Meadowbrook Community Council

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

Meadowbrook Meeting: October 10th, 7p-8:30p

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Welcome to Fall! Off to a great start. Good to be back from colorful Colorado! The aspen were incredible!! The meeting will be in the regular downstairs meeting room in the Meadowbrook Community Center on October 10, 2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

Our featured presenter will be Scott Lindsay, Assistant DA who is running against Mr. Holmes. He will make a brief presentation and then will take questions. Please come prepared with a few burning questions.

The Sidewalk Committee will provide an update on the various projects Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been working on in our area. As many of you can see, the John Rogers’ sidewalk has been completed, finally. We have flashing beacon crosswalks in several locations and speed humps/cushions are seemingly everywhere. We will talk about what SDOT plans to do next before the rains come. Also, just a heads up, the Department of Neighborhoods Your Voice, Your Choice program will be accepting proposals starting in late November. We will have a DON rep visit with us at our November 14th meeting.

Announcements about various city events will be made such as public hearings on single family dwelling ADUs and debates between candidates for city council positions 8 and 9. Also, on Nov 6th our State legislative reps will hold a town hall type meeting hosted by North District Council at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 630pm. Tim Motzer, Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA) is asking for volunteers to testify at one or more of the 3 budget meetings being held at City Hall related to funding his 27.5 cent solution for aging park facilities (presented at our July meeting).

Finally, the Community Garden and Orchards continues to have a robust harvest, but a bit less than last several years due to our unusually hot and dry summer. Still, whatever excess they have is being donated to the North Helpline food bank.

Please mark your calendars– Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Dan Keefe
President

Local Leader’s connection to Puerto Rico

Carlos & Mark Mendez

Mark Mendez, of Meadowbrook, was recently featured in a King 5 News story about the crisis in Puerto Rico and the connection between Seattle, WA and Aguadilla, PR.

View King 5 Story

Many of you have been asking me how you can donate to Aguadilla and Puerto Rico. Below are three ways you can help: donate money directly to Aguadilla City, send supplies (canned food and water), and/or come to the Hellbent Brewery Puerto Rico Halloween Fundraiser on October 28th. Do all three!

All the details for the three options are below.
Thank you for your love and support 🇺🇲🇵🇷❤️

1. Aguadilla City Hurricane Relief Fund (to send money directly):
Bank: BANCO POPULAR
Account number: 383 261 601
Route number: 021 50 2011

2. To send supplies directly to Aguadilla City (water and canned food):

Aguadilla City Hall
Ave. San Carlos #11
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 00603

3. Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fundraiser Halloween Event
Hellbent Brewing Company (13035 Lake City Way, 98125) 12pm-12am
https://www.facebook.com/events/362014307567926/?ti=cl

PETITION: Fund Our Aging Park Facilities!

SEATTLE: PLEASE FUND OUR AGING PARK FACILITIES!

This petition is being sponsored by the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA), an organization of 26 community organizations with the mission to protect and enhance the quality of life in the greater Lake City area.

 

Click Here to Sign! (Google Docs)

Lake City and Green Lake have aging community centers, recommended in the 2016 Community Center Strategic Plan for total replacement. Yet despite having the new Seattle Parks District, their budget spending plan has grossly insufficient funds to replace aging Park facilities. There are many aging Park facilities throughout Seattle. Each of the existing 27 community centers will at some time need extensive renovation or replacement. As a result of the total lack of recognition and action by the Board of Commissioners of the Seattle Park District (all City Council Members) to consider LCNA’s request for a new, full-service, Parks-operated community center, LCNA is sponsoring this petition to FUND OUR AGING PARK FACILITIES. This effort is being done concurrently with the Green Lake Community Center group who is also sponsoring a petition to have the Seattle Park District fund aging community centers and pools and to abandon use of privatization. People should feel free to sign both petitions.

 

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO URGE OUR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE SEATTLE PARK DISTRICT TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

 

An in-depth analysis of the Problem and Potential Solutions (click to view (PDF))

Background: Seattle voters approved the Seattle Park District with the understanding that the initial 6-
year property tax assessment would not be higher than 33 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, and that this assessment rate would generate approximately $47.9 million dollars a year for the first 6 years of the Parks District’s operation.

Problem: With Seattle’s unprecedented growth and housing density, the need for Park facilities is great. Replacement and major renovation of aging park facilities are not funded within the existing Seattle Parks District budget. Now two community centers that have been identified by the Parks Department as needing to be replaced will not be replaced, and the budget for the renovation for six other community centers has been substantially reduced. The Board of Commissioners of the Seattle Park District has stated that the wording in the inter-local agreement, which includes the initial 6-year spending plan, prevents any changes to the budget until the next 6- year cycle starting in 2021.This self imposed limitation on funding has resulted in the Park District Commissioners not being able to meet their fiduciary obligation to improve community centers, pools and other park facilities.

Opportunity: As a result of all the new construction, the taxable base of the City has increased by $22.3 billion dollars from 2016 to 2017. The current assessment rate is 27.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value—well below the promised high level.

Solution: If the current 27.5 cent rate was maintained for the next 3 years, an additional $26 million could be generated by 2020, allowing growth to pay part of this cost. These additional funds should be used to replace and renovate aging Park facilities without resorting to privatization of existing publicly owned Parks’ community centers and pools.

The Friends of Funding Our Aging Park Facilities thank you for your support!

LCNA
Posted in conjunction with LCNA.


Meadowbrook Community Meeting October 10, 2017 7PM-8:30PM

Meadowbrook Community Council’s regular bimonthly meeting scheduled for Sept 12th is being postponed until Oct. 10th due the the highly unusual occurrence of the unavailability of every board member due to either being out of town or starting new jobs.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

One of the major topics on the agenda was to call attention to the progress being made in improving pedestrian safety with new crosswalks, sidewalks, speed bumps (cushions), etc. just in time for the start of school. As you may recall, it was my intention for sometime to be in Colorado the entire month of Sept and that is still on.

So, I hope you have (had) a good Labor Day weekend and we will see a good start to the new school year. See you when we meet in October.
All the best!
Dan Keefe

Pedestrian Safety / Traffic Calming Improvements coming to Meadowbrook

This summer we are making improvements for kids walking and biking to Rogers Elementary School, Jane Addams M.S., and Nathan Hale H.S. We’re installing:

  • speed humps in the school zones
  • a raised crosswalk across NE 110th St at 34th Ave NE
  • 20 mph flashing beacons on 35th Ave NE and NE 115th St
  • crosswalk beacons at 35th Ave NE & NE 105th St
  • crosswalk beacons at 35th Ave NE in front of the community center
  • crosswalk beacons at Sandpoint Way NE & NE 110th St

The location and design of speed bumps will accommodate fire engines and other emergency response vehicles while reducing speeding for all other vehicles.

These projects are funded by the Safe Routes to School program and the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.

Before we install the speed humps, we’ll put out no parking signs at least 3 days before construction, which takes about 2 days.
Questions or comments?

Ashley Rhead | Ashley.Rhead@Seattle.gov and (206) 684-7577 www.seattle.gov/transportation/saferoutes.htm

Meadowbrook Pedestrian Safety / Traffic Calming Improvements (courtesy of SDOT) (click for larger version)

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