Minutes from the July 18, 2007 meeting of the Morgan Community Association
Morgan Community Association
July 18, 2007
The Kenney – 10 persons attending
Steve Sindiong, Presiding
- Myrtle St. Reservoir/Morgan Park Planning: A new project manager has been appointed, Kevin Bergsrud. A landscape architect is being selected. A public hearing on the combined project will take place in August. Check www.seattle.gov/parks.
- Orchard Street Ravine: Friends of Orchard Street Ravine have been granted a $11,000 matching-funds grant to complete the restoration project. Work on the trails will take place this summer. Check www.seattle.gov/parks/proparks/projects/orchardstravine.htm.
- Morgan Junction Design Guidelines: revised standards for quality, design, and landscaping are going to the City Council July 25. Passage expected.
- I-5 renovation project: During August, north-bound lanes of I-5 through the downtown corridor will be limited to one lane.
- The MoCA Summer Festival will not take place this year. Plans are under way to combine a 2008 Summer Festival with the 100th anniversary celebration of Gatewood Elementary school.
- Emergency Preparedness Event: Over 100 persons from W. Seattle attended an emergency planning/preparedness event at West Seattle High School June 23. This has become the priority concern of the SW District Council for 2007. MoCA will focus our Oct. 17 meeting on emergency preparedness concerns.
- Gathering of Neighbors event is being planned by Megawatt for the first Saturday of November.
- 7204 California Ave development: Regarding the article in the July 19 issue of the Stranger (p. 15 "Townhome Invasion"), citizen concerns re. process have resulted in some revisions of construction.
- CRF Project Prioritization: 23 projects have been submitted to the SW District Council – they have prioritized 5, including 2 from Morgan Community area (improvements of lighting, benches, etc. at Solstice Park and speed-limit display signs for Fauntleroy Ave.)
Concern expressed re. motorcycle traffic noise in early morning hours – call Seattle police department.
The Combined Sewer overflow system handles both waste and rainwater flows. When the system overloads (largely due to excessive rainfall – increased construction in W. Seattle has not impacted the system) the excess goes into the waterways (Sound, Duwamish, etc.) The County currently has 20 known areas of deficiency, including two in our area (near Fauntleroy dock and at Murray Beach Pump Station). Alternative for response include the storing of peak overflows, increased pumping and conveyance capacity, reduction of peak flow into sewer systems, and expansion of local treatment facilities. Community input is needed re. combination of alternatives. Construction will not begin until ca. 2011.Dells and Ridges – Chas Redmond. Note the development of trail maps and other resources at www.westseattlewalks.org. New maps are being planned for the W. Seattle area. Signage for existing trails is being coordinated city-wide. A CD is available.
A new West Seattle group has been formed, Sustainable West Seattle, www. sustainablewestseattle.org, meets 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at Camp Long. A group of local citizens who desire to make a difference locally by working with our neighborhoods to increase self-reliance while using fewer natural resources.
Next Meeting: Oct. 17 (Wednesday), 7:00 pm, at the Kenney
Eldon Olson, Sec.