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Neighborhood ‘open house’ regarding assisted living, retail proposal

February 12th, 2015 at 2:24 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — A neighborhood meeting is scheduled on March 4, 5-7 p.m., regarding a proposed assisted living facility at Sunset Street and Jensen Way NE, next to the Poulsbo Post Office.

The meeting will take place at the Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 Liberty Road, Poulsbo. A presentation is not scheduled, and interested residents can attend at any time.

Proposed is a 65,000-square-foot, two/three-story assisted living facility that includes 5,950 square feet of retail commercial space on the first floor facing Jensen Way NE, with 40 underbuilding parking spaces and 52 surface parking spaces.

Access to the site would be from Hostmark Street, NE Sunset Street and Jensen Way NE. Landscaped areas and urban plaza/pocket parks are also proposed.

The parcels are zoned C-1 Commercial and Residential High, with the Poulsbo Place Master Plan Overlay.

The project proponent will be present to answer questions and provide informational materials. Residents may also provide written comments at the neighborhood meeting.


Meeting on port liveaboard expansion Feb. 19

February 5th, 2015 at 4:18 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The Poulsbo Port Commission will host an informational meeting on Feb. 19 regarding its proposal to allow 13 more liveaboard boats at the Poulsbo Marina, for a total of 25.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Poulsbo City Hall Council Chambers, 200 NE Moe St.

Port and city representatives will be present to answer questions, and informational materials on the proposal will be available for review. This is an opportunity for residents to discuss potential impacts and express their opinions, whether for or against the proposal.

If you are unable to attend or would like further information, contact Keri Weaver, City of Poulsbo Planning Department, at 360-394-9882 or

North Kitsap School Board meets Jan. 22 at Poulsbo Elementary School

January 20th, 2015 at 4:05 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The North Kitsap School Board meets on Jan. 22, 5:15 p.m., at Poulsbo Elementary School. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting date was incorrect in the Public Meetings listing on page A2 of the Jan. 16 North Kitsap Herald.

The agenda is topped by a discussion of the 24 Credits Waiver, Civics Course Description (AP U.S. Government and Politics), and Culminating Project.

Meanwhile, a special meeting scheduled for Jan. 21, 6 p.m., has been cancelled.

McTakeover: Those burgers and fries mean dollars for Vinland school

January 14th, 2015 at 5:04 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The Poulsbo McDonald’s will be taken over tonight — Jan. 14 — for the Vinland McTakeover, a fundraiser for the school.

The Vinland Elementary School staff will serve burgers from 5-7 p.m.

Family Reading Night for K-3 starts at 6 p.m. on Jan. 15, and students are encouraged to bring their flashlights.

There will be no school on Jan. 19 in observation of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

School board will meet for ‘employment hearing’

January 14th, 2015 at 11:25 am by rwalker
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POULSBO — The North Kitsap School Board will meet Jan. 21, 6 p.m. for an employment hearing.

That’s the word from the superintendent’s office. Kori Henry, assistant to the superintendent, said the meeting is a “quasi-judicial hearing that the union has requested for an employee.” She said the meeting is not open to the public per RCW 42.30.140. Superintendent Patty Page said the meeting is about related to collective bargaining.

A provision of RCW 42.30.140, the Open Public Meetings Act, allows a governing body to meet in closed session to “evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.”

However, the law continues, “discussion by a governing body of salaries, wages, and other conditions of employment to be generally applied within the agency shall occur in a meeting open to the public, and when a governing body elects to take final action hiring, setting the salary of an individual employee or class of employees, or discharging or disciplining an employee, that action shall be taken in a meeting open to the public.”

The school board will meet in the district office, 18360 Caldart Ave. NE, Poulsbo. 

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

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