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FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 | Vol. 114, No. 29 | WWW.BAINBRIDGEREVIEW.COM | 75¢


Bainbridge council passes updated SMP

A world of difference in island weather

Officials admit new program isn’t perfect as update is approved 4-3 BY CECILIA GARZA Bainbridge Island Review

Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

It was a week of very visible weather here on Bainbridge Island. A spectacular Northwest sunset kicked off the week on Sunday, July 13. Things were bright and sunny — some might even say too warm — for a while, with a sudden and unexpected temperature shift over the Sound creating some extremely thick fog in the afternoon on Tuesday, July 15. At least two ferry sailings to Seattle were delayed by the visibility impairment. That fog cleared pretty quickly and Wednesday was yet another in a picturesque series of summer days.

By Thursday things had cooled considerably, a trend that is expected to continue through the weekend according to the National Weather Service’s Seattle office. Friday is listed as “mostly cloudy” with a high 77 degrees and a 30 percent chance for precipitation. Saturday is expected to reach a high of only 72 degrees with a 50 percent likelihood for “chance showers.” Sunday is even cooler with an expected high of 71 degrees, but has only a 30 percent chance for showers.

City gives up on attempt to break up police union BY BRIAN KELLY

Bainbridge Island Review

The city of Bainbridge Island has abandoned its plan to break up the union that represents the police department’s line officers and lieutenants. David I. Gedrose of the Public Employment Relations Commission, the agency that handles disputes involving public employees, said the city withdrew its petition to have the police department’s lieutenants removed from the city’s police union. The petition was withdrawn on July 1,

before either the city or the union filed closing briefs on the labor dispute. The city launched its effort last October to have the four lieutenants removed from the union that represents Bainbridge police officers. Hearings on the city’s petition started in April, and the process was expected to come to a close in the weeks ahead. The move came after two outside reviews of the police department found multiple problems with lieutenants who were acting as managers but were also officials in the police union.

Michael Pendleton, an independent consultant hired by Bainbridge Island to review its police department, said the department is plagued by poor first-line supervision, poor communication and divided community support for the police department. Pendleton said the current structure of the city’s police union was problematic because of the lieutenants’ role as supervisors but also union representatives of those who defended officers faced with TURN TO UNION | A20

The Bainbridge Island City Council has put its final stamp of approval on the city’s Shoreline Master Program update. It did not come easy. In a narrow 4-3 council vote after a public hearing this week, the council OK’d the Shoreline Master Program ordinance and it is now on its way to the state Department of Ecology to become law. Mayor Anne Blair acknowledged it wasn’t flawfree. “I’m sorry that we are faced with voting on something that feels quite imperfect at this point, however I do have a lot of confidence in the work that’s gone on for five years and the amount of effort,” Blair said. “We’ve all learned a lot,” she said. Work began more than four years ago to update the Shoreline Master Program, or SMP, to fit with new state guidelines. The program is a comprehensive set of regulations that cover shoreline development and the protection of wildlife habitat and public access to the shore. The rewrite, however, was prolonged as it made its way from the planning commission to the city council in early 2012. Some shoreline property owners argued the regulations were unconstitutional and too restrictive and confusing. Others said the update was lenient but still necessary to protect Puget Sound marine life. Headway was made late last summer when the Department of Ecology responded to 20 pages of public comment on the new rules and issued “required” and “recommended” changes to the update. The update will include the new shoreline designations map and amending goals, policies and regulations. It will also make necessary amendments to the city’s comprehensive plan and municipal code. Monday night’s public hearing did not lack voices of opposition. More than 20 citizens, several of them shoreline property owners, signed up to speak. One shoreline resident and outspoken opponent of the updated SMP, Linda Young, was ceded time by seven other residents. During her 16-minute speaking time, Young said the SMP lacked true scientific study and did TURN TO SMP | A7

Bainbridge Island Review, July 18, 2014  
Bainbridge Island Review, July 18, 2014  

July 18, 2014 edition of the Bainbridge Island Review