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Friday, June 13, 2014 | Vol. 112, No. 23 | | 50¢ “Really what we want to do is ... help invigorate the downtown scene.” — Michael Burns, on his plans to build a hotel on the site of the old city hall.

Hotel proposed on old city hall site

Congrats, Class of 2014 No home for marijuana in Poulsbo City Council votes unanimously for ban By RICHARD D. OXLEY

Developer’s ventures include fishing, timber, organic beef By RICHARD D. OXLEY

POULSBO — The question as to when, or if, the City of Poulsbo would sell a valuable piece of downtown real estate has been answered: a Bainbridge Island businessman has purchased the former city hall property. “The main idea is a hotel,” said Michael Burns, who purchased the property from the city in early June. “Then anything that can be added to that (hotel),” he said. “Whether it will be retail space or other types of space associated with the building remains to be seen. Really what we want to do is put a really nice building in downtown Poulsbo and help invigorate the downtown scene.” Burns said it would be nice to have a restaurant, conference space and meeting rooms in the hotel, but again stressed that nothing is for certain at this point. But he is confident that there is support for a downtown hotel, at the very least. “The city is very aggressive with this idea. They like it,” Burns said. The Poulsbo City Council on June 4 approved the sale of the See HOTEL, Page A7

Ellie Libby acknowledges family and friends as she receives her diploma at North Kitsap High School’s graduation ceremony on June 6 at North Kitsap Stadium. See color photos from NKHS and Kingston High School’s ceremonies on pages A12-13. Kipp Robertson / Herald

POULSBO — You can smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, but you won’t be buying marijuana within the city limits of Poulsbo. The Poulsbo City Council voted unanimously to ban recreational marijuana businesses within the city limits on June 11. “Honestly, I’m not really surprised. I anticipated that it would have happened,” Poulsbo resi- “We are dent Branden Heinemann rejecting this said shortly after the vote. “I don’t agree with it.” because we Heinemann was one of don’t want approximately 25 people in the council chambers to take any during a public hearing more state on the matter during the council’s June 11 meeting. mandates The council considered its interim regulations, that are crafted in August 2013, unfunded.” which zoned marijuana — Councilman businesses in a small corDavid Musgrove ner at the north end of the city. Medical marijuana collective gardens were also included in the regulations. If the council voted to let the regulations sunset, then previous laws already on the books would come into effect. Those laws ban such businesses. That is how Poulsbo banned marijuana businesses. See POT, Page A2

KCMT’s new home: Breidablik school By KIPP ROBERTSON

POULSBO — Breidablik Elementary School will be a little less empty for the time being: Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre moved to the school last week, KCMT board president

Gene Johnson said June 11. The theater group, which performs about four or five shows per year at North Kitsap Auditorium, had “a few things” left to move as of June 11, according to Johnson. See KCMT, Page A9

Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre moved to Breidablik Elementary School in early June. File photo

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