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City gains one-acre park area; speed tables planned on 4th Avenue

POULSBO — The city’s inventory of public parks will soon be a little bit bigger.

The Poulsbo City Council on Wednesday accepted a donation of land from Glenn Settle. The 1-acre site is between 10th Avenue and Dogfish Creek. The city will pay $1,500 in escrow fees and half of the environmental assessment, which has not occurred yet.

Although council members agreed it was generous of Settle to donate the property instead of selling, the council was concerned about the cost of maintaining the wetlands and if the site would be affected by stormwater runoff from any future development in the area.

Councilman Jeff Bauman said the small property is already buffered by a park and Dogfish Creek, which needs safeguarding.

“This is the best way to protect that segment of the creek,” he said.

Parks and Recreation Director Mary McCluskey said the site would, at most,  be developed with a trail and a few benches.

Speed tables will be installed on 4th Avenue
The Poulsbo City Council approved the installation of speed tables along 4th Avenue to curb speeders.

The city received multiple complaints and a petition from residents, asking for help to enforce the 25 mph zone.

The city conducted a study that found about 180 cars drive that road at 35 mph each day. Two speed tables — 30 feet wide across the road and 3 inches tall — are designed for vehicles to drive safely across at 25-27 mph, according to Andrzej Kasiniak, assistant public works director and city engineer.

Local resident Denny Warhock thanked the council Wednesday for considering speed tables, as police presence and stop signs have not been working.

The tables will cost $10,000 from the Public Works 311 fund.

 

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