Monday, July, 25, 2016, 7-8:30pm, Fremont Neighborhood Council Meeting at Doric Temple, 619 N. 36th St. AGENDA:
7:10 Announcements/Upcoming Events
- 7/19: Tableau Grants for the Fremont Community: Happy Hour & Info Night 5:30pm
- 7/19: Solstice Parade debrief, 7:10pm at the Powerhouse Fremont Arts Council. Can’t make it? Take the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/SolsticeParadeSurvey
- 7/26: Spoke & Food at Red Door: Bike to dinner & support Hunger Intervention Program
7:15 Presentation: N. 39th Apartments–Robert Humble of Hybrid Architecture will give a presentation on a new 4-story building going in on 3838 Aurora containing 141 residential units, six live-work units and parking for 65 vehicles.
7:35 Mayor’s News on District Councils: What’s Next? –Mayor Murray recently signed an Executive Order dissolving the City’s official relationship with the District Council system and will instead be developing a new community engagement plan that includes the establishment of a “Community Engagement Commission”. [♦ See more below.] We’ll discuss what this could mean for Fremont and the FNC now and in the future.
8:00 FNC Neighborhood Projects Check-in
- Neighbor Project Support Program development (Fremont Neighborhood Investment Grant guidelines)
- Helen Tapp Memorial Re-Dedication
8:10 Other Business — The City of Seattle is looking for public comment on the following projects:
- Burke Gilman Missing Link (Learn More)
- Pedestrian Master Plan (Learn More)
- Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda (Learn More)
- Off-Leash Dog Parks (Learn More)
8:20 Committee Reports
8:25 Treasurer’s Report/Minutes Approval
NEXT MEETING: Monday, August 22, 2015, 7 pm, Doric Temple, 619 N. 36th St.
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♦ Summary of Mayor’s announcement (Text thanks to Sol Villarreal’s “Civic Minute”)
- The Neighborhood District Council system was established in 1987 to give neighborhood representatives a formal voice in City policy-making.
- Seattle was divided up into 13 geographic areas, called Neighborhood Districts, each of which was staffed by a Neighborhood District Coordinator through the Department of Neighborhoods.
- Grassroots community councils, non-profits, and local business groups each send representatives to their local Neighborhood District Council, and each Neighborhood District Council sends two representatives to the City Neighborhood Council, which lobbies the City on various issues and also helps to choose the recipients of Neighborhood Matching Fund grants.
- That system survived more or less untouched until last year, when, following the switch from at-large City Council elections to district representation, the City Council asked the Department of Neighborhoods (DoN) to explore a new model for neighborhood engagement.
- A DoN study released earlier this year showed that the Neighborhood District Council members for the most part aren’t representative of the residents of their neighborhoods or Seattle as a whole.
• In response to that study, and in anticipation of DoN’s formal response to the City Council, Mayor Murray signed an executive order on July 14 severing the City’s formal relationship with the Neighborhood District Councils, announcing plans to create a new “Community Engagement Commission” to replace the City Neighborhood Council, and pledging to completely re-work the City’s overall community engagement framework as part of next year’s budget, with a goal of getting better representation from young people, renters, and people of color.
Meetings are held the 4th Monday of the month from 7-8:30pm at the Doric Temple, 619 N. 36th St., unless otherwise noted. 2016 Meeting Schedule:
- July 25
- August 22
- September 26
- October 24
- November 28
- December (No Meeting)
Have a proposed agenda item? Send it to Stephanie Pure at email@example.com . Please note that it’s helpful to provide an agenda item at about two weeks ahead of the posting date. We can often squeeze things in, but on occasion, agendas can fill up quickly.
Will look for the new Dept of Neighborhoods report, but meanwhile, this one from the City Auditor in 2009 is quite interesting. https://wayback.archive-it.org/3241/20131221223639/https:/www.seattle.gov/audit/docs/20090622_DistrictCouncilPublishedReport.pdf Here’s one of the three highlighted findings.”The City is not performing several responsibilities assigned to it in the resolutions, including maintaining a mailing list of community organizations, assisting in the production of neighborhood newsletters, and maintaining an interdepartmental committee to optimize responsiveness to the concerns of neighborhood organizations.
Furthermore, the services the City provides are not standardized, leaving participants unclear about what to expect.”
More on the issue http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/equitable-outreach-and-engagement