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Final KCAC December Minutes

Final KCAC December Minutes

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Minutes from the December meeting of the Kingston Citizen Advisory Council.
Minutes from the December meeting of the Kingston Citizen Advisory Council.

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Published by: Tad Sooter on Dec 29, 2009
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December 2, 20097:00 PM – 9:00 PMMEETING LOCATION:
North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Headquarters on Miller Bay Road
 7:00 INTRODUCTORY ITEMSOpening CommentsIntroductionsReview/Approve MinutesCorrespondence7:15 FEATURED SPEAKER – Kitsap Humane Society Executive Director Sean ComptonPresentation, Open Comment and Question Period7:50 COUNTY REPORT8:00 OLD BUSINESSKCAC Bylaws: review changes, discussion, possible vote8:15 KCAC SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTSParks & Open Space Committee – Walt ElliottWSF Committee – Walt ElliottRoads – Annie HumistonCommunication CommitteeDowntown Kingston Master Plan – Alex Thomsen, Rick Lanning8:30 COMMUNITY REPORTSKiwanis – Alex ThomsenKingston Garden Club/Downtown Kingston Association – NancyMartinRotary Club – Clint BoxmanFriends of the Library – Jan RichardsSchools Update – Chris CaseChamber Of Commerce – Tom WaggonerCarpenter Lake/Creek – Steve HeacockKingston Stakeholders – Rick LanningKingston Farmer’s Market – Liz Henden8:45 NEW BUSINESS8:50 OPEN COMMENT PERIOD/GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS9:00 ADJOURN
*** Next Meeting, Wednesday, January 6, 2010 ***
Meeting MinutesNovember 4, 2009Present
Greg Platz, Co-Chair, School ParentDenise Lietz, Co-Chair, Member At LargeSteve Heacock, Carpenter Lake/CreekWalt Elliott, Parks Trails & Open Space and WSF Advisory subcommitteesLiz Henden, Farmers MarketAlex Thomsen, Kingston KiwanisRick Lanning, Kingston StakeholdersAnnie Humiston, At Large, Roads SubcommitteeJan Richards, Friends of the Kingston Library
Tom Waggoner, Kingston Chamber of CommerceNancy Martin, Kingston Garden Club and Downtown Business AssociationBetsy Cooper, Member At LargeChris Case, North Kitsap School DistrictNaomi Maasberg, Member At LargeClint Boxman, Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary
Non-voting member
Dave Wetter, Village Green (awaiting county approval of appointment)
Kitsap County Representative
Pete Sullivan, Associate Planner, Department of Community Development
Meeting called to order at 7 p.m.
The November minutes were approved as submitted, MSP.
Co-Chair Denise Lietz said she received from Larry Keeton, the Kitsap CountyCommunity Development director, a request for participation in the CompleteCount Committee. The group would assist the county in identifying hard-to-locateresidents and residences to be counted in the 2010 census. The first meeting isDec. 10. Lietz asked the members in attendance if anyone was interested in joining the committee. Upon getting no immediate takers, she said she wouldsolicit the entire KCAC membership via email.
Featured Speaker:
Kitsap Humane Society Executive Director Sean Compton
Compton came to Kitsap County from Pittsburgh, PA. He took over the executivedirector position in mid May 2009. He said his specialty is reversing andimproving faltering operations. Compton noted that the Kitsap Humane Societywas facing significant challenges with management and staff in 2007-2008.The good news, Compton said, is that things in Kitsap aren’t as bad as hehas seen in other similar situations. “I have great faith this organization willsucceed, in fact, it has done well to turn itself around and save more lives.Fortunately, most of the cleanup is done. I completely trust my volunteers andmanagement staff. Certainly we face great challenges, especially in thiseconomy, but we have restructured and are making good progress.“The Kitsap Humane Society has 30 employees and 500 active volunteerswith an operating budget of $2 million. Compton said one of his goals is to havemore of the operations paid for with donations so the agency does not have torely so heavily on county funding. Currently, about half of the operating budget issupplied through municipal contracts. Compton said he intends to have theagency’s animal activity and financial information posted online to further“complete transparency.”KCAC member Liz Hendon praised Compton saying, “I’m glad theHumane Society is getting more honest. Some dealings in the past with theagency have been very poor.”Compton underscored the importance of outreaching to local communitiesand restoring those relationships.He talked about the need for containment of a dog pack menacingHansville’s Shorewoods neighborhood through community partnership. He saidmany reports of two black Labradors and one German shepherd attacking somelivestock and bothering pedestrians have come into the agency since August.KCAC members suggested Compton get in touch with the Greater HansvilleArea Advisory Council and the homeowners’ associations of Shorewoods andnearby Driftwood Keys. Compton said he would like the organization to be ableto respond quicker to calls about such incidents, but there are just four officerspatrolling the entire county who are required to respond to calls involvingimmediate danger.Co-Chair Greg Platz asked what is the best way for a citizen to register ananimal problem, such as the dog pack. Compton advised to call the agencydirectly during regular business hours or, if it is a dangerous situation, to call 911.Compton said his practice is to be responsive to the needs of KitsapCounty residents and their animals and to provide immediate contact in theinterest of accountability and transparency. His office phone number is 360-692-6977, ext. 7115, and his email is executivedirector@kitsap-humane.org.Lietz reminded everyone that as they donate to food banks, people shouldremember that families who need food need pet food too.
County report
Pete Sullivan, associate planner, Department of Community Development,discussed the need to submit a 2010 KCAC work plan and the countycommissioners’ rejection of the Kingston Downtown Master Plan.

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