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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 email@example.com.
“Like” Rockfish Group’s 6th Avenue Project Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/6thAvenueImprovementProject?ref=hl
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 .
For more updates, “Like” the 6th Avenue Project Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/6thAvenueImprovementProject?ref=hl
- There will be intermittent side walk closures throughout the remainder of this week and next
- Expect delays at Hostmark and 6th
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 cityofpoulsbo.com/parks/parks_hotel.htm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The City of Poulsbo received approval of its Shoreline Management Program plan from the Department of Ecology Feb. 13, Mayor Becky Erickson announced. The city submitted the plan for approval in May.
The plan takes effect tomorrow, Feb. 28, and state law allows 60 days for an appeal to be filed with the Growth Management Hearings Board.
The city last updated the SMP in 1976. The rules apply to new development, substantial redevelopment and land-use changes proposed within the shoreline area. City planner Keri Weaver said the shoreline buffer, at 125 feet, is now the same as the city’s Critical Areas Ordinance, which was updated and adopted in 2008.
POULSBO — If you were wondering about changes to the city’s Zoning Code Ordinance, but haven’t made it to a council meeting, the city now has a workshop summery on the website.
After several council workshops since September, following three years of research and revision by planning staff and the Planning Commission, the proposed zoning code is nearing the end of its review.
The council delved into five topics during their last two workshops, Jan. 9 and 16: off-street parking, street signage, tree retention, temporary transitory accommodations and wireless communication.
If development is proposed in the city’s commercial zone — new construction, an additional 1,501 square feet to an existing building, or adding a residential unit to an existing building — new parking spots will be required.
Some council members were concerned about inhibiting new development in the downtown core, where space is already limited, and the council discussed allowing a fee in lieu of additional parking. However, Planning Director Barry Berezowski pointed out that a consolidate structure would move parking from downtown’s most valuable land.
Under signage, the council discussed regulating sandwich board signs. The code proposes allowing two signs per business. Councilman David Musgrove suggested finding out how many sandwich board signs are currently around town and where are they, so the code can regulate “sign pollution.”
Significant tree retention was an important subject to the council, but the proposed code puts more responsibility of tree retention in developer’s hands. The proposed rule states developers must retain clusters of exiting trees for new construction in all zones, but especially in the area east of 10th Avenue, between Lincoln Road and Forest Rock Lane — instead of clear-cutting, and then planting new trees, developers must keep clusters of trees and build around them.
The city does not regulate current tree retention on private property, unless the trees are in a critical area. Mayor Becky Erickson said trees act as a primary source for stormwater management and can prevent low-land flooding.
The updated code must reflect a new state law that allows religious organizations to offer temporary transient accommodations — sometimes called tent cities — to the homeless. Erickson said she does not support tent cities, because “It is not the proper way to deal with homelessness.” The temporary transitory accommodations are allowed under a 180-day permit, and the city can only regulate them for public health and safety.
The council also addressed wireless communications, which directly affects the Kitsap Public Utility District’s pilot project of providing wireless internet to the public at no charge. The zoning code gives location priorities for where antennae and equipment: first on an existing KPUD facility, second on existing power structures (power poles), third in commercial districts, and fourth in residential districts, when there is a significant gap in service or coverage.
To see the changes of the proposed zoning code update, read the Workshop Response and Recommendations Document, found at www.cityofpoulsbo.com/planning/planning_codeam_2010.htm. The entire draft Code Enforcement Ordinance can also be found at the website, under City Council Review and named September 2012 Planning Commission Recommended Draft Zoning Ordinance.
The council will hold the first of its wrap-up workshops Jan. 30 and will continue to Feb. 6 if needed. The public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27. All meetings are in Council Chambers at City Hall, 200 NE Moe St., at 7 p.m.