Seattle ReLeaf Program – Katie Gibbons: The ReLeaf program has trees available to area residents. Some large trees are left – oak, douglas fir, silver linder and shore pine. Up to four trees per household, may be planted on your own property or on the road easement with a Seattle Department of Transportation permit. For trees contactwww.seattle.gov/trees/t
Resident Leila Mende invited community members to contact her about the possiblity of having Seattle Farmer’s Market Association hold a market in South Park.
Alberto Rodrigues , Program Manager at Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition announced Duwamish River Festival, August 23rd, 12:00-4:00pm and the next river kayak tour about Superfund Site History, September 11th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm,email@example.com,206.
Heidi Hall, Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) passed out coupons from the South Park Merchants Association.
Tanya Park, Puget Sound Clean Air Alliance, announced an extension of the public comment period for a permit request by Ardagh Glass to August 22, 2014. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is providing public notice regarding the issuance of a proposed General Regulatory Order to establish a Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) determination for sulfur dioxide and particulate matter emissions from glass melting Furnaces Nos. 2 & 3 at the Ardagh Glass, Inc. factory (Ardagh) in Seattle. The facility was previously owned and operated by Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc. (SGCI). This proposed determination is expected to lead to additional emission controls on each of these two furnaces.http://www.
Randy on Rose St announced the success of the first South Park Garden and Art walk held July 27th. Ideas for future events including potluck and April seed exchange are being enthusiastically developed by participants.
Kathleen Mongrain, volunteer coordinator of the South Park Seniors Center, invited community members to review the Neighborhood Center bulletin board for new volunteer opportunities.
Sue Kirshaw, spoke on behalf of South Park Community Center, and Carmen Martinez indicating that the community center is understaffed and that the programming is suffering. Sue indicated that if the review board decides to terminate Carmen’s job she would be leading the community in protesting at City Hall.
To express concern, write the city council (firstname.lastname@example.org, listen line:206.684.8566), Parks,Christopher.William@seat
Randy pointed out a recent drop off in youth participating in the community center. Previously, since the fatal shooting in 2006 and the SP Action Agenda there had been a significant revitalization of youth involvement in South Park and with Carmen’s reassignment there has been a gap in activities for youth.
Sue: The department will be supported by Prop 1, so there will be funding for the position in the future.
Sue also pointed out that Carmen has brought more good connections from outside South Park for the community center programming than other Parks staff.
Bill Owens commented that whatever Parks can do, it will not be able to measure up to what Carmen has contributed. Under Parks management there have been a slew of different managers at the Community Center and no continuity.
7:30 Crime Survey Report – Lora Suggs described the results of the crime survey in which 100 residents expressed concern over theft, drugs, gangs and assault. See Appendix 1.
Officer TJ Berg reported recent thefts from sheds, garages and houses (not so usual in the past) are likely linked to an eviction at a property on Director St. The residents on their way out are allowing others to stay at the property and together they are using different people to scope targets, steal and lookout for witnesses. They have been seen apparently transporting stolen items in baby-carriages and recycling bins. Areas involved – Concord Elementary area and Seamar Housing are high problem areas with this group. Faces are hidden on video coverage – they scope and the hit is done hours later by someone else.
Officer TJ clarified some City rules: felonies and misdemeanors-in-progress can be investigated. Completed misdemeanors cannot. Car prowls are low priority, car break-ins are a misdemeanor.
SW Precinct has an anti-crime team run by Sgt. Bauer, which can be approached to put some emphasis on this situation. This team is not subject to 911 calls unless there is an urgent situation, therefore worth asking for their more flexible time to be spent fighting theft in South Park.
Randy on Rose St asked: does this mean we have to call the mayor to ask for the anti-crime team to be active in their work in South Park? The phone number for the mayor is 296.684.4000, and that for the SW Precinct and Sgt Bauer is:206.733.9800
Kathleen Mongrain: Invited community members to participate in actions encouraging the continuation of bussing to Concord International Elementary and the establishment of Concord as an option school in the Seattle School district. These actions would help to safeguard the dual language program at Concord School and continue to provide Spanish language instruction to South Park children. Write to the school board or email Kathleen to be included in group actions. Superintendent Jose Banda:jbanda@seattleschools.
Alberto Rodrigues – described the work of the Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition: due to community concern and to environmental Protection Agency, Collaborative Agreement with EPA was accepted August 11th. The Duwamish Community Action for Clean Air threefold mission is: a) to compile information about sources for deisel and other air polution, b) identify any data gaps and implement new monitoring and mapping, c) take actions to reduce exposure to air pollution and incidents of asthma in area residents. Partners, SPNA, Georgetown Residents Association, Just Health Action, Seamar, Mobile access, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, EPA, and American Lung Association.
Healthy Home Assessment
Aileen Gagney told us The American Lung Association’s (ALA) Master Home Environmentalist (MHE) program is available to South Park residents. It works to educate residents and families with asthmatic children about how to reduce exposures to in-‐home pollutants and asthma triggers (e.g. dust). It also provides resources regarding indoor and outdoor pollutant identification and mitigation, human responses to exposure, no cost or low cost interventions, behavior change principles, and education regarding environmental justice and cultural sensitivity. ALA provides healthy homes assessments and devises individualized Home Action Plans with asthma management strategies, provides “walk off” door mats (to remove outdoor soil) and green cleaning kits to South Park and Georgetown residents. Information about how to make an air cleaner from a box fan and pleated filter paper will be provided. A limited number of HEPA vacuums, dust mite pillows and mattress covers will be available for residents who have children with asthma. HEPA air purifiers may also be available to residents with chronic lung conditions and whose primary exposure is determined to be from outdoor air intrusion. Information will be made available to the SeaMar Community Health Clinic to facilitate physician referrals for local residents with asthma and related health complaints. Residents can sign up for a Healthy Home Assessment with
Cell #(206) 859 9178
Or the American Lung Association at
Healthy communities projects – Alberto Rodrigues will be taking over some of BJ’s responsibilities. Some of his work will be available in two new jobs. Details at http://duwamishcleanup.org/
Vicky Raya – Environment Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) Rain Wise Referals and Support- the point is water quality. As a result of clean water act- because our area used to rely on forest and understory to absorb our rainwater to reduce the runoff into water table or the river (<1%). We are now experiencing 20 – 30 % runoff.
ECOSS can put you in touch with contractors (sometimes hard to get a call-back on your own) and Vendor Payment Program (so you don’t have to pay up front when you qualify for the Seattle City rebate program (that pays for up to $4000 towards the rain garden).
A small 900 sq’ home can divert up to 45,000 gallons of rainwater.
In 2013 King County had a record number of overflow events, each of which carries a fime).
South Park Identifier Art Project
Heidi Hall, Seattle City Office of Economic Development. A grant from King County for $150,000 (physical improvements for the business corridor along 14th Ave South and ED decided to take something from South Park Action Agenda to make something for a wayfinder and identifier gateway project. Jason of Arts and Culture – put together a call for artists. 20 or so applicants – were looking for someone from along the Duwamish waterway.
Artists budget is $130,000, $20,000 to a community organization to maintain the artwork, street use permits and any other costs (SPARC).
Based on strength of work and concept, selected Jennifer Weddermann and , Diane Hansen.
Jennifer reported on the descriptors they heard from residents about South Park: Scrappy, demographics, active and diverse culture and lots of blending of groups, colorful, urban and hardworking, using what they do to decorate their environment (tire shop, bridge).
A previous idea about a large waving cat has been cut due to the overarching Japanese style (despite any modifications that were planned for the surface).
The idea for a angler fish to be locate on the southeast side of the bridge is gutsy, tough, strange, unique and common enough to identify fish-type. Solar LED will be used to light the lantern that will stick out from the head.
Lora asked about using the pedestal across the street.
Randy said that is owned by King County and the community would have to ask them about changing their plans.
Someone asked about getting the light to arc across the street.
Randy suggested that an artwork that requires an explanation about it’s message is maybe not ‘working’. What about a tree with multiple lanterns. Lora supported the idea because of the importance of agriculture. Jennifer Weddermann responded that a tree is not iconic enough. Randy asked what are the next steps.
Jason: Review committee (Arts & Culture, King County, ED, a community representative and a merchant representative) will continue to review and inform the process.
Randy asked how the remainder of the community has been consulted – he emphasized the need to contact cultural subgroups in South Park.
Meredith Hall spoke about the importance of including community members in the development. She cited the development of the snowflake pieces in Horatio Law’s ‘South Park Vortex’ erected at the Director St parking lot of Desimone Park.
Neighborhood Center Update
Kyle Joyce of the City Finance and Administrative Services has been reaching out to stakeholders. Council member Tom Rasmussen wants to meet with stakehoders and Providence reps to discuss what the community needs are and how best to meet them.
Randy on Rose Street suggested forming a subcommittee to strategize for communicating with the City, other stakeholders and to galvanize the community’s voice on this matter. A meeting of this subcommittee will take place August 24th. Interested community members are invited to join by emailing email@example.com.
9:00 meeting adjourned.
Appendix 1 Crime survey results summary
The survey enquired what is your top crime concern. Listed are the type of concern and number of respondants indicating it as their top concern
Drug use/Drug dealing/Drug houses (20)
Gangs/Gang activity (9)
Police response (2)
Vacant houses (1)
Untreated mentally ill (1)