POULSBO CITY COUNCIL MEETING, Wednesday, 2/1/23, 5pm Application to rename the Hood Canal to Salish Fjord. Mayor Erickson will proclaim February 6 as the Day of the Sámi People. POLICE DEPT. UPDATE BY CHIEF HARDING: -Activity for the month of January -Highlight of significant cases -Update on staffing PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPT: Update on the projects that are under review in the planning and economic development department. This is the first quarterly report of the year and will cover the comprehensive plan update, current planning projects under review, text amendments that are active and under consideration, process improvement tasks as well as specific economic development efforts. Staff growth and development will also be covered. *2024 Comprehensive Plan Update Public Participation Plan: How the City of Poulsbo will engage and inform its citizenry during efforts to update the comprehensive plan by December 2024, as mandated by the Growth Management Act.
Council meeting Zoom link
NOTE regarding City Council Meetings: At the mayor's urging, Poulsbo City Council has suspended ALL committee meetings September 2022 through June 2023 and is now conducting city business via a "special meeting" that precedes the regular council meeting, on the first 3 Wednesdays of the month. Meetings are open to the public and also available via BKAT cable tv channel 112 and livestreaming via the link on the city website
"COMMENTS FROM CITIZENS can be made
in-person or virtually via Zoom. Please state your name and limit comments to 3 minutes unless additional time is granted
by Council. As a rule, the Council will not respond to citizen comments." -City of Poulsbo
Poulsbo is full of caring, forward-thinking people of all ages, backgrounds, and dreams. Poulsbo for All Is a forum for information about local government and community concerns. See our monthly BLOG for more details and important links! Check out Poulsbo for All on Facebook. Join us in attending city council meetings and council committee meetings - become a participant in civic life!
Climate change (wildfires, smoke, extreme heat events and storms)
Accessible, secular healthcare for all
Balancing Poulsbo's historic identity with a changing population
Extremism and hate groups in Kitsap
Relations with neighboring Suquamish and Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribes
Improving two-way communication between City Hall and residents
NEWS FOR UPCOMING & RECENT COUNCIL MEETINGS:
January meeting topics include new development on Viking Way, emergency preparedness (Poulsbo passes in one of 17 areas), and more
November 9, 2022, 5pm, Council Meeting Agenda includes "Council Goals Continued Discussion", 2023-24 City Budget, and property tax levy.
November 2, 2022, 5pm, Poulsbo Council Meeting topics will include:
* Raab Park upgrade for all abilities and wheelchair friendly access,
* Nordic Cottage Project Update (low income senior housing),
* Extension of ARPA funds (federal COVID money) for free behavioral health counseling at Fishline in 2023,
* ILA SWAT Agreement with KCSO and WA Dept of Fish & Wildlife (This interlocal agreement is between Kitsap County, City of Poulsbo and the WA State Department of Fish and Wildlife for the formal establishment of a regional SWAT Team. “This is a multi-jurisdictional approach to expand the capabilities of each agency and provide for sharing of personnel, equipment, knowledge and resources in high-risk critical incidents.”
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October, '22: Poulsbo for All members continue communications with the mayor and council regarding DEI measures in city government and the healthcare crisis at St. Michael's Medical Center Emergency Room and issues of safety and staffing throughout the medical center. In a recent Kitsap Health Board meeting Director Dr. Gib Morrow revealed that Kitsap County has only 50% of the healthcare resources (including hospitals, clinics, and practioners) necessary to serve the current population of our county. While the Growth Management Act mandates policies for critical resources like land use, utilities, transportation, environment, and recreation, healthcare is NOT addressed!
September, '22: The Mayor and Council moved to replace individual committees that previously met each month in focused sessions with single, combined sessions that precede monthly council meetings (first three Wednesdays). This format will continue through December and then be evaluated to determine if it should be continued permanently or return to the previous fashion.
August, 2022: Council is moving to condemn the former Public Works site on Iverson St. before giving it (at no cost) to Poulsbo Farmers Market & Coffee Oasis. Citing Fishline's financial assets Mayor Erickson declined their request for $25,000 to help pay the salary of a counselor, yet recent Coffee Oasis IRS filings indicate roughly $3.5 million in assets (more than Fishline).
6/29/22: Joint Meeting of Poulsbo City Council and Suquamish Tribal Council video link here.
5/18/22: the agenda for tonight's meeting includes discussion of giving (no charge) 3.5 acres of prime public property (the current Poulsbo Public Works site) to Coffee Oasis and Poulsbo Farmer's Market. See our June blog for PFA's questions and recommendations regarding this public property.
Mayor Erickson is pushing the Council to approve the conversion of an existing "green" roof (to filter storm water) at City Hall into a PATIO (video clip), primarily for use by City employees. Estimates to replace the functioning roof are $250,000 or more. Aren't there more urgent infrastructure and human service needs? What about solarizing the roof to power City Hall?
Councilmember Britt Livdahl attended the G.A.R.E. (Government Alliance on Race and Equity - see our EQUITY page) annual membership meeting in Portland in April. See her brief comments about the conference to the City Council here and PfA's remarks here.
While attending the Halloween "Ghosts in the Graveyard" community event at the Poulsbo Cemetery, Councilman Ed Stern was shocked to discover how much clear-cutting has been done by housing developers. They left no green buffer, but extended their development right up to the edge of the cemetery. No privacy between new homes and gravesites.
The Housing Action Plan Workshop report to the Council (November 10, 2021) gave an overview of current city demographics, existing housing stock, housing costs, and strategies for the future:
- Poulsbo rents are the highest in Kitsap County;
- During 2018 to 2019, rent increased 48% while income increased only 29%;
- 90% of Poulsbo workers do not live in Poulsbo, largely due to
- 60% of Poulsbo jobs are low wage (less than $3,300/month);
- 34% of renters and 29% of home owners are “cost burdened” (spend over
30% of monthly income on housing;
- 28% of Poulsbo residents are over the age of 60 and another 11% will reach
60 within the next 10 years;
- Current construction is ahead of city goals and the houses being built are
NOT affordable for those most in need of housing.
What do you think about Poulsbo's future? Can you give an hour or two each month to help ensure our city is affordable, accessible, and welcoming for all? The good news is that we have more impact working together, at the local level, and at this scale!
In the meantime, visit the City's website and watch a recording of a Council or Committee meeting to get a feel for how things move (or not). And always feel free to send your thoughts to the Mayor, City Council, and local media. Links are also on the Blog and Recommendations pages.