Highlights of June's VH Community Council Meeting

Last night 18 residents attended June’s Victory Heights Community Council meeting at the Pre-School building in the park on a lovely, sunny summer evening. Several new faces were lured in, having seen some of the new road signs used to advertise community events. Among the highlights were an update on emergency preparedness plans, the neighborhood night out, the homeless situation,and break-ins.
Read the full minutes from the June 18, 2013 meeting.
The Emergency Preparedness Committee showed off the neighborhood map where we are trying to assign a “zone Captain” for each block to distribute city-made fliers to residents about preparation, and be organized in the case of a disaster. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact us. It’s not a lot of work and we certainly hope we never need it, but better prepared than not. A meeting of Captains and a representative of the city’s SNAP program will be on July 15th.
The Victory Heights Neighborhood Night Out will be on Tuesday, August 6th with the entire neighborhood invited to a potluck to be held on NE 106th Street, adjacent to the west side of Victory Heights Park starting at 6 PM. The plan is to be able to provide free ice cream afterwards. Mark your calendars!
The Lake City Farmers market starts Thursday June 20th from 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM every Thursday through the summer at NE 125th Street and 28th Avenue NE.
The city has posted a notice on the homeless encampment underneath the 15th Avenue NE bridge giving them a few days to move out before the city comes in and cleans it out. It’s regrettable but the city needs to enforce its ordinances against illegal encampments on city property.
There seems to have been a rash of break-ins in the neighborhood lately.  Terrie Johnston with the Seattle Police Department replied in an email request about this, “With some exceptions, I do not believe the burglaries are related, too many incidents, too many different methods of entry, etc.” We were given the usual advice: don’t make your house an easy target, lock your doors and windows, always answer (but don’t open) the door if someone knocks (so they know it is occupied), call 911 if you see someone suspicious. More tips on the SPD website.
Next month’s meeting will be on July 16th at the Pre-School and we’ll hear from a representative from Feet First about improving walking routes around the neighborhood.

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