Meadowbrook Community Council

Supporting community spirit and creating a connected environment in NE Seattle's Meadowbrook community and surrounding neighborhoods.

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

Thornton Creek Pollution Report

Fecal pollution in Thornton Creek: What’s next?

Seattle Public Utilities has been studying this issue for more than two years. What have they found, what have they corrected, and what are the considerations moving forward? How can we help? Thornton Creek Alliance is sponsoring this meeting with City staff and scientists. More details coming soon. Save the date!

When: Thursday, February 26, from 7:15 to 9 p.m.

Where: Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Avenue Northeast
Meeting is free and open to the public.

www.thornton-creek-alliance.org

www.facebook.com/Thornton.Creek.Alliance

MCC January 13, 2015 Meeting Minutes

January 13, 2015 MEADOBROOK COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

At 7:00 pm the President, Dan Keefe, called the meeting to order. There were at least 15 voting members in attendance and a total of 39 persons. The President noted the bylaws stated there should be elections of officers at the beginning of the year. One option is to reelect the existing board in March. Other nominations are welcome if any members are interested in serving on the Council. MCC meetings are held on the second Tuesday of odd numbered months of the year.
Thornton Creek Confluence Project Jason Sharpley and Emily Reardon of Seattle Public Utilities provided an update of the Project. It involves a new 1 ½ acre floodplain both east and west of 35th, a new wider culvert under 35th, a new bridge & sidewalks, stream restoration, public art, etc. Almost 4,000 plants were planted during the restoration. The remaining paving to restore vehicular traffic on 35th can be completed when there is no rain and daytime temperatures are above 45 degrees. Total project cost was $7.26 million. A member asked if SPU would work with the School District to remove the invasive blackberries on the school property. He replied that is outside SPU’s jurisdiction, but Deb Heiden is the SPU person to contact to work with, to attempt to have the school district remove the blackberries. Several members complimented Mr. Sharply on the project and the audience applauded at the conclusion of his report. Jason’s email is: jason.sharpley@seattle.gov www.seattle.gov/util/meadowbrookthorntoncreek and he encouraged the public to contact him with questions.

Sidewalks/ Safe Routes to Schools Brian Dougherty of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reported two sidewalk segments on NE 110th Street were 60% complete. 39th to 40th is the last section missing a sidewalk. SDOT could not make the project work with a 6 foot sidewalk in its existing location. Instead they will shift the roadway north and on the north side they will bury the ditch in a culvert. There will be a 6 foot concrete sidewalk with a 4-6” concrete curb on the south side of the street. There will be one disabled parking space for disabled parking. Construction will start in 2016.

Two other sidewalk projects (including the section between 35th and 36th) on NE 110th Street are at 10% completion. Another project is to improve the existing asphalt sidewalk from 40th to Sand Point Way on NE 110th. Traffic calming could be included in the future sections if the community was interested in incorporating traffic calming. He offered to have a drop in session at the community center to work on ideas. The President said he would send an email to interested persons. Mr. Dougherty left the meeting and talked outside with interested homeowners to review the proposed sidewalk plans.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Christa Dumpys, the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) coordinator for NE Seattle announced there is a neighborhood matching fund workshop later this month for interested members of the public. The President spoke about the NMF and has application forms to apply for these funds. He mentioned pocket parks could be improved with these grants if neighbors were interested.

City Emergency Hub The lower parking lot at Fred Meyer contains a communication pod for use in the event of a severe earthquake or other disaster.
Meadowbrook Greenways Group Janine Blaeloch (206) 498-6695 of MGG reported the Safe Routes to School funding is being used to create Greenways. Greenways are streets that have traffic calming features. Monica Sweet of Lake City Greenways distributed flyers. 27th Avenue NE from 125th to 145th is a new Greenways which members could view to see an example of a Greenway. Persons interested in creating Greenways in their neighborhood should call Janine or email her at lakecitygreenways@gmail.com. More information is available at www.seattlegreenways.org.
CRIME There were 25 arrests for car theft in the north precinct in the last month. The extensive mail thefts from homeowners’ mailboxes was discussed.

Community Garden/ Orchard The President noted the community garden is going well, as is the orchard. The extra produce is given to local food banks. The VP reported the community garden group was putting in a new tree and shrub nursery on the top of Nathan Hale Hill. In addition, edible trees and shrubs are being planted and they are slowly expanding the plantings east toward 35th, on the north side of NE 105th Street. Every Sunday at 5 pm there is a work party (the time will be changing) if members of the public would like to help.
There were presentations about a number of upcoming meetings on subjects of interest to residents.

The minutes of the September 9, 2014 meeting were approved. The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.
By: Michael Reinhardt, Secretary

35th Ave NE is open! Update from Emily Reardon

Thornton Creek Confluence Project
Construction Update – January 16

Using this week’s dry weather, the contractor was able to complete the remaining pieces of work in order to open 35th Avenue NE. As of this afternoon, 35th Avenue NE is open to through traffic. Regular traffic flows, including Metro routes 64 and 65, will resume and the sidewalks are open to pedestrians. Please visit the King County Metro Service Advisories page for more information on the bus routes: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/.

Over the next few weeks, occasional lane closures are anticipated due to streetscape improvements as part of the project and finishing touches will be ongoing within the floodplain area adjacent to 35th Avenue NE.

We would also like to thank everyone for the questions and comments we received at the January 13 Meadowbrook Community Council meeting. For those of you who could not make it, we shared an overview of the project that is now available on our project website under ‘Related Links’.

Thank you for your continued patience as we wrap up construction.

Questions?

Contact Jason Sharpley, Project Manager, at jason.sharpley@seattle.gov or 206-615-0030 or visit the project website at: www.seattle.gov/util/meadowbrookthorntoncreek.