Category Archives: East District Council

March Minutes 2014

The March 20, 2014 General meeting took place at the Cal Anderson Park Shelter House at 6:30 PM. 

Announcements:
Tim Durkan from the city announced that there are three finalists out of 10 projects submitted for the neighborhood grants project. The final winning project for our district will receive $90,000. The three finalists are 1) sidewalk repairs along Madison, 2) Crosswalk improvements on Madison  3) Improvements to the intersection at 23rd and Boyer. See our website for more information.
The Sustainable Capitol Hill organization is looking for unharvested fruit trees they can help harvest this summer and fall. The food will be taken to local food banks. To help or to offer your trees for gleaning, contact pshazz@gmail.com
The Transit Coalition announces that Prop. 1 will be on the ballot April 22nd and will restore funding to local Metro tranist. To learn more about this propostion see www.movekingcountynow.org  The measure will raise $130 million per year for both road maintenance and tranist needs.
The Capitol Hill Champion will hold a public meeting in early June to bring the qualifying developers and the community to discuss the light rail station. Volunteers are needed for this meeting. The Cap Hill Community Council will vote in April as to whether or not we will help support this meeting with a donation of $200 that would be used to purchase food from the Farmers Market for the reception.

Elections:
We have an opening for a Treasurer and that position could be filled at any time in the coming months or at the general election in July.
Zachary Pullin was elected as our new Member at Large by a unanimous vote of the membership present.

Updates:
The Stunning Seattle Murals project has been reborn, free of legal snares, and is now called The Seattle Murals Project. We had pledged $200 to this project last year when it was Stunning Seattle Murals but did not give the funds due to the various legal troubles it was having. At this meeting we voted to honor our $200 pledge to this project, which will bring 5 new murals to various Capitol Hill locations.  More info at www.seattlemuralproject.org

Presentations:
Don Harper and Carol Fisher from the Save our Parks group came to speak against the city’s proposed Metroplitan Parks District. It is possible that this topic will be on our voter ballots in August, put there by the city. www.OurParksForever.com

The Mayor has recently sent out this information the parks district initiative:
“What’s a park district? Who will govern the park district? Who will provide oversight on how Parks spends taxpayer dollars? Those questions and more are answered in the FAQ onour Seattle Parks Legacy Funding webpage.  “
Bylaws:
Amended by laws for the following articles. Changes in bold.

Article IV: final line–

“These boundaries are inclusive of both sides of any street listed as a boundary”

Article V:
“A meeting schedule for the CHCC shall be established by the current CHCC Elected Officers. The Secretary shall take steps to ensure that the community receives notices of forthcoming meetings. Meeting dates will be listed at least once in community-based media such as Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, The Capitol Hill times, Facebook and Twitter, posted electronically via email, the CHCC blog, and posted in public places as applicable such as the Capitol Hill Branch of the Seattle Public Library and local print media if available at no charge.”

Article V sec. 8:

“To ensure that Council meetings run smoothly, items for the next meeting should be received by any member of the Executive Committee by the first Monday of the month.”
Strike last line: Agenda cannot be altered once the meeting has commenced.

Meeting adjourned

Three projects considered for neighborhood funds

From Capitol Hill Seattle blog:

Last week, a Department of Neighborhoods community group considered nine new street and parks project for central Seattle and Capitol Hill. Below, you’ll find the three projects that made it through and are being studied for feasibility by the city to be part of some $1.2 million in funding through the Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund. We’ve also included descriptions of all the proposals just in case you want to rally around one of the passed-over ideas next year or you find something to inspire a similar project in your own neighborhood.

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Project 2014-064 would create street, sidewalk and crossing improvements to E Madison for pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle safety at the site where a man was seriously injured in a collision with a cyclist last year.

Project 2014-021 would add curb bulbs and marked cross walks at the busy and frequently-crossed intersection of 23rd Ave and Boyer.

Project 2014-012 would repair a half-block stretch of “heaving” sidewalk on the north side of E Madison between Boren and McDonald’s.

No projects from Capitol Hill were chosen, mainly because only one Capitol Hill project (2014-052) was submitted.

To see all the proposals and read comments from District Coordinator, Tim Durkan, go here.

City of Seattle awards $465,000 in matching funds to support community-initiated projects

Neighborhood Matching Fund awards were announced September 5. Reviewers met in early summer to meet the applicants and to review the projects. Awards were based on the merit of the projects themselves. This year, John Akamatsu was the City Wide Reviewer from the East District.

Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle City Council today announced $465,000 in awards from the Neighborhood Matching Fund for six community-initiated projects. With awards ranging from $41,250 to $100,000, the matching funds go to neighborhood groups for projects as diverse as building play spaces to creating an agriculture demonstration project for youth.

“The Neighborhood Matching Fund reflects the city’s commitment to providing concrete ways to help community members make Seattle a better place to live,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “The fund serves as a resource and catalyst for community members to turn their creative ideas and energy into reality.”

Recipients of the Neighborhood Matching Fund match their awards through a combination of cash, donated materials and expertise, and volunteer labor. This round of Large Projects Fund projects is matching the city’s $465,000 contribution with resources valued at $936,000.

“Community volunteers make these projects happen. They raise the money, donate their time, and reach out to neighbors over the span of several years all in an effort to make improvements to their neighborhood and community,” said Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, chair of the Parks and Neighborhoods Committee. “They truly are committed to fostering and building a better Seattle, and we are richer for it.”

The Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Fund applications are reviewed by the Citywide Review Team (CRT) which recommends the projects to the Mayor and City Council. Made up of volunteers from each of the 13 neighborhood districts, plus four at-large community members, the CRT reviews applications, interviews applicants, and makes funding recommendations. The applications are also reviewed by members from District Councils.

Created to promote and support community-based, self-help projects, the Neighborhood Matching Fund is managed by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Fund has awarded approximately $50 million with a community match of more than $71 million. The next opportunity to apply to the Neighborhood Matching Fund is through its Small and Simple Projects Fund. The deadline for applications is October 7. To learn more, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/.

2013 Large Projects Fund Awarded Organizations and Projects:

Central Area Urban Gardeners for the Central Area Urban Gardeners Project

Awarded $67,330; Community match $71,138

Equipment purchase and installation to support a new agricultural demonstration project designed to grow healthy, safe, affordable, organic vegetables indoors. It will involve year-round training and education in food production for youth in the community.

Madison Valley Community Council for the Madison Valley Neighborhood Landmark Construction

Awarded $41,250; Community match $100,000

Construction of a neighborhood landmark sign located at East Madison St and 28th Ave East, the heart of the district. Plans include landscaping, a means to advertise seasonal events, and possible redesign of the intersection crosswalks.

View Ridge Elementary PTA for the View Ridge Playground Project

Awarded $100,000; Community match $130,455

Design and installation of a play/sport court and related amenities, such as seating, natural elements, and drainage improvements to increase the availability of useable and safe play and gathering spaces.

Historic Seattle for the Get Lifted: an Elevator for Washington Hall

Awarded $100,000; Community match $504,900

Outreach, fund raising, and construction of an elevator and tower for this historic landmark to make Washington Hall accessible to the community.

Friends of Lower Kinnear Park for the North Trail Pre-design Work

Awarded $57,500; Community match $29,500

As the second phase of the North Trail project, completion of a Slope Stabilization Study that includes a survey, geotechnical evaluation, and a stormwater and drainage report.

Montlake Family Fitness for the Montlake Family Fitness Project

Awarded $99,290; Community match $100,348

Construction of a 65’ x 80’ (approximate) sport court next to the Montlake Community Center playground and placement of four to five pieces of adult fitness equipment.

– See more at: http://frontporch.seattle.gov/2013/09/05/city-of-seattle-awards-465000-in-matching-funds-to-support-community-initiated-projects/#sthash.m48fzmx0.dpuf

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods accepting applications for Small and Simple Projects Fund

From the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods:

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is now accepting applications to the Neighborhood Matching Fund’s Small and Simple Projects Fund. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, October 7.

The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching funds of up to $25,000 to support community members as they work together to build a stronger and healthier neighborhood through civic participation. Activities may be physical projects, as well as educational, cultural, and relationship-strengthening activities.

To learn about the guidelines and application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm or attend a Neighborhood Matching Fund workshop on Tuesday, September 10 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (104 17th Ave S). To begin the application process, groups need to register first at webgrants.seattle.gov, our web-based application and fund management system.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has awarded approximately $50 million to neighborhood groups for community projects across the city. To learn more about the Fund, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/.

– See more at: http://frontporch.seattle.gov/2013/09/06/neighborhood-matching-fund-accepting-applications-for-neighborhood-projects/#sthash.da56baSu.dpuf