Capitol Hill Community Council General Meeting
July 17, 2008
Brad Kevelin, Tony Russo, Michael Baker, Phil Mocek, Ann Condon, Jen Power, Rich Land, Lloyd Douglas, Dennis Saxman, Roberta Klarreich, Ann Donovan, Capt. Paul McDonagh, Andrew Taylor, David Barrow, Debbie Kirchhauser, Tienney Milnor, Lt. Sean O’Donnell, Justin Carder, Charlette LeFevre, Saunatina Sanchez, Hong Chhuor
Officer Introduction- Justin Carder
-Council is here to represent the community to the larger city.
-We meet third Thursday of every month.
Finance Report- Hong Chhuor
Setting up a new account to update information from old account.
Current balance- $2212.98.
-renew fee for non-profit status
Committees- Justin Carder
Committees can still form and can be headed by any member of the community.
Art and Events-Charlette
Met July 13 at Harem.
Discussed fundraising for the community, visibility of council, temporary space request of ST building (will be discussed in detail later in meeting). Expanding Capitol Hill Art Walk down Broadway. Halloween events, Pride events and a logo contest for CHCC.
Sidewalk chalk contest- September 20th
Meeting every 2nd Sunday, 7pm at Harem on Broadway.
Meeting TBA due to conflict with Parks meeting.
Trying to organize people who are interested. Email conversation is ongoing.
Pike/Pine group is moving forward with studying historical district status. Will apply to east of Broadway. City sent a consultant to study feasibility and report is forthcoming.
History/Heritage/Preservation committee could be a part of Land-use/Development.
Committees will be posted on chcc.wikidot.com site. Calls for community involvement will be ongoing.
Ann Donovan, former council president
Rich Lang, former council president
Council was founded in 1968, originally intended to represent businesses and residents, a platform for everyone to come together.
Capitol Hill has a history of reviewing new development projects, predated design review. Meetings with designers and architectures, wrote letters to the city, which the city actually took seriously.
Similar committees were formed- Transportation, Public Safety, Open Space.
Stewardship committee was set up by city neighborhood planning committee. Came up with first neighborhood plan. All plans are available from Dept. of Neighborhoods. Stewardship committee still meets and needs CHCC officer representation.
City’s current administration has been less supportive of neighborhoods than in the past.
Communication problems: How do we communicate with the neighborhood? Capitol Hill Times gave old council an article a week. Each committee had an article assignment. The offer is still open.
Council effectiveness: Knowing how things came to be how they are now gives us power. We need to know who is talking about what and use the information to interject our voices into the process. Letter writing goes a long way. Old council and chamber of commerce came together to put stresses on Sound Transit during first incarnation of Light Rail. Made an audit happen and put off the project for a few years. Things change, and we need to respond to changes, adjust plans. Going to city council meetings and make sure voices are heard. It’s important to have representatives at other community and city meetings to be at the start of the conversation.
Disseminating information is very important so people know about meetings and people can show up and make sure their voices are heard.
Neighborhood matching fund is a good resource. Get people to commit volunteer hours to raise funds for projects.
Question: Very different communities depending on where you live. What was outreach to other areas of the hill, beyond Broadway and Pike/Pine?
There weren’t other groups in the past. POWHAT was just forming as the CHCC went on extended hiatus. NorthCHCC never really formed. But the people that are involved is always changing. Can’t look at issues through only one view, you have to listen to others. You deal with who shows up.
Assigning officers to meetings throughout the neighborhood and city is important to make an impact.
Sound Transit- Use of Temporary Space- Charlette
Michael Dobbie has been working on a proposal for a temporary community center in the former US Bank building. A letter was written to ST in May with other neighborhood groups signing on to support the idea. ST sent the letter back for more detail about groups that will use the space and when.
Dear Sound Transit
The Capitol Hill Community Council as part of a Sustainable Capitol Hill would like Sound Transit to consider a proposal for a Community Events Space.
The space requested is the former US Bank on the corner of Denny and Broadway from August 1st through Dec. 31, 2008.
The requested space would be secured by the Capitol Community Council organization with the officers opening and securing the space after events.
The space ideally would be scheduled for meetings and scheduled community events and to continue the efforts of Capitol Hill Art Community.
This use of space we feel will bring together the following Capitol Hill community organizations, residences and local businesses and Art Organizations, together in a visible public location. Access to this location with public events would counter the visual impact of closed business and vacant areas and help establish a positive relationship with Sound Transit and the new light rail station with its impact on the community.
Tentative use of space includes:
The monthly Capitol Hill Community Council meetings and Committee meetings.
Monthly Community Potluck
Please consider this a pilot project in using vacant space and a viable resource in connecting to the community and a chance for various community groups to establish a working relationship with Sound Transit.
Discussion about feasibility and improving letter.
Proposal: Approve letter with provision to limit request for use for CHCC meetings through December 2008.
Friendly Amendment: Add in September 22nd as a use date for a gathering space for the Sidewalk Chalk contest.
Friendly Amendment: Add in a provision to keep open negotiations for other events during the time frame in the letter.
Revised Proposal: Approve letter with the provision to limit request for use of the space for CHCC meetings through December 2008, plus September 22nd for the Sidewalk Chalk contest, and making sure further use of the space is open to negotiations.
Dennis: Concern with bars on Olive Way and noise.
Tienney Milnor: Current law concerning noise from bars is in committee. Committee is working out decibel level that bars must stay under to comply with noise laws.
Jennifer: Concerning John and Summit park plan. Parks Dept. doesn’t have the money to cover construction of park. Only 2/3 of budget is covered, $80,000 shortfall. Need community fundraising. Next public meeting is August 7th. Will as Parks Dept. to postpone meeting to after Labor Day.
David: Concerns about tagging.
Capt. McDonagh: There has been an increase, but it is probably just youth, not gang members. There have been a few arrests.
Saunatina: Would a graffiti art wall be feasible?
Capt.: That hasn’t been proven to deter taggers. The city does provide paint and supplies for volunteers to paint over graffiti.
Justin: Could we lock up spray paint in the stores?
Capt.: It’s a voluntary measure, depends on store owners.
Charlette: Cameras in Cal Anderson- concerns about privacy. Will Capitol Hill be given a 30-day comment period about the cameras, even retroactively?
What about using Park Rangers instead of cameras?
Tienney: There was a sort of comment period, it just wasn’t advertised.
Capt.: The city can be asked to revisit the issue. The cameras are on, but not monitored. Unless someone calls in about something currently happening in the park, no one will be watching the recordings. There are Park Rangers that rotate throughout Seattle parks. Can only enforce park ordinances.
Jennifer: Interested in a Trees Task Force. Dept. of Neighborhoods has a tree fund we can utilize. Worthwhile to have an open space committee.
Next meeting will be held on August 21st.