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 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.





Community Advisory Committee or Council?

25 05 2010

Apparently, there is movement towards establishing bona fide stakeholder groups for the four designated “Beach CSO Projects” two located in West Seattle, and two further north in the Magnolia and North Park areas. I and several other neighbors have been contacted to provide preliminary comments and feedback to staff of company called EnviroIssues, apparently for the purposes of getting a sense of the issues that would be important for the establishment of stakeholder groups.

I will keep you updated as this process moves along. It would be nice if it is truly the beginnings of bringing the willpower, clout, and commitment of engaged communities to the table for obtaining the right solutions for CSO for both neighborhoods and the Sound — you know, adequate, expandable, maintainable, non-hazardous, and future-oriented.





Important Regional Water Quality Committee Meeting!

25 05 2010

At the June 2 RWQC meeting, chaired by King County Councilmember Jan Drago, the Committee will receive a briefing about the West Seattle CSO projects and the other two CSO projects further north at North Park and Magnolia. Public comment is allowed. I will post an agenda of this meeting as soon as I receive it.

The meeting takes place at 3:00 p.m., in the King County Council Chambers, at the King County Courthouse, on the 10th floor.

To view the video of last month’s meeting, please click here. Go to the 11:30 mark of the video for Councilmember Drago’s comments and directions to King County Wastewater Division for the June 2 meeting agenda.  Kudos to Jan Drago for her initiative in these matters!





Important Seattle Park Board Meetings!

25 05 2010

Seattle Park Board Meetings, Thursdays, May 27 and June 10, 2010.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a volunteer advisory board established by ordinance. The Board consults with and makes recommendations to City Council, the Mayor, and the Superintendent regarding the Parks and Recreation Department’s policies for the planning, development and use of the City’s park and recreation facilities..

May 27 — Seattle Parks’ senior urban forester, Mark Mead, is scheduled to attend the May 27 Park Board meeting to brief the Board on the Department’s “Tree Management Maintenance, Pruning and/or Removal Policy.” This is an opportunity to let the Park Board know about your concerns regarding the proposed KCWTD alternative plan to site a CSO tank in Lowman Beach Park that would require the removal of the two treasured and significant sycamore trees located in the park.

June 10 — Kevin Stoops, Seattle Parks’ Director of Planning and Development, will give a briefing on Lowman Beach and King County’s consideration to use the park for underground sewage storage and combined sewer overflow control facilities. Obviously, this is a great opportunity to let the Parks Board know your feelings and thoughts about the KCWTD plans to completely redo the park for the purpose of locating a CSO tank in the park.

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.

Park Board Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and take place in the Park Board Room in the Parks administration building in Denny Park at 100 Dexter Ave North.





Fauntleroy Community Association Ups the Conflict Quotient

12 05 2010

Although it is allegedly only a “Draft” letter to Dow Constantine from the Fauntleroy Community Association (FCA), it is difficult to know just what was going through their minds, other than to raise the level of conflict and set up a situation that only makes things more controversial. You can read it for yourself at the West Seattle Blog: Fauntleroy Community Association: CSO “proceed” letter, schoolhouse.

I have checked, and so far received confirmation from one Morgan Community Association officer, that no FCA officer or otherwise passed this Draft letter to Dow Constantine by any of the MOCA officers for review and comment BEFORE deciding to make it public. In its current form it is a clear call to arms for MOCA and all those who are working for a comprehensive solution to this area’s CSO problems.

In my humble opinion, it would have been far more neighborly to do a joint letter to Dow Constantine from the presidents of both organizations, but, I guess the FCA wants to go this on their own and have decided they want what they want when they want it no matter how it affects anyone else. Pretty far from neighborly. And, quite frankly, it signifies the VERY LAST TIME I will support anything the FCA wants, like I did with their campaign related to Washington State Ferries’ expansion plans for the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock. Never again. What are you thinking?

As for the solution that they want to have proceed, I am not sure they are getting it. It won’t solve their CSO problems, not even close, and they have an aging pump station that is the lowest in the system and is incredibly vulnerable to future sea level rise and has already gone down, pumps and all, from flooding. To put an underbuilt structure in a school house parking lot and then call that a solution is really just passing the buck to the next community downstream. Thanks, but no thanks!





Keep Beating the Drums! “Moratorium Plus True Stakeholder Representation!”

10 05 2010

The meeting of Save Lowman Beach Park people this evening (5/10/10 at Puppy Perfectors in White Center), sponsored and organized by Gary Cobb, was a great start for the core of a true stakeholders group with voting rights for the plans for CSO facilities to be sited in West Seattle at or near the Barton and Murray pump stations.

Kudos to Gary! Lots of passion and lots of ideas and the main theme was “Moratorium on all plans and establish a true and significant stakeholders group, now!” Also, don’t let them head fake us with “informational meetings,” as if that constitutes a true stakeholder consultation process.

Read my lips “Moratorium on all plans for Barton and Murray CSO facilities and back to the drawing board with true consultation and voting power of a stakeholders group.”

Otherwise, quite frankly, this group and many more individuals who are ready to join up, will make life as difficult as possible for any of the current plans to ever see the light of day. Are you listening, KCWTD?

One other thing — politicize this as much as you can. My current phrase goes like this “If [insert elected official’s name] is going to drag their feet on assisting this community to get what it unanimously wants, and, on top of that, force our residents to put out hard-earned cash and expensive time to get what is right, there WILL be a price to pay come the next election, period.”

On that note: Thank you “Mac” McElroy” again, for showing an interest in this very hot and controversial, and dear to the heart issue, by coming to the meeting this evening. He’s running for Washington State House of Representatives 34th District Pos. 2 as an Independent. I would thank other candidates, and will always thank elected officials and candidates who show this kind of interest in something that is clearly dear to the hearts of the residents of West Seattle.  So, show up, so I can thank you!