Take the Victory Heights Community Survey

There are currently two surveys floating around the interwebs of interest to residents of Victory Heights.  The first is being conducted by Seattle University for the North Precinct of the SPD about public safety.  They say, “The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure.” It takes about 20 minutes to fill it out, and you have until November 30th. Find it here.

We also learned at October’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council (full meeting minutes here) that our new Vice President Monica Harris is doing a survey just for Victory Heights and what people want from our community and the council. If you live in Victory Heights, please take a few moments to fill out this quick survey (only 7 questions!) so we may serve you better.  You’ll find that survey here.

In other news, we might put on a raffle with the prize being a locking mailbox that would be installed for you.  We’re also still looking for a few good men and women who’d like to sit on the community council board.  Drop us a line if you are interested.

After the meeting, we toured the police department’s noisy but very cool “mobile precinct” that they parked next to the park.

The next meeting of the community council will be November 15th at 7 PM in the co-op preschool building in the park.

Emergency Preparedness HUB News and More

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council (read the complete minutes here) in addition to an election to vote in a new President and Vice-President (congrats to Ann Forrest and Monica Harris, respectively), there has been much movement on the plan to install an emergency preparedness HUB in Victory Heights Park. Originally the community council was going to apply for a matching grant from the city in order to buy and maintain the supplies for the HUB. The “matching” was done using volunteer hours in the community. However, the city’s Office of Emergency Management has decided they really want more HUBS in the city (“200 in 7 years,” or one within 1/2 mile of every resident in Seattle) and so they have made it much easier to obtain a grant and done away with the matching requirement. They are also offering to sell a $1500 “HUB-in-a-box” starter kit with nearly everything (except radios) to get going setting up a HUB.  The logical place to store it (and set up) is in Victory Heights Park, and the Parks Department has agreed to let us use the concrete pad next to the playground. We are still looking for ham radio enthusiasts in the neighborhood to help with our communication needs.

Speaking of the park, the planned playground renovation has been pushed back yet again, and construction now will start in Spring 2017 and take place during the summer. Designers were also persuaded to use wood chips under the equipment instead of “synthetic turf.”

And the Seattle Police Department’s 36-foot-long “mobile precinct” will be visiting Victory Heights next month! It will be stationed next to the park in time for our meeting on October 18th and the public (and kids) are welcome to get a tour.

SPD Neighborhood Safety Rep To Speak Tuesday

The November meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will include an appearance by Elizabeth Scott, the Neighborhood Safety Representative from the North Precinct of the Seattle Police Department. Come and hear what she has to say about the current policing situation in our neighborhood.

It meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 18th starting at 7 PM at UPDATED the usual location, the pre-school building in Victory Heights Park.  Remember to bring a chair if you want an adult-sized one.

We hope to see you there.

North Precinct Advisory Council Seeks Victory Heights Rep

The North Precinct Advisory Council (NPAC)–not to be confused with the North District Council (read more about that organization here)–is looking for someone to be the Victory Heights neighborhood representative at their monthly meetings.

NPAC meets the first Wednesday of each month (except August) from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at North Seattle Community College (unfortunately the same time and day as the North District Council meets in Lake City–couldn’t someone coordinate this better?). NPAC is a community organization devoted to promoting partnership between residents, schools, businesses, and the Seattle Police Department to effectively address public safety issues. Its purpose is to establish a mechanism for the community to communicate its concerns to the Police Department and City Government, and may do its part in dealing with those concerns, and enhancing public safety in the North Seattle Precinct. Council members have the opportunity to express their views and offer suggestions on how the Precinct and the community can improve the delivery of police service in the community. The council also serves as a channel to disseminate information from the North Precinct staff to Council members and their organizations.

At each meeting there is a guest speaker. Past speakers have included the Metro Transit Police Chief, Mayor Mike McGinn, the Acting Superintendent of Seattle Parks, Seattle City Council’s Public Safety Chair and many more. A question and answer period gives us a chance to voice our opinions and concerns to these city officials.

Each meeting also includes short reports to the Council by the North Precinct Captain, the Crime Prevention Coordinator, City Attorney’s Office, KC Prosecutor’s Office, Department of Corrections, Community Police Team, and Liquor Control Board.

If you are interested in being the Victory Heights representative to the NPAC, please contact Nancy at nancy@pinehurstseattle.org.