May 2008
Citizen work groups were formed by Kitsap County to address the divisive Speed Table issue in Hansville, WA. The Enhance group was to seek modifications to the tables for community acceptance. The Remove group was to seek alternatives to the speed tables.

May 2010

The two work groups combined into one committee. This committee continued research on modifications for the speed tables and alternatives to the speed tables. Their goal was to select one or more solution options to bring to the local community for endorsement and support. Community supported options would be presented to the Kitsap County commissioners for consideration/decision.

July 2010
Commissioner Bauer terminated the Hansville Speed Table Committee. Termination came prior to completion of committee goals and without obtaining community input.

County Guidelines (click here)
2010 Work Plan (click here)
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July 31, 2010 - Commissioner Bauer Terminates Speed Table Committee and Solution Process

Based on Ed Call Enhance Team Close Out letter, Bauer shuts down the Community/County solution process developed to address the speed table issue.
Bauer refuses to speak with committee members who wish to continue working with Kitsap County staff on behalf of the Hansville area community.
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Bauer Termination Letter (click here)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Bauer,

At the May 4th, 2010 meeting you held to create the Committee-of-the-Whole I expressed my concern that the Enhance Team had no motivation to participate and work towards compromise with the Remove Team because they have what they want: Speed Tables.

When the "other half" of the Committee-of-the-Whole withdrew in July and you chose to disband the group because of their choice to quit, you ensured The Enhance Team got exactly what they wanted. With this outcome the needs of the Enhance Team have all been met without any compromise or concern for the needs of the Remove Team.

What specifically do you plan to do to meet the needs of the Remove Team and the 600+ citizens who signed the petition asking for the removal of the speed tables?

Sincerely,
Laurie Wiegestein

Yvonne said...

Late in the afternoon on Saturday August 7 I drove from my home in Indianola to a gathering at friends' home on Mountain View Drive. I did not have any incident on the drive to Hansville. However, when I left a couple of hours later, my oil light came on. I immediately turned around and parked my car at my friends' house. We put two quarts of oil in my 2003 VW Golf. The oil immediately spilled onto the driveway.

I called a tow truck.

My car was towed to Joe's Garage in Kingston. Cracked oil pan.

I have a clean driving record. No tickets. No accidents. The only explanation is the speed tables. According to Tad Sooter in his article, "Speed table study group blazes ahead," one option to solve the issue with the speed tables is to re-engineer the tables "to make them less abrupt."

I am certain that my cracked oil pan and ensuing $550 mechanic's bill is directly related to the speed tables.

I certainly hope that changes are made to the speed tables.

Regards,
Yvonne Fifo