Making Hard Decisions
by Kirby LindsayThe guest speaker at the February Fremont Neighborhood Council (FNC) meeting was Tim Durkan. He spoke about the interim configuration of the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhood District Coordinators – like himself – following the closure of six community offices. A column detailing his presentation will follow this one, and include input from the Lake Union District Council, which had their meeting a week later.
For now, let us look at two other items of particular interest that came up during the February FNC meeting.
To Paint, Or Not To Paint, Is No Longer In Question
Under an agenda item about contributing information to the Fremont Chamber of Commerce website, discussion moved to the continued vandalism of the Bridge Way Mural. FNC President Norma Jones reported that two concerned neighbors approached her to say that they intend to repaint the damaged portions of the mural, without waiting for the long-proposed Fremont Arts Council (FAC) effort.
At the January 2011 FNC meeting, the Board reported on a letter sent to the FAC with an offer of funds and volunteers to clean up the mural. Jones now asked if the Board would give money to a parallel effort. Several Board members agreed on an urgent need to fix the mural. Board member Toby Thaler then asked for advice from Heather McAuliffe, an attendee whom he described as an expert on removing graffiti. She advised that outside painting projects wait until the temperature rises above 50 degrees.
The group agreed that painting can wait until April. Jones said she will reach out to the FAC – and their new president Michael Clark – to ask if they will organize a paint-out party by April 1st. The Board then voted to allocate funds - up to $200 - and volunteers to help the two neighbors if the FAC does not make progress.
A Flag for Pedestrian Safety
McAuliffe then presented two requests to the FNC for assistance with “pet peeves.” The first involved sending a letter – she presented a draft - to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) for changes to the crosswalk signals at Fremont Avenue & North 39th. Currently pedestrians, she reported, may only cross when all traffic has been stopped. This requires pedestrians to wait a long time. The Board approved the letter, and will send it to SDOT Director Peter Hahn.
McAuliffe then outlined her plan to install pedestrian signal flags along Fremont Avenue, at the intersections with North 41st Street, North 42nd Street, North Motor Place, and North 43rd Street (both of them.) She has priced out materials for 12 buckets, zip ties, and 24 flags at a total cost of $185, and requested the funds from the FNC.
McAuliffe said she would do all the installation work, along with purchasing the materials. Jones asked about permitting, and McAuliffe reported that an SDOT representative told her none was required. Toby Thaler voiced concern about the flags disappearing.
The Board approved a motion for the expenditure, with a last minute addition that the buckets, or the flags, be marked as “provided by the Fremont Neighborhood Council.” The Board authorized up to $250, and McAulliffe said she would use the extra funds to purchase replacement flags for any that may go missing.
To learn more about the FNC, and what else takes place at their meetings, attend the next one on March 28th. The public meetings take place on the fourth Monday of each month at 7pm at History House (790 N 34th.) See you there?
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