Fremont Neighborhood Council Meeting – January 23, 2012
Board members present: Matt Gasparich, Elfreide Noble, Stephanie Pure, Norma Jones, Dic Selin, Toby Thaler, Shawn Mulanix, Linda Clifton, Judie Clarridge.
President Matt Gasparich opened the meeting.
– Open House and Family Dinner, Thursday, January 26th, 6 pm. Tours available. Open enrollment for the 2012-13 school year will be February 27th to March 9th.
– “Swellegant”, the PTSA annual fundraiser, on March 10th, 7 pm to 10 pm, at the Fremont Abbey. Child care will be provided.
Minutes: November minutes were approved.
Treasurer’s Report: Shawn presented the following report:
BECU checking: $ 2,426.98
BECU savings: 5.00
BECU money market: 26,000.00
Union Bank CD 36,257.57
46th St Mural Project: 1,249.00
Shawn reported that Andy Hayes has been paid $1,324.72 ($1,000 from the Boost Grant + $324.72 from the FNC) for his work on the new website.
As shown above, the FNC is no longer a customer of the Bank of America, where the FNC had had its account since 1981. Good timing to move the accounts because BofA is increasing its fees. The funds in the CD will be transferred to BECU when the CD reaches its maturity at Union Bank. The BECU account has the capability for online bill paying. It is easy to add and change the signers on the account.
MOTION: Stephanie moved that Matt be added as a signer on the account. Seconded and approved.
Toby reminded the Board about the settlement of the Transfer Station lawsuit. The City will provide $60,000 for projects to be built on public property and be for public benefit. Plans are that the funds be paid in two stages: $30,000 in early 2012 and $30,000 when the new transfer station opens. The FNC and the other plaintiffs are responsible for tracking the expenditures.
3400 STONE WAY PROJECT: Stephanie reported that she had mentioned to Erica Barnett, of Publicola, that the FNC had sent a letter to the Seattle Department of Planning and Development supporting the Skanska project
There is an opportunity for public comment. The plan is for changes to be implemented in September 2012. There was discussion about inviting a representative from Metro to the February FNC meeting. Tim Durkan, Neighborhood District Coordinator, Department of Neighborhoods, offered to help in contacting Metro. There was a suggestion about including this topic on the agenda at the FNC’s annual General Meeting in April.
Metro should be encouraged to study the ridership numbers on the routes they are proposing to change. There was discussion that providing transit service between “upper” Fremontand the Fremontbusiness district near the bridge has been an ongoing FNC issue. It appears that the change to Route 5 would provide service between N. 34th to N. 43rd onFremont Avenue.
FIRE STATION: Toby shared a letter sent to Matt from Fred Podesta, Director, Department of Finance and Administrative Services, City ofSeattle. The letter advises that construction bids will be advertised soon for the Fire Station 9 project. Construction is to begin in the spring with completion planned for early 2013. During construction, the Fire Station will be housed in a temporary facility at3600 Interlake Ave., N. Podesta stated that the Annex building and its façade will be demolished. He noted that “citizen testimony was not heard at either Council meeting in favor of preserving the Annex façade”.
There was discussion about the testimony of FNC Board members on this subject at committee meetings earlier in the review process. The FNC’s position was that the Annex building should be preserved and incorporated into the project. When it was clear from the committee’s response that the Council would not approve preservation of the Annex, it seemed pointless to attend the Council meetings. Although there was discussion during the committee meetings about preserving just the façade of the Annex and moving it to another location inFremont, the FNC advocated for preserving the building itself. Toby will prepare a response to the letter and send it to Board members for review and approval.
BACKYARD COTTAGES: Neal Griffin contacted Matt regarding his concern about construction of small cottages in the backyard in the 3900 block of Linden. There was discussion that such “detached accessory dwelling units” are permitted in Seattle.
Dan Wise, Catholic Community Services, said that they share the safety concern of neighbors about the former Thunderbird Motel. They are requesting a permit to demolish the building in late February.
MOTION: Toby moved that the FNC send a letter encouraging the City to issue a demolition permit for the 4251 Auroraproject as soon as possible. Linda seconded the motion. It was passed.
Matt will work with Dan on the letter. There was also discussion about the Thunderbird Motel sign. Dan said that she has been contacted by several people about their interest in purchasing it. There was further discussion about long range planning and which local organizations could be interested parties. The UW’s Urban Design and PlanningSchoolcould be a resource.
Matt moved that the meeting be adjourned. Stephanie seconded the motion and it was passed.
The next meeting will be Monday, February 27, 2012.