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.
Meadowbrook Community Council
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.