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Northwest District Council meets Wednesday to discuss Metro, landscape architecture study of Phinney-Greenwood

January 21st, 2014 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. Two main topics are on the agenda:

  • King County Metro Transit Funding Options – King County Councilmember Larry Phillips
  • UW Landscape Architecture Studio Study of Greenwood & Phinney – Julie Johnson, UW Department of Landscape Architecture faculty member

For more information or to share your ideas about projects and issues, contact Northwest District Council staff Christa Dumpys at 206-684-4812, email Thomas.Wittemore@seattle.gov, or email NWDC Chair Eugene Wasserman at nwdistrictcouncil@gmail.com. The NWDC meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except in July, November and December (it meets on the first Wednesday in December.)

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Northwest District Council meets Wednesday, Dec. 4

November 27th, 2013 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda:

  • Metro Budget Cuts – Paul Carlson, Transportation Analyst, Metropolitan King County Council

The proposed cuts could mean a loss of an unprecedented 14 million rides annually, and would revert Metro’s service to levels not seen since 1997 – even as ridership nears all-time highs. Metro provides about 400,000 rides each day and is nearing the annual record of 119 million riders reached in 2008.

Metro is hosting a series of public meetings over the next 3 months to inform riders about the cuts due to lack of funding. http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/PDFs/changes/info-sheet.pdf

Please note that there will be a Metro community meeting in the Northwest District on December 5th at North Seattle Community College from 6-8pm.

  • Charter Amendment 19 – Eugene Wasserman

Charter Amendment 19 passed in the November 5th election, which means we will still have nine Seattle City Councilmembers, but seven of them will be elected from geographic districts and the other two will be elected to “at large” positions. http://www.seattledistrictsnow.org/proposal.html

For more information or to share your ideas about District Council projects and issues, contact Neighborhood District Coordinator Christa Dumpys at christa.dumpys@seattle.gov or 206-684-4812; or NWDC Chair Eugene Wasserman at NWDistrictCouncil@gmail.com.

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NW District Council meets Wednesday with City Councilmember Burgess, and talks police reform

October 21st, 2013 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

On the agenda:

  • Chat with City Councilmember Tim Burgess, chair of the Government Performance and Finance Committee, Labor Relations Policy Committee and Special Committee on Budget.
  • Police Reform – Betsy Graef , Director, Seattle Community Police Commission – “The Community Police Commission (CPC) was created to provide a vehicle for community input into the police reform process now underway as part of the settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice. The CPC has been working over the last few months to develop policy recommendations in a number of areas, specifically bias-free policing, stops and detentions, and in-car video recordings. The CPC must report back to the parties to the agreement by November 15th on these policy areas. Prior to finalizing its recommendations, it is seeking community input.”

For more information or to share your ideas about District Council projects and issues, contact Northwest District Council staff Rob Mattson, Rob.Mattson@seattle.gov or 206-684-4051; or NWDC Chair Eugene Wasserman at NWDistrictCouncil@gmail.com.

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Northwest District Council meets Wednesday to discuss sidewalks and streets

March 22nd, 2013 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

On the agenda:

  • Sidewalks 101, Doug Cox, SDOT – Pedestrian/Bike Safety Program: “Everything you ever need to know about pending City sidewalk projects, and how to get sidewalks constructed in your community.”
  • 2013 Neighborhood Park Street Fund:

Annually, the City of Seattle provides $1.25M citywide to fund small scale improvements to Seattle streets and parks. Each of Seattle’s 13 districts is provided approx. $90K from this program to fund projects in their district. Proposals come from community groups and individuals. The 2013 funding cycle attracted nine proposals in the NW district. We must now select only three of these nine which will be further evaluated by Seattle DOT or Seattle Parks for cost and feasibility. The analysis of those three projects will then come back to NWDC in June of this year; at which time we will assign a priority order for our top three projects.

The nine proposals were submitted by four individuals who will each have approximately five minutes to present their projects. Following presentations, balloting of NWDC member organizations reps will select the three proposals to be advanced for further consideration.

Proposals:

  1. Curb extension — NE corner of Latona Ave NE & NE 54th Street
  2. Curb extension — SE corner of Latona Ave NE & NE 55th Street.
  3. Curb ramps — West side of Latona Ave NE @ NE 51, 52, & 53 Streets.
  4. Curb ramps — North side of N 53 & N 54 between Meridian Ave N and 1 Ave NE
  5. Curb ramps — 4 corners of 1st Ave NE & NE 55th Street.
  6. Curb ramps — 2 corners of 1st Ave NE & NE 54th Street
  7. Curb ramps — West side of Fremont Ave N at N 79 to N 84
  8. Crosswalk & utility pole — South side of NE 115th Street crossing 5th Ave NE
  9. Play equipment — Hubbard Homestead Park (11203 5th Ave NE)

For more information or to share your ideas about District Council projects and issues, contact Northwest District Council staff Rob Mattson at Rob.Mattson@seattle.gov or 206-684-4051; or NWDC Chair Rick Klingele at NWDistrictCouncil@gmail.com.

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Northwest District Council meets Wednesday to discuss light rail, street trees, neighborhood projects

February 22nd, 2013 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

On the agenda:

  • A representative of Sound Transit will discuss a Link Light Rail system that would go beyond Northgate, and how it would serve communities in the Northwest District.
  • City Arborist Nolan Rundquist will discussed a proposed Seattle Street Tree Ordinance.
  • 2013 Neighborhood Park Street Fund proposals from NW District.
  • Park Green Space Levy Opportunity Fund – NW District projects and selection process.

The NWDC meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month, except in July, November and December (it meets on the first Wednesday each December). For more information or to share your ideas about District Council projects and issues, contact Northwest District Council staff Rob Mattson at Rob.Mattson@seattle.gov or 206-684-4051, or NWDC Chair Rick Klingele at NWDistrictCouncil@gmail.com.

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NW District Council meets Wednesday

November 29th, 2012 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

On the agenda:

  • A Chat with King County Councilmember Larry Phillips
  • Presentation by LIHI (Low Income Housing Institute) Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Tapp
  • Committee and Staff reports
  • Holiday refreshments – Cake and hot cider provided; feel free to bring your own favorite holiday treat to share.

Please bring contributions for the Greenwood Food Bank. Donations of cash are very welcome as are: personal hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc), and non perishable food (canned fruit, vegetable, meat, and boxed meals). Brandy King, Development & Outreach Manager for Volunteers of America – Greenwood Food Bank will be joining us to receive our contributions and update us on the status of this vital community service.

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City Councilmember Nick Licata at NW District Council meeting Wednesday night

September 25th, 2012 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata will be there to meet constituents. Licata chairs the Council’s Housing, Human Services, Health, and Culture Committee. Licata, who lives in the NW District, also is Vice-Chair of the Government Performance, and Finance Committee; and serves on the Labor Relations Policy Committee and Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee.

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Northwest District Council meets Wednesday to discuss neighborhood trees, solar energy

August 20th, 2012 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Grenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. On the agenda:

  • Trees for Neighborhoods, Kim Frappier, Releaf Seattle Program: This program will provide free trees to Seattle residents along with watering bags, tree care and planting training, a compost coupon and ongoing tree care support.
  • Solarize NW Seattle, Bill Thorness: This initiative organized by residents in NW Seattle is preparing a bid to have the nonprofit Northwest SEED bring their Solarize program to our neighborhoods. Adding solar now is advantageous because of various tax credits and production incentives. Solarize has already worked in Queen Anne, Magnolia and Northeast Seattle; organizing educational meetings on adding solar to your home and facilitating group purchasing to get the best prices from contractors.
  • Appointment of community sounding board – planning & implementation of Rapid Ride E Line
  • Safe Communities initiative

For more information, contact Northwest District Council staff Rob Mattson at Rob.Mattson@seattle.gov or 206-684-4051, or NWDC Chair Rick Klingele at NWDistrictCouncil@gmail.com.

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NW District Council meets Wednesday, Councilmember Sally Clark will attend

April 23rd, 2012 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

On the agenda:

  • A chat with City Council President Sally Clark
  • 826 Seattle – Michelle DeBruyn, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
  • Aurora Very Small Starts Grant, Jonathan Dong – Project Manager, SDOT

This federal grant, combined with local Seattle and King County resources, will construct a host of improvements related to implementing the Rapid Ride E Line service on Aurora Avenue North. Projects include upgraded transit zones, along with a host of pedestrian crossing improvements and new sidewalks at several locations in neighborhoods which flank the Aurora Ave corridor.

For more information or to share your ideas about District Council projects and issues, contact Northwest District Council staff Rob Mattson, at Rob.Mattson@seattle.gov, or 206-684-4051; or NWDC Chair Rick Klingele at NWDistrictCouncil@gmail.com.

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