Podcast: Community Cafe Bainbridge:
Stories of first 10 years of all-island City in the 1990s
In this 42-minute conversation about the birth of the home-rule Bainbridge Island city in the 1990s, we hear stories from former officials from the old days.
You’ll hear: Andy Maron of the 1988-91 Home Rule Committee and the ensuing 1991-99 City Council; former council member and 1997-2001 mayor Dwight Sutton; and Lynn Nordby who served as City Administrator from 1991 to 2003.
Stories like these will be shared at City Hall at 5:30pm on Tuesday March 1st, at the public commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the all-island city.
In this podcast, hear the anecdotes and amusing stories that these three city founders share about:
- how it felt to start up an all-island City for 15,000 in place of the Winslow city for 2,500
- creating the first Comprehensive Plan in 1991-94
- life at the City prior to having a City Hall
- what it was like to apply for a top City job
- staffing a larger city, and the first-ever union contract of 1991
- 3 major road projects in 1991-94: High School Rd, Ferncliff, Brien/Bjune
- the challenges of an early Public Works site next to a vineyard in Winslow
- creating a public square and building a City Hall
- the start of the ongoing search for a home for the police and court
- responding to concerns of harbor users and liveaboards
- starting the clean-up of the Wykoff creosote plant
- the novel approach to cleaning-up the Vincent Rd landfill
- expansion of the Winslow sewer plant
- handling the controversial issues of the day
Credits: BCB host, audio editor and social media publisher: Barry Peters.
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