Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting March 27th

thorntoncreekalliancelogoThe 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?

Community Council Hears From Sound Transit and Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness

Last night’s monthly meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council featured presentations from Sound Transit and about SNAP (Seattle Neighborhood Actively Prepared).

Read the complete minutes of the March meeting.

First up, Roger Iwata from Sound Transit told residents about the expansion of the Link Light Rail from Northgate up to Lynnwood that is expected to be finished around 2023 (two years after the Northgate station opens in 2021). The preferred corridor is along the I-5 right-of-way with various stops (to be determined) in North Seattle, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace and then the Lynnwood Transit Center. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be issued in June and formal comments can be submitted.

Secondly, Sandy Motzer, Director of the Lake City Emergency Communication Hub, explained about the city’s SNAP program and how, as part of disaster preparedness, volunteer sites are being set up all around the city to relay emergency information via ham radio to and from city officials in case regular communications fail. Sandy is organizing one for northeast Seattle that will be based in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer in Lake City (the next closest ones to Victory Heights are the top of Maple Leaf or Hunter’s Tree Farm in Wedgwood). Plans are underway to organize here in Victory Heights so we will be aware of what resources are on hand should we need them (who has generators, who are doctors or nurses, ham radio operators, etc). Want to volunteer to help the HUB? Sandy would love to hear from you, e-mail her at sandymotzer@aol.com. There is a city-wide simulated emergency drill that will be conducted on May 11th.

In other news, Victory Heights might be getting a new traffic circle if the vote goes our way at next month’s North District Council meeting. Eileen Canola has been campaigning for one to be installed on 23rd Ave NE and NE 105th Street for several years and after much organizational work (and paperwork), the end is nearly in sight as the NDC prepares to distribute this year’s Street Funds from the city.

Plans are underfoot for the community council to host a party for the entire neighborhood in the park sometime this summer. Stay tuned as details are sorted out.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 16th at 7 PM in the pre-school in Victory Heights Park.

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Community Council Meeting March 19th

You are invited to attend the monthly Victory Heights Community Council meeting on Tuesday, March 19th at 7 PM at the Pre-school in Victory Heights Park.

The agenda will include two speakers, Roger Iwata with Sound Transit (Lynnwood Link light rail project, which will go from Northgate to Lynnwood) and Sandy Motzer (President of the HUB steering committee).

We’ll also get a recap of the town hall meeting with local state legislatures.

Everyone in the neighborhood is encouraged to attend, this is YOUR community council. (Bring a folding chair, the ones at the school are all child-sized).

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Northgate Sound Transit Presentation Thursday

As part of the regular Pinehurst Community Council meeting on Thursday, a representative of Sound Transit will be giving a presentation on its Link Light Rail extension to Northgate and beyond. The meeting will also include a talk about online communities for Pinehurst, an election for officers, and FREE PIZZA.

What:
Pinehurst Community Council Meeting

When:
Thursday, December 6th @ 6:30 pm

Where:
Pinehurst Amante Pizza and Pasta
12319 Roosevelt Way NE

Also, you can bring new socks/gloves/scarves/hats for the Seattle Police North Precinct Holiday Sock Drive and they’ll deliver them for you.

Sound Transit: Northgate Wetlands Mitigation Would Be Spent on Knickerbocker Project

Thursday night’s meeting of the Thornton Creek Alliance featured employees of Sound Transit who spoke at length about the impact of Link light rail construction on Thornton Creek. As part of the mitigation for impacting the wetlands at Northgate, Sound Transit has proposed paying for Seattle Public Utilities Knickerbocker Project in Victory Heights. SPU has no funds to finance the project itself which began with test drilling last week. While it might seem unfair and unconnected to the Northgate project, the amount of space to increase wetlands at Northgate (which often dry up during the summer) is limited due to the existing interstate and surface streets. Whereas the Knickerbocker Project, described as “shovel ready,” would be a substantial improvement to the quality of Thornton Creek. The Sound Transit money is not enough to finance the entire cost of the project which could still be delayed or canceled, but it is hoped it will attract grants to make up the rest.

During the six year construction of the Northgate Link Light Rail next to 1st Ave NE, Thornton Creek will be diverted into a culvert to protect it from dirt and other runoff. This was agreed by all the parties as the best solution, after which the creek would be daylighted again except for a 20 foot section to allow truck access across. A proposed pedestrian bridge over I-5 would cost an estimated $20 million. Sound Transit is committing $5 million to study it, with the city matching it with another $5 million. The rest would have to come from other sources if it were to be built.

Other TCA business included a unanimous vote to add Heather Ferguson to the board, revise membership levels, and a report from the treasurer of sufficient funds to finance activity through March 2013.

Brad Johnson reported that barring a last minute appeal, SPU would begin its controversial work on Meadowbrook Pond on July 9th.  Fifty to sixty trees are to be removed as part of much needed dredging in the pond (some places are only six inches deep).  Three hundred and eighty dump truck loads of sentiment (and invasive mudsnails) are to hauled to a site in Monroe for processing as safe soil.

After the meeting, a brief tour was made of the Meadowbrook Pond and confluence area around the community center.

 

Reminder: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting Thursday

Thursday night at the Meadowbrook Community Center at 7 PM the Thornton Creek Alliance will be having a meeting that will feature a program about the North Corridor of Sound Transit around Northgate. More details here.

Speaking of which, the Seattle Transit Blog has a post up today detailing the latest developments about the proposed parking garage at Northgate at the Light Rail station as well as a pedestrian overpass across the freeway to link to North Seattle Community College. In addition, the Cascade Bike Club has posted an Action Alert to encourage Sound Transit to go ahead with the overpass.

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting June 28th

The Thornton Creek Alliance is having their next meeting on Thursday, June 28th from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE.

PROGRAM: Please join us for a panel discussion of the changes and challenges to Thornton Creek as the North Corridor Transit Project becomes further developed.  Come to learn and come to share your questions and concerns about Thornton Creek and the Watershed.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM:

  • Sound Transit
  • Seattle Public Utilities
  • State Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • State Department of Ecology

 

MEETING: Following the Educational Program there will be a brief update from committees and a presentation of our annual work plan

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting Highlights

Thursday night, the Thornton Creek Alliance met at the Meadowbrook Community Center for their general meeting and election. Highlights included a presentation by Rianne BeCraft from the National Wildlife Federation who talked about Certified Natural Habitats. This program is about changing the areas around our properties (everything from backyards to small parking strips) to be more plant and animal friendly with water sources, ground cover, food sources and sustainable gardening practices. Not only can residents get certified but entire communities can get together and be recognized.

This was followed by a short speech by Shoreline City Councilman Will Hall who announced that just that day Sound Transit had voted unanimously on the alignment for the Link Light Rail from Northgate to Lynnwood. Work would begin in 2017 and be completed in 2023, with the line running up the east side of Interstate 5 with two stops in between.  The planned stop at NE 145th Street was of particular interest to the TCA as Thornton Creek crosses directly under the freeway at that point at Jackson Park Golf Course. There is a movement to persuade Sound Transit to move the stop to NE 155th Street, and members were encouraged to contact the agency and express their opinion. For his part, Hall’s mantra was, “Change is scary.”

An e-mail from Greg Stevens, Seattle Public Utilities Senior Civil Engineer, was read. The Meadowbrook Pond Dredging and Improvement project is supposed to start this summer as well as the Thornton Creek Confluence. However he added they were “struggling with some permitting challenges that are putting our project schedule at risk” which might move one or both of them to summer 2013.

Closer to home in Victory Heights, Lynnette Spear reported the segment of Thornton Creek that passes through our area between Lake City Way and Northgate Way (officially designated the Kingfisher Natural Area) will have work parties on Sunday mornings beginning May 6th. We’ll post exact details as they are announced.

Elections were then held for various offices with 1 and 2 year terms, although no candidates were opposed and were voted in unanimously by the members present. Ruth Williams is taking over as President, Dass Adams as 1st Vice President, Frank Backus as Memebership Vice President and Tom Cunningham as Secretary.

Find out more about the Thornton Creek Alliance on their Facebook page, as they are still sorting out their website and obtaining a permanent URL for it.