- Category: 2015 Festival
- Published: Sunday, 22 March 2015 21:53
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Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 20, 2015 for the 10th Annual Morgan Junction Community Festival.
Details will be available in the coming months at www.morganjunciton.org
Morgan Community Association (MoCA) Quarterly Meeting, January 21, 2015, The Kenney, 7:00pm
Announcements & Updates: Deb Barker, MoCA president, opened the meeting by going over announcements and updates with some updates provided by those performing the work:
Special Guest: James Bush, Department of Neighborhoods manager of Neighborhood Match Fund, Neighborhood District Coordinators, and Neighborhood Planning Update Outreach programs. Karen Gordon is his counterpart for the Historic Preservation Program and P-Patch Program.
James gave a bit of history for the match fund program, stating it was created in 1998 to provide funds for neighborhood improvement. If you can raise funds or volunteer hours you can apply for a grant. Sparks is an easier grant program which is open all the time. It takes 6 weeks for a Sparks grant to be completed but applicants will know within two weeks of submitting whether they will be approved. For the match fund programs, James said the match was $20 per citizen/volunteer hour.
James then went over the Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund and noted that it's a simpler application with only two pages to fill out. This deadline is February 9, 2015 after which the Parks and Transportation Departments review the applications by April/May and return them to Department of Neighborhoods to provide final review and ranking. James also indicated that the Department provides assistance to Neighborhood Planning Updates and that there are about two or three neighborhoods a year which get this assistance.
Murray Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO): Kelley Foley, King County Wastewater Division, gave an update on the Lowman Beach project. She said the tank was now under construction after the foundation was poured with over 5,000 cubic yards of concrete. The tank construction began with a floor concrete pour of about 2,000 cubic yards of concrete, resulting in way fewer trucks passing through the neighborhood than the previous pour. Kelley noted that after community input, the County contacted the concrete contractors and reminded them of the specific inbound and outbound routes through the area around Lowman Beach. Kelley said they had about 90 percent compliance with drivers abiding in the correct route in and out.
The next step will be construction of the tank walls. Kelley said there will be four partitions inside the tank which will create five fill/empty zones and this work will take a fair amount of time as each of the tank walls will need carpenters to make forms and rebar to be placed. The completion of the tank should be by the end of this Summer with the rest of the superstructure and control facility (above-ground structures) construction beginning by Fall 2015.
Fauntleroy-California SW Intersection: Chas Redmond reported that Mike Ward and Jonathan Dong, Seattle Department of Transportation staff, needed an additional week to provide data on the number of cut-through traffic vehicles using adjacent neighborhood streets instead of remaining on California Avenue SW. Chas will check back with SDOT the last week of January to see if the data is available. This may be relevant to a ranking of Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund applications which MoCA puts forth.
Morgan Community Neighborhood Plan Update/Nazarene Church: Deb Barker explained that when the Morgan Community voted to approve the zoning change to allow townhouses to be constructed in a Single Family Home zone to provide reparation funds for the Nazarene Church, this triggered a change in the Morgan Community Urban Village Plan. Deb continued that MoCA held a special meeting to consider changes to the Morgan plan and that several options were considered and one objective was selected to be modified to allow for the zoning change. A letter indicating the change in the Morgan Plan language was forwarded to the Department of Planning and Development and to the City Council Land Use Committee under Councilmember Mike O'Brien citing the vote and the community's desire to change the language of the urban village plan. The next steps are for hearings at City Hall to review all zoning changes and urban village plan changes.
Seattle Pedestrian Zone: Cindi Barker gave a recap of the conversations between the Morgan Community and DPD regarding the pedestrian overlay proposal for the Morgan Urban Village. Cindi said that Morgan was the only community to not want some pedestrian overlay applied but DPD was still recommending no overlay for Morgan. There were comments from the members which noted that sections of 35th Avenue SW near SW Morgan Street and SW Holden Street were indicated on DPD's proposed pedestrian zone map. Those areas are outside the urban village demarcation and were not part of the conversations which the Morgan Community Association had with DPD regarding the pedestrian overlay. The community in attendance seemed to agree that these areas along 35th Avenue SW could use some pedestrian enhancement.
Receivership Committee: Deb Barker gave a brief recount of how mitigation funds for a Morgan Junction project were considered by a MoCA committee comprised of Tod Rodman, Fred Madrid, Cindi Barker, Monica Lundgren and Deb. The committee selected the Admiral Neighborhood Association to act as a fiscal sponsor (501(c)(3)) for deposit and disbursement of the $25,000 neighborhood compensation. The compensation was received on December 31 and deposited with ANA. The next step is to conclude agreement discussions between MoCA and ANA regarding the role and responsibilities of ANA as the fiscal sponsor. These discussions will be completed by the end of February.
Bike Racks: Cindi Barker gave a brief update on work by the City to install bike racks along California Avenue SW. The bike rack supplied by the City will be a standard "U"-shaped metal stand. Several businesses along California Avenue SW are working with a small committee (Tod Rodman from MoCA and Mark Brennan from 2nd Gear Sports) to see if a more attractive or distinctive bicycle rack could be purchased for installation in front of specific businesses. SDOT would still install these racks but the purchase of the non-standard rack would be up to the individual businesses. There is a May deadline to get the list of locations and any special bike rack purchases to the City. There was discussion if there was money in the MoCA account to purchase more attractive bike racks for Morgan Junciton Park, but MoCA just barely broke even on the 2014 Festival, so there is no extra money available.
Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal: Deb Barker noted that the Fauntleroy Community Association had send MoCA an e-mail notice about upcoming construction at the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock. In addition to the existing Barton Pump project at the Ferry Terminal, FCA noted that Washington State Ferries and the FCA Ferry Committee were in discussion about the impact of planned upgrades to the Ferry Terminal and landing area. FCA invited MoCA to participate in mutual discussions with Washington State Ferries because the expected backup of Ferry-bound traffic along Fauntleroy Way SW is expected to impact locations within the Morgan Community area, perhaps as far back as past the Kenney and Gatewood School areas.
Morgan Park Expansion: Cindi Barker reported that Parks acquisition manager Chip Nivens says they expect a "notice to vacate" to be send to the existing dry cleaner and Mini-Mark businesses soon. Nivens said once that occurs, demolition can occur within 90 days following and afterwards the area would undergo soil decontamination and toxic removal. Nivens indicated that remediation activities could take as little as a few weeks though Deb and Cindi both noted that was probably not likely but was a "best case." Following remediation, Parks would provide some form of cover crop and MoCA would then work with parks on a development plan. Community members voiced comments that the owners of the mimi mart indicated they expected to be closed by May 18, 2015.
Morgan Community Business Association: Eldon Olson gave a report on ideas which came from some of the Morgan area businesses indicating they would appreciate or like to see a "business association" of some form. The Morgan area businesses provide the majority of the funds used to support the annual Morgan Community Festival and are all very supportive of the Morgan Community in general. Eldon suggested that MoCA try some form of business roundtable; MoCA could apply for a Sparks grant and host a "meet and greet" and invite all 110 separate Morgan Junction area businesses. The outcome would be a community-business mixer which could be a regular or periodic event. There was interest in following up on this idea.
Morgan Festival Planning: Deb Barker noted that the date for the 2015 Morgan Community Festival had been selected and is Saturday, June 20. There will be a festival planning meeting on January 30 at a time and place TBD.
MoCA Bookkeeper: Eldon Olson noted that he has been Treasurer for the past several years and is happy to continue in that role but doesn't especially enjoy performing the accounting functions. In light of that, Eldon introduced Beth Mattern, a certified accountant with her own local accounting business, who would work with Eldon to provide financial and accounting support for Morgan Community Association. It was Moved, Seconded and Passed that Beth Mattern be authorized to act as bookkeeper for the Morgan COmmunity Association, with no nay votes and one abstention. Beth will be added to the MoCA financial and bank signature list.
Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund: Cindi Barker handed out a list of completed projects which have occurred in the Morgan Junction area from previous years and a listing of current projects which are in the system to be considered. Cindi suggested that the neighbors review the Morgan Community Urban Village Plan and see what projects and suggested improvements are listed in the plan which still have not been completed and consider adding those to the project list for the next round of Parks and Street Fund applications in February 2016. Cindi cited several examples which could fit including further development of Solstice Park and the charting and implementation of Morgan Community area walking trails. She and the Board will take additional input and will prepare the paperwork for the February 9, 2015 submittal deadline.
2015 Morgan Community Association Elections:
Deb Barker presented a slate of officers for consideration and voting at the April MoCA meeting. The slate consists of:
President - Deb Barker
Vice President - Jason Wax
Treasurer - Eldon Olson
Secretary - (currently open)
In addition, the following persons are proposed to be additional members of the Executive Board:
Southwest District Council MoCA Representative - Tod Rodman
MoCA Public Information Officer - Cindi Barker
Adjournment: Deb Barker adjourned the meeting at 9:00 pm
Minutes prepared by Chas Redmond
By-Laws of the Morgan Community Association
The Morgan Community Association (MoCA) is a group of neighbors who share a common area around the intersection of California Avenue SW, Fauntleroy Way SW, and SW Morgan Street in West Seattle. We are comprised of residents, businesspeople, and others who care about the health and future of our neighborhood. We believe in maintaining the quality of life we have come to enjoy, and exist to serve our neighbors and our community.
The geographical boundaries of the Association shall be SW Brandon Street on the north, 35th Avenue SW on the east, SW Kenyon Street on the south, and Puget Sound on the west.
Article I: Name
The name of the organization shall be the Morgan Community Association and shall be referred to herein as MoCA or "the Association."
Article II: Purpose
The purpose of the Morgan Community Association is to furnish information to the community, create opportunities for people to participate in projects which benefit the community, monitor and maintain oversight on the progress of the Morgan Junction Neighborhood Plan, and provide a community forum to coordinate with the City and other entities.
Article III: Membership
Article IV: Officers
1. The officers of the Association shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.
a. President. The President shall:
b. Vice President:
c. Secretary. The Secretary shall:
1. Keep minutes of all General Meetings,
2. Attend to the official correspondence of the Association,
3. Serve as a member of the Executive Board and
4. Perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary.
d. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be responsible for all monetary matters of the Association. The Treasurer shall:
Article V: Executive Board
b. Prepare or cause to be prepared documents needed to comply with the City or other governmental entities,
c. Enter into contracts with consultants, suppliers, or other vendors, and
d. Solicit donations/monetary contributions.
8. The Executive Board is authorized to select such banks or depositories as it shall deem proper for the funds of the Association. The Executive Board shall determine who, if anyone, in addition to the President and the Treasurer, shall be authorized from time to time on the Association's behalf, to sign checks, drafts, or other orders for the payment of money, acceptances, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness, to enter into contracts, or to execute and deliver other documents and instruments.
Article VI: Meetings
1. The Association shall conduct the following meetings:
a. General Meetings, to be held on the third (3rd) Wednesday of each quarter. Meeting notice will be posted in advance on the MoCA website, at www.morganjunction.org.
b. The Executive Board shall meet quarterly at a location chosen by the Executive Board. Any participant of the Association may attend an Executive Board meeting.
c. Special meetings may be called at any time as needed by the President or Executive Boardwith 5 days' advance notice to the general participants via the MoCA website. At special meetings, only the business specified in the notice shall be transacted.
2. The General Meeting held in April shall be known as the "Annual Meeting" and shall include election of new officers.
3. A minimum of four (4) General Meetings shall be held per year.
4. The quorum of General Meetings shall be fifty-one (51) percent of the total number of participants in attendance at the Annual Meeting, and must include at least two elected officers.
Article VII: Committees
a. shall be responsible for identifying and recruiting a slate of officers and Executive Committee members to be submitted for election by the general membership at the Annual Meeting.
b. shall exclude any participant running for election or re-election to any office.
5. Special Committees. Other special (ad hoc) committees may be created and dissolved by the Executive Board as needed.
Article VIII: Parliamentary Authority
Article IX: Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the Association shall begin with the first day of July and end with the 30th day of June of the following year.
Article X: Indemnification
The Association shall indemnify every current and former Executive Board member, and every current and former officer, agent, or employee of the Association, for all costs and expenses reasonably incurred by or imposed upon him or her through any lawsuit or other proceeding, his/her involvement in which owes to his/her being or having been an Executive Board member, officer, or an agent or employee of the Association; except that the Association shall not so indemnify him or her if a court finally determines him/her to have acted in bad faith, or to have committed willful misconduct, in the performance of his or her duties. The costs and expenses shall include, but not be limited to, attorneys' fees, damages, and amounts paid in settlement.
Article XI: Amendment of By-Laws
Article XII: Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action
The Association strives to provide an opportunity for all interested parties to participate in the Association free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical limitation or handicap. The Association encourages participation by all its members.
Approved by vote of the membership on this 13th day of May, 1999.
Updated on Saturday, 02 August 2008 15:56;
Amendments approved by vote of Participants at the January 2012 meeting.
A “clean” (without underline and strike-out) version of the 2012 approved By-Laws was added to the MoCA Website in January 2015 by President Deb Barker.