Capitol Hill Community Council
General Meeting Minutes: January 22, 2009
Cal Anderson Park Shelter House 7-9pm
In Attendance: 15 community members plus officers (Justin Carder, Charlette LeFevre & Hong Chhuor)
Call to Order/Introduction
November Minutes Read
CHCC General Account Balance $1614.26
Open Space Committee Balance $139.31
Justin Carder, Council President, announces that Saunatina Sanchez has resigned her position as CHCC Secretary. Community member Dennis Saxman reads current by-laws detailing process for replacement, which calls for a special election. General consensus is that a special election would be tedious and unnecessary. Officers responded to clarification questions as to duties of Interim Secretary. Details will be posted on CHCC website regarding duties and replacement process.
Open Space Committee Report
Hong Chhuor presents on behalf Jen Power, Open Space Committee Chair; gave brief distinction between Unpaving Paradises’s grant writing role and Open Space Committee’s outreach role. Discussed funding shortfall and basic park design vs.hybrid design. Talked about Wii Sports Tournament at Faire Gallery & Café and upcoming involvement with the Streets for People Campaign sponsored by the Seattle Great City Initiative and their event at the Lake Union Armory at 5pm on Thursday, Feb. 12th, 2009. Hong will be there with a display featuring the park and the borrowed model from Mithun.
Technology Committee Report
Justin Carder reports that we’ve had over 400 visitors so far on the CHCC website for January vs. 264 in November and 280 in December of 2008.
Number of Individuals Sign-Up to Receive Email Updates: 35
Number of Individuals Who Are Members of Facebook Group 150
Side Discussion of SRM Development & Bank of America Property
Justin Carder reports that SRD was previously scheduled to attend January meeting but has postponed to February in order to work out details regarding a major acquisition of another property in the vicinity of the BOA property (Café Septieme). Currently working through “tenant issues” stemming from the remaining occupants of various properties on the block (Noah’s Bagels, Pho 900, hair salon, etc.). Rumor is that it will be yet another mixed-use building combining new residential & retail space.
There is concern about the future of the Farmer’s Market – this issue is high on the Council’s radar as well as that of the Cap Hill Chamber of Commerce and City of Seattle. There is speculation that a closed-street option may play host to future Farmer’s Markets in order to keep it on Capitol Hill.
Question about the possibility that the Farmer’s Market could be house by Sound Transit’s transit-oriented developments. Nothing definitive to report on this. However, there is a public kick-off event in February, details TBD.
Dennis Saxman points out discrepancy between ST’s approach to planning on Cap Hill vs. in South Seattle. Vision for latter is much more long-term than for Cap Hill. There is neither a confirmation nor denial that this is true.
Becki Frestedt proposes that officers/Council be more proactive about knowing proposed & pending developments that are going on around CH as opposed to waiting for them to approach us.
Arts Committee Report
Capitol Hill Pride Festival
Initial proposal for a Capitol Hill Pride Festival that complements the Pride Foundation’s activities. CHCC will serve as umbrella/coordination organization. Event is scheduled for Saturday, 6/27/09. Plan is to block off the area between Thomas & Republican along Broadway. Proposal is to bring in Clown’s Unlimited to do games/stands.
Good idea, but concerns exists regarding manpower & costs. Support for the idea to make business more involved/become sponsors. Sound Transit may be interested in getting involved pending further information. Possible building of partnership between CHCC & Pride Foundation.
Capitol Hill Currency
Proposal for CHCC to spearhead creation & adoption of a Capitol Hill currency – something like a 10% off coupon to participating vendors/businesses. Idea is that it is a win-win situation for both community members as well as businesses as it helps to promote local consumption.
Questions about role of Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. Question regarding whether or not concept is similar to a “Chinook Book.” Comment about similar initiative dying out in Lawrence, KS due to lack of sustainability/interest. Comment that initiative will promote patronage of community businesses.
Provided background for why committee exists surrounds need for updated bylaws arising from the reforming of the Council in 2008. The purpose is to provide updated bylaws that are more relevant to the new Council in a way that is open, transparent and allows for community input. Announcement about hour-long session in February meeting to cover in detail articles 1-7 in the proposed amended by-laws. There will be a special session TBA before the adoption at the March meeting.
Focus areas: membership guidelines, decision making process, term limits of officers, leadership structure and possible addition of at-large officers and how to accomplish this, election process and Council dissolution.
Question about need for legal review by attorneys. Question about need for a board of directors given our non-profit status. Comment that between now and February meeting that the biggest opportunity for involvement by contributing feedback, reviews and suggestions.
1. P-Patch at Thomas has experienced vandalism. SPD is involved and so is Sandy Pernitz with P-Patch.
2. Announcement of possible access to SPD’s East Precinct conference room for additional meeting space.
3. Urban Planning/Design Commission open call of reps.
1. Provided update on his involvement with the Neighborhood Planning Council and their plans to present a proposed charter on 1/27.
2. Discussed the ongoing issue of apparent lack of interest/ownership between the DPD and DON.
1. Discussed the WSDOT plans to repave I-5 between Yesler and up through the Snohomish County line – mentioned that it would be happening at night and that the biggest concerns are noise & traffic flow issues related to lane closures.
1. Announced that 1st week of February will see the first of the buildings on the ST property will go down.
2. Currently no resolution to the issue of pedestrian safety along the project truck route.