Brief update on Morgan Park

There has been community support expressed that the new park in the Morgan Junction business area be named for Tim St. Clair. At the last SW District Council meeting, a motion was approved to send a letter to the city requesting that consideration, even though current park naming policies would not allow it. See these related articles on the West Seattle Herald and West Seattle Blog for more details, and this will be discussed at the next MoCA meeting on Oct 15. Current schedule for construction of the park looks like the Parks Dept will be completing review of the 100% complete construction documents and final project approval by October, so construction may begin in early November.


Radar Speed Signs in Morgan Junction

In 2007 MoCA submitted a request through the Neighborhood Streets and Cumulative Reserve Fund program to install two radar speed signs in the neighborhood, similar to the one down by the Fauntleroy Ferry dock. Here’s the latest correspondence from the city on that request (ed note – I have no idea how his email is dated Sept 15th when today is Sept 14):

From: "Luke Korpi" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
To: <
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Subject: Fauntleroy Way SW Radar Speed Signs
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 00:01:35 +0000
> Steve,
> As a follow-up to our telephone conversation, here's more information on the rationale for siting the new radar speed signs. My final proposed locations are southbound on Fauntleroy Way at SW Brandon St, and northbound on Fauntleroy, about mid-block between SW Fontanelle and Othello.
Generally, of course, the goal of the project is to reduce both northbound and southbound speeds on Fauntleroy Way SW approaching the Morgan Junction commercial area near California Ave SW. In considering locations, I evaluated the same types of things that go into radar speed sign siting decisions on all corridors:

1. Speed data that has been collected on the corridor
2. The presence of existing pedestrian or traffic signals. The goal is to locate radar speed signs in such a way that they do not distract drivers from being attentive to the signals (or features such as marked crosswalks, flashing beacons, etc.) In addition, all things being equal, we look to locate signs along "wide-open" portions of street corridors, where drivers aren't forced to stop or slow down because of congestion or signals.
3. There must be good sight distance from drivers to the sign, and vice versa. I usually try to take advantage of intersections to provide sight distance, consider the location of trees and utility poles, etc.

4. The location must either have access to electrical power, or be sited where solar panels will function properly during the winter months. In this case, my plan is to go with solar powered units.

In this particular case, I also believe that the signs should be located in advance of the curves that provide a natural traffic calming effect near the Juneau and California intersections. The speed data we have in this area also does show that speeds are relatively low near those intersections in comparison to locations further in advance of the intersections. As we discussed, for the northbound sign, the presence of the Kenny House and Gatewood Elementary School are also important considerations.

The documented speed near the proposed northbound sign at Othello is about 36 mph. The documented speed near the proposed southbound sign near SW Brandon is about 41 mph. The influence of the signs should extend from about a block in advance of them through the junction.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Luke Korpi, P.E.
Senior Civil Engineer
Seattle DOT - Traffic Management Division
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MoCA Letter to City Council on Proposed Neighborhood Plan Update Legislation

For the Public Hearing on Neighborhood Plan Update process, members of the MoCA board reviewed the proposed Council Resolution and Ordinance setting policy for beginning the process of updating Neighborhood Plans. At this time, it appears there is no impact to Morgan Junction, so President Steve Sindiong sent the following letter to be part of the Public Hearing information collected at the Sept 8th Council hearing.


The Morgan Community Association
Eldon Olson, Secretary

September 8, 2008

To the Seattle City Council:

The Morgan Community Association (MoCA) would like to thank Coucilmember Sally Clark, and the rest of the City Council for providing us the opportunity to provide comment at your September 8 public hearing related to the neighborhood planning process.

MoCA has reviewed the proposed legislation for the updating of neighborhood plans. Our understanding is that the planning process will focus on select Southeast Seattle neighborhoods that will be having Station Area Overlays. MoCA has no objection to this approach. We hope that these first plan updates capture lessons learned so that the neighborhoods that will update their plans in 2011 can benefit from their experience.

We would strongly encourage the City to not waver from continued attention to implementation of the rest of the neighborhood plans while these first steps at updating are taken. The City should provide a status on existing neighborhood plan implementation on a regular basis, possibly bi-annually, so as to keep focus within the departments.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to provide our input.

Steven Sindiong, President


Morgan Junction information for the SW Precinct:

At the 9/4/08 SW Precinct Advisory Council meeting, In response to Captain Kesslers question of what are our neighborhood’s top two public safety concerns, Cindi Barker, the MoCA representative summarized based on the feedback she received from her email request. The top issue people responded with was traffic safety and speeding cars. (Coincidentally, this meeting was on the same day as when the teenage girl was hit by a car on 35th). The second top concern was sort of a combo – equal concern was expressed for car prowls and home/garage burglaries. There was a specific suggestion given that the department look at hiring additional traffic officers as there seems to be data showing that full time traffic officers actually pay for themselves. Cindi will provide that data (from Councilmember Licata’s staff) to Lt. Paulsen.


Camp Long Advisory Council Members Sought

An advisory council is a representative group of community members who define common goals, make recommendations, and identify community needs. Camp Long's advisory council is working for you to help provide an Environmental Learning Center that is a resource for the community. Camp Long aspires to be the place where our neighbors go for information and to discuss issues of the day; to socialize with each other, have fun, and build a strong community; and to get outdoors, learn about our natural world, and share ecological knowledge so we can implement positive change in our neighborhoods.


The function of any advisory council is to give advice. What differentiates advisory councils from boards is that councils do not make final decisions. For several decades, with the encouragement of Seattle Parks and Recreation, advisory councils in various Seattle communities have sponsored programs and activities at City facilities. The Associated Recreation Council was established in 1975 to provide financial management, accounting, and material support for Parks and Recreation advisory councils. In 1976, a City law authorized the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation to recognize and support advisory councils and to promulgate rules and regulations to guide advisory councils. The law also authorized the Superintendent to contract with the Associated Recreation Council to help manage the advisory councils.


The law was recently updated and now the role and responsibility of each party in this partnership has been re-established and clarified. Parks and Recreation is accountable to the City's elected officials for the success of all recreation services and the management and maintenance of recreation facilities. The Associated Recreation Council provides marketing, development, and central services support for recreation programs. And councils provide connection to the community, find local support for, and advocate for, the success of recreation services for the constituents they represent.


The partnership between Parks and Recreation, the Associated Recreation Council, and its member advisory councils allows for expanded public recreation opportunities and provides for a strong community connection. Advisory Councils help with events, raise funds, and participate in other work that takes lots of strategic thinking and people-power.


Advisory council members are ambassadors to the larger community and emissaries from that larger community to the park and environmental center. It's a continuing activity and advisory council members are looking out for the park or environmental center in their other interactions with the community and helping bring that larger community into contact with the park and environmental center. If you know someone who could help on Camp Long's Advisory Council, please get in touch with us. Call Camp Long at 684-7434 to volunteer.


Grant Money Available

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is now accepting applications for the WASTE PREVENTION & RECYCLING MATCHING GRANT 2008-2009 funding cycle. The grant provides funding for businesses, non-profits, community and neighborhood groups, schools, meal programs, and other organizations and individuals interested in making a difference in the community by increasing waste prevention and recycling in Seattle.

- If you are ready and eager to start your project and start receiving funding in 2008, apply by October 8, 2008.
- For projects starting in 2009, apply by November 5, 2008.

- Business waste prevention
- Community outreach
- School or youth projects
- Food recovery projects
- Sustainable landscaping
- Green building
- Greening events
- Product stewardship
- Market development and expansion

- Grant awards range from $2,000 to $25,000.
- Grant recipients match the City's investment with a 1/2:1 match through a mix of donated time, materials, professional services, cash, and other non-City grants.
- Award recipients will receive funds on a reimbursement basis.
- Up to $200,000 in total funding is available for the 2008-2009 funding cycle.

See the attached Guidelines, Application and Budget forms, or download the documents from SPU's web site:
For questions and advice on project ideas and applications, contact Veronica Fincher, Waste Prevention and Recycling Program Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (206) 233-2534.


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