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City Council reviews 2014 construction at workshop

April 15th, 2014 at 10:51 am by Richard D. Oxley
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The city is inviting Poulsbo residents to attend a special City Council workshop on April 23.

The April 23 meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at Poulsbo City Hall. The workshop aims to apprise council members and the public on the various construction projects slated to break ground in 2014.

The city’s engineering department will lead the workshop. The scope and timing of construction projects, as well as traffic and other effects are expected to be discussed.

Elmer’s signs go up

January 28th, 2014 at 1:17 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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All indications of the Taprock Grill have gone away as signs for Poulsbo’s new Elmer’s restaurant have gone up.

The building on the corner of Highway 305 and Liberty Road in the Poulsbo Village is going under a makeover this week and will officially open as Washington’s fourth Elmer’s on Feb. 1.
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Taprock converting to Elmer’s Restaurant

January 27th, 2014 at 4:53 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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Poulsbo’s Taprock Northwest Grill has closed its doors, only to reopen them later this week as an Elmer’s Restaurant.

Taprock, off of Highway 305 in the Poulsbo Village, is owned by  Elmer’s Restaurants, Inc. The building will go under a slight remodel to give it the Elmer’s feel, and open under the new name on Feb. 1. A new menu will be among the changes.
A company representative said that the location will benefit from Elmers’ name, which has become known around the Northwest.

The North Kitsap Herald will publish a full article on the change over later this week.

Poulsbo community meeting cancelled

January 27th, 2014 at 11:37 am by Richard D. Oxley
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POULSBO — The community meeting to discuss the future of the old city hall property has been cancelled.

The meeting originally scheduled for 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 aimed to engage a community discussion on what to do with the old city hall property that stands vacant in the shadow of the new building in downtown Poulsbo.

“After meeting with the council at the Economic Development Committee and the Public Works Committee on Wednesday the sentiment was expressed to delay this meeting,” Mayor Becky Erickson said.
Council members had reservations about mixing too many topics into the public gathering. In addition to old city hall, the meeting was also slated to discuss solid waste in downtown and a slow pedestrian zone.

“There is too much to talk about,” Erickson said. “We will split these topics and hold the meetings separately.”
The Port of Poulsbo currently has the first option to buy the property, but that reservation will only last until March. The port also is fielding ideas on what to do with the property. In the mean time, the old city hall building will be demolished in 2014 and prepped for sale. Ideas for the site have ranged from a downtown hotel to more retail shops, or a parking lot.

Public hearing Feb. 5 on extension of Poulsbo’s marijuana zoning laws

January 17th, 2014 at 12:18 pm by rwalker
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The Poulsbo City Council will hear public testimony on Feb. 5, 7:15 p.m. on a proposed six-month extension of interim zoning regulations for marijuana-related businesses.

The public hearing will be in the Poulsbo City Hall council chambers, 200 NE Moe St.

The city issued this notice Jan. 17:

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In response to recent amendments to RCW 69.50 as the result of the passage of I-502, and in response to the establishment of medical marijuana collective gardens under RCW 69.51A, the Poulsbo City Council adopted interim regulations on August 14, 2013, to assign zoning districts and provide zoning regulations for medical marijuana collective gardens and for producers, processors and retailers of marijuana.

RCW 35A.63.220 and 36.70.390 provide that a city may adopt interim zoning regulations as long as a public hearing is held within 60 days after adoption. Pursuant to the statutes cited, the Poulsbo City Council held a public hearing on September 11, 2013 and continued to September 18, 2013, in order to take public input on the interim regulations. The City Council did not change the interim zoning regulations adopted on August 14, 2013, and [the interim zoning regulations] have been in place since then.

A public hearing is scheduled for February 5, 2014 to extend the interim zoning regulations for marijuana related activities for a period of up to six months in order for the City to continue the appropriate zoning ordinance amendment process for the interim zoning regulations to be adopted permanently and codified into the City’s Zoning Ordinance. A work program has been established in conjunction with the extension for the codification of the interim zoning regulations.

Additional Information: The public hearing will provide an opportunity for public comment before the Poulsbo City Council. Additionally, the public may comment in writing. Written comments may be submitted to the Poulsbo City Clerk at 200 NE Moe Street, Poulsbo, WA [98370] or in person at City Hall.

All interested people are invited to attend the hearing. If you are unable to attend the hearing, your written comments, received no later than the date and time scheduled for the hearing, will be given careful consideration by the City Council and made a part of the record.

THE CITY OF POULSBO STRIVES TO PROVIDE ACCESSIBLE MEETINGS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT (360) 394-9880 AT LEAST 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE MEETING IF ACCOMMODATIONS ARE NEEDED FOR THIS MEETING.

 

Miss Poulsbo 1955: ‘I can’t imagine living anywhere but Poulsbo’

January 13th, 2014 at 12:39 pm by rwalker
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Emily Ward wants to use her tenure as Miss Poulsbo to spread the word about anti-bullying.

Emily, 16, is a student at North Kitsap High School and a Running Start student at Olympic College. She was crowned Miss Poulsbo at the scholarship pageant Jan. 11 in Bremerton.

Titleholders customarily use their year to put the spotlight on an issue of concern. Miss Poulsbos are often active in their communities after they’ve crowned their successors.

Miss Poulsbo 1955 Donna Jean Milton — you know her as Donna Jean Bruce — served as a Poulsbo City Council member from 1988-99 and as mayor from Jan. 6, 1999 to Dec. 31, 2005.

In a Q&A, Bruce shared how serving as Miss Poulsbo impacted her life.

Q: What are your favorite memories from your year as Miss Poulsbo?

A: The Daffodil Parade in Tacoma, the Christmas festivities, and when townspeople joined Chamber of Commerce members and painted the storefronts on Main Street. Lots of fun!

Q: What are you up to now? Tell us about your career and what you like to do.

A: I’ve been married to Ron Bruce for 40 years. We have two children: John, a law enforcement officer; and Julie, a personal chef; and one granddaughter, Taylor, age 3.

I became interested in city politics and after serving on the city’s Board of Adjustment and Appeals was appointed to the City Council in 1988. I served 11 years on the City Council and in 1999 became mayor.

In my spare time, I like to do needlework and have done a considerable amount of genealogy.

I can’t imagine living anywhere but Poulsbo!

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Above: Donna Jean Milton, Miss Poulsbo 1955,  visited the local Navy base. She later served as a Poulsbo City Council member and mayor. (Courtesy: Miss Poulsbo Miss Silverdale Miss Kitsap Scholarship Pageant)

 

6th Avenue: City will test for bacteria

August 15th, 2013 at 3:49 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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POULSBO — The City of Poulsbo is waiting on the results of the bacteria test for the new water main. If the testing goes well (no bacteria), crews will pressure test the new main today, and start connecting the new water services up to the homes next week.

The City will give 48 hours notice to any customers that will be without water.

If the testing doesn’t go well the contractor will continue to work on the storm drain and will address any issues with the water main.

Aug. 19 is the deadline to contact Cascade Natural Gas to have homes connected to natural gas. For more information or to make arrangements to have this service performed, contact Jeremy Russell, Cascade Natural Gas, (888) 522-1130.

Info: www.facebook.com/6thAvenueImprovementProject?ref=hl.

6th Avenue: Aug. 19 last day to contact Cascade Natural Gas

August 9th, 2013 at 11:50 am by Richard D. Oxley
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POULSBO — Here is the latest 6th Avenue update for the next seven to 10 days:

Tentatively, next Wednesday, water will be shut off for a few hours beginning after 9 a.m., according to the RockFish Group. The city will deliver notices to those affected.

Aug. 19 is the deadline to contact Cascade Natural Gas to have homes connected to natural gas. For more information or to make arrangements to have this service performed, contact Jeremy Russell, Cascade Natural Gas, (888) 522-1130.

There will also be intermittent sidewalk closures next week.

For more updates, “Like” the 6th Avenue Project Facebook page at www.facebook.com/6thAvenueImprovementProject?ref=hl.

 

6th Avenue: New water lines connected

August 2nd, 2013 at 11:45 am by Richard D. Oxley
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POULSBO — This last week, construction crews installed fire hydrants and installed new water service lines, while patching the sidewalks.

Here is the latest 6th Avenue update for the next seven to 10 days:
Crews will be connecting the new watermain to the residents.

During this time the water will need to be turned off. Crews will keep all shutdowns as brief as possible and will not shut anybody down until 9 a.m. to allow for morning showers.
The city will be handing out notices to the affected customers 48 hours prior to the shutdown.

For more updates, “Like” the 6th Avenue Project Facebook page at www.facebook.com/6thAvenueImprovementProject?ref=hl.

Construction on 6th Avenue continues smoothly

July 30th, 2013 at 10:28 am by Richard D. Oxley
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Monday – crews will be replacing concrete sidewalk patches on the east side of 6th and working on installing fire hydrants at Sommerseth and Matson.

Tuesday through Friday – the crew will be working on road crossings and installing new water service lines for the rest of the week. Road closures will vary depending on which area they are in.

Tuesday night – Crews will be flushing the new waterline after 10 p.m. This work should take a few hours and we will be as quick as possible. Residents may experience some dirty water first thing Wednesday morning. If this is the case please let your faucet run for a little while and it should clear up.

Next week the crews will be working on connecting the new watermain to the residents. During these connections the water will need to be turned off. We will keep all shutdowns as brief as possible and will not shut anybody down until 9 a.m. to allow for morning showers. The city will be handing out notices to the affected customers 48 hours prior to the shutdown.

If you are a 6th Avenue neighborhood resident, how are you feeling about the construction? Are you satisfied with the communication from the city and construction crews? Comment below or email mstephenson@northkitsapherald.com.

“Like”  Rockfish Group’s 6th Avenue Project Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/6thAvenueImprovementProject?ref=hl

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