Meadowbrook Community Council

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Thornton Creek Natural Drainage System Project

Thornton Creek Natural Drainage System Project
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SPU is working on a project to install natural drainage systems in the Thornton Creek basin. These systems consist of shallow depressions in the public right-of-way, or “planter strip,” filled with deep-rooted plants and spongy soils that temporarily hold and clean polluted stormwater from streets and sidewalks. 

Why Thornton Creek? 

Stormwater picks up pollutants from streets— including oil, heavy metals, and fertilizers— and flows into the Seattle’s creeks through ditches or pipes. Thornton Creek is a salmon-bearing urban creek with degraded water quality, and SPU is performing this work to remove pollutants from the stormwater before it reaches the creek. 

What’s Happening Now? 

We completed our technical analysis of potential locations for the natural drainage systems, and the project team is starting the design phase of this project. Throughout 2019 and 2020, our team will be engaging residents near the project site locations to share more information and gather feedback. 

Stay in the Know 

For more information about the project, please visit www.seattle.gov/utilities/environment-and-conservation/ projects/thornton-natural-drainage 

You can also reach out to SPU Project Manager, Luis Ramirez, at luis.ramirez@seattle.gov.


Share your experiences with flooding and sewer backups 
Take our survey: go.participate.online/DSA1

Seattle Public Utilities is studying flooding in the drainage and wastewater systems. Information you and your neighbors share will help us understand where the system isn’t working and plan future upgrades. Please fill out our online survey. We are especially interested in hearing from you if you have experienced flooding or sewer backups, noticed flooding in the street or sidewalk in your neighborhood, or if you own a building/house in Seattle. If you’d like a paper survey, or to complete the survey over the phone, please call (206) 274-4944. After filling out the survey, you can enter into a raffle to recieve one of several gift card prizes. 

What if I have problems now? 
  • For emergencies, call 911 
  • If you experience sewer backups or bad flooding during a storm, call our 24/7 Emergency Services line at (206) 386-1800 
  • For non-urgent plugged storm drains, use our online drain report by visiting www.seattle. gov/utilities/services/drainage-and-sewer; a crew member will respond in 3-5 business days 

Meadowbrook Pond Facility Rehabilitation Project

 Meadowbrook Pond Facility Rehabilitation Project 
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 Meadowbrook Pond is a Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) stormwater detention and flood control facility located at 35th Ave NE, between NE 105th and 110th streets. It provides multiple stormwater benefits, including flood reduction, water quality improvement, sediment removal, and habitat improvement for Thornton Creek. In addition, Meadowbrook Pond provides wildlife habitat and open space. 

 What’s happening now? 

 In September 2018, SPU completed partial in-water removal of sediment from Meadowbrook Pond. This summer, SPU contractor crews are scheduled to perform dredging work in the southwest portion of the pond where most of the sediment accumulates. Crews are expected to begin mobilizing as early as late May, and in-water construction for this project is permitted from early July through September. Dredging is expected to take less than that time, and site restoration should be complete by the end of the summer. SPU will update the community about project schedule and anticipated construction impacts. 

SPU also plans to dredge Lake City Pond, which is another stormwater detention and flood control facility located near NE 125th St and 35th Ave NE. This work will help reduce sediment in Thornton Creek upstream from Meadowbrook Pond. 

*Note, schedule is subject to change due to permitting and other factors. 

 Stay in the Know 

 For more information about the project and to sign up for the project email list, please visit: 

www.seattle.gov/utilities/environment-and-conservation/projects/meadowbrook-pond-facility-rehabilitation 

You can also reach out to SPU Project Manager, Jonathan Brown, at jonathan.brown@seattle.gov.


Share your experiences with flooding and sewer backups 

Take our survey: go.participate.online/DSA1

Seattle Public Utilities is studying flooding in the drainage and wastewater systems. Information you and your neighbors share will help us understand where the system isn’t working and plan future upgrades. Please fill out our online survey. We are especially interested in hearing from you if you have experienced flooding or sewer backups, noticed flooding in the street or sidewalk in your neighborhood, or if you own a building/house in Seattle. If you’d like a paper survey, or to complete the survey over the phone, please call (206) 274-4944. After filling out the survey, you can enter into a raffle to recieve one of several gift card prizes. 

What if I have problems now? 
  • For emergencies, call 911 
  • If you experience sewer backups or bad flooding during a storm, call our 24/7 Emergency Services line at (206) 386-1800 
  • For non-urgent plugged storm drains, use our online drain report by visiting www.seattle. gov/utilities/services/drainage-and-sewer; a crew member will respond in 3-5 business days 

35th Ave NE Project: Construction Update (5/7/19)

Overview of upcoming work as of May 7, 2019

Night work for final striping on 35th Ave NE begins tonight, Tuesday, May 7 and continues for the next several weeks

Due to the anticipated daytime temperatures in the upper 70s and 80s for the next several weeks, our contractor needs to install final striping on 35th Ave NE at night. Higher temperatures can cause new paint to take longer to cure and is harder to clean up if a vehicle drives through it. Crews will begin work between NE 47th and 75th streets. Once complete, crews will continue working at night between NE 75th and 91st streets.

We are working to minimize impacts wherever feasible and 35th will remain open with one lane in each direction during the work. Please read below for what to expect while striping takes place: 

  • Nighttime hours: 7 PM to 7 AM, Monday through Friday
  • 1 lane of traffic in both directions will be maintained at all times: Uniformed police officers (UPOs) and flaggers will direct traffic around the work area
  • Parking will be restricted along the corridor to maintain a safe work area
  • Noise and vibrations during final striping installation at night are expected to be slightly louder than typical traffic but not as loud as nighttime paving. 
  • All sidewalks will remain open for people walking 

If you have questions or concerns about the work, please contact our project information line, 206-512-3950, as soon as possible and we will do our best to minimize impacts whenever feasible.

Driveways will remain accessible, but you may experience intermittent delays while paint is drying:

Uniformed police officers (UPOs) and flaggers may re-direct you to avoid driving on fresh paint when trying to access a driveway. Fresh paint that has been driven on is difficult to clean up and harmful to vehicles.

If you have concerns about accessing your driveway during nighttime work, please park on side streets and walk to your residence or business.

25th Ave NE Paving Project
Paving for the 25th Ave NE Paving Project is now complete! Please see our construction email update archive for more information about what to expect for the remaining work. 

Stay informed

You can find more background about this project on our webpage. Please forward this email to those you think will be interested or share this link to sign up to receive construction updates by email. If you have questions, please contact us at 35thAvePaving@seattle.gov or 206-512-3950.

Contact
35th Ave NE Project Outreach Team
Seattle Department of Transportation
Construction information line: (206) 512-3950
35thAvePaving@seattle.gov
www.seattle.gov/transportation/35thNEpaving.htm

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35th Ave NE Project: Construction Update (04/18/19)

Paving on 35th Ave NE between NE 75th and NE 89th streets has been postponed andis now scheduled to take place starting at 6 PM on Friday, April 26. Paving activities may continue as late as 5 pm on Saturday, April 27 based on site conditions. This work is weather-dependent and could change. 

Overview of upcoming work as of April 18, 2019

Zone C (between NE 75th and NE 89th streets):

Crews continued preparing for final paving this week and made great progress by finishing all panel repairs on 35th Ave NE. Next week, people will continue to see crews in the project area conducting maintenance and electrical work prior to paving. Traffic control and parking restrictions will remain in place for your safety and the safety of our crews.

What to expect prior to paving on April 26:

  • Typical work hours: Monday – Saturday 7 AM to 7 PM
  • Northbound detour: Northbound traffic will be detoured to Sand Point Way NE between NE 75th and NE 95th streets. 
    • 35th will be fully open between NE 65th and 75th streets. However, trucks and other drivers that are traveling through the area may use eastbound NE 65th St to Sand Point Way NE as a detour route.

Please follow detour signs for everyone’s safety. During previous detours, we’ve heard concerns from your neighbors about cut-through traffic on side streets. Please follow the posted detour route and if you must use side streets to reach your home, please drive slowly and watch out for one another.

  • Driveway access: Crews may need to partially block driveways to accommodate safe work zones near existing driveways 
    • If a full driveway closure is needed, we will notify businesses and residents in advance
  • Limited turns to/from side streets on 35th Ave NE between NE 75th and 89th streets: Side street access will be limited to establish a safe work area
  • Parking restrictions: Street parking will be closed 24/7 on both sides of 35th Ave NE between NE 73rd and NE 89th streets until construction is finished 
    • Please read the restrictions listed on the no parking signs for details to avoid being ticketed or towed
  • Temporary bus stop closures and reroutes: Get the latest information at King County Metro Alerts

Detour map April 18 – 25

What to expect during nighttime paving, scheduled for Friday, April 26:

  • Nighttime paving hours: Starting approximately 6 PM on Friday, April 26 through as late as 5 PM on Saturday, April 27 (based on site conditions and work progress)
  • 35th Ave NE will be fully closed to vehicle traffic between NE 75th and NE 90th streets
    • Vehicles will be detoured at NE 65th and NE 95th streets to Sand Point Way NE 
    • Local access only will be maintained for residents and businesses from NE 65th to NE 75th and from NE 90th to NE 95th 
  • Residents and businesses between 75th and 90th streets will not have access to their driveways on 35th Ave NE during nighttime paving
    • Please park on side streets before 6 PM on Friday, April 26 
  • All sidewalks will remain open. People walking will be able to cross 35th Ave NE at NE 75th St and NE 90th St
    • Please do not walk across 35th Ave NE during paving. Asphalt and tar are very hot and harmful to people and animals
  • Bus stops may be temporarily closed and buses may be rerouted during paving: get the latest information at King County Metro Alerts
  • Please note, paving is weather dependent and may be rescheduled 

If you have access concerns, please contact our project information line, 206-512-3950, as soon as possible and we will do our best to minimize impacts during nighttime paving.

Nighttime paving detour map: April 26 – 27

25th Ave NE Paving Project
We’re coordinating with the 25th Ave NE Paving Project
 as they complete final paving. During nighttime paving on 25th Ave NE, northbound traffic from 25th Ave NE will be detoured to 35th Ave NE south of NE 65th St. For the latest construction information, please see our construction email update archive

35TH AVE NE PROJECT DROP-IN SESSION
We’re hosting a drop-in session where you can learn more about the new design and how 35th Ave NE will operate in the future. This will be an open house event with no formal presentation. Please join us at whatever time is most convenient for you. We’ll have information boards and staff available to answer your questions. Event details below:

Wednesday, April 243 – 7 PM
Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE, Seattle


Translation services and accommodations available if requested one week in advance. Can’t attend the event? Visit our webpage for additional information. 

Stay informed

We know that construction projects like this can be disruptive and we appreciate those of you that reached out to us during the winter with questions and concerns. Our goal is to work as efficiently as possible to complete the remaining construction activities. Thank you for your patience. 

You can find more background about this project on our webpage. Please forward this email to those you think will be interested or share this link to sign up to receive construction updates by email. If you have questions, please contact us at 35thAvePaving@seattle.gov or 206-512-3950.

Contact
35th Ave NE Project Outreach Team
Seattle Department of Transportation
Construction information line: (206) 512-3950
35thAvePaving@seattle.gov
www.seattle.gov/transportation/35thNEpaving.htm

Councilmember Debora Juarez’s Dive in D5

Councilmember Juarez is hosting her 4th annual Dive in D5 event and awards to celebrate outstanding neighbors and organizations in District 5! There will be live music, local food, and lots of community.

Councilmember Juarez looks forward to seeing you there! 

We are excited to share that our keynote speaker is Thomas Kohnstamm, the author of the new novel “Lake City.” 

Please feel free to share our invitation or the Facebook event with your friends. https://www.facebook.com/events/588538274921568/

WHAT: Councilmember Debora Juarez’s Dive in D5

WHEN: Friday, February 1st at 6-8 PM

WHERE: Shanty Tavern, 9002 Lake City Way NE

CONTACT: Shayna Daitch, 206-684-8805  or shayna.daitch@seattle.gov

Meadowbrook Pond 11/6 Update

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is pleased to announce that constriction is finished at Meadowbrook Pond for this year. Thank you for your patience throughout construction.

While SPU was not able to dredge as much of the pond as originally planned due to a late start to construction, a 17-day union strike that halted most work, and an early Fall rain event, SPU was able to:

  • Remove over 1,000 cubic yards from the Forebay and Cell 2.
  • Remove invasive plants from the pond and the surrounding area to improve habitat at Meadowbrook Pond.
  • Relocate approximately 8,000 fish during the project.

SPU is also currently looking into options for a barrier along the east side of 36th Avenue N.E. to replace the berm that was removed.

We know that this is an important community space, and we appreciate your understanding during this project.

SPU is responsible for ongoing maintenance of Meadowbrook Pond to maintain the flood control and stormwater detention functionality of this site. SPU is continuing to monitor the site and evaluate future maintenance needs, which may include returning in 2019 to perform additional dredging. SPU staff will provide community notification for future largescale maintenance projects that impact site access.

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

Community Council Meeting Announcement November 14, 2017 7-8:30PM

What a nice Fall we had! Looks like the moisture that makes it all possible has returned, so I guess we grin and bear it OR head south!

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council


Our featured presenter will be Mr. Kraig Cook from Dept of Neighborhoods. He along with his Program Advisor, Amy Nyugen, will provide an update on the Your Voice, Your Choice (YVYC) program. They will talk about idea collection (project proposal submittals) and, if possible, timelines for submittal deadlines and selection of projects. Please come prepared with ideas and questions.
After we hear from Kraig, John Lombard, director of the newly formed D5 Community Network will speak to us about what he envisions will be the mission of this Network as opposed to North District Council, LCNA and other advocacy groups. I plan to encourage MCC to become involved in this group.
The Sidewalk Committee will provide an update on the various projects SDOT has been working on in our area and take any comments you may have on what has been implemented so far. We will also try to set our initial YVYC meeting.
Pam will report on the outcome of the JAMS Playground Beautification planning potluck held on October 26th. Many creative ideas were bantered around.
This is an early reminder regarding MCC officer elections which will be held in March 2018. Anyone can run for any of the four officer positions that include president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Per the by-laws, candidate’s names have to be submitted by the meeting before the election (or January 9, 2018). As I have mentioned before, I intend to step down as president but stay on as vice-president.
Finally, the Community Garden and Orchards will soon be shutting down for the season.
Look forward to seeing you at the meeting. …… Dan Keefe, President