At the April 15, 2015, meeting attendees elected Jason Wax as Vice President and Jennifer Whip as Recording Secretary. Their biographies can be found below.
Also at that meeting, Tod Rodman was elected as the MoCA Representative to the SW District Council. Cindi Barker and Tod Rodman were elected to the MoCA Executive Board.
Morgan Community Association
2015 Board Elections
Candidate for Vice President:
Bio: Jason lives in the Gatewood neighborhood with his wife, Katherine, and their adopted cat, Winston. He is an attorney in private practice at Wax Law PLLC, which he founded in 2009. His practice focuses on providing creative and personalized representation for businesses and individuals involved in bankruptcy- and insolvency-related matters, either as debtors or as creditors. He is an active member of the King County Bar Association, where he serves as Vice Chair of the Bankruptcy Law section. Outside of work, Jason is on the board of InvestED, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that provides need-based funding to secondary students at more than 660 schools throughout Washington.
Candidate for Recording Secretary:Jennifer Whip
Bio: As a Morgan Junction resident and West Seattle Real Estate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway, Jennifer is an active member of our community. She has a strong professional business background including over 13 years working for the American Cancer Society, most recently as Executive Director for the Great West Division Board of Directors. Jennifer is a strong supporter of local business and in her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, and experiencing the arts.
Article VIII for MoCA By-Laws: The Neighborhood Fund
Article VIII: MoCA Neighborhood Fund
1. Fund Purpose
1.1. The MoCA Neighborhood Fund is a financial resource established to benefit Morgan Junction. The purpose of the fund is to support land use goals and policies in the Morgan Junction Neighborhood Plan and provide a community forum to coordinate with the City of Seattle, while ensuring that Morgan Junction is a better place to live, work, shop and enjoy.
1.2. No portion of the MoCA Neighborhood Project Fund shall be used in any of the following:
For any personal gain to an elected officers of the Morgan CommunityAssociation (MoCA) and the Admiral Neighborhood Association (ANA);
For any local, state, or national political issue or campaign, including lobbying;
The funds cannot jeopardize ANA’s 501 (c)(3) status;
Funds cannot create a conflict of interest with the ANA mission;
No gaming, including any associated with fundraising.
1.3. Monies from the MoCA Neighborhood Fund may be awarded to Morgan Area residents with projects that meet the mission of the fund, based on procedures identified in this Article.
2. Grant Application
2.1. Morgan Area residents interested in obtaining monies from the MoCA Neighborhood Fund shall apply to the Morgan Community Association using forms supplied by the Association. These forms shall be based on the City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) grant for Small and Simple Grant requirements.
2.2. Requesting Morgan Area resident(s) must submit two (2) copies of the MoCA Neighborhood Fund Grant Application. No filing fee is required.
3. Grant Approval
3.1. The MoCA Neighborhood Fund Grant Application must be reviewed by two (2) MoCA Officers to ensure both the appropriateness of request and the completeness of application. The reviewers may require additional information about the funding request. The reviewers must certify that an application is complete before it may proceed to the final approval process.
3.2. Morgan Area residents with an application to the MoCA Neighborhood Fund that has been determined to be complete must request to be placed on agenda for the next available MoCA neighborhood quarterly meeting and/or MoCA Neighborhood Special meeting.
3.3. Requesting Morgan Area resident(s) must formally present their request to neighborhood meeting attendees at one of the meetings identified in section 3.2. Copies of application and any other materials should be presented at meeting by requesting Morgan Area resident(s). Time for discussion, questions/answers, and/or concerns will be allowed to ensure meeting attendees understand the issue and scope of the request.
3.4. After the Morgan Area resident(s) has presented their request and a discussion on the request has occurred, a vote must be held to approve or deny the request. A majority vote (50% plus one of meeting attendees) of neighborhood residents is required for request approval. If the request is denied, the requesting Morgan Area resident(s) may resubmit the request after adequately addressing any neighborhood residents concerns.
4. Approved Grant(s)
4.1. For all grant requests approved, the Requesting Morgan Area resident(s) must present updates of the grant at MoCA neighborhood quarterly meetings until any of the following results have occurred:
The desired result of the grant has been achieved, or
A resolution to the issue has not been achieved and no further action is to be taken, or
The grant funds have been exhausted.
5. Payments of Approved Grant(s)
5.1. If the requested grant application is approved, the Requesting Morgan Area resident(s) must submit invoices to the MoCA Treasurer for payment. The invoices shall not exceed the amount of the Grant.
5.2. The MoCA Treasurer must confirm the following:
The submitted invoice(s) is an appropriate expense based on the requestor’s approved grant application;
The submitted invoice(s) does not exceed the approved grant amount; and
That any necessary tax ID of the payee is acquired prior to payment being issued.
5.3. The MoCA Treasurer shall forward the submitted invoice(s) to the ANA treasurer for prompt payment.
5.4. The MoCA Treasurer makes any required reports of activity to the MoCA board and/or meeting attendees.
Morgan Community Association (MoCA) Quarterly Meeting, January 21, 2015, The Kenney, 7:00pm
Announcements & Updates: Deb Barker, MoCA president, opened the meeting by going over announcements and updates with some updates provided by those performing the work:
The MoCA Bylaws updated in 2012 will be online at the morganjunction.org website;
The existing executive board of MoCA will change, Chas Redmond is stepping down as Vice President and Sean Gamble is stepping down as Secretary;
Joe Parr announced that the Little Library for the Morgan Junction Park has been ordered. The library will be located to the North of the existing public information kiosk at the southeast end of the park. Parks will prepare the site, pour a footing and install the Little Library;
Tod Rodman noted that the West Seattle Land Use Committee will be holding their first meeting on January 28, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Admiral (West Seattle) Library. (Editor note: this meeting was subsequently cancelled due to a conflicting event.)
Neighborhood Match Fund applications are due February 2.
Eldon Olson noted that MoCA membership had indicated they wanted to hear from City departments on a rotating basis and James Bush from Department of Neighborhoods was our first pick. Each meeting a city guest will be given 20 minutes to go over that department's operations and take questions from Morgan members.
Special Guest:James Bush, Department of Neighborhoods manager of Neighborhood Match Fund, Neighborhood District Coordinators, and Neighborhood Planning Update Outreach programs. Karen Gordon is his counterpart for the Historic Preservation Program and P-Patch Program.
James gave a bit of history for the match fund program, stating it was created in 1998 to provide funds for neighborhood improvement. If you can raise funds or volunteer hours you can apply for a grant. Sparks is an easier grant program which is open all the time. It takes 6 weeks for a Sparks grant to be completed but applicants will know within two weeks of submitting whether they will be approved. For the match fund programs, James said the match was $20 per citizen/volunteer hour.
James then went over the Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund and noted that it's a simpler application with only two pages to fill out. This deadline is February 9, 2015 after which the Parks and Transportation Departments review the applications by April/May and return them to Department of Neighborhoods to provide final review and ranking. James also indicated that the Department provides assistance to Neighborhood Planning Updates and that there are about two or three neighborhoods a year which get this assistance.
Murray Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO): Kelley Foley, King County Wastewater Division, gave an update on the Lowman Beach project. She said the tank was now under construction after the foundation was poured with over 5,000 cubic yards of concrete. The tank construction began with a floor concrete pour of about 2,000 cubic yards of concrete, resulting in way fewer trucks passing through the neighborhood than the previous pour. Kelley noted that after community input, the County contacted the concrete contractors and reminded them of the specific inbound and outbound routes through the area around Lowman Beach. Kelley said they had about 90 percent compliance with drivers abiding in the correct route in and out.
The next step will be construction of the tank walls. Kelley said there will be four partitions inside the tank which will create five fill/empty zones and this work will take a fair amount of time as each of the tank walls will need carpenters to make forms and rebar to be placed. The completion of the tank should be by the end of this Summer with the rest of the superstructure and control facility (above-ground structures) construction beginning by Fall 2015.
Fauntleroy-California SW Intersection: Chas Redmond reported that Mike Ward and Jonathan Dong, Seattle Department of Transportation staff, needed an additional week to provide data on the number of cut-through traffic vehicles using adjacent neighborhood streets instead of remaining on California Avenue SW. Chas will check back with SDOT the last week of January to see if the data is available. This may be relevant to a ranking of Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund applications which MoCA puts forth.
Morgan Community Neighborhood Plan Update/Nazarene Church: Deb Barker explained that when the Morgan Community voted to approve the zoning change to allow townhouses to be constructed in a Single Family Home zone to provide reparation funds for the Nazarene Church, this triggered a change in the Morgan Community Urban Village Plan. Deb continued that MoCA held a special meeting to consider changes to the Morgan plan and that several options were considered and one objective was selected to be modified to allow for the zoning change. A letter indicating the change in the Morgan Plan language was forwarded to the Department of Planning and Development and to the City Council Land Use Committee under Councilmember Mike O'Brien citing the vote and the community's desire to change the language of the urban village plan. The next steps are for hearings at City Hall to review all zoning changes and urban village plan changes.
Seattle Pedestrian Zone: Cindi Barker gave a recap of the conversations between the Morgan Community and DPD regarding the pedestrian overlay proposal for the Morgan Urban Village. Cindi said that Morgan was the only community to not want some pedestrian overlay applied but DPD was still recommending no overlay for Morgan. There were comments from the members which noted that sections of 35th Avenue SW near SW Morgan Street and SW Holden Street were indicated on DPD's proposed pedestrian zone map. Those areas are outside the urban village demarcation and were not part of the conversations which the Morgan Community Association had with DPD regarding the pedestrian overlay. The community in attendance seemed to agree that these areas along 35th Avenue SW could use some pedestrian enhancement.
Receivership Committee: Deb Barker gave a brief recount of how mitigation funds for a Morgan Junction project were considered by a MoCA committee comprised of Tod Rodman, Fred Madrid, Cindi Barker, Monica Lundgren and Deb. The committee selected the Admiral Neighborhood Association to act as a fiscal sponsor (501(c)(3)) for deposit and disbursement of the $25,000 neighborhood compensation. The compensation was received on December 31 and deposited with ANA. The next step is to conclude agreement discussions between MoCA and ANA regarding the role and responsibilities of ANA as the fiscal sponsor. These discussions will be completed by the end of February.
Bike Racks: Cindi Barker gave a brief update on work by the City to install bike racks along California Avenue SW. The bike rack supplied by the City will be a standard "U"-shaped metal stand. Several businesses along California Avenue SW are working with a small committee (Tod Rodman from MoCA and Mark Brennan from 2nd Gear Sports) to see if a more attractive or distinctive bicycle rack could be purchased for installation in front of specific businesses. SDOT would still install these racks but the purchase of the non-standard rack would be up to the individual businesses. There is a May deadline to get the list of locations and any special bike rack purchases to the City. There was discussion if there was money in the MoCA account to purchase more attractive bike racks for Morgan Junciton Park, but MoCA just barely broke even on the 2014 Festival, so there is no extra money available.
Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal: Deb Barker noted that the Fauntleroy Community Association had send MoCA an e-mail notice about upcoming construction at the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock. In addition to the existing Barton Pump project at the Ferry Terminal, FCA noted that Washington State Ferries and the FCA Ferry Committee were in discussion about the impact of planned upgrades to the Ferry Terminal and landing area. FCA invited MoCA to participate in mutual discussions with Washington State Ferries because the expected backup of Ferry-bound traffic along Fauntleroy Way SW is expected to impact locations within the Morgan Community area, perhaps as far back as past the Kenney and Gatewood School areas.
Morgan Park Expansion: Cindi Barker reported that Parks acquisition manager Chip Nivens says they expect a "notice to vacate" to be send to the existing dry cleaner and Mini-Mark businesses soon. Nivens said once that occurs, demolition can occur within 90 days following and afterwards the area would undergo soil decontamination and toxic removal. Nivens indicated that remediation activities could take as little as a few weeks though Deb and Cindi both noted that was probably not likely but was a "best case." Following remediation, Parks would provide some form of cover crop and MoCA would then work with parks on a development plan. Community members voiced comments that the owners of the mimi mart indicated they expected to be closed by May 18, 2015.
Morgan Community Business Association: Eldon Olson gave a report on ideas which came from some of the Morgan area businesses indicating they would appreciate or like to see a "business association" of some form. The Morgan area businesses provide the majority of the funds used to support the annual Morgan Community Festival and are all very supportive of the Morgan Community in general. Eldon suggested that MoCA try some form of business roundtable; MoCA could apply for a Sparks grant and host a "meet and greet" and invite all 110 separate Morgan Junction area businesses. The outcome would be a community-business mixer which could be a regular or periodic event. There was interest in following up on this idea.
Morgan Festival Planning: Deb Barker noted that the date for the 2015 Morgan Community Festival had been selected and is Saturday, June 20. There will be a festival planning meeting on January 30 at a time and place TBD.
MoCA Bookkeeper: Eldon Olson noted that he has been Treasurer for the past several years and is happy to continue in that role but doesn't especially enjoy performing the accounting functions. In light of that, Eldon introduced Beth Mattern, a certified accountant with her own local accounting business, who would work with Eldon to provide financial and accounting support for Morgan Community Association. It was Moved, Seconded and Passed that Beth Mattern be authorized to act as bookkeeper for the Morgan COmmunity Association, with no nay votes and one abstention. Beth will be added to the MoCA financial and bank signature list.
Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund: Cindi Barker handed out a list of completed projects which have occurred in the Morgan Junction area from previous years and a listing of current projects which are in the system to be considered. Cindi suggested that the neighbors review the Morgan Community Urban Village Plan and see what projects and suggested improvements are listed in the plan which still have not been completed and consider adding those to the project list for the next round of Parks and Street Fund applications in February 2016. Cindi cited several examples which could fit including further development of Solstice Park and the charting and implementation of Morgan Community area walking trails. She and the Board will take additional input and will prepare the paperwork for the February 9, 2015 submittal deadline.
2015 Morgan Community Association Elections:
Deb Barker presented a slate of officers for consideration and voting at the April MoCA meeting. The slate consists of: President - Deb Barker Vice President - Jason Wax Treasurer - Eldon Olson Secretary - (currently open)
In addition, the following persons are proposed to be additional members of the Executive Board:
Southwest District Council MoCA Representative - Tod Rodman MoCA Public Information Officer - Cindi Barker
Adjournment: Deb Barker adjourned the meeting at 9:00 pm
The Morgan Community Association (MoCA) is a group of neighbors who share a common area around the intersection of California Avenue SW, Fauntleroy Way SW, and SW Morgan Street in West Seattle. We are comprised of residents, businesspeople, and others who care about the health and future of our neighborhood. We believe in maintaining the quality of life we have come to enjoy, and exist to serve our neighbors and our community.
The geographical boundaries of the Association shall be SW Brandon Street on the north, 35th Avenue SW on the east, SW Kenyon Street on the south, and Puget Sound on the west.
Article I: Name The name of the organization shall be the Morgan Community Association and shall be referred to herein as MoCA or "the Association."
Article II: Purpose
The purpose of the Morgan Community Association is to furnish information to the community, create opportunities for people to participate in projects which benefit the community, monitor and maintain oversight on the progress of the Morgan Junction Neighborhood Plan, and provide a community forum to coordinate with the City and other entities.
Article III: Membership
All persons residing within the boundaries, all property and business owners, workers, members of civic, fraternal, and trade associations, school staff, students, senior citizens, members of religious associations, commuters, and other persons who have an interest in the future of the Morgan Junction neighborhood, are eligible for participationin the Association.
Any person or organization may participate.
All participants shall have the right to vote, run for office, and received any rights and privileges granted to other members.
Article IV: Officers
1. The officers of the Association shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.
All officers shall server a term of one (1) year from election or until their successors are elected.
All officers shall server as members of the Executive Board.
The duties and powers of the officers of the Associations shall be as follows:
a. President. The President shall:
Preside at all General Meetings of the Association,
Call regular and special meetings as needed,
Appoint a Parliamentarian or other officers as necessary,
Serve as an ex-officio (non-voting) member of all committees,
Chair the Executive Board,
Oversee the activities of the other officers, and
Perform all duties incident to office of President.
b. Vice President:
In the absence or inability of the president to perform his or her duties as set forth in these By-Laws, the Vice President shall assume all duties and privileges of the President.
If both the President and Vice President are absent from a General Meeting, the Association shall appoint an interim Chairperson who shall preside over the meeting but retain no permanent authority.
The Vice President shall serve as a member of the Executive Board.
c. Secretary. The Secretary shall:
1. Keep minutes of all General Meetings, 2. Attend to the official correspondence of the Association, 3. Serve as a member of the Executive Board and 4. Perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary.
d. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be responsible for all monetary matters of the Association. The Treasurer shall:
Maintain all bank accounts of the Association,
Prepare a written annualreport of the Association's financial status,
Pay all bills incurred by the Association as requested by the officers,
Prepare and submit invoices,
Receive and deposit funds,
Ensure that all financial records are made available for anyone to see,
Serve as a member of the Executive Board,and
Perform all duties incident to the Office of Treasurer.
Article V: Executive Board
The Association shall be governed by an Executive Board,which shall be entrusted with the overall planning and administration of the Association.
The Executive Board shall consist of 5-9 members of good standing and shall include the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
The Executive Board shall be elected by the participants at the Annual Meeting.
Executive Board members shall serve terms of two (2) years, and may be re-elected unlimited times.
The Executive Board quorum shall consist of 50 percent of the elected membership of the Executive Board.
All Executive Board meetings shall be open to the participants in the Association.
The Executive Board shall:
a. Assure the achievement of the goals of the Association,
b. Prepare or cause to be prepared documents needed to comply with the City or other governmental entities,
c. Enter into contracts with consultants, suppliers, or other vendors, and
d. Solicit donations/monetary contributions.
8. The Executive Board is authorized to select such banks or depositories as it shall deem proper for the funds of the Association. The Executive Board shall determine who, if anyone, in addition to the President and the Treasurer, shall be authorized from time to time on the Association's behalf, to sign checks, drafts, or other orders for the payment of money, acceptances, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness, to enter into contracts, or to execute and deliver other documents and instruments.
Article VI: Meetings
1. The Association shall conduct the following meetings:
a. General Meetings, to be held on the third (3rd) Wednesday of each quarter. Meeting notice will be posted in advance on the MoCA website, at www.morganjunction.org.
b. The Executive Board shall meet quarterly at a location chosen by the Executive Board. Any participant of the Association may attend an Executive Board meeting.
c. Special meetings may be called at any time as needed by the President or Executive Boardwith 5 days' advance notice to the general participants via the MoCA website. At special meetings, only the business specified in the notice shall be transacted.
2. The General Meeting held in April shall be known as the "Annual Meeting" and shall include election of new officers.
3. A minimum of four (4) General Meetings shall be held per year.
4. The quorum of General Meetings shall be fifty-one (51) percent of the total number of participants in attendance at the Annual Meeting, and must include at least two elected officers.
The quorum of General Meetings shall be fifty-one (51) percent of the total number of participants in attendance at the Annual Meeting, and must include at least two elected officers.
Article VII: Committees
The committees of the Association shall consist of special committees and a Nominating Committee.
Committees shall meet as often as needed unless otherwise stipulated below.
Committee members shall report on the status and activities of their committees at each General Meeting.
The Nominating Committee:
a. shall be responsible for identifying and recruiting a slate of officers and Executive Committee members to be submitted for election by the general membership at the Annual Meeting.
b. shall exclude any participant running for election or re-election to any office.
5. Special Committees. Other special (ad hoc) committees may be created and dissolved by the Executive Board as needed.
Article VIII: Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the Association in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these By-Laws and any special rules of order the Association might adopt.
Meetings shall be conducted in a relaxed parliamentary procedure to encourage input from all members.
Article IX: Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the Association shall begin with the first day of July and end with the 30th day of June of the following year.
Article X: Indemnification
The Association shall indemnify every current and former Executive Board member, and every current and former officer, agent, or employee of the Association, for all costs and expenses reasonably incurred by or imposed upon him or her through any lawsuit or other proceeding, his/her involvement in which owes to his/her being or having been an Executive Board member, officer, or an agent or employee of the Association; except that the Association shall not so indemnify him or her if a court finally determines him/her to have acted in bad faith, or to have committed willful misconduct, in the performance of his or her duties. The costs and expenses shall include, but not be limited to, attorneys' fees, damages, and amounts paid in settlement.
Article XI: Amendment of By-Laws
These By-Laws shall become effective upon the date of their approval as set forth below. The power to amend, alter, or repeal these By-Laws shall be vested in the Association, and reviews of these By-Laws shall be conducted as necessary.
Any proposed amendment to these By-Laws shall be presented at the General Meeting preceding the General Meeting in which the amendment is voted upon, with written notice of the upcoming vote to be included in the minutes of the General Meeting.
These By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the participants present at the General Meeting in which the amendment is voted upon.
Article XII: Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action
The Association strives to provide an opportunity for all interested parties to participate in the Association free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical limitation or handicap. The Association encourages participation by all its members.
Approved by vote of the membership on this 13th day of May, 1999.
Updated on Saturday, 02 August 2008 15:56;
Amendments approved by vote of Participants at the January 2012 meeting.
A “clean” (without underline and strike-out) version of the 2012 approved By-Laws was added to the MoCA Website in January 2015 by President Deb Barker.