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2014 Report of Activities, Actions, Planning, and the Future

Meadowbrook Community Council
2014 Year End Summary

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Greetings fellow Meadowbrook neighbors: First I must apologize for the confusion around the scheduling of our November meeting. I failed to double check to see if the Center would be open and they filed to tell me that the 11th wouldn’t work because the Center would be closed for Veteran’s Day. Not the end of the world, so onwards!

Because the rest of the days in November were rapidly filling up I decided to “start over” on January 13th with our regular meeting schedule and, instead of a November meeting, send out a brief summary on the status of the various projects that have been ongoing over the past year. I have obtained updates from city employees, our local police status person, Aundie Collison, and production and status of the community garden & orchard. Below, in no particular order, are brief reports on the various projects and issues affecting Meadowbrook.

Confluence Project (Emily Reardon, SPU):
The current schedule is still showing end of November to have 35th Ave NE open, but that could shift just slightly to early December due to weather and rain delays. It’s been a very wet October (record setting actually). But that said, getting 35th open as soon as possible is everyone’s goal. We’ll be letting everyone know once we have a solid date/week for the re-opening.

NE 110th Sidewalks (Brian Dougherty, SDOT):
SDOT performed soil testing in October to determine what type of retaining walls will be required on NE 110th St. Analysis of the soil samples is in progress now and the geotechnical report is expected to be completed in early December. Our overall project schedule has been delayed slightly due to the challenges of designing steep driveways and retaining walls. We’re still aiming for 2015 construction (to begin on 39th/40th segment) but it will likely be late 2015 at the earliest. (DanK -Brian will present 60% designs at our January meeting).

Police Report (Aundie Collison):
July of this year auto theft work was up 50% over the previous year. Other crime is down at least 30% from the previous year. On the good side, I understood them (SPD) to say 80% of all stolen cars were found within one week. So, part of this hysteria on the part of the press… is the usual….leaving part of the facts out. Parking enforcement seems to do the best job of finding cars, averaging 20 a week in this precinct.
I do know the press is not telling the public ‘that almost all of the cases fall apart if and when they go to court because they will not convict someone of car theft if no one observed the crime’. When my car was taken and found back 20 years ago, some kids, who happened to be black said “their aunt (supposedly me) loaned them the car”. Bottom line, my word had no bearing on whether it was stolen or not. Since no one saw actually saw them take car, the judge said there was “no evidence” to convict them. The fact they cut their heroin on the passenger side door rest, didn’t seem to impress the judge they should be hauled in. In King County stealing a car is called “take and ride”. In Snohomish County where our son was working at the time in the courts, it was called “auto theft”.
So, many of our problems with stealing cars are tied to the courts throwing out the cases brought before them. Judges chose to pass over this type of crime because there is so much more serious crime. Unfortunately, auto theft falls to the bottom of the list. Criminals know this and the problem continues. (DanK- Hopefully, the recent D. Westneat experience which resulted in an internal review ordered by new police chief, Kathleen O’Toole, will result necessary and desirable changes).
Thornton Creek E. coli problem, (John Lombard, Thornton Ck. Alliance; summary of a recent conversation with Jonathan Frodge, SPU):
The City has continued to study the issue, but without some community
pressure, there doesn’t seem to be any urge to reach some conclusions and
take action. John has drafted a letter for TCA to follow up on this.
* E. coli counts continue to be high, and tests continue to be consistently
positive for at least a portion coming from human sources.
* There don’t seem to be any significant sources from the Seattle or King
County public sewer systems. The SPU study identified a handful of illicit connections and John believes that those have been corrected.
* The North Fork is generally in better shape than the South Fork.
Littlebrook Creek (trib to No. Fork) has consistently had some high counts. Across the whole
system, counts are much higher during storm events than at base flows.
* Meadowbrook Pond has had some high positive counts, and some areas
to the east of Lake City Way tend to have significantly higher counts than
the rest of the basin (Interesting).
* Mock Creek, a small trib that enters Thornton Ck from the
south and a little downstream of Meadowbrook Pond (with headwaters around 35th
Ave NE and NE 96th St) has had high counts, and is in an area where Jonathan
thinks early action should be targeted.
* Jonathan believes leaky side sewers are the major source, along with occasional spikes from homeless encampments in parks and natural areas.
Some action in the near-term is probably justified, but more study is
probably still needed before a full-scale set of actions can be taken.

The bottom line for Meadowbrook: our neighborhood is an area where the
problem seems especially acute, and it is also probably one of the major
sources. Repairs may require significant expenses by homeowners, hopefully
with some public cost-sharing. The TCA letter may help prompt some action,
but a separate letter from your community would definitely be helpful (so
the issue does not get treated as just the complaints of some “creek
freaks,” as a political aide I used to work with once called people like
those in TCA). (DanK- this fact makes the resolution of the E. coli a problem for those homeowners that might have leaky side sewers should the city decide to take action. I am a water pollution biologist and have spent my career working to resolve water pollution problems and I’m strongly inclined to prepare a letter to support TCA in their urging that the SPU take action to resolve the problem. But, on the other hand, I am concerned about the cost impact this could have on homeowners in our area. I, therefore, would like to defer any letter until we can have a discussion about this issue. I’d be willing to hold a special meeting after our Jan 13th meeting should there be sufficient interest.)

Community Garden & Orchard (Sue McGann and Dan Keefe volunteers):
In July and August, 195 pounds of fresh organic vegetables was taken to the North Helpline food bank, while in September and October, nearly twice that much (due to heavier squashes, etc.) was delivered….Additionally, about 25 pounds in September were given to the community kitchen and the same for the October Shelter meal. Finally, 20 pounds each of garlic were given to the community kitchen and shelter for future meals. The garden volunteers all had plenty of veges; I often had more than I could use. Plans to expand the garden a bit more and for a tool storage shed are in the works for 2015.
The orchard did very well this year, but we had some theft of the fruits off the trees. It was difficult to keep pace with both the garden and orchard. Bright spot: the newly planted fig orchard is doing very well and should yield a nice harvest in 2015.
Greenways (Dan Keefe):
We have had two meetings to explore the desire/feasibility of establishing some greenways treatments to our local streets. The treatments are essentially aimed at traffic calming and safer crosswalks, with the addition of bioswales where feasible. After our first meeting with Janine Blaelock of Lake City’s Greenways and Gordon Padelford of Seattle Greenways with about six Meadowbrook residents. At that meeting it was decided that Meadowbrook would, at least initially, be a “subunit” of Lake City Greenways. At our second meeting, held on Nov 10th, three “Meadowbrookers” and a rep from the Cascade Bicycle Club attended. Our goal was to locate a few key areas for treatment and present them at the next Lake City Greenways meeting on Nov.20th. Anyone with interest is welcome to join and attend. We hope to also link Lake City with Mathews Beach and the NE area which is well linked to Greenways in the University district.

Well enough said. I’m open to any concerns or feedback regarding the above summary of activities and issues. Happy Holidays to all!

Sincerely,
Dan Keefe, President
Meadowbrook Community Council
Papadan44@gmail.com

Meadowbrook/Matthews Beach Greenways Meeting October 28, 2014

Special Meeting Announcement:lakecitygreenways

Interested in learning about the establishment of a Greenways corridor in the Meadowbrook area? Greenways projects help to provide safer routes for pedestrians and bikers in key areas such as streets near schools and parks etc. Meadowbrook Community Council is sponsoring a meeting next Tuesday, Oct 28th at the MCC, from 7 – 8 pm in our regular meeting room.

We have scheduled two experts on Greenways to make a presentation on what a greenway is, examples of successful projects and how to do our own project(s). Continue reading

MEADOWBROOK COMMUNITY COUNCIL September 9, 2014 MEETING MINUTES

September 9, 2014
MEADOWBROOK COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council


At 6:30 pm the President, Dan Keefe, called the meeting to order. There were 14 voting members in attendance and 16 nonmembers.

Sidewalks/ Safe Routes to Schools Brian Dougherty of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reported on sidewalk projects on NE 110th Street. The proposed concrete sidewalk and curb on the south side of NE 110th between 39th and 40th Avenues NE is 30% designed, fully funded under the Safe Routes to Schools program, and due to start construction in the summer of 2015. SDOT will go to adjacent neighbors now with a draft design for their comments. The section between 35th and 36th needs a new bridge for pedestrians. SDOT is starting design work on that second section and will have 30% design on that section when he reports back to the MCC in January. A third sidewalk project to widen the sidewalk on the south side of NE 110th Street, east of 40th to Sand Point Way NE, has had a design team assigned. Continue reading

Construction Update — Sept. 26, 2014

Thornton Creek Confluence ProjectSeal of the City of Seattle

This week’s rain events have allowed us to review the operation of the new creek, both the north and south branch, with higher flows. The engineered log structures and rock weirs that were installed are working well and we are seeing sediment move, as designed, throughout the channel. The habitat logs are showing good formation of pools in and around the full trees that were placed.

Weekend Work

Also due to the rainfall this week, construction of the in-water work has progressed slower than anticipated. Work on Sunday, September 28, is possible this weekend to ensure we finish the in-water construction before the end of this month. Sunday work would begin no earlier than 9:00 a.m. Thank you for your continued patience during construction!

Questions?

Contact Jason Sharpley, Project Manager, at jason.sharpley@seattle.gov or (206) 615-0030 or visit the project website:
www.seattle.gov/util/meadowbrookthorntoncreek.

Construction Update – September 19

Thornton Creek Confluence Project
Construction Update – September 19

We released the south branch of Thornton Creek this week! It now flows under 35th Ave. NE to meet the north branch, which has been flowing freely for several weeks. We also installed the concrete girders across the new bridge to form the top of the new culvert.

Upcoming work:

• Continued work on the bridge
• Connect the high flow ponds to Meadowbrook Pond with new culverts

Important Reminders
• Now that school has begun we’d like to remind everyone that for your safety the construction zone is not open to the public. Children and adults should not enter the construction zone during or after hours. Do your part to remain safe and alert near the construction site.
• Local businesses and public facilities are open during construction. These include the Meadowbrook Community Center and Pool, as well as Café Lati and Santorini Pizza and Pasta (both on the corner of 35th Ave NE and NE 110th Street).

Contact Jason Sharpley, Project Manager, at jason.sharpley@seattle.gov or (206) 615-0030 Visit the project website:
www.seattle.gov/util/meadowbrookthorntoncreek

Remember Sand Point’s First Flight Around the World on Sept. 28

The community is invited to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first flight around the world from Seattle’s Sand Point Airfield at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The event takes place at the former Naval Air Station Sand Point, now known as Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE). This event was planned by the Friends of Sand Point and is funded in part by an award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Matching Fund and a grant from 4Culture. Continue reading

Construction Update – September 5, 2014

Thornton Creek Confluence Project
Construction Update – September 5

Progress continues on the Thornton Creek Confluence project despite additional rain events this past week. With the new creek mostly excavated and formed, construction crews will focus on the following activities over the next few weeks:

• Formation of the bridge barrier walls, including welding and grouting on the north and south abutments.
• Installation/reconnection of the storm drain under the new creek alignment between the abutments.
• Equipment mobilization onto 36th Avenue NE to begin construction of the cul de sac.

Important Reminders
• The project team will attend the Tuesday, September 9 Meadowbrook Community Council meeting to provide a construction update and photo slideshow of the work done to date. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm at the Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Avenue NE), please join us!
• School began this past week and we’d like to remind everyone that for your safety the construction zone is not open to the public. Children and adults should not enter the construction zone during or after hours. Do your part to remain safe and alert near the construction site.
• Local businesses and public facilities are open during construction. These include the Meadowbrook Community Center and Pool, as well as Café Lati and Santorini Pizza and Pasta (both on the corner of 35th Ave NE and NE 110th Street).

Contact Jason Sharpley, Project Manager, at jason.sharpley@seattle.gov or (206) 615-0030 Visit the project website:
www.seattle.gov/util/meadowbrookthorntoncreek

Thornton Creek Project Update — July 25, 2014

Thornton Creek Confluence Project
Construction Update – July 25

It’s been an unseasonably wet week for Seattle, including the Thornton Creek Confluence. The project area and creek were inundated with water following record-breaking rainfall over Seattle on Wednesday, but we are happy to report that crews should be able to draw down the water within a few days. Upcoming construction activities will include:

• Clean up and restoration following this week’s rainfall, which could include additional fish removal.
• Saturday work will continue in order to complete in-water work within the fish window period. Crews can begin work as early as 9:00 am.
• Concrete pouring to form the north and south walls of the culvert.
• Stream channel construction east of 35th Avenue NE.

Important Reminders
• Local businesses and public facilities are open during construction. These include the Meadowbrook Community Center and Pool, as well as Café Lati and Santorini Pizza and Pasta (both on the corner of 35th Ave NE and NE 110th Street).
• Please remember that for your safety the construction zone is not open to the public. Children and adults should not enter the construction zone during or after construction hours.

Questions?

Contact Jason Sharpley, Project Manager jason.sharpley@seattle.gov
(206) 615-0030
Visit the project website:
www.seattle.gov/util/meadowbrookthorntoncreek

Night Out Against Crime — Tuesday, August 5th

Dear Community Friends,

As you may know the 30th Annual Night Out Against Crime is taking place on TUESDAY, AUGUST 5th, 2014. Registration for the event is still available via the following link: http://www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/default.htm

Night Out Seattle

August 5, 2014

National Night Out is a great opportunity for neighbors to reconnect and additionally meet any new neighbors. Getting to know your neighbors is one of the most effective tools in preventing crime.

On the National Night Out registration form, you are given the opportunity to close down the street. Please remember, in order to legally close the street you must be registered. Remember to never block the intersection! Please do not use a vehicle as a barricade to close your street. Your neighbors arriving home and emergency vehicles may need to transit your block.

We look forward to seeing you at Night Out, 2014.

Thank you,
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Scott
Crime Prevention Coordinator
North Precinct

Let’s keep Cafe Lati’s in Meadowbrook!!

Our favorite locally owned, neighborhood coffee shop, CAFE LATI’S at 110th and 35th ave ne, is currently having difficulties making ends meet due to the double impact of school being out and the closure of 35thAve NE at NE110th due to the Thornton Creek Confluence project.

The purpose of this post is to encourage all who can to make a little extra effort and give Cafe Lati’s your much needed patronage, especially during the eight weeks or so until school starts again in September. Cafe Lati’s owner, Latife, is also exploring other measures with the City to encourage old and new customers alike to realize that her place is open for business. One such measure would be to change the “road closed ahead” sign at 125th and 35th to encourage people to travel to NE 110th where the detour actually starts, at least until school commences in September.

Cafe Lati’s has become an integral part of our neighborhood and it would be a shame to lose it, especially after Latife has worked so hard to get it established.

SPD Guide to Neighborhood Safety

SPD Guide to Neighborhood SafetyNeighborhood Security encompasses a lot of different ideas and strategies. However, the unifying element is the need for neighbors to work both as individuals and as a coordinated team, The Seattle Police Department Guide to Neighborhood Safety provides you with information on creating safe neighborhoods.


Wedgwood Art Festival 2014

BY VALARIE BUNN

The ninth annual Wedgwood Art Festival will take place from 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday July 12 and 13, 2014.  Note the new location this year:  Our Lady of the Lake at 8900 35th Ave NE.  Because OLL is a school campus, no pets are permitted on the grounds (with the exception of service animals.)

The fun-filled Festival features artist’s booths, kid’s activities, and more musical acts and food vendors than ever before.  The juried art festival includes many returning favorites and many new artists primarily from northeast Seattle. With a wide variety of fine arts and crafts, there is something for everyone, including painting, print or photography, jewelry, ceramics, outdoor sculpture, glass, mosaics, fiber arts and more.

The musical lineup at the Festival will showcase a diverse variety of talent.  When you get hungry, you can enjoy a meal or a snack in the expanded food section. Check the Wedgwood Art Festival website for a list of all of the offerings, including the schedule of children’s activities, and look for updates on their Facebook page.

Thornton Creek Project Update: July 12th, 2014

Thornton Creek Confluence Project
Upcoming Construction Activities

  • Crews will be working this Saturday, July 12 and subsequent Saturdays in order to complete in-water work within the fish window period of July and August. Crews can begin work as early as 9:00 am.
  • Excavation work and clearing will continue on both sides of 35th Avenue NE as the new stream channel starts to take form.
  • Concrete pouring and installation of the bridge footing and wall on 35th Avenue NE.

Important Reminders

  • Local businesses and public facilities are open during construction. These include the Meadowbrook Community Center and Pool, as well as Café Lati and Santorini Pizza and Pasta (both on the corner of 35th Ave NE and NE 110th Street).
  • Please remember that for your safety the construction zone is not open to the public. Children and adults should not enter the construction zone during or after construction hours.

Fish Removal Work
One important step in the project is moving the fish that have been swimming in the part of the creek where a larger channel will be created to protect them from the construction. Find out more:

Questions?

Contact Jason Sharpley, Project Manager jason.sharpley@seattle.gov
(206) 615-0030
Visit the project website:
www.seattle.gov/util/meadowbrookthorntoncreek

Meadowbrook Community Mtg. Agenda July 8, 2014

MCC Meeting Agenda
July 8, 2014…7:00 – 8:00pm

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council


WELCOME
A. MCC Business
1) Collect dues, update memberships, – Char
2) Approve Minutes previous meeting (May 13, 2014) – Richard

B. Project Updates – 7:05 to 7:30pm (Dan)

1) Thornton Creek Confluence Project
2) NE 110th sidewalk projects
3) 40th to Sand Point Way (NDC did not give it 1st priority)
4) Combined Sewer Initiative/CSO/Integrated Plan 2014 to 2025.

C. ISSUES

1) Metro Parks Dist. Forum (held 7/7/14)—provide handouts of pro and con arguments. Voting scheduled for August 5th.
D. Community Kitchen Tour – Lee LaCroix and Sue McGann – 7:30- 7:45p
E. Community Garden Tour – Sue McGann – 7:45 to 8:00pm ish
F. Adjourn at garden

E. Future Topics (September meeting)
1) NE 110th St sidewalks/ 60% design – Brian Dougherty, SDOT;
2)Ongoing status of Thornton Ck. confluence project – Jason Sharpley and Emily Reardon, SPU.

Lake City Farmer’s Market NOW OPEN

The Lake City Farmer’s Market opens today Thursday, June 12th from 3 PM to 7 PM. It will continue each Thursday until October. LakeCityFarmersMarketPoster-193x300

This is a real make-or-break year for the market which is hoping for real support from the community. There’s plenty of free parking, and in addition to fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and other made-in-Washington products, there will be live music on certain dates, special events, and activities for the kids.

The market is located at the intersection of NE 125th Street and 28th Avenue NE, next to the Lake City library.

https://www.facebook.com/LakeCityLive/posts/652592594815765

http://lakecitylive.net/2014/06/10/lake-city-farmers-market-opens-thursday/

Thornton Creek Confluence Project UPDATE — Upcoming Night Work

Thornton Creek Confluence Project
Construction Update – August 26

Seattle Public Utilities water crews will be conducting night work this Thursday, August 28th, in order to remove the remaining section of the old Thornton Creek culvert. Work is expected to last approximately three hours, starting around 10:00 p.m. Crews will access the construction site from the south and impacts could include additional construction vehicles and noise. Continue reading