.

The City Council is responsible for enacting all legislation, developing policies, and making general decisions for governing the city. Council duties include adopting and amending city laws; approving the budget; establishing city policies and standards; approving contracts and agreements; and representing the city.

The council meets the first three Wednesdays of each month, at 7 p.m., in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Other meeting requirements include attendance at council committee meetings, liaison appointments, and occasional special meetings. Four council members constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Compensation for this position is an annual salary of $6,000.

Interested residents may pick up application packets at City Hall, 200 NE Moe St., third floor, or may have them mailed by calling the City Clerk’s office at 360-779-3901. Application materials are also available on the city’s website,

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 15. A mailing postmark date will NOT be acceptable. Qualified applicants will be interviewed on Jan. 24.


Help guide the future of Poulsbo’s parks and open space

November 4th, 2014 at 12:39 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The City of Poulsbo is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Application packets are available on the city’s website, and at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 200 NE Moe St.

The Parks and Recreation Commission is one of five city commissions or boards. The others are the Civil Service Commission, Community Police Advisory Board, Planning Commission, and the Tree Board.

According to the city website, the Parks and Recreation Commission:

— Gives advisory recommendations to the City Council “on all regulations, resolutions, plans, policies, projects and proposals relating to the city parks system, recreational facilities or open space.”

— Promotes public use and awareness of the city’s parks and services.

— Hosts public meetings to solicit public input for the parks and open spaces planning process.

— Apprises the City Council, Public Works Department, and Parks and Recreation Department of the community’s park and recreational needs.

According to the city website, Poulsbo has 14 city parks totaling 121.89 acres; about one-half of the acreage is developed while the rest is undeveloped or in open space designation. The city also has 3.75 linear miles of trails.

Public hearings on City of Poulsbo’s 2015 budget Nov. 5 and Nov. 12

November 4th, 2014 at 12:30 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — Here’s your opportunity to speak out about the City of Poulsbo’s proposed 2015 budget: A roughly $20 million spending plan for public services.

The Poulsbo City Council will present a public hearing on the budget on Nov. 5, 7:15 p.m., in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 200 NE Moe St. The hearing will be continued to 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 12, according to the City Clerk’s office.

As introduced, the budget projects $18.5 million in revenue and $23.9 million in expenses. Expect some lively discussion as the council re-prioritizes, considers fund transfers and pares spending to balance the budget.

“It’s out of balance right now,” city Finance Director Deb Booher said of the proposed budget. “That’s the big discussion right now.”

The goal is to approve the budget by the council’s second meeting in December.

Written comments regarding the budget may be submitted to the City Clerk, 200 NE Moe St., Poulsbo, WA 98370 prior to the public hearings, or written and/or oral comments may be given during the public hearings.


Poulsbo will be featured on Comcast ‘Neighborhoods’ program

October 7th, 2014 at 11:02 am by rwalker
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If you see lights, cameras and a little more action on the streets of Poulsbo on Oct. 8, it’s because Comcast is filming this month’s “Neighborhoods” TV program here, senior director Walter Neary reports.

Comcast Neighborhoods is a monthly show that highlights a community. The show is available to most of Comcast’s 1.1 million customers throughout Western Washington.

Neary reports: The host of Comcast “Neighborhoods” is Sabrina Register, an award-winning veteran TV broadcaster. Register was a news anchor at KOMO and Northwest Cable News for more than a decade before becoming a freelance broadcaster. She currently reports and produces for various media outlets, including KCTS 9, the PBS station in Seattle.

Among the places on the guest list: Liberty Bay Books, Sluys Bakery, Poulsbo Historical Society and Marina Market. Register will enjoy lunch with the Sons of Norway and visit Mayor Becky Erickson at Muriel Ivrson Williams Waterfront Park. Cameras may also been seen at several other locations throughout town that day.

The Comcast “Neighborhoods” program about Poulsbo will appear on the Comcast On Demand menu on or about Nov. 1. To watch, go to On Demand > Get Local > Around the Sound > then Neighborhoods. The segment will be available exclusively On Demand for three months. Then, on or about Feb. 1, the segment will be posted on YouTube for viewers around the world to enjoy.

To see examples of past segments, click here.

Valholl Brewing posts birthday video

August 27th, 2014 at 12:21 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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Poulsbo’s Valholl Brewing is getting ready to celebrate its 4th birthday on Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. at its brewery at 18970 3rd Ave., in downtown Poulsbo. The celebration will kickoff with live music provided by Knucklehead. The brewery will also release a special anniversary brew.

To announce its birthday, Valholl produced a video invitation that is going viral. In the video, Justin from Valholl walks through downtown Poulsbo, attempting to get free drinks, services and products in honor of the brewery’s birthday. Sometimes he is successful, and other times…not so much.

Check the videoout on its Facebook page at

Watch for road work at several locations in Poulsbo

August 5th, 2014 at 9:07 am by rwalker
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POULSBO — The Poulsbo Public Works Department is grinding and repaving several road surfaces through Aug. 22. The work is being done at night and traffic is reduced to one lane so expect delays, according to the city’s website.

— Bond Road, between Lindvig Way and Highway 305.

— 7th Avenue, between Iverson and Liberty roads.

— 8th Avenue NE, between Iverson Road and 7th Avenue.

In addition, work is also being done on a section of Hostmark Street.

According to Public Works, the road surface is ground down where there is existing curb and gutter so the height of the road surface doesn’t change when the new asphalt is laid.

‘Impeach Obama’ signs line Jensen Way

July 2nd, 2014 at 1:25 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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WEB-Larouche-1Supporters of the LaRouche PAC turned heads as they made their presence known in Poulsbo on the afternoon of July 1.

Supporters set up the organization’s signature, controversial signs along Jensen Way outside of the Poulsbo Post Office.

“This is about removing Obama prior to the outbreak of general war that we are now headed toward with Russia and China, spilling out of the Middle East and the Ukraine,” said Paul Glumaz of the LaRouche PAC.

Glumaz stood next to a table with informational fliers, eager to talk with passersby.

“This is also about getting Obama out before the financial system goes into a total crisis, so we can deal with it from a national perspective,” he said. “Obama does not represent the United States in any way. He has nothing to do with the United States.”

The LaRouche PAC has garnered attention with controversial signs often showing President Obama superimposed with a Hitler-style mustache. Founded by political activist Lyndon LaRouche, the political action committee most commonly promotes the notion that the British Empire still exists — though, more covertly — and that President Obama is its puppet. It also opposes many aspects the current financial system in the United States. These stances, and others, back a call for the president’s impeachment.

Other causes that the organization promotes range from the colonization of Mars to creating a worldwide network of nuclear power plants.

In Poulsbo, LaRouche supporters were calling for the president’s impeachment.

“Right now we are motivating people to get to their congressmen before they go back to Washington because the Clintons are now breaking with Obama,” Glumaz said, referencing the book “Blood Feud” by Edward Klein.

“It is submitted that Hillary (Clinton) was ordered by Obama to lie about Benghazi, and this requires that Congress act now,” he said. “Only one congressman is necessary to get up on the floor to start the impeachment process.”WEB-Larouche-2

“Once Obama is gone we have to immediately implement Glass-Steagall to break up the banks,” he added. “Then we are going to have to go for a re-industrialization.”

The Glass-Steagall Act was legislation from the 1930s that limited relations between banks and securities firms.


POULSBO — Leaders of three governments will meet tonight — July 1, 7 p.m. — in Poulsbo City Hall council chambers to discuss cooperative law enforcement and transportation issues related to State Route 305 and the Agate Pass Bridge.

The special joint meeting of the Poulsbo City Council, Bainbridge Island City Council and Suquamish Tribe Council is open to the public.

A total of 21 lawmakers are expected to attend. From Bainbridge: Mayor Anne Blair, council members Sarah Blossom, Steve Bonkowski, Wayne Roth, Roger Townsend, Val Tollefson and David Ward.

From Poulsbo: Mayor Becky Erickson, council members Linda Berry-Maraist, Jim Henry, Connie Lord, Jeff McGinty, David Musgrove, Gary Nystul, and Ed Stern.

From Suquamish: Vice Chairman Wayne George, council members Irene Carper, Nigel Lawrence, Bardow Lewis, Jay Mills, and Robin Sigo.

Poulsbo resident creates video op-ed about marijuana ban

June 16th, 2014 at 4:44 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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On the heels of the Poulsbo City Council effectively banning medical and recreational marijuana establishments within the city, resident Branden Heinemann has created a video to voice his opinion on the matter.

Heinemann’s video splices together past council meetings that discuss the issue of marijuana in Poulsbo, along with his own opinion  mixed in, ultimately crafting a video op-ed piece. The video is posted on Youtube.

A few moments in the video, however, may require further explanation to understand the context of Poulsbo’s marijuana conversation so far. For example, when Councilman David Musgrove was commenting that no retailers would be coming to Poulsbo, it was because the Washington State Liquor Control Board has not slated any Poulsbo applicants for consideration for licenses. Kitsap County will receive seven licenses for retailers, but there were so many applicants vying to get a license, the board held a lottery. No Poulsbo applicants made the top 10, making it unlikely that any retailer will end up within Poulsbo. Musgrove’s other comment, that some people have likened marijuana to porn, was based on previous conversations that objected to the marijuana zoning codes proposed at the time. The codes mimicked the zoning for adult businesses, isolating them in a small corner at the north end of the city.

Another moment that may require clarification was when a woman—a medical marijuana manager from Port Townsend—offered to answer any questions about medical marijuana that the council may have. The council did not respond, however, their silence was due to policy. The council is not allowed to respond during time for public comment.

Heinemann was quoted in the North Kitsap Herald’s June 12 article about the ban. He spoke during the June 11 public hearing on the matter in the council chambers, and later commented on his disappointment that the council banned both the medical establishments and recreational businesses. He was among other Poulsbo residents who spoke at the hearing, asking that businesses and collective gardens be allowed locally; many speaking from the perspective of medical marijuana users. There were others in the community who countered that support and pleaded with the council to ban all marijuana establishments.

The council cited a range of reasons for the ban, such as protecting the well-being of Poulsbo residents and children, caution of legal ramifications from  state and federal conflicts with the law, and financial motivations. Some council members pointed out that local jurisdictions do not receive a share of any taxes gained from the recreational marijuana market, and therefore, Poulsbo would see no  benefit from local marijuana businesses.

Poulsbo’s ban doesn’t address the use of recreational or medical marijuana, rather, access to it. No producers, processors, or retailers of recreational marijuana are allowed within the city. No collective gardens for medical marijuana access are allowed either.

The video can be found here.

KINGSTON — Commissioners from Poulsbo Fire and North Kitsap Fire & Rescue will meet June 16, 7 p.m., to discuss potential areas of cooperation.

The commissioners will meet at the NKF&R station at 26642 Miller Bay Road NE, Kingston. The meeting is a special meeting and is open to the public.

Both departments have long sought ways to maintain service levels and reduce expenses as the economy drove assessed property valuations, and property tax revenues, down. Both departments have reduced positions. North Kitsap, Poulsbo and Bainbridge share a facilities maintenance employee, at a cost of $25,000 each. The departments also train together.

In 2011, a consultant recommended that Poulsbo and NKF&R consolidate; doing so would require the approval of voters in both fire districts. But consolidation is not a new concept on the peninsula. North Kitsap Fire & Rescue is the product of the consolidation of Kitsap County fire districts 4, 5, 10 and 14. The consolidations took place in 1987, 1994 and 2001. Poulsbo Fire District and Kitsap County Fire District 18 merged in 1999.

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