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North Viking addition hearings continued

POULSBO — Below is a list of actions taken by the Poulsbo City Council at its Aug. 11 meeting:

•Council unanimously approved a $15,000 transfer from the unallocated and non-departmental capital fund into the equipment acquisition fund. Councilmen Ed Stern and Jeff McGinty and Councilwoman Kathryn Quade were absent.

The transfer will allow the purchase of proper software licensing for 45 computers in the City of Poulsbo that do not currently have such documentation.

Information Services specialist Fay Schultz recently undertook a software audit on city facilities and found that one version of Microsoft Office 2000 that was on 45 computers did not have the proper licensing. It is unknown how the mistake was made.

After speaking with Microsoft and legal council, Schultz was told that the city could simply purchase the correct licenses without any ramifications for the lapse. The certification will be purchased through the Washington State Department of Information Services Select 6.0 program, in which the City of Poulsbo participates.

•A public hearing on the North Viking Avenue Urban Growth Area annexation petition was held and continued to the Oct. 20 meeting.

Applicants, signers of a petition to annex, are proposing adding 72.31 acres of land north of the State Highway 305 and Viking Avenue intersection to Poulsbo. Four single-family residences on Viking, NW Vetter Road, Vetter Road NE, Commerce Street and First Avenue are involved.

The Poulsbo City Council previously allowed a petition for annexation to be circulated. That was received and forwarded to the Kitsap County Auditor. The auditor’s OK was sent in June.

Planner Edie Berghoff told council Wednesday night that Kitsap County recommended an additional parcel and adjoining right of way on Viking Avenue be included in the area. Since the annexation request was made by petition, Berghoff explained that the only way for the land to be added is for the applicants to withdraw their request and resubmit it including the new land.

The public hearing continuation will allow for the 45-day Boundary Review Board consideration of the document. If the BRB also believes the addition is needed, it can invoke jurisdiction and begin public hearings to add the areas.

“This (delay) would provide the county the opportunity to ask the BRB to invoke jurisdiction,” Berghoff told council members.

The application is available for inspection at the Poulsbo Planning Department. For more information, call (360) 779-3006.

•Council unanimously agreed to send a claim for damages from Clinton C. Fagan in the amount of $300 to the Association of Washington Cities insurance carrier for consideration. Councilmen Ed Stern and Jeff McGinty and Councilwoman Kathryn Quade were absent.

Fagan claims that on the afternoon of July 11, he was on the north end of the Poulsbo boardwalk at American Legion Park when his electric wheelchair slipped on a patch of leaves on asphalt. His chair was damaged in the incident and the $300 request is for repairs.

Councilman Mike Regis said the council’s Public Safety/Legal committee met Wednesday and recommended sending the item forward to AWC. City Clerk Karol Jones explained that AWC will now review the claim and make a determination to either pay or not pay for the damages.

Regis added that public safety/legal committee also recommended that the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act committee review the area in question for any safety concerns.

“We feel this is sort of unfinished business,” Regis said.

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