Meadowbrook Community Council

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

Jeff Renner Speaks about Climate Change May 21, 2017

Jeff Renner, former KING chief meteorologist, will speak about Climate Science at Our Lady of the Lake Jubilee Hall on Sunday May 21 at 6:45 PM.

Renner has served on the boards of the American Meteorological Society and Climate Central, has participated in conferences at both the White House and the Vatican and earned degrees in Atmospheric Science from UW and science journalism from U of Wisconsin. He will speak and answer questions on the changes he has seen in our climate, the latest science and how that relates to the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si – Care for our Common Home.

The event will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Jubilee Hall, 8900 35th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

MEADOWBROOK COMMUNITY COUNCIL MTG–MAY 9TH, 2017 7-8:30 PM

From: Dan Keefe, President
LOCATION: Meadowbrook Community Center
ADDRESS: 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

At our March meeting we elected the existing Board to another one year term with one condition, that this would be the last term for Dan Keefe and Charlene Murray. Thank you and we hope to continue to serve the best interests of Meadowbrook. With that in mind, Pam Bowe will be running our May meeting while Dan visits his grandchildren in Helena, MT. He will be around to run the July meeting.

Our May 9th meeting will feature a representative from CM Juarez’s office and may include CM Juarez herself. In addition, we will have a representative from SDOT Safe Routes to School division (Stephanie) who will give us an update on our long awaited start to the construction (June 2017) of the sidewalk segment on Ne 110th between 39/40th Aves Ne. She will be this project’s key point of contact, so please be prepared to also ask any pertinent questions you might have. We will also hand out the latest milestone updates to Brian Dougherty’s spreadsheet that contains the list of the various sidewalk and crosswalks, etc projects.
Of the three proposals we submitted as part on DoN’s new Your Voice…Your Choice program (replaces NPSF), one was selected for final voting which is the 4-way stop at Ne 98th St and Ravenna which is being championed by Wilma Boyd.

There will be an update on the Emergency Hub and our inquiry into becoming a fiscal sponsor for Matching Funds projects. The committee formed to apply for funds to improve the grounds at Jane Addams MS is having trouble getting volunteers. Finally, the Community Garden and Orchards has held some 8 to 9 work parties since coming back to life in March. Work Parties are currently scheduled for 3-5pm every Sunday with a pot luck following.

Please mark your calendars and support Pam by coming to the meeting.
Dan Keefe, President

Meadowbrook Community Meeting–March 14, 2017 7-8:30PM

Location: Meadowbrook Community Center 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

It’s already March…hard to believe!! At our March meeting we traditionally elect officers for 2017. Like last year, the existing board members are all willing to serve another term, so I will propose that the board be re-elected by consensus vote.

Our featured presenter will be Gary Prince who has roots in the Meadowbrook neighborhood. He is a project Manager for King County Metro and will be making a presentation of Metro’s ambitious Northgate Transit Oriented Development (TOD) project. The vision is to make the area around Northgate a “vibrant inclusive community of all incomes live close to where they work, play and shop with convenient access to a transit hub.” I heard his presentation to the Thornton Creek Alliance Board and I was impressed.

The elections plus Metro’s presentation and other news about your Meadowbrook neighborhood will make for another interesting and important reason to get together. The Sidewalk Committee will report on the three proposals we submitted as part on DoN’s new Your Voice…Your Choice program (replaces NPSF) and there is an update on the status of Brian Dougherty’s list of projects in our area.

There will be an update on the Emergency Hub and meet our new HAM radio operators. Becoming a fiscal sponsor for Matching Funds projects is being considered by the MCC Board. A committee is forming to apply for funds to improve the grounds at Jane Addams MS. Finally, the Community Garden and Orchards are coming back to life and we will fill you in on plans for 2017.

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

NE 95th St Sidewalks Project:Construction Update March 1, 2017

Updates to construction schedule
We appreciate your patience during construction. We are continuing to experience weather delays, but still expect work will wrap up in late March or early April. Please note that the dates listed below are approximate and dependent on weather conditions.
• Drainage work continues throughout the project area. We expect this work to last through at least March 13.
• Crews will begin pouring concrete as early as March 17. They will begin by forming and pouring the curb and gutter along the length of NE 95th St. Curb and gutter is the first step of building new sidewalk.
• As early as March 20, crews will begin grading for sidewalk and driveway construction. We anticipate sidewalk and curb ramps before driveways, as soon as March 27.
• We expect driveway construction will begin as early as March 30. We’ll follow up with homeowners individually to share a sequencing update and provide notification for driveway impacts in advance of this work.
• The landscaping work will follow completion of sidewalk and driveway construction, as early as April 4.

Questions or concerns?
We’ve spoken to many residents about specific access needs or concerns during construction. Please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing PedestrianImprovements4@seattle.gov or by calling (206) 684-4747. We appreciate your patience during construction. Feel free to forward this email to others you think may be interested or share this link to sign up for construction updates via email.

Best,
Rachel McCaffrey
Community Outreach Lead
PedestrianImprovements4@seattle.gov | 206-684-4747
http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/sidewalks_NE95thSt.htm

Community Conversation February 8, 2017

“Please join your neighbors across Northeast Seattle for a Community Conversation and Forum on Hate Crimes. This will be the first meeting of it’s kind in Seattle in collaboration with the US Department of Justice, the Seattle Police Department and local leadership groups to provide information on this very important issue facing our communities.

Recently one of our North Seattle business owners experienced a hate crime. It is vital that we all work together to send a clear message that these types of acts will not be tolerated in our community.

Working with SPD’s SAFE Place initiative lead, James Ritter, the Department of Neighborhoods, North Seattle Chamber and the victim of the incident, Lake City Future First is helping to host the event at the Lake City Community Center as part of our Community Conversation series.

LCFF will provide free food from 6-6:30 PM with the forum starting promptly at 6:30. The forum will last until 8:30 with a series of speakers and time allotted for questions and comments from the community.
This is an important evening and we hope to see you there.”

Invitation from and hosted by Lake City Future First

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT January 10th, 2017 7PM-8:30 PM

Happy New Year to you all and I trust and hope you all had a good holiday season.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

For our first meeting in 2017, interestingly as in January 2016 and 2015, our featured presenter will be Brian Dougherty of SDOT who this year will provide a spreadsheet of all the various sidewalk and crosswalk projects that are “in the que” for the Meadowbrook area (~ four sidewalks and six crosswalks) along with their various stages of completion. We have had a pretty successful year in getting commitments from SDOT and 2017 is the time to see actual design, construction and completion for most of these projects. A lot of that success, I believe, is attributable to our Sidewalk Committee and the Sidewalk Report we produced and presented to SDOT last May, plus a measured dose of being the ”squeaky wheel.”

The Sidewalk Committee in 2017 will largely be tasked with monitoring and holding SDOT to their commitments, as well as, pursuing the next set of new sidewalks and crosswalks.
In addition to sidewalks, we will be supporting a budding “emergency hub” project headed up by Anne Girvin. Anne will give an update at our Jan. 10th meeting.

Now that District Councils will no longer be supported by the Dept of Neighborhoods and are being bypassed for a new “top down” approach by the Mayor and City Council called the “Community Involvement Commission,” community councils are going to have to figure out how to work with in this new structure, especially when competing for city grants from the Neighborhood Park and Street and Neighborhood Sidewalk funds.

Last, but definitely not least, I, along with Charlene Murray, our Treasurer since 1998, have decided to make 2017 our last year in office, if elected of course! I will have served five years plus one as vice president where I might as well have been president. It’s time to give someone else the opportunity. I will, nonetheless, remain involved.

The election will be held in March, as in past years, but according to our bylaws that we updated last year, in order to vote in March, one must have been current with their dues at the prior meeting or January in this case. So, if you want to vote in March, you need to pay on or before the Jan 10th meeting.
Mark your calendars– Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Dan Keefe, President

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MEETING January 6, 2017 6:30-8:30 PM

On January 6th, from 6:30 to 8:30, we are planning a meeting for the Meadowbrook/Matthews Beach area at the Meadowbrook Community Center.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Our guest speaker will be Sandy Motzer, who is instrumental in creating the emergency 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.”

We will be discussing how:
• 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.

Before you come, please look at the Seattle Hazard Explorer online tool :
Seattle Hazard Explorer
and check out your home and our community.

Anne Girvin will be leading this meeting.

MCC Meeting Announcement September 15, 2016; 7-8:45pm

MCC Meeting Announcement
For:
September 15, 2016; 7-8:45pm
Please note: Because of a scheduling snafu and subsequent compromise, our meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept 15; same time and place.

I am very pleased that Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) hydrologist, Ms. Katherine Lynch, has agreed to be our featured presenter. She will be talking about the structure and function of a couple of major improvements that have very recently been made to Thornton Creek, a very important drainage in our area. She will discuss improved hydrologic and biologic aspects of the Confluence and Kingfisher (upstream of Fred Schwab) projects. This will be a slideshow and discussion version of her tours of these areas during the Influence of the Confluence event back in June, 2016 for which she received many kudos.

The MCC Sidewalks Committee Update on the status of Ne 110th proposed sidewalks between 39/40Aves Ne, 34/35th Aves Ne, and Ne 113th between 34/35th Aves Ne will be based on a report from Emily Reardon, Community Outreach for Brian Dougherty, which as of this posting I have yet to receive. Meadowbrook and Wedgwood CCs joint proposal for a greenways project on 32nd Ave Ne remains largely in limbo. After school starts, SDOT plans to conduct a census of the number of pedestrians crossing NE 95th at 32 Ave Ne before painting a crosswalk with signage at this location. Because of a sidewalk project from 35th Ave Ne to 32nd Ave Ne, curbs will be put in place.

Regarding our two Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) proposals that were accepted by NDC, SDOT cost summaries indicated that the speed hump proposal at Ne 110th and 34 Ave would cost $100K (unbelievable) and the pedestrian activated crossing beacon at Ne 110th and 35 Ave would cost around $38K. This project was voted second to a project near Fred Meyer which was costed at $79K for a total of $117K. For our project, the extra $28K needed may be funded from other sources.

Wilma Boyd has applied for a Small Sparks Grant from the city for flag material to use at selected street.

Standing reports on the garden, crime and the website will also be presented and ideas on topics for future meetings in 2016 will, as always, be welcome. Agendas will be available at the meeting. Mark your calendars for Sept 15th — Looking forward to seeing you. DK