LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Minutes of Community Meeting, May 15, 2013
NSCC Campus OCE&E Building, Room 220B
Directors Present: Jan Brucker, Tom Meyer, Liz Kearns, and Ellen Beck.
Board Representatives Present: Ken Thompson (Liaison to North Precinct).
Visitors: Jean Wirch, Rachel Smith (Sound Transit), Fred Wilhelm (Sound Transit), Ryan Bianchi (Sound Transit), Susan Fore (Mahlum Architecture), and Justin Kim (Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc., Development and Project Management).
President Jan Brucker called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and we had introduction around the table.
Minutes. The April 17, 2013 minutes were approved as presented.
Sound Transit. Sound Transit has funding and plans to go from the University District, to Roosevelt, and to Northgate. The Northgate Link project was baselined in June 2012 and $10 million contribution has been committed for the I-5 pedestrian bridge and other pedestrian and bike improvements. This contribution has been matched by the City of Seattle. Right now there is a shortfall in the City’s portion for the cost of the pedestrian bridge. The City has until 2015 to find the money to remedy the shortfall, or the funds go back into non-motorized access. Sound Transit would then do a study to identify where to invest the funds.
The plan is for Northgate to be operational in 2021. Sound Transit also has funding to reach Lynnwood in 2023. (The Capitol Hill/Husky Stadium stations have a date of 2016.)
There was a lot of discussion about ridership, access, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. and we also received information handouts.
There will be a Sound Transit meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary on May 23rd.
Wilson Pacific School Update. Susan Fore of Mahlum Architectural Design1 announced that her firm has been selected to design the new elementary/middle school for the Wilson Pacific site. Justine Kim of Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc.2, told us her firm does Development and Project Management and will fill that role for the project.
The new school is scheduled to open in Fall 2017 with construction taking 25 months. By the end of summer/early fall schematic designs will be prepared. The elementary school is being planned for 500 – 650 students and the middle school for 1,000 students.
There was discussion, especially emphasizing that traffic patterns need to well planned, and methods developed to make sure all the children are safe at all times. The murals by Andrew Morrison. Susan and Kim both said that they were looking at all possibilities, including new technologies, for the murals and recognized their importance.
They said that there will be a public welcoming and community focus meeting, that is perhaps three to five weeks out at this point, but they wanted to come to our meeting to share with us their involvement.
Board Vacancies. Jan Brucker suggested that we did not have to vote immediately on Board vacancies.3 We have three vacancies that can be filled, assuming we are correct that Kay Mesirow will continue on the Board and that Jerry Owens does wish to continue. Debra Willendorf has indicated that she will not continue. Jan said that she would like to have a neighborhood business representative on the Board (someone from Quiring Monuments was suggested), as well as Monte Monterecy from NSCC, and that we should also consider have members beyond our borders, as was the case during our community planning process. Margaret Bartley was suggested.
Licton Springs P-Patch. Liz Kearns reminded us that she had sent us all an update regarding the last P-Patch meeting she attended. She said that LSCC does not need to give $1,000.00 to the P-Patch. We had a discussion about doing that at a time when they really needed money, but that is not the case now.
There is a work party on Saturday for the P-Patch.
The Summer Solstice celebration is June 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Blanchet Representative. It was suggested that the new principal of Blanchet be invited to our next meeting. It was thought that Eric Johnston would know who that person was.
Halloween in the Park. Liz said that she will contact Betsy to get the new name of the new person to contact regarding Halloween in the Park, and she will contact that person.
North Precinct. Ken Thompson reported that there is funding for the North Precinct to remain one Precinct, not split into two. They are investigating locations where there is room for all the present people, and for growth. They need ready access to arterials. The plan is to be in the new location by 2015-16.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Ellen M. Beck, Secretary
1 Mahlum projects include: 2013 West Campus Housing at UW; Cornish College of the Arts; Finn Hill Middle School; Issaquah High School; Nathan Hale High School Modernization; Cleveland High School; Suzzallo Library; Chief Leschi School.
2 SOJ Seattle projects include: Fire Station 10;, Meydenbauer Center; Safeco Field; King Street Station Renovation Project; Pioneer Courthouse Square; Woodland Park Zoo Access.
3 Directors with terms expiring in 2013 are Jerry Owens, Kay Mesirow and Debra Willendorf. There is one unfilled directorship. Directors with terms expiring in 2014 are Jan Brucker, Liz Kearns, Tom Meyer, Jan Brucker, Melanie Davies, and Ellen Beck. Debra is not continuing, and perhaps not Jerry, so we have three vacancies.