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Call to Order and Introduction
The meeting was called to order at 7:05pm by MoCA President, Deb Barker.
Ms. Barker led an introduction of the other current MoCA board members including: Vice President, Chas Redmond; Treasurer, Eldon Olson; and Executive Member, Cindi Barker.
Election of New Board Members
Elections for the 2015 MoCA Board were held, with all meeting participants having the option to cast their vote for the following positions and candidates:
Treasurer Eldon Olson tabulated the Voting results and indicated that the majority of the 21 ballots cast voted in favor of the new Officers and Executive Board Members. The new members were welcomed.
Outgoing Vice President, Mr. Chas Redmond was recognized for his significant years of service to the MoCA Board and his local community.
District I Candidate message
MoCA had an exciting opportunity to meet three of the nine individuals with interest in representing West Seattle as a District I candidate. Each individual was allocated 5 minutes to share information about their background and campaign. Speaking were Lisa Herbold, Phillip Tavel and Tom Koch.
MoCA Minute Updates
City of Seattle - Special Presentation
MoCA was joined by special guest Dove Alberg, Director, Capital Development and Construction Management, Finance and Administrative Services, City of Seattle. Ms. Alberg was invited to share information relating to her department and how they help serve the local community. Ms. Alberg provided several handouts and highlighted some of the following:
Morgan cut-through traffic study
Chas Redmond provided results to the Morgan cut-through traffic study conducted by SDOT. The study, requested by neighbors, was to identify the increase of traffic on SW 37th, 38th, 39th, and 41st streets. Results confirmed an increase in traffic, although the increase is not considered excessive until results show over 1,000 vehicle usage. Specific information based on measurements going Northward from Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Morgan St. included the following:
Affected residents may be interested in applying for traffic calming measures through city programs, and contacting SPD as noted below.
Morgan Junction Business Association
Eldon Olson shared that the Morgan Junction Business Association is still planning phase. The intent is to offer a non-formal structure, similar to a Booster Club, for the 110 businesses of Morgan Junction.
New Bike Racks
Cindi Barker indicated that 9 new bike racks will be installed and maps were provided as a handout. The schedule for the installation is currently underway.
SW Precinct Advisory Committee
Cindi Barker also shared information relating to the SW Precinct Advisory Committee, who meets monthly. Some of the highlights from the meetings include:
Sidewalk Improvement Grant
Deb Barker provided an update on the Sidewalk Improvement Grant indicating that Ginnie Hance, the owner of Ivy Court Apartments received notification from the City that the project has been granted for full approval for sidewalk improvements on the west side of California Avenue SW from Fauntleroy Way SW to 6533 California Ave SW, next to Ivy Court, as well as the Fauntleroy Way SW side of Starbucks. The project will include new sidewalks and replacement of current trees.
Nazarene Church Comprehensive Plan Amendment
Deb Barker shared that Morgan Junction related code amendment changes are currently on hold for the proposed rezone, building of 6 townhomes, and renovation of the church building located at 42nd Ave SW and SW Juneau. The code amendment changes approved by MoCA and forwarded to the City are part of a City-wide collection of code amendments going through the SEPA process. Unfortunately, someone filed a SEPA appeal on a non-Morgan amendment, which halts review of all of the proposed amendments. Notification of appeal hearings will be shared and it is hoped that more information can be provided at the next MoCA meeting in July.
Receivership Committee report – Proposed By-Laws Changes
YMCA Funding Endorsement Request
Josh Sutton, YMCA Regional Executive shared information relating to the YMCA Funding Endorsement Request. The West Seattle YMCA is working on an expansion that will increase family program space, accessible locker room space and include a healthy kitchen, community meeting room and underground parking. Mr. Sutton is requesting letters of support to request funding for $100,000 from the City of Seattle to establish SW Snoqualmie Street south of their building as a Festival Street in the expansion plans.
MOTION: A motion to approve a letter of support for $100,000 funding from the City of Seattle for the West Seattle YMCA.
Following discussion, the motion passed without objection to approve a letter of support for $100,000 funding from the City of Seattle for the West Seattle YMCA.
SW District Council – Design Review Concerns
Tod Rodman and Cindi Barker shared that the CNC council would like to create a letter to combine input of various neighborhoods citizens relating to design review. Each district council would share the top 5 recommendations for consideration. The recommendations would be forwarded to the City’s Design Review Program Advisory Group. Feedback received from the Morgan Community Association meeting participants:
In closing, Mr. Rodman shared the next West Seattle Land Use Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 29 at 6:00pm at the SW Library. Additional feedback or comments are to be sent to Mr. Rodman.
Neighborhood Conservation District Proposal
Deb Barker shared that she recently attended a City Neighborhood Conservation District meeting at High Point Community Center. The meeting included a proposal by Seattle City Councilmember, Tom Rasmussen for the City of Seattle to consider the design and implementation of a neighborhood conservation district strategy as a means of achieving neighborhood preservation goals for those neighborhoods interested in preserving the unique character of their neighborhoods. The proposal would not apply to Urban Villages, like Morgan Junction, but could be in commercial zones. The Planning Commission will continue to review and provide feedback. Once additional details are received, MoCA can review its neighborhood plan and develop a line by line assessment to see how the proposed program would work with our neighborhood plan goals.
Workshop Invitation – Things to know now that you are 50
Lyle Evans, Interim Director, Senior Center of West Seattle “Not your Momma’s Senior Center” introduced Dori Gillam and shared that all of the proceeds from the workshops go to the senior center. Ms. Gillam provided information on a Four-Session workshop called “Things to know now that you are 50.” The workshops provide valuable information to help prepare for your next exciting life stage including tips and resources. Cost is $100 in advance for all 4 sessions or $135 at the door. Workshops are 2 hours each and include:
Closing Comments / Save the Date
Motion to adjourn the meeting was seconded and passed with no objection. Meeting adjourned at 9:14pm.
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.
SW District Council Representative: Tod Rodman
Executive Board Members:
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:
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:
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:
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.