Meadowbrook Community Council

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

PETITION: Fund Our Aging Park Facilities!

SEATTLE: PLEASE FUND OUR AGING PARK FACILITIES!

This petition is being sponsored by the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA), an organization of 26 community organizations with the mission to protect and enhance the quality of life in the greater Lake City area.

 

Click Here to Sign! (Google Docs)

Lake City and Green Lake have aging community centers, recommended in the 2016 Community Center Strategic Plan for total replacement. Yet despite having the new Seattle Parks District, their budget spending plan has grossly insufficient funds to replace aging Park facilities. There are many aging Park facilities throughout Seattle. Each of the existing 27 community centers will at some time need extensive renovation or replacement. As a result of the total lack of recognition and action by the Board of Commissioners of the Seattle Park District (all City Council Members) to consider LCNA’s request for a new, full-service, Parks-operated community center, LCNA is sponsoring this petition to FUND OUR AGING PARK FACILITIES. This effort is being done concurrently with the Green Lake Community Center group who is also sponsoring a petition to have the Seattle Park District fund aging community centers and pools and to abandon use of privatization. People should feel free to sign both petitions.

 

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO URGE OUR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE SEATTLE PARK DISTRICT TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

 

An in-depth analysis of the Problem and Potential Solutions (click to view (PDF))

Background: Seattle voters approved the Seattle Park District with the understanding that the initial 6-
year property tax assessment would not be higher than 33 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, and that this assessment rate would generate approximately $47.9 million dollars a year for the first 6 years of the Parks District’s operation.

Problem: With Seattle’s unprecedented growth and housing density, the need for Park facilities is great. Replacement and major renovation of aging park facilities are not funded within the existing Seattle Parks District budget. Now two community centers that have been identified by the Parks Department as needing to be replaced will not be replaced, and the budget for the renovation for six other community centers has been substantially reduced. The Board of Commissioners of the Seattle Park District has stated that the wording in the inter-local agreement, which includes the initial 6-year spending plan, prevents any changes to the budget until the next 6- year cycle starting in 2021.This self imposed limitation on funding has resulted in the Park District Commissioners not being able to meet their fiduciary obligation to improve community centers, pools and other park facilities.

Opportunity: As a result of all the new construction, the taxable base of the City has increased by $22.3 billion dollars from 2016 to 2017. The current assessment rate is 27.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value—well below the promised high level.

Solution: If the current 27.5 cent rate was maintained for the next 3 years, an additional $26 million could be generated by 2020, allowing growth to pay part of this cost. These additional funds should be used to replace and renovate aging Park facilities without resorting to privatization of existing publicly owned Parks’ community centers and pools.

The Friends of Funding Our Aging Park Facilities thank you for your support!

LCNA
Posted in conjunction with LCNA.


JAMS receives Seattle Neighborhood grant for Conceptual Landscape Design

[l to r] Principal Paula Montgomery, Gretchen Dedecker, Leah VanMore, Mayor Ed Murray, Cmmte. Chair Colleen Weinstein, Kathy Gerke, Pam Bowe, Debbie Howard, Kim McCormick


The Outdoor Beautification Committee at Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS) is excited to announce funding from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for a Conceptual Landscape Design for our campus. Committee members are volunteers from the Jane Addams school community, students at JAMS, community members and neighbors. We will be seeking community input at three meetings this fall to be held in the JAMS auditorium. Please come help us create a site that better serves the needs of our school, neighbors and our community here in NE Seattle!

To get involved, or to learn more, contact Colleen Weinstein

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.



Your Voice, Your Choice — Vote Now!

Dear Meadowbrook neighbors:

It has come time to get involved in the City’s participatory budgeting process by voting for three projects in District 5 associated with the “Your Voice, Your Choice” program. Voting is pretty simple and one can vote on line or by paper ballot. Just follow the links below in the message from the Department of Neighborhoods (DoN). Pam Bowe, Wilma Boyd and I were heavily involved in the process of reviewing all the submitted projects and reducing the number to 10 for voting. Meadowbrook has only one, the Ravenna and NE 98th ST intersection, in the final 10. Each person can vote for three projects. While all of the final 10 are worthy endeavors, we are hoping that the Meadowbrook community will always chose the Ravenna project when they are voting for their three favorites. Voting is an extended process. It ends on June 30th with the results to be made known on July 17th.

Thank you for participating. Have a good summer and I’ll see some of you at MCC’s July 11th meeting.

Best,
Dan Keefe
President
Meadowbrook Community Council

Hey Your Voice, Your Choice Fans:

The day is finally here! Voting is now open for Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets!

Go to http://seattle.gov/yvyc to vote for your favorite projects!

Community members ages 11 and up can vote online or at in-person polling stations between June 3-30. Paper ballots are also available at all community centers and libraries. The projects that receive the most votes will be funded by the City and implemented in 2018.

Ballots will be tallied after June 30 and winning projects will be announced by July 18.

So, let your voice be heard: VOTE NOW!

You can also help us get out the vote in your community by signing up to be one of our Vote Champions! Just drop us an email and we will make sure you are connected with the tools and resources you need to help spread the word and get out the vote.

Nathan Hale Theater Department presents “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

For tickets, click here: www.nathanhaletheatre.com

D5 CM Debora Juarez secures $500,000 for the NE 110th Sidewalk Project in FY17 City Budget

On September 23, 2016, I met with Pam Bowe of the Meadowbrook Community Council. Pam requested a District Office meeting regarding a substantial number of fatalities and traffic related accidents in the Meadowbrook community. I learned that community advocates successfully requested “Bridge the Gap” grant funding to complete the dangerous sidewalk segment on NE 110th St between 35th Ave NE and 36th Ave NE. Construction was approved in 2009 and again in 2013, however development never occurred.

I worked with the Meadowbrook Community Council to successfully secure $500,000 for the construction of this community asset in the 2017-2018 budget.

Meadowbrook Emergency Communication Hub Meeting Details

Click to Download Presentation (PDF)

On January 6th, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:30, the Meadowbrook Community Council held a meeting for the greater Meadowbrook / Matthews Beach area communities at the Meadowbrook Community Center on NE 35th Avenue.

Our guest speaker was Sandy Motzer, who was instrumental in organizing and creating the emergency communications hub in Lake City.

The emergency communication hub is part of a network around Seattle that would be staffed by trained volunteers and ham radio operators who could send emergency messages to the city in case of a large-scale disaster.

Susanna Cunningham, Vice chair of Lake City Emergency Communications HUB discussed FEMA, and the Amateur Radio & Auxiliary Communications Service of Seattle (ACS).
Topics discussed, as illustrated in the attached presentation (above), were:

  • Each household has to be self-sustaining
  • To support our neighborhood and community
  • The Meadowbrook hub would operate
  • We need to communicate with city leaders and emergency responders.
  • The Meadowbrook area is unique.

Remembrance & Rally: Call on Seattle City Council to fund $3 million in street safety improvements in 2017.

Call on Seattle City Council to fund $3 million in street safety improvements in 2017.

image003A rash of serious injuries and fatalities on the streets of north Seattle has galvanized people to demand swift action. From 2015 to the present, there have been 24 serious injury collisions in north Seattle, six of them fatal.

In a normal year, two people lose their lives riding bikes in all of Seattle. In northeast Seattle, two people have been killed riding their bikes just in the past month.

Join Lake City Greenways, NE Seattle Greenways, Green Lake Greenways, Licton-Haller Greenways, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways, Maple Leaf Greenways and many other community groups and neighbors to highlighthese unsettlingly incidents.

They will gather on Sunday, October 9 at noon in front of the Northgate Community Center to remember the people whose lives have been altered by or lost to traffic violence. The gathering will raise awareness and ask city leaders to put money in the budget to construct street safety improvements.

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“Northeast Seattle is experiencing a shocking level of traffic violence,” said Cathy Tuttle, director of the traffic safety organization Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. “We’ve mapped where collisions have happened in the northeast and believe many streets could be fixed with modest but effective safety engineering. The City has identified 100 places that could use spot improvements, and people throughout Seattle have documented another 300 street safety concerns. Let’s get the funding in place so we can fix these places. Waiting longer to improve our streets has deadly consequences.”

Seattle has committed to Vision Zero (zero serious injuries or fatalities by 2030), but the $2.4 million budgeted for a life-saving agenda is not sufficient. Neighbors are gathering to say #WeCantWait for more serious injuries and fatalities to spur City action.

Petition to ask City to add $3 million to fix unsafe streets: http://bit.ly/2dkhOBs

WhoPeople who live, work, or travel in north Seattle
When12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2016
WhereNorthgate Community Center 10510 5th Ave NE