Minutes of Board Meeting:
March 17, 2004
NSCC President's Board Room
Kearns, Jerry Owens,
Debra Willendorf, Ted
Pickett, Wanda Fullner,
Bert Bradley, and Ellen Beck.
Representatives Present:† Ken
Thompson (North Precinct Representative).
David Della (SeattleCity
Councilmember), and Jean Wirch.
Liz Kearns called the meeting to order
the arrival of Councilperson David Della, we made use of the time with
a discussion of departing directors.† JJ Avinger-Jacques
has moved out of the neighborhood.† JJ
had planned to be at tonightís meeting to say good-bye, but instead
was attending an out-of-town funeral for one of her aunts.† Yvonne Zoretic
and her husband are buying a new home outside of Licton
Springs, so we are losing Yvonne also.† Lastly, Bert Bradley told us earlier about accepting
a position on the Greenwood Community Council.† We will still be seeing and hearing from Bert,
but he will not be serving on our Board beyond his current term (ending
next month).† Shannon Snider,
who has been at recent meetings, has said he is willing to join the
that other directors are willing to continue, we have an opening for
one director in the group of five directors who have terms expiring
in 2004 (Liz Kearns, Wanda
Fullner, Ted Pickett,
Bert Bradley [resigning], and Ellen Beck);
and two openings in the group of four directors who have terms expiring
in 2005 (Jerry Owens, Debra
Willendorf, Yvonne Zoretic
[resigning] and JJ Avinger-Jacques
†The minutes from our February 18, 2004 meeting were approved as presented.
Debra Willendorf had no report, but
reminded us again of the need to finalize the 2004 budget.
in the Newsletter was discussed.† It was agreed that advertising should be limited
to the businesses in the neighborhood.†
Ads would have to be overseen to assure appropriateness.† LSCC would have to have guidelines regarding
Clarification was given by Liz concerning the fact that the whole
City is a drug-free zone and there is no special classification or designation
for areas around schools.† Ken
Thompson said that the signs indicating drug-free zones
had been paid for by a Federal grant.†
In Seattle, we did
not have a problem with drug dealers going onto school property as they
did in the East, but we also had access to the Federal program.† There is no money left in that grant at this
At , David
Della arrived at our meeting.† We
then gave introductions around the table.†
Liz then went through the neighborhood priorities and the status
of each:† (1) Pillingís Pond (preservation and restoration);
(2) Wilson-Pacific School (under utilized school - Indian Heritage program;
School District offices; storage; newly developed playfields); (3) sidewalks
on 100th (narrow street, parking along the street, no distinct
boundary between street and yards/private property; used as a shortcut;
excessive speeds); (4) Licton
Springs Park (has $100,000.00 of Pro Parks funding
this year; ongoing work at the Park to restore the pond/bridges) and
Mineral Springs Park (will receive $700,000.00 in Pro Parks funding);
and (5) safety for pedestrians.
Fullner spoke further about the status of Pillingís
Pond.† She said that help was
needed.† The goal is to preserve
the open space that has existed for over half a century.† The project had been promised $20,000.00 by
Cynthia Sullivan, but Bob Ferguson, her successor, while very supportive,
says that the Sullivan funding isnít possible because of the way it
was structured.† He is trying to locate other funding. †The Pillingís Pond Committee is trying to arrange
a view easement.† The City has
banned all capital acquisitions, so that makes the situation difficult.† It is looking like the family may need to sell
and so the concern is high.† A
problem of concern is the water flowing into the pond and the potential
for flooding.† Wanda said she
considered the water problem to be a responsibility of the City.† It is estimated that it would cost $14,000.00
to $20,000.00 to automate the water flow.†
Wanda said on the walk-through that Greg Nickels did before his
election to the Mayorís office, he agreed with Wanda that SPU should
remedy the water problem.† The
Pillingís Pond Committee has protested the environmental impact statement
of the School District because of the uncontrolled
runoff coming into the pond.† The
School District has agreed to landscape the buffer
area between the pond property and Wilson-Pacific.†
However, because of the lack of funding, the committee is in
a holding pattern, staying hopeful and vigilant.
Della said that unfortunately budgets for both the City and the County
are being trimmed.† The good news
is that for this year the Neighborhood Matching Funds have been saved.†
No one knows what will happen next year, though.
said that the City has purchased two houses across from the new GreenwoodPark.† It has been suggested that the land be used
for basketball courts, perhaps indoor-outdoor courts.
said that he has spoken with Bob Ferguson and they will coordinate with
each other on neighborhood concerns.† Mr. Della is chair of the Parks, Neighborhoods,
and Education Committee.† He said
that three committee meetings a year will take place out in the communities.
Della noted that Bob Ferguson will work out in the neighborhoods on
Fridays and that he would also make that his practice.†
Della is also Vice Chair on the Public Safety Committee.†
He said that police are now at a level that has not been experienced
since the 1970ís.† He said that there are serious budget constraints,
but it is important to maintain programs that protect the vulnerable.†
This is important for our quality of life.
Della informed us that there is a joint committee with the School
District and the City and he serves on that committee.†
The committee meets to discuss common interests and concerns.
Liz reported that she had spoken with Allen Justad with DPD concerning
the fact that developers are coming to us for support.† He said that we do not have to do anything when
approached.† We have three options:† (1) support them; (2) not support them; or (3)
do nothing.† If we call Mr. Justad
with project numbers, he will give us additional information about the
are four townhouses, on lot previously containing a duplex, being proposed
across from LictonSpringsPark.† Discussion followed.
said that a building permit had been obtained for a lot over by Comcast.†
It is presently commercial and the developer wants to build multifamily.† At the highest point the building would be 65
feet and then would scale down. †Discussion followed.
said Greenwood is going
to establish Design Review Guidelines.†
The redevelopment of the area where the Greenwood Market and
Fred Meyer are is in the planning stages.†
This is private property and the neighborhood is concerned.
Bert said he would have the list serve set up.† He said he feels it is very important for information
to flow between communities, as well as within communities.† He recommended that Licton
Springs be a part of a wider list serve.
Stakeholders.† Jerry Owens
announced the Northgate Stakeholders meeting is March 18th.