LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Minutes of Board
Liz Kearns, Jerry Owens, Debra
Willendorf, and Ellen Beck.
Visitors: Bruce Kieser (Director of Facilities & Plant Operations for North Seattle Community College), Jeff Caldwell (Manager of Safety and Security for North Seattle Community College), Ethel Whelan, Bill Smith, Alice Smith, and Robin McCain.
President Liz Kearns called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. Introductions were made around the tables.
Minutes: The January 18, 2006 minutes were approved as presented.
Treasurerís Report: Treasurer Debra Willendorf provided a Treasurer’s Report for 2005. She said that our income and expenses were right in line with each other, so we were doing well. She said having Halloween in the Park was an event that brought in necessary funds and, as long as volunteers were willing to do their part, we could easily put on this event. She said that membership dues were now due and she would accept them. She also noted that we have 6500 prepaid copies at the UPS Store. It was pointed out we need to pay our Federation dues.
Liz pointed out that being a member of the Federation makes it possible for us to mail our Newsletter as “nonprofit bulk mail,” greatly reducing the mailing costs for us. Also, in applying for grants, it is necessary to have 501(c)(3) status. For our grants we are able to use the Federation’s 501(c)(3) status. So we definitely need to pay our dues to the Federation.
North Seattle Community College The meeting was turned over to Bruce Kieser and Jeff Caldwell of North Seattle Community College (“NSCC”).
Jeff explained that NSCC has a strategic plan and wants to have better connections and outreach with/to the community. NSCC’s mission for 2005-2010 is to change lives through education. It has served North Seattle since 1970. Its service area is from the ship canal to North 145 th; Puget Sound to Lake Washington. It is one of three colleges and technical institute in the Seattle Community College District and one of 34 public community/technical colleges statewide.
A lot of information was given on the different education services NSCC offers, the cultural and recreational opportunities to the community, the different types of students attending NSCC, signature programs at NSCC and programs under development (Broadband Cable Technician [Spring 2006], Legal Assistant [Spring 2006], Environmental Science, and Certified Nursing Assistant).
We were urged to feel free to contact any member of “NSCC Staff Facilitating Community Meetings.” The contact information for all members was given out and is reproduced below:
Bruce also asked for what NSCC could do that it was not already doing, and what adverse affects NSCC had on the community. Discussion followed. It was noted that the Wellness Center, which has classes open to drop-ins from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (check the calendar), is going to close temporarily in April to make repairs to the roof, windows and walls.
The North Star Dining Room is open and serving a great lunch (at great value) Tuesday through Thursday.
The Day of Caring at NSCC has been a success with businesses sponsoring projects at the College, with additional volunteers from the community, cleaning up the campus and the median (which is the responsibility of the City, but for which there is no money in the budget). SDOT does send employees to help with the yearly cleanup of the median on College Way.
Alaskan Way Viaduct It was announced that there will be a public meeting on the Alaskan Way Viaduct on March 2 nd, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Seattle Aquarium.
Woodland Park Zoo Parking Garage Rally and Parade There will be a public rally and parade in response to the plans for the Parking Garage on Saturday, February 25 th, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., along Phinney to the Zoo’s west entrance.
Community Disaster Preparedness Meeting . Discussion turned to the March 15 th meeting of LSCC, which will focus on Emergency Preparedness. Jeff said that he would put out signs and sandwich boards. He said he has learned over time how to direct people to the cafeteria, which is not always easy for newcomers to find. Jeff confirmed that no parking tickets would be given that evening.
Jeff also said that he would have the meeting announcement put on the reader board. He said that the meeting can be taped to facilitate a meeting record being made. He reported that the cafeteria at present had round tables and chairs to accommodate 175 people. If we wanted the chairs set up lecture style, we would still be limited to 175 people because that is how many chairs there are. It was decided to leave the setup as it is with tables and chairs.
Melissa Coiley and Debra spoke on behalf of the Emergency Preparedness Committee, saying that everyone’s help was needed. Help was needed delivering the meeting flyer to households in the community. On the evening of March 15 th some people needed to arrive by 6:00 p.m. to help with
last minute details. Flyers need to be hand delivered in the first week of March.
Licton Springs Park The Friends of Licton Springs Park are applying for a Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple grant, a maximum of $15,000.00, due April 1, 2006. The application will be in partnership with Seattle Urban Nature Project (“SUNP”). The monies will be used to (i) pay SUNP to do a review/update of Licton Springs Park’s Vegetation and Management Plan (“VMP”); (ii) pay Seattle Tree Solutions to create XX number of snags along with west side of the wetlands; and (iii) produce a community newsletter focusing on the restoration work. We will use the updated VMP to apply for future grants and to direct our restoration efforts in the Park.
100 th Street Alternative Sidewalks/Asphalt Path We have a new Project Manager for 100 th Street, Theresa Smith. Right now she is reviewing Trung Pham’s files. Work should begin on the north side of the street from Densmore to Wallingford in early March, as the rains subside.
Liz told Bill and Alice Smith and Robin McCain, who live on 100 th, that she regretted how the sidewalks/asphalt path project on 100 th had gone with Trung Pham. She said she was forced to halt the construction because it was completely opposite of our hopes and plans for 100 th. The Smiths’ front yard had been torn up and a curb destroyed by the sidewalk/asphalt path work. They were urged to appeal directly to Theresa Smith.
Liz urged the Smiths to work with other concerned neighbors, Judy Groombridge, Evelyn Lemon and Robin McCain to look at applying for a Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple grant ($15,000.00) to design alternative sidewalks for both sides of the 100 th Street corridor from Aurora Avenue to College Way.
iz, because of being involved in a Small and Simple grant for Licton Springs Park, cannot also be involved directly in the Small and Simple grant for 100 th. Liz said the Community Council would offer all the support we could, including the use of our meetings for matching funds. The Mayor has asked for Capital Improvement Program (“CIP”) project suggestions in 2006 for the next two-year budget (2007-2008). The City is now on a biennial budget cycle.
As the 100 th Street alternative sidewalk project has the support of both the LSCC and the Northwest Council, plus we would have a design plan (hopefully), Liz feels we have a very good chance at the CIP funds. It is possible that the CIP funds could pay for a Sea. Streets alternative along the south side of 100 th Street from Densmore to College Way.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 15, 2006.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Ellen M. Beck, Secretary