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Council Meeting Minutes March 2021

LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Approved Minutes March 17 2021 6:30-7:40 P.M.

Attendance Notes

  • Online meeting by Zoom due to Coronavirus restrictions
  • Directors present: Janice Lichtenwaldt, Lindsey Webb, Melanie Davies, Liz Kearns, Bekah Gautrowski, Michael Cuadra, and Kathleen Braden
  • Business Representatives present: Bob Blade (Salt Blade)
  • Attendees: Joy McEldery, Dianne Trani, Matt Gautrowski, Osbaldo Hernandez

Introductions and House-Keeping

  • Janice started the meeting at 6:35 and welcomed everyone.
  • Minutes of Feb. 17 2021 were approved as circulated. Treasurer’s Report was approved (attached below). Liz noted that the Parks’ tools fund is specially designated.
  • Osbaldo noted he is now on the City’s team to coordinate vaccinations, especially for the Lumen field site, but that he hopes there will be special sites for North Seattle in the future. He will be reaching out to LSCC and other neighborhood groups for help in getting the word out and getting people registered.
  • Other attendees introduced themselves and noted some issues of interest, including homeless population in the area and property crime.

Nominations for the Board of Directors

  • The group discussed the need to update by-laws, including on the election of Board members and officers. M/S/A to suspend the by-laws re:voting process and allow a verbal vote both for nominations at this meeting and elections at April 21 meeting.
  • Nominations approved for Board of Directors (to be voted on at April meeting)
  • For two year terms to 2023: Ellen Beck, Kathleen Braden, Mike Cuadra, Bekah Gautrowski, Janice Lichtenwaldt, Lindsey Webb, Bob Blade.
  • For one year term to 2022: Liz Kearns, Melanie Davies.

Updates to ongoing committee and council work

  • Janice will continue outreach to Amanda and Tim re:coordinating with Matt on the website for the Council.
  • Melanie will be attending the Aurora Reimagined Coalition meeting upcoming.
  • Kathleen reported on the Community Roots zoom meeting re housing at the Northgate Area (link: https://communityrootshousing.org/2021/02/northgate_tod_give_input/) .
  • Mike reported on NPAC meeting and plans for housing at North Seattle College, something in very early planning stages.

Additional Agenda Items

  • Bob noted that unhoused populations may be able to receive the government stimulus money okayed from federal government via debit card if they do not have bank accounts.

Minutes by Kathleen Braden, Secretary

Next meeting: April 21

Licton Springs Community Council Monthly Treasurer Report

1/23/2021 through 3/15/2021

Date Line Item Transaction Amount Bank Balance
01/23/2021 Beginning Bank Balance $0.00 $6,494.04
01/30/2021 Donation from Kroger $3.09 $6,497.13
02/03/2021 Grant for LSPark tools deposited by Liz Kearns $1,650.00 $8,147.13
Fund Type Fund Amount
Funds for Licton Springs Community Council 4,469.05
Dedicated Funds for Licton Springs Park $3,678.08
TOTAL Combined Funds $8,147.13
NOTES:

We received an email from Fred Meyer on 4/28/2020 of .44 donation, but this has not reached our Verity account and will not until it reaches $25.00.

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Council Meeting Minutes Feb 2021

LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Approved Minutes Feb. 17 2021 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Online meeting by Zoom due to Corona virus restrictions

Directors present: Lindsey Webb, Melanie Davies, Liz Kearns, Bekah Gautrowski, Michael Cuadra, and Kathleen Braden

Attendees: Dianne Trani, Matt Gautrowski, Janice Holkup, Noah An (from Dan Strauss office)

Melanie started the meeting at 6:35 and welcomed everyone.

Minutes of Jan 27 2021were approved as circulated.

Noah An discussed fossil fuels policy decisions for new construction, Hope Team startup, COVID relief funding.

Bekah reported on her establishment of an ad-hoc committee for by-law revisions.

Kathleen reported that Bob Blade of Blade Meats was happy to be invited as a business member and agreed. She contacted Osbaldo Hernandez of DON but he has not responded. She met with John Lombard of D5 group and will be meeting Feb 19 with him and others to look at pedestrian bridge construction progress. She also reported on email from Lee Bruch on group “Fix Aurora” email attached and the Council agreed to indicate our support for this effort. Their next meeting is Feb 26 at 7 PM.

Melanie noted email from Jenny Frankl (attached) re cleanup.

Mike reported on NPAC meeting where homelessness and trash cleanup was discussed and they heard from Kevin Mundt of Hope Team.

Lindsey raised possibility of another music event in the neighborhood, perhaps over the summer and the idea was favorably received.

Minutes by Kathleen Braden, Secretary

Next meeting March 17

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Council Meeting Minutes Jan 2021

LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

approved Minutes Jan. 27, 2021 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Online meeting by Zoom due to Corona virus restrictions

Directors present: Janice Lichtenwaldt, Lindsey Webb, Ellen Beck, Melanie Davies, and Kathleen Braden

Attendees: Dianne Trani, Mike Cuadra, Bekah and Matt Gautrowski, Osboldo Hernandez, Janice Holkup

Janice started the meeting at 6:35 and welcomed everyone.

Minutes of Nov. 18, 2020 were approved as circulated. Treasurer’s Report was approved and Ellen reported she filed our 990 form this month.

  1. Board members: M/S/A to elect Bekah Gautrowski to fill the vacancy of Jan Brucker’s seat and Mike Cuadra to fill the vacancy of Tim Crosley’s seat. According to the by-laws, this action places them on the Board immediately and then they agreed to be nominated for two-year seats with the March, 2021 meeting.

    Kathleen updated regarding Board members and elections. The usual schedule has been interrupted due to the vagaries of the current COVID pandemic. Here is the situation:

    Terms up in April: Janice Lichtenwaldt, Kathleen Braden, Ellen Beck, Lindsey Webb. All have agreed to stay on the Board and be nominated at the March meeting for a two-year term. Liz Kearns and Melanie Davies have been continuing even though their terms were up earlier and will be also nominated for a new term at the March meeting but their terms should go until 2022, not 2023, because we are late in confirming them and it is better not to have the whole Board’s terms end simultaneously.

    Ellen agreed to be nominated to continue as Treasurer; Kathleen is stepping down as Secretary and Lindsey agreed to be nominated for that position. Janice is completing her time as President (and everyone agreed she has done a wonderful job for us) and Melanie is interested in the nomination for that spot. We will need a nomination for Vice-President and Mike Cuadra might be willing to serve.

  2. Other Duties: Kathleen has stepped down as administrator for the Licton Springs Facebook Page. Janice is still an administrator and will add Lindsey as one. Janice will also look into management of our website where minutes are posted and coordinate with Bekah & Matt who may be willing to help.

  3. Ad-hoc committee on by-laws revision: M/S/A to create an ad-hoc committee that Bekah will head up to consider revision to our by-laws and Lindsey will also help spearhead. She plans to start with input from the Council and then invite participation by people in the Licton Springs Community.

  4. Homelessness: Melanie led a discussion to update on issues of unhoused populations in the neighborhood. The group discussed City policy, presence of campers in the park and at Green Lake.

  5. Parks: Liz Kearns sent in a note that work groups are being held in Mineral Springs and Licton Springs Parks, following proper protocols for pandemic safety.

  6. Business members: The Board agreed to ask Liz to congratulate Pilgrim Coffee which has moved into the Starbucks space at Oak Tree and invite as a business member of LSCC and to have Kathleen due likewise with Salt Blade Meats

Minutes by Kathleen Braden, Secretary

Next meeting Feb 17 (Melanie will chair)

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Council Meeting Minutes Nov 2020

LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

approved Minutes Nov. 18, 2020 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Online meeting by Zoom due to Corona virus restrictions

Directors present: Janice Lichtenwaldt, Lindsey Webb, Liz Kearns, Ellen Beck, and Kathleen Braden

Attendees: Dianne Trani, Tracy Cramer, Mike Cuadra, Emma Medicine White Crow, Bekah Manikowski (Gautrowski) and Matt, Peter Reid, Becky Edmonds, Jenny Frankl

Janice started the meeting at 6:35 and welcomed everyone.

Minutes of Oct 21, 2020 were approved as circulated. Treasurer’s Report was approved.

  1. Issues of interest from Visitors: Jenny Frankl of SPU Clean Cities Litter Abatement shared information on litter route for Licton Springs. (attached). Liz noted a work party upcoming Dec. 12 for Licton Springs Park with volnteers from Blanchet H.S.

  2. Becky Edmonds made a presentation on Restricted Parking Zone and other parking issues in Licton Springs area. (study map below). If the RPZ is expanded (there is an existing one due to NSCollege) with upcoming transportation changes, cost is $65/year for two year cycle. Low income people have an option of paying $10.

  3. Jenny discussed the litter abatement program that started in 2017 in the city and in 2018 in Licton Springs-Aurora area. A contractor is paid to cover Aurora between 84th and 105th. Parks Dept deals with parks so that is not part of their program. The volume of calls has not increased, but the volume of litter picked up has. The public cans along Aurora havea four times/week pick up for garbage and three times per week for recycling. Tracy suggested using free form at bottom of Find It Fix It app for special pickups for neighbors who voluntarily pick up litter.

  4. Board elections for 2021 were discussed. Our usual schedule for elections had been postponed last spring due to pandemic. Nominations are due in March. Let Kathleen know if Board members are interested in serving again. She will construct a recruitment statement for Dianne Trani from jet City Apts. to sed to residents to try to get representaiton from renters in neighborhood. Everyone wil try to recruit people, with an eye toward more divesity.

  5. We are unable to do holiday party and Epic Life Church is not planning lights in Licton Springs Park this year but Ellen noted there will b e a tree on the Burke cul-de-sac

Notes by Kathleen Braden, secretary, LSCC

No meeting in December.

Scheduled meetings for 2021: January 20, Feb 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, Sept 15, Oct 20, Nov 17

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Council Meeting Minutes Oct 2020

LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

approved Minutes Oct 21, 2020 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Online meeting by Zoom due to Corona virus restrictions

Directors present: Janice Lichtenwaldt, Lindsey Webb, Melanie Davies, Liz Kearns, Ellen Beck, and Kathleen Braden

Attendees: Dianne Trani, Tracy Cramer, Osbaldo Hernandez

Melanie started the meeting at 6:35 and welcomed everyone.

Minutes of Sept 21, 2020 were approved as circulated. Treasurer’s Reports was approved.

1, Group discussed letter from ALUV sent to Geoffrey Wendtland January of this year to Office of Planning and Community Development. Ryan DiRaimo had emailed it to LSCC October 7 to keep us informed. It appears many planning projects are on hold due to disruptions caused by current COVID 19 pandemic.

  1. LSCC and UNEA/Clear Sky relations and purchase of tee-shirts to thank the UNEA youth. melanie has already received orders and M/S/A to spend up to $500 for the shirts. Liz attended the Sept 30 UNEA virtual meeting and noted once the pandemic is over, there might be volunteer opportunities with UNEA, for example, tutoring.

  2. Melanie invited visitors to address us. Tracy Cramer Clean City Division City of Seattle discussed community cleanup efforts, such as one for November, ate TBD. She also introduced us to Jenny Frankl, Sr Planning & Development Specialist Public Place Littering & Recycling Program, Clean City Division. Tracy and the group discussed clean up in the parks and neighborhood, particularly given recent City decisions on homeless encampmens. Liz noted the Parks Dept would be doing a cleanup in Licton Springs Park Oct 22.

Dianne Trani attended and noted her boss, Brian Robinson, a local property owner with various rental properties and a commitment to affordable housing and helping on neighborhood issues, would love to hear from LSCC on ways he could be of assistance. Lindsey requested some help contacting renters who might be interested in joining us to add a diverse voice to the Council and help with outreach.

Osbaldo Hernandez from DON has replaced the retired Thomas Whittemore and introduced himself. He noted that community conversations has been initiated, with the next scheduled for Nov 18, probably on the topic of public safety. http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/outreach-and-engagement/community-conversations

  1. Several LSCC members attended the recent virtual town hall held by Debra Juarez and reported on the budget presentation, looking on our screens at the Powerpoint slides (Ben Noble, Dean Allsopp) indicating some real shortfalls in revenue to the City that are necessitating putting many activities on hold, such as moving ahead for now with the feasibility study for an Aurora-Licton Community Center. Melanie also reported on the group discussing public safety (Indian Health Board and Community Police Commission, Esther Lucero and Ryan Gilbert) and Jason Johnson for City Human Services.

  2. The group considered a request from Board member Amanda Crosley for support for North Seattle College Co-Op Preschool (see Oct 19 email from Amanda). The Board authorized a $150 donation and Janice will get in touch with Amanda and request preference for the donation to go to local area.

  3. Janice is still following up with Restricted Parking issue.

  4. We affirmed that we cannot hold our holiday event this year due to the pandemic and city restrictions on parks since we usually hold it in Mineral Springs Park.

  5. While we plan to have an event to celebrate Jan Brucker’s years of service once we are able to hold events in person, for now, Kathleen and Ellen will deliver the recognition award to Jan.

  6. Melanie reported on a Greenways meeting re Healthy Streets and Healthy Blocks initiatives and indicated there is still lack of clarity on all processes to designate streets or blocks as such. Healthy Streets are ones that had already been designated as Greenways but the blocks process not clear.

Notes by Kathleen Braden, secretary, LSCC Next meeting Nov 18

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