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Minutes of Board Meeting:
June 18, 2003
NSCC President's Board Room

Directors Present:† Liz Kearns, Jerry Owens, Debra Willendorf, Wanda Fullner, Bert Bradley, Ted Pickett, JJ Avinger-Jacques, and Ellen Beck.

Board Representatives Present:† Ken Thompson (North Precinct Representative) and Wally Fosmore (North Seattle Community College Representative).

Visitors:† Jean Wirch.

President Liz Kearns called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m., welcoming everyone.

Minutes: †Minutes from the May 21, 2003 meeting were approved as presented.

Treasurerís Report:†

Treasurer Debra Willendorf reported no activity during the time since our last meeting and therefore had no report.


North Star Newsletter: Liz asked if she could give our addresses to the editor of the North Star Newsletter and everyone present said that would be fine. Liz said that she would contact Yvonne Zoretic.

July Work Party: Liz announced that there will be a July 12th work party at Licton Springs Park, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The activity that day will be simple weeding. There will be Starbucks coffee, Sam's muffins, and juice. Those interested and willing, please stop by.

Haller Lake Community Club: Liz reported that Susan Parks, of the Haller Lake Community Club, had informed her of a candidates' forum that Haller Lake will host on October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Susan Parks told Liz that she welcomes suggestions from us concerning programs she could arrange for the community club.

Licton Springs Park: Liz reported that the King County grant included signage. The Audubon Society will be monitoring birds in the Park.

Liz described an additional $10,000.00 grant available from Starbucks, which would be sponsored by ZooCorps for use in the Park. The funds would be spent for benches, gravel and miscellaneous materials, ZooCorps' involvement in connection with tours and interpretative signs (for chorus frogs, birds, vegetation (including Devil's Club)), cedar limbs for "Olmsted" rustic railings for bridge, creation of a snag for birds, restoration, and project coordination.

Liz said that another application will be written to King County for an additional $30,000.00 to $50,000.00 later this year.

Discussion followed regarding the bridges in the Park. The consensus was that the south bridge is good to have, but the design could have been so much better.

Liz informed us that Doris Burns of the Federation has been hospitalized and that this has been a problem for neighborhoods because of the grants administered by her. She said that Licton Springs' checks now are being sent to Debra.

Interurban Trail: Bert discussed the Interurban Trail which follows the right-of-way of the old railroad. Sections will be opening from 110th to 128th and from 145th to Shoreline. It will be bike accessible.

Greenwood Park: Bert announced that the final work party for the Greenwood Park would be held on Sunday. The work will be to distribute fibar, and kids are welcome.

SR 99 and the 358: Bert said that changes are being forced on the Aurora merchants. There will be no parking southbound at North 85th and North 105th and for a few blocks before and after these intersections. Buses on the 358 route will be increased.

It was suggested that we could unite and create a bridge to the Aurora merchants by trying to enlist them in co-sponsoring a grant to study ways to develop business access and parking off Aurora and also developing a possible bike trail.

Walking Sidewalk Debate: Liz announced Fleet First's Walking Sidewalk Debate. She had sent information to Board members by e-mail. It will be held June 25th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and consist of walking from Northwest 117th and 2nd Avenue Northwest to North 87th and Greenwood, with three to five minute speeches and debate along the way.

The sidewalk project for North 100th in our neighborhood is not yet underway. Liz said that the proposal now is to extend the existing sidewalk to the west and extend east, not work in the problem section further east that is our biggest concern.

Northgate: A discussion followed concerning the most recent Northgate meeting.

Pilling's Pond: Wanda reported that Cynthia Sullivan funding of $30,000.00 could possibly be available to correct the water problem. The conservation and view easement could then be sought in exchange for automatic water control and upgrading of the fence. Discussion followed.

Volunteers/Representatives: Liz announced that we are looking for volunteers to attend the City Neighborhood Council and Seattle Community Council Federation meetings. The volunteer does not need to be a Board member.

North Seattle Community College: Wally gave news of the construction happening at the College. He told us that the College would not be leasing classroom space at Wilson-Pacific. Also, Indian Heritage students would be moving out of the College, since their classroom space was now needed for the construction period.


Fall Picnic: Liz reported on our annual picnic, which is set for September 13, 2003. She reported that we will need to purchase paper plates, mustard, and relish. John, at the UPS Store, is printing our picnic flyer up for free. The Bubbleman is confirmed, as well as the Anzanga Marimba Group. Liz said that she would be talking to Jan Brucker about her daughter Lauren again doing the "Blazing the Way" pioneer reading by Emily Inez Denny. Also, the ZooCorps Teens, who have been working in the park, will give tours. Liz reported that Edie Whitsett has said that the new flags will be done in time for the picnic. Roger Turner will advertise our picnic on his routine flyer that is delivered to all households in the neighborhood!

Liz reported that the Pro Parks folks have requested a table to be able to give out information about the bridge work in the park.

As has been the case in the past, there will be no PA system in place for the picnic. Liz reported that we will not welcome political speeches.

Newsletter: Debra will be coordinating the next Newsletter. A discussion followed of articles for the Newsletter. Wally Fosmore will be writing an article about construction going on at North Seattle Community College. There will also be an article about the Wellness Center at NSCC. Wanda Fullner will do an article about Pilling's Pond. Edie's information on Mineral Springs Park will be included, as well as an article from Bert Bradley on design review. We will have an article about the picnic (with the flyer) and the usual information and dues form.

Liz asked Bert if he would contact the Greenwood Community Council about their candidates' forum for our next Newsletter. Further discussion of the Newsletter took place.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen M. Beck, Secretary

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