Bainbridge Island Review, May 17, 2013
May 17, 2013 edition of the Bainbridge Island Review
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013 | Vol. 113, No. 20 | WWW.BAINBRIDGEREVIEW.COM | 75¢ REVIEW BAINBRIDGE ISLAND LUCKY DOG: Firefighters rescue local movie star from perilous perch. A4 Islanders step up to serve during Candidate Filing Week OFF TO THE RACES Bainbridge council passes SMP to Ecology Updated program leaves the dais and heads to state BY RICHARD D. OXLEY Bainbridge Island Review BOB BOSSERMAN Bainbridge Island City Council JOHN GREEN Bainbridge Island City Council VAL TOLLEFSON Bainbridge Island City Council DAN MORROW TERI DETTMER BIFD Board BIFD Board SHEILA JAKUBIK Bainbridge School Board Five council hopefuls so far for Bainbridge Island BY BRIAN KELLY AND HENRI GENDREAU Bainbridge Island Review The city of Bainbridge Island has seen its fair share of turnaround over the past year. There’s been the departure of City Manager Brenda Bauer, the resignations of Police Chief Jon Fehlman and Public Works Director Lance Newkirk. And at year’s end, city hall will say farewell to three councilors: Kirsten Hytopoulos, Debbi Lester and Bob Scales, who have said they will not seek re-election when their four-year terms expire in November. This week, islanders Robert Bosserman, Arlene Buetow, John Green, Val Tollefson and Roger Townsend have filed as candidates for the city council. So far, two races are contested: Buetow, 56, and Green, 62, both seek Lester’s Central Ward, District 5 seat. And on Wednesday, Townsend, 45, registered his candidacy for the District 3 South Ward against Bosserman. Bosserman, 70, filed as a candidate for Hytopoulos’ South Ward this week after announcing last month that he would run. And Tollefson, 61, registered this week in the race for Scales’s North Ward seat, also following through on his promise to run. While each of the four would be council newcomers if elected, none are complete strangers to city politics. Arlene Buetow Buetow is the former president of the North Bainbridge Water Company, a water utility that was sold to the Poulsbobased Kitsap Public Utility District in 2002. She also ran unsuccessfully for the District 1 position on the Kitsap Public Utility District board in 2010. Buetow, who has lived on Bainbridge for more than 20 years, is currently chairwoman of the city’s Utility Advisory Committee. “I’ve been actively involved in city government for the last four years, so I have a lot of ideas,” Buetow said. “I care a great deal about keeping Bainbridge affordable and I care a great deal about economic development and I would like to see a candidate for city council that demonstrates some fiscal responsibility.” Buetow has made headlines in recent years as a proponent of outsourcing the city’s water system to the Kitsap Public Utility District, and her service on the city’s Utility Advisory Committee has been controversial at times. Her most recent reappointment to the UAC in June 2012 was opposed by two city council members, who said Buetow was too political to serve in the advisory position, and her reappointment prompted fellow UAC committee member Bob SEE COUNCIL, A22 The Bainbridge Island City Council approved an update to its Shoreline Master Program Wednesday night. In a 4-3 vote, the city council sent the updated program to the Department of Ecology for review. The move puts an end to another phase in the update’s progress toward final acceptance. Council members Bob Scales, Kirsten Hytopoulos, Anne Blair and Debbi Lester voted to send the update onward. Council members David Ward, Steve Bonkowski and Sarah Blossom voted against sending it on. “I don’t think that the document reflects the master goal. I don’t think the document respects no net loss,” Bonkowski said as reasons why he did not support the update to the Shoreline Master Program. “Most of the public comment in favor of the SMP was that we need to improve the environment. I don’t disagree with that, but that is not the requirement coming from the department of Ecology,” Bonkowski said. “The DOE said that existing properties need to have no net loss, and to develop into the future you need to make sure that you are improving things.” Ward also said he couldn’t support the program update. “I too will not support this for a litany of reasons, but I think the nonconforming issue is the hardest for me to deal with,” SEE SMP, A22 Voters to get choice in BIFD commissioner’s race BY BRIAN KELLY AND HENRI GENDREAU Bainbridge Island Review Bainbridge Island School District Amid financial difficulties, increased teacher layoffs, and decreased enrollment, the men and women who become the island’s next school board members will have a lot on their hands. As of Thursday afternoon, Dale Perry, Mary Ellen “Mev” Besides the City Council race in November, Bainbridge will see several local races — for school district, fire department, and parks and recreation boards — which will, in their own way, determine the future of island life. Hoberg, and Sheila Jakubik had filed as candidates in the school board race. On Monday, Hoberg, 48, the incumbent in District 3, filed her candidacy to retain her seat. The newest member of the school board, Hoberg was appointed to the position in April 2012 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of John Tawresey. The position carries a two-year unexpired term. Jakubik, 45, also announced her candidacy Monday, for the District 5 position, currently held by Mary Curtis, who was elected to the post in 2005 and is now in her second term. “I believe my skills as educator, director, parent, volunteer SEE CHOICE, A8 Henri Gendreau / Bainbridge Island Review Some islanders turned out at city council Wednesday night to advocate the passage of the Shoreline Master Program. The Council voted 4-3 to send the document on to the Department of Ecology.