Post Office Offers Daily Mail Notifications

At the November meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, we heard from Seattle Police Department representatives Mary Amberg and Officer Bryan Kennedy about a great new program offered by the postal service that will notify you daily of the contents of your mail delivery so you can be sure it arrives safely.

Read the complete minutes of the November meeting.

Called “Informed Delivery,” once you sign up it will, “Digitally preview your mail and manage your packages scheduled to arrive soon.” Officer Kennedy reminded us that, “Seattle has a huge problem with property crime,” especially this time of year when everyone is getting packages. With Informed Delivery, you know exactly what to expect in your mailbox (or door) every day in case something should go missing.

We were also reminded not to leave your items in the car when shopping at the mall this season.

In other news at the community council meeting, we heard from Katie Bang from Seattle Parks about the playground renovation project.  Originally scheduled for completion last September, due to a concrete strike, a water runoff redesign, and the weather, the playground portion of the project is now expected to be finished in mid-December (ribbon-cutting in January?).  In the spring the contractors will begin work on the walking path around the field and finish the basketball court.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, December 19th at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Disaster Preparedness Suggestions

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council (read the full minutes here) we heard all about disaster preparedness and tips that could really make a difference. Think about recent events in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Mexico City. Is it so incredible to think about a massive earthquake hitting the Puget Sound area?  Even if there were no substantial damage in our neighborhood, it’s estimated it could be two weeks before we would see outside assistance (other higher priority areas, debris, damaged bridges). Here are some suggestions that would make survival a whole lot better:

  • Sturdy shoes and socks under each bed
  • Flashlight under bed
  • Remove or secure pictures / shelves around bed
  • Secure refrigerator to wall
  • Plug-in-the-wall flashlights that come on automatically when the power is cut
  • Know where the water cut-off is inside your house.
  • Learn how to turn off your gas at the meter if you smell/hear gas leaking
  • Designate an out-of-town contact person
  • WATER! (assume 1 gallon per person per day x 14 days, don’t forget your pets)
  • Strap down water heater
  • Food – do you have enough to last two weeks in your house?
  • Make/buy an emergency toilet (5 gallon buckets work)
  • Find emergency communication HUB closet to your house, work, schools (in Victory Heights there will be one set up in the park)
  • Assemble a “Get Home Bag” for your car or work
  • Scan important documents and upload to the cloud
  • Have cash in small bills stashed away, assume ATMs will not work

Here is a list of further resources:

Resources:

Securing household items http://www.earthquakecountry.org/step1/index.html

Securing refrigerator to the kitchen wall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaMqz9Q_vgc

Turning off the WATER to your house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvE6n7rTGnM

Turning off GAS to your house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keNdbAs-sBk

Twin-Bucket Emergency Toilet http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/394125

 Map of HUB locations in Seattle http://seattleemergencyhubs.org/seattle-emergency-neighborlink-map

 Seattle Hazards Map http://seattlecitygis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=0489a95dad4e42148dbef571076f9b5b

Alert Seattle http://alert.seattle.gov

Smart 911 https://www.smart911.com

Add Emergency Contact Number to your phone’s lock screen http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2489237,00.asp

GPS Apps for Offline Navigation https://www.wired.com/2015/04/offline-gps-apps/

http://mashable.com/2015/09/16/offline-maps/#gT52NaBjG8qn

Seattle Resilience Survey http://www.seattle.gov/resilience/get-involved

The next meeting of the community council will be Tuesday, October 17th at 7 PM in the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Park Renovation Project Delayed But Tennis, Anyone?

Appearing at last night’s Victory Heights Community Council Meeting, Bronwen Carpenter, the Senior Landscape Architect with Seattle Parks, announced that the playground renovation project in Victory Heights Park will be delayed.

Read the complete minutes of the June meeting.

Carpenter did say there was good news and bad news about the park. The good was that the tennis courts, which originally were going to be needed as a staging area during the entire construction period, will be opened during hours when actual construction is not going on. However, users are reminded that if a ball goes over the fence into the construction area, not to go after it.

But the bad news was two things are contributing to a delay in construction: one, the contractor has to finish another job first, and two, tests need to be done and a plan worked up to comply with the new 2016 storm water code. It’s hoped all this will only add two months at most to the project with work completely maybe by October. The playground will be done first and opened, and then the work on the field will be done. Stay tuned!

Don’t forget the annual Victory Heights Ice Cream Social is just one month away, on Tuesday, July 18th. Mark your calendars; signs, posters, and flyers will be seen in the coming weeks.

Victory Heights Scores $4,157 Grant From City

Thanks to the efforts of the Victory Heights Community Council (especially President Ann Forrest), the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has awarded a matching grant of $4,157.25 for various signs and expenses to be used around the neighborhood.

Read Minutes from the May Victory Heights Community Council Meeting

Read Minutes from the April Victory Heights Community Council Meeting

This money is in exchange for volunteer hours we have pledged including maintaining the traffic circles around Victory Heights. The funds include purchasing “Welcome To Victory Heights” signs from the city to be placed on arterials, banners, copying flyers, and buying ice cream for the social on Tuesday July 18th.

In other business at the Community Council meeting, we heard from David Johnson of Sustainable NE Seattle. These great folks organize urban farms, school gardens, the NE Tool Library (which is awesome!), the emergency preparedness HUB in Wedgwood, skills fairs, and garden tours.

Despite a fancy display shown to the Council last year, the Northgate pedestrian/bike bridge has been radically redesigned to be narrower, shorter, and more importantly, cheaper than the initial design.

The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be Tuesday, June 20th at 7 PM at the co-op preschool building and will feature a speaker from Seattle Parks about the renovation project in our park.

Victory Heights Park Playground Renovation Breaks Ground

At long last, the playground renovation project at Victory Heights Park (originally scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016), broke ground last week. Fencing went up, the old equipment was removed, and the concrete broken up. Next month, the Victory Heights Community Council meeting on June 20th will hear from Katie Bang of Seattle Parks about the project.

Stay tuned to the Victory Heights Blog to read further updates on the park renovation.

 

Victory Heights Blog 5th Anniversary

Wow, how time flies. It seems like just yesterday my wife said, “We need a neighborhood blog for Victory Heights. You are the perfect person to do it.”  So I did, five years ago this week. Since then we’ve seen the revival of the Victory Heights Community Council, a traffic circle installed thanks to relentless lobbying, and the start of an annual Ice Cream Social event each August.  Way to go, Victory Heights!

I’d also like to thank the past Presidents of the community council, Ardith Lupton, Sharon Haggerty (acting Vice President), Victor Hernandez, and our current president Ann Forrest. Also to the late Susan Causin for helping get things going in the first place. Great work, everybody.

The community council has great plans for 2017, plus we get to see our park get a once-in-a-generation renovation this summer. What an exciting time to be in our neighborhood!

Be sure and “Like” our Victory Heights Facebook page. And follow us on Twitter.

Park Renovation Will Include Loop Path

The loop path will go around the field. The paved court in the foreground will be replaced as part of the renovation.

The renovation of Victory Heights Park which is scheduled to begin this summer will include the often-requested loop path around the perimeter of the park. Katie Bang, the Capital Projects Coordinator for the Seattle Parks Department, said in an email, “We were able to accept the additional drainage and loop path which also wasn’t part of the original scope but was expressed as highly desired items by the community.” It was hoped that the fence along 19th Avenue NE could be replaced (you might recall a damaged portion of it took several years to get fixed) but Katie said regarding the fence, “These additional items stretched our dollars as far as they would go for this renovation,” and would not include the fence.

The short loop around the park will be a paved path with drainage. Walking the length of it won’t be quite like going around Green Lake, the small confines of Victory Heights Park will take less than three minutes to circumnavigate.

Keep checking in on the blog to follow the progress of the park renovation, and “Like” our Victory Heights Blog Facebook page.

Park Renovation Begins In April

This week at the Victory Heights Community Council meeting it was announced the long-proposed renovation of the Victory Heights playground equipment, originally scheduled to be completed in 2016 will now begin work “mid to late April and will be complete in late August” according to the official Park Department project website.

Read the complete minutes of the February meeting.

The entire playground of park, including the tennis courts, will be closed throughout construction. The project has taken so long that the original designer will be retiring and new one is taking over to see the completion! The hope is the park will be open for Labor Day and some sort of ribbon-cutting ceremony in September.  Stay tuned!

The park renovation means the deployment of Victory Heights’ first emergency communications HUB will be delayed, as it was going to be situated in the park next to the tennis courts. A temporary location nearby will be secured and volunteer drills will be conducted soon so we will be prepared in the event of an actual emergency.

In other news at the community council meeting, we’re looking to create a mission statement about what goals the council should focus on.  If you have a suggestion, please send it in.

The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance meeting focused on the proposed “upzoning” that is coming to Lake City around NE 125th Street, similar to what just passed in the U District. Needless to say, residents are curious, “What’s in it for us?”

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 21st.

Snow Delays Garbage Collection This Week

Due to the snow on Feb 5-6, Seattle Public Utilities suspended garbage collection on Monday and announced that all remaining residential services will be delayed one day this week.  If you are in Victory Heights and have a usual pick up on Thursday, it will be on Friday, February 10th.

If your materials are not picked up by the end of the following day, please put them out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day. Customers missed this week will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste at no additional charge, on their next scheduled collection day. For service updates, please check http://www.seattle.gov/util. Follow SPU on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SeattleSPU.