The June meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council was held on a warm Tuesday night outside in Victory Heights Park to talk about a number of topics, both serious and entertaining. Here are the highlights:
We heard about the current homeless situation with folks living underneath the 15th Avenue NE bridge. This was becoming a particular concern with a number of apparently “acquired” objects being sighted there, as well as open fires which could threaten the natural gas line that runs along the outside of the bridge. If you see something suspicious going on, please call the police so they will be aware of the situation and it not just being the same two or three people calling all the time. Supposedly SDOT has a clean-up scheduled there on July 1st, but that is only a temporary fix. Sooner or later, they will be be back.
Jim Woodcock, the owner of the notorious “drug house” on NE 105th Street passed away recently. The property has already been sold to developers and the current tenants are on their way out. For all his faults, Jim would occasionally attend meetings of the community council and was not unaware of the problem his tenants were causing in the neighborhood.
After the recent Cascadia Rising drill to practice in case of a devastating earthquake were to hit, plans are afoot to try to have an emergency HUB here in Victory Heights similar to ones in Lake City (read about it here) or Maple Leaf. West Seattle has over 16 HUBs! It will take some coordination and getting grants in order to purchase the equipment, radios and other supplies. Ideally it would be in the park and would serve as a means of communication with officials and to help pass information. Meanwhile, every house should have emergency supplies in case of a disaster. You buy insurance, don’t you? It’s the same thing. You never want to use it, but it sure is comforting when something happens. Find out more at the city’s website.
On a lighter note, next month will be the 5th annual Potluck/Ice Cream social in Victory Heights. This year we will not be on the same night as Neighborhood Night Out but two weeks earlier on July 19th. Same place, same great food and fun. Bring along something to eat, we’ll have plates, cups, and utensils and free ice cream. Tuesday, July 19th, 6 PM on NE 106th Street on the west side of Victory Heights Park. Watch for door flyers in the coming weeks.