In the Depths Of December
by Kirby LindsayWhile the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and the Fremont Neighborhood Council routinely don’t meet in December, this year the Fremont Arts Council only nearly didn’t.
Reports were mixed about whether reminder notices about the monthly ‘committee-of-the-whole’ (C.O.W.) meeting had gone out. Yet enough stalwart members arrived to convince Board Members Michael Falcone and Rodman Miller, and Board President Jerry Smith, to proceed.
Of Websites & Elections
A website failure – which turned out to be a problem with the domain – may have interrupted notices from going out. President Smith had acquired the information needed to restore the website, he reported, and he intended to repair the problem the following day.
The failure hampered access to the membership database, which also barred efforts towards holding a board election in January. At this meeting, the COW decided to schedule the election for the February 8th COW meeting. That allows time to solicitate board member nominations, and potential candidates to address the January 11th, 2011 COW. Also, to be eligible to vote, memberships must be signed-up or renewed by the January COW meeting.
Of Storage & Workshop Space
Maque da Vis received notification earlier this month from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) that the FAC storage space under the Ballard Bridge must be vacated by April 9, 2011. SDOT plans to do seismic reinforcement work on the Ballard Bridge over the next two years. Da Vis expressed serious concern about how the timing could affect 2011 Solstice Parade preparation.
Significant among the stored items are the float bases used in the parade. They’d need to be shifted early in April, then again to the FAC workshop at the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Avenue N) early in May for parade prep. Da Vis, and other FAC representatives, spoke with City representatives about alternative sites – and established a list of contacts to investigate. So far SDOT representatives have given verbal promises that the FAC could return to the Ballard Bridge site after the seismic work, but no promises have been given in writing.
For now da Vis needs assistance in locating potential storage – either temporary or permanent. He estimated the current location at 6,000 square feet, but he prefers 10,000. Also, the current storage area stands outdoors, covered by the bridge structure. Da Vis prefers another covered space, but does not depend upon it. Regardless, he said, the move will slim down the items being stored. Barb Luecke suggested that an alternative parade workshop space to the Powerhouse – that would allow storage of the float bases in April – would be ideal.
Of Rapunzel & Rewards
Rodman Miller has also been negotiating with SDOT, over performing repair work on his Rapunzel neon art on the Fremont Bridge. The hair doesn’t function, and repairs must be completed from the outside. Miller found a volunteer willing to hang off the bridge tower and make repairs, but SDOT has denied their permission, and currently cannot offer the equipment necessary to lift someone up the tower.
Perhaps his conscientiousness was one reason the Fremont Chamber awarded Miller the 2010 Local Hero at their annual presentation in early December, in addition to his long-term service as a board member – and volunteer – with both the Chamber and the FAC. The Chamber also presented Leslie Zenz and Mylinda Sneed with the “You Make It Look Easy” award for their organization, and model of cooperation, on the 2010 Solstice Parade.
The meeting ended early, with many anxious to go help out with the Winter Feast. Da Vis, Smith and Miller, however, strode out into the darkness to fix a roof leak on the Powerhouse. To learn more about all their activities, contact the FAC by e-mail, or follow their Yahoo e-group or Facebook page; or attend an upcoming monthly COW meeting, held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Powerhouse, at 7:10p. See you there?
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