Fremont Neighborhood Council Board Meeting – October 26, 2015
Board members present: Stephanie Pure, Elfriede Noble, Norma Jones, Jim Engelhardt, Toby Thaler, Linda Clifton, Shawn Mulanix, Judie Clarridge.
Stephanie opened the meeting and invited everyone to introduce themselves and share any announcements:
Troll’s Knoll Park – Jay Rood, Capital Projects Coordinator, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Jay gave background information and an update on construction. The hillsides on either side of the north end of the Aurora Bridge on N. 36th St. belong to the Seattle Department of Transportation. The land under the bridge, where the Troll statue is located, belongs to Washington State Department of Transportation but is being maintained by the Fremont Arts Council.
Seattle Parks and Recreation is entering into an agreement with SDOT which will give SPR responsibility for maintaining the land west of the bridge (lawn mowing, maintaining trash containers). Construction of the park began in August and should be completed by the end of the year. SPR was surprised to find utilities (water lines, storm sewer lines) on the site that were not identified in surveys. The contractor had to deal with the utilities. The north part of the park will be the site of a P Patch; the southern part will include a walkway uphill to a meadow. There is a Neighborhood Matching Funds grant for the construction of a tool shed for the P Patch.
Jay noted that pedestrians currently use the alley to the west of the park throughout the day as a route to the bus stop on Bridge Way but the walkway through the park could prove to be a more useful access for pedestrians than the alley. There was parking along the alley before the construction of the park. The construction of a wall along the northwest park of the park will reduce space for parking. Waste Management uses the alley for garbage pickup.
Sue Byers and Julius Rwamashongye, representatives from SDOT, were also in attendance at the meeting. SDOT is responsible for the alley. Neighbors shared concerns about the erosion of the gravel in parts of the alley that are not paved because of run-off from the paving. The upper, northern end of the alley was improved with about 50’ of asphalt. About 7 years ago, a condominium project was built at the south end. That part of the alley was improved to allow for access to parking off the alley. The alley has become a 2-way thoroughfare. There were also concerns about the lack of parking in the area and the amount of traffic around the Troll. There was discussion about the need for signage regarding parking, etc. It was also noted that there are encampments on the east side of the bridge near Winslow Place N. Sue and Julius will relay concerns to SDOT.
A question was raised about the soil for the P Patch. Jay responded that soil in the park has been tested and there were no contaminants. New soil is being brought in and they will continue to monitor it. A question was raised about bike parking at the park. Jay said he would check on it.
Jay also updated that SPR will begin the planning and design of the land-banked property on N. 35th St. in 2016. This is property west of Ernst Park by the Fremont Public Library. It was acquired as a result of the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy but has not been developed.
There have been security issues with the website. Jim said that plug ins would correct the issue.
MOTION: Linda moved that Jim be authorized to spend up to $200 to remedy this problem. The motion was seconded and approved.
Other SDOT issues:
The FNC appreciated having Sue and Julius at the meeting. Residents took this opportunity to raise other issues:
MOTION: Judie moved to approve the July minutes as presented. Shawn seconded and the motion passed.
Because more information is needed to complete the minutes for the September Board meeting, they will be voted on next month.
Jim reported that the $156 bill for the FNC mailbox at UPS was paid. The following are the current balances in the FNC’s accounts:
Verity Checking: $ 407.11
Verity Money Market: 56,977.08
46th Street Mural: $471.39
The meeting was adjourned. The next FNC Board meeting will be Monday, November 23, 2015.