1999 will be a banner year for Silverdale

"Central Kitsap is going to get a touch more beautiful, thanks to the Central Kitsap Community Council.The Community Council, a county-appointed board which advises the commissioners on Central Kitsap issues, voted Tuesday to spend its $15,000 discretionary budget on two projects. About $14,000 will help install seasonal, decorative banners in Silverdale, Seabeck, Tracyton and Brownsville. The other $1,000 will help Central Kitsap High School student Matthew Becker install hand rails on a Clear Creek Trail boardwalk. The trail project will help Becker earn his Eagle Scout’s stripes.The commissioners allocated the $15,000 to the council after it asked for $16,000 to help the Silverdale Beautification Committee with the banner project in May. According to Mary Earl of the Beautification Committee, a group comprised of service club representatives that also decorates the Silverdale Christmas tree each year, the $14,000 will purchase 124 seasonal banners. Along with 35 existing holiday banners, the CKCC money will allow for year-round decorations in Silverdale.Tracyton, Brownsville and Seabeck will receive “welcome to” banners from the money, Earl said. They will be placed on the busiest roads in those communities, Early said, while Silverdale’s banners will primarily be hung in Old Town and on Silverdale Way, Bucklin Hill Road and on Ridgetop Boulevard.The original banner plan called for decorations only in Silverdale. But after some Community Council members asked for a project that encompassed all of Central Kitsap, the Beautification Committee expanded its plans.Now, Tracyton, Brownsville and Seabeck will also receive banners. But that still didn’t satisfy some CKCC members.“I feel it’s very important that we are careful with the precedent we set,” said Community Council member Mary Harris-Tucker, who voted against spending the money on banners. This is the first major expenditure for the Community Council, which is in its first year of existence. “I’m for fiscal responsibility.”New Community Council member Bob Dietz disagreed.“This has been discussed at every meeting since April or May ... this clearly has community support,” Dietz said.The Central Kitsap Community Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month, usually at the Silverdale Community Center."

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