Meadowbrook Community Council

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

Community Conversation February 8, 2017

“Please join your neighbors across Northeast Seattle for a Community Conversation and Forum on Hate Crimes. This will be the first meeting of it’s kind in Seattle in collaboration with the US Department of Justice, the Seattle Police Department and local leadership groups to provide information on this very important issue facing our communities.

Recently one of our North Seattle business owners experienced a hate crime. It is vital that we all work together to send a clear message that these types of acts will not be tolerated in our community.

Working with SPD’s SAFE Place initiative lead, James Ritter, the Department of Neighborhoods, North Seattle Chamber and the victim of the incident, Lake City Future First is helping to host the event at the Lake City Community Center as part of our Community Conversation series.

LCFF will provide free food from 6-6:30 PM with the forum starting promptly at 6:30. The forum will last until 8:30 with a series of speakers and time allotted for questions and comments from the community.
This is an important evening and we hope to see you there.”

Invitation from and hosted by Lake City Future First

Meadowbrook Emergency Communication Hub Meeting Details

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On January 6th, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:30, the Meadowbrook Community Council held a meeting for the greater Meadowbrook / Matthews Beach area communities at the Meadowbrook Community Center on NE 35th Avenue.

Our guest speaker was Sandy Motzer, who was instrumental in organizing and creating the emergency communications hub in Lake City.

The emergency communication hub is part of a network around Seattle that would be staffed by trained volunteers and ham radio operators who could send emergency messages to the city in case of a large-scale disaster.

Susanna Cunningham, Vice chair of Lake City Emergency Communications HUB discussed FEMA, and the Amateur Radio & Auxiliary Communications Service of Seattle (ACS).
Topics discussed, as illustrated in the attached presentation (above), were:

  • Each household has to be self-sustaining
  • To support our neighborhood and community
  • The Meadowbrook hub would operate
  • We need to communicate with city leaders and emergency responders.
  • The Meadowbrook area is unique.

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT January 10th, 2017 7PM-8:30 PM

Happy New Year to you all and I trust and hope you all had a good holiday season.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

For our first meeting in 2017, interestingly as in January 2016 and 2015, our featured presenter will be Brian Dougherty of SDOT who this year will provide a spreadsheet of all the various sidewalk and crosswalk projects that are “in the que” for the Meadowbrook area (~ four sidewalks and six crosswalks) along with their various stages of completion. We have had a pretty successful year in getting commitments from SDOT and 2017 is the time to see actual design, construction and completion for most of these projects. A lot of that success, I believe, is attributable to our Sidewalk Committee and the Sidewalk Report we produced and presented to SDOT last May, plus a measured dose of being the ”squeaky wheel.”

The Sidewalk Committee in 2017 will largely be tasked with monitoring and holding SDOT to their commitments, as well as, pursuing the next set of new sidewalks and crosswalks.
In addition to sidewalks, we will be supporting a budding “emergency hub” project headed up by Anne Girvin. Anne will give an update at our Jan. 10th meeting.

Now that District Councils will no longer be supported by the Dept of Neighborhoods and are being bypassed for a new “top down” approach by the Mayor and City Council called the “Community Involvement Commission,” community councils are going to have to figure out how to work with in this new structure, especially when competing for city grants from the Neighborhood Park and Street and Neighborhood Sidewalk funds.

Last, but definitely not least, I, along with Charlene Murray, our Treasurer since 1998, have decided to make 2017 our last year in office, if elected of course! I will have served five years plus one as vice president where I might as well have been president. It’s time to give someone else the opportunity. I will, nonetheless, remain involved.

The election will be held in March, as in past years, but according to our bylaws that we updated last year, in order to vote in March, one must have been current with their dues at the prior meeting or January in this case. So, if you want to vote in March, you need to pay on or before the Jan 10th meeting.
Mark your calendars– Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Dan Keefe, President

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MEETING January 6, 2017 6:30-8:30 PM

On January 6th, from 6:30 to 8:30, we are planning a meeting for the Meadowbrook/Matthews Beach area at the Meadowbrook Community Center.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Our guest speaker will be Sandy Motzer, who is instrumental in creating the emergency hub in Lake City. “The emergency communication hub is part of a network around Seattle that would be staffed by trained volunteers and ham radio operators who could send emergency messages to the city in case of a large-scale disaster.”

We will be discussing how:
• Each household has to be self -sustaining
• To support our neighborhood and community
• The Meadowbrook hub would operate
• We need to communicate with city leaders and emergency responders.
• The Meadowbrook area is unique.

Before you come, please look at the Seattle Hazard Explorer online tool :
Seattle Hazard Explorer
and check out your home and our community.

Anne Girvin will be leading this meeting.

Remembrance & Rally: Call on Seattle City Council to fund $3 million in street safety improvements in 2017.

Call on Seattle City Council to fund $3 million in street safety improvements in 2017.

image003A rash of serious injuries and fatalities on the streets of north Seattle has galvanized people to demand swift action. From 2015 to the present, there have been 24 serious injury collisions in north Seattle, six of them fatal.

In a normal year, two people lose their lives riding bikes in all of Seattle. In northeast Seattle, two people have been killed riding their bikes just in the past month.

Join Lake City Greenways, NE Seattle Greenways, Green Lake Greenways, Licton-Haller Greenways, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways, Maple Leaf Greenways and many other community groups and neighbors to highlighthese unsettlingly incidents.

They will gather on Sunday, October 9 at noon in front of the Northgate Community Center to remember the people whose lives have been altered by or lost to traffic violence. The gathering will raise awareness and ask city leaders to put money in the budget to construct street safety improvements.

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“Northeast Seattle is experiencing a shocking level of traffic violence,” said Cathy Tuttle, director of the traffic safety organization Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. “We’ve mapped where collisions have happened in the northeast and believe many streets could be fixed with modest but effective safety engineering. The City has identified 100 places that could use spot improvements, and people throughout Seattle have documented another 300 street safety concerns. Let’s get the funding in place so we can fix these places. Waiting longer to improve our streets has deadly consequences.”

Seattle has committed to Vision Zero (zero serious injuries or fatalities by 2030), but the $2.4 million budgeted for a life-saving agenda is not sufficient. Neighbors are gathering to say #WeCantWait for more serious injuries and fatalities to spur City action.

Petition to ask City to add $3 million to fix unsafe streets: http://bit.ly/2dkhOBs

WhoPeople who live, work, or travel in north Seattle
When12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2016
WhereNorthgate Community Center 10510 5th Ave NE

MCC Meeting Announcement September 15, 2016; 7-8:45pm

MCC Meeting Announcement
For:
September 15, 2016; 7-8:45pm
Please note: Because of a scheduling snafu and subsequent compromise, our meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept 15; same time and place.

I am very pleased that Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) hydrologist, Ms. Katherine Lynch, has agreed to be our featured presenter. She will be talking about the structure and function of a couple of major improvements that have very recently been made to Thornton Creek, a very important drainage in our area. She will discuss improved hydrologic and biologic aspects of the Confluence and Kingfisher (upstream of Fred Schwab) projects. This will be a slideshow and discussion version of her tours of these areas during the Influence of the Confluence event back in June, 2016 for which she received many kudos.

The MCC Sidewalks Committee Update on the status of Ne 110th proposed sidewalks between 39/40Aves Ne, 34/35th Aves Ne, and Ne 113th between 34/35th Aves Ne will be based on a report from Emily Reardon, Community Outreach for Brian Dougherty, which as of this posting I have yet to receive. Meadowbrook and Wedgwood CCs joint proposal for a greenways project on 32nd Ave Ne remains largely in limbo. After school starts, SDOT plans to conduct a census of the number of pedestrians crossing NE 95th at 32 Ave Ne before painting a crosswalk with signage at this location. Because of a sidewalk project from 35th Ave Ne to 32nd Ave Ne, curbs will be put in place.

Regarding our two Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) proposals that were accepted by NDC, SDOT cost summaries indicated that the speed hump proposal at Ne 110th and 34 Ave would cost $100K (unbelievable) and the pedestrian activated crossing beacon at Ne 110th and 35 Ave would cost around $38K. This project was voted second to a project near Fred Meyer which was costed at $79K for a total of $117K. For our project, the extra $28K needed may be funded from other sources.

Wilma Boyd has applied for a Small Sparks Grant from the city for flag material to use at selected street.

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 for Sept 15th — Looking forward to seeing you. DK