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Introductions and Morgan Minute Updates
Deb Barker, President, welcomed guests and board members. Board members are currently: Deb Barker, Pres., Phil Tavel, VP, Cindi Barker, Public Affairs, Eldon Olson, Treasurer, Natalie Williams (new) Secretary.
Updates were provided on the following:
As many know, the Lowman Beach sea wall is tilting out. Parks has received a $250K grant from the King County Flood District to study and design a solution. Parks is hiring a consultant, ESA Adolfson, to evaluate options, including possibly removing some or all of the seawall. The public is being asked to take a survey and tell Parks how you use Lowman Beach tennis courts https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/lowmanbeach.
Ms. Spengler confirmed that Mayor Ed Murrary’s Executive Order is replacing District Councils with Community Involvement Commissions (CIC). The SWDC has voted to continue meeting, although all city funding is gone. District 1 Council member, Lisa Herbold has recommended District Council funding in the Mayor’s proposed budget. Ms. Herbold has encouraged comments at the Neighborhood Council website: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-districts/southwest.
Responding to complaints, MoCA facilitated notification to folks renting near the project of some overnight testing. The 1M gallon storage tank is fully connected to the sewer system, and all utility work on Beach Drive is done. Road restoration is now occurring with associated delays. Overall Status:
Site, roadway, and park restoration – underway, System testing – underway, Project art – underway, Sewer line upgrade in the access road south of Lowman Beach Park – planned for fall 2016, and Landscaping, which is weather dependent - up to spring
SDOT will attend our January meeting to provide an update.
This group follows the city’s actions implementing the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) rezoning laws. The idea is that inside the defined “Urban Village” boundary line, developers will pay a tax burden (“give”) before they can convert a Single Family Residence (SFR) to a Low-Rise Multi-Family Residence (LRMF), or more dense options (LR1, LR2 or LR3). Definitions and a draft map were distributed (Attachments -). The draft zoning map is to go online next week. The new MHA requirements for the new zones are at the bottom of the map, Attachment . There are many questions such as how existing Mother-In-Law structures will be counted/burdened, and how will the “Principles” in the blue boxes of the map be handled; for example, Will your parcel be taxed a the new zoning rate after a few years even if you choose to remain a SFR? One example was given: Beacon Hill has Light Rail, and is having an Open House to discuss the impact of the rezoning on residents. MoCA plans to have a meeting, and invite Admiral and Alaska CAs to attend, either before or after the Open House planned for the SW District.
Phil reported that Advisory Group members were told about a new area of concern for car prowls around L.A. Fitness. Do not leave anything in your car, even under a jacket. Also, do not leave anything on the front porch. Police acknowledged that there are increased numbers of prowlers this time of year.
Ms. Burbridge, Research Analyst with SPD, shared data on crime statistics. These are from the Seattle Public Safety survey 2015. The 2016 survey is in process, and is more specific to Morgan Junction. Current data show Morgan property crimes are up 80%, and car prowls are up 100% from last year. The PowerPoint presentation is provided on the MoCA website and additional details are available at: http://www.seattle.gov/police/mcpp/Plans/Southwest/Morgan_Junction.pdf.
David reported on the Challenge Fund, which provides $1.6M from Seattle Parks for projects every year. It was once used for the Mt. Baker Rowing Center, for example. It’s intended for Public/Private collaborations. Applications for 2018 open Jan. 2017. The money is already allocated for 2017. Deb hoped it could fund some of Park Expansion.
Ms. Messier discussed some fears of the elderly like getting “warehoused” and marginalized as they lose their independence. The creation of virtual “villages” is being attempted to allow the elderly to age in place. WNN is soliciting neighbors to join in this “neighbors helping neighbors” effort. They expect it to take about three years to build up. Sound Services is the temporary fiscal sponsor, but they eventually plan to be a 501c3. There is some overlap with other organizations like Nextdoor.com and TimeBank, but the difference is that this service comes to you…for a membership fee. Please fill out the survey http://www.westsideneighborsnetwork.org
Seattle Dept of Neighborhoods has annual surveys going on. Please follow the link to make your input. http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-districts/southwest.
On behalf of the MoCA board, Deb thanked Jennifer Whip for her service as MoCA’s Recording Secretary. Morgan Junction resident Natalie Williams has volunteered to fill the Secretary position. Under MOCA bylaws, the President is allowed to make mid-year appointments, and Deb is pleased to appoint Natalie.
Prior to adjournment, there was a request to add the homeless topic to the next meeting agenda. Ms. Barker has asked the Fauntleroy CA to copy us on their letter to the City Council titled, ‘No Homeless Camping in Parks’.
Adjournment - The meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.
Please join us for the …
Next MoCA meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, 7:00pm,
The Kenney, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW
Our minutes from the Oct 19, 2016 meeting will be posted soon. Meanwhile, there is an active survey and we are posting the link ahead of the minutes, so you plenty of time to provide input
Lowman Beach Survey:
This survey a very short survey asking about your use of the tennis courts at Lowman Beach.
Jennifer Whip, Secretary
Meeting Minutes for July 20, 2016
The Kenney, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW
Introductions and Morgan Minute Updates
Deb Barker, President, welcomed guests and board members. Updates were provided on the following:
Special thanks was given to Paul Surredin for his 10 years of volunteer service hosting the Morgan Community Association website. MoCA presented him with a gift and wished him well in his next endeavor.
SW District Council updates - Tamsen Spengler
Ms. Spengler shared information on Mayor Ed Murrary’s Executive Order to form a Seattle Community Involvement Commission (CIC), replacing neighborhood District Councils. It is anticipated that the new CIC will be established by January, 2017.
The West Seattle Blog has been providing consistent coverage on this highly debated topic, please click on the link below to be connected to the Blog. http://westseattleblog.com/2016/07/mayor-to-announce-community-involvement-commission-to-replace-the-district-council-system/
Murray CSO Update - Kelly Foley
Ms. Foley provided information on the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project noting it is on schedule for completion at the end of 2016. While much work has been done, installation of a tide-gate at Lowman Beach, Street work and smaller utilities are still to be completed. Next steps include testing of each element to ensure proper functioning. Site tours will be scheduled this Fall, specific dates are still to be determined.
Update: Following the July 20 MoCA meeting, Ms. Foley provided an additional update indicating that irrigation in Lowman Beach Park will be included as part of the parks restoration efforts. There is an existing irrigation system in the park that is not currently in operation that will be restored by the contractor at the end of the project to maintain the new grass.
Festival Report - Eldon Olson, Phil Tavel
Mr. Olden and Mr. Tavel reported on the success of the 11th Annual Morgan Community Festival held on June 18, 2016. They shared the festival was well attended with approx. 800-1000 people. MoCA is gratefulthat local and patron level donations were generous. There was positive feedback received for the Bands; the expanded Children’s Arts & Crafts and the new “Spatter of Morgan” event, where kids were able to creatively spatter paint on the former buildings of the Short Stop & Dry Cleaner.
HALA Focus Group Update
Morgan Junction HALA Member Charles Loeffler reported via e-mail that the group is primarily focused on implementation principles for the MHA requirement.
Yes For Homes Housing Advocacy group - Michael Maddux / Lisa Herbold
Mr. Maddux and Councilmember Herbold shared information and support for the Proposition 1, City of Seattle, Yes For Homes Housing Levy, up for vote August 2. For more information: www.yesforhomes.com.
Update: Voters approved the $290M Seattle housing levy.
Yes on 123 Advocacy group - Kate Martin
Initiative sponsor, Ms. Martin shared information and support for Initiative 123, Alaska Way Elevated Parkway, up for vote on August 2. For more information on Yes on 123, visit: www.voteyeson123.org.
Update: Voters rejected the elevated waterfront park.
SPD Micro Community Policing Plan Focus Group update – Jennifer Burbridge
Ms. Burbridge, Research Analyst with SPD, shared information and conducted a Focus Group discussion for the southwest precinct of the Seattle Police Department Micro Community Policing Plan. Audience members discussed their crime concerns for the Morgan Junction Community including the following comments:
A PowerPoint presentation will be provided on the MoCA website and additional details are available at: http://www.seattle.gov/police/mcpp/Plans/Southwest/Morgan_Junction.pdf
The meeting was adjourned at 9:07pm. Please join us for the …
Next MoCA meeting:
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:00pm, The Kenney
The Kenney 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW