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Chief: We need more officers their budgets to the council. The number crunching made for a routine, uneventful meeting. Then, the chief rose to speak. “In 24 years of law enforcement I have never seen heroin use like I’m seeing now,” Townsend said. “It’s a huge problem. It’s not
BY RICHARD D. OXLEY
POULSBO — Police Chief Alan Townsend waited patiently in the back of the City Council chambers Wednesday evening, as various city departments presented
going to get better. A lot of the other crimes we are seeing are related to heroin.” Most of the city departments presented few changes in their budgets. But unlike his colleagues, Townsend did want something, and it wouldn’t come
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cheap. In a way, the city is already paying the price for it. Townsend walked to the front of the room with a large plastic container and set it before the council. See HEROIN, Page A3
BY RICHARD D. OXLEY
POULSBO — Poulsbo has seen the sign. Quite a few signs, actually. So many, in fact, that the city will soon begin enforcing new regulations for sign placement throughout the city.
Responding to cluttered roadsides, Poulsbo began laying out sandwich board sign rules over the past year. Those regulations will be enforced after the new year.
Poulsbo Fire Department paramedic assisting with relief effort in Philippines POULSBO — Poulsbo Fire Department Paramedic Jake Gillanders, an Urban Search and Rescue team leader coordinating a group from EMPACT Northwest, flew to the Philippines Nov. 11 to assist with typhoon recovery efforts.
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The typhoon is one of the most powerful recorded typhoons to ever hit land; as of Wednesday, the toll was
2,357 dead, 3,891 injured, and 77 missing, according to the Philippine government. As 195 mph winds were hitting the Philippine coastline, Gillanders and EMPACT Northwest disaster teams were preparing to See TYPHOON, Page A7
— Police Chief Alan Townsend, on the need for at least one more police officer
Poulsbo rolls out new sign rules Permit applications for sandwich board signs are now required
Members of the Suquamish Warriors Color Guard fold the flag for presentation to the family of Spc. 4 John M. Lazzaretti, during a ceremony at the Suquamish Veterans Memorial, Nov. 11. See more Veterans Day rememberRichard Walker / Herald ance photos on page A10.
“If someone told you you had a water main that was going to blow up tomorrow, you would go out and fix it before it blows up. We are blowing up.”
Starting Nov. 1, the Poulsbo Planning Department began accepting permit applications for sandwich board signs placed within the city.
The Poulsbo City Council approved new regulations — with aesthetics and public safety in mind — at the beginning of 2013. After the new year, all signs must display a permit. While the sign ordinance — and its effort to remove eye sores — may be welcome by some, not everyone in Poulsbo is keen on the idea. “I think it sucks,” said Julie Krucek with Jak’s Cafe on Jensen Way. “I can understand if you have 30 flags out on the street,” she said. “But just to have a nice framed ‘A’ board by your business, as long as it’s not blocking traffic or people or wheelchairs, I don’t see the problem.” She added, “Us small business, we count on those signs.” Krucek noted the many fees, such as business licenses, that See SIGNS, Page A3
Poulsbo Fire Department Paramedic Jake Gillanders, an Urban Search and Rescue team leader coordinating a group from Empact NW, flew to the Philippines Nov. 11 to assist with typhoon recovery efforts. Poulsbo Fire Department
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