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March 2019 Meeting Minutes (There was No Feb Meeting due to Snow)

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FEBRUARY MEETING WAS CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW!

 

SPNA March meeting

March 12, 2019

Greetings/welcome: tell your name, SP connection and best part of the snow storm. Dinner is from South Town Pie, popcorn from Lil Woodys. About 25 community members are in attendance.

Announcements:

Duwamish Valley Safe Streets (DVSS:) working walkable/bikeable community and a Georgetown/South Park walking trail connection. The City will be doing outreach NEXT MONTH for ideas. Look for updates and opportunities to submit your opinion at https://www.dvsafestreets.org/ or on Facebook at Duwamish Valley Safe Streets.

Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG aka DRCC): please come to the 4th Annual Beer and Chocolate Fest April 5 at the Duwamish Longhouse. Tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4097122?change_country=1&show_widget=1   We will be showcasing our new leadership and new directions the organization is taking. Plus Beer and Chocolate!

Duwamish Valley Youth Corps (DVYC): partnering with the Port of Seattle and the building owner (of the building bordering the Duwamish Waterway Park on the East) and local artist Roger Fernandes to paint a mural on the building. They will be looking for adult help next weekend (March 16). Planning an opening ceremony for April 6.

South Park Library: March 16 and March 23 “Talleres de Escritura Creativa” will be taking place from 9:45-11:45 am. Library building will be closed; just tap on the door to attend. Tuesday April 9 6-7:30 pm Dia de los Ninos celebration. All are welcome.

South Park Community Center (SPCC): Saturday April 20 at 10 annual Easter Egg Hunt. Please arrive promptly at 10 to participate. The Easter Bunny will be there!

Concord PTA: please come to our fundraising auction March 22 at the South Park Hall. PTA raises money for enrichment and some basic needs at Concord (field trips, family support (including food/rent/clothing), community events etc). Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tropical-nights-2019-dinner-auction-benefitting-concord-elementary-tickets-56000551156

Jesse Green who is on the State Advisory Council of Homelessness for Governor Inslee, as well as a local South Park businessman (Seattle Popcorn Co), is running for City Council District 1. He has a vested interest in the homelessness crisis as well as in ensuring that SP is represented by District 1. Every resident receives vouchers they can send to candidates. These vouchers are funds the candidates can use for their campaign.  He encourages us to support the democracy voucher program, no matter which way we vote. More on the democracy voucher program here – http://www.seattle.gov/democracyvoucher

SPU has a survey for South Recycling and Disposal Station Redevelopment http://www.seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/Projects/RecyclingDisposalStation/index.htm

Alberto Rodriguez from the Duwamish Valley Program (which coordinates 18 City Departments around Duwamish Valley interests) announced that Seattle Parks & Recreation, in collaboration with the South Park Area Redevelopment Committee, Friends of the Duwamish Waterway Park, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Concord PTA, Duwamish Rowing Club, Seattle Parks Foundation, Seattle Public Utilities, Office of Planning & Community Development, Office of Sustainability & Environment, and others submitted a proposal to King County’s Conservation Futures Program for funding to acquire two properties in South Park for future green space/open space and river access. These properties are adjacent to the Duwamish Waterway Park and adjacent to the 8th Ave Street End Park.

South Park Merchant and Retail Association (SPRMA): The South Park Plaza is available for community members to use for events. Honkfest is coming in May. Please patronize the taco truck that is there now.

Crime Report:

Officer Mazzucca said that there has been an uptick in residential burglaries. The best thing community members can do is help collect evidence. Photos are good and videos are good. Jennifer Danner from the SW Precinct is available to come and do crime assessments on your property. Make yourself less of a target with better lighting, visibility, and cultivating good relationships with your neighbors.

Complaints about RVs and squatters continue. His department has been doing a lot of RV remediations.

There was a lot of gang-related graffiti activity last weekend. This usually has some significance with gang activity but Officer Mazzucca is not aware of any new issues.

As always: PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR. This encourages car prowls.

IMPORTANT Library Updates:

The South Park Library will be CLOSED for about 8 weeks for remodeling, beginning April 16 and ending in early June. Kids Café, preschool and toddler story times will all move to South Park Community Center for the duration. The bookmobile will come to South Park 3 times during construction. Book clubs can meet at the Neighborhood Center. Holds will go to the SW Library.

Seattle Neighborhood Group updates:

Youth Mural Project: looking for 12 local youth as well as teaching artists to work on a mural. Wednesdays beginning July 10

Underpass on Cloverdale: lighting should be installed soon

8th Ave Trail: WashDOT cut back shrubs on the highway side, improving visibility. Seattle City Light installed new lights. The trail is pretty dirty and needs a community cleanup day.

SP Spring Clean: date TBA

SP Emergency Hubs: there is one at South Park Neighborhood Center, one at Marra Farm. These are emergency supplies for our neighborhood. Training is coming up: Saturday March 30 10 am at Friends of Georgetown History (FoGHi) 6206 Carleton Ave S 98108

South Park Skate Park: meeting to discuss upcoming events and plans for the skate park March 26 at 7 pm  at SeaMar 1040 S Henderson

Duwamish Valley Affordable Housing Coalition updates:

DVAHC introduced itself and its members and talked about the work being done (forming a Coalition, meeting with housing advocates and activists and developers, City employees, architects, consultants, etc.). Coalition members discussed short- and long-term plans. The Coalition is just beginning community outreach. One of the Coalition’s basic tenets is to support the community’s vision for anti-displacement measures. Please join us at a Coalition meeting (email robin@duwamishcleanup.org for time/location) on Tuesdays, or at community meeting (dates TBA) and like our FB page Duwamish Valley Affordable Housing Coalition

Meeting adjourned

Next meeting is April 9th 7pm