MOCA July 21 Quarterly Meeting - Minutes
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 July 2010 11:06
Morgan Community Association Quarterly Meeting
July 21, 2010 – The Kenney
Deb Barker, Presiding
3 Executive Bd. Members, 3 neighborhood residents, representative from W Seattle Blog and House of Representatives candidate
Announcements – Deb Barker
- Night Out – Will be held on August 3. The City’s website has information on how to sign up. Facebook also has information.
- Crime Prevention – There has been discussion about potential budget impacts to SDOT and possible cuts to crime prevention specialist positions. A motion was approved to have MOCA send a letter to the City stating its support for maintaining the crime prevention specialist positions.
- Park Project Ratings – For the Parks Opportunity Fund and Green Space Special Levy, citizens submitted projects for acquisition and development. Two projects in Morgan Junction were forwarded (both acquisition), including a project at Orchard Street ravine, and another south of the urban village. The Orchard ravine project did not score very highly because it didn’t fill an existing gap, and wasn’t in the urban village. The other project had a medium score. Justifications on the scorings will be made next week by the Committee.
State Representative Candidate (34th District) – Marcee Stone
- Ms. Stone has been a community activist for a number of years, and began her activism based on issue of cell towers in the Genessee neighborhood. Also very active in reforming public campaign financing. Questions from the audience include the following:
- Q: Higher education is being hit hard by the economy, and people are being marginalized. What is your perspective? A: Education is very important, and has been defunded for years. We need to build up funding, through reforming the tax system. Supports Initiative 1098.
- Q: How would you protect neighborhood character and maintain housing affordability? A: Gentrification is happening in places like White Center. The Growth Management Act needs to be tweaked to include incentives to allow for middle/lower income people to affort to live in Seattle. Development of Green jobs is one example.
2010 Morgan Junction Festival Report – Steve Sindiong
- Steve provided an overview of the positive and negative outcomes of the festival. The positives included a good number of sponsors, good feedback on music and variety, kids activities (chalk art and fire truck especially well liked), and good help from volunteers. Things to be improved upon include the need to print more bite of Morgan books and possibly distribute in the vendor area, additional types of kids activities, and more advanced notification to residents on Beveridge Place. In addition, the T-shirts did not sell very well.
- It was reported that the Unitarian Church members loved helping out at the festival and would like to volunteer again next year.
SDOT Projects Update – Cindi Barker / Deb Barker
- Spokane Street Viaduct – The public provided comments about the status of traffic, which has been slow during commute periods due to the closure of one lane in the eastbound direction. The lower bridge has also been congested, especially as the bridge seems to be opened often.
- Alaskan Way Viaduct – The WSDOT website has a very good interactive tool that allows users to see the improvements by phase, and view them from different directions.
Murray Combined Sewerage Overflow Citizens Advisory Group Briefing – Cindi Barker
- The CAG and King County is trying to answer a number of technical questions. There are currently 10 alternatives (at meeting it was mentioned there were 12 alternatives, but is being corrected for minutes) on the table (as opposed to three alternatives earlier this year). The goal is to have recommendations by September. Chas Redmond is the MOCA representative on the CAG.
Development Projects Update – Deb Barker
- A citizen inquired to MOCA about the status of Chuck & Sally’s bar (which is currently closed). No information has been found about the status, but reports have been made about litter, vagrancy and possible drug dealing at the site. Deb Barker will follow up.
- Property at NW corner of California & Graham Street – The property has been sold, and divided in half. Soleil developers are proposing to build live/work units on the north parcel. The south parcel is currently for sale. The developer will be invited to the next MOCA meeting to present their proposal.
- Cindi Barker provided an update on the Multi-Family Code Update. There is a proposal to merge the L-3 and L-4 zoning, to still be referred to as L-3, but that will allow for heights of 40 feet. The Morgan neighborhood Plan specifies that 30 feet should be the limit. The MF Code update initially ignored the language in the Morgan Plan, but is now being redrafted to state that the merging of the zoning code should exempt the Morgan Junction neighborhood. The language being added to the code will restrict the addition of L-3 zones in several urban villages, including Morgan Junction, in accordance with their neighborhood plans.
Myrtle Street Reservoir Update – Cindi Barker
- The park is currently under construction, and progressing rapidly.
- The West Seattle Unitarian Church is doing some construction / structural work. A community event to thank the public for its support is being scheduled for Saturday, September 18. The first services will be held one week prior to that.
Next MOCA Meeting to be October 20, 2010, 7pm
King County Response to MOCA on Murray Basin CSO Project
King County has provided a response to MOCA in regard to a letter that was sent by MOCA to the County regarding the Murray Basin Combined Sewerage Overflow project (See previous article below posted on May 21, 2010). The letter from King County is posted below.
Dear Ms. Barker:
Thank you for taking the time to write and share the views of the Morgan Community Association related to the planning on the Murray Basin Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project. King County Executive Dow Constantine requested that I respond on his behalf.
Community input is certainly an important factor in our decisions related to projects to control CSO events that occur in the Murray Basin and put public health and water quality at risk. Community feedback is being used to add detail to the alternatives and to shape future community outreach efforts. Working with the public will be a priority for the project team as the project continues. King County received extensive feedback and questions from the Murray basin community on proposals presented for CSO control. In response, we have extended our outreach period and formed a community advisory group. A representative of the Morgan Junction Community Association will participate in that group.
During June, we are posting technical information on the website, hosting a June 19 workshop to review the alternatives, providing tours of West Seattle pump stations, and planning additional opportunities for local stakeholders to participate in in-depth discussions of the issues in the Murray Basin.
We want to reiterate that we truly appreciate the value of Lowman Beach Park and recognize its importance to the community. As we have explained in our communications and briefings, these CSO control projects involve building new facilities in densely populated urban areas, so site options that include public parks, streets, and private property all are equally considered. The alternatives under study in the Murray Basin include all of these options, including one located in Lowman Beach Park.
If CSO control elements were to be sited in the park, park restoration would be a key element of design and construction. If the Lowman Beach alternative moves forward, the county would work closely with the community to design and construct the facility below-ground and reconstruct a park above ground that would be enjoyed by the community in the years ahead.
We look forward to continuing work with the Morgan Community Association community as we move forward planning a project to address the CSO problem in Murray.
If you have additional questions, please contact Martha Tuttle, Water Quality Planner Project Manager, at
Thank you for bringing your association’s concerns to my attention.
Wastewater Treatment Division
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
5th Annual Morgan Junction Festival
Last Updated on Friday, 21 May 2010 20:45
5th Annual Morgan Junction Festival
Time: Saturday, June 12, 11am to 7pm
Place: Morgan Park & the parking lots of Beveridge Place Pub and Zeeks/Feedback Lounge.
Come to the 5th Annual Morgan Junction Festival! The Bite of Morgan is returning and we have a full schedule of music and performers in the Park, including The Bubbleman. We hope you can join us for a fun day of music, crafts and vendors and food. Here’s the line up for both the music stage and the park performances. See the event schedule below.
10:30 am Kenny Mandell Jazzworks, Middle School Student Band , Jazz
11:20 am Kenny Mandell Jazzworks, Adult Student Band, Jazz
12:00 Noon Hal Merrill, Jazz on Pedal Steel Guitar
12:30 pm Moe Provencher Project, Americana/roots
1:15 pm Najma, Belly Dancer
1:45 pm Sweet Secrets, All Ages Rock
2:30 pm Chalk Contest, Drawing contest on sidewalk art frames
3:00 pm Bill Wolford's Head, Acoustic Folk Rock/World
3:45 pm Alan Ehrlick, Original country, folk, blues and western swing
4:15 pm Slags, Punk Rock/Reggae
5:15 pm The Bubbleman
5:45 pm Burley Mountain Band, Alternative Country/Country
Murray Combined Sewerage Overflow Project - Letter Sent by MOCA to King County
Below is a letter that was sent to King County on April 29, regarding the Murray Combined Sewerage Overflow project.
Ms. Martha Tuttle April 29, 2010
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Wastewater Treatment Division
RE: Murray CSO Control Project
Dear Ms. Tuttle:
We’d like to thank King County for your participation at the Morgan Community Association (MoCA) quarterly meeting held on April 21, 2010. We hope that the meeting represented a valuable time for all involved with the Murray CSO Control Project.
We’ve found that there is a lot of public interest in this project. Over 70 citizens attended the meeting to learn about the Murray CSO project, and many provided substantial feedback to you.
We’d like to provide our comments on this important project that impacts portions of the Morgan Community.
- With the overwhelming response to the two meetings that you have conducted, MoCA strongly encourages King County to completely revise project timelines, and vastly increase the public process on the Murray project.
- MoCA endorses the creation of a widely representational stakeholders group with accountability to work with King County and consultant to site an appropriate facility.
- MoCA urges greater community-based decision making on this project including input on solutions to short term and long term impacts to roadways, parks, private properties as well as Puget Sound.
We look forward to your response. The next MoCA quarterly meeting is scheduled for July 21, 2010 and we’d be glad to have you on that agenda.
Deb Barker, President
Morgan Community Association
C: King County Exeuctive Dow Constantine
King County Councilmember Jan Drago
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn
Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden
MoCA Vice President Chas Redmond
MoCA Secretary Steve Sindiong
MoCA Treasurer Dave Fansler
MoCA Information Officer Cindi Barker
MOCA April 21, 2010 (Quarterly Meeting) Minutes
Last Updated on Friday, 23 April 2010 16:03
Deb Barker, Presiding
4 Executive Bd. Members, 75 neighborhood residents, representatives from W Seattle Blog, King County, Seattle Police Dept., Seattle Attorneys Office, and Seattle Fire Dept., and Seattle Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
Announcements – Deb Barker
- Parks Opportunity Fund – Three Morgan Junction projects have gone through the Two Phase application process. MOCA endorsed the Partial Place project (Contact is Frank Taylor); Vlad Oustimovich applied for the Orca project which would use private property, and Friends of Orchard Street Ravine (FOSTR) applied for an expansion of the Orchard Street Ravine using private property (Contact is Ann Martin). A status report will be given at the July MOCA meeting.
- Water Taxi Stop – A free shuttle service now operates between Morgan Junction and the water taxi (Route 773). Service is on Monday thru Friday, between 9:45am and 1:30pm.
- Myrtle Street Reservoir – The City Parks & Recreation Dept. is proceeding with park construction, including placing bids. The City is waiting for the grass to be established before the fence can be removed. Construction is anticipated to begin in June.
Crime Prevention – Benjamin Kinlow, City of Seattle (Police Dept.) / John McGoodwin, City of Seattle (Attorneys Office)
- Mr. Kinlow presented information on block watch organization. Ten year crime statistics are available on the department’s webpage. National Night Out will occur on Tues, August 3; The Precinct picnic will be on Sat, August 21.
- Mr. McGoodwin gave information on a graffiti offender (Ryan Cox) who is currently on probation. If anyone sees any graffiti being conducted, call 911.
State Representative Candidate – Joe Fitzgibbon
- Mr. Fitzgibbon is running for the State House of Representatives (34th District). He is currently the legislative assistant for Rep. Nelson, and the Chair of the Burien Planning Commission. He wants to resolve the root causes of major issues, including funding basic education, and Combined Sewerage Overflow. A candidate’s forum will be held on April 27 in Burien.
Kenney Home Status – TJ Lehman, Euclid Development
- Mr. Lehman is the owner’s representative for the Kenney Expansion. The Kenney applied for the Masters Use Permit, and will need to undergo design review. They have received the first round of community comments. They are focusing on making the development smaller based on comments. They will bring the revised concept back to the community once it is redesigned.
Rapid Ride – Chris Arkills, King County
- The Fauntleroy ferry terminal stop design will be complete in late August. Design of other stops has resumed. Construction will begin in January 2011. Service planning for redistributing hours from existing routes will occur from Fall 2011 thru Sept. 2012. The West Seattle C Line will begin operating (in conjunction with other rapid ride lines) in September 2012.
Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) – Steve Sindiong
- A Large Project Fund (Bridging the Gap) project (applied for by MOCA) was approved in early 2010 for pedestrian improvements along California Avenue at Holden St., Othello St., and Frontenac St. The improvements will focus on improved pedestrian crossings, and some portions may be funded through existing programs. A smaller fund (Cumulative Reserve Fund) project was also approved last year for a pedestrian facility on the west side of SW 44th Street between Webster and Fontanelle Streets. The current funding is for planning / design. The neighborhood applied for a 2010 project for construction.
Spokane Street Viaduct / Beach Drive Construction – Deb Barker
- The First Ave onramp to the WS Bridge will be closed starting May 17. Alternate routes include Marginal Way to the lower bridge, or Holgate to the WS Bridge. SDOT has provided maps to the community showing detours.
- SDOT installed an ecology block wall to provide catchment for debris so that Beach Dr. can be reopened to two way traffic on Feb 22. Next steps for permanent repair are being studied. In addition, DPD is requiring installation of a tight-lined drain pipe to the bottom of the hill by property owners, as well as a geotechnical report.
Morgan Junction Festival– Cindi Barker / Steve Sindiong
- The annual festival will be on Saturday June 12 from 11am to 7pm, and include the Bite of Morgan again. We are looking for volunteers for set up, clean up, posting posters, and sprucing up the park. The Bubble Man will not be able to do his show until 5pm, but residents generally felt that was okay.
Murray Pump Station / Combined Sewerage Overflow (CSO) – Tammy Kellogg, Kellogg Consulting, Martha Tuttle, King County
- King County is seeking comment on the three alternatives currently under consideration. The County gave a presentation on the approaches, requirements, and alternatives. Initially, 9 alternatives were examined. The three current alternatives include 1) A 350’ above-grade storage pipe along Beach Drive / Murray Ave.; 2) A storage tank at Lowman Beach Park; and 3) A combined pipe and storage tank. Construction is expected to take 1.5 to 2 years. The Beach Drive alternative would require closing a portion of Beach Drive during the construction.
- General questions from the audience on the presentation included: Impacts of the above grade storage; scale of tanks; whether a replacement park would be built.
- Comments on the project included: The peak reduction alternative should be further explored; Need the details of the analysis that resulted in the current alternatives available to the public; Additional meetings are required; The Lowman Beach Park alternative will have significant impacts to its users; A decision should not be delayed in order to protect the environment; Property values and park character would be impacted by park alternative; Closure of Beach Drive will require a major detour to Jacobson; Need an improved community outreach process; Need for elevation drawings; The “green” alternative should be pushed further; Consider using the Kenney redevelopment as part of the project; The website should have more information; King Co. and the City need to work together with the community; Consider making the Barton facility larger; A stakeholder group should be formed, and the public review process lengthened; The planned facility is likely being undersized; Reconsider the Murray Ave triangle property.
- Next steps – Feedback will be received through the end of April to be considered for the three alternatives. The comments will be posted to the project webpage. The alternatives will then be further evaluated and a preferred alternative is expected in July. Then the SEPA process will begin.
- Contact information
- Martha Tuttle – 206-684-1207
- Email –
- Web – kingcounty.gov/csobeachprojects
Next MOCA Meeting to be July 21, 2010, 7pm.
MOCA Quarterly Meeting Minutes (January 20, 2010 Meeting)
Deb Barker, Presiding
4 Executive Bd. Members, 10 neighborhood residents, representatives from W Seattle Blog, and Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods.
Announcements – Deb Barker
- Murray Pump Project/Combined Sewerage Overflow - A meeting will be scheduled by King County to discuss the three current project alternatives the week of March 15 – more to come.
- Seattle City Light Task Force – The task force goal is to develop solutions for improving the City’s power grid. City Light is looking for volunteers for the task force. If interested, contact Stan Lock (Dept. of Neighborhoods), or MOCA. A resident (Tony Stepan) said he was interested.
Levy Funds – Morgan Junction Allocation – Chip Nevins, City of Seattle
- Mr. Nevins is the acquisition planner for the 2008 Parks Levy. The $146 million levy includes $30 million for acquisitions, and $24 million for acquisitions for neighborhood parks. Morgan Junction has been identified as an underserved area. The park sites should be at least 10,000 square feet. The City is seeking input on vacant or underutilized parcels. The Parks Department has heard though the Neighborhood Planning status workshops that improving the Green Crescent was an important need. Suggestions from the community at the MOCA meeting included the following sites: Huling Bros. property (outside of Morgan Jct), vacant site at NW corner of California/ Graham Street, Church on 42nd at Juneau, Graham at 50th Avenue, the Eddy Street Ravine, the lot behind Starbucks, Gatewood Elementary School, and developing greenspace within the street rights of way.
Parks Levy 2010 Opportunity Fund – Deb Barker/ Ann Martin
- The Parks Department will be allocating $1.5 million for a parks project. Four applications in the Morgan Junction neighborhood have been submitted, including: Orchard Street Ravine property acquisition, the Fairmount Playfield, property adjacent the Green Crescent, and transferring the Eddy Street Right of Way to Parks. Project proposal letters are due Feb 1, and the applications are due in April. A proposal letter is required for all applications.
- Ann Martin presented a project for the Orchard Street Ravine. The Friends of Orchard Street Ravine (FOSTR) is asking for street vacations along 38th Street SW, and Orchard Street, and acquisition of a vacant parcel at 7137 38th Avenue SW, so that the existing recently developed green space can be protected from potential development of the parcel. A motion was approved by MOCA that supports the Orchard Street Ravine project.
Morgan Junction Festival – Cindi Barker
- MOCA is looking for guidance on the festival date. Last year’s festival date in June worked well. The Board is leaning toward the weekend of June 12/13 which is the driest period; another option is June 26/27. No major conflicts were identified. The festival will likely include the “Bite of Morgan Junction” again, and more arts/crafts vendors. MOCA is looking for volunteers to help with the Bite, arranging for vendors, and helping to set up / take down.
SW District Council Update – Chas Redmond
- Chas Redmond serves on the SW District Council and spoke to their mission/vision. The District Council meets the 1st Wednesday of each month. In 2010, the meetings will be organized to have guest speakers during the first hour, and the second hour will focus on a discussion of what West Seattle should look like, in preparation for the Neighborhood Plan updates. This will give the Board time to begin strategizing on issues such as Green Streets, gateways, overlay districts, etc. MOCA has discussed the need for focusing on connectivity, the build form, and open spaces.
- SW Police Precinct – There was a report that there is a rise in car thefts and prowls in West Seattle, and burglaries have also increased.
- Kenney Home Expansion – The Master User Permit (MUP) application was filed December 28, 2009, and found complete on January 7, 2010. The project will have a contract rezone from LD to MR, and need a SEPA application and guidance from the Design Review Board. The project will also require an application for the vacation of 46th Street SW, and relocation of the Seaview Building. The comment period has been extended to February 3. TJ Lehmen (Euclid Development LLC) the Owners representative, noted that the project plans should be available for presentation at the April MOCA meeting. Most of the concerns heard from the public relate to traffic, parking, massing on the west edge, and height/bulk/scale.
- Spokane Street Viaduct – The West Seattle Blog has information on the latest closures and detours, and a newsletter was mailed to West Seattle residents.
- Orchard Street Ravine Pedestrian Improvements – The Cumulative Reserve Fund (CRF) project that was awarded is mostly complete. The kiosk was recently installed, and the hiker safety signage will be installed in late January.
- West Seattle Trails – The Fauntleroy area is the next neighborhood to have signage installed. The City is requiring $1 million in liability insurance for kiosks, and permission from adjacent property owners, as well as a variance. Community input for the Morgan Junction signage will be needed in late February.
- Stalled Projects – The project at the 5800 block of California Avenue (west side) is now underway. The site at the NW corner of California at Graham Street is still for sale. A request was made to plant wildflower seeds on the property and have the fencing removed in the interim. Mr. Lehmen will look into the request.
- Myrtle Street Reservoir – The plans are 98% complete. The turf has not yet been established yet.
- Next MOCA Meeting to be April 21, 2010