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Mayors, staff speak on municipal campus

POULSBO — He said. She said. But who said what? And when?

Councilman Mike Regis aimed to answer these questions April 5 when he asked the city clerk’s department to compile a record of what each council member said about the municipal campus project.

Regis’ request came in response to Mayor Kathryn Quade’s announcement of a April 19 town hall meeting on the campus. It also sparked the Herald to review the files on the subject and do the same.

In Part 1 of a two-part series, the Herald examines what former Mayor Donna Jean Bruce, current Mayor Kathryn Quade, former Public Works Director Jeff Lincoln and Finance Director Nanci Lien said on the issue.

Here are the highlights. The entire record can be found on the Herald’s Web site at www.northkitsapherald.com.

Former Mayor

Donna Jean Bruce:

• Nov. 17, 2004 City Council meeting minutes

Mayor Bruce provided a brief update on the municipal campus proposal.

• Aug. 20, 2005 Herald

“In response to council requests, in November 2004, I asked the public works director to review documents pertaining to the municipal campus project and suggested the possibility of looking at alternative sites,” she said, noting that Public Works Director Jeff Lincoln’s guidance led to the review of possible sites in January 2005 with the unanimous recommendation being the proposed 10th Avenue location.

• Oct. 1, 2005 Herald

“We had a good mix of people and everyone had a little different take on things but there weren’t any major complaints,” she said, noting that the project is still in its early stages.

• Dec. 28, 2005 Herald

“It must continue to move forward and there will be people who will try to stop it, delay and defer it — that must not happen,” she cautioned.

Current Mayor

Kathryn Quade:

• Aug. 20, 2005 Herald

Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Kathryn Quade asked that council put the project on the back burner until after the election, questioning the wisdom of rushing to judgment on a site in the last four months of the year.

• Oct. 19, 2005 Herald

Councilwoman Kathryn Quade said she was heartened to hear about the delay of the final presentation on the municipal campus.

“I don’t think we need to rush this process and we need to make sure we’re doing the right thing at the right time,” Quade said.

• Nov. 16, 2005 City Council Meeting minutes

Councilmember Quade requested that, if council decides to move forward with purchase of the property, they agree to pull approval of expanding the contract with BLRB to allow local professionals time to bring forward proposals for a municipal campus.

• Jan. 28, 2006 Herald

“I never intended to stall or delay it in any way,” Quade said. “The council sets priorities and it’s up to me to implement them.”

• March 11, 2006 Herald

“The bottom line is there is not enough accurate information going out to the public,” Quade said in a press conference March 6.

To address that problem, a blue ribbon committee has been formed to produce a brochure providing an “apples to apples” comparison of the 10th Avenue site and the Creekside Center on 7th Avenue, she said.

• April 8, 2006 Herald

“I couldn’t stay silent any longer but it doesn’t mean a stop to the 10th Avenue location,” Quade said. “If there is a better opportunity to build downtown, then I’m open to it.”

t Former Public Works Director Jeff Lincoln

• July 30, 2005 Herald

“I believe there is room for city hall, courts and the police department,” Lincoln said. “However, I am not totally convinced it will work, which is why I want to work with architects before finalizing the deal.”

• Nov. 1, 2005 City Council special meeting minutes

Public Works Director Lincoln briefly described the process used to locate a site for a new municipal campus and stated that 10th Avenue was selected as potentially the best site at a staff retreat on Jan. 12, 2005. Lincoln added that a presentation was made to council in executive session on Feb. 4, 2005 and council ultimately concurred unanimously to move forward with a due diligence study of the site.

• Jan. 14, 2006 Herald

“I absolutely believe the municipal campus is important for the city and I think its success will be an indicator of the success of Poulsbo as it enters this phase of growth in its future,” Lincoln said.

• March 25, 2006 Herald

“If people had concerns about the recommendation of the council, there was plenty of time for that input,” Lincoln said.

t Finance Director Nanci Lien:

• Nov. 1, 2005 City Council special meeting minutes

Finance Director Lien discussed how the city might finance the municipal campus project and described the recommended financial strategy.

• Dec. 7, 2005 City Council meeting minutes

Finance Director Lien responded that bond funds and any interest accrued will be used to purchase the property and to complete site work and design for the municipal campus.

• Feb. 11, 2006 Herald

Lien clarified the financing plan for the $14.6 million project.

“A number that has been tossed around is $14.6 million, but the building itself is only $7.9 million,” Lien said.

• March 25, 2006 Herald

“Since the July meeting when you officially said go forward, there have been 19 meetings discussing the municipal campus project in 2005,” Lien said, noting the irony that many of the critics of the project supported it in July.

Next Wednesday: What city council members said about the project.

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