The City of Seattle is looking for feedback from citizens who have concerns about how a major disaster could affect their community. You can provide input to a citywide hazard mitigation plan that addresses the potential impacts as a result of a disaster. In addition to a citywide Open House on Tuesday April 8th, they are collecting input during a public comment period March 25 through April 23, 2014. Comments can be provided during this period through an online survey, e-mail, postal mail or in person at the open house on the 8th at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. South. The presentation at the Center begins at 7 PM and runs until 8:30.
Take a minute to answer the survey if you can and feel free to add comments at the end that you think will help the city prepare for an emergency.
On Friday, March 28th you can be part of the Walk For Safety On Lake City Way. Starting at 3:30 PM at two different locations (in front of Lake City Power Sports, 30th Avenue NE & Lake City Way or in front of the Wells Fargo Bank, NE 130th Street & Lake City Way) and then walking to Chase Plaza on NE 125th Street. There, at 4 PM, a Project Launch to promote pedestrian safety will begin that will include free safety gear. “Join the Lake City community as we launch the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project–a community led effort to make Lake City Way a safer and friendlier street for everyone.”
In January 2013 concerned citizens along with local and state agencies first met to kick-off planning for a project to improve safety along Lake City Way from Northeast 78th Street to NE 145th Street. The task force is working with data compiled between January 2007 and December 2011 that shows that on this 3.7 miles stretch of roadway there have been:
- 717 crashes (143/year)
- 21 serious and fatal crashes (4/year) and
- 438 total injuries (88/year)
The task force is organized into three teams, engineering, enforcement and education, to identify problems and develop action plans using short term, low cost solutions designed to reduce serious injuries and deaths.
For more information about pedestrian safety on Lake City Way click here.
The Thorton Creek Alliance will be having its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 27th at the Meadowbrook Community Center in Wedgwood starting at 7:15 PM. The public is invited.
In addition to elections, there will be a presentation on the Sound Transit Link Light Rail extension from Northgate to Lynnwood. Some of the questions to be addressed include: How are concerns specific to Thornton Creek being addressed during the construction phase? What are the mitigation projects and where are they planned? Are there opportunities for TCA to improve wetlands in the area through volunteer efforts? What is being considered and how will it impact Thornton Creek?
The Victory Heights Community Council will be having a meeting on Tuesday, March 18th starting at 7 PM at the Preschool building in Victory Heights Park. The entire community is invited to participate. Among the discussions this month will be finalizing proposals for the CleanScapes Award (due April 15th), and planning for this year’s Neighborhood Night Out that will be held on August 5th. As usual, bringing your own chair means not having to sit in the scaled-down furniture at the school. And thanks to Daylight Savings Time, it will be still be light at the start of the meeting (and no rain, at least according to the forecast). We hope to see you there!
Seattle Parks and Recreation is holding a public meeting on Wednesday, March 12th about the Sacajawea Playground Renovation project. The project will include improvements to trails, wetlands and additional playground equipment. At the meeting, the public can hear more about the project, the proposed timeline, and provide their input on selection of play equipment. Parks staff will attend to answer questions.
The meeting will be held at the school, 9501 20th Avenue NE from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. The project is funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund, Sacajawea PTSA, Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund, Seattle Schools Self Help Projects, King County Youth Sports and generous community support. Construction would be done during the summer and completed by December this year.