Waterfront bulkhead delayed by tides

POULSBO — The much discussed retaining wall at Waterfront Park will be delayed until the spring due to the difference in tidal flows, but the postponement hasn’t been without its benefits.

Because of the delays in the project, City Engineer Andrezj Kasiniak said he has been able to work with the Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association to incorporate different things into the final design.

“They would like the chance to put some lights and benches down there and maybe have room to install similar bricks to those downtown (in New Havne Veien Walkway),” Kasiniak told the public works committee Wednesday evening.

In order to neatly mesh that into the overall design, the initial plan is to divide the 600-foot wall into six equal sections with concrete pads that would support two benches and a light, he said.

“I think that will provide enough light,” he said, noting that the pads will be pre-wired in case the lights aren’t ready for installation when the project is completed.

Recalling issues with lighting at Oyster Plant Park, Councilman Jim Henry asked Kasiniak if there were going to be any fish problems.

“I don’t think so,” replied Kasiniak, explaining that he would check into the matter.

With the lighting issue resolved, HDPA representative Jim Wise presented the committee with the possibility of a joint venture between the city and HDPA. When the city first ordered light standards for downtown, it had more responses than lights, so it had to be done on a first-come, first-served basis, Wise said.

“This would be an opportunity for the HDPA and the city to work on a project like that,” he said. “We’re talking about lights, benches and maybe art.”

Public Works Director Jeff Lincoln told committee members he would favor such a project.

“There would be no cost to the city because it would all be donated materials,” Wise said, adding that the HDPA might want to give the city ownership to assist with maintenance issues.

The program would give residents an opportunity to invest in their city at different levels, depending on how much they were willing to spend, he said.

One of the key points that needs to be understood is the cost associated with accepting items, Lincoln said, reminding committee members that everything has a maintenance cost, including lights, which run about $120 a year.

The committee also needs to keep in mind that issues can arise when people want to dictate where their donated item belongs, he said.

“It’s commonsense that if it’s given it belongs to the giftee,” said councilwoman Kathryn Quade.

However, it makes a difference when the city does a public works project and has to relocate a bench and people get upset that it was moved, Lincoln told the committee.

“I like the idea of working together, and people can make a gift to the city and the city will use it in the best interest of the public,” he said.

Perhaps the project could be done on a first-come, first-served basis to give people added incentive, Quade suggested.

“I think we should have first, second, third and let people express a preference,” councilman Dale Rudolph said, noting that the city would try to be as accommodating as it could to those preferences.

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