"Special Meeting" and Council Meeting
Wednesday, 9/14/22, 5pm
NOTE: Poulsbo City Council has suspended committee meetings September through December and is now conducting city business via a special meeting before the regular council meeting. Meetings are open to the public and also available via BKAT cable tv channel 112, livestreaming via the link on city website, and Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83052194361
"COMMENTS FROM CITIZENS can be made
in-person or virtually via Zoom. Please state your name and limit your 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 OF NOTE FROM RECENT COUNCIL MEETINGS:
8/3/22: 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.