MoCA
Morgan Community Association

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:

  • Morgan Junction Business Mixer:  In late April, MoCA hosted a business mixer, which was held at Zeek’s Pizza.  Approximately 15 local community business owners came by to get to know one another and enjoy pizza and beverages.
  • Morgan Junction Sidewalk Improvements: Phase 1 improvements began in Fall, 2015 at the Starbucks building and finalization of Phase 2 took place in May, 2016.  The water fountain, which was removed during renovation, is being reinstalled and will be operational soon, which will complete the project.
  • Morgan Junction Park Expansion Update:  The former Short Stop and Dry Cleaner building has been re-fenced off and graffiti removed.  The building is set for demolition in mid-August. 
  • 2015 NPSF award:  We are pleased to share that the NPSF $24,000 grant award will be used to regrade the alley between Fauntleroy/Graham and California/42nd Avenue, behind local businesses The Wash Dog and Kokora’s.  The regrade is scheduled for July 29 and be completed within a few days.
  • 2016 NSF applications – status:  MoCA submitted two applications including Rapid Ride Bus Stop California/Fauntleroy and Safety around Fauntleroy at Graham/Raymond.  In May, the project ranking information was released which indicated that the MoCA requests ranked #3 & #4, so they will not be addressed this year.  The projects moving forward were #1 – improvements to Harbor Ave & SW Spokane Street and #2 – installation of a crosswalk at 39th and Oregon. 
  • Morgan Junction Rezone request:  The rezone request for the California Ave / Mills Street mixed-use project was withdrawn by the owner the day before the hearing. The owner is putting the building up for sale.
  • Park(ing) Day:  Will take place Sept 16-17.  PARK(ing) Day happens once a year in September and is an opportunity for Seattleites to rethink how streets can be used. Seattle has participated in thisinternational event since 2007 and given people the opportunity to temporarily turn on-street parking spots into public spaces. The program is intended to encourage creative placemaking while raising awareness about the importance of walkable, livable, and healthy communities. For more information visit:  http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/seattleparkingday.htm

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.

           Old Business

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. 

Leadership Roles for the 2017 Festival are needed, please contact Deb Barker, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Business

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:

  • Need for additional street lights, primarily at bus corridors
  • Concern over the increased level of car prowls and break-ins
  • Need for increased police visibility and improved parking enforcement
  • Recommendation for installation of Emergency Help Call Boxes in areas like Lincoln Park, Duwamish Park and/or Bus Stops.  It was noted this would require grant funding.

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

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 9:07pm.  Please join us for the …

        

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The Kenney 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW

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