Meadowbrook Community Council

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Thornton Creek Confluence Project Update February 25, 2015

Construction of the Thornton Creek Confluence project is nearly complete. We would like to thank you for your patience and support during construction and your ongoing interest in the project.

While the major construction work is done, you can still expect the following within the floodplain area:

• The contractor will be performing punch list items, which are minor corrections at the end of a project.
• Burlap ground cover and sandbags will remain as the plants become more established.
• On-site monitoring tubes placed in the creek during construction will be tended to by crews over the next year.
• Plant establishment will be ongoing. We ask that you and your pets stay on the designated sidewalk and out of the floodplain area for your own safety and to the benefit of the new plants. Continue reading

Thornton Creek Pollution Report

Fecal pollution in Thornton Creek: What’s next?

Seattle Public Utilities has been studying this issue for more than two years. What have they found, what have they corrected, and what are the considerations moving forward? How can we help? Thornton Creek Alliance is sponsoring this meeting with City staff and scientists. More details coming soon. Save the date!

When: Thursday, February 26, from 7:15 to 9 p.m.

Where: Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Avenue Northeast
Meeting is free and open to the public.

www.thornton-creek-alliance.org

www.facebook.com/Thornton.Creek.Alliance

MCC January 13, 2015 Meeting Minutes

January 13, 2015 MEADOBROOK COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

At 7:00 pm the President, Dan Keefe, called the meeting to order. There were at least 15 voting members in attendance and a total of 39 persons. The President noted the bylaws stated there should be elections of officers at the beginning of the year. One option is to reelect the existing board in March. Other nominations are welcome if any members are interested in serving on the Council. MCC meetings are held on the second Tuesday of odd numbered months of the year.
Thornton Creek Confluence Project Jason Sharpley and Emily Reardon of Seattle Public Utilities provided an update of the Project. It involves a new 1 ½ acre floodplain both east and west of 35th, a new wider culvert under 35th, a new bridge & sidewalks, stream restoration, public art, etc. Almost 4,000 plants were planted during the restoration. The remaining paving to restore vehicular traffic on 35th can be completed when there is no rain and daytime temperatures are above 45 degrees. Total project cost was $7.26 million. A member asked if SPU would work with the School District to remove the invasive blackberries on the school property. He replied that is outside SPU’s jurisdiction, but Deb Heiden is the SPU person to contact to work with, to attempt to have the school district remove the blackberries. Several members complimented Mr. Sharply on the project and the audience applauded at the conclusion of his report. Jason’s email is: jason.sharpley@seattle.gov www.seattle.gov/util/meadowbrookthorntoncreek and he encouraged the public to contact him with questions.

Sidewalks/ Safe Routes to Schools Brian Dougherty of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reported two sidewalk segments on NE 110th Street were 60% complete. 39th to 40th is the last section missing a sidewalk. SDOT could not make the project work with a 6 foot sidewalk in its existing location. Instead they will shift the roadway north and on the north side they will bury the ditch in a culvert. There will be a 6 foot concrete sidewalk with a 4-6” concrete curb on the south side of the street. There will be one disabled parking space for disabled parking. Construction will start in 2016.

Two other sidewalk projects (including the section between 35th and 36th) on NE 110th Street are at 10% completion. Another project is to improve the existing asphalt sidewalk from 40th to Sand Point Way on NE 110th. Traffic calming could be included in the future sections if the community was interested in incorporating traffic calming. He offered to have a drop in session at the community center to work on ideas. The President said he would send an email to interested persons. Mr. Dougherty left the meeting and talked outside with interested homeowners to review the proposed sidewalk plans.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Christa Dumpys, the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) coordinator for NE Seattle announced there is a neighborhood matching fund workshop later this month for interested members of the public. The President spoke about the NMF and has application forms to apply for these funds. He mentioned pocket parks could be improved with these grants if neighbors were interested.

City Emergency Hub The lower parking lot at Fred Meyer contains a communication pod for use in the event of a severe earthquake or other disaster.
Meadowbrook Greenways Group Janine Blaeloch (206) 498-6695 of MGG reported the Safe Routes to School funding is being used to create Greenways. Greenways are streets that have traffic calming features. Monica Sweet of Lake City Greenways distributed flyers. 27th Avenue NE from 125th to 145th is a new Greenways which members could view to see an example of a Greenway. Persons interested in creating Greenways in their neighborhood should call Janine or email her at lakecitygreenways@gmail.com. More information is available at www.seattlegreenways.org.
CRIME There were 25 arrests for car theft in the north precinct in the last month. The extensive mail thefts from homeowners’ mailboxes was discussed.

Community Garden/ Orchard The President noted the community garden is going well, as is the orchard. The extra produce is given to local food banks. The VP reported the community garden group was putting in a new tree and shrub nursery on the top of Nathan Hale Hill. In addition, edible trees and shrubs are being planted and they are slowly expanding the plantings east toward 35th, on the north side of NE 105th Street. Every Sunday at 5 pm there is a work party (the time will be changing) if members of the public would like to help.
There were presentations about a number of upcoming meetings on subjects of interest to residents.

The minutes of the September 9, 2014 meeting were approved. The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.
By: Michael Reinhardt, Secretary

35th Ave NE is open! Update from Emily Reardon

Thornton Creek Confluence Project
Construction Update – January 16

Using this week’s dry weather, the contractor was able to complete the remaining pieces of work in order to open 35th Avenue NE. As of this afternoon, 35th Avenue NE is open to through traffic. Regular traffic flows, including Metro routes 64 and 65, will resume and the sidewalks are open to pedestrians. Please visit the King County Metro Service Advisories page for more information on the bus routes: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/.

Over the next few weeks, occasional lane closures are anticipated due to streetscape improvements as part of the project and finishing touches will be ongoing within the floodplain area adjacent to 35th Avenue NE.

We would also like to thank everyone for the questions and comments we received at the January 13 Meadowbrook Community Council meeting. For those of you who could not make it, we shared an overview of the project that is now available on our project website under ‘Related Links’.

Thank you for your continued patience as we wrap up construction.

Questions?

Contact Jason Sharpley, Project Manager, at jason.sharpley@seattle.gov or 206-615-0030 or visit the project website at: www.seattle.gov/util/meadowbrookthorntoncreek.

Meadowbrook Community Meeting Agenda Jan. 13, 2015

Happy New Year to you all,

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Place: Meadowbrook Community Center 10517 35th Avenue NE

I trust and hope you all had a good holiday season. For our first meeting in 2015 our featured presenter will be Brian Dougherty of SDOT who will present the 60% completion results of both sidewalk segments on NE 110th street. His projected schedule will also be provided.

We will also be joined by Emily Reardon and Jason Sharpley from SPU, they will give us an update on the progress of the Meadowbrook Pond and 35th Ave Confluence Project.

We have started a Meadowbrook Greenways Group which is currently a subgroup of Lake City Greenways. We will have a presentation on status of several proposed streets for Greenways treatments and take suggestions for others.

Standing reports on the garden, crime and the website will also be presented and ideas on topics for future meetings in 2015 will, as always, be welcome.

Mark your calendars– Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Dan Keefe, MCC President

35th Avenue Construction Update — December 5th, 2014

Thornton Creek Confluence
Construction Update – December 5
Seal of the City of Seattle

We’d like to provide an update on the status of construction activities for the Thornton Creek Confluence. Unfortunately, since a lot of the remaining work depends on the weather, we do not yet have an exact date for when the roadway will be open. Since our last update, the following activities have been completed:

• Concrete has been poured and is curing on the 35th Avenue NE north approach slab*.
• Fencing along the project area and east side of Nathan Hale High School has been installed.
• 36th Avenue NE is undergoing final grading work.
• Landscaping within the floodplain is ongoing. Continue reading

MEADOWBROOK COMMUNITY COUNCIL September 9, 2014 MEETING MINUTES

September 9, 2014
MEADOWBROOK COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council


At 6:30 pm the President, Dan Keefe, called the meeting to order. There were 14 voting members in attendance and 16 nonmembers.

Sidewalks/ Safe Routes to Schools Brian Dougherty of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reported on sidewalk projects on NE 110th Street. The proposed concrete sidewalk and curb on the south side of NE 110th between 39th and 40th Avenues NE is 30% designed, fully funded under the Safe Routes to Schools program, and due to start construction in the summer of 2015. SDOT will go to adjacent neighbors now with a draft design for their comments. The section between 35th and 36th needs a new bridge for pedestrians. SDOT is starting design work on that second section and will have 30% design on that section when he reports back to the MCC in January. A third sidewalk project to widen the sidewalk on the south side of NE 110th Street, east of 40th to Sand Point Way NE, has had a design team assigned. Continue reading