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LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Minutes of Board Meeting:
October 20, 2004
NSCC President's Board Room

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

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

Visitors:† Jean Wirch

President Liz Kearns called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Liz showed us a plaque she had been presented with at a distinguished gathering that acknowledges her work at Licton Springs Park. The award is the Washington Community Forestry Council’s Urban Forest Stewardship Award. This is the first time this award has been presented. The award is signed by Dr. Kathleen Wolf, Chair of the Washington Community Forestry Council and Sarah Griffith, Urban Forestry Program Manager, the Department of Natural Resources. The award carried the seals of the Washington Community Forestry Council, the Department of Agriculture – Forest Service, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Congratulations, Liz!

Minutes: The September 15, 2004 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurerís Report:Debra Willendorf provided a Treasurer’s Report for the period January 1, 2004 through October 18, 2004. We have received $435.00 in dues, a decrease from last year, and $475.00 in donations. Debra said that we had budgeted $500.00 for the picnic, but only used $401.62. We therefore have a balance of $98.38 in that category that was not spent. Discussion followed. The Treasurer’s Report was approved.

Stock: Wanda Fullner reminded the Board that we have Microsoft stock held in the name of the Licton Springs Community Council and the Federation. This stock originally was given by a family to the Playground Committee as a $2,000.00 donation. The stock has both lost value and gained value. At this time $3,000.00 has been used and $1,000.00 remains. Wanda suggested that the money go to the Pilling’s Pond Committee, if needed, and if not used by Pilling’s, then kept for some other special project of the LSCC Board.

OLD BUSINESS:

North 100th Street. Trung Pham was not at our October meeting. He e-mailed Liz that “we are still planning to have the asphalt walk install by end of this year. . . . .The only adjustment in the final design is that there will be an infiltration trench (i.e. something similar to a drain rocks pocket) running along the front of the asphalt walk. I’m still waiting for the final details from Seattle Public Utility. . . .”

Because sidewalks on 100th was the Northwest District Council’s Number One priority in both 2003 and 2004, it was believed that perhaps some commitment of funds came with that rating. If that is so, it is important for us to track that money.

Rick Barrett – Haller Lake. Rick Barrett of Haller Lake was not able to attend our meeting. We are still hoping to hear from Rick about what happened at Nellie Goodhue School.

Halloween in the Park. The Halloween event was discussed. It was agreed that we have to begin asking for donations early on for this event. Next year, we should approach SAM’s, QFC, Larry’s, Costco, and Fred Meyer. This year we have received $25.00 from SAM’s, $25.00 from Costco, and $50.00 from QFC. In the past, we have received more than $100.00 from Costco. It was suggested that we have baskets at the event asking for donations, with a suggested donation of $2.00 per child.

It was also agreed that thank you flyers should be taken to Larry’s and QFC, and thank you letters sent to everyone whose donations have contributed to making our event a success.

Advertising/List Serve. Ted Pickett was not able to be at the meeting, nor was Staci Baldwin, so we have no new information on advertising.

Shannon Snider was not with us to report on the List Serve. We all wondered whether the new arrival had come to the Snider’s!! As we remembered it was very close to the due date!

NEW BUSINESS:

Appreciation. Liz described the appreciation plaque that had been presented to PCC for their providing of greens for the ducks at Pilling’s Pond. Liz suggested that it was time for the Board to annually acknowledge help that we received. Possible recipients included Larry’s Market, North Seattle Community College, and the North Police Precinct. Liz asked members to think about what we could do. The timing for our annual presentation would be in the spring of the year.

Seattle Sun. Liz announced that the Seattle Sun is being sold. Clayton Park has been transferred to Kent and he and his wife Susan have bought a house in West Seattle. Everyone is invited to an open house event on Saturday, October 30th.

Outreach for North Precinct Vegetation. Liz announced that Dave Barber (in his capacity of working in the City’s Facilities Department) had contacted her regarding the drainage “pond” at the North Precinct and the development of a vegetation plan for the “pond” area. Laura Nichols, who lives in the neighborhood, has been making complaints and demands on the Police Department. Sarah Cooke is now helping Laura and represents her with the Police Department. To help the situation, there is a plan to remove non-native vegetation and come up with a vegetation plan to improve the area. The City is looking for someone with knowledge about plants to give community input for the vegetation plan. Liz said that she would get back in touch with Dave when he gets back in town.

Sound Transit Open House. Jerry Owens announced that Sound Transit will be having an open house at Northgate. It would be interesting to see what plans are in the works for Northgate, funding permitting.

Licton Springs Pond Grant. Liz said that she will be applying for a two year $50,000.00 Phyto Remediation Grant. This grant will be used to identify plants that clean polluted water and study which plants do the best job. The grant will also study the question of whether these plants, that clean up pollution, end up with toxins in their leaves.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:47 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by

Ellen M. Beck, Secretary

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