October 16, 2008
Welcome and Introduction
Agenda Read and edited to include a ST talk before break.
19 community members present.
$2136.84 in bank account.
Tech- Justin Carder
The redering issue with 'www' is still unresolved. On some browers the 'www' is necessary, on others it's not.
The website has had an increase in usage numbers.
We will be adding community blogs to the council site.
By-laws- Saunatina Sanchez for Becki Frestedt
The committee met twice since the last general meeting and divided up the by-laws among the members. There were discussions surrounding number of committees, expanding council elected positions to include "district" or "sector" representatives, term limits for council representatives and transitional period after elections.
Next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 3rd at Cafe Vita. People are still encouraged to join and contribute to revision process.
There is a plan to submit a draft to the council by the Nov. or Dec. general meeting. It is suggested the council call a special meeting, or two, to discuss the draft in stages.
The working by-laws can be viewed via a Google document online.
Arts and Events- Charlette LeFevre
Committee meets every 2nd Sunday, 7pm at Harem on Broadway.
Halloween Walk is the first big council event. The plan is to congregate at SCCC main plaza from 5pm-7pm, showing off costumes and getting organized, then process down Broadway with participating merchants handing out candy to the kids. The even will end at the Cal Anderson Shelter House with a display of jack-o-lanterns and performances by community members.
The committee is discussing working with Broadway businesses to organize a 'Pride Festival' on the Saturday of Gay Pride Weekend next June.
The Logo Contest has been extended one month to increase the number of submissions. The council will vote on a new logo at the November meeting.
Open Space- Jen Power
A donation letter was drafted and handed out to local business asking for support for the park.
Shinka Tea has partnered with the committee to offer special menu items and tea purchases to benefit the park fundraising effort. Shinka Tea and the P-Patch Trust are working together to send out flyers advertising this event.
Faire and Dinette are on board to host a fundraising events for the park. Events still TBA.
A group from Portland called 'Depaving' are interested in helping with the parking lot depaving before construction begins. Parks is interested, but details need to be worked out.
Skate Seattle wants to donate money or construction hours to build to skate dot.
Parking Day Event was a great success. Talked to lots of media and community members about the new park and raised $117. Pictures from the event are on the Unpaving Paradise website- unpavingparadise.blogspot.com
Sustainable Capitol Hill is doing tree mapping of the hill. They are talking to SDOT about areas that need trees.
Charity Drag Bingo is going strong at Cafe Metropolitan. Every Sunday during October (and Nov. 2nd) all proceeds from bingo will be going toward John and Summit Park Development.
Sound Transit Talk
Jeff Munnoch, ST Community Outreach, was here to answer some questions about the Cap. Hill station construction
Wednesday Oct. 22nd, 5:30-8pm there will be a 90% Design Completion Open House at SCCC, Rm 1110
The ST Board has approved the demolition and remediation contract earlier than expected. All demolition questions have to wait for discussion between contractor and ST Board.
The site for demolition- Bonny Watson parking lot to John St on the east side of Broadway, Old Chang's building and parking lot on the west side of Broadway.
There are trees that will need to be removed for construction. Currently all trees being removed are right at the wall that will go up around the site or that are above the construction site. There is a Chinese Scholar Tree that will be protected. According to the construction bid, any time work is done around the tree a certified arborist must be on site to monitor work.
ST is working on a tree restoration plan with the Parks Dept.
There was a request by a community member to hire a plant pathologist because the trees surrounding the Chinese Scholar have interlocked root structures, that removing those trees could damage the protected tree. There was also a request that ST bring in a large tree arborist to remove some of the trees noted for demolition.
People can still get plants from construction sites- contact gro.tisnartdnuos|hconnum.ffej#gro.tisnartdnuos|hconnum.ffej for details.
The trucks removing dirt from the site will come up Denny and go down Olive, creating a loop to and from I-5.
Agenda Change: Since the Halloween Walk was discussed during the Arts and Event Committee report, Charlette yielded the floor to the next agenda item.
Transportation Choices Presentation- Rob Johnson, Regional Policy Director
Mr. Johnson gave a 3 minute talk about the benefits of voting for Proposition 1 on the November ballot. For more information go to MassTransitNow.org
A community discussion followed.
Denise Hendrickson- ST Commissioned Artist
The community is invited to tell stories about the neighborhood and the buildings being demolished to make way for Light Rail. There will be a reception at Artist Trust on 12th and Denny showcasing the Lantern Project on October 24th from 6-8. There will be a guided tour of the art installation following the reception from 8-9.
Lloyd Douglas- Cascade Resident
There will be a Day of the Dead Ceremony at the Cascade People's Center on November 1st, from 4pm to 8pm. The community is welcome to attend.
Will be joining the Neighborhood Planning Committee as the E. Dist. Council Rep.
This committee was established on Sep. 22nd to address updating the Neighborhood Plans. Dennis would like the community to give as much input to this process as possible. The first meeting will be Nov. 15th to establish more regular meetings. Dennis can be reached at moc.aidemosi|nirgerep#moc.aidemosi|nirgerep
E. Precinct Update- Micheal Yasutaki
There has been an upswing in gang activity in the area recently.
There have been a group of teenagers looking for empty homes to break into during the day. They are knocking on the doors, and if there's no answer they go to the back of the house and break in.
Someone has been shooting a pumpkin gun out of Cal Anderson Park. Residents have complained of pumpkin remains splattering their yards.
Mr. Carder is interested in moving Open Floor to the beginning of the meeting to hear from more community members.
Working with Chamber of Commerce to help Cap. Hill create a "brand" to help business during construction faze.
Next General Meeting is November 20th, 7-9. Location TBA.