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Council Meeting Minutes March 2022

LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Meeting Date/Time: March 16, 2022, 6:30 P.M.

These meeting minutes were approved at the April 2022 meeting.

Attendance Notes

  • Directors Present: Melanie Davies, Bekah Gautrowski, Lindsey Webb, Liz Kearns, Mike Cuadra, Kathleen Braden
  • General Members Present: Dianne Trani, Janice Holkup, Donna Wahbeh

Welcome & Introductions

  • Melanie started the meeting and welcomed everyone at 6:33. Attendees introduced themselves.

Approval of Minutes & Treasurer’s Report

  • There was a motion to approve the minutes from the February 16 meeting. The motion passed. There was a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. The motion passed.

Community Council Board Nominations

  • Melanie’s and Liz’s terms end next month. Mike moved to nominate them for another term. Bekah seconded the motion. The motion will be voted on at the April meeting.
  • Bekah gave a summary of the by-laws related to board nominations and officer elections. Open positions can be filled any time.

Licton Springs Park Work Parties

  • Liz talked about work parties in Licton Springs Park and shared a flyer. Work parties are the second Saturday of every month from 10am to 1pm, rain or shine. Neighbors can meet work party leaders at the comfort station at the park at 97th and Ashworth.
  • Lindsey shared a few notes from Jenny Frankl with the City of Seattle’s Adopt-A-Street program. The city is planning on hosting a ‘One Seattle Day of Service’ on Sat, May 21. This will be a citywide call to action around beautification and cleanup. She suggested synergy with the work parties in the park, but the dates don’t coincide.
  • Adopt-A-Street is hosting their annual spring clean, where they support volunteers in doing one-time cleanups. They will provide supplies related to trash cleanup. Matt Gautrowski is going to fill out the form to register for a Licton Springs cleanup event.

Music in the Park

  • Lindsey reported that LSCC was not chosen for Arts in the Park funding from the City of Seattle. 68 projects applied and there was not enough funding to go around. LSCC is still interested in moving forward in hosting an event in August. Rob from Boundless Northwest is interested in collaborating. A couple of attendees suggested other funding sources, including donations from local businesses and contributions from neighbors.
  • Janice Holkup asked about outreach to Clear Sky Native Youth Council for musical acts. Lindsey confirmed that including an indigenous musical act is a priority for the event.

Community Outreach for Neighborhood Events

  • LSCC Contacts: Melanie created a spreadsheet with names and contact information for frequent contacts of LSCC. Bekah requested a column for notes so that we can keep track of who was contacted, when, and by whom.
  • Board of Directors communication: Lindsey outlined a proposal for a process for communicating with and booking guest speakers for LSCC meetings. The primary contact for the potential guest speaker should do the initial outreach and copy Lindsey on the email. Once the guest speaker confirms, the primary contact will be responsible for sending them the Zoom information and agenda.
  • Lindsey also requested that when directors communicate via email, to make sure that each general topic has its own email thread. This will keep email communication clearer and less intimidating to wade through.
  • Upcoming guest speakers: At the time of the meeting, guest speakers for the next few meetings are as follows: April - Aurora Reimagined Coalition, May - [Potentially] someone from the North Precinct or SPD, June - City Attorney Ann Davison and Bellwether Housing.
  • The group discussed moving Bellwether to July instead of having two major guest speakers in May. Lindsey will reach out to Bellwether.
  • Mike is the primary contact for LSCC with Ann Davison’s office. He suggested asking the community what they would like to hear from her so we can get questions to her office in advance and keep things running smoothly at the event. Lindsey will do a Google form and share via email and social media as a way to collect questions. This will go out on May 4 with a May 25 deadline for submissions. Mike will send questions to Ann Davison’s office on June 1, two weeks before the meeting.
  • There was a discussion about how to host the meeting so that it doesn’t become an open/rowdy discussion. Bekah suggested hosting it in a webinar format. She volunteered to moderate the discussion.

Adjournment

  • Melanie adjourned the meeting at 7:30 pm.
Minutes by Lindsey Webb, Secretary

Next meeting: April 20

Licton Springs Community Council Monthly Treasurer Report

03/01/2022 through 03/31/2022

Date Fund Type Line Item Transaction Amount Bank Balance
03/01/2022 Combined Funds Beginning Bank Balance - $6575.45
03/15/2022 LSCC General Debit - Network Solutions $203.91 $6371.54
03/24/2022 Dedicated Park Funds Debit - Maple Leaf Hardware for shovels $77.15 $6294.39
Fund Type Fund Amount
Funds for Licton Springs Community Council $3950.14
Dedicated Funds for Licton Springs Park $2344.25
TOTAL Combined Funds $6294.39
NOTES:
  • Ending balance include $10.00 held in PayPal account
  • We received an email from Fred Meyer on 4/28/2020 of a $0.44 donation, but this has not reached our Verity account and will not until it reaches $25.00

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Council Meeting Minutes February 2022

LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Meeting Date/Time: February 16, 2022, 6:30 P.M.

These meeting minutes were approved at the March 2022 meeting.

Attendance Notes

  • Directors Present: Melanie Davies, Bekah Gautrowski, Bob Blade, Lindsey Webb, Liz Kearns, Mike Cuadra, Kathleen Braden
  • General Members Present: Mary Katka, Ellen Beck, Kevin Sheets, Janice Holkup, Matt Gautreau, Johnna Reitz, Brooke Jolitz
  • Other Visitors Present: Oliver Bazinet, Senior Planner, City of Seattle; Osbaldo Hernandez, Community Engagement Coordinator, City of Seattle

Welcome and Introductions

  • Melanie started the meeting and welcomed everyone at 6:32. Attendees introduced themselves.

Hearing from Neighbors & Guests

  • Oliver Bazinet gave an update on the City of Seattle’s plans to rebuild the comfort station at Licton Springs Park.
  • A senior architect is working on a permit package for demolition, which should be submitted this week. There will be an appointment for permit intake within 8-12 weeks, maybe sooner.
  • The city will partially demolish the restroom portion and leave the storage room in the back. The facility is in an environmentally critical area and if it’s fully demolished, the city may not be able to build it again where it is.
  • Demo work will hopefully happen in May or June, potentially sooner.
  • Parks & Rec has identified funding for planning and design of a replacement. Non-gender specific restrooms and specialized locking mechanisms will be part of the project. The full project will probably take a couple of years.
  • Mike asked about a budget for art. Oliver said that 1% for art funding is usually for new projects but this project may have access to Parks & Rec funding for art. Community would hopefully be involved in selection.
  • Meeting attendees shared thoughts on priorities for the project, including accessibility and safety (for children especially), acknowledgment of the significance of the site to Native American communities, storage of tools used by volunteers who help maintain the park, and durable trash cans.
  • Anyone with questions/comment can direct them to Oliver at [email protected]
  • Osbaldo Hernandez came to reconnect with the group and provide a couple of updates.
  • Mayor Harrell is changing the way his administration does outreach and community engagement. Osbaldo will let us know when plans are final.
  • There will be new programs with public safety in mind.
  • Osbaldo has been working with the Aurora Reimagined Coalition, SDOT, and King County Metro on preparing for the study on north Aurora.
  • Melanie was interested in how the new mayor will be reaching out to diverse communities and helping neighborhood associations do that as well. None of the previous planning has reached the community. Osbaldo will keep us updated.
  • Lindsey encouraged everyone to complete the City of Seattle’s survey about recreation and community gathering space needs in the neighborhood. Survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AuroraLictonSprings

Approval of Minutes & Treasurer's Report

  • There was a motion to approve the minutes from the January 19 meeting. The motion passed.
  • Lindsey noted incorrect dates on the Treasurer’s report. There was a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report with revisions. The motion passed.

By-Laws Committee

  • Bekah gave an overview of the by-laws committee’s process in proposing revisions and explained the goals of today’s discussion and vote.
  • Kathleen asked whether adoption would change the elections coming up this spring. Bekah said the revised by-laws won’t change that. There was a discussion about straightening out director terms.
  • Melanie moved to approve the proposed by-laws. Bob seconded the motion. All board members voted for the motion as well as LSCC members Janice, Kevin, Brooke, and Mary. The motion passed.
  • In response to a follow-up question from Mike, Bekah said that there is no legal requirement to have dues. Additionally, we are allowed to change our by-laws as we see fit and we do not need to file them with the state.

Other Issues

  • After the last meeting, Kathleen drafted a letter reconnecting with Councilmember Debra Juarez following her election as President of the City Council but didn’t get approval. There was a discussion about the letter she drafted. She finalized it and emailed it to Councilmember Juarez’s office.
  • Lindsey asked Mike if it’s possible to have a representative from the North Precinct at the May meeting. Mike will reach out to ask about availability.
  • Bekah noted that the March meeting is the one where director nominations will happen, so everyone should bring a friend who’s interested in getting involved.
  • There was a short discussion about the history of efforts to build a community center in Licton Springs. Melanie talked about ALUV’s work on this prior to the pandemic.

Adjournment

  • Melanie adjourned the meeting at 7:34pm.
Minutes by Lindsey Webb, Secretary

Next meeting March 16

Licton Springs Community Council Monthly Treasurer Report

02/01/2022 through 02/28/2022

Date Fund Type Line Item Transaction Amount Bank Balance
02/01/2022 Combined Funds Beginning Bank Balance - $6660.45
02/11/2022 LSCC General Check 1375 to Bekah Gautrowski (reimbursement) -$45.00 $6615.45
02/11/2022 LSCC General Debit State 990 Filing -$40.00 $6575.45
Fund Type Fund Amount
Funds for Licton Springs Community Council $4154.05
Dedicated Funds for Licton Springs Park $2421.40
TOTAL Combined Funds $6575.45
NOTES:
  • Ending balance reflects $10.00 in PayPal account.
  • We received an email from Fred Meyer on 4/28/2020 of a $0.44 donation, but this has not reached or Verity account and will not until it reaches $25.00

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Council Meeting Minutes January 2022

LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Meeting Date/Time: 01 19 2022, 6:30 P.M.

These meeting minutes were approved at the February 2022 meeting.

Attendance Notes

  • Directors Present: Melanie Davies, Mike Cuadra, Bekah Gautrowski, Lindsey Webb, Kathleen Braden, Liz Kearns
  • General Members Present: Janice Holkup, Lisa Hayward, Marci Scofield, Lynn Gabrieli, Carmen
  • Other Visitors Present: Tracy Cramer, Litter Abatement & Illegal Dumping Enforcement Manager at City of Seattle; Melissa Taylor, 46th District Representative candidate; Jason Hennessy, Senior Associate at BERK Consulting, Inc.

Welcome, Introductions, and Hearing from Neighbors

  • Melanie started the meeting and welcomed everyone at 6:35. Attendees introduced themselves.
  • Tracy Cramer showed attendees the current litter route in Licton Springs and asked for suggestions on changes to the route, which several attendees provided.
    • Melanie asked for an update on the needle boxes and cleanup program. Traci said Michael Eckers is now heading up that program. The program still does needle trainings and gives out needle boxes. Traci noted that the Adopt-a-Street program also distributes needle boxes.
    • Anyone with questions about these programs can contact Tracy at [email protected] or text/call 206.643.3682.
  • Jason Hennessy’s firm, BERK Consulting, Inc. has been engaged by the City of Seattle to help with a feasibility study for community gathering spaces at Aurora Licton Village.
    • BERK is looking at space availability and will be doing some community engagement to ask for input on space needs.
    • The survey should be available soon. Lindsey said LSCC would be happy to use our communications channels to distribute the survey to the neighborhood.
    • Attendees gave Jason suggestions on local organizations to reach out to.
    • BERK is hoping to have their report available by the end of March.

Approval of Minutes from November 17, 2021 and Treasurer’s Report

  • Bekah noted a change to her response to Evelyn’s question about a planned psychiatric hospital. It is a private company, not Bellwether housing, constructing the facility.
  • The amended minutes and treasurer’s report were approved.

North Precinct Update

  • Mike Cuadra shared a few points from the most recent North Precinct Meeting. First, if anyone in the neighborhood has seen an occurrence where there was a police presence, they can file a records request with the city and learn about what was going on. [Seattle Police Department Records Request Center: https://spd-seattle.mycusthelp.com/webapp/_rs/(S(j0m2yt1iwvxx3mms5cokkpov))/supporthome.aspx?sSessionID=6718311829IIUYBMFBJVTJERYNERYZASMHPZHEMX&lp=3
  • Mike noted that in general, crime is down in the North Precinct. However, certain types of crime like vehicle theft and aggravated assault are up. Fentanyl use is still a problem. Citywide, crime is up. Mike said that the North Precinct meetings are different than they used to be because there are certain crimes the department is not responding to as much because of funding issues and limited resources.

Letter of Congratulations to Councilmember Juarez

  • Kathleen suggested the council send a brief letter of congratulations to Councilmember Juarez for being elected president of Seattle City Council. There was a discussion about ethical issues involved and whether this could be seen as LSCC endorsing a candidate. Directors shared various views on this. Ultimately Melanie made a motion to allow Kathleen to draft a letter with a low-key expression of congratulations, but with the bigger goal of reminding Councilmember Juarez that the council is still here and letting her know what we have been doing. Lindsey seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Kathleen will send a draft around by email to directors.

Arts in the Park Application

  • Lindsey submitted an application in December for $2600 in Arts in the Park funding for a neighborhood concert in Licton Springs Park. We should find out whether we will receive the funding in early February.

By-Laws Committee Update

  • Bekah gave a short presentation on the status of the LSCC by-laws update that included a summary of by-laws and what they do, major and minor changes to the LSCC by-laws by the by-laws committee, and a timeline review. Janice asked what the boundaries are for membership in LSCC. They are Northgate Way to the north, Aurora to the west, 85th to the south, and I-5 to the east. Residents within these boundaries are eligible to be members of LSCC. Kathleen asked if the definition of members changes if we drop the dues requirement/option. Bekah is going to look into this to double check that we can do this.
  • Bekah will send the draft updated by-laws to the directors via email to review and suggest any changes in advance of a planned vote at the February meeting. Lindsey will send out the by-laws to our email list two weeks in advance of the February meeting for review.
  • Melanie made a motion to vote on the updated by-laws at the next meeting. Liz seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Minutes by Lindsey Webb, Secretary

Next meeting February 16

Licton Springs Community Council Monthly Treasurer Report

01/01/2022 through 01/31/2022

Date Fund Type Line Item Transaction Amount Bank Balance
01/01/2022 Combined Funds Beginning Bank Balance - $6660.45
Fund Type Fund Amount
Funds for Licton Springs Community Council $4239.05
Dedicated Funds for Licton Springs Park $2421.40
TOTAL Combined Funds $6660.45
NOTES:
  • Ending balance reflects $10.00 held in PayPal account
  • We received an email from Fred Meyer on 4/28/2020 of a $0.44 donation, but this has not reached our Verity account and will not until it reaches $25.00.

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Council Meeting Minutes November 2021

LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Meeting Date/Time: 11 17 2021, 6:30 P.M.

These meeting minutes were approved at the January 20222 meeting.

Attendance Notes

  • Directors Present: Melanie Davies, Mike Cuadra, Bekah Gautrowski, Bob Blade, Lindsey Webb, Kathleen Braden, Liz Kearns
  • General Members Present: Shaun Vinyard, Kevin Sheets, Diego Gabrieli, Evelyn Lemon, Ellen Beck, Moses, Dianne Trani, Janice Holkup

Welcome, Introductions, and Hearing from Neighbors

  • Melanie started the meeting and welcomed everyone at 6:35. Attendees introduced themselves.
  • Shaun Vinyard moved to Licton Springs from Wedgwood and wants to get more familiar with issues in the Licton Springs neighborhood.
  • Evelyn Lemon asked whether a psychiatric hospital is being built in the neighborhood? Bekah shared that a private company is building a senior inpatient and family center. Melanie shared that there is supportive services and housing at 96th and Aurora. Shaun shared that UW is building an inpatient psychiatric hospital currently and thinks it will be a great addition to mental health care in the greater Seattle area.
  • Janice Holkup noted that apartments are going to be demolished across from the playfield near the school.

Licton Springs Park

  • In her capacity as park steward at Licton Springs Park, Liz gave an update on the park. 300 plants were recently delivered and the volunteer team can use all the help they can get in placing/planting them. There are work parties going on every month. [LW note: those meetings are noted on the calendar on the LSCC website].
  • Regarding the comfort station (restrooms), Liz said there was an insurance investigator there one day when she was at the park and a Seattle Parks & Recreation employee unlocked the fence. Both said the fire was the result of arson. The city’s insurance was for $200,000 and that may end up being the cost to rebuild.
  • Liz asked the insurance investigator and the Parks & Rec employee if they could save anything from the building. However, the fire was so intense that it compromised the integrity of the metal so the answer was no. Liz said it would be nice to be able to store tools in the new structure but for $200,000 it might be difficult.
  • Melanie suggested that Parks & Rec staff may be looking for additional funds for the structure. She volunteered to write a letter to Parks (with Liz’s help) outlining how the facility has been used and what we would like. Mike said it never hurts to get letters of support, and maybe it would be a good avenue to get tribal support. Kathleen talked about the Muckleshoot tribe’s charitable fund and how the council could apply for $5,000 from that fund for educational signage for when the facility gets rebuilt.

Halloween Recap

  • Bekah said the Halloween decorating raffle and neighborhood map were very well received across the neighborhood and there were many participants. The digital map was viewed 2,776 times. There was a motion to approve $45 from the LSCC account to cover part of the raffle prize that were not donated. The motion passed.

North Precinct Meeting

  • Mike Cuadra gave a summary of the last North Precinct meeting. Nicole Macri of the Downtown Emergency Service Center talked about emergency services. DESC recently purchased two hotels to provide permanent supportive housing services. Lindsey asked about whethere P2P meth had ever been discussed at these meetings and whether it’s been part of the homelessness issue in Seattle. Mike said it has been discussed and it is a problem here.

Arts in the Park Funding

  • Lindsey talked about the open funding opportunity for Arts in the Park funding and suggested partnering with Boundless NW on an event next summer. She said she would submit an application for funding for a neighborhood concert and would get in touch with Rob from Boundless NW to discuss.

Art Selection Committee

  • LSCC has the opportunity to nominate someone on the art selection committee for the fire station on Meridian. There was a motion to nominate Bekah Gautrowski and the motion passed.

By-Laws Committee

  • There was a discussion about how the council forms the agenda and how that should be reflected in the by-laws. Directors also discussed allowing a consent agenda (there was wide approval) and what constitutes appropriate notice for upcoming meetings.
Minutes by Lindsey Webb, Secretary

Next meeting January 19

Licton Springs Community Council Monthly Treasurer Report

10/21/2021 through 11/17/2021

Date Fund Type Line Item Transaction Amount Bank Balance
10/21/2021 Combined Funds Beginning Bank Balance - $6660.45
Fund Type Fund Amount
Funds for Licton Springs Community Council $4239.05
Dedicated Funds for Licton Springs Park $2421.40
TOTAL Combined Funds $6660.45
NOTES:

Ending balance reflects $10.00 held in PayPal account We received an email from Fred Meyer on 4/28/2020 of a $0.44 donation, but this has not reached our Verity account and will not until it reaches $25.00.)

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Council Meeting Minutes October 2021

LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Meeting Date/Time: October 20, 2021, 6:30 P.M.

These meeting minutes were approved at the November 2021 meeting.

Attendance Notes

  • Directors Present: Melanie Davies, Mike Cuadra, Bekah Gautrowski, Bob Blade, Lindsey Webb, Kathleen Braden
  • General Members Present: Peter Reid, Mary Katka, Kevin Sheets, Kelly McGee, Brenda Butzon, Emma McStearns, Christine Hatcher, Robin Amadon, Anna Sim, Kay Mesirow, Pablo Lopez, Susan Ward, Jenn Mortola, Barbara Alfeo, Fernando Cervantes, Benson Limketkai, Jamie Waldock, Tom Boyden, Tom Meyer, Johnna Reitz, Jason Rood, Janice Holkup, Heidi Westling, Kyle Kinney, Ellen Beck, Paul Leonard, Xena Kinkade, Marci, Peter
  • Other Visitors Present:
  • Bellwether Housing: Susan Boyd (CEO), Richard Loo (Director of Real Estate Development), Mindy Black (Senior Housing Developer)
  • Chief Seattle Club: Derrick Belgarde (Executive Director), Virgil Wade (Deputy Director), Mesha Florentino (Project Development Asset Manager), Anne Xuan (Development Consultant)
  • North Seattle College: Lincoln Ferris, Terrence Hsiao, Gregory Hinton, Steve Leahy
  • Architects: Jim Bodoia (VIA Architecture), Jenny Burdzinski (VIA Architecture), JohnPaul Jones (Jones & Jones Architects)

Welcome & Introductions

  • Melanie started the meeting and welcomed everyone at 6:35. Attendees introduced themselves.

Housing at North Seattle College

  • Leaders from Chief Seattle Club (CSC), Bellwether Housing (BH), North Seattle College (NSC), and architects for the planned affordable housing at North Seattle College talked about various aspects of the project and answered questions from residents. The project will include about 200 housing units with a target population of those earning up to 60% of the Area Median Income, especially those in the low wage workforce. Expected completion is in late 2024 and expected opening in early 2025.
  • Gregory Hinton of NSC gave a short summary of the original Request for Proposals.
  • Derrick Belgrade, Executive Director of CSC, talked about the org’s mission of tackling issues for Native Americans and low income individuals and families. CSC mainly provides social services but recently expanded into real estate and housing. They are excited to build housing for families and foster community, health, and well-being with this project, including the longhouse.
  • Susan Boyd, CEO of BH, talked about the target population for the project. In addition to people with low incomes, outreach will focus on younger households and Native American households. Almost half of the units are 2- and 3-bedroom.
  • Jim Bodoia, an architect for the project, talked about the location, which is on the SE corner of the NSC property. It is close to parks, schools, and new transit development. The property has interesting topography and exceptional trees. Some of the trees will be removed, some retained. The city does not require saving trees if it hinders development potential of a site. Asked whether the project will affect nearby wetlands, he said it is well outside of the protected boundary.
  • The project is organized around four courtyards, each with its own character and purpose. An underground garage will have spaces for about 80 cars. The longhouse will be on the north part of the property due to the location of significant trees. At the south part of the property, there will be a natural amphitheater. Two housing buildings will be connected by a raised open air bridge. There will be a playground on the east side. Asked whether the project will impact the P-Patch, he said there is a study underway.
  • Architect JohnPaul Jones noted that the building is open to the street, which makes the development more pleasing for neighbors and allows sun and air into the development to the benefit of the residents. Current zoning allows the project as planned. Modeled after traditional longhouses, the longhouse on the property will seat 150-200 people indoors and can also host outdoor gatherings. The goal is to create inviting spaces to help native and non-native communities enjoy it.
  • There will be an opportunity to comment on the design during a second review process as the design progresses. Information on opportunities will be public. Residents within 300 feet of the site will get a notice in the mail about review.
  • Terrence from NSC talked about expected student enrollment in the coming years. The college anticipates students returning to campus after the pandemic but not at historical levels, in part because of increased hybrid course options. When this project is finished, the number of students will be lower. In past years the college has considered student housing with a focus on international students. However, there has been a drastic reduction in these students coming to campus so there isn’t enough demand to justify it.
  • Residents of Licton Springs and anyone else who is interested can go to https://www.bellwetherhousing.org/northseattlecollege for information on the project and email [email protected] with questions.

Licton Springs Park Restroom Update

  • Mike shared that the folks in Seattle Parks & Rec working on this will be getting a demo permit for the comfort station and are working on a design and permitting to rebuild. Liz’s email to Kathleen said the architect on the project told her it will be rebuilt on a timeline of 2-3 years, pending asbestos and lead testing. There will be an opportunity for public comment.

Community Councils Meeting on Homelessness

  • Several LSCC board members attended a meeting of north Seattle community councils convened by Blair Perilman of the Greenlake Community Council. Reps from different community councils attended for a discussion on actions community councils can take collectively to spur the city into more urgent action on the loss of open space due to encampments.
  • There was a discussion about the demise of district councils and whether the City Council would appreciate hearing from the community councils. Melanie said at the meeting there was a consensus about putting together a letter asking the city to let community groups know what is going on and what will happen moving forward since there is a lack of information coming out to local groups (contrary to what was planned under the Murray administration to keep local groups more informed). It is probably wise to hold off on a letter until after elections.
  • Kathleen sent Blair a list of block captains in the north precinct and people she knew were interested in a revised version of district councils. She also pointed out that there are tools that have been developed internally at the city to help address diversity issues. She wondered whether the city could share those tools with neighborhoods so we can work on expanding and diversifying the voices being heard.

Licton Springs Halloween

  • Bekah is heading up the creation of the trick-or-treat and decorated home map for the neighborhood and said she would release the first draft on Saturday. Submissions for inclusion on the map would be accepted until midnight that day. There was a discussion of a raffle prize for home decorating. Bekah will approach local businesses for small gift cards to put together as a prize. The group discussed a potential allowance from the LSCC account should there be low interest from businesses in donating.

Aurora Reimagined Coalition

  • Melanie attended the coalition’s last meeting, which included a discussion about the Safe Routes to Schools program. Right now there is a great need for crossing guards, but a major shortage in part because of harassment crossing guards endure here. Many crossing guards are also not comfortable working on Aurora because of the speed of cars there.
  • November 21 is a world day of remembrance for victims of traffic violence. There was a discussion at the coalition meeting about closing lanes at 100th and putting up tables, etc. to remember victims of traffic accidents. Melanie will find out more because there are potential opportunities to volunteer/participate.
  • The coalition is getting a lot of conversations going with various stakeholders in advance of SDOT’s deadline early next year to initiate a study of Aurora.

Approval of Minutes & Treasurer's Report

  • Minutes from the September meeting and the Treasurer’s Report were approved. Bekah asked if the tools purchase noted on the Treasurer’s Report was due to loss because of the fire at the park restrooms but Liz was not available to answer.

By-Laws Committee Update

  • There was a discussion of officer election and nomination procedures, and who should be considered a voting member at LSCC meetings. Lindsey said in order to make every attendee a voting member, the structure of how the council runs would need to change because by and large, board members are the only people consistently attending the meetings. No one had any major changes to the nomination or election process. Bekah said in most similar groups, the board elects the officers.
  • Bekah emailed each officer with the current description of their position and asked them to note any changes they would like to see.

Hearing from Neighbors

  • Neighborhood resident Fernando Cervantes brought up an improperly posted notice of a property change near his home having to do with removing trees. The process seemed shady as if the people in charge of the project wanted to sidestep the comment process. He had concerns with the design review process being very fast.
  • Comment in chat from Robin Amadon: I would like to see a community organization unity around linking all the new units being built and bought for our homeless neighbors with the specific concentrations of outdoor neighbors. I am not seeing this connection…so that the homeless cohorts get outreach and the chance to move into the various homeless housing options that are advancing and available to occupy. For example, there is a new 65 unit project finishing at 81st and Greenwood by Inland Construction selling to Catholic Communit Services of Western Washington. As far as I have hear, there has been NO outreach by CCS TO the Greenlake/Woodland Park homeless neighbors to get permanent and affordable housing. This seems a shame—the silos need to cooperate to show an improvement. The city is just backing away because the problem has been allowed to grow so large in scale.
Minutes by Lindsey Webb, Secretary

Next meeting November 17

Licton Springs Community Council Monthly Treasurer Report

10/21/2021 through 11/17/2021

Date Fund Type Line Item Transaction Amount Bank Balance
10/21/2021 Combined Funds Beginning Bank Balance - $6660.45
Fund Type Fund Amount
Funds for Licton Springs Community Council $4239.05
Dedicated Funds for Licton Springs Park $2421.40
TOTAL Combined Funds $6660.45
NOTES:
  • Ending Balance reflects $10.00 held in PayPal Account
  • We received an email from Fred Meyer on 4/28/2020 of a $0.44 donation, but this has not reached our Verity account and will not until it reaches $25.00.

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