Meadowbrook Community Council

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Save The Date: Seattle City Council District 5 Candidate Forum

The Meadowbrook Community Council, in association with the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance and North District Council invite you to attend

A Candidate Forum for Seattle City Council District 5

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Monday, May 18, 2015
6:45 to 8:45 pm

Doors open at 6:00pm

Jane Addams Middle School Auditorium
11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

This is the time to meet the candidates for Seattle City Council District 5 (current at the time of notice):

Learn about their background and experience, ask them questions, grade them, and challenge them to be transparent. You will be given the opportunity to create questions prior to the event-make your voice heard.

Don’t be late. Seating is limited.

For more information Contact Pam Bowe

Community Meeting 5/12/2015 Meadowbrook

Greetings Meadowbrook Community Residents,

I am excited about this upcoming meeting because we are most fortunate to have two important speakers from SDOT.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Firstly, the Director himself, Scott Kubly, will make a presentation on the Mayor’s new MoveSeattle Levy that we will be voting on in November, 2015. The levy is in its draft stage and Scott and his Department are seeking citizen input before they finalize it for the ballot. So, please give some serious thought to what you think needs fixing, or read the proposed levy on line @ www.seattle.gov/Levy to MoveSeattle , to help you be more informed when you come to the meeting.

MCC’s Greenways group has met and conducted a few site visits and will have some questions/requests for Scott.

Our second speaker will be Art Brochet, SDOT’s Transportation’s communications representative. He will provide the latest updates on the Northgate Pedestrian and Bicycle Project; a project he spoke to us about over a year ago. New attempts at finding funds are being made. Especially after the effort to procure some Federal funds failed.

In addition, updates and reports on the following will also be provided:
1- NE 110th sidewalk status: engineering issues to be resolved and probable construction start dates for all segments, (e.g., 39th/40th segment is at 90% design, could cost nearly $1m to build, construction to start in 2016)(Dan Keefe);

2- Report on the Greenways groups tour and status of 105th/35th intersection improvement proposal(Dan Keefe);

3- Community Garden and Orchards: current status and plans for 2015 (Richard Anderson);

4- Thornton Creek e coli issue: status of Creek and update search for major sources, especially in the Littlebrook drainage (Dan Keefe);

5- Public Safety: (Aundie Collison);

6- Membership growth committee: plans going forward (Pam Bowe).

As usual, an agenda will be provided at the meeting.

Looking forward to your attendance…Dan Keefe, President

NE 130th Beach Needs your Voice

Important message from LCNA Chairperson Sandy Motzer…

We have a new online petition that takes less than one minute to complete, asking for eminent domain to Save the Beach. A number of people came together to make this happen quickly. Thanks to Dave Pope, Sandy Brown, Peg Spiger, Sandra Perkins and undoubtedly many others. In some way (unknown to me but not to others), the petitions will all get to the Mayor and Council–electronic and/or hard copies. We need hundreds of signers.

http://savethene130thbeach.com

There are also meetings being made with the Mayor and Council.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD STARTS APRIL 1!

SPRING CLEAN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD STARTS APRIL 1!Spring Clean 2015
It’s time for Spring Clean, Seattle’s premier community cleanup event. Seattle Public Utilities invites you and your neighbors to participate April 1 – May 31.

Help pick up litter, stencil storm drains, or paint out graffiti. All Spring Clean projects are on public property. Volunteers receive free litter cleanup bags, gloves, safety vests, and waste disposal permits.

Register online at www.seattle.gov/util/SpringClean
or at 206-233-7187.

Thornton Creek Confluence Project – March 19, 2015

Thornton Creek Confluence Project – March 19, 2015
From Emily Reardon

On Saturday, March 21st, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) crews will be installing wood fencing on SPU property at two locations to protect the new plantings at the Thornton Creek Confluence floodplain. Fencing will be placed on either side of the 35th Ave NE bridge on the east side of the roadway and around the new cul-de-sac on 36th Ave NE. Hundreds of new plants and trees were installed as part of the Thornton Creek Confluence project and the new vegetation provides benefits to downstream stream-side properties and improves habitat for biological communities within the creek. The intent of the fencing is to protect the new plantings until they are well-established by discouraging foot traffic from the restoration area. The fences will remain for up to three years or until the plants successfully provide a natural barrier.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our post-construction communications survey. We appreciate your input and continued interest throughout construction of the project.

For questions about maintenance of the Thornton Creek Confluence floodplain, please contact Deb Heiden at 206-386-1802 or deb.heiden@seattle.gov.

March 10, 2015 MEADOWBROOK COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

At 7:00 pm the President, Dan Keefe, called the meeting to order. There were 10 voting members in attendance.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Election of Officers The President noted the bylaws stated there should be elections of officers at the beginning of the year. He said the present officers consisting of President: Dan Keefe, Vice President: Richard Anderson, Treasurer: Charlene Murray, and Secretary: Michael Reinhardt, were willing to continue to serve. After asking for nominations from the floor and receiving none, the existing board was unanimously reelected.

DUES Treasurer Charlene Murray spoke about raising the Council’s dues. She reported the MCC had just under $1,200 in its bank account at the beginning of the year and currently has about $1,400. One member suggested getting block watch email lists to expand MCC’s outreach. Pam Bowe suggested a targeted mailing to new homebuyers in the area. Another idea was distributing a flyer with a list of recent accomplishments of the Council, inviting residents to attend the next meeting. Pam Bowe volunteered to head a group of three members who were meeting immediately afterwards to brainstorm ideas to attract new members. Continue reading

Important Call to Action NE 130th Street-End Beach

Dear Neighbors,

Below is a link to a story which just aired on KIRO TV about the NE 130th Street-End Beach. Now is a critical time in our fight to reclaim this beach, which is our only public access to Lake Washington north of Matthews Beach to the city limits.

Link to KIRO News story:
http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/neighbors-fight-get-longtime-public-beach-back/nkJrb/

The City Council members are currently exploring options and need to know that the public would support using eminent domain to reclaim the beach that was recently taken by two neighbors by exploiting a technical procedural error made 82 years ago. Convincing council members Gooden (Parks Committee) and Rasmussen (Transportation Committee) is probably the most critical. Council member Licata already appears to support such action. Continue reading

Meadowbrook Community Mtg- March 10, 2015

Greetings Meadowbrook Community Council members!

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 7-9pm, in the usual location. We have a number of issues and happenings to deal with. Firstly, as discussed at our January meeting, we will have elections to either re-elect the current board or elect any member who wishes to run for one of the board positions. We will have our once-per-year treasurer’s report and consider the possibility of raising our annual dues from the current $10/yr to $15 or 20/yr.

On the agenda will be reports on several issues and projects affecting our Meadowbrook neighborhood. These will be: Continue reading

Thornton Creek Confluence Project Update February 25, 2015

Construction of the Thornton Creek Confluence project is nearly complete. We would like to thank you for your patience and support during construction and your ongoing interest in the project.

While the major construction work is done, you can still expect the following within the floodplain area:

• The contractor will be performing punch list items, which are minor corrections at the end of a project.
• Burlap ground cover and sandbags will remain as the plants become more established.
• On-site monitoring tubes placed in the creek during construction will be tended to by crews over the next year.
• Plant establishment will be ongoing. We ask that you and your pets stay on the designated sidewalk and out of the floodplain area for your own safety and to the benefit of the new plants. Continue reading

Save the Northgate Bridge!

North Seattle College
A pedestrian bridge has been proposed by Seattle DOT and over I-5 at the Northgate light rail station, which would connect communities that have been divided since I-5 cut through north Seattle. In addition to connecting North Seattle College more directly to the light rail station, it will also enable safe crossings of the freeway for people walking and biking across the city.

Unfortunately there is a funding shortfall for the bridge as planned and may not be built if it is not advocated for. Many groups in North Seattle are gathering at North Seattle College Cafeteria on Saturday February 21st (10am – Noon) to voice their opinion on this subject and show their support for the project.

Please join us in supporting a better connected North Seattle.

More info can be found at the urbanist article here:
http://www.theurbanist.org/2015/02/10/event-save-the-northgate-bridge