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

August 9th, 2013 at 11:50 am by Michelle Beahm
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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.

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6th Avenue: New water lines connected

August 2nd, 2013 at 11:45 am by Michelle Beahm
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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.

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Construction on 6th Avenue continues smoothly

July 30th, 2013 at 10:28 am by Michelle Beahm
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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

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Road closures during the week along 6th Avenue

July 15th, 2013 at 12:26 pm by Michelle Beahm
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From RockFish Group, 6th Avenue will have some road closures and crews will be at Hostmark and 6th by the end of the week:
Monday – Local driveways will have access on 6th Avenue between Harrison and Ryen. The contractor will be doing some water line crossings. Also they will be doing some grinding between Ryen and Matson but that work will have a flagger to allow traffic by.

Tuesday – The crew will be digging mainline water line in below Ryen. 6th Avenue will be closed between Ryen and Somerseth. They will also be doing some sidewalk repair between Hostmark and Harrison. This work will be flagged and allow for traffic.

Wednesday – Crews will be doing some mainline waterline from Sommerseth to Matson. Road closure between those streets. For a hour or so the crew will be sawcutting on Hostmark Street in preparation of doing some pavement repair on Hostmark on Thursday.

Thursday – The big focus will be on prepping the intersection of Hostmark and 6th for paving in the afternoon. The road will be down to one lane alternating traffic from about 9 a.m. until around 5 p.m.

Construction is subject to change .

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Check 6th Avenue’s Facebook page for updates

July 9th, 2013 at 5:13 pm by Michelle Beahm
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The 6th Avenue project is continuing as scheduled this week, and The Rockfish Group is keeping all residents up-to-date on its development.
  • There will be intermittent  side walk closures throughout the remainder of this week and next
  • Expect delays at Hostmark and 6th
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Get tourism projects funded by the city

June 27th, 2013 at 3:53 pm by Michelle Beahm
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The City of Poulsbo is now accepting grant applications for 2014 projects based in Poulsbo and related to tourism, tourism promotions, event operations or a tourism-related facility. The grants are funded by Hotel-Motel tax, collected for the furnishing of lodging within the Poulsbo city limits, including rooms in hotels, motels, rooming houses, private campgrounds, RV parks and similar facilities.

Application packets are due to Poulsbo City Hall by 4 pm on Aug. 1.

Past recipients include the Poulsbo Marketing Coalition, made up of the Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association, the Chamber of Commerce, the Farmers Market, Viking Fest Inc/Fireworks on the 3rd, the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau, the Marine Science Society and and Kitsap Audubon. Its individual members have also received grant funding.

Past projects include the tourism brochure rack in the Poulsbo City Hall lobby, police overtime for festivals, and a revamped Visitor Information Center and website run by the Chamber.

The application can be found at

SMP not appealed, officially in effect

May 6th, 2013 at 4:05 pm by Michelle Beahm
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POULSBO — No appeals or comments were received during the final review of Poulsbo’s Shoreline Management Program, and the plan’s update is now officially complete.

The SMP was researched and written in three years with input from staff, the public, state agencies, the Planning Commission and the City Council, according to a release from Mayor Becky Erickson.

“The successful conclusion of the SMP update is due in large part to the contributions and cooperative efforts of all these parties, under the guidance of the Department of Ecology,” Erickson wrote. “These efforts have resulted in a high-quality program that will protect Poulsbo’s shoreline environment for the next generation and serve the public efficiently.”

Ecology approved the plan Feb. 13, and the state’s 60-day appeal period began March 1. Revisions to the city’s shoreline permit review process were made along with the SMP update, with the intent of streamlining the process for minor shoreline development and use activities.

Several projects have already been completed under the new SMP and permit process. These include a 5-year maintenance projects exemption for the Port of Poulsbo, to allow identified, ongoing routine maintenance activities with a single city review. The Port has also been issued a minor shoreline permit for dock reconfiguration. The minor permit review process is considerably less expensive and requires less review time than permits issued under the old SMP.

Vegetation maintenance and cleanup activities have also been taking place in the city’s shoreline parks, under the new regulations that protect native vegetation while encouraging the maintenance of public access and public views.

Viking statue model for public art, no strings attached

April 1st, 2013 at 5:00 pm by Michelle Beahm
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I have a Google Alert for the word “Poulsbo,” and while my daily email usually only shows me news about Poulsbo from local sources, occasionally someone, somewhere else in the country is talking about Poulsbo.

This morning, I came across a column in the San Diego Union-Tribune’s website about Poulsbo’s Viking statue. While the column was actually a call for a unifying statue to represent local history in San Diego’s county, the author, Jim Rothgeb, made some digs at the Norseman.

First describing the Viking as a “bold-looking Viking, complete with armor and sword,” Rothgeb then writes “The city did it on the cheap,” because the statue cost $25,000. No mention of the artist’s nearly pro-bono work on the statue. While he notes the Viking shows how proud Poulsbo is of its Nordic heritage, he calls the Norseman “crude.” Rothgeb also admits he has not seen the Viking, only making these judgements from pictures.

I became a little defensive when I read Rothgeb’s column. Why pick on a piece of public art when he wishes his area had the same kind of symbol? I think Poulsbo is unique because of the different types of public art: fish made of wood, stone and steel “swimming” in our parks and on our streets; a mural of a Viking ship that sails off the brick wall across Front Street, always a favorite visitor photo; and a new friendly face in front of the aquarium, Poulsbo’s permanent resident octopus.

Although his impression seemed mediocre, Rothgeb did demonstrate that folks are taking notice of Poulsbo’s community ideas. And I think we should be proud of that.

Read Rothgeb’s column here.

Meeting March 20 on neighborhood proposed near Noll Road and Hostmark Street

March 13th, 2013 at 3:47 pm by Michelle Beahm
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A new development near Noll Road and Hostmark Street is proposed by Quadrant Homes, and representatives are hosting a community meeting March 20, 6-9 p.m., at the Poulsbo Fire station at 10th Avenue and Liberty Way.

The 29.78-acre site is located east of Noll Road and Hostmark Street; its eastern boundary is at the city limit. The development will include off-site stormwater management.

The applicant plans to subdivide the acreage into 145 lots for detached single-family units. Open space will be five acres including critical areas and a stand of “mature forest.”

Corey Watson of Quadrant Homes and Mark Kuhlman of Team 4 Engineering will be on hand to answer questions. View the application at the planning office at Poulsbo City Hall.

Why Anderson Parkway re-paving stopped at the Poulsbo Port entrance

March 12th, 2013 at 11:10 am by Michelle Beahm
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I’ve gotten a few questions about why the Anderson Parkway re-paving project didn’t cover the whole space in front of the Port of Poulsbo entrance, so I asked those at the City and at the port.

The area in question is in the small parking lot area owned by the City of Poulsbo, but used by the Port of Poulsbo (as it is directly in front of their pedestrian entrance to recreational and transit docks). The lot also holds the port’s bathroom and laundry facilities — although Commissioner Tony DeCarlo said the port owns the land directly under the bathroom building.

The short answer is the city’s funding restricted the project to repave only the parking area, and the project stopped at a fire lane — where literally parking ends in front of the port. Engineering Director Andre Kasiniak said the city’s funding restricted the construction contract — carried out by Seton Construction — to cover parking.

The project was paid for by a $270,000 Department of Ecology grant for stormwater improvements, $125,000 from the city’s stormwater fund and $175,000 from the city’s road fund.

It may seem like splitting hairs, but there was another hinderance that would make re-paving that area difficult — a large rock is embedded in the pavement near the entrance.

Then-Port Manager Kirk Stickels said Seton’s estimate of that area’s re-paving is $12,700.

Kasiniak said it is the grading of the area that would make it difficult — and expensive — to work on. He said he would estimate that area would be three days worth of work for the construction company.

City Councilman David Musgrove, council liaison to the port, said neither he nor the city had any communication with the port until the contract was finalized.

The port commissioners discussed the project at their Feb. 21 meeting, just a few days before Anderson Parkway was shut down for six days for re-paving and striping. I asked Commissioner Jim Rutledge if the port was willing to pay nearly $13,000 for that area in the near future, and he seemed hesitant.

The commissioners are more concerned that the property is not owned by the port. Rutledge said the port wants to clear up jurisdiction of the property, and wouldn’t want to be a part of a project until utility and legal responsibility are squared away.

“It was a handshake agreement between commissioners and the city, [but] we’ve always been using it,” DeCarlo said, who has been commissioner for over 20 years.

“We can’t spend port money on city property unless it’s a benefit to us,” he said.

The port wants the parking area, and Commissioners Rutledge and DeCarlo said they have had many talks with Mayor Becky Erickson about how to buy or transition the deed of the property to the port.

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