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Minutes of Board Meeting:
May 18, 2005
NSCC President's Board Room

Directors Present: Jerry Owens, Debra Willendorf, Wanda Fullner, and Ellen Beck.

Board Representatives Present: Ken Thompson (North Precinct Representative).

Visitors: Trung Pham (Seattle Department of Transportation), Jean Wirch, Robin McCain, Janette Morantes, Dwight Pelz (King County Council member), and Andrew Schmid.

Vice President Jerry Owens called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Introductions were made around the table.

Minutes: The April 20, 2005 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurerís Report: 

There was no Treasurer’s Report.


Sidewalks on 100 th. Trung Pham, a Pedestrian Program Engineer with the Seattle Department of Transportation, Traffic Management Division, reported on sidewalks on North 100 th. He said that at Densmore, the sidewalks would switch to the north side of North 100 th. At 1722, the sidewalks would go from being five feet from the edge of the road to eight feet. The switch to the north side of 100 th is necessary because of the infringements on the south side and the drainage problems that would be encountered there, greatly increasing the cost.

Mr. Pham said the sidewalk would be asphalt and five and one-half feet wide. There will be a one and one-half foot gravel trench for retention of water runoff, and then eight feet would be available for parking. Discussion followed. There was concern over the volume and speed of the cars using 100 th. There was concern for plants, also.

Mr. Pham will officially look at the volume and speeds of vehicles on North 100 th. He commented that parking on a sidewalk can result in a ticket. In order to ticket cars, the sidewalk would have to be painted or signed. Mr. Pham said he was now waiting for approval from SPU. The construction should begin in June. There will be 48 hours notice given by the signs that will be put up prior to commencement of construction. He did not intend to do any additional outreach to the homeowners on North 100 th.

Narrowing the roadway by construction of the sidewalks will have a calming effect on traffic.

Pillings Pond. Wanda Fullner announced that the Pillings Pond Preservation Society is now a 501(c)(3) and will be shepherding Pillings Pond from this time forward. For this reason, the LSCC Pillings Pond Committee is no longer needed.

Mike Bond is president of the Society, Wanda secretary, and Debra Willendorf vice president and treasurer.

David Kunkle bought the Pillings Pond property from the Pillings family. He lives close by and has been involved with the birds for many years. He will carry on breeding. Wanda said Mike will talk to Dave about the community’s vision for Pillings Pond.

Wanda said she would be letting Bob Ferguson know about the official status of the Society. The next step for the Society is adding more members and setting goals.

Picnic in the Park. Ellen Beck read the e-mail LSCC received from Pete Remine of the Toucans Steel Drum Band. The Band is generally booked up during summer weekends, but we can contact them as our event draws near if we haven’t secured music for our picnic. If they are not booked, they could possibly work out a deal for us (normally, they are much too expensive for our budget).

Photographer . Robin McCain reported that the photography teacher who lives in the neighborhood has said she will take photographs for us! Robin said she would invite her teacher/neighbor to an upcoming meeting of LSCC.


Dwight Pelz. Dwight Pelz, who is a member of the King County Council, spoke to us. He is running for the Seattle City Council, for the seat held by Richard Conlin.

He told us that he was born in Seattle in 1951. His family moved to the D.C. area where he grew up. He returned to the Seattle area 30 years ago. He worked for 15 years as a community organizer and said he was proud of being responsible for removing tax from food items. He was also involved in the Light Brigade which monitored City Light. He also was a member of the State Legislature in 1991 and chaired the Education Committee. He has served on the King County Council for nine years.

Mr. Pelz answered questions and explained his position on issues.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen M. Beck, Secretary

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