Meadowbrook Community Council

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

Meadowbrook Pond Project Update – – August 24, 2018

Good Day,

I wanted to provide you with an update about construction on the Meadowbrook Pond Rehabilitation Project.

The contractor mobilized on the site, installed the stream bypass, and began work in the forebay and cell 1.

On August 21, 2018, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 called for an immediate economic stand down (i.e. a strike). Until this is resolved, the strike is impacting construction on the Meadowbrook Pond Rehabilitation Project. For information on this topic, visit http://www.iuoe302.org/.

We will continue to monitor the situation. Following the Labor Day Holiday, I will share an update about the strike and the project schedule.

Regards,
Jonathan Brown
Project Manager
Seattle Public Utilities
jonathan.brown@seattle.gov

Summer is here and so are the Events!

Summer is here and there are so many things going on in our area. Below are several-hope to see you around the neighborhood!

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Meadowbrook Community Council

June 30, 2018- 1-4PM @ Hubbard Homestead Park 11203 5th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125
Councilmember Debora Juarez is hosting her 3rd annual Live in D5 event!
Live in D5 is a community celebration of North Seattle featuring:

3 local bands, Free salmon and fry bread sponsored by the United Indians of All Tribes, and a baby goat petting zoo. Over 30 booths from neighborhood & municipal organizations. Please join us for this free and family-friendly celebration! Look for the Meadowbrook table!

June 16-July 16, 2018-Your Voice Your Choice -Vote now for park and street projects in our neighborhood!

It’s time again to vote for Your Voice, Your Choice park and street improvements nominated by you and your neighbors here in Meadowbrook, Lake City and City Council District 5. The list of projects in all districts is provided at the link below for your review. If you go to D5 you will see that we have 7 projects in Lake City/Meadowbrook/Little Brook, our eastern chunk of the district.

Project Options

Once you decide on THREE projects you most favor, click on the big VOTE NOW box and cast your vote. Continue reading

Meadowbrook Community Meeting January 9, 2018 7-8:30PM

MCC Meeting Announcement For:
January 9, 2018; 7-8:30pm

I was late in reserving Rm1 so meeting will be in Rm11 (room to the right as you walk in).
We will not be having a featured speaker for this meeting but instead we will focus on several other issues.

I will provide an update on the Your Voice, Your Choice (YVYC) program. It has started with a short time line. Ideas will be due on Feb 2nd. I’ll have forms and ideas that folks can consider as potential project ideas to submit. You can also go on line to study up on the program. I just Googled “Your Voice, Your Choice,” or you can go to Your Voice Your Choice. I will also try to set a date for a YVYC meeting to prioritize and electronically submit our project ideas.

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Meadowbrook Community Council

We will also entertain nominations for the board other than those currently proposed i.e., Pam Bowe- President, Dan Keefe – VP, Mike Reinhardt – Secretary, and Wilma Boyd – Treasurer.

We will need to allocate $25 for dues for our continued membership in Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA) if we indeed want to continue to be a member. We could also use someone to be our representative at their meetings.

The Sidewalk Committee will provide its usual update on the various projects SDOT has been working on in our area and take any comments you may have on what has been implemented so far. I plan to push hard for the completion of the sidewalk on NE 110th btwn 35th & 36th Avenues by Sept, 2018.

Status of JAMS Playground Beautification planning project will be discussed.

Emergency HUB status will be updated.

Look forward to seeing you at the meeting. …… Dan Keefe, President

Emergency Preparedness: What you need to know. MTG 11/15/2017 @ 6:30PM

FREE Community Conversation
Emergency Preparedness: What you need to know.

Lake City, WA – Are you prepared for an emergency? Do you know how to access water safe to drink or how to manage sanitation? How is your emergency kit looking? Lake City Future First, in partnership with the Lake City Emergency Communication Hub will help you get prepared on Wednesday, November 15th at a free Community Conversation held at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle.

Doors open at 6:30 pm with free food from Villa Verdi (12360 Lake City Way Ne Seattle, WA 98125). At 7:00 pm attendees will learn about the Lake City Emergency Communication Hub from Lake City Hub Captain Sandy Motzer. The Lake City Hub is located at Fred Meyer in the SE corner of the lower parking lot. During a disaster emergency when most forms of communication fail, community members would gather at the Hub to exchange information, needs, and resources in order to help ourselves, knowing it could be days or weeks before City services are available.

Following the Hub presentation attendees will visit three ‘How to’ demonstrations:
• Purify Water – Lake City Emergency Communication Hub
• Manage Sanitation – Ann Forrest, Victory Heights Hub Cap
• Manage Utilities – Matt Auflick, Office of Emergency Management

The Hub will also have an Amateur (Ham) radio display table with information about the importance of Amateur radio in a disaster and how you can obtain a license – Susanna Cunningham, WB7CON, Hub Cap, and Member, Auxiliary Communication Services

Information from the following organizations will also be available to assist with emergency preparedness:
SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare)/Block Watch
American Red Cross, emergency kit preparation

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.

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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

NE 95th St Sidewalks Project:Construction Update March 1, 2017

Updates to construction schedule
We appreciate your patience during construction. We are continuing to experience weather delays, but still expect work will wrap up in late March or early April. Please note that the dates listed below are approximate and dependent on weather conditions.
• Drainage work continues throughout the project area. We expect this work to last through at least March 13.
• Crews will begin pouring concrete as early as March 17. They will begin by forming and pouring the curb and gutter along the length of NE 95th St. Curb and gutter is the first step of building new sidewalk.
• As early as March 20, crews will begin grading for sidewalk and driveway construction. We anticipate sidewalk and curb ramps before driveways, as soon as March 27.
• We expect driveway construction will begin as early as March 30. We’ll follow up with homeowners individually to share a sequencing update and provide notification for driveway impacts in advance of this work.
• The landscaping work will follow completion of sidewalk and driveway construction, as early as April 4.

Questions or concerns?
We’ve spoken to many residents about specific access needs or concerns during construction. Please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing PedestrianImprovements4@seattle.gov or by calling (206) 684-4747. We appreciate your patience during construction. Feel free to forward this email to others you think may be interested or share this link to sign up for construction updates via email.

Best,
Rachel McCaffrey
Community Outreach Lead
PedestrianImprovements4@seattle.gov | 206-684-4747
http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/sidewalks_NE95thSt.htm

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

Meadowbrook Community Meeting July 12, 2016 7:00-8:30PM

Location: MEADOWBROOK COMMUNITY CENTER

Agenda:

Yes for Homes Campaign will make a short presentation in favor of the upcoming Seattle Housing Levy vote.

Richard Anderson will discuss the pros and cons of the so called “Removing Barriers to Backyard Cottages and Accessory Dwelling Units” rule which is being proposed by CM O’Brian.

Pam Bowe will discuss the 2035 Comprehensive Plan and the proposed zoning changes for Lake City Way and surrounding areas. Continue reading

Meadowbrook Community Meeting- May 10, 2016

Meadowbrook Community Center 7PM-8:45PM

I’m pretty excited about our upcoming May 10th meeting which is shaping up to be quite interesting. For our featured agenda item, we will have a family friendly slide presentation by Plant-for-the-Planet youth Climate Ambassadors and Michael Foster, founder Plant-for-the-Planet U.S.A. They will explore climate change challenges, opportunities and the actions

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Meadowbrook Community Council

families can take during this significant time in history.

“Our generation is the first to feel the effects of climate change, and the last who can do something about it.” President Obama

Now that we have our annual elections behind us and the new bylaws approved, the MCC Sidewalks Committee has been busy applying for Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) and Neighborhood Street Fund grants (NSF). We will report of our successes and ongoing efforts at this next meeting.
Our re-certification package that we submitted to NDC was accepted, no problems. Meadowbrook and Wedgwood CCs have joined forces to pursue a greenways project on 32nd Ave Ne and I’m still exploring ways to do some community service work in the LaVilla Natural with Meadowbrook CC members. 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– Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Dan Keefe, President

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: Sandpoint Way Closure

Click to enlarge (SDOT)

Click to enlarge (SDOT)

Emergency retaining wall repair on Sand Point Way NE

UPDATE: FEB 02: this project has been delayed until Monday, February 8th

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will begin emergency replacement of a retaining wall in the 8500 block of Sand Point Way NE starting Monday, February 8th.

The failing retaining wall requires replacement as soon as possible to prevent further risk to the roadway and to protect a nearby water main.

Sand Point Way NE will be closed to through traffic between NE 70th Street and NE 95th Street while repair work is underway. Local access will be maintained and the Burke Gilman Trail will not be affected.

Construction Schedule

The full closure is expected to last 3-4 weeks, and will likely be followed by another 3-4 weeks of closure for northbound traffic.

What to Expect During Construction

During the initial weeks of this emergency repair work, you should expect:

  • No traffic through the construction zone in the 8500 block of Sand Point Way NE; detour will be in place using NE 70th Street, 35th Avenue NE and NE 95th Street
  • No access for bicycles and pedestrians through the construction zone; travel along the Burke-Gilman Trail will not be affected
  • Large equipment with heavy loads operating in the roadway 5 to 7 days a week, typically for 9-12 hours per day
  • Temporary relocation of utilities, potential short term service disruptions
  • Significant excavation work, boring for new support piles and retaining wall construction
  • For King County Metro service stop relocations and service advisories please refer to http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/

Detour Route

Alternate Routes. Click to enlarge. (SDOT)

Alternate Routes. Click to enlarge. (SDOT)