Meadowbrook Community Council Meeting Announcement
Time: May 8, 2018 7:00PM-8:30PM
Location: Meadowbrook Community Center | 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
Welcome to Springtime in Seattle! As your new Meadowbrook Community Council President I want to introduce myself. Born and raised in the Seattle area I have resided in Meadowbrook since the early 80’s. My family still lives in the first home we purchased, and my children attended our local schools. I have a great love of this area . As a full time Realtor I have watched our neighborhood change, house by house. Our neighborhood is doing pretty good here in NE Seattle! As the incoming MCC President I intend to be accessible and responsive to the needs of our community. Fortunately I have had the benefit of an outstanding mentor in Dan Keefe. Dan has served MCC President for the past seven years and much of what has been accomplished has had his hand in it. He will be a tough act to follow! Not to worry though—Dan is now our MCC Vice President! Continue reading
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.
Meadowbrook Community Center 7PM-8:45PM
I’m pretty excited about our upcoming May 10th meeting which is shaping up to be quite interesting. For our featured agenda item, we will have a family friendly slide presentation by Plant-for-the-Planet youth Climate Ambassadors and Michael Foster, founder Plant-for-the-Planet U.S.A. They will explore climate change challenges, opportunities and the actionsfamilies can take during this significant time in history.
“Our generation is the first to feel the effects of climate change, and the last who can do something about it.” President Obama
Now that we have our annual elections behind us and the new bylaws approved, the MCC Sidewalks Committee has been busy applying for Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) and Neighborhood Street Fund grants (NSF). We will report of our successes and ongoing efforts at this next meeting.
Our re-certification package that we submitted to NDC was accepted, no problems. Meadowbrook and Wedgwood CCs have joined forces to pursue a greenways project on 32nd Ave Ne and I’m still exploring ways to do some community service work in the LaVilla Natural with Meadowbrook CC members. 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– Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Dan Keefe, President
At 7:10pm President Dan Keefe brought the meeting to order. There were 25 attendees at the meeting. No issues were up for a vote.
Mr. Sandy Brown, who is running for City Council from the newly created 5th District, was introduced. He spoke about a new proposed street end to be developed on city land at 135th as well as his petition to have the city use eminent domain to purchase the street end at 130th.
Move Seattle Levy SDOT Director, Scott Kubly, and Andrew Glass-Hastings (Mayor’s Senior Policy Advisor), made a presentation on the Mayor’s proposed MoveSeattle transportation levy and provided handouts summarizing the salient points. Mr. Kubly’s discussion focused on the proposed Seattle growth statistics that supported the need to have a new transportation levy, especially now that the existing Bridging the Gap levy was about to expire. He discussed key submittal time lines and that the levy would be on this November’s ballot. One of the major focuses of the proposed levy is to make the city more walkable and bikeable, which was illustrated by the Mayor’s support for the proposed Northgate Ped/bike Bridge which would cross over I-5 from Northgate to North Seattle College. Funding would come from several sources including the city, state and Federal governments. Support for Light Rail and improving Metro bus service was also discussed. (At this point the Secretary arrived and replaced the President as the meeting secretary.)
In response to a question, Mr. Kubly replied that the levy cost would be $275/year on a $475,000 house. It would provide $150,000,000 in sidewalk improvements, which would be about 150 blocks of new sidewalks on one side of the street.
Sidewalks The President noted that the proposed sidewalk improvements on NE 110th east of 35th Avenue NE were 90% designed. Also, the City has agreed to improve the crosswalk signage at 35th Avenue NE & NE 105th Street.
A representative of the Jane Addams Safety Committee as Mr. Kubly for painted crosswalks on 110th and 115th leading to the school. Another member asked for crosswalk improvements at Ravenna Avenue NE & NE 98th Street. The President noted he was lobbying SDOT for a crosswalk at 35th Avenue NE & NE 98th Street. Mr. Kubly asked for an email summarizing the requested crosswalk painting sites and the President agreed to do so.
Candidate Forum Ms. Bowe spoke about the upcoming May 18th District 5 City Council candidate forum at Jane Addams Middle School, which is being sponsored in part by the Meadowbrook Community Council. The President thanked her for her efforts in helping to organize the forum.
130th Street Light Rail Station Mr. Kubly stated the present plan does not include a light rail station at NE 130th. The plan calls for stations at Northgate, 145th, and 180th however the track will be designed to permit a station to be added in the future. He noted the Mayor supports having a station at 130th and funding for that station could be before the voters in 2016.
Community Garden Vice President Richard Anderson reported that irrigation has been installed in the Garden next to the tennis courts adjacent to Nathan Hale HS. Work parties are usually on Sundays and volunteers can take home part of the produce from the garden. The rest is donated to local food banks.
Undeveloped City Park The President suggested the MCC work to improve the City Park behind the LaVilla Dairy on Fischer Place NE and asked members to contact him with ideas.
There were 31 persons in attendance. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50pm.
At 7:00 pm the President, Dan Keefe, called the meeting to order. There were 10 voting members in attendance.
Election of Officers The President noted the bylaws stated there should be elections of officers at the beginning of the year. He said the present officers consisting of President: Dan Keefe, Vice President: Richard Anderson, Treasurer: Charlene Murray, and Secretary: Michael Reinhardt, were willing to continue to serve. After asking for nominations from the floor and receiving none, the existing board was unanimously reelected.
DUES Treasurer Charlene Murray spoke about raising the Council’s dues. She reported the MCC had just under $1,200 in its bank account at the beginning of the year and currently has about $1,400. One member suggested getting block watch email lists to expand MCC’s outreach. Pam Bowe suggested a targeted mailing to new homebuyers in the area. Another idea was distributing a flyer with a list of recent accomplishments of the Council, inviting residents to attend the next meeting. Pam Bowe volunteered to head a group of three members who were meeting immediately afterwards to brainstorm ideas to attract new members. Continue reading
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.
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