BY THE BOOK, OR THE BY-LAW
by Kirby LindsaySometimes, even in Fremont, business must be tended – and information dispensed. In February, the Fremont Neighborhood Council (FNC) monthly meeting dealt with numerous issues, all in line with their effort to represent residential interests within this community. A few are highlighted here.
From The Department(s) of Transportation
FNC President Norma Jones passed on a message she’d received from Greg Phipps of the Washington Department of Transportation on work pending for the safety barrier for Aurora Bridge. The contractor will need to verify the locations of rebar in the structure, drill holes for attaching the fence panels and gain approval of this work by engineers. All of this is now scheduled for Spring of 2010, with installation of the finished fence panels to be completed by Fall.
A Seattle Department of Transportation representative had scheduled to speak at this meeting on the potential replacement of Metro electric trolley buses, like the #44, with diesel hybrid vehicles. The speaker cancelled at the last minute but discussion among the group went over the information provided. One attendee pointed out that these replacements have created controversy in other neighborhoods. Toby Thaler, an FNC Board Member, described the information provided as “unclear.” The Board decided an informed speaker would need to attend the March so a position can be taken.
This meeting contained no further formal discussion on potential demolition of the 1912 substation building as part of a proposed remodel of Fire Station #9. However, the previous FNC Highlight Reel omitted mention of the decision, at the last meeting, to stand by a vote, taken a few years ago, of the FNC Board for preservation of the substation.
Friends of the Troll’s Knoll attended to ask for an FNC letter of support for their application for Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation Opportunity Funds. The Board agreed to write a letter, without granting support to any particular improvement in order not to counter wishes of neighbors immediately surrounding the Troll’s Knoll (the green space around the Fremont Troll sculpture).
Sheridan Hammond, an FNC Board Member, reported the Woodland Park Zoo improvements to their West Entry remain on-schedule for an opening May 1st. Soon after, the North Entry will become exit only with a corridor created to allow better access to the West. Hammond also reported that, due to a serious budget gap for 2010, the Zoo plans to reduce 12 staff positions and close the Nocturnal House. Out of 17 nocturnal species, Hammond reported, seven will be retained elsewhere at the Zoo.
Still To Come
The FNC Board then initiated discussions about their annual general meeting (AGM) to be held April 26 at the Fremont Baptist Church. The meeting will feature a vote on FNC board members and officers, as well as a speaker as yet to-be-determined. The meeting will be open to the public but, under FNC by-laws, only paid members who live within the boundaries of Fremont (see the map on their web site) can vote.
During this meeting, the Board did, unanimously, vote to add Alex Berezhnoy to the Board, now that he had attended two meetings, as required by the by-laws. In April, Toby Thaler, Julia deBroux, Dic Selin, Elfrieda Noble and Shawn Mulanix have agreed to return to the Board for another year. Norma Jones also agreed to stay on for a second year as President, unless another candidate can be found.
For more on the many issues the FNC regularly wades through, attend a general monthly meeting at History House (790 North 34th) at 7p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month – next one on March 22. See you there?
- FNC Highlight Reel: Communication, Complaint & Preservation
- by Kirby Lindsay, January 29, 2010
- An Ambitious Plan To Fix The Troll’s Knoll
- by Kirby Lindsay, February 12, 2010
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