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Both sides report feeling harassed in rift over home business.

Neighbor denies pellet gun shooting

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Tensions between two Port Orchard neighbors that erupted after one attempted to open a home business last year led both women to head down to the Kitsap County Courthouse Monday and file restraining orders against each other. Shelia Cronan, 49, said she filed a restraining order against Amber Keehn after returning home from a camping trip Aug. 17 and discovering pellets had been

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For the first seven months of this year, the city is seeing an 11.65 percent increase in sales tax collection. One reason is last April’s annexation of the Bethel Corridor North, which includes Walmart and Safeway, along with other stores and restaurants. According to City Treasurer Allan Martin, the annexation of the Bethel Corridor is a big factor in the sales tax collection increase. “It is a major retail corridor for this area,” Martin said. “To increase from $2.96 million in 2012 to $3.3 million this year is substantial.” Martin said the increase from 2012 is about 22 percent. “It is a major driver for what the city is able to do with the sales tax,” he said. Martin said when the city knew there would be an increase in sales tax collections because of the annexation, but only an estimation of what the city would actually collect. He said the city had only three months of collection history in 2012 to base the 2013 sales tax collection.

of the city council, the city’s Building Department and South Kitsap Fire and Rescue officials while researching what it would take to relocate here. He said the Kitsap Ecomonic Development Association (KEDA) was helpful in making its decision. KEDA Executive Director John Powers said Sparks feels he can take his business to the next level because of the workforce, quality of life, robust aerospace-friendly environment and economy. “They found us,” Powers said. “They did their search and look at a variety of states and communities. When they looked at us, they saw what we have to offer.” He said KEDA helped provide Sparks with information to help him make a “well informed” decision. “Mark has a lot of technical expertise with composite materials in the aerospace industry,” Powers said. “He’s going to be able to have a better workforce pool to choose from because of the training provided at Olympic College and the region.” Powers said Kitsap County is an idea market for aerospace manufacturing companies. “We can be home to these types of companies,” he added. Sparks said several people were helpful in his decision to move his company. Sparks said Greg Millerd, a commercial realtor with Cushman and Wakefield of Seattle, helped to find a building suitable for his operations.



Mark Sparks is a Washington native and when looking to relocate his company, it was one of six western states he examined. But the people of Kitsap County and their attitude was one of the deciding factors why he’s relocating his company from California to here. “It was the people’s cando attitude of the Northwest,” Sparks said. “We were received very well by everyone we interacted with. That was a convincing factor for us.” Sparks is bringing his aerospace parts company to Port Orchard. Omohundra Company, which designs, manufactures and tests composite hardware for the aerospace and defense industries, will hire at least 40 workers at its new location. The company is moving from Tustin, Calif., a suburban city located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The current facility is more than 40,000 square feet and employs about 45 people. The 50-year-old company — owned by Sparks and his wife, Cynthia, since 1995 — will move into a 34,445-square foot facility in the Port Orchard Industrial Park, which was the former home of Leader International Corp. During a recent visit, Sparks met with a member CHARLOTTE GARRIDO



▼ Matthes, Garrido advance in SK commissioner race; Dalton, Danielson in judicial contest.




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Sales tax collection up, thanks to annexation

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Company will bring 40 jobs to Port Orchard Editor

A bald eagle sits in a tree along the waterfront on State Highway 166 near Port Orchard.


Expectations were turned on their head in two Kitsap County political contests during Tuesday night’s primary election, as the perceived front-runners came in third and were disqualified in their respective races. Republican Tim Matthes drew the most votes in the South Kitsap commissioner’s race, followed by Democrat Charlotte Garrido. Monty Mahan, who was the first to declare for the seat and earned the endorsement of local mayors, came in third (See related story, page A3).



Custodians won’t be replaced, $1.72 million will be taken from reserve fund.


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and pension rates along with inflation as issues. In addition to the money saved on custodians, Patton said the district will dip into its reserve fund for $1.72 million. She said that’s not all bad because the district saved more than it anticipated in its last fiscal year, which ends Aug. 31. Patton said they also will save through not filling other vacant positions in the district, and through cutting expenses on supplies. The board unanimously adopted the budget. Patton warned in previous meetings that the “hard decisions” likely won’t end

See budget, A30


activities she reported as stemming from Keehn’s attempts to operate a business out of her home. Weaver said following an April 11 hearing with the city’s Hearing Examiner, certain conditions were placed on Keehn’s permit to mitigate Cronan’s concerns before she would be allowed to operate her business. “(Keehn) has addressed all but one of those conditions, with the last being the letter from the (Kitsap County) Health Department,” Weaver said, explaining that Keehn’s current sewer facilities are


Teachers and finances. Those are two paramount issues South Kitsap School District officials are grappling with after legislators approved an additional $1 billion in funding for kindergarten through 12th-grade education June 28. Sandy Rotella, SKSD’s chief financial operations officer, said the district’s share of that money is $4.3 million, which is $200,000 less than the original estimate. She said more than $2 million is earmarked toward restoring a 1.9 percent pay reduction for kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers and 3 percent salary cut for administrators in May 2011. The remaining $2 million, Rotella said, will be dedicated toward funding an increase in the Learning Assistance Program (LAP) from a little more than 1.5 hours to about 2.4 hours per week, special education and transportation. She said the state funding for LAP and special education are restricted by the state. That means those funds cannot be dedicated toward saving any of the 61 teaching positions that are slated for elimination during the upcoming school year. Fifty-seven teachers received layoff notices on May 15, but all except 16 have been called back because of resignations and retirements. New superintendent Michelle Reid said she is working toward a plan to restore those positions Tuesday, and is meeting with community “stakeholders” about where any discretionary revenue is allocated. Among those are the South Kitsap Education Association. New SKEA President John Richardson, who succeeded Judy Arbogast earlier this month, said he remains in discussion with Reid and others about the teachers’ contract, which runs through August, and other issues, such as class sizes, which are expected to increase throughout the district. “I know that the teachers in South Kitsap are very concerned about larger class sizes and the affect on students,” he said. “We will do everything we can to protect our students from the effects of those larger class sizes.” Reid said she is concerned with growing classroom sizes and is analyzing data to determine where additional support might

The South Kitsap School District is a little closer to closing its $2.9 million deficit for the upcoming school year. Terri Patton, assistant superintendent for business and support services, said at Wednesday’s school board meeting that the district won’t replace five full-time custodians who left the district after the last school year. She said that will save the district $250,000. Patton said the deficit stems from unforeseen circumstances when the district presented its last levy to voters in 2004. She cited escalating teacher salaries

chasing it last spring. City Development Director James Weaver confirmed that Keehn received a conditional-use permit to operate a onechair hair salon out of her home, which he described as “pretty innocuous” and something that doesn’t typically reach “the level of intensive use,” as far as impacts on the neighborhood are concerned. However, since November of 2007, Cronan has filed multiple complaints with the city regarding traffic, noise and other

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People, attitude helped company’s decision to move

bird’s-eye view Jesse Beals/Staff Photo

SKSD officials grapple with 2013-14 budget shot in three of her home’s windows. Cronan, who lives on the 200 block of Flower Meadows Street in Port Orchard, said she believed the attack was part of an ongoing dispute with Keehn, whom she alleges has been running a hair salon out of her home without a business license and in defiance of a city “stop-work” order. Keehn, 30, said she filed for permission from the city of Port Orchard to operate a hair salon out of her home on the 2300 block of Flower Avenue soon after pur-


Cody Wright from Milford, Utah, got a mouth full of mud and a zero score after falling off Strawberry Delight in the Saddle Bronc Riding competition Wednesday night at the Kitsap County Stampede. The fair runs through Sunday.


A Section Editorial Robert Meadows Scene & Heard Sports Legal Notices Mary Colborn Obituaries

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INSIDE Teen girl sentenced in June graffiti attacks A3 INSIDE Government taking heavier hand in private business A8 SPORTS Olalla resident rides bike to work, for pleasure A26

See company, A9

Port Orchard Independent, July 26, 2013  

July 26, 2013 edition of the Port Orchard Independent

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