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DIGITAL RECORDING <br />CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES <br />Wednesday, May 16, 2018 <br />The weekly meeting of the City Council of the City of Bremerton was called to order Wednesday, May <br />16, 2018, at 5:00 PM in Council Conference Room 603 of the NORM DICKS GOVERNMENT CENTER, 345 <br />6` Street, Bremerton, Washington, with Council President Eric Younger presiding. Council Members <br />present were Richard Huddy, Michael Goodnow, Tony Hillman, Kevin Gorman, and Pat Sullivan. <br />Council Member Leslie Daugs was absent. Also present were City Attorney Roger Lubovich; <br />Legislative Assistant and Acting City Clerk Lori Smith; and Kevin Matthew, Information Services <br />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 Reverend David Stewart of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. <br />MAYOR'S REPORT <br />• Highlights were provided on the City Weatherization and Minor Home Repair Program; <br />Bremerton Fire Marshal's Office Stats; and 2018 Parking Goals and Strategies; <br />• Parks & Recreation Director Jeff Elevado brought forward members of the Bremerton Garden <br />Club who presented a $3,000 check to the City for use toward the Flower Basket Program; <br />• John Powers, Executive Director of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance presented a <br />video and shared highlights from the "1St Quarter 2018 Economic Development Report"; and <br />• City employees Hans Nilsson and Milenka Hawkins -Bates shared their personal stories on <br />how Neurofibromotosis (NF) has afflicted persons in their families; announced that May 17 was <br />"National NF Day"; and to help bring more awareness, encouraged persons to participate in the <br />NF Walk on September 15 in Tacoma with more details available on the City's Facebook page. <br />PUBLIC RECOGNITION <br />Gerald Harris, advocate for the homeless; Kim Siebens, Founder of "Their Voice", a non-profit <br />organization that assists homeless pet owners, and an advocate for homeless; Richard LeMieux, <br />Board Member of the Bremerton Foodbank, Board Member of the United Way Emergency <br />Foodbank Program, and author of "Breakfast at Sally's"; Gregg Browngoetz, an advocate for the <br />homeless; Regina Adamson, advocate for Kitsap's low income and homeless community; and <br />Anna Maria Fasenacht each presented their own perspective on the homeless crisis including their <br />vulnerability and at risk for being taken advantage of, challenging rental requirements, and lack of <br />housing including an 8 -year waiting list for Section 8 housing. There were several who asked Mayor <br />Wheeler and the City Council to please do more to help the homeless community including <br />suggestions to set up an "emergency fund", a "Housing First Program", a "labor ready" shelter; and <br />an "anti-dumping ordinance" to prevent homeless patients from not only being discharged too soon, <br />but simply left on the street. Mayor Wheeler added that Kitsap County just passed a "One Year <br />Plan" that includes help for homelessness and low income housing, and stated they are next <br />working to pass a "Five Year Plan", which all cities will then follow. <br />Terry Fessner mentioned he has now helped 8 homeless persons to relocate; but also presented a <br />list of problems that he has had to deal with around his business due to a few homeless persons. <br />Michael O'Shaughnessy, Executive Director with the Kitsap Rescue Mission provided a summary <br />of all they are doing to help homeless persons, including servicing up to 190 persons a day. <br />