BREMERTON — Money from the state's capital budget will help complete a road, build an art museum, purchase land for conservation and offer assistance to those getting new sewer hookups in Belfair.
The Legislature passed the state's $2.8 billion capital budget on Wednesday night in the final hours of a 30-day special session. The list of capital projects in the Kitsap area did not change much between early April, when the House first proposed its capital budget, and Wednesday.
The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties will receive $1.25 million as part of the state's Building Communities Fund Program to help pay for the new YMCA building in Silverdale. Poulsbo will get $460,000 to expand its Fish Park on Lindvig Way. The United Way will get $605,000 to remodel its current Bremerton headquarters into a new nonprofit center.
The city of Port Orchard will receive $700,000 for improvements to the DeKalb Street Pier. The fixes have been mandated by the state's Department of Natural Resources. The DNR leases tidelands to the city and has required upgrades to the dock. Without the money, Port Orchard would have had to remove the dock, leaving only the pier.
Although the city had hoped for $950,000, the approved allocation will allow the city to begin design and permitting, said Public Works Director Mark Dorsey. Completion of the dock will be a public-private partnership between the city and owners of the Lighthouse Restaurant property next to the pier.
"It took a haircut, as did many of the capital projects in the budget this year," said Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor. But the diminished capacity of capital funding cut out many projects entirely, he said.
Some projects, such as trail work in North Mason County and in Manzanita Bay on Bainbridge Island, could get funded if more grant money materializes.
The Forest to Sky Trail Corridor on Bainbridge Island was threatened during the session while the Legislature considered favoring projects that created more jobs. In the end, the Bainbridge trail did receive the $211,000 it had been allocated as part of the state's Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program. The money will help purchase a parcel of land that will fill a gap between the east and west portions of Grand Forest. The property will complete the linkage of trails connecting the island's eastern shoreline with the western shoreline.
Other Kitsap area projects were also funded:
—The Port of Bremerton received $1.1 million to complete a portion of Cruiser Loop Road in Olympic View Industrial Park.
The money also will allow for infrastructure along the half-completed road that will open up eight new pads for prospective light industrial tenants.
—The Kingston Village Green Foundation was allocated $1.029 million to help pay for site development work on a planned community center campus on West Kingston Road. The campus will include a new library, Boys and Girls Club, senior center and outdoor play areas.
—The Bainbridge Art Museum will get $518,000 to help build a $12 million art museum along Winslow Way. Largely funded through private donations, the nonprofit museum's opening is set for next spring.
—The Department of Natural Resources will use $1.8 million to buy 103 acres within the Stavis Natural Resources Conservation Area. The area, which lies within the Hood Canal watershed west of Bremerton, is associated with Kitsap Forest Natural Area, a rare lowland forest where trees exceed 100 years old.
—The Department of Natural Resources will use $2.9 million to buy 90 acres within the Dabob Bay Natural Area in Jefferson County. The land, near Quilcene, includes coastal bluffs and shorelines that will help protect water quality for many species of fish and wildlife in and around Dabob Bay.
—Silverdale Water District will receive a $10 million loan from the Public Works Trust Fund for upgrades to the water system including chlorination plants at all wells in the system; a treatment plant to remove manganese from the water plus a new reservoir and pump station in Silverdale's Ridgetop area; and three major water line replacements throughout the district.
—Kitsap County Public Works will receive a $5.2 million loan from the Public Works Trust Fund to replace the primary sewage main going into the Central Kitsap Wastewater Treatment Plant near Brownsville.
—In Mason County, as part of the Hood Canal Regional Septic Repair Loan Program, residents will receive $3.25 million in loan assistance to help residents get a lower interest rate to pay to hook up with sewer lines replacing septic system. Residents can expect to pay about $10,000 each to hook up to the new sewer system.
—In Mason County, $1.36 million will go to helping to build a new North Mason Senior Center, which is planned to include a thrift center, a wheelchair-friendly pocket park and community garden.
—Mason County also will receive $275,000 to improve a youth baseball field infield.