Meadowbrook Community Council

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

MEADOWBROOK POND IS NOW CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE PROJECT

Message From Jonathan Brown of Seattle Public UtilitiesSeal of the City of Seattle

Dear Community Member,

We have kept the Meadowbrook Pond open as long as possible while we worked with the contractor to finalize pre-construction activities.

As of July 30, the Meadowbrook Pond will be closed for about 3 months so SPU contractor crews can remove accumulated sediment from the pond. Typical work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with possible evening and weekend work.

The perimeter path along 39th Avenue N.E. and N.E. 105th Street will remain open with intermittent disruption to allow for vehicle crossing. In addition, we worked with the contractor to also provide access to the footbridge via the path off 35th Avenue N.E. However, the rest of the site will be closed throughout much of construction for safety and security reasons.

We are continuing to work with our Urban Ecosystems team to monitor wildlife on the site. Last week, an SPU biologist marked the location of a green heron nest and coordinated with Washington State Fish and Wildlife to develop guidance for the construction team on ways to avoid impacting the area around the nest.

I will share updates throughout construction via this email list and the (project website). Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we perform this necessary maintenance work.

Regards,
Jonathan Brown
Project Manager
Seattle Public Utilities
jonathan.brown@seattle.gov

Your Voice Your Choice: Vote now for park and street projects in our neighborhood!

It’s time again to vote for Your Voice, Your Choice — for park and street improvements nominated by you and your neighbors here in Meadowbrook, Lake City and City Council District 5.

The 2018 Your Voice, Your Choice Vote takes place June 16 to July 16. Click above to vote online!

  • Voting is open to anyone age 11 and up (must be 13 and up to vote online) who lives, works, goes to school, worships, receives services, volunteers, or is part of a program in the City of Seattle.
  • Each voter may cast one ballot per City Council district, and may choose up to three (3) projects per district. Complete Project List
  • You can vote online or by paper ballot at any Seattle Public Library branch.

The list of projects in all districts is available here for your review. If you go to D5 you will see that we have 7 projects in Lake City/Meadowbrook/Little Brook, our eastern chunk of the district.

Meadowbrook Project: #5G. (Project #18-543)

This round we have a much needed improvement in the Meadowbrook area on the roster. Project: #5G. (Project #18-543)

YVYC 2018: 18-543, NE 105 St and NE 104th Pl: Due to the intersection geometry at NE 105th St & NE 104th Pl, installing floating median islands to clarify intended vehicle movements is recommended.

Click on the document image above to view the project details

Preparing for work on Meadowbrook Pond Rehabilitation Project

Dear Community Member,

SPU’s contractor is now onboard, and we are working with them on final preparations for the sediment removal project at Meadowbrook Pond. We plan to keep the pond open until they are ready to begin work, which will be the week of July 9th at the earliest.

Once work begins, Meadowbrook Pond will be closed for about 3 months. In-water work will be completed by the end of September with clean-up, demobilization, and site restoration extending into mid-October. Typical work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

While most of the site will be closed for safety and security reasons as well as to enable the contractor to adequately stage equipment and efficiently remove sediment from the site, the perimeter pathway will remain open throughout much of construction with some intermittent closures.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

We have heard from the community, and we know that the beavers and other wildlife are important. In preparation for construction, SPU coordinated with Washington State Fish and Wildlife and other agencies to identify an optimal time period for construction that will have the least affect fish and other aquatic life (also known as a “fish window”). In addition, environmental analysts from SPU’s Urban Ecosystems group are continuing to evaluate the site to minimize our impacts on wildlife during construction. Continue reading

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)

Meadowbrook Community Meeting July 11, 2017 at 7-8:30pm

Welcome to summer! Looks like it’s off to a rather mellow start heat wise. Due to some changes in room usage at the Center, we will be meeting in the upstairs meeting room. Signs will be posted.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Our featured presenter will be Gary Olson who is on the board of Thornton Creek Alliance (TCA) and is director of a Citizen Science program that TCA is currently undertaking and, in which yours truly is participating. The program involves the monitoring of Thornton Creek for the presence of E. coli, bacteria which can indicate the presence of pollution by sewage. Samples been collected and analyzed by volunteers for the past 25 weeks. Plans are to run the program for a full year. This study is an extension of that done a few years ago by SPU and is also being overseen by them.
The Sidewalk Committee will host David Burgesser from SDOT, who will report on the new sidewalk construction adjacent to John Rogers Elementary, as well as the numerous other plans for sidewalks, crosswalk, speed-reduction improvements on key (near schools) streets in our neighborhood.

Big change: Ne 110th between 35th and 36th aves will get a temporary asphalt sidewalk next spring due to King County’s plans to build a new bridge in about 7yrs. There will be an update on the Emergency Hub which has had a bit of trouble getting launched. We will also have a brief visit from Tim Motzer, LCNA, who will talk about a petition he is circulating that is urging Parks to dedicate “excess” levy funds to the construction of a badly needed community center for Lake City.

Finally, the Community Garden and Orchards are back in full swing with many vegies being harvested and, as usual, the excess being donated to the North Helpline food bank.
Please mark your calendars– Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Dan Keefe
President

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.

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

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.

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

Meadowbrook Community Meeting July 12, 2016 7:00-8:30PM

Location: MEADOWBROOK COMMUNITY CENTER

Agenda:

Yes for Homes Campaign will make a short presentation in favor of the upcoming Seattle Housing Levy vote.

Richard Anderson will discuss the pros and cons of the so called “Removing Barriers to Backyard Cottages and Accessory Dwelling Units” rule which is being proposed by CM O’Brian.

Pam Bowe will discuss the 2035 Comprehensive Plan and the proposed zoning changes for Lake City Way and surrounding areas. Continue reading