COMMUNICATION, COMPLAINT & PRESERVATION
by Kirby Lindsay
Sometimes a community meeting contains such breadth and depth of information that an overview proves impossible. Such is the case of the Fremont Neighborhood Council (FNC) meeting held January 25th.
The best way to learn more about what took place – including discussions on the 2010 Fremont Street Fair, the 46th Street Mural, a Lake Union District Council motion, and park levy projects – would be to attend the next FNC meeting – on Monday, February 22 at 7p.m. at History House (790 North 36th Street).
The first of two matters that came up for vote by the FNC Board started with a request from Matt Gasparich for guidance on the FNC blog. A successful blog requires regular posts, he explained. Should he wait the blog until people volunteer to post, or should he continue until volunteers find it? Discussion led, surprisingly, to Facebook. A vote authorized Gasparich to create an FNC Facebook page, with all board members authorized as page administrators.
A new member asked ‘Why blog? Why Facebook? A board member explained recent effort of the FNC to increase two-way communication. To this end, they’ve also worked to update the web site and have repaired the e-mail system.
They held another vote at the end of the meeting, when a board member reported on excessive noise. On a recent Monday night, after 10 p.m., a party bus (run by Creative Bus), parked at the Fremont Troll and a crowd of rowdy, noisy visitors disembarked. This may have been a one-time occurrence, yet several board members decided it warranted a motion to send a letter asking for more consideration of the Troll’s neighbors.
Fire Station Remodel
This meeting attracted a number of attendees anxious to discuss the proposed remodel of local Fire Station #9 (3829 Linden Avenue North). The Seattle Fire Department (SFD) and Fleets and Facilities Department (FFD) of the City of Seattle held an open house at the station on January 9. Erik Pihl, an FNC Board Member, led this discussion against the remodel plans for the 1954 structure and, specifically, proposed demolition of the 1921 building just south of it.
Originally designed by City Architect Daniel Huntington, the 1921 substation failed to achieve landmark status last year. Pihl reported that current plans for the remodel describe sawing off the 1921 building at ground level to avoid possible erosion problems with the embankment upon which it sits.
According to Pihl, the FFD has not, with remodels done under the Emergency Response Levy Program, engaged in community discussions or outreach (beyond the open house). These would potentially extend the process, and add to costs. He said they received approval to by-pass community engagement from the office of now-former Mayor Nickels.
The FNC did not take formal action on this matter, or vote on a motion, but many members want to talk to others around the neighborhood and build support. Also, under newly-elected Mayor McGuinn, several attendees suggested, the decision to by-pass community discussions may be reversed.
Join, Join, Join
The FNC launches their annual membership drive each January. So far, 54 people have joined! To become a part of it, contact President Norma Jones, or simply show up!
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