All About South Park http://allaboutsouthpark.com South Park Neighborhood Association Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:20:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 November 11, 2014 Community Meeting Minutes http://allaboutsouthpark.com/november-11-2014-community-meeting-minutes/ http://allaboutsouthpark.com/november-11-2014-community-meeting-minutes/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:20:51 +0000 http://allaboutsouthpark.com/?p=4361 7:00 Introductions: We asked ourselves about our greatest environmental concern in South Park. 13 residents and service providers were present at introductions – concerns were: trash, T117, the Duwamish, Air and Deisel pollution, Deisel and trash, Air polution, our ability to colaborate to solve problems, Air pollution, what to do with oily leaves from the […]

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7:00 Introductions: We asked ourselves about our greatest environmental concern in South Park. 13 residents and service providers were present at introductions – concerns were: trash, T117, the Duwamish, Air and Deisel pollution, Deisel and trash, Air polution, our ability to colaborate to solve problems, Air pollution, what to do with oily leaves from the street, being able to distribute surplus food (eg from fruit trees), Port 117, Environmental Justice, walkability, please call PSCAA with air quality concerns, greenspace and habitat for people.

7:10 Acknowledgement of veterans day: We talked about the missing commemorative plaque from 8th and Thistle (see pic of the existing plaque below). Subsequent inquiry of a local historian reveals that the search for a good image of the other plaque continues as finding the names from the Veterans Administration is not productive as South Park residents were also students at Cleveland High and might be listed in that population instead. We also talked about the Catalpa trees planted by the veterans association on Thistle and Donovan Streets in the 1930’s. Details of a recent historical review also included in the appendix.

7:20 Announcements

  1. South Park Seniors Center, Dagmar Cronn announced that a Duwamish River Opportunity Fund has been received to fund the construction of raised beds at Marra Farm as well as other program enhancements.

  2. Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition (DRCC), Alberto Rodrigues announced:

  • The Duwamish Community Action for Clean Air program continues to work on indoor air quality assessments with free training for residents by the American Lung Association and projects to address outdoor air quality coming up in the future.
  • DRCC helped prepare four proposals for the Duwamish River Opportunity fund all of which were awarded funding, at about 80% or requested levels for most of them. a) Treeplanting in South Park and Georgetown, b) 8th Ave trail along highway 99, c) Community garden and food forest in Georgetown, d) Duwamish Tribe
  • Duwamish Valley Youth Corps has been active in projects in South Park including an upcoming cleanup of the skatepark and work on the 8th Ave trail.  They are a new project under the guidance of Carmen Martinez.
  • The EPA revised decision on how much and when to clean-up the Duwamish River is expected in late November/ early December.

 

  1. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA), Sarah responded to discussion about grow-ops saying that marijuana (or any other) odor detected at the fenceline (eg. something you can smell when passing by on the sidewalk or in the alley) is an infraction and can be reported to PSCAA 800-552-3565 or online at http://www.pscleanair.org/contact/Pages/complaint.aspx

Dagmar noted that there are other aspects of being a good neighbor which business owners can be petitioned for.

It was noted that the business owner has not made attempts to be accessible to the community to express concerns.

7:30 Police Report

Officer Berg reported that Juan Colorado has been closed at night, cars are being dumped (Donovan, 8th Ave trail, Marra Farm).

He has also noted some domestic violence disturbances and people living in or dealing drugs from vehicles.  

Officer Berg indicated that having information about what kind of drug activity was going on is helpful in eventually getting a warrant.  If the house is owner-occupied, a narcotics search warrant will be required before action can be taken.  Rented premises are easier to act on.  Seattle Housing can result in a 3-day notice to vacate.

Greater Duwamish District Council (GDDC) , SPNA co-president Brooke recommended the appointment of alternates, Lora Suggs and Irene Stupka, as delegates from the South Park Neighborhood Association to the GDDC. She affirmed that Yue Pitre of the Department of Neighborhoods has indicated that any number of alternates may be named.

MOTION: (Dagmar, George) To identify Irene Stupka and Lora Suggs as allternate delegates to the Greater Duwamish District Council.  Passed unanimously.

Fundraising Sub-committee – It was asked why fundraising is needed or what SPNA uses funds for.  At the moment funds are used for neighborhood clean-ups, semi-annual potlucks and to provide materials for tabling at events.

MOTION: (Dagmar, Betsy) To estalish a committee as a standnig committee of the SPNA for fundraising.  Passed unanimously.

Boeing Site Clean-up, Ray Koruyawa reported that on December 1st work will be restarted for the dredging.  In June 2015 the South Park side restoration work will commence.

He was asked about the pond forming in the restoration area. This area is not draining as effectively as anticipated as the underlying native soil is not porous enough to drain as expected. Currently, the site is secured and with existing water storage and infiltration the excess is not causing a problem.  Ponding will be eliminated when the site restoration happens.

7:55 Depave the Duwamish/ Climate Change Resilience,  Cari Simpson (rain garden maven), Hanna Ket (sustainable Seattle) and Michael Lewis (community artist) presented information about their joint project.  

Basing their project on success of Portland and Highland Park Improvement Club these instigators have decided to try removing unused asphalt areas in South Park. With King County funding they are now on the hook to remove 10,000 sq ft of asphalt.

They are seeking additional site where they can remove asphalt, plant trees, install raised beds. These areas in South Park are not a part of combined sewer.  They all drain to the river, thus improving water quality of runoff is important.

It was asked whether the project might include permeable asphalt to support industry it was noted that any costs of this would have to be borne by the landowner (or additional funding).

Aerial surveys have identified 300 potential sites in South Park and Georgetown but further investigation on the ground is required to determine whether depaving at any of these locations is feasible. Using a cellphone and GPS it is possible for community members to participate in this.

Future community participation will involve kicking asphalt and planting. Use of recycled asphalt is also involved.  A student at Antioch is experimenting with the growing of weeds on the removed asphalt.  About 100 tons will be removed and recycled.

Part II Climate Change Resilience

Cari, Hanna and Michael are also working on an outreach project to explore how the issue of climate change affects members of our community. Information was gathered from those present about what they think of when they consider the term climate change and how they can help our community cope with or prepare for it.

Discussion included mention from Sarah (PSCAA) that 20% reduction in hydropower will result from reduced snow cap and the need to protect salmon. Alberto mentioned that natural phenomena would be more severe – droughts, storms.  Some members mentioned that we will need to grow our food locally and that the population of Seattle is increasing (and part of the draw is that our climate is relatively moderate).

Michael Lewis shared with us the Burke Museum Waterlines Project Map (for which he was co-designer) which explores Seattle’s past landscapes including contributions from the Muckleshoot. Information is available at www.burkemuseum.org/waterlines. This map was distributed this year at the Duwamish River Festival among other events but further copies are pending a new printing of the map.

Michael also informed the community about a Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) funded initiative to launch emergency response hubs at community gardens in Seattle. Marra farm could be considered for such a site in South Park. Dagmar mentioned that there are individuals in South Park who have already expressed interest in setting up a hub in South Park and have taken the step of getting informed by attending the meetings or trainings of other South Seattle communities.

We discussed that major environmental events have resulted in significant geological shifts in the past (especially thousands of years ago and in the more distant past). Michael emphasized that the focus of the project is to value resilience in the face of an environmental event (ice storm, volcanic eruption), rather than to focus on panic.

An exciting event, the King Tide, is coming up on January 24th.  The tide will be at a seasonal extra high tide which can be observed at 8am Jan 24, 2015.  Look for celebratory observance of this event hosted in our community.

Next South Park Community Meeting: December 9th, 2014, 7pm at 8201 10th Ave S

8:30 pm the meeting adjourned

 

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October 14th, 2014, Community Meeting Minutes http://allaboutsouthpark.com/october-14th-2014-community-meeting-minutes/ http://allaboutsouthpark.com/october-14th-2014-community-meeting-minutes/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 23:08:47 +0000 http://allaboutsouthpark.com/?p=4285 South Park Neighborhood Association Community Meeting October 14th, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00pm Held at the South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave S. Minutes recorded by Irene Stupka (secretary) 7:00 Introductions: 25- ­30 residents, service representatives and others were present. 7:15 Announcements 1. ECOSS Executive Director Kevin Burrell encouraged community members to participate in the […]

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South Park Neighborhood Association Community Meeting
October 14th, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Held at the South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave S.
Minutes recorded by Irene Stupka (secretary)

7:00 Introductions: 25- ­30 residents, service representatives and others were present.

7:15 Announcements

1. ECOSS Executive Director Kevin Burrell encouraged community members to participate in the Rainwise program offered by the City of Seattle and King County. There are already 21 or 22 projects implemented in South Park.

2. Librarian Lupine Bybee Miller invited us to a Dia de los Muertos event, Saturday, Oct 18th from 2­4pm at the South Park Library, 8604 8th Ave S, for ages 5+. Decorate a calavera medallion to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

3. Katey Roe from Consejo announced services provided for youth from the Consejo office at 8615 14th Ave S including mental health and addictions counseling and interventions for high risk youth to provide support for academics, job training and community attachment. A computer lab is available onsite Thursdays from 3 ­ 7pm.

4. Resident Patty Hill invited community members to comment on the DPD change in use proposal for 8500 14th Ave S, from Retail/Office to Urban Farm. This is the site of the old drycleaners now being used as a marijuana growing cooperative.

5. Duwamish River Clean­up Coalition (DRCC) project manager Alfredo Rodrigues mentioned:

­ Duwamish River Opportunity Fund for 2014 was approved at $250,000 and the decision of which projects to fund is expected soon (the date has just been postponed from this week to sometime in the next two weeks).

­ DRCC will be joining the campaign for the City to increase the fund to $2M each year for the next five years.

Residents are invited to attend the City Budget Committee public hearing Oct 23rd at 5:30 at City Hall.Sign up for those wishing to speak is at 4:30. DRCC is willing to provide transportation (by carpool or a rented van).

­ Healthy Home assessments continue to be available. Look for a joint educational session with DRCC and the American Lung Association including instruction on making an air cleaner from a box fan, coming soon.

­ The EPA record of decision is still pending. EPA needs to be encouraged to take a strong stance in favor of a thorough clean­up and adequate compensation from the responsible parties.

­ Seattle City Light is going to be building a new training center for their staff in South Park. Their sight is next to Hamm Creek and Delta Marine.

6. Brian Anderson, Boeing, announced that dredging is underway and shifts are 24 hrs to get the work completed as soon as practicable. The current dredging is north of the SP bridge.

7. Irene Stupka, Sleepy Hollow Farms, announced a fall garlic planting party at the Marra Farm, Saturday October 25, 11am ­ 4pm. Free lunch and refreshment provided.

7:27 ­ Election of new Treasurer: Co­president Brooke O’Neill explained that the board member previously elected as treasurer had to step down for personal reasons and that the board suggests electing Irene Stupka to serve as treasurer in addition to secretary as she is willing.

Attendees were invited to contact Brooke or co­president Lora Suggs if they are interested in serving on the board.

MOTION: (Patty Hill, Paulina Lopez) To elect Irene Stupka as the treasurer of the SPNA for the remainder of the year (ending June 30, 2015). Unanimously passed.

Subcommittee report on the Future of the Neighborhood Center: A report outlining the circumstances around the neighborhood center lease and the City’s intentions around raising the rent or selling the property has been prepared by the subcommittee (attached as Appendix 1). Some salient points listed below and a review of the discussion will bring the reader up to speed. For those who have never heard of this issue, a review of the report or executive summary will be needed.

At the September 16th meeting with councilor Tom Rasmussen it was revealed that for three years the City will not initiate any changes to the current arrangements.

Brooke reviewed the executive summary of the report.

Someone enquired as to why it would take $50,000 to manage the center. She was referred to the report.

Max Lienert asked about what uses the building is currently supporting and what is the difference between SPARC and SPNA. These answers are also available in the appendix.

Kevin Burrell talked about the inadequacy of the floor space for covering the cost of operations. Because this conclusion (plus space limitations felt by current occupants) indicated a need for a larger building the SPARC board had made decisions supporting a campaign to raise funds and develop a new space to serve some or all of the uses of the current center plus meet unmet needs.

Antonia expressed concern that such a large expense could be funded in South Park.

Examples of where communities have strong neighborhood groups and the facilities to house them were given: Phinney Ridge, Wallingford.

Paulina Lopez suggested making the report available in the Community Center Lobby.

Cote Soerens thanked SPARC for their work in operating the Neighborhood Center over the years. Cote, with help from partner, Tim, suggested hosting a pitch night to gather ideas from local groups and entrepreneurs for revenue neutral or revenue positive uses of the building.

A community member suggested we demand that the City fund any shortfall in rent and just keep the building open. She was referred to the subcommittee to explore these issues in detail.

Mike Calvert asked whether there is a desire in SPNA to take over the management of the building. No one volunteered.

7:56 Police Report and 911

A resident mentioned that a couple people in official looking dark green vests (with a badge or medallion crest) may have been perpetrating a scam in the neighborhood as they were entering yards on the claim of doing an inspection or meter-reading, but they were not from SPU or the City. Officer Kiehn responded that, timetting, this is an easy activity to check out, so please call (911) if you see suspicious activity like this.

Paulina Lopez mentioned that Feet First, the safe-­walk-­to­-school program will be conducting a walking tour potentially with SPD on Oct 17. Information about Feet First is available at http://www.feetfirst.org/what­we­do/safe­routes. We look forward to hearing the results of their tour.

A resident (or two) complained about the number of people traveling to or loitering near the metals recycling business on 8th Ave.

A resident expressed some concern and frustration about a lunchtime and after work marijuana smoking session going on at the south end of 2nd Ave at Henderson St. The persons involved arrive in a red pick­up and hangout from 11:30 ­ 1:00 and smoke in their vehicle. They also sometimes come at 7­9pm. She is worried about going outside with her small children during this time. She was encouraged to keep reporting to 911, although it would likely be a low priority call. Officer TJ said he would encourage officers to visit this block at the relevant times to discourage the practice. A similar vehicle has also been seen taking lunch at the Director St parking lot at Marra Farm.

The inability of police to respond immediately to such calls was explained by officers Berg and Kiehn:Currently dispatch calls are prioritized on a 5 point scale, 1 being most urgent. There are always level 3 and 4 calls in the queue. Much of the time, there are level 1 and 2 calls. This makes it take a lot of time before a level 5 call can be responded to. A level 5 call is for crimes that are not a felony or where the crime happened some time in the past, there is no suspect at the scene and no one is in danger of injury/ needing medical attention. South Park falls into Frank sector, which extends from 35th Ave SW to the Duwamish (it includes Delridge, Pigeon Point, Highland Park, South Park). The number of officers seems to be bound by the City budget and the time required to hire more officers and get them onto patrol. Officer TJ mentioned that many nights (his shift is 7pm ­ 4am), there are 4 patrol officers for Frank Sector. He also mentioned that the number of miles on their cars has increased over the years ­ he remembers driving vehicles with 75,000 miles, but now every car has >100,000.

Officer Kiehn emphasised his engagement in improving the use of communication with and by the SPD precinct to get the best responses using the fewest resources (adding resources is beyond his control). There was also comment that City has received a high level of pressure from residents in north seattle to add to staffing in the north precinct.

Discussion of the shooting on Sept 28th at 12th and Trenton was interesting but Officer Kiehn pointed out that the response was still being documented, the case was active, and should not be commented on too candidly by police at the moment. It seems a shooting occurred outside, it was reported to 911. The victim was inside, and responding officers did not have sufficient cause to forcibly enter a residence to seek the victim. Neighbors or whoever called police were not able to give information to warrant entering any particular house. Upon a return visit by police a short while later, it seems the victim came forward and asked for assistance. According the Seattle Times, the victim was shot twice in the chest and once in the leg, and a 21 year old suspect was arrested Oct 23rd in White Center.

Despite the fact that it was almost 8:30, we imposed upon Officer Kiehn to give us the “How to call 911″ basics, and he was kind enough to do so.

Thanks Isaac Underhill for distributing your notes on this which were used to form the basis of this account.

Before-hand Preparations:

Setup a profile linked to your phone number at smart911.com (if you are comfortable providing home and personal information)

> This allows the 911 to already know address, resident and pet information ­ Saves Time, Allows Faster Response

You can always place an anonymous call if you are worried that neighbours might harass you for calling the police or don’t wish to be identified for whatever reason. Officers accessing the 911 system never see caller info for anonymous calls. In the past, anonymous calls were logged with all information intact.

A ‘phone contact only’ option also exists, which allows police to call you for more information later

*** This allows SPD to use information you provide to stop and question a felony suspect that matches your description

> Anonymous Call ­ You don’t give your name, 911/SPD won’t contact you once you hang up

*** SPD can not use information you provide to stop someone, they rather need to develop probable cause on their own to make a stop

No call is truly anonymous, but SPD will respect anonymous calls.

Landline records, all cell phones built since 2005 are required by the FCC to transmit phone number and GPS location info when calling 911.

http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/enhanced­9­1­1­wireless­services

When to Call:

> Public Safety (Someone is in physical danger or is hurt)

> If you believe a Crime is in progress

> Police, Medical or Fire response is needed ASAP

http://www.seattle.gov/police/contact/911.htm

>>> Non­Emergency Line 206­625­5011 for noise/parking issues or a crime that has already happened with no on going safety concerns.

Officers Kiehn and Berg explained that officers need information about crimes to act on. Calling 911, the non­emergency line (or Officer Kiehn directly) provides that information. He said that each neighborhood has a level of criminal activity that is tolerated by residents. By calling police the level is reduced.

The 911 operator is going to try to find out:

1. What happened? – What crime or accident?

2. Who is hurt?

3. Who needs to get got (apprehended)?

4. What do they look like?

Think about these things:

> Where am I?

Address, Hundred Block, Cross Streets, or Landmark (Least preferred)

> What just happened?

Theft: Taking property without permission

Assault: Physical Harm or Attempted Physical Harm

Harassment: Threatening harm or damage of property

Trespass: Being where someone doesn’t have the right to be (police need the report of a property owner or their agent to enter a property on this charge ­ for example a tenant, manager or real estate agent can call or the actual owner of record, but you can’t get police to kick someone off a vacant lot next door ­ they will need to find the owner or an agent)

Burglary: Trespass + (Any other crime)

Robbery: Theft + Assault

> Medical Response Needed?

Age and gender of injured person

Nature of injuries (Especially if there are head or neck injuries)

Are they alert and conscious or have they lost consciousness during the incident.

(40 year old female with a cut on her head, conscious, but not very alert)

> Dangers

Is there a weapon? (Gun/Knife)

Environmental danger? eg. Downed Power Line

Danger to first responders? Guard dogs, rotting boards,

> Suspects?

Describe things that can’t change: (Race, Gender, Age, Scars, marks, tattoos)

Describe clothing from top to bottom and inside to outside. (Blue hat, White t­shirt with a black jacket, blue pants, white socks, grey tennis shoes)

Describe characteristics that make them stand out. (Walks with a limp, no teeth, sweating profusely)

Describe the last known place and direction they are headed

> Suspect Car?

1ST License Plate Number & State

2ND Color (Red, Green, Lighter, Dark) and/or Make (Ford, Nissan)

3RD Type: 2­Door, 4­Door or Hatchback, small pick­up, SUV, …

4TH Accessories ­ Roof Rack, Tinted Windows, Fancy Rims, etc

5TH describe the last known place and direction they are headed

Officer Kiehn suggested, when trying to memorize a licence plate, say the letters to yourself first, then say the whole thing (BK, B61723K). Or, if you have a harder time with numbers, say the numbers first, then the whole thing.

Make the Call:

Take a deep breath ­ this helps oxygenate your brain and your eyes. Look around, try to keep calm, make sure you are in a safe place and speak clearly.

If you do not speak English, simply state “I Speak ‘Arabic'”, you’ll be transferred to an operator who speaks the same language. Translators are always available for every call, for any language.

Handy phrases to allow for dispatch before all the details are collected (dispatch when someone is hurt or in danger will occur as soon as there is a location established, while the 911 operator/ translator stays on the line to gather more information):

“I need police”

“There is a fire”

“I need an ambulance”

Operator will say “911 ­ What are you reporting”?

Your response should be “I’m reporting a ‘*Enter crime or emergency here*’.”

Then LISTEN, operator will enter the type of call and will ask a list of questions best suited to the type of event.

LISTEN for question then calmly and clearly ANSWER.

If you don’t know the answer to a question, simply say “I don’t know”. (The call report can always be updated if you remember something extra later)

STAY ON THE LINE until the operator directs you to hangup ­ this is especially important for anonymous calls, because there may be important questions which cannot be answered later.

Other resources:

Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network. This links all Blockwatch Captains from the Duwamish to the Sound.

http://wsblockwatchnet.wordpress.com, Monthly meeting of West Seattle Blockwatch Captains occurs last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm ­ 8:30 pm at the SW Precinct on Webster St (Near Home Depot on Delridge).

Officer Kiehn offered his own number for South Park residents to call if they had non­emergency concerns, such as issues that patrol officers may not be able to act on without additional support (like permission from a landlord. 206.733.9593.

Next South Park Community Meeting: November 11th, 2014, 7pm at 8201 10th Ave S

9:05pm the meeting adjourned

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September 9, 2014 Community Meeting Minutes http://allaboutsouthpark.com/september-9-2014-community-meeting-minutes/ http://allaboutsouthpark.com/september-9-2014-community-meeting-minutes/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:06:49 +0000 http://allaboutsouthpark.com/?p=4245 7:00 Introductions 7:15 Announcements Future of the Neighborhood Center with Councilmember Tom Rasmussen Sept 16th at 6pm – A meeting will be held at the Neighborhood Center to hear what options are possible and desired from stakeholders in the community and at the City. Please come if you are interested. Fiestas Patrias – Paulina Lopez […]

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7:00 Introductions

7:15 Announcements

Future of the Neighborhood Center with Councilmember Tom Rasmussen Sept 16th at 6pm – A meeting will be held at the Neighborhood Center to hear what options are possible and desired from stakeholders in the community and at the City. Please come if you are interested.

Fiestas Patrias – Paulina Lopez announced that the Fiestas Patrias parade will start at 11am at Henderson St and follow 14th Ave and Cloverdale St to the Community Center on 8th Ave S. The Festival afterward will take place at the Red Apple parking lot and adjacent buildings.

The Port of Seattle has received a $20 million TIGER grant, as announced by Senator Patty Murray who established the grant program. Most of the funding goes to restructure an existing shipping site. But, there is also funding to help pay for the public access at the recently cleaned up T-117 site. The access is in addition to the required cleanup and habitat restoration.

Mobile Bike Workshop – hosted by Bike Works at the South Park Community Center, Thursdays in September from 3-6pm.

South Pork Fundraiser for SPNA Sept 13th at Tin Dog – South Park residents Itanna and Yosafe and launching a food cart/ mobile food stand and will test their pulled pork recipes on Tin Dog patrons 3pm – 7pm. Donations will go to SPNA.

 

Brooke O’Neill (SPNA co-president) thanked Dagmar Cronn for her long-standing contributions to SPNA and the community.

7:20  Boeing Clean up: Brian Anderson – The Boeing clean up of site 117 is a multi-phase, multi-year project. The Demolition phase consisted of 85% of materials being recycled. In the last couple years the habitat restoration phase has been significantly achieved. New dredging will begin September 24th and continue through possible March 2015.  The dredging will be done in conjunction with active fishing by the Muckleshoot.  The Jorgensen site south of Boeing has started dredging already.  For the Boeing work, a 20 hour workday will be in effect.  Sediment is loaded into rail cars at the LaFarge site where there is a logistical bottleneck.  Pilings which may be noticed in the Duwamish Waterway are used for realtime monitoring of water quality to aid in determining impacts of dredging.  On another note, Dagmar Cronn and representatives of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) were given a tour of the habitat restoration area and Brian would love to see more opportunities for this, especially for youth, but pending the feasibility of navigating the cumbersome security issues at Boeing sites.

7:40  Police Report:

Officer TJ Berg and Officer Jon Kiehn indicated they will give 911 training at the Oct 14th South Park Neighborhood Meeting.  The session will inform residents about the list of information they will need and the way it needs to be presented.  Communication is important in calling 911. We will learn about how it works best and how it works worst.

Additionally Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon, and Officer Kiehn will collaborate with Lora Suggs to host a Block Watch information meeting in South Park. A resource for connecting with other Block Watch captains is the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network.  This links all Blockwatch Captains from the Duwamsh to the Sound. http://wsblockwatchnet.wordpress.com

Officer Kiehn responded to concerns about recent unresolved thefts indicating that “Monica” is detained in Yakima.  Officer Berg explained that officers need legal authority to be on a property in order to make an arrest.  This means that in the case of squatting or trespass, the owner or representative (such as a realtor) must be contacted.

Randy on Rose St enquired about any follow-up to the discussion at the August Community Meeting where calling Sgt Bauer of the Southwest Precinct Anti-Crime Team and the mayor had been put forward as action points. No one present had called Sgt Bauer or the mayor. Officer Kiehn offered his own number for South Park residents to call if they had non-emergency concerns.  206.733.9593.

The phone number for the mayor is 296.684.4000, and that for the SW Precinct and  Sgt Bauer is:206.733.9800

8:10 Alberto Rodrigues – solicited letters of support from SPNA for two proposals for funds from the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund.  One project is for Tree Canopy Enhancement – increasing trees in South Park and Georgetown, and the other is for improvements on the pedestrian/bike pathway between 8th Ave S and S Henderson St.

MOTION: (Brooke O’Neill, Bill Owens) To provide a letter for support from the SPNA for the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Proposal for improvements on the 8th Ave S Trail/Duwamish Bikeway.  18 Ayes, 1 abstention. PASSED

MOTION: (Brooke O’Neill, DeVona Lahrman) To provide a letter of support from the SPNA for the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Proposal for Tree Canopy Enhancement.  18 Ayes, 1 abstention. PASSED

ACTION POINT: Lora Suggs will write the letters.

8:28 Subcommittee formed for Future of the Neighborhood Center Brooke, SPNA co-president, announced that a subcommittee has been formed to look into the options for the Neighborhood Center building.  They will give a report at the next monthly meeting.

Next South Park Community Meeting: October 14, 2014, 7pm at 8201 10th Ave S

8:30 meeting adjourned

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August 12th http://allaboutsouthpark.com/august-12th/ http://allaboutsouthpark.com/august-12th/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:17:12 +0000 http://allaboutsouthpark.com/?p=4183 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 […]

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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/treesforneighborhoods.htm.  Fall is tree planting time.

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,tours@kayakalki.com,206.953.0237

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.pscleanair.org/announce/permits/openpermits.aspx#toray

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 (council@seattle.gov, listen line:206.684.8566), Parks,Christopher.William@seattle.gov,206.684.8022(acting Parks Director),Kelly.Guy@seattle.gov206.684.7157(Recreation Division Director) and the mayor(206.684.4000) indicating that we would like staff continuity and that we expect Carmen to be supported in working for the kids at the Community Center.http://www.seattle.gov/council/councilcontact.htm

Suekirshaw@seattleschools.org, orlora.suggs@gmail.com, can provide more info.

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.

Police Report:

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.org; Director, International Schools, Karen Kodama :kkodama@seattleschools.org

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
Kevin Duong
Cell #(206) 859 9178
email:kevin@duwamishcleanup.org
Or the American Lung Association at
206.512.3280
www.alaw.org

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/hiring-local-talent/

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 irene.stupka@gmail.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

Violence/Assault (14)
Burglaries/Theft (36)
Drug use/Drug dealing/Drug houses (20)
Gangs/Gang activity (9)
Graffiti/Vandalism (3)
Guns (3)
Speeding (1)
Police response (2)
Murder (2)
Vacant houses (1)
Untreated mentally ill (1)
Prostitution (3)
Vagrants (5)
Total (100)

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June 2014 Meeting/Potluck Minutes http://allaboutsouthpark.com/june-2014-meetingpotluck-minutes/ http://allaboutsouthpark.com/june-2014-meetingpotluck-minutes/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:19:57 +0000 http://allaboutsouthpark.com/?p=4085 South Park Neighborhood Association (SPNA) Semi-Annual Potluck Minutes No business was scheduled to be discussed in the tradition of the SPNA semi-annual potluck but there were two visiting groups: Diane Hansen and Jennifer Weddermann, artists selected by the Seattle Department of Arts and Culture for the South Park Identifier Artwork Project. A bit of background: […]

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South Park Neighborhood Association (SPNA) Semi-Annual Potluck Minutes

No business was scheduled to be discussed in the tradition of the SPNA semi-annual potluck but there were two visiting groups:

  1. Diane Hansen and Jennifer Weddermann, artists selected by the Seattle Department of Arts and Culture for the South Park Identifier Artwork Project.

    A bit of background: King County (as part of / an adjunct to) the bridge closure and replacement agreement contributed funds ($130,000) towards the enhancement of the South Park commercial core for physical improvements in the commercial corridor along 14th Avenue S. to enhance the appearance of South Park’s main retail business district. The stipulation was that the community be consulted and a design presented by May 31st, 2014 and the art installed by September 30th, 2014.

    Of the artists daring enough to submit their reputations to this challenge, Diane Hansen and Jennifer Weddermann were selected by the City of Seattle to develop a series of identifiers and wayfinding artworks that celebrate South Park and its business district along 14th Avenue S.

    The artists have engaged in community interviews and prepared preliminary graphics for two statues which they presented at the potluck meeting. Their preliminary proposal was to construct two statues incorporating a blend of cultural images relevant to South Park.

    The SPNA has subsequently contacted the department of Arts and Culture and the two artists and been told by both parties that the sketched shown were preliminary. They do not represent an actual proposed work.

    One of the drawings was a Maneki-neko cat 20′ tall (including pedestal), at the Georgetown side of the the bridge on the east side of the roadway. Modifications might include calacas (Day-of-the-Dead-style bones) depicted on the body of the traditional Japanese good-luck-beckoning-cat.

    The second, a skeletal angler fish (an order of fish called Lophiiformes) standing on its tail, complete with solar-powered glowing lantern (an actual feature of the angler fish), was at the South Park end of the bridge in front of what previously the dry cleaners (the east side of 14th Ave).

    Reactions from the public were mixed and can be viewed at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/yoursouthpark/info (search ‘fish to greet visitors’).

    The original call for bids can be viewed at:
    http://www.seattle.gov/arts/_downloads/calls/SouthPark_Wayfinding_KCOED_Call.pdf

  2. Two representatives from Save Cheasty Greenspace (savecheastygreenspace.org) solicited support from our membership and organisation in a bid to prevent the Seattle Parks Department and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance from developing the Cheasty Greenspace natural area into a mountain bike park. Their petition was made available for participants to sign and is available online at the above web address. The SPNA invited the visitors to email the SPNA secretary with a request for a letter of support for consideration to the membership/ board.

    For Seattle Parks Department:
    http://seattleparksfoundation.org/current-projects-cheasty
    PDF “Meeting comments” link at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/cheasty/gs_bike_trail.htm

    For Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance:
    https://m.facebook.com/EvergreenMTB/posts/10152224575701522

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SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

 

December 10, 2013 MEETING MINUTES

 

7:00 pm South Park Neighborhood Center

 

Announcements

 

1. Anyone is free to suggest a topic for discussion at a future meeting. E-mail SPNA

President (cronn@oakland.edu) or call 206-257-0578. Visit our website at

http://allaboutsouthpark.com/category/meeting-minutes-and-agendas/

for previous

minutes.

2. Next month’s meeting is the biannual neighborhood potluck. January 14

th, starting at

6pm at the Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave S. Next meeting for business is in

February.

3. December waste reduction tips handout to support SPNA efforts to win cash award from

the Waste Management-sponsored Think Green Recycling Challenge.

4. Seattle premier of the movie “Water Blues Green Solutions, Wednesday, December 11,

2013, 6:00-8:30 pm, South Park Community Center, 8319 8

th Ave S.

5. Winterfest – a holiday event for local families – Saturday, December 14, 3:00-5:00 pm,

South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S. – Tickets are $2 each, registration ends

Dec. 11, 684-7451 or

Carmen.Martinez@seattle.gov.

6. Boeing equipment mobilization and 2014 work plan for the Duwamish – Brian Anderson.

Starting second dredge season on February 2, ending March 7. Dredging this season will

be along east bank of Duwamish, south of the South Park Bridge, across from the South

Park Marina. Last dredge season’s work (north of bridge) is completed, with shoreline

and habitat restoration installed. There will be a third dredge season August through the

fall of 2014.

7. Free e-cycling event Saturday January 4

th. Bring your old electronics to the South Park

Neighborhood Center (8201 10th Ave S) from 1 to 4pm. Sponsored by ECOSS.

 

Police Report

 

Pretty quiet this month. Only issue was a burglary at 10am. Contact Betsy McFeely

(

Betsy.McFeely@seattlegoodwill.org) with any police concerns.

 

Local Project Updates

 

Duwamish Rowing Club: 2 years of achievements – Michael Merta.

Rowing club has been a great success – Currently giving indoor rowing classes at the

Community Center.

T-117 update – Roy Kuroiwa, Port of Seattle and Katie Atkins, Veda Environment

Upland portion about 60-70% completed – extending the working hours to get upland

portion done. They start in-water work as early as next week, dredge machinery is at site

already. Project website is updated frequently – check it out for an interactive fun, and

informative experience of the project.

www.t117.com

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SPU/SCL Project Reports

Several project managers presented various utility projects in South Park. SPU brought

a summary of each presentation, see attached. Project map and contact information are

also attached.

South Park Green Space Vision Plan — Barker Landscape and Seattle Parks Foundation.

http://seattleparksfoundation.org/current-projects-south-park/

Developing a vision plan for a network of connected green spaces in South Park.

Gathering community input. Take the online survey:

http://www.southparkgreenspace.org/

in English or Spanish. Attend a community forum

to discuss ideas and priorities. Forum dates: January 28th and March 4th (5-8pm) at the

SP Neighborhood Center. Contact Becca Aue

Becca@seattleparksfoundation.org

(English) or Vicky Raya:

Vicraya@gmail.com (Espanol). More information is attached.

 

Next meeting

 

Unsung Hero Awards Potluck Dinner

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 6:00 pm (one hour earlier than usual!)

 

Attachments

 

1

 

SPU / SCL South Park Updates to SPNA – Dec. 10, 2013, 3 pages

2 SPU / SCL South Park Projects Map

3 SPU / SCL South Park Project Contacts

4 Seattle Public Utilities 2014 Public Meetings on Strategic Business Plan

5 South Park Green Space Vision Plan, SPNA Meeting Agenda, 12/10/2013, 2

pages

 

SPU / SCL South Park Updates to SPNA – Dec. 10, 2013

 

Introductions (Sahba Mohandessi)

 

Thanks for having us here this evening to provide updates on City of Seattle projects in your

neighborhood.

You’ve told us you want the city departments to work together and with other agencies to

provide more coordinated services in South Park. We’ve heard your concerns about

coordination, and tonight is an example of how we’re working to deliver a more cooperative

approach between departments.

We have with us Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light to update you about some projects

coming up. We’ll also have information about a joint project SPU is doing with Seattle

Department of Transportation.

As you may have heard at King County’s presentation during the October SPNA meeting, SPU is

also partnering with King County to deliver the RainWise Program, which offers rebates to

eligible residents for installing cisterns and rain gardens.

 

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th and Concord Sewage Backup Prevention Project (Neil Thibert)

The project is being designed to address sewage backups and street flooding that have occurred

in the area around 14th Avenue South and South Concord Street after heavy rain.

Considering potential disruptions by building through private properties, we determined that

the best option is to install a new, larger pipe to collect stormwater and sewage pipe under 14th

Avenue South, between South Concord and South Donovan, and west under Donovan to 12th

Avenue South.

We are committed to exploring construction methods that will minimize impacts to South Park

businesses and residents, and we will be contacting all those potentially impacted to make sure

they have the opportunity to share their concerns and inform our actions.

The project is now entering the design phase, and we anticipate starting construction in 2015.

We will be working with ECOSS and Stepherson and Associates on outreach in South Park, and

want to work with you to determine how SPU can minimize construction effects in the

community.

 

Seattle City Light T-117 Adjacent Streets and Drainage Project (Mary Mitchener (SCL) and Jeff Massey

 

(SPU)

 

Mary M:

 

Announce open house February 5, 2014

o

Venue and place TBD

o

Provide more details on the project

o

Show more details of our project and exhibits.

o

Answer questions and have technical folks there to help answer questions.

 

Overview of project

 

Describe how this project relates to other T 117 Projects in South Park (Port Uplands and

Sediment Construction, SCL Yard Clean up)

Main goals of cleanup:

o

Remove contaminated soil beneath streets and sidewalks;

o

Improve stormwater drainage in the South Park pocket neighborhood;

o

Make improvements to the lower Duwamish Waterway – part of the much larger goal of

restoring 5-miles of the Duwamish River.

 

Project details

 

Construction in the Spring of 2015

Describe the overall design (show map of area)

Describe where SCL is in the design process – define the 60% design and what that means in the

context of the overall project

Key highlights –design (e.g. paved streets, replace some existing sidewalks, install some new

ones, improve, handicap accessibility, add stormwater facilities )

Describe SPU’s related drainage work

Acknowledge that SCL will work closely with the businesses and residents in the neighborhood

to share info on temporary road closures, increases in truck traffic etc. during construction.

Estimated timeline for construction Spring of 2015. Expect the project construction and

completion late winter 2015/early 2016 – about 10 months of work.

Opportunities for public to provide input – upcoming open house February 5.

Where to find out more information – T117 website and info at meeting.

 

Seattle City Light Dallas Crossing Project (Mary Junttila)

 

City Light will replace the crossing to maintain system reliability.

We anticipate that construction for this project will begin in 2015, and will be back to talk with

you more about the project in the coming months.

In preparation for this project, we anticipate doing some geotechnical work on public right-ofway

in late December/early January – borings in locations along Dallas Ave. Dec. 29, 30, Jan. 2.

 

South Park Pump Station and Water Quality Facility (Sheila Harrison)

 

As you may know, we have delayed project design and construction for the South Park Pump

Station.

Our technical team is reevaluating appropriate technology in light of new information on the

performance and maintenance needs of the selected treatment technology that indicate it

might not perform as effectively or affordably as we had anticipated.

SPU follows a deliberate process for making transparent decisions fully informed by project

risks, financial, environmental, and social impacts and benefits, and project Life-cycle and cost

Our current schedule and planning indicate that we’ll complete the analysis in summer of 2014,

and will start the design process as soon as possible after a decision is made. Design will take

approximately two years.

Under our Consent Decree, we have the option to develop an integrated plan in concert with

the Department of Ecology and EPA.

Currently, we are evaluating projects that could be included as part of the Integrated Plan

alternative. As part of the process of developing this plan, we are looking at stormwater projects

in the neighborhoods surrounding the Duwamish River.

The South Park Water Quality facility is one of the projects under consideration as part of the

Integrated Plan and that it will most likely be one of the projects submitted to EPA and Ecology

in the May 2014 draft plan.

If the project is included in the Integrated Plan (IP), SPU will be fully committed to the project

from a regulatory standpoint, and will have the funding to implement it.

The draft of the IP is due to EPA and Ecology on May 30, 2014 and will be available to the public

at this time. In addition, SPU will issue a draft EIS on May 30, 2014. There will be a public hearing

for the EIS most likely in mid-June. The final LTCP/IP is due on May 30, 2015.

We are developing a “Community Guide to the Integrated Plan”, which will be available

winter/spring 2014. We will also be offering briefings on the Integrated Plan to groups if

requested.

Portland Street Drainage Project: SDOT will provide updates to SPNA on the West Duwamish

Trail Extension / South Portland Street Drainage Project.

 

Strategic Business Plan Outreach (Rachel Garrett)

 

Rachel: We wanted to let you know about some upcoming outreach opportunities regarding the

Strategic Business Plan that SPU is currently developing, with the intention of supporting an easy

and engaged customer experience.

The SBP will guide SPU’s 2015-2020 investments, services, and rates – with the goal of keeping

Seattle as one of the best places to live.

With this plan, we aim to achieve the following main goals:

o

Support, enhance and communicate about improving Seattle’s quality of life through

essential services.

o

Develop an integrated communications plan that builds awareness, support and

participation among all Seattle Public Utilities’ employees and customers.

o

Support each line of business through mutually defined goals and actions.

o

Encourage collaboration, among SPU’s lines of business and other City departments

such as Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Department of Transportation, City Light

and other municipalities to effectively achieve shared goals.

We will be holding public meetings in February and March 2014 to gather public input on the

Strategic Business Plan.

A handout is available that lists dates, times and locations of all the public meetings SPU will be

holding as part of this community engagement process for the Strategic Business Plan.

 

Library

 

Sea Mar

 

Skate

 

Park

 

Fire

 

Station

 

Terminal 117

 

Catholic

 

Hill

 

Cesar

 

Chavez

 

Park

 

South Park

 

Marina

 

Neighborhood

 

Center

 

Marra-Desimone Park

 

Kenyon

 

Business

 

Park

 

Duwamish

 

Waterway

 

Park

 

14th Ave S

 

Retail Core

 

Concord

 

Elementary

 

School

 

New South

 

Transfer

 

Station

 

South Park

 

Community

 

Center

 

Henderson

 

St Pedestrian

 

Bridge

 

8th Ave S Waterway

 

Public Access Park

 

BOEING

 

Plant 2

 

1ST AVE S

 

5TH AVE S

 

S CLOVERDALE ST

 

EAST MARGINAL WAY S

 

4TH AVE S

 

8TH AVE S

 

DALLAS AVE S

 

S D ONOVAN ST

 

2ND AVE S

 

S ROS E ST

 

S MYRTLE ST

 

S CHICAGO ST

 

ELLIS AVE SFOX AVE S

 

S SOUTHERN ST

 

7TH AVE S

 

S PORTLAND ST

 

S HOLDEN ST

 

10TH AVE S

 

MYERS WAY S

 

FLORA AVE S

 

S HENDERSON ST

 

S AUSTIN ST

 

16TH AVE S

 

S SULLIVAN ST

 

12TH AVE S

 

S THISTLE ST

 

S DIRECTOR ST

 

S OTHELLO ST

 

3RD AVE S

 

S MONROE ST

 

OCCIDENTAL AVE S

 

S TRENTON ST

 

S CONCO RD ST

 

S BRIGHTON ST

 

S ORR ST

 

W

 

S RIVERSIDE DR

 

CARLETON AVE S

 

WEST MARGINAL WAY S

 

CORSON AVE S

 

S KENYON ST

 

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South Park

 

Landfill Cleanup

 

Terminal 117

 

Cleanup

 

South Park

 

Pump Station &

 

Water Quality

 

Facility

 

Combined Sewer

 

Improvements

 

Terminal 117

 

Streets Cleanup

 

SCL

 

Distribution

 

Crossing

 

West Duwamish Bike Trail Extension

 

Existing West Duwamish Bike Trail

 

S O U T H P A R K

 

Lower Duwamish Waterway

 

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South Park Pump Station & Water Quality Facility

Combined Sewer Improvements

SCL Distribution Crossing

Terminal 117 Streets Cleanup

West Duwamish Bike Trail Extension

South Park Landfill Cleanup

Terminal 117 Cleanup

Existing Bike Path

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City of Seattle South Park Project Contacts

 

Seattle Public Utilities South Park projects web site:

 

www.seattle.gov/util/southparkprojects/

14th and Concord Project – SPU

 

Neil Thibert, Project Manager

Neil.thibert@seattle.gov

206

6847589

South Park Pump Station and Water Quality Facility – SPU

 

Sheila Harrison, Project Manager

Sheila.harrison@seattle.gov

206

6845899

Portland Street Drainage Improvements – SPU

 

Sheila Harrison, Project Manager

Sheila.harrison@seattle.gov

206

6845899

T117 Project – SCL / SPU

 

Mary Mitchener, SCL Project

Manager

mary.mitchener@seattle.gov

206

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Jeff Massey, SPU Project Manager

Jeff.massie@seattle.gov

206

6840976

Dallas Crossing – SCL

 

Mary Junttila, Project Manager

Mary.junttila@seattle.gov

206

6843825

 

Seattle Public Utilities

 

2014 Public Meetings on Strategic Business Plan

 

February 5, 2014 (Wed)

 

6:00pm – 8:30pm

 

Garfield Community Center

2323 E. Cherry St.

Seattle, WA 98122

 

February 13, 2014 (Thurs)

 

6:00pm – 8:30pm

 

High Point Community Center

6920 34

th Ave. SW

Seattle, WA 98126

 

February 20, 2014 (Thurs)

 

6:00pm – 8:30pm

 

Magnuson Park

7400 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle, WA 98115

 

February 22, 2014 (Sat)

 

10:00am – 12:30pm

 

North Seattle Community

College

9600 College Way, N.

Seattle, WA 98103

 

March 1, 2014 (Sat)

 

10:00am – 12:30pm

 

Van Asselt Community Center

2820 S. Myrtle St.

Seattle, WA 98108

 

Seattle Public Utilities

 

2014 Public Meetings on Strategic Business Plan

 

February 5, 2014 (Wed)

 

6:00pm – 8:30pm

 

Garfield Community Center

2323 E. Cherry St.

Seattle, WA 98122

 

February 13, 2014 (Thurs)

 

6:00pm – 8:30pm

 

High Point Community Center

6920 34

th Ave. SW

Seattle, WA 98126

 

February 20, 2014 (Thurs)

 

6:00pm – 8:30pm

 

Magnuson Park

7400 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle, WA 98115

 

February 22, 2014 (Sat)

 

10:00am – 12:30pm

 

North Seattle Community

College

9600 College Way, N.

Seattle, WA 98103

 

March 1, 2014 (Sat)

 

10:00am – 12:30pm

 

Van Asselt Community Center

2820 S. Myrtle St.

Seattle, WA 98108

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SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

November 12, 2013 Meeting Minutes

7:00 pm South Park Neighborhood Center

 

 

Police Report

Captain Joe Kessler, Southwest Precinct, SPD with operations lieutenant Pierre Davis, Officer Flores, Officer Berg, and Melissa Chin of the City Attorney’s office.

Along with regular patrol officers, an ACT is an Anti-Crime Team working in the precinct on non-emergency issues, in particular burglaries, car prowling, and warrants.  ACT works from 1pm to 10pm.

Violent crimes rates very low in precinct.  Biggest serious crime is residential burglary.  Burglars are predominantly caught when neighbors call to report suspicious behaviors.  Report, report, report – the police do not read the listserv and can’t allocate resources where they’re needed unless people call and report.  Most calls in the precinct are for 1.) Suspicious activity; 2.) Minor disturbances; and 3.) School visits.

Pierre Davis on the recent murder in Duwamish Waterway Park: can’t comment on active investigation, but does not appear to be random.  Will say that the person who was murdered was well known by police to cause problems and crimes have dipped since his death.

 

Community Member Concerns:

Concern voiced from community member about the City Attorney’s office deciding to not prosecute certain types of crimes, such as breaking and entering and trespassing.  Melissa Chin responded that the Attorneys office does not have a policy of not prosecuting such crimes, and does prosecute such crimes.  The problem arises when it is a bank-owned property and there is no bank representative willing to complain and prosecute – City cannot prosecute in those cases.

Concern voiced from community member about lack of police presence and lack of response to serious calls.  He’s witnessed theft, drug dealing, and violent assault in front of his house, and called 911, but gotten no meaningful response from police.  Kessler responded that they do have a shortfall in staff because more officers are retiring than recruited, and several officers are on short-term disability.  However, they always have an officer on duty in South Park and there is not a disparity between South Park’s police presence and the rest of the precinct.

Concern voiced from community member that Duwamish Waterway Park closes at 11pm, can the police clear it out at night?  Officers responded that it can be difficult to do because of the manpower needed and the potential for instigating an altercation with inhabitants.  They have asked Parks to clear out the vegetation so that there are fewer places to hide, which has helped.  They will also make sure there is a much higher police presence in the park now.

 

Local Project Updates

T-117 update – Roy Kuroiwa, Port of Seattle: Upland excavation progressing – should be done in December.  A lot of night work being done because of low tides at night.  In-water work starts Dec 1st.  No more major discoveries so far this month.

 

Boeing Clean up — Brian Anderson, PM at Boeing for cleanup project: Boeing dredging will follow completion of T-117, starting January 2 through March.

 

 

 

 

Announcements

  1. Anyone      is free to suggest a topic for discussion at a future meeting. E-mail SPNA      President (cronn@oakland.edu) or call 206-257-0578. Visit our website at http://allaboutsouthpark.com/category/meeting-minutes-and-agendas/      for previous minutes.
  2. Trash Pick-up Event – Saturday, November 23, area around Sea Mar Community Care Center, 10th and 12th Avenues South and S Henderson St. Contact: Patty Nasko <phnasko@yahoo.com>.
  3. Three wells will be drilled      in South Park during the week of November 11 as part of a geotechnical      study in preparation to help plan future sewer projects in South Park. See      flyer handouts for more info.
  4. SP Parks Master Plan –      community involvement coming in January – full presentation will be given      at December’s neighborhood meeting.
  5. Call for Unsung Hero      nominations
  6. Handed out Think Green      recycling information for everyone to take home
  7. Art Under $100, Saturday      December 7 from 2-9pm at the Community Center.  Over 1,600 people came last year.

Other

Question from community member: Is there a way to get back the garbage can that used to be out near Sea Mar?  Since it was removed, trash on the street has increased.  Dagmar responded that the City will not put out cans, as it is considered an adjacent property owner responsibility.  We could ask Sea Mar if they’d be willing to put a can out again and take responsibility for it.

 

Local Project Updates Continued

Community Health Impact Assessment project results – BJ Cummings, DRCC and Linn Gould of Just Health Action  — BJ gave abbreviated presentation (15 minutes) and will give a larger presentation in February.  DRCC wants community input on where to go next to address community health issues.

 

Part 150 Noise briefing for SeaTac airport, Stan Shepherd, Manager, Aviation Noise Programs – POSTPONED for December to allow more time for other items at meeting.

 

SeaTac Airport’s air quality programs, Leslie Stanton, Manager, Aviation Environmental Programs POSTPONED for December to allow more time for other items at meeting.

 

Business

SPNA Membership Election for Replacement of Greater Duwamish District Council representative from SPNA – Dan Bentler is recommended to membership by SPNA Board.  GDDC recommends an alternate be designated, too.  Dan Bentler was elected by community vote.  No alternate was selected.

 

Next meeting: Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 pm

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SPNA Minutes October 2013 http://allaboutsouthpark.com/spna-minutes-october-8th-2013/ http://allaboutsouthpark.com/spna-minutes-october-8th-2013/#comments Wed, 09 Oct 2013 02:00:38 +0000 http://allaboutsouthpark.com/?p=2502 SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION October 8, 2013 MEETING MINUTES 7:00 pm South Park Neighborhood Center   5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Results of Diesel Exhaust Study, Puget Sound Sage, Dinner at 5:30; presentation and discussion, 6:00 – 7:00 pm   Meet and Greet/Introductions Announcements Anyone is free to suggest a topic for discussion at a […]

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SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

October 8, 2013 MEETING MINUTES

7:00 pm South Park Neighborhood Center

 

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Results of Diesel Exhaust Study, Puget Sound Sage, Dinner at 5:30; presentation and discussion, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

 

Meet and Greet/Introductions

Announcements

  1. Anyone is free to suggest a topic for discussion at a      future meeting. E-mail SPNA President (cronn@oakland.edu) or call      206-257-0578. Visit our website at http://allaboutsouthpark.com/category/meeting-minutes-and-agendas/      for previous minutes.
  2. South Park costume swap on Saturday October 19th,      3:30-5:30, at the neighborhood center.       Bring a costume that you don’t need any more and go home with a new      costume.
  1. South Park trash cleanup event, Saturday, October 12, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Meet at South Park Community Center on 8th Ave S. For yellow trash bags, picker-uppers, orange traffic vests and assignment to teams, FOOD!  Kids welcome. Co-hosts are the South Park Neighborhood Center and the Puget Soundkeepers Alliance.
  2. November 12, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, West Duwamish Trail Extension (On Portland St.), Art Brochet, Capital Projects Coordinator, Seattle Department of Transportation, Capital Projects & Roadway Structures Division
  3. Lower Duwamish Waterway: Removal Action on Jorgensen Forge Property Delayed from 9/2013 to 8/2014.  Site is on the Georgetown side of Duwamish.  Becki Chu from EPA will come to future meeting to speak more on this issue.
  1. South Park will soon be officially awarded $575,000      in Bridging the Gap competitive bond funds to extend the West Duwamish      Trail an additional two blocks on 8th Ave S from Portland to      Kenyon.
  1. King County asked the South Park Bridge contractor to      install a chain-link fence around the sculpture base until the end of the      project in order to prevent anyone from sitting on it.  This was initiated at the request of      Dagmar due to complaints on the South Park listserv about the kinds of      people hanging out there.  Tim Lane,      project supervisor with King County, also announced that the County will      now be redesigning the permanent sculpture to remove the “sittable” area      that had been part of the plan.
  2. The Seattle Parks Foundation has awarded Barker      Landscape Architects the $50k contract to develop the South Park Green      Space Vision Plan.
  3. $56,000 from Neighborhood Parks and Street funds for      preliminary upgrades to Duwamish Waterway Park. The Duwamish Waterway Park      monies are to be used for temporary and movable improvements that won’t      interfere with a subsequent park design.
  4. Mayor McGinn has recommended $50,000 for the South      Park Senior Center in his proposed 2014 budget to the City Council who      will approve the 2014 budget on November 25 after two public hearings.
  5. A new flashing light has been installed on 8th      Ave S by Concord Elementary School to slow traffic.
  6. Preserving Your Old House workshop to be held on      November 2 at Community Center.       Light brunch included.
  7. Annexation of “Sliver by the River”.  Small area abutting Duwamish is outside      of City boundaries, and Seattle intends to annex it.  Seattle submitted initial request      several years ago.  However, a      dispute between Seattle and the City of Tukwila over annexation the      so-called Duwamish Triangle on the other side of the SP Bridge held up      Seattle’s application to annex both areas.       Tukwila has dropped their appeal to be allowed to annex the      Duwamish Triangle.  No resident vote      on annexation is required because more than 60% of the area’s boundary      borders incorporated Seattle.
  8. Any other announcements?   

Police Report

 

Officer T.J Berg and Ops Lt. Pierre Davis

-Not as much graffiti as usual at this time of year.

-Several mental calls recently

-Lots of issues with squatters in abandoned/foreclosed homes – police can’t enforce removal if neighbors call without property owner information.

-house on 8600 block of 7th Ave is a suspected narcotic house – police are monitoring it for activity – please report any activity if seen.

 

Local Project Updates

 

South Park Bridge Update

Tim Lane, King County:

Second leaf delivered and placed last week.  Still a lot of work to be done, but good progress achieved.

 

Green Streets/Rain Gardens/RainWise Program updates

Kristine Cramer, King County Wastewater Treatment Division; John Phillips, KC Green Stormwater Infrastructure Program; and Elizabeth Louden, ECOSS, RainWise Program

Demonstration rain garden and cisterns are to be installed at Neighborhood Center soon.  Rainwise program is providing monetary assistance to South Park residents who want to have rain gardens and/or cisterns installed on their property.  Reimbursement/rebates for installation are available to those who qualify.  Eleven rain gardens have been installed so far in South Park and about 10-11 are in progress.  To learn more come to workshop on October 17th, 6:30 pm-8 pm at the Community Center or visit the Rainwise booth at the Duwamish Alive celebration at Duwamish Waterway Park on October 19th.

Rainwise is focusing on completing rain garden projects in public right of way in South Park and Highland Park in order to reduce stormwater that flows to the combined sewer overflow system.  Reducing stormwater runoff will reduce the overflow of sewage into our waterways.  A recent survey was completed of South Park planting strips and alley ways to identify candidate areas.  Plan to install rain gardens in planting strips, with neighbor inputs, and replace paved alleyways with pervious pavement.  Next, soil borings will be drilled soon in some areas to assess soil infiltration.

 

Forest restoration at Westcrest Park, the closest forested area to South Park

Joanna Nelson de Flores, Forterra: One hundred years ago Seattle was mostly forested with conifers (fir, cedar, hemlock, etc.).  As Seattle developed, several areas of forest were preserved (thanks in part to the Olmstead brothers).  These areas continue to provide great benefits.  However, these remaining forests are at risk of being lost to us within the next 50 years.  Our forests are dying out, in large part due to the invasive species (such as ivy) that have suppressed the forest’s natural ability to regenerate.  Forterra is a coalition formed to save the Seattle forests but relies on community support and volunteer work in order to achieve this goal.

Westcrest Park is located on the forested hillside immediately west of South Park.  Unfortunately, there is currently no access from South Park to enjoy this natural landscape that is so close.  Nevertheless, Forterra is asking residents of South Park to invest in the future of their forest (with the help of a grant from the Duwamish River Clean up Coalition).  A tour of the Park and planting party is being put on for the South Park community on November 2, 10-2.

A side note on the lack of access to this green space from South Park: those interested in seeing an access way should make their voice heard in the upcoming South Park Green Space Vision Plan (see announcement 8, above).

 

Duwamish River Clean up Coalition announcements:

-Duwamish Alive festival coming up – weekend of October 19-20.  Lots of great activities – check out DRCC website.

-October 27th is the haunted Halloween boat tour – fun for all ages.  Check out DRCC website to learn more.

 

Next meeting

Tuesday, November 12

 

5:30 – 7:00 pm, West Duwamish Trail Extension (On Portland St.) plus Bridging the Gap extension two blocks on 8th Ave S between Portland and Kenyon, Art Brochet, Capital Projects Coordinator, Seattle Department of Transportation, Capital Projects & Roadway Structures Division

 

7:00 pm – Regular SPNA meeting

 

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SPNA Minutes September 2013 http://allaboutsouthpark.com/spna-minutes-september/ http://allaboutsouthpark.com/spna-minutes-september/#comments Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:02:05 +0000 http://allaboutsouthpark.com/?p=2495 SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION September 10, 2013 MEETING MINUTES 7:00 pm South Park Neighborhood Center Meet and Greet/Introductions Announcements Anyone is free to suggest a topic for discussion at a future meeting. E-mail SPNA President (cronn@oakland.edu) or call 206-257-0578. Visit our website at http://allaboutsouthpark.com/category/meeting-minutes-and-agendas/ for previous minutes. The Seattle Parks Foundation (SPF) is an organization […]

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SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

September 10, 2013 MEETING MINUTES

7:00 pm South Park Neighborhood Center

Meet and Greet/Introductions

Announcements

  1. Anyone is free to suggest a topic for discussion at a future meeting. E-mail SPNA President (cronn@oakland.edu) or call 206-257-0578. Visit our website at http://allaboutsouthpark.com/category/meeting-minutes-and-agendas/ for previous minutes.
  2. The Seattle Parks Foundation (SPF) is an organization independent of the City of Seattle whose interest is focused on Seattle parks and green spaces.  The South Park neighborhood offers exceptional opportunities for developing connected parks and green spaces including a public plaza at the base of the new South Park Bridge, improvements to Duwamish Waterway Park, street-end parks and viewpoints, and walking and biking paths connecting all of these spaces. Seattle Parks Foundation is working with the South Park Area Revitalization Committee, SPNA and the community at large to develop a community-supported plan that integrates and prioritizes these public space and recreation opportunities.  As part of this, the plan will develop schematic designs for the top community priorities, and an implementation strategy for achieving project priorities. It’s intended that the plan will guide public and private sector investments over the next five years. An interview panel comprised of Seattle Parks Foundation, community and agency representatives is in the midst of a hiring process to bring on the consultant team.  The South Park Green Space Vision Plan will launch later this month and conclude by March 2014.

Progress reports will be presented at SPNA meetings or on the list serve as needed.

  1. Marra Farm Fall Fest, Celebrate the harvest, South Park style! Saturday, September 21, 12–3pm, Marra Farm: 9026 4th Ave S, (between S Henderson and S Barton), * farm-fresh food * apple cider pressing ** live music * children’s activities * farm tours * Free and family friendly! We’ll appreciate the amazing work of Farmer Sue McGann, who is retiring after 10 years at Marra Farm, & we’ll welcome new Marra Farm Coordinator Farmer Kyong Soh! Volunteers needed: assist with kids’ activities; prep, grill, and serve food; wash dishes; help setup and cleanup, etc. Contact Amelia: amelias@solid-ground.org or 206.694.6731.We hope to see you there! ~ The Lettuce Link team: Sue, Robin, Scott, Amelia, Mariah, Nate, Kyong, and Amanda Lettuce Link’s Giving Garden at Marra Farm is a program of Solid Ground.
  2. Seattle City Council has adopted the recommendation to fund purchase of the property next to the new South Park Bridge for a South Park Plaza/Park. The City will offer to purchase the property next year although the owner has no obligation to sell and the City cannot offer more than the appraised price.
  3. South Park open air Movie Night this Friday at 7:30 in parking lot of Suds/Stockbox.  Showing the movie UP.

 

Police Report

  1. Importance of reporting crimes to SPD, no matter how small; say you have reported when posting to list serve or elsewhere, Betsy McFeely can also put in contact with Southwest Precinct Community Police Team Officer.
  2. SPD officer’s report (Officer TJ Berg)

■     Delirious man in South Park Grocery was seen destroying property in cold case and ended up dying that night.  It’s unknown whether he had a medical condition or was on drugs.

■     Juan Colorado bust – in SP there were four homes that were raided – recovered considerable amount of narcotics, money and guns.

■     Riot/fight at Community Center during a large celebration.

■     New gang – see hanging out near 12th and Donovan.

■     Spike in bike theft recently.  One suspect was arrested.  Another suspect is known.

 

What to do if you suspect drug dealing – call 911 and report activity.

 

Local Project Updates

 

  1. SPU Flooding project updates

■     7th Ave S. Pump Station, Sheila Harrison.  Progress has been in acquisition of Wood property.   Acquisition was required to replace the portion of the existing street end (and water viewpoint) that will be occupied by new pump station.  The stormwater filter technology that was chosen to manage water quality was discovered to be less effective and more costly than thought.  Therefore, the City is currently reviewing other water quality options before proceeding with rest of design.

 

■     14th and Concord Flooding Mitigation Project, Sahba Mohandessi.  Potential for expediting the project was assessed but, unfortunately, construction in 2014 is not feasible.  However, the project is still on schedule to go to construction in 2015.  Nothing can be done to mitigate flooding in the meantime – this is not a maintenance issue, it is a constriction issue.

 

■     Report all incidents of flooding or sewage/drainage back up to the 24/7 hotline: 206-386-1800.  The more reports are made the better.

 

■     Visit SPU website – info on flooding preparation, etc.  www.seattle.gov/util/storm.com  or www.takewinterbystorm.org to see weather/flood forecasting.

 

  1. T-117 update, Roy Kuroiwa

■     Lots of unexpected materials discovered buried in river bank – part of old Malarkey facility.  Site was investigated exhaustively – about 250 borings were taken on the 3 acre site as well as GPR and other studies.  Most of the unexpected materials found under riprap on river bank, which was not easy to investigate.  Contractor was not prepared for extent of materials to be removed.  A second contractor was brought in under emergency clause to assist.  NRC moved in on Monday and removed majority of material in about two days.  They will be retained for potential future assistance if needed.

 

■     Webcam mounted – can go online and see cleanup in progress: www.t117.com

 

■     Lots of bank work will be done over next few weeks to take advantage of low tides.

 

■     Donovan street repair still to be done in near future– will be a full depth rebuild – should be 3-5 day construction.  Construction trucks will be rerouted along Dallas during road repair.

 

■     South Park Arts artist exhibits displaying in T117 office space – Stop by and check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

Next meeting Tuesday, October 8

 

Come early for special presentation at 5:30 pm, Results of Diesel Exhaust Study, Puget Sound Sage. Food provided.  Dinner at 5:30 and presentation at 6:00 with opportunities for public input on air quality improvements

 

7:00 pm, South Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting

South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave S

 

Other

 

South Park Bridge – south leaf was installed today.

 

Calling all South Park and Georgetown Neighbors to Westcrest Park! As part of a Healthy Community grant from the EPA and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, the Green Seattle Partnership will be hosting two educational forest clean-up events.  We will start with a brief tour of the park, learn about the value of healthy forests to our communities, and spend a few hours removing invasive plants and planting to keep the forest going strong.  Lunch provided to all volunteers so please register in advance.  Open to all ages.

Oct. 5th 9am-1pm REGISTER HERE

Nov. 2nd 10am-2pm Green Seattle Day REGISTER HERE

 

Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition News:

■     Fiestas Patrias coming up this weekend

■     Last kayak tour on Thursday – geology of Duwamish waterway

■     Duwamish River Festival was a success, as was Lucha Libre.

■     EPA has received approximately 4000 public comments on their Lower Duwamish Proposed  CleanupPlan

 

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SPNA Minutes August 2013 http://allaboutsouthpark.com/spna-minutes-august-2013/ http://allaboutsouthpark.com/spna-minutes-august-2013/#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:16:03 +0000 http://allaboutsouthpark.com/?p=2470 SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION August 13, 2013 MEETING MINUTES 7:00 pm South Park Neighborhood Center (8201 10th Ave S) Announcements Anyone is free to suggest a topic for discussion at a future meeting. E-mail SPNA President (cronn@oakland.edu) or call 206-257-0578. Visit our website at http://allaboutsouthpark.com/category/meeting-minutes-and-agendas/ for previous minutes.   Water Quality Concerns at Independent Metals.  […]

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SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

August 13, 2013 MEETING MINUTES

7:00 pm South Park Neighborhood Center (8201 10th Ave S)

Announcements

  1. Anyone is free to suggest a topic for discussion at a future meeting. E-mail SPNA President (cronn@oakland.edu) or call 206-257-0578. Visit our website at http://allaboutsouthpark.com/category/meeting-minutes-and-agendas/ for previous minutes.

 

  1. Water Quality Concerns at Independent Metals.  Concerns have been raised about observed fluid spills at the Independent Metals Corporation site (747 S Monroe St).  Dagmar Cronn spoke to Department of Ecology’s water quality inspector, Dan Wright, for water quality issues at this site.   Cronn reported on the answers from Wright. They have a water collection system installed that collects their spills and treats the water before it is released into the Duwamish River, according to their discharge permit. Since they do not prevent spills in the first place, it is expensive for them to operate the collector/treatment system because the various layers of filtration media have to be replaced often which is an expensive proposition. To call the Dept. of Ecol. complaint number, Northwest Region – 1-425-649-7000 or go online to click on the e-mail or access on-line form to report something when you see it.

 

  1. South Park Plaza Site Purchase Funding.  The City of Seattle is considering whether to fund the purchase of properties at the base of the new bridge to be developed into a South Park Plaza. Funding, if approved, would come from Parks and Rec’s Opportunity Fund.  Application for funding is a competitive process.  The South Park Plaza property acquisition has been selected as one of the final projects recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.  Approvals are still needed by the Mayor and City Council.  Hopefully, the offer to purchase by the City will be persuasive to the property owner to sell.
  2. Parks and Green Space Plan for South Park.  The Seattle Parks Foundation (a non-profit organization) has allocated $50k to help South Park develop an overall plan for parks and connecting green spaces. The “Request for Qualifications” has gone out to prospective firms who may be hired to develop an overall park plan for South Park. Two of the six highest priority park spaces will have more specific plans developed.  Whichever firm is chosen, will be required to hold a sequence of opportunities for South Parkians’ input.  Input opportunities will be announced over both digital and non-digital avenues.
  3. Social Media Sites for South Park.  South Park has several online communication forums, including: All About South Park, South Park News, Yahoo Groups listserv, Nextdoor Facebook, and Twitter.
  4. Improvements to Duwamish Waterway Park Funding.  This year, South Park’s proposal to the Neighborhood Street and Parks Fund to improve Duwamish Waterway Park was rated as the first priority by the Greater Duwamish District Council. It now competes at the City level with the other district council’s top proposals. We provided to Pamela Kliment at the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation an addendum to the original proposal listing types of short-term improvements we would like to see (instead of more permanent improvements such as a walkway that would be premature until an overall park plan is completed – see item 4 above).
  5. Thank you to a couple of South Park residents for taking the time and initiative to work on vexing issues right where they live – recently a neighbor started a conversation with CDL and Drywall Recycling Services, 9208 4th Ave S. about blowing sawdust and noise.  And thank you to all those south park neighbors out there who make this neighborhood great.
  6. Duwamish River Festival.  The 8th annual Duwamish River Festival is Saturday, August 17, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Ave. S.  Free food and lots of fun things to do.  It’s big bash!
  7. 3rd Annual Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling after the Duwamish River Festival Saturday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Duwamish Waterway Park.
  8. Superfund Jobs Training Completed.  Fourteen people have graduated from the superfund jobs training provided by the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition.  Two the 14 have been hired by AECOM and hopefully all fourteen will get jobs as well.

Police Report

  • Shots were fired recently at wedding held at Community Center, no one was hurt.
  • Increase this month in calls about people with mental illness, possibly because it’s hot out and so more people are wandering about.
  • An attempted robbery in front of library was reported Monday night.
  • Calls are coming in about tags around the neighborhood, but no one seems to ever see the taggers. Some tags seen here are associated with gangs in other neighborhoods and taggers are likely driving to South Park to tag but are not being seen to hang out here.

Police or safety concerns (call 911 if emergency) can email Dagmar for police liaison contact info or Betsy McFeely.

 

Local Project Updates

Transportation Committee Report

Dan Bentler, Chair of Transportation Committee, reported on the 2014 South Park Street Repair Plan.  Jim Curtin, of Seattle Department of Transportation, has been very responsive and helpful to South Park but was unable to attend tonight’s meeting.

For the 2014 improvements, South Portland Street, between West Marginal Way and 8th Ave South, will be fully redone with new base, drainages, sidewalks, and bicycle lane.  S Chicago Street and several others in the vicinity will have less extensive repairs done. A map of improvements scheduled for 2014 is attached.  The dead end of S Chicago has been traded for part of 5th Ave S to be improved instead at the recommendation of the Transportation Committee.

 

Terminal 117 Cleanup Update

Roy Kuroiwa, Port of Seattle, reported that initial progress has been slow due to discovery of large tanks and barrels that have required a lot of attention.  Web camera is up and is taking still-photos.  Interactive excavation map online is up and running at www.t117.com   Web map is updated every Tuesday, and shows air monitoring results and excavation/clean up progress.

 

Community members are welcome to stop by the Terminal 117 Cleanup project office on 14th Ave S any day.  The project office is also providing gallery space for local artists through an agreement with South Park Arts.

 

Roadway failures along the upper portion of South Donovan Street, between 16th Ave S and 17th Ave S, where haul trucks have been driving will be repaired shortly.  During repairs, haul trucks will be re-routed.

 

T117 Air Monitoring at the project edge: Monitoring of several air pollutants as well as noise is being conducted at cleanup site.  This week, dust levels were well below performance standards.  A peak occurred last week and an automatic text message was sent to the air monitoring team, who took steps to reduce hazard and then watched it carefully for the rest of the day.  Hydrogen sulfide has exceeded the performance standards, which were set at a very low threshold.  No complaints have been made about hydrogen sulfide odors coming from the site.

 

Tours of T117 given at Duwamish River Festival via boat.  Free boat rides at 12, 1, 2, and 3.

 

Basin Oil Brown Field Site

Dan Gargill, of Wash. State Department of Ecology reported on history and status of contaminated site.  Property is triangular lot between Dallas Ave S and 17th Ave S, immediately west of Terminal 117 site.  Site was closed in 2004.  However, drums remained on site until an order issued in 2008 for owner to remove drums.  Owner was fined and has since paid all monetary fines.  In 2009, Dept of Ecology tested the site for contamination.  Not much contamination was found on the southern side of property.  Some contamination is located immediately below existing concrete on north side of property.  Overall the site is pretty clean and not currently a threat to surrounding properties.

 

Other

Nickelsville will be closed soon and a concern was voiced that the residents won’t have a place to go.  Bill Pease assured that there is some sort of a plan in place to relocate residents when it closes on Sept 1.

 

 

 

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