Poulsbo council to discuss Summer Fair, speed limits Wednesday

The mayor and council will continue their discussion of the “Poulsbo: A Summer Fair” concept as well as look at the speed limit on Viking Avenue north of State Route 305 at their meeting on Wednesday.

Mayor Becky Erickson has proposed in prior meetings the idea of a Summer Fair, in which restaurants and other businesses can spill out onto the sidewalks in order to increase capacity or conduct more business outdoors in order to temper COVID-19 concerns.

A draft in the agenda packet for Wednesday’s meeting fleshes out the concept.

Restaurants and retail establishments that have access to private sidewalks or parking areas will be able to utilize the areas for outdoor business, including dining, as long as there is written consent from the landlord. Parking areas set aside for disabled persons cannot be repurposed.

Businesses will still have to maintain public safety standards. Five feet for clearance for all walkways will need to be provided, and entrances and exits for dining areas or merchandise display cannot be blocked. Proper distancing from fire hydrants, alleys, crosswalks or any other similar public or emergency access feature must be maintained.

The council will also take up an ordinance to reduce the speed limit on Viking Avenue north of SR-305 to 25 miles per hour.

The road currently has a 35 mile-per-hour speed limit, which was carried over from the time before the City of Poulsbo annexed the area. City road speed limits are all 25 miles per hour excepted where other specified.