Here are the topics covered at the Monthly NDNC Meeting on November 12:
Sustainable Seattle: Green Infrastructure
Hannah Kett, Neighborhood Programs Manager from Sustainable Seattle (not the umbrella organization of Sustainable West Seattle), spoke about her organization’s work to promote green infrastructure in Seattle. Sustainable Seattle is focused on the long-term health and sustainability of Seattle and the surrounding Puget Sound region. It is working to promote “Green Blocks Blue Sound” – a program aimed at removing pollutant inflows into Puget Sound waterways by encouraging citizens and other landowners to install rain gardens and cisterns that will help protect Puget Sound from storm overflows. Specific areas of Seattle, including blocks around Delridge Way SW, have been identified as incentive zones where landowners are eligible to receive rebates for installing rain gardens or cisterns. To find out if you live in a qualifying area, click here to Seattle Public Utilities’ RainWise website.
Rain gardens are attractive landscape features that are designed to absorb and treat rainwater from paved surfaces such as roofs, parking areas, and sidewalks. A rain garden has rich soil and usually native plants adapted to changing water levels. The soil and plants slow down the runoff, thus reducing flooding and overflow in the sewer system. Cisterns (big rain barrels that hold 200-1000 gallons or more) can help reduce the peak storm runoff that damages our streams and causes sewer overflows. They can also hold water to irrigate lawns and gardens in summer.
Sustainable Seattle helps guide qualifying residents through the site design and installation process for both rain gardens and cisterns. For more information, please contact the following:
Seattle Public Utilities RainWise Program
Delridge Paving Project
LeAnne Nelson from SDOT presented the latest info on the Department’s planned project to pave Delridge Way SW from Orchard to Henderson streets. This is a $9 million Bridging the Gap maintenance project. SDOT is hoping to be able to extend the project to SW Roxbury St. (the city line), but that will depend on the financing when the bids come back from the contractors. The project will begin in early 2013. It will be conducted in four phases of one to two months each and is expected to be completed by the end of December 2013. Because there are few arterial streets around Delridge, southbound cars will be detoured around each phase via 35th Ave. SW. Northbound traffic will flow on Delridge throughout the project period. SDOT is currently working with Metro regarding impacts to buses and how to communicate any changes to residents.
At an earlier open house on the project, Delridge residents expressed concerns that the repaving does not include any of the “boulevard feel” features we have been asking for. LeAnne said that the southern part of Delridge – where this project is taking place – does not have the width to provide any boulevard-like features now or in the future. However, this will still be possible in North Delridge, where the street is considerably wider. Attendees at the NDNC meeting asked LeAnne about parent notification of school bus stop changes and whether or not the police station will be blocked. She promised to get answers on both of these.
If you have additional questions, comments or concerns, please contact:
Senior Communications Advisor
Capital Projects & Roadway Structures Division
Seattle Department of Transportation
SDOT’s website on the project can be found here.
Fall Clean-Up Report
Lisa Taylor-Whitley led the fall trash pick up effort on Saturday, Nov. 10 and provided a report. Thanks to all who came out to support the Council’s beautification efforts. The group discussed developing an ongoing committee to respond quickly to graffiti incidents.
Jake VanderPlas reported that the City Council budget contains a line item of $700,000 for the Delridge Greenway along 26th Ave. SW. He expects this to be added to Mayor McGinn’s budget as well. There was an SDOT outreach meeting on the Delridge Greenway on Nov. 14. The next meeting will be in January.
The Council held officer and committee chair elections for the 2013 Executive Committee. The following neighbors were elected:
Co-Chairs: Parie Hines & Kirsten Smith
Co-Secretary: Rafeel Garcia & OPEN
Treasurer: Patrick Baer (interim)
Beautification: Lisa Taylor-Whitley
Outreach: Amanda Leonard
Public Safety: Dorsol Plants
Transportation: Jake VanderPlas
We still need someone willing to serve as co-secretary. If you are interested, please email the Executive Committee at email@example.com.
The next meeting will be Monday, December 10 at 6:30 pm in the Delridge Library meeting room. The City will be discussing regulations for marijuana dispensaries. We plan to make it an end-of-the-year celebration and ask those who are willing to bring an appetizer or other dish to share. More info to follow.
For questions regarding these or other issues, or more information about NDNC, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.