Launch of the new BI Ride program on July 7
Do you remember the farmer who had a dog and Bingo was his name? BINGO.
Bainbridge Island Town Manager Blair King said recalling this song will help people remember the name of the new BI Ride software application called Pingo. With the phone app, residents can flag down BI Ride on demand. Rides are only $ 2. King said the effort targets the young and the elderly.
The city plans to kick off the program with an event still scheduled for July 7. “We’re proud of what’s going on,” King said at a recent city council meeting. “We want to make it a really fun kickoff.”
“Boy, does our island need it,” said board member Leslie Schneider, adding that the city has been supporting BI Ride for a few years now. “This is a real defining moment.”
City council then agreed to fund $ 100,000 for the program. BI is the first community in the state to pilot the app, according to the company.
The board has reserved funding in 2019 to promote BI Ride. The city’s money comes from the Transport Assistance Fund. In 2019, BI increased vehicle registration fees by $ 10 for certain purposes, like this one.
Pingo is a new service from Kitsap Transit. BI Ride is a carpooling service that KT operates on BI both at the request of passengers and by serving scheduled stops. The service operates on weekdays from 9.15 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Also at the meeting, during board comments, board member Joe Deets said that since the closure of his Swedish primary care facility in July, nearly 8,000 patients will be “without a doctor,” creating a “health crisis.” ’emergency”. What can we do to start solving this problem? He asked.
Additionally, King said City Hall will reopen to the public on July 1 after being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. He added that he was going through years and years of information regarding a police court on BI. He mentioned that there could be a pause in this effort of six to 12 months without any negative effects.
Meanwhile, there have also been discussions about Puget Sound Energy’s plan to put new transmission lines on BI. Board member Michael Pollock said he didn’t just want to see a PSE “dog and pony show” at a board meeting.
Deputy Mayor Kirsten Hytopoulos agreed, saying she was skeptical of the PES. “They are good at wrapping things the way they want,” she said.
King said it could be a multi-step process, with PSE making their presentation and then following up on public comments.
Speaking of public comment, that night Bob Russell complained about the Wyatt and Madison roundabout. He said it had been up and running for two months but still lacked signage, arrows etc. “I am embarrassed tonight for the city,” he said.
King later said other residents also shared concerns and that the city is coming up with innovative ideas for the narrow roundabout.
Also during the public comments, Cindy Anderson praised Mayor Rasham Nassar for reforming the way city council meetings are conducted. “It’s nice,” she said, adding that she thanked all the members for moving the meetings forward faster than before.
The advice also:
* Approval of a $ 196,000 contract to upgrade the city’s telemetry, surveillance and data acquisition control system at nine sites. Telemetry systems remotely monitor water treatment processes, pumps, valves and vents and measure the inlet and outlet of water and wastewater. More importantly, the systems will alert operators if there are critical elements of the city’s water and sewer system that are malfunctioning and could cause disruption to customers or cause environmental hazards.
* I accepted a contract for $ 187,000 for the evaluation of the Manzanita watershed. The city should define the locations where storm water facilities could be located.
* Appointments accepted to the Climate Change Advisory Committee: Michael Cox, Lara Hansen and Derik Broekhoff were reappointed with the addition of new members, Steve Richard and John Kydd.
* Appointments accepted to the Planning Commission: Ashley Mathews has been re-appointed and Yesh Subramanian has been appointed.
* Design Review Board Appointments Accepted: Both Joseph Dunstan and Vicki Clayton have been re-appointed.
* A city proclamation was passed announcing June 19 as June 19, the celebration of the end of slavery.