Meadowbrook Community Council

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

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

Meadowbrook Community Council

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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

Community Meeting — July 9th, 2013 7PM

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July 9, 2013; 7-9pm

Hello to you all,
Hope life has been treating you well since our meeting in May. At least the weather is being reasonably cooperative! Due to a babysitting “rescue” for my grandkids in Helena, I will not be available to run the upcoming meeting, but I have left it in the capable hands of Richard Anderson, VP, and Pam Bowe, Community Outreach.

Some GOOD News – NE 110th sidewalk project with proposed improvements between 39th & 40th and near 35th (flooding issue) was approved as the number one priority project for the North District by the NDC. Its #1 ranking will give it a big advantage as it goes through SDOT’s final review process.

CleanScapes $50K award – Sue McGann and Lee La Criox’s proposal for improvements to the Meadowbrook Community Building’s kitchen was approved for $11K.

Wheelchair swing – Dept of Parks and Rec conducted a sighting feasibility study and found that Magnuson Park provided the best location. There were too many competing activities at Meadowbrook Park which raised safety concerns.

The Meadowbrook/SusNe Seattle community garden continues to look fantastic thanks, as always, to Sue McGann and the dedication of a number of people who have reliably shown up for our Sunday (noon to 2p, usually) work parties. Since May, several harvests have occurred, including garlic, lettuce, chard, peas and onions. Quantities have been sufficient to give the volunteers a nice share of the bounty, as well as some for the Maple Leaf Lutheran church soup kitchen.

The Edibledge (orchard) is looking good and showing signs that several fruit crops will be abundant again this year.

Website: Pam Bowe and I continue to post news and events sponsored by numerous other neighborhood organizations on our website. We continue to receive kudos from other groups on the site, for which Pam and her associates deserve our thanks. Pam Bowe will provide an update at the meeting. (Any suggestions will be gladly taken and considered.)

Community Outreach: Pam Bowe and I have continued to attend meetings of select groups. Pam attended the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LNCA) meeting on July 2nd and informed them about our efforts to get safety equipment installed along NE110th from 35th to Sand Point Way while it’s being used as a detour.
Most of the Lake City, Meadowbrook, and Wedgwood activities can be found on the LCNA calendar:

Meeting Program: We have scheduled only one outside presenter at our upcoming meeting-
1- Our district representative, Gerry Pollet will provide an update on traffic safety, changes in the schools in our neighborhood and highlights of the 2013 legislative session.
2- Meadowbrook Pond Dredging project. Information on the status of the this project will provided to the extent known
3- 125th/Sand Point Way re-paving project – progress will be updated.

Mark your calendars—As usual, looking forward to a well- attended meeting.Dan Keefe
President, MCC

March 12, 2013 MCC Meeting Synopsis from Dan Keefe


I hope to make a synopsis of our bimonthly and special meetings a regular feature of our new website. Firstly, I and the Board want to thank Pam Bowe and her partner Sam Otis for their efforts in constructing our new website (pro bono).

Tuesday’s meeting was attended by approx. 20 individuals with the concern over recent break-ins and dubious solicitors in the 110th and Alton area of primary concern. In order of occurrence, this is what transpired:

1-    We now have our bank account at BECU where we are saving $15/mo on service charges,

2-    The 110th /39-40th  sidewalk project is in the running for approval along with 39 other proposal, but final notification won’t occur until late May,

3-    Shelly and Aundie both provided clear and useful summaries regarding the recent rash of break-ins and prowling in the 110th and Alton neighborhood. Shelly capsulated the results of her meeting on March 3 at her house while Audie provided tips on how to behave when confronted…essentially let them know you are home, don’t open the door, they need a solicitors license to be legit, don’t be afraid to call 911. Efforts to form Block Watch groups were discussed and encouraged.

4-    Pam Bowe and Sam Otis gave us an inside look at our new website’s  features and how initially, we will keep it simple as place to go for announcements and information about our Meadowbrook neighborhood as well as to happenings of interest in adjacent neighborhoods. Depending on level of use, adjustments and refinements will be made accordingly.

5-     Signe Gilson of CleanScapes provided information on the 50K ($50,000) award to the Weds pick-up area and what the requirements were for proposing on a project. I recommended that we consider installing swings for wheelchair bound individuals, possible at Annie’s Playground, which was met with some enthusiasm. Mary Anderson has agreed to help with the effort. If anyone else is interested, please let me know.

Deadline is April 15th. Proposal is a simple one page format, so not a lot of time should be required.

6-    Due to meeting-time constraints, I chose to not discuss the Neighborhood Matching Funds program so that there would be sufficient time for the Organic Gardening presentation.

7-    Sue McGann and John Samaras, both affiliated with Sustainable Northeast Seattle, discussed numerous aspects of organic gardening, providing references to source material (e.g., Seattle Tilth’s “…Northwest Garden Guide” along with seed sources such as: Territorial Seeds, Irish Eyes, Portage Bay Grange). For fertilizers and amendments, Sue recommended Walt’s Organic in Ballard (near the bridge). References were made to the Meadowbrook Community garden near the tennis courts at Nathan Hale and the “Edible Edge” along 105th between 35th and Ravenna. With spring approaching, numerous “work/teaching” parties are planned, mostly on Sundays from noon to 2pm or longer for those who want to work on the Edilble Edge as well. A lively Q&A followed.

The meeting was adjourned a little past 9pm.

As this synopsis is a new feature for our website, your comments will be greatly appreciated. The synopsis is intended to keep those interested informed about  the happenings at meetings, to generate interest and provide enough info for those who didn‘t attend but may want to get involved in activities resulting from the meeting.  It is not intended to replace the minutes which we will to post at a later date.

Finally, please feel free to offer suggestions for this nascent stage of our website in the comments boxes provided. Both Pam and I will be checking it regularly for input.

Here’s hoping for a quick end to the break-ins and happy gardening!

All the Best!

Dan Keefe

March 14, 2013