Wayne Roth, City Council Candidate
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Candidate Questions posed by Quality Bainbridge
1. What interests inspired you to run for a seat on the City Council?
My entire working life has been devoted to public service. For more than twenty years I have demonstrated my interest in and commitment to the civic affairs of Bainbridge Island, for example, the creation of the Marge Williams Center. As a member of City Council, I enjoy serving the public and have gained perspective about the workings of City government. I’m running for re-election to work tirelessly to serve the common good.
2. What are your top five 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.
My top general priority is the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan. It is imperative for the plan to drive Council action going forward and I will continue to work hard to make it so.
Five of my top specific priorities are:
Expansion and improvement of non-motorized transportation systems that effectively serve the needs of people of all ages and abilities and provide continuous networks of safe, efficient and attractive shoulders, sidewalks, pathways, and multi-purpose trails throughout the Island. Multi-modal transportation improvements are critical to the quality of life of Bainbridge Island. I strongly support funding such improvements with voter-approved bonds and matching grants and look forward to the Infrastructure Ballot Measure Task Force report later this year.
Updating the Winslow Master Plan where the greatest potential for achieving many of the City’s development priorities are focused, including increasing the diversity of housing types and the supply of affordable housing while helping to reduce the development pressures in the Island’s conservation areas.
Adoption of innovative zoning regulations which increase the variety of housing types and choices suitable to a range of household sizes and incomes in a way that is compatible with the character of existing neighborhoods.
Development and implementation of an Island-Wide Groundwater Management Plan.
Design and construction of a combined police station & municipal court facility financed primarily with councilmanic bonds.
3. What skills, training, resources, expertise and relevant previous experience will you bring to the Council?
I was elected to the Bainbridge Island City Council in 2013 and have served as Deputy Mayor. I am the Council liaison to the Multi-modal Transportation and Environmental Technical Advisory Committees. I chair the newly-created Cultural Funding Advisory Committee. I serve as an informal liaison to the BI Senior Community Center and the BI Downtown Association.
I am the 2017 Board Chair of the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council (KRCC). Working with county, municipal, tribal, and transit officials, I represent the City’s interests in regional land use and transportation policy issues and funding requests.
Prior to my retirement in 2013, I was the President and General Manager of KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio, an organization with 60 professional staff and an annual operating budget of $12 million.
4. Islanders consistently identify water quality as a top community priority and yet a City study shows our streams are significantly polluted with fecal coliform, nitrogen and phosphorus.http://www.bainbridgewa.gov/516/Water-Quality-and-Flow-Monitoring-Program What ideas do you have for improving the health of island waters?
As mentioned above, the development and implementation of an Island-Wide Groundwater Management Plan is a high priority. Data collection by the Water Quality and Flow Monitoring program is but one component of such a plan. Another critical component of improved water quality will be implementation of the updated Critical Areas Ordinance.
Regarding water pollution remediation, the City should plan for a major expansion of its sewer service area boundaries, especially in those areas which have an environmental need for sewer, e.g., Day Road business/industrial zone and documented failing septic systems or proximity to sensitive bodies of water that are unsuitable for on-site septic systems according to Kitsap public Health District.
5. How do you think growth (economic and population) on the island can best be managed? How would you address the balance between development and preserving our natural resources?
The answers to these questions are embodied in the updated Comprehensive Plan. Implementation is underway now and will be completed by next summer. As I wrote in question #2, it is imperative for the plan to drive Council action going forward and I will continue to work hard to make it so.
Plan strategies of particular importance to me are:
protecting and enhancing natural systems and environmental quality of Bainbridge Island by continuing to build cooperative relationships between the City, citizens, landowners and other public, non-profit and private organizations.
updating the Winslow Master Plan with the greatest potential for achieving many of the City’s development priorities and focusing residential and commercial development and redevelopment in designated centers which have or will have urban levels of services and
6. How should we address the issue of code enforcement?
My approach to code enforcement is 1) to revise and amend current codes to eliminate conflicts and improve clarity, an effort which is currently underway by the City Attorney, and 2) to implement the Latimore Company Development Process Review recommendations to redesign the way the City’s planning department staff, advisory boards, committees, and applicants work together to produce a top quality built environment, predictable timelines, consistent results, and high customer satisfaction.
7. What are your thoughts about the affordability of housing on Bainbridge Island? What policies or actions, if any, would you like to see our City implement to increase the inventory of affordable housing?
The newly-created Affordable Housing Task Force will make specific recommendations to the Council for near-term action, including changes to the City zoning codes and regulations. Possible recommendations which I support include:
innovative zoning regulations which increase the variety of housing types and choices suitable to a range of household sizes and incomes in a way that is compatible with the character of existing neighborhoods.
the creation of more permanently-affordable housing such as Ferncliff Village.
development of a variety of affordable housing units on the Suzuki property.
8. Kitsap PUD is soliciting indications of interest in expanding broadband access to neighborhoods on the Island. What role, if any, should the City have in assisting with this expansion?
KPUD’s Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) expansion effort is laudable, especially for public service use. The City could do more to promote participation in the FTTH survey, especially as part of its emergency preparedness planning.
Given the influence of and competition among Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook, corporations which produce and deliver content delivered over broadband networks, the costs of capitalizing and operating FTTH neighborhood service zones are likely to be undercut by the private sector within a few years.