A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Residents advised to manage water use as city activates water shortage response plan

July 27th, 2015 by Doree

Because of historic low river levels and this summer’s heat wave, Seattle, Tacoma and Everett have activated water shortage response plans, with the first phase asking residents to be mindful of their water use.

Seattle’s water supply outlook is fair and, like Everett, supply is projected to be adequate until fall rains typically return. With today’s activation of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan, the city is taking the needed steps to further maximize its water supply for people and fish in the event this unusual weather continues.

Seattle operates a regional water supply system that serves Seattle as well as 25 other cities and water districts in King County.

If conditions worsen, each city may move to the “voluntary” phase of water shortage response and ask customers to reduce the amount of water they normally use each day.

Examples of good water management include:

• Watering early or late: Water before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m., which reduces evaporation.
• Watering deeply, but infrequently: It’s better to have one or two deep waterings, rather than several shallow waterings.
• Fixing leaks: Fix obvious indoor and outdoor leaks such as at faucets, hose bibs and sprinkler spray heads. Check for less obvious leaks such as silent toilet leaks. Put several drops of food coloring in your toilet tank; after 10 minutes if you have color in the toilet bowl, you have a flapper leak.
• Washing vehicles wisely: Wash your vehicle(s) at locations that recycle their water.
• Using a broom, not a hose: Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks, driveways and patios.
• Washing full loads: Wait until your clothes washer and dishwasher are full before starting.

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Open house on proposed Broadview sewer and drainage improvements

May 11th, 2015 by Doree

Broadview residents are invited to an open house to hear more from Seattle Public Utilities about planned sewer and drainage improvements.

The open house is from 6:30-8 pm. on Thursday, May 28, at Luther Memorial Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N. SPU staff will explain the regional sewer alternative under consideration that would involve work in Broadview and the Greenwood/Crown Hill area; share information about a new 12th Avenue NW basin drainage alternative under evaluation; and discuss the next steps for selecting preferred alternatives.

If you can’t attend, the open house materials will be posted online at the project website.

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Kickoff for ‘Save Seattle’s Apples’ is Sunday at Linden Orchard

April 16th, 2015 by Doree

City Fruit, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Greater Good Granola are joining forces for a campaign to save all the apples from neighborhood trees that go to waste. The kickoff to the “Save Seattle’s Apples” campaign is from 12-3 p.m. Sunday at Linden Orchard Park, North 67th Street and Linden Avenue in Phinney Ridge, near Green Lake.

The Save Seattle’s Apples campaign seeks to build awareness about Seattle’s urban canopy, the proper care and management of apple trees, and provide opportunities for the public to protect apples. Additionally, the project aims to reduce waste that unnecessarily ends up in the compost bin.

The kick-off event will begin with opening remarks about the goals of the campaign. Volunteers will then walk door-to-door in the Phinney neighborhood educating and assisting homeowners in protecting their apple trees from pests. The event will also feature samples from Greater Good Granola, prizes, and opportunities for the public to pledge to reduce waste.

City Fruit promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community and protect the climate. We help tree owners grow healthy fruit, provide assistance in harvesting and preserving fruit, promote the sharing of extra fruit, and work to protect urban fruit trees.

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No solid waste collections on Jan. 1, dump also closed

December 30th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, yard waste or recycling on New Year’s Day. The South Recycling and Disposal Station in the South Park area also will be closed (the North Station in Fremont/Wallingford remains closed for renovation). If your pickup day normally occurs on Thursday or Friday, your waste will be collected one day later this week.

Don’t forget that you can recycle your Christmas tree and holiday greens for free through Jan. 11 if you subscribe to food and yard waste collection.

Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.

Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20. Plastic trees are not compostable.

Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ South Recycling and Disposal station from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge.

The South Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 130 S. Kenyon St. The station is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, other than selected holidays.

For information on where to dispose of household hazardous waste, including station locations and hours, contact www.HazWasteHelp.org or (206) 296-4692.

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No solid waste pickup on New Year’s Day

December 30th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, recycling or yard waste on Wednesday, New Year’s Day. Customers with regularly scheduled waste pickup on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will have their waste collected one day later than usual. The city’s Recycling and Disposal Stations will be closed on Wednesday.

Remember, yard waste customers can put out their Christmas tree and holiday greens at no extra charge through Jan 12. (Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.)

Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10. Plastic trees are not compostable.

Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations from Dec. 26, 2013 through Jan. 12, 2013. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge.

Regular residential food and yard waste collection rates resume on Monday, January 13, 2014. The fee for extra yard waste is $4.75 per unit.

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Everything you need to know about disposing of holiday waste

December 19th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities has lots of friendly reminders about how to dispose of garbage, recycling and yard waste this time of year.

  1. There’s no solid waste collection on Christmas Day. Customers whose normal pickup days are Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, will have their waste collected one day later than normal next week. The city’s Recycling and Disposal stations will be closed on Christmas Day as well.
  2. Customers who subscribe to yard waste pickup can put out their Christmas tree and other greens for no extra charge from Dec. 26 through Jan. 12. (Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.) Trees should be cut into sections no longer than six feet, with branches trimmed to less than four feet. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments must be removed. Trees with flocking, tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. (Those trees need to be cut into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20.) Regular residential food and yard waste collection rates resume on Monday, Jan. 13; the fee for extra yard waste is $4.90 per unit.
  3. Customers can drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations from Dec. 26 through Jan. 12. Tree sections must be eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. Limit of three trees per vehicle. The North Recycling and Disposal Station is at 1350 N. 34th St. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except holidays.
  4. Household hazardous waste: Fluorescent bulbs and tubes, Ni-Cad and Lithium rechargeable and other batteries can be disposed of for free at Seattle’s Household Hazardous waste stations. The nearest one to our neighborhood is at 12550 Stone Ave. N. (one block east of Aurora Avenue). Incandescent light bulbs, regular Christmas lights and alkaline batteries (such as AA, AAA, C and D) can go in the garbage, however, some places will recycle them.
  5. You can always put out extra recycling for free. Put it in sturdy boxes or 32-gallon cans next to your recycling cart on your regular collection day.
  6. Recycling do’s and don’ts:
  • Styrofoam packaging can’t be recycled. Many local mail houses accept packing peanuts for reuse; Styro Recycle in Renton will accept styrofoam for recycling. Otherwise, Styrofoam and packing peanuts go in the garbage (but put peanuts in a bag first so they don’t scatter).
  • Flattened cardboard goes in your recycling cart. If it doesn’t fit, put it next to your cart.
  • Ribbons and bows go in the garbage.
  • Gift wrap goes in the recycling. (Don’t burn it; it’s toxic.)
  • Greeting cards, catalogs and envelopes go in the recycling bin, even if they have plastic windows or staples.
  • Electronics can’t be recycled or put in the garbage because they contain hazardous materials. Go to www.ecyclewashington.org or www.takeitbacknetwork.org for locations to drop off your old TVs, monitors and computers.

If you’re not sure what can be recycled or where to do it, you can look it up on this website.

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Garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup on normal schedule on Monday

August 30th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will pick up garbage, yard waste and recycling on Monday like usual, despite the Labor Day holiday. SPU customers should put out their cans by 7 a.m.

The North and South Recycling and Disposal stations will be open during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The North Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 1350 N. 34th St. in Fremont/Wallingford.

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City orders owners of long-empty, graffiti-covered building in Phinney Ridge to civil violations hearing

June 18th, 2013 by Doree

The owners of a dilapidated, graffiti-covered building in Phinney Ridge have been ordered to meet with a city hearing examiner on Wednesday morning after numerous complaints of graffiti not being cleaned up from the property at 7706 and 7708 Greenwood Ave. N.

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The property, next to MoonPhoto, has been vacant and repeatedly covered with graffiti since at least 1996.

According to the hearing notice, the building is owned by Scott Walker and Rene Vaughan, who live just down the road on NW 76th Street. The two have been very involved in the community over the years, helping to build the 6th Avenue NW Pocket Park about a decade ago, and Walker organized the Greenwoodstock music concert at the park for several years.

A neighbor (who wished to remain anonymous) told me he had a cordial relationship with the owners several years ago, but that relationship soured after the neighbor kept complaining about the graffiti, garbage, transients, and other problems, and the property remained derelict. The neighbor said the Block Watch was also concerned.

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The side of the building is also covered with graffiti.

The neighbor told me he recently found beer cans and a hypodermic needle next to the property. He has called the police several times about squatters in the building. The neighbor said the house attached to the back of the building used to have renters, but doesn’t anymore.

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The back of the building appears to be rotting away.

Seattle Public Utilities received numerous reports of graffiti at the property on Feb. 8 of this year, and notified the property owners that it needed to be cleaned up. When it wasn’t cleaned up by Feb. 28, a second enforcement notification was given. Under Seattle Municipal Code’s Graffiti Nuisance section, the owners’ failure to respond to that second notice means they now face penalties of $150 per day, up to $5,000.

Walker did not respond to an email request for comment.

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Garbage and other waste pickup on normal schedule for Memorial Day

May 24th, 2013 by Doree

Monday customers of Seattle Public Utilities‘ garbage, yard waste, and recycling pickups should put their waste out on Memorial Day like always.

The City of Seattle’s Recycling and Disposal stations will be open during their regular business hours as well, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The North Station is at 1350 N. 34th St. in Fremont/Wallingford.

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