Meadowbrook Community Council

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

Meadowbrook Meeting: October 10th, 7p-8:30p

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Welcome to Fall! Off to a great start. Good to be back from colorful Colorado! The aspen were incredible!! The meeting will be in the regular downstairs meeting room in the Meadowbrook Community Center on October 10, 2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

Our featured presenter will be Scott Lindsay, Assistant DA who is running against Mr. Holmes. He will make a brief presentation and then will take questions. Please come prepared with a few burning questions.

The Sidewalk Committee will provide an update on the various projects Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been working on in our area. As many of you can see, the John Rogers’ sidewalk has been completed, finally. We have flashing beacon crosswalks in several locations and speed humps/cushions are seemingly everywhere. We will talk about what SDOT plans to do next before the rains come. Also, just a heads up, the Department of Neighborhoods Your Voice, Your Choice program will be accepting proposals starting in late November. We will have a DON rep visit with us at our November 14th meeting.

Announcements about various city events will be made such as public hearings on single family dwelling ADUs and debates between candidates for city council positions 8 and 9. Also, on Nov 6th our State legislative reps will hold a town hall type meeting hosted by North District Council at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 630pm. Tim Motzer, Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA) is asking for volunteers to testify at one or more of the 3 budget meetings being held at City Hall related to funding his 27.5 cent solution for aging park facilities (presented at our July meeting).

Finally, the Community Garden and Orchards continues to have a robust harvest, but a bit less than last several years due to our unusually hot and dry summer. Still, whatever excess they have is being donated to the North Helpline food bank.

Please mark your calendars– Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Dan Keefe
President

Local Leader’s connection to Puerto Rico

Carlos & Mark Mendez

Mark Mendez, of Meadowbrook, was recently featured in a King 5 News story about the crisis in Puerto Rico and the connection between Seattle, WA and Aguadilla, PR.

View King 5 Story

Many of you have been asking me how you can donate to Aguadilla and Puerto Rico. Below are three ways you can help: donate money directly to Aguadilla City, send supplies (canned food and water), and/or come to the Hellbent Brewery Puerto Rico Halloween Fundraiser on October 28th. Do all three!

All the details for the three options are below.
Thank you for your love and support 🇺🇲🇵🇷❤️

1. Aguadilla City Hurricane Relief Fund (to send money directly):
Bank: BANCO POPULAR
Account number: 383 261 601
Route number: 021 50 2011

2. To send supplies directly to Aguadilla City (water and canned food):

Aguadilla City Hall
Ave. San Carlos #11
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 00603

3. Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fundraiser Halloween Event
Hellbent Brewing Company (13035 Lake City Way, 98125) 12pm-12am
https://www.facebook.com/events/362014307567926/?ti=cl

Pedestrian Safety / Traffic Calming Improvements coming to Meadowbrook

This summer we are making improvements for kids walking and biking to Rogers Elementary School, Jane Addams M.S., and Nathan Hale H.S. We’re installing:

  • speed humps in the school zones
  • a raised crosswalk across NE 110th St at 34th Ave NE
  • 20 mph flashing beacons on 35th Ave NE and NE 115th St
  • crosswalk beacons at 35th Ave NE & NE 105th St
  • crosswalk beacons at 35th Ave NE in front of the community center
  • crosswalk beacons at Sandpoint Way NE & NE 110th St

The location and design of speed bumps will accommodate fire engines and other emergency response vehicles while reducing speeding for all other vehicles.

These projects are funded by the Safe Routes to School program and the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.

Before we install the speed humps, we’ll put out no parking signs at least 3 days before construction, which takes about 2 days.
Questions or comments?

Ashley Rhead | Ashley.Rhead@Seattle.gov and (206) 684-7577 www.seattle.gov/transportation/saferoutes.htm

Meadowbrook Pedestrian Safety / Traffic Calming Improvements (courtesy of SDOT) (click for larger version)

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.