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DIGITAL RECORDING <br /> CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES <br /> Wednesday, March 1, 2017 <br /> The weekly meeting of the City Council of the City of Bremerton was called to order Wednesday, <br /> March 1, 2017, at 5:02 PM in Council Conference Room 603 of the NORM DICKS GOVERNMENT <br /> CENTER, 345 6th Street, Bremerton, Washington, with Council President Eric Younger <br /> presiding. Council Members present were Richard Huddy, Dino Davis, Greg Wheeler, Jerry <br /> McDonald, Leslie Daugs, and Pat Sullivan. Also present were City Attorney Roger Lubovich; City <br /> Clerk Shannon Corin; Council Assistant Christine Grenier; and Kevin Matthew, information <br /> Services Manager. <br /> A COUNCIL BRIEFING was held to discuss General Council Business at 5:00 PM in the Council <br /> Conference Room. At 5:30 PM the meeting moved to the Meeting Chambers. <br /> The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Council Member Pat Sullivan followed by the Invocation <br /> provided by Associate Pastor Russ Reuther of Sylvan Way Baptist Church. <br /> MAYOR'S REPORT — President Younger(on behalf of Mayor Lent)... <br /> • Proclaimed the Month of March 2017 as "Brain Injury Awareness Month"; which was <br /> accepted by Suzanne Griffin, Brain Injury Alliance of WA (Kitsap County); Rick Benari <br /> and Donovan Glen both shared testimony on their recovery and living with the injury; and <br /> Kenni Tubbs announced that details for a fundraiser event this fall will be available soon <br /> on their new website at www.kitsapbraininiury.org. Ms. Griffin thanked the City for their <br /> support and proudly displayed her 2nd Place Quilt from last year's Kitsap County Fair; <br /> • Invited David Raymond and Jeremy Linn forward to present 100 teddy bears donated by <br /> the community for children who are transported during emergencies to Interim Fire Chief <br /> Pat McGanney and Stacy Parizek, Director of Operations for Olympic Ambulance. <br /> KEDA QUARTERLY REPORT <br /> Kathy Cocus, KEDA Business Development Director provided highlights on economic <br /> development in Kitsap County for the 4th Quarter of 2016; and introduced Mike Hamilton, Critical <br /> Informatics, who discussed services that KEDA provides to its clients. Comments and questions <br /> were provided by Younger, Sullivan, Huddy, and McDonald; with responses provided by Mr. <br /> Hamilton... <br /> PUBLIC RECOGNITION <br /> President Younger acknowledged the large group in attendance tonight; and announced that <br /> although Council is willing to hear everyone who wishes to speak regarding the "Welcoming City" <br /> issue, he would "pause" Public Recognition after approximately 30 minutes to allow City business <br /> to be conducted, and then Public Recognition will reopen to continue receiving comments. <br /> Kyle Ulrich informed the Council about his firsthand experience with aggressive panhandling and <br /> criminal activity downtown; and thanked Police Chief Strachan for hearing his concerns earlier <br /> this evening. President Younger responded that this issue was formally addressed in the <br /> budget by increasing the Police presence downtown. <br /> Karen Vargas asked for Council to support students' efforts in promoting inclusion in Bremerton <br /> which will include a "Charter for Compassion" in the near future. <br /> Terry Fessner respectively requested a response from Mayor Lent regarding his letter dated <br /> 30-days ago; and expressed concerns about downtown. <br /> Jane Rebelowski hoped Kitsap Transit would focus on providing weekend bus service to <br /> residents. <br />