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.

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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.





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.





Heritage Trees?

27 05 2010

I have nominated the two sycamore trees in Lowman Beach Park for Heritage status at the Plant Amnesty Heritage Trees page.

You may think that it is not possible for a tree on Seattle Parks land to be declared a Heritage tree, but it is! I confirmed that with our local Southwest Parks Center people AND four trees were recently declared Heritage trees in the Roanoke Street Mini-Park. Watch the video at the link. It is way too much fun and special! Can you envision our celebration of the Great Sycamores of Lowman Beach?

Feel free to let PlantAmnesty know how you feel about these two trees.

On another note, the Parks Board meeting tonight is about trees and shrubs on Parks land. My plan is to ask them why they have not moved the city for an ordinance allowing such Heritage trees found on public land (parks) to have legal status and legal protections?





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.





The Smoking Gun?

11 05 2010

This early document posted on the Seattle Parks and Seattle Gov website may not be a smoking gun in terms of answering the question “What did the giftors of Lowman Beach Park say the gift should be used for?”, but it is, I hope, significant. It would seem that the original intent of the park was sabotaged when it was allowed to start to be used as a pump station way back when.