December E-Newsletter - City of Port Orchard

City of Port Orchard
December 2014
Top 10 Response
Public Works Project Updates
-Police Chief Geoffrey Marti
-Mark R. Dorsey, Public Works Director
I received several inquires about the recent news articles printed showing the City of Port Orchard on the
Top 10 most dangerous cities in Washington State and
would like to take some time to address concerns.
Project Updates:
As is the case this time every year, the City’s Public
Works Department is extremely busy completing and
closing-out 2014 project work, laying the groundwork
for the recently budgeted and approved 2015 activities,
preparing and decorating for the City’s annual Chimes
and Lights Festival (see below), and continuing to address day-to-day routine city maintenance activities.
With many of the Public Works Department improvement projects and activities slated for 2014 now complete, here is a quick status summary of remaining projects and activities:
The statistics used for the articles are based off the FBI
statistics reports for the year 2012. In 2012, we took in
834 reports of Property Crimes and a total of 69 Violent
Crimes. These statistics are created from reports taken
by our police officers.
The Port Orchard Police Department has fostered a very
proactive approach to law enforcement. We encourage
citizens to report crimes that occur. When we take reports from citizens, we adhere to a strict policy of documenting all those reports whether founded or not.
These reports then become part of the statistical numbers provided to the FBI on a yearly basis.
We are committed to providing citizens with easy accessibility to the investigative resources of the Port Orchard Police Department. Due to the fact we encourage
reporting and are diligent in properly documenting it,
we tend to have property crime numbers that may appear higher than other jurisdictions.
We do recognize that being a victim of crime is not a
situation anyone wants to be in. We think about this
and how we can better serve our community everyday
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Upcoming Events
-Clerk’s Office
 Work Study Session, December 16, City Hall,
7:00 p.m.
 City Council Meeting— December 23,
 Good Neighbor Awards Tour—December 23,
Depart City Hall at 5:30 p.m.
 Christmas—December 25, City Hall Closed
 New Years Day—January 1, City Hall Closed
Demolition of Structure at 312 Alder Lane:
In association with the future Tremont Street Widening
Project and in compliance with both the EPA and the
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, the vacant residential
structure located at 321 Alder Lane has now been successfully demolished and the property cleaned up and
stabilized. A demolition timeframe for the previous
Wet Apple Publishing building has not been determined.
Bay Street Pedestrian Pathway (Segment #4) –
Bike & Pedestrian Bridge:
The final design and permitting phase for the Bay Street
Pedestrian Pathway (Segment #4) Bike and Pedestrian
Bridge, funded through a State grant award, is successfully moving forward towards an anticipated summer
2015 construction timeframe. Staff has been meeting
with the consulting team and State Agencies to finalize
design and permitting details for this multi-modal pedestrian bridge crossing Blackjack Creek between Etta
Turner Park and Bay Ford.
City Parks 2014:
The McCormick Village Park - Phase I Improvements
have been successfully completed and the ribbon cutting ceremony held on August 11, 2014. City Staff continues to pursue grant funding opportunities for the
anticipated Phase 2 improvements. The park is currently open daily. The City also anticipates in the very
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that we put on the police service uniform. I encourage
our police officers to identify crime patterns and come
up with effective ways to deal with them.
The Port Orchard Police Department implements
Problem Oriented Policing (POP) projects all over the
community. By using proactive ideas and approaches ,we are able to make positive changes in areas previously identified as at risk.
We offer education and support to citizens groups on
crime prevention subjects. We have a crime prevention
officer that is available for education talks and assistance with setting up Port Orchard neighborhood
watch groups.
Our patrol officers are diligently patrolling the
neighborhoods and businesses 24 hours a day. They
are looking for anything that appears out of the ordinary and following up on any suspicious activities. Officers get daily information and updates on suspicious
vehicles and/or wanted criminal. They use this information to actively look for suspects/suspicious activities throughout their shift.
Port Orchard Police Department uses the latest computer programs to help identify trafficking in stolen
property and locate the criminals responsible for the
thefts. We actively work with other law enforcement
agencies to stop criminals who maybe working in several jurisdictions before they are able to strike again.
With our citizens’ diligence, our police officers proactive initiative and the court systems actions, we are
reducing crime. In 2014, our violent crimes are down
20% and our property crimes are down 10% from the
2012 statistics.
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near future the completion of sports field lighting improvements at Van Zee Park. Parking lot improvements for the Van Zee Park entry off Poplar were completed earlier in the summer.
Water System Leak Detection 2014:
As a function of the City’s Water Use Efficiency Program, the annual Water System Leak Detection work
was completed in September of 2014, with the Final
Report for both the City Downtown and the McCormick Woods Water System(s) having been received
from the Consultant. Public Works staff has commenced with making the needed repairs to the water
system as recommended in report.
16th Annual Festival of Chimes and Lights:
The 16th Annual Festival of Chimes and Lights happened on December 6, 2014, and it was a huge success.
It is estimated that between 5,000-6,000 people attended this free event. The Chimes & Light committee
thanks the Public Works crew for their efforts in decorating the City with lights, and they also thank the numerous sponsors and volunteers for their efforts.
Over the past several years, our police department has
taken on several criminal related challenges successfully. Our officers are truly involved in the community,
working with our citizens and businesses to improve
the quality of life and safety, while also proactively
working with stakeholders to resolve repeat crimes
and complaints that can bog down a department. The
issue of being safe is a shared responsibility, between
the citizens and the police. I can guarantee your police
officers work hard every day to protect you, your property, and wellbeing.
Contracting Services Processes
-Nick Bond, Development Director
The City of Port Orchard is frequently required to look
outside of City Hall to procure specialized services
from consultants. The Department of Community Development and the Public Works Department often
require outside technical assistance in the fields of architecture and engineering and for services in fields
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such as environmental science, planning, or economic
development. Contracts for Architectural and Engineering services are regulated under 39.80 RCW and
include requirements for a Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) process. Environmental science, planning,
economic development, and other similar consultant
selections are categorized as personal services and have
no statutory requirements for a consultant selection
process, but cities are encouraged to follow general
guidelines for selection which include considerations
for qualification and price.
QBS is a competitive process for the procurement of
services in which consultants submit statements of
qualification to an agency, in our case to the City of Port
Orchard. These statements do not include a discussion
on the cost of services. The city evaluates the qualifications of the consultants to determine which firm is the
most qualified to perform the required service. Once
the most qualified firm has been selected, the city then
negotiates with that firm for the price of services. If the
city can’t reach an agreement on price with the most
qualified firm, then it may negotiate with the next most
qualified firm and so on until it has reached an agreement on the price for services.
There are a couple of ways that the city can go about
procuring architectural and engineering services in a
QBS process. For large complex projects, the city may
want to publish an announcement that it is seeking
qualified consultants for a specific project. For smaller
projects, it may want to use a professional services roster, which is updated annually to identify qualified consultants. Port Orchard utilizes both processes depending on the project. Firms seeking to get listed on the
City’s professional services roster may do so at any time
and are notified of this opportunity annually in accordance with RCW 39.80.030. The City advertises the
opportunity to get listed on the City’s professional services roster once a year, but companies wishing to be
added to the roster may do so at any time by visiting
Very often, the most qualified consultant is located outside of the City limits. Questions are often raised asking why the City didn’t hire a local company to perform
the architectural and engineering services work. Often,
when the City looks to its professional services roster
for a specific qualification, it finds that there are no
local companies on the professional services roster
from which it can solicit proposals. In addition, the
QBS requirements mean that the City can’t negotiate
with a local firm if it is not the most qualified for the
work. Our local firms must compete with firms
throughout the state and sometimes even with out-ofstate and international firms on the basis of professional qualifications.
This same question comes up during large architectural and engineering projects for which the City publishes an announcement for a specific project. Bigger
projects attract interest from big firms and once again,
the City is required to follow a QBS process. The City
is only able to hire for architectural and engineering
services locally when that firm has been determined to
be the most qualified for the work.
The Municipal Research organization produces a publication title contracting for services. This manual contains guidelines to assist local government agencies in
contracting for services. The manual may be viewed at
Preventing Crime During the
-Port Orchard Police Department
The Holiday Season is in full swing and the Port Orchard Police Department would like to remind people
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that they can take steps to help prevent property
crimes of opportunity. The following are a few good
tips that will help you have a happier holiday.
 Install a locking mailbox at your home and retrieve your mail early in the day, before criminals
have a chance to steal it
 Get a PO box during heavy mailing times and use
that address for packages, sensitive documents, or
 Instead of putting outbound packages in your mailbox, drop them directly at the post office.
Even the blue USPS boxes are commonly emptied
by thieves at night.
 Have the package delivered to a trusted relative, friend or neighbor that you know will be
 Tell relatives to AVOID sending cash! It’s too
easy to steal and impossible to trace.
 If you must send a physical payment through the
mail, use high security checks
 Use shipping services that offer tracking so that you
can track your packages progress.
 Insure the items that you ship and require a
signature at the other end.
 If you generally aren’t at home when packages are
delivered, have them shipped to your work so
that they don’t sit on your porch for hours.
 If you don't have a choice, provide instructions
about where deliveries should be left, in a less visible location.
Some Additional Holiday Package Safety
Tips to Remember:
Lock your car!
I know this is obvious, but it’s one of those reminders
I’ve just got to include. Don’t leave windows cracked
open either, because even a sliver of space provides
just enough leeway to get in the car.
Empty the inside of your car of valuables
Don’t leave anything of value inside your car. It only
takes a minute to have a “bad guy” break the window,
snatch your possessions and be long gone.
Don’t leave packages in the car or trunk
Avoid returning to your car and placing purchases in
the trunk while you resume shopping. Believe it or
not, the “bad guys” could be watching for such action. When you leave the vehicle to continue shopping, they will break into your car and snatch your
The Port Orchard Police Department takes property crimes seriously and we have several ways to
report property crimes. If you need
to report a theft that has already
occurred and you do not know who
the suspect is, you can do an online
report by going to the or If you
need to report a crime in progress,
dial 911.
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