During the months of September and October, King County workers were surveying the Morgan Junction area to collect information for enhancements to the 911 system. All addresses in our area will now be displayed on digital maps when a call goes in. This is to assist responders in getting to the correct place, for example, if a house has a mother in law apartment, the correct entryway picture will be shown on the screen.
Also, by inputting the latitude/longitude of all address in MJ and the county, wireless and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) 911 callers can be located. More information about this project can be found at http://www.metrokc.gov/gis/Projects/index.htm
We've been getting questions about what will happen with the properties purchased for the Morgan Junction monorail stations. We don't have the answer yet, SMP is apparently still setting their disposition process in place. MoCA has signed up to be on the notification list, so we'll pass on what we hear
Still no word from SMA about their disposition process for the properties they acquired. However, we did learn that the Morgan Junction parcel was purchased by SMA for 1.4 million dollars.
Morgan Community Association Minutes November 9, 2005 (7:00 pm, Kinney Home Community Room)
23 persons attending
Steve Sindiong, President
Stan Locke, West Seattle Neighborhood Service Center
Announcements: Steve Sindiong and Cindi Barker
1. The West Seattle Herald now offers free subscriptions for new residents of West Seattle. Contact the Herald for details.
2. Megawatt sponsored a "Gathering of Neighbors" Nov. 5 at West Seattle High School. Nearly 80 West Seattle organizations had booths representing neighborhoods, civic organizations, city departments, etc for an estimated 500 persons.
A survey completed by participants in this event and recent Community Council meeting indicated:
Strengths of W. Seattle: Greenspace and environmental concerns, diversity, businesses, and neighborhood 'feel'.
Challenges: Transportation, esp, access to downtown when viaduct is disabled; housing , esp. affordable housing range; economic development; public safety; and schools.
Organizations that work well: Megawatt, Delridge Community Association
To whom do we turn for help: Stan Locke, SW Police Precinct
3. The MoCA website is being updated - new design, links, calendar, neighborhood news, city projects, zoning issues, land use bulletins. Available by Dec. 1 http://www.morganjunction.org
P-Patch Update & Solstice Park security concerns
Sandy Lennon reports that a Sept. 16 Day of Caring brought 35 volunteers (in cluding 25 from Union Bay Sportswear and 10 p-patch gardeners) to install a p-patch sign, install a garden bench pad, and do needed beautification and maintenance, with food and music provided by community members.
Vandalism and theft after shed break-in attempt were discovered at Oct. 1 work party, with further break-in, theft of tools, and vandalism of plots discovered at Oct. 29 work party. Police were notified. Shed doors have been reinforced and further security measures are being considered.
We still have $6,668 of the City Early Implementation Fund grant. Discussions are under way about projects for these funds.
Solstice Park has recently experienced a lot of problems with late-night parties. This conversation provoked a broader concern regarding security of parks and greenspaces. Peter is assisting in creating a Southwest Precinct Captain's Advisory Board to connect with Police. We need to continue to be a neighborhood watch for these areas and to report incidents to community policing groups.
Morgan Junction Community Festival - Mid-August, 2006
MoCA priority Projects for 2006
1. During the construction project at Loman Beach Park, the off-site staging area for materials will be at Solstice Park. This may entail continuing maintenance and development projects at Solstice Park.
3. Seattle Light Substation (between Fauntleroy and Morgan). This property will be turned over from Seattle Light to Seattle Parks in 2007. Plans are being developed for possible neighborhood use. We need ideas for developing this property - perhaps as a transit waiting / stopping area, etc.
4. Myrtle St. Reservoir - This will be lidded with a soft (not concrete) lid in 2007, leaving a wider area around perimeter of reservoir for public use. Suggestions include an off-leash area for dogs, basketball or tennis courts, etc. MoCA will hold public discussions in 2006 to offer suggestions for future development.
5. Cumulative Reserve Fund Projects - West Seattle is allocated ca. $80,000 for projects in 2006. Possible MoCA projects include traffic speed control alterations along Fauntleroy from Morgan Junction to the Ferry dock. Other project ideas are welcomed. Contact Cindi Barker or Steve Sindiong with ideas. We need someone to serve on a committee being formed in W. Seattle by Stan Locke at the West Seattle Neighborhood Service Center (4205 Alaska)
6. Morgan Community Identity - Greater visibility and identity for the Morgan neighborhood is being encouraged. W. Seattle Chamber of Commerce and local businesses want to attract greater tourist access. Possible components might be a community kiosk and signage to announce festivals, civic groups, projects, neighborhood news. A model which has been formed in Portland for grass-roots organization of neighborhoods is being experimentally developed in Seattle.
The MoCA neighborhood brochure has been updated and is available from Cindi or Steve.
Our newsletter is currently distributed to 13 neighborhood sites.
7. Organizational matters - discussion was held regarding whether MoCA might seek 501c3 incorporation, enabling the charging of membership dues. The general concensus was that we would engage in occasional fund-raising projects, using another organization as our fiscal agent when necessary, but that we would not incorporate at this time.
8. Continuing work is being done on several city-wide issues:
o Neighborhood Business District Strategy - to continue into 2006 o Multi-family Comprehensive Zoning changes proposals - to continue into 2006
Concern was expressed about the impact of the proposed replacement of the Seattle Viaduct. This project will have a 10 year duration. We need be in conversation with the city regarding planning for alternate routes and transit improvements to adjust to that construction project. No schedule for that project has yet been suggested.
Meetings of MoCA in 2006 will be held on Weds. of February., April, July, and October. Specific dates, time, and locations to be determined.
Ferry System 10 Year - Gary Dawson of the Fauntleroy Neighborhood Assn. is Chair of the Ferry Advisory Committee. A 10 year community planning process was mandated by the Legislature last year. That Plan is now available for community comment and input. A public meeting will be held June 30, 6:00 pm re. the “triangle route” (Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth). For a draft of the plan, download from: wsdot.gov/ferries/your_wsf/corporate_communications/longrangeplan.htm
Monorail update – Brad Shinn announced that the Contract Plan will be presented to the Board next week. That plan calls for 16 station, 14 miles. 2 previously planned stations (including the Avalon site) have been deferred for later development. Information is available at www.elevated.org or 206 382-1220.
There will be a public hearing on Contract and Design proposals, July 7, 6:30 pm at the West Seattle High School. Public review and comment can be made until July 11.
We are particularly concerned with how the NBDS could affect increased population density, the integrity of the business district, building codes, parking, and pedestrian issues. There is also concern about how these issues are coordinated with the development of the Monorail. The Seattle PI is planning a feature story on these issues.
Moved, carried, that MoCA Secretary be instructed to write a letter to the City Council to request that:
1. action on the proposed changes of the Land Use Code be delayed until community groups are able to provide feedback and comments at public venues,
2. city reopen and update the Morgan Junction Neighborhood Plan, establishing a schedule, staff support, and funding for such activity, before any code changes take effect within the areas covered by the Morgan Junction Neighborhood Plan.
Loman Beach Murray Pump Station Project – no reported recent developments
Morgan Junction Design Guidelines – Draft of proposed guidelines is now available on the City of Seattle web-site. Because there may be some potential conflicts with the Neighborhood Business District Strategy (NBDS) Guidelines, we have asked the City of Seattle to delay the adoption of the plan until the NBDS issues are resolved.
P-Patch – Sandy Lennon is the new site-coordinator. Monthly meetings of members is assuring greater involvement. S. Seattle Community College is developing a class project to assist with long range planning and site development. Work parties continue each Saturday at 9:30 am.
CRF Projects for Morgan Junction – The funding cycle for CRF projects is coming up. Concern raised re. traffic on Fauntleroy south of California – speed, volume, etc.
We will study a request for some rumble-strips, more specific painted lane-striping, some speed-limit signage, etc.
Proposed Names for Lincoln Park Annex: Suggested names:
Contemplation Park, Constellation Park, Lincoln Park Meadows, Fauntleroy Meadows, Landslide Park, Landslide Meadows, Solstice Park, Secret Gardens, Lincoln Park Annex, Whittaker/Solstace Park, or Whittaket Park
A straw vote of those present asked the Secretary to submit the suggestions of Whittaker Park, Solstice Park, or Landslide Park to the Parks Dept.