I hope to make a synopsis of our bimonthly and special meetings a regular feature of our new website. Firstly, I and the Board want to thank Pam Bowe and her partner Sam Otis for their efforts in constructing our new website (pro bono).
Tuesday’s meeting was attended by approx. 20 individuals with the concern over recent break-ins and dubious solicitors in the 110th and Alton area of primary concern. In order of occurrence, this is what transpired:
1- We now have our bank account at BECU where we are saving $15/mo on service charges,
2- The 110th /39-40th sidewalk project is in the running for approval along with 39 other proposal, but final notification won’t occur until late May,
3- Shelly and Aundie both provided clear and useful summaries regarding the recent rash of break-ins and prowling in the 110th and Alton neighborhood. Shelly capsulated the results of her meeting on March 3 at her house while Audie provided tips on how to behave when confronted…essentially let them know you are home, don’t open the door, they need a solicitors license to be legit, don’t be afraid to call 911. Efforts to form Block Watch groups were discussed and encouraged.
4- Pam Bowe and Sam Otis gave us an inside look at our new website’s features and how initially, we will keep it simple as place to go for announcements and information about our Meadowbrook neighborhood as well as to happenings of interest in adjacent neighborhoods. Depending on level of use, adjustments and refinements will be made accordingly.
5- Signe Gilson of CleanScapes provided information on the 50K ($50,000) award to the Weds pick-up area and what the requirements were for proposing on a project. I recommended that we consider installing swings for wheelchair bound individuals, possible at Annie’s Playground, which was met with some enthusiasm. Mary Anderson has agreed to help with the effort. If anyone else is interested, please let me know.
Deadline is April 15th. Proposal is a simple one page format, so not a lot of time should be required.
6- Due to meeting-time constraints, I chose to not discuss the Neighborhood Matching Funds program so that there would be sufficient time for the Organic Gardening presentation.
7- Sue McGann and John Samaras, both affiliated with Sustainable Northeast Seattle, discussed numerous aspects of organic gardening, providing references to source material (e.g., Seattle Tilth’s “…Northwest Garden Guide” along with seed sources such as: Territorial Seeds, Irish Eyes, Portage Bay Grange). For fertilizers and amendments, Sue recommended Walt’s Organic in Ballard (near the bridge). References were made to the Meadowbrook Community garden near the tennis courts at Nathan Hale and the “Edible Edge” along 105th between 35th and Ravenna. With spring approaching, numerous “work/teaching” parties are planned, mostly on Sundays from noon to 2pm or longer for those who want to work on the Edilble Edge as well. A lively Q&A followed.
The meeting was adjourned a little past 9pm.
As this synopsis is a new feature for our website, your comments will be greatly appreciated. The synopsis is intended to keep those interested informed about the happenings at meetings, to generate interest and provide enough info for those who didn‘t attend but may want to get involved in activities resulting from the meeting. It is not intended to replace the minutes which we will to post at a later date.
Finally, please feel free to offer suggestions for this nascent stage of our website in the comments boxes provided. Both Pam and I will be checking it regularly for input.
Here’s hoping for a quick end to the break-ins and happy gardening!
All the Best!
March 14, 2013