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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Posted in conjunction with LCNA.
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.