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

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.


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.

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

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

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.