Meadowbrook Community Council

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

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

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 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

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

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

Volunteers Needed: Help Clean & Maintain Meadowbrook Pond

Seattle reLeaf
Meet at the entrance to Meadowbrook Pond on 35th Ave NE, across the street from Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave NE)

Meadowbrook Pond is a beautiful community asset and home to numerous birds and other wildlife. But it needs your help! Tree Ambassador Lucy will be leading volunteers to remove the aggressive weeds threatening the trees and other healthy vegetation around the pond.

if you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form on the following web page.

Volunteers Needed: Help Clean & Maintain Thornton Creek & Meadowbrook Playfield

Green Seattle Partnership
Activities
There is work to be done to keep the Meadowbrook Playfield & Thornton Creek looking good. Invasive plants are creeping in, and volunteers are needed to help defend this beautiful natural area. Join neighbors and friends to help out and learn a lot!

Open to the public
All ages OK

Youth Volunteer Waiver
If you are under 18 and attending the event without a parent or guardian, please come to the event with the waiver below signed by a parent or guardian.
Youth Waiver Form

Dates:
Wednesday, August 3rd, 9a – 1p
Wednesday, August 10th, 9a – 1p
Wednesday, August 17th, 9a – 1p
Wednesday, August 24th, 9a – 1p
Wednesday, August 31st, 9a – 1p

Details:
http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/map/?search=meadowbrook&organization=seattle&park=&start=&end=

What to Bring
Please dress in layers and consider the weather, sturdy shoes or boots, long pants & long sleeved shirts will protect you from plant scratches. Bring raingear for rainy weather & sunscreen for sun. Also, bring a filled water bottle and your needed snacks. All tools, gloves and other restoration supplies are provided.

Where to Meet
Volunteers will meet at the Jobox in the Fir Tree Grove at the corner of 35th NE and NE 105th – (South side of the Meadowbrook Pool and Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE).

Where to Park
Plenty of parking at the Meadowbrook Community Center parking lot or along 35th NE. Also served by Metro Bus 65 and there are bike lock stands at building entrances.