Minutes of Board Meeting:
Directors Present: Liz Kearns, Jerry Owens, John Meerscheidt, Yvonne Zoretic, Wanda Fullner, Bert Bradley, and Ellen Beck.
Directors Absent: Debra Willendorf.
Board Representatives Present: Jan Brucker (Licton Springs Arts Council), Jan Avinger-Jacques (Editor of Licton Springs Currents), and Pam Larsen (City Light Representative).
Visitors: Dave Anderson (D.A. Hogan & Associates), Kathy Johnson (Lead Facilities Planner, Seattle School District), Ammon McWashington (Athletics Coordinator, Seattle School District), Margaret Anthony (Parks Department), Lucy Morello (Program Manager, Seattle School District) Dave Barber, Jean Wirch, and Ken Thompson.
President Liz Kearns called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m., welcoming everyone.
Ammon McWashington introduced himself. He said that the 1998 levy passed by voters allowed athletic fields at five sites to be rebuilt/renovated, that is, fields at Garfield, Franklin, Nathan Hale, Ingraham, and Wilson. Presently, the proposal is for Wilson to have a 90-foot baseball field, a fast-pitch softball field, and overlay possibilities for a soccer field or lacrosse field or football field.
Mr. McWashington next introduced Dave Anderson, engineer on the athletic field design team.
Before Dave Anderson began his presentation, we continued around the room with introductions.
Dave Anderson then began his presentation, including overhead projections. He said that there is no real drainage system presently at the Wilson site. The asphalt surfaces to the west of the athletic fields are in poor condition. He said that the present thought was that the playing fields would be used for middle school or high school practices. Mr. Anderson said that the primary goal was to have safe athletic fields. He said that their planning area went west beyond the present fields, but stopped just east of the main drainage line running north/south across the Wilson property. He said that natural turf fields would be installed after a sand base with under drainage system was in place. Also, use of the fields will take into account the need to rotate wear around.
Mr. Anderson outlined several options that are also going to be priced out to see if it is possible to include them: restroom, landscaping, jogging trail around the perimeter, and replacing the existing perimeter fencing.
He also said that the goal in developing the playing fields is to maintain maximum flexibility. On the baseball diamond they plan to have a portable pitching mound to allow different levels of players to use the baseball field.
He said that the fields would be used mostly for practices, not games. Also, the fields would not be in use during the winter since the grass needs time to recover from the use. Lights are not an option because lights would extend the use of the fields and this would be too hard on the surface.
Mr. Anderson said that they had a budget of $700,000.00 for the construction. He told us that there would be one foot or more of sand or other combination of permeable materials in preparing the fields for the new grass. This will greatly reduce the runoff that takes place. He said that a geotechnical investigation will be done on the site.
Dave Barber next spoke about alternatives to be taken into consideration, such as daylighting of Licton Springs Creek, and taking on the site as a Grey to Green project. He also handed out a memorandum to the Licton Springs Community Council regarding his suggestions in connection with the Wilson-Pacific School.
Lucy Morello asked that we prioritize our wish list for options at the site. For example, if we want landscaping, where do we want it?
Margaret Anthony said that a Grey to Green was possible for the Wilson site. She said the surface for the playing fields would be grass and there would be no lights. There will be times when the fields will be available for community use.
Ms. Anthony also mentioned that the Parks Department now has a comfort station that can be built for from $30,000.00 to $40,000.00. She said that this is a bare bones structure, but it functions well. There is no luxury to it and it is open so that your feet are visible. There’s no incentive to tarry in it. She said that we could take a look at this type of comfort station by driving to 32nd Avenue Northeast, just north of 145th and one block west of Lake City Way.
Ms. Anthony told us that Kate Kaehny has been assigned to the Wilson site and that she can assist us with water feature options and the Grey to Green, a comfort station, and the other options.
Bert Bradley volunteered to contact Kate Kaehny regarding the Grey to Green Project. Ms. Anthony told us that Kate’s phone number is 684-7165 and her e‑mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liz Kearns announced that Carol Eychaner had been hired as a consultant for the Pillings Pond project.
Wilson Long Range Plan Committee: Jan Brucker announced a meeting regarding the long-range plans for the Wilson Site for Thursday, May 17, 2001, at 4:30 p.m. This will be a one and one-half hour meeting with Tom Byers, Deputy Major, and others. Anyone able to attend was urged to do so. Amy Glenn is now in charge of the Wilson Project for the Department of Neighborhoods. (Elizabeth Butler had that position formerly.) The meeting is to help understand the integration of efforts at the Wilson Site. We want to ensure continuing cooperation.
EIF: Liz Kearns handed out a written EIF Stewardship Update for review by directors. She announced that our historical brochure has gone to press and will be available at our next meeting. This was cause for a round of applause!
Annual Licton Springs Picnic: Liz announced that the plan is to have a marimba band for music this year. And, of course, the bubble man will be back. Mail.Boxes, Etc. have said that they will donate the flyer for our picnic.
North Park Event: A flyer was passed out for the June 30th Art-in-the-Park Event at Mineral Springs/North Seattle Park. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Liz also announced that Larry’s Market has a new manager. She is going to make contact with him/her.
Intermediate Capacity for Transit: Jerry Owens reported on transit meetings he had attended. This group is looking at bus/rapid transit/monorail/trolley cars. They are concerned with east-west travel, not just the north-south corridor.
Licton Springs Park: It now appears that there will only be sufficient funds for one bridge to be restored at the Park this year.
Minutes: The April 18, 2001 meeting minutes were approved as presented.
Liz announced that a Board meeting would be held in the next seven to ten days at her home. She said that directors would be polled on their availability by e-mail.
Bert Bradley questioned how we verified that we had good addresses on our Newsletter mailings. It was acknowledged that we needed to have a mailing with our return address in order to have non-deliverable Newsletters returned to us to enable us to purge our mailing address of non-deliverable addresses.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.