2019 City Council Candidate Questions: Answers by Kevin Fetterly, North Ward Candidate
1) What inspired you to run for a position as City Council member?
I have talked directly with about 250 Islanders and discovered that most want safe streets and roads where they can walk and bike. Yet, COBI only has one road right-of-way project scheduled for the next six years. I would like to fix this.
2) What are your top priorities that you would work to have the city accomplish during your term in office? For each identified priority that requires the expenditure of money, please state how you would fund it.
1. Road shoulder/bike lane improvements. We would re-prioritize 4% of the Budget to pedestrian rights-of-way build out. After three years, COBI could pursue a levy (once success is proven).
2. Aquifer assessment and monitoring. In the current budget.
3. Clean up the 16 hazardous waste sites remaining on the Island. State of Washington and private landowners will fund.
4. Reduce the Carbon content of our Electricity by developing the Vincent Road Community Solar Facility. $1M over four years by tapping the Council’s $300K/year uncommitted fund. Investors and Customers would fund the actual construction.
5. Improve the Electricity reliability. No cost to COBI.
6. Improve Cellular and Internet communications. No cost to COBI.
3) Describe your relevant previous experiences that prepare you for the Council role. What skills, training, resources and expertise will you bring to the Council?
I am an Engineer and independent Business owner. I have worked in the Corporate world and in the cruel, cold world of Entrepreneurship. I believe that quantitative thinking, project management and employee leadership skills will be a valuable to the Council’s aggregate thought process.
4) Islanders consistently identify water quantity and quality as a top community priorities. Recent city studies (Water Resources and Groundwater Monitoring) show that our water resources are resilient, however some of our streams are significantly polluted. What ideas do you have for improving the health of island (and our surrounding) waters?
1. We need to move forward with the replacement of 20 some-odd culverts that block salmon flow. We have a budget for this, but only a small percentage gets spent on actual amelioration.
2. There are known areas of the Island with a high incidence of failed septic systems (eg. Point Monroe Lagoon, Murden Cove drainage). An inspection and remediation regime needs to be instituted in these areas.
3. There are 16 hazardous waste sites on the Island that need attention. The City must pursue action with the landowners and the State to clean them up.
5) How do you think growth (economic and population) on the island can best be managed? In light of the dictates of the Growth Management Act and the private property rights of landowners, how can the City create a proper balance between building housing and preserving our natural resources? How should we address the issue of code enforcement?
The City has met its obligations under the Growth Mgt Act… so moving forward, all high-density development should to be restricted to the Winslow Master Plan Area. We should not allow for the rezoning of the Island Center and Rollingbay neighborhoods until all land in the Winslow core has been developed at appropriate density. The alternative is traffic, CO2 and loss of the Island’s unique character.
6) What does the term “affordable housing” mean to you? Is the subject important to you, and if so, why? What are your thoughts about the affordability of housing on Bainbridge Island? What policies, if any, would you like to see our City implement to increase the inventory of affordable housing?
I would like to more “North Woods” style, integrated affordable housing. The affordable homes were mixed in with market-rate homes producing a heterogenous, vibrant neighborhood (with people with interesting, diverse backgrounds). The City should read just the “density-increase” inducements, so that the affordability becomes the only method for developers to build denser apartments and condominiums. Surplus City properties could be repurposed for affordable developments by using the “community land trust” model. This will guarantee that the housing remains affordable for perpetuity.
7) Kitsap PUD is soliciting indications of interest in expanding broadband access to neighborhoods on the island. What should be the role of the city in assisting with this expansion?
The issue with the KPUD plan is that hook-ups cost between $5K and $15K due to trenching and horizontal drilling. The City should attract 5G Cellular Vendors to the Island in conjunction with KPUD’s optical fiber backbone. The 5G “small cells” would provide the 500Mbit without digging up the ground… much cheaper.
8) What do you think is the appropriate role for City Council in responding to the climate crisis? What is Council already doing in this area, and what additional ideas do you have for how we should be reducing our Island’s greenhouse gases and adapting to the changes we expect to see in the coming years and decades?
Vincent Road Community Solar Facility In cooperation with PSE and the Washington State Ferries, the City should move forward to build a significant, 2.5MW (megawatt) Community Solar facility on 35 acres of surplus City land (our former landfill). The Vincent Road site is large enough for the co-location of grid-scale energy storage. The City, itself, PSE and the Ferries could become long-term customers. The best way to leave our automobiles behind is to build out the Road Shoulders per the Core40 plan.