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Kitsap CITY OF BAINBRIDGE ISLAND Council District 7 North Ward

Term: 4 yearSalary: $12,000The city council sets the general policies of the city, which are implemented by the city manager and staff. One of council's main duties is the adoption of policies and the enactment of the city's annual budget. City council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending , whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for city employees.
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    Joe Deets (NP) Renewable Energy Consultant

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    Kevin Fetterly (NP) Electrical Engineer

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What is your perspective on dealing with a shortage of affordable housing?

What is your opinion on how the current council has handled the situations that have come up, such as the local control of electricity, the location of the new police station, the congestion on 305?

The Council has restricted public comment on some items to make council meetings shorter - what do you think the public's role at Council meetings should be?

Phone (206) 855-4893
Town where you live Bainbridge Island, WA
Experience (300 characters max) A consultant for a solar energy firm, Joe is nationally recognized for his pioneering work advancing clean energy. A former government regulator for international finance, he has significant experience balancing stakeholders’ interests while finding solutions to complex problems.
Sustainability is really about people living their lives fully. This includes the availability of quality housing. The vibrancy of our community will decline if people who work on the Island cannot afford to live here. Projects such as Ferncliff Village are a model for what our community can accomplish. I am concerned about the small availability of land and the dearth of affordable housing projects in the pipeline. We need to listen to those who are active in affordable housing, to learn to be more creative seeking out new housing opportunities.
The council must govern in a manner that is responsive to the community. It must be transparent and accountable, and mindful that resources are limited. In general, the council has strived to meet these criteria in these and other examples, by working to gather information and listening to various points of view before making final decisions. Due to my professional background in financial accountability, project management and community outreach, I am eager to work within the council to develop these areas further.
For our democracy to function, the public must be given an opportunity to speak during council meetings. It should be understood that the council’s role is to listen in order to be responsive. All public comment does not need to be kept to three minutes at meetings, as the council has various meeting options it can employ to better listen to the community and learn. It can schedule workshops and study sessions at various times and places to allow more time for public speaking and engagement.
Phone (206) 451-5118
Town where you live Bainbridge Island
Experience (300 characters max) I have run a business for 20 years, supplying electronic components to the chip industry. The business world has taught me that negotiations based on mutual gain can really move the world forward. I hope to bring the concept of mutual gain to the City.
There are two successful methods for providing housing at below market rates. 1) rent vouchers and 2) zoning-uplift (for new construction). What doesn't work is city developed/owned housing.. too expensive, too concentrated.

Rent vouchers let recipients enter the rental market in a fair and transparent way. Zoning-up lift lets us add affordable units without direct investment by the City.
The Council let IslandPower fester too long. Once, it was clear that the proposal would never pass a public vote, it should have been halted.

It was a unfortunate that we are now building both a fire house and a police station, instead of a single public safety building. But moving forward, we should focus on a serviceable/value engineered structure for the police. The current proposal on New Brooklyn is a good choice (central location, next to the fire station, access to 305).

305’s design is largely owned by the Olympia. We really need to influence the State to pull forward the replacement of the Agate Pass Bridge and for a radical change to the Casino’s intersection. I am not in favor paving four lanes the whole length of the island.
We should not restrict our citizen’s access to the Council. I would suggest that we spend less time on “symbolic gesture” votes; to make time for public’s input. logo


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