Meadowbrook Community Council

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MCC Meeting Announcement for: 7/14/15 Meeting, 7pm

Greetings Meadowbrook Community Council members,

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council


Because of the unusually hot weather as of late, I intend to schedule a shorter meeting. Our featured presentation will be by Brian Dougherty, SDOT, on the status of the design and construction schedules of the three sidewalk segments on NE 110th, between 35th ave ne and Sandpoint Way; a Safe Routes to School project.

In addition, updates and reports on the following will also be provided:
1- Report on the Greenways speed study on NE98th nr 32nd and placement of crossing flags at various intersections (Wilma Boyd and/ or Nikki Sakata);
2- Recent intersection crosswalk work order approvals by SDOT for three crossings around Jane Addams and Nathan Hale schools;
3- Community Garden and Orchards: current status (harvest, signs, netting) (Richard Anderson);
4- Public Safety: (Aundie Collison);
5- Membership growth committee: status (Pam Bowe).

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

Looking forward to your attendance…Dan Keefe, President

May 12, 2015 MEADOWBROOK COMMUNITY COUNCIL MTG MINUTES

At 7:10pm President Dan Keefe brought the meeting to order. There were 25 attendees at the meeting. No issues were up for a vote.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Mr. Sandy Brown, who is running for City Council from the newly created 5th District, was introduced. He spoke about a new proposed street end to be developed on city land at 135th as well as his petition to have the city use eminent domain to purchase the street end at 130th.

Move Seattle Levy SDOT Director, Scott Kubly, and Andrew Glass-Hastings (Mayor’s Senior Policy Advisor), made a presentation on the Mayor’s proposed MoveSeattle transportation levy and provided handouts summarizing the salient points. Mr. Kubly’s discussion focused on the proposed Seattle growth statistics that supported the need to have a new transportation levy, especially now that the existing Bridging the Gap levy was about to expire. He discussed key submittal time lines and that the levy would be on this November’s ballot. One of the major focuses of the proposed levy is to make the city more walkable and bikeable, which was illustrated by the Mayor’s support for the proposed Northgate Ped/bike Bridge which would cross over I-5 from Northgate to North Seattle College. Funding would come from several sources including the city, state and Federal governments. Support for Light Rail and improving Metro bus service was also discussed. (At this point the Secretary arrived and replaced the President as the meeting secretary.)

In response to a question, Mr. Kubly replied that the levy cost would be $275/year on a $475,000 house. It would provide $150,000,000 in sidewalk improvements, which would be about 150 blocks of new sidewalks on one side of the street.

Sidewalks The President noted that the proposed sidewalk improvements on NE 110th east of 35th Avenue NE were 90% designed. Also, the City has agreed to improve the crosswalk signage at 35th Avenue NE & NE 105th Street.
A representative of the Jane Addams Safety Committee as Mr. Kubly for painted crosswalks on 110th and 115th leading to the school. Another member asked for crosswalk improvements at Ravenna Avenue NE & NE 98th Street. The President noted he was lobbying SDOT for a crosswalk at 35th Avenue NE & NE 98th Street. Mr. Kubly asked for an email summarizing the requested crosswalk painting sites and the President agreed to do so.

Candidate Forum Ms. Bowe spoke about the upcoming May 18th District 5 City Council candidate forum at Jane Addams Middle School, which is being sponsored in part by the Meadowbrook Community Council. The President thanked her for her efforts in helping to organize the forum.

130th Street Light Rail Station Mr. Kubly stated the present plan does not include a light rail station at NE 130th. The plan calls for stations at Northgate, 145th, and 180th however the track will be designed to permit a station to be added in the future. He noted the Mayor supports having a station at 130th and funding for that station could be before the voters in 2016.

Community Garden Vice President Richard Anderson reported that irrigation has been installed in the Garden next to the tennis courts adjacent to Nathan Hale HS. Work parties are usually on Sundays and volunteers can take home part of the produce from the garden. The rest is donated to local food banks.
Undeveloped City Park The President suggested the MCC work to improve the City Park behind the LaVilla Dairy on Fischer Place NE and asked members to contact him with ideas.

There were 31 persons in attendance. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50pm.

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