The Next Advisory Group Meeting!

22 06 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., at The Hall at Fauntleroy, Emerald Room, 9131 California SW. All Murray/Barton Community Advisory Group (CAG) meetings are open to the public to observe discussions. Click here to go to the KCWTD meetings web page.





The Latest West Seattle CSO News and Information

17 06 2010

On June 15, the West Seattle Blog posted a very comprehensive report regarding the latest Parks Board Meeting, the upcoming all-day Technical Information Session noted on our Meetings page, and more about the Murray/Barton Basin Community Advisory Group at CSO Control @ Lowman Beach? New data; new group; Sat. session.

KCWTD continues to add more technical data to the Technical Information Library Page.





Next Important Meetings!

15 06 2010

The KCWTD is holding an all-day Technical Information Sharing session which will be focused on the proposed Murray Pump Station CSO plans (Lowman Beach Park area). The agenda for the meeting has not been posted yet, but sign-in starts at 9:30 a.m.

June 19, 2010 (Saturday); 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All day Technical Information Sharing Session (Gatewood Elementary School, 4320 SW Myrtle Street, Seattle, WA).

A Murray/Barton Basin Community Advisory Group has been established and the first meeting was held on June 9, 2010. The meetings are open to the public and time is allotted for public comment and questions. The current plan is for meetings to take place every other week on Thursdays.

June 24, 2010 (Thursday); 6-8 p.m. Murray/Barton Community Advisory Group Meeting (site to be announced).





Kudos to Parks Board of Commissioners!

13 06 2010

I attended the June 10, 2010, meeting of the Parks Board of Commissioners whose agenda for that meeting included a “Briefing: Lowman Beach Park — King County’s Combined Sewer Overflow Project.” I submitted written testimony at that meeting and I testified. You can find the video of the meeting by clicking here. You can find a pdf of my written testimony by clicking here.

The only two West Seattle residents in attendance were Jim Coombes and I. However, in my opinion, even though higher numbers of concerned residents would have been helpful, it was clear to me that the Parks Board of Commissioners is very protective, active, and supportive of the kind of park we have at Lowman Beach Park. I stayed for the whole meeting, and met “off the record” with the three board members, Neal Adams (Vice Chair), John Barber, and Terry Holme. Although it may not seem very evident in the meeting itself, these three board members are very supportive of our efforts with respect to preserving Lowman Beach Park as it is, and, if the worst case scenario were to ensue, making sure that the park is duplicated as best as possible, in a nearby area. In addition, they are really nice and very bright people. Kudos!

You may note in the video of the meeting that the Lowman Beach briefing person, Kevin Stoops, clearly points out that even if the worst case scenario is played out and the KCWTD CSO containment tank is placed in the park, that it would be considered under the law to be a complete taking of the park by King County, and would, in all likelihood, require that King County buy up nearby private property and convert it to a park similar to Lowman Beach Park, even if Lowman Beach Park is “restored” as much as possible post-construction. You got that? Under the law, it would need to be replaced with an equally similarly located park with similar attributes and size.

The problem with that scenario, as with one of the alternatives proposed by KCWTD, is that it involves the exercise of eminent domain and the forced purchasing of prime private property from people who may not want to sell their property. This is decidedly unacceptable and should be avoided at all costs. To convert people’s property to public land against their will is just immoral.

“Eminent domain” keeps coming up. I find that incredibly disheartening. I see no need to start forcing the sales of prime property for the purposes of duplicating a “taken” park” or installing a containment tank, when there is a huge amount of public land available at Lincoln Park.





Worth Repeating! June 10 Meeting!

8 06 2010

There are only two items on the meeting agenda — Woodland Park Zoo Annual Report and Lowman Beach Park-King County’s Combined Sewer Overflow Project.

Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo, Activity Resource Center near the West Entry, 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle WA 98103. Please visit the Parks Board of Commissioners website by clicking here to get more information about directions to the meeting and to view the briefing papers for this meeting.

Public testimony is allowed and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. Public comments are heard by the Board near the beginning of the meeting, during Oral Communications. There’s a sign up sheet on the agenda table and the chair will call people to the podium in the order of those signatures. If a large number have signed up, each person will have 2 minutes to speak. If there are only a few speakers, the chair will allow 3 minutes each. If a group is attending, it may be advisable to ask one person to speak for the group and so indicate to the chair when you come to the podium. Many speakers find it helpful to read their written comments and then give 10 copies to the Board.





Truly Underwhelming RWQC Briefing on CSO Projects, June 2

5 06 2010

I have to say this — I am so glad I did not spend my hard-earned time on planet earth to attend the most recent Regional Water Quality Committee meeting. At the last minute, since I had not been sent an agenda as promised, and since I had no idea of what amount of time was going to be devoted to the “CSO Briefing,” I decided not to attend. I have since viewed and analyzed the presentation that was made to the RWQC by Linda Sullivan and the committee members’ responses to the presentation. Frankly, it was abysmally underwhelming.

Committee members showed literally no concern about any of the alternatives currently proposed for CSO solutions at the Murray pump station and NONE for the proposed complete alteration of Lowman Beach Park or the use of eminent domain to buy up prime private property for the 2 million gallon tank. NONE!  (Oh, and now the tank is being described as a 2 million gallon tank — used to be 1 million — can someone please make up their mind?)

View the video of the June 2, RWQC meeting yourself by clicking here. Go to the 1:39 mark where the briefing starts. It lasts about 30 minutes.

The two most interested and concerned committee members were Don Davidson, Mayor of the City of Bellevue, and Bill Peloza, councilmember City of Auburn. Unfortunately, one of the most significant questions that came from Mr. Peloza went substantially unanswered and without follow-up. The question related to “how are you going to reduce those five overflows per year at Murray to one per year?” I will send Mr. Peloza an e-mail that answers that question for him. The short answer is, the current plans won’t.

I will also be writing to the RWQC asking to be allowed to do a briefing to them on the community’s concerns and to more adequately answer the questions that Mr. Davidson and Peloza had.  Mr. Davidson’s concern related to his question which was essentially “when are we going to get this right?”





Next Important Meeting! Parks Board of Commissioners! (June 10)

5 06 2010

There are only two items on the meeting agenda — Woodland Park Zoo Annual Report and Lowman Beach Park-King County’s Combined Sewer Overflow Project.

Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo, Activity Resource Center near the West Entry, 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle WA 98103. Please visit the Parks Board of Commissioners website by clicking here to get more information about directions to the meeting and to view the briefing papers for this meeting.

Public testimony is allowed and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. Public comments are heard by the Board near the beginning of the meeting, during Oral Communications. There’s a sign up sheet on the agenda table and the chair will call people to the podium in the order of those signatures. If a large number have signed up, each person will have 2 minutes to speak. If there are only a few speakers, the chair will allow 3 minutes each. If a group is attending, it may be advisable to ask one person to speak for the group and so indicate to the chair when you come to the podium. Many speakers find it helpful to read their written comments and then give 10 copies to the Board.








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