Meadowbrook Community Council

Supporting community spirit and creating a connected environment in NE Seattle's Meadowbrook community and surrounding neighborhoods.

Meadowbrook Community Meeting July 11, 2017 at 7-8:30pm

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.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

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.
Dan Keefe
President

UPDATE 4/20/2016: Sand Point Way Construction

This is an update on the emergency replacement of a retaining wall in the 8500 block of Sand Point Way NE. Please feel free to share with others.

ALL FINISHED FOR NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Traffic on Sand Point Way NE has just been reopened to traffic in both the north and south bound directions and will remain open through the weekend.

The detour for north bound traffic will be re-established on Monday morning at 6:30AM. The northbound detour will be in effect Monday through Saturday during the month of April between 6:30AM and 3:30PM, and will begin just north of the NOAA Drive.

South bound traffic will NOT be detoured off Sand Point Way, but drivers should remain cautious and attentive to flaggers present. Slow moving heavy equipment will occasionally be on site, although most work activity will be out of sight on the eastern vertical face of the new wall. Additional pictures of the work will be posted to the project website sometime Monday. Continue reading

Special LCNA Forum on Move Seattle Levy on October 8th

Hello Friends,

Transportation is a priority issue in Seattle and in Lake City. LCNA (Lake City Neighborhood Alliance) is hosting a free and open community forum on the upcoming Move Seattle Levy in lieu of our regular October 8th meeting. This forum is at the same time and place as our regular meeting–6:30-8:30 pm, at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, corner of NE 125th Street and 27th Ave NE. We will be in the downstairs, ADA-accessible meeting room. Our hope is that lots and lots of members of our community will attend.

Forum Coordinator Phil Shack has arranged for representatives from the Let’s Move Seattle and the Keep Seattle Affordable groups to tell us why they believe we should or should not vote for this levy. We will have some prepared questions to ask them, and we will also accept questions from the floor. A flyer is attached to help spread the word. Move Seattle Levy Forum

This forum comes one night after the October 7th North District Council meeting (7-8:30 pm, Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th Street–note location change from library conference room) will host SDOT Director Scott Kubly, who will be speaking about the levy. At the September LCNA Board meeting, the Directors felt that this short amount of time was insufficient for a thorough community discussion of a complex levy. So, with NDC’s approval, this back-to-back session was arranged. Thank you Phil for taking it on!

Everyone, please spread the word. All are welcome to attend. We hope for a big turnout and lots of thoughtful questions so that as individuals, we will have the information we need to make our personal decisions about how to vote on the Move Seattle Levy. Please come!

Community Meeting 5/12/2015 Meadowbrook

Greetings Meadowbrook Community Residents,

I am excited about this upcoming meeting because we are most fortunate to have two important speakers from SDOT.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Firstly, the Director himself, Scott Kubly, will make a presentation on the Mayor’s new MoveSeattle Levy that we will be voting on in November, 2015. The levy is in its draft stage and Scott and his Department are seeking citizen input before they finalize it for the ballot. So, please give some serious thought to what you think needs fixing, or read the proposed levy on line @ www.seattle.gov/Levy to MoveSeattle , to help you be more informed when you come to the meeting.

MCC’s Greenways group has met and conducted a few site visits and will have some questions/requests for Scott.

Our second speaker will be Art Brochet, SDOT’s Transportation’s communications representative. He will provide the latest updates on the Northgate Pedestrian and Bicycle Project; a project he spoke to us about over a year ago. New attempts at finding funds are being made. Especially after the effort to procure some Federal funds failed.

In addition, updates and reports on the following will also be provided:
1- NE 110th sidewalk status: engineering issues to be resolved and probable construction start dates for all segments, (e.g., 39th/40th segment is at 90% design, could cost nearly $1m to build, construction to start in 2016)(Dan Keefe);

2- Report on the Greenways groups tour and status of 105th/35th intersection improvement proposal(Dan Keefe);

3- Community Garden and Orchards: current status and plans for 2015 (Richard Anderson);

4- Thornton Creek e coli issue: status of Creek and update search for major sources, especially in the Littlebrook drainage (Dan Keefe);

5- Public Safety: (Aundie Collison);

6- Membership growth committee: plans going forward (Pam Bowe).

As usual, an agenda will be provided at the meeting.

Looking forward to your attendance…Dan Keefe, President

Meadowbrook Community Mtg- March 10, 2015

Greetings Meadowbrook Community Council members!

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 7-9pm, in the usual location. We have a number of issues and happenings to deal with. Firstly, as discussed at our January meeting, we will have elections to either re-elect the current board or elect any member who wishes to run for one of the board positions. We will have our once-per-year treasurer’s report and consider the possibility of raising our annual dues from the current $10/yr to $15 or 20/yr.

On the agenda will be reports on several issues and projects affecting our Meadowbrook neighborhood. These will be: Continue reading

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

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

Greenways Meeting-Mark Your Calendar and Plan to Attend!

Thursday, November 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 12509 27th NE; lakecitygreenways
basement (a great meeting space)

With completion of our first Neighborhood Greenway and a very successful year on our pocket park project, it’s time for LC Greenways to move ahead with more projects.
We will cover issues and ideas relevant all across Lake City, so we hope for strong attendance!.

Our next proposed Greenway is in Cedar Park–37th Ave NE from 145th to 125th and 38th from 125th to (unknown terminus).

Cedar Park friends, we need your knowledge, input, and energy at this meeting. Some neighbors in Meadowbrook have started a subgroup of LC Greenways to get things happening in their neighborhood (and they can help us with that unknown terminus).

Other agenda items:
• Street murals–we already have some proposed locations AND possible designs by an artist neighbor, and info on how to proceed;
• Possible application to Neighborhood Parks and Streets fund;
• Scouting tour(s) to be scheduled;
• Steps a neighbor has taken to leverage the NE 123rd Greenway to Burke-Gilman;
• Possible name change for LC Greenways.
• YOUR agenda items–fun events? Play Streets?…
We are going to need some volunteers to take on projects/tasks–and we will have plenty of information and resources ready to make that as easy as possible. This will be a fun and productive meeting–promise. Please come!
Janine

Thornton Creek Confluence Project Update – June 27-July 4, 2014

Thornton Creek Confluence Project
Upcoming Construction Activities
Seal of the City of Seattle

• To prepare for the upcoming fish window period, crews will be on site this Saturday, June 28, during the normal weekend work hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• Fish removal and transportation will take place on July 1 and 2. The removal will be done by King County Department of Natural Resources and Seattle Public Utilities crews.

• Removal of additional poplar trees west of 35th Avenue NE. Continue reading