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Sunday, October 15, 2017 9:46 PM

Ted's Responses To Kitsap Weekly 2017 Election Questions

Here are Ted's Responses to the Questions asked by the Kitsap Weekly - 

1. Should building height restrictions be loosened in downtown Winslow to provide for greater density and affordable housing units?

I’d support a plan to allow increased density to build more new permanently affordable units in Winslow’s downtown core, but not necessarily on Winslow Way. Higher buildings must not be allowed to diminish Winslow’s small town charm, so they need set back rules and architectural review prior to approval. Increased density needs to be coupled with an increase in bus and non-motorized transportation to keep Winslow walkable without adding to parking and traffic woes.

2. Do you support the construction of a parking garage for downtown visitors, shoppers and workers? How should it be financed?

Lack of parking at peak periods is surely costing merchants sales opportunities. Shoppers compete with city workers, city vehicles, store employee and even late-day ferry riders. We should first explore using offsite parking, transit incentives for employees, downtown bus loops, people movers, etc., that don’t encourage more traffic. Typically, when towns build garages, they meter street spaces to ensure the garage gets used (and paid for). I don’t want that for Winslow at all.

3. The scope and cost of the new police station have increased since it last went to a public vote. Should the newest proposal again go before voters for approval?

The police and court do need new facilities. Our police station must survive a major quake. This isn’t a new undertaking so its proper for the Council to build them with councilmanic bonds. But, the price is way out of control. This facility shouldn’t cost more than the Wilkes School did. Trim the fat from the project so it’s closer to $15 million and continue with land acquisition. We can’t afford an indoor shooting range.

4. Many islanders have been shocked and saddened by the loss of trees, animal habitat and vegetation in the Highway 305 scenic corridor as construction has started on the first leg of the Sound to Olympics Trail. A growing number of islanders are concerned about future phases. Should the extension of the trail along the highway to Agate Passage go to a public vote?

COBI built phases 1,2 and 4 of the STO without a general commitment by Islanders to construct it from the Ferry to Agate Pass. Detailed trail design is expensive. We should get to vote on the multi-year plan in principal to allow orderly planning and spending when we are ready. The STO may become be a jewel in our non-motorized transportation plan that we’ll cherish for decades to come. Building expensive parts piece-meal is foolish.

5. Many council committee meetings are not open to the public. Should they be? Explain.

I’ve been on two City committees. Council decided years ago that all committees must follow the OPMA, which requires public notification and meeting in public to ensure transparency which is essential for good government. However, OPMA stands in the way of sub-teams of citizen volunteers meeting to brainstorm, analyze data, and write opinions and recommendations most efficiently. There should be a process where private meetings of sub-teams can be requested and approved with good justification.

6. Complete this sentence: I will consider myself an effective council member if I …have fixed zoning and other ordinance in accordance with the vision of our Comprehensive Plan to curtail reckless development, protected our environment by reducing our carbon footprint and cleaning our streams, helped increase affordable housing though many mechanisms, improved road shoulders for bikes island-wide, and made neighborhoods and downtown more walkable; all within our limited means so that islanders have more confidence in City Hall.


Saturday, October 14, 2017 7:23 PM

Fire Departments Open House at Sakai

I went to the Fire Departments Open House at Sakai. It is terrific that the Fire Department does such effective outreach to our community. Great pancakes! Rather than going for a ride on firetruck, I took the opportunity to listen to some of the assembled voters. Following so close to the City's three days of Emergency Preparedness outreach, it should remind us that conflagrations like the tragic fires in Northern California this week are among the emergencies we need to be prepared for. I spoke with our Fire Chief who said Kitsap and other western Washington counties are increasingly concerned about fires with global warming bringing us hotter and drier summers. An increased threat of fire should affect our planning of both public and private water systems.


Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:06 PM

Farmers Market and BILT Native Plant Sale

Today, September 23rd, I went to the Farmers Market. Today was their annual Zucchini Races. (BI Farmers Market Instagram photos.) Very entertaining. I talked to many people about parking. I often hear from merchants and vendors that parking is a significant problem in Winslow, with shopping competing with ferry riders, city employees and store employees for spaces.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 10:47 AM

Climate Action Bainbridge Makes City Council Candidate Endorsements

In the South Ward, Climate Action Bainbridge (CAB) endorses Ted Jones. Ted is well known around Bainbridge and in the local environmental community. He has given a significant amount of this time to environmental issues over his many years in our community and currently serves on the City’s Utility Advisory Committee. We also believe that his engineering background will bring needed expertise to ensuring city buildings and infrastructure projects are ‘green-smart’ both in terms of the environment and reducing costs. We find it telling that Ted was one of the early installers of solar panels on his own home and, in his job, has taken on large scale green projects.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017 12:42 PM

COBI Signs a Resolution to Uphold Paris Climate Agreement

I was glad to see that the council voted to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement and sign a resolution to that effect.

THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BAINBRIDGE ISLAND DOES RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. The City of Bainbridge Island will continue to support climate action
to meet the Paris Climate Agreement.

Section 2. The City of Bainbridge Island will remain actively engaged with the international community as part of the global effort to hold warming well below 2°C and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity, and health.

Read the entire Resolution.


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