Wednesday, December 3rd at 7pm
Houghton Fire Station 22
6602 108th Avenue NE
1) Neighborhood Matching Grant
The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program provides Kirkland neighborhoods the opportunity to apply for City funds to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. Neighborhood matching grant funds have resulted in many physical improvements in the neighborhoods as well as community building activities. In the past, Central Houghton has used its grants primarily for the HoughtDown and neighborhood communications (website, newsletter, mailings, etc.). We will be discussing how we’ll want to use the next two-year cycle of grants. Historical Listing of Grants (PDF-23 kb)
Eligible projects fall into five categories:
- Community Building Events: Neighborhood picnic, July 4 parade entry, holiday events, outdoor health/recreation (walking, biking, running) events, and emergency preparedness fairs.
- Communications and Operations: Neighborhood website, mailings, newsletters, meeting space, and administrative costs.
- Physical Improvement Projects: Landscape beautification, playground and minor park improvements, tree planting, and clean-up.
- Neighborhood Identity Projects: Signage and neighborhood entrance beautification, banners, and public art.
- Leadership Training and Education: Sponsorship of board members or residents to the Leadership Institute, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), or other training opportunities.
2) Neighborhood Safety Program
The City Council authorized the Neighborhood Safety Program (NSP) in June 2014. The purpose of the Program is to reenergize Neighborhood Associations by empowering them to work collaboratively to identify, prioritize and address pedestrian and bicycle safety issues in Kirkland neighborhoods.
The Program is funded by the voter approved 2012 Streets Levy. Each year there is a total of $150,000 available for projects citywide under $50,000. Projects fall into the following categories:
- Bicycle facility: Bike lanes or trails.
- Crosswalks: New crosswalks, improved crosswalk ramps (ADA), crosswalk islands, and rapid flashing beacons.
- Intersection Improvement: Signage, parking, and pedestrian “bump outs.”
- Traffic Calming: Traffic islands, speed cushions, pedestrian “bump outs,” signage, and radar signs.
- Walkway/Sidewalk and Trail: gravel trail, steps, curb, traffic delineators, and sidewalk.
- Street Light: on existing utility pole or installing a light new pole.
Project idea due: December 15, 2014
NSP Workshop: January 22, 2015
Applications Available: January 22, 2015
Applications Due: No later than February 9, 2015
Panel review: March 11, 2015
Panel decision: March 25, 2015
City Council decision: April 21, 2015
Projects announced: By end of April, 2015
Projects End: June 1, 2016
For more information on the Neighborhood Safety Program see - http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/CMO/Neighborhood_Services/NSP.htm
3) Kirkland Parkplace Update
Bill Pollard of Talon Private Capital presented Talon’s new plans for Kirkland Parkplace, at the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods (KAN) meeting in November. Talon Private Capital, a Seattle-based privately-held real estate investment firm, is hoping to revive the Kirkland Parkplace project. Talon has offered to meet with the CHNA in the February timeframe to discuss it’s plans for Parkplace. In preparation for that meeting be aware of the following information (Talon will not be at our December meeting and we will not be discussing Parkplace, this is informational only).
- City page for Parkplace plan information - http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/planning/Development_Info/projects/Parkplace.htm
- Talon’s Amendment Request for Parkplace - http://www.kirklandwa.gov/Assets/City+Council/Council+Packets/102114/11a_NewBusiness.pdf
- Talon’s News page - http://www.talonprivate.com/news.html
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Check the website www.houghtonlives.com
Thanks. Hope to see you there!
Interim CHNA Chair