Next Meeting – Wednesday, March 2nd – 7pm at Fire Station 22
Minutes from the Feb 3rd Meeting
NW University Master Plan
As mentioned in previous emails, John Kappler has been working with the Mayor, the City Manager as well as Dr Castleberry, President of NW University on the update the University’s Master Plan and “uses for the campus”. Because the NWU master plan was a quasi-judicial matter, John wouldn’t be able to continue acting as a point person for an update to the plan.
The next step will be to understand the limitation or uses of outside organizations using the fields. Once this is understood, a suggestion might be to have a “liaison” to work with the neighbors and NW University.
Request from KAN regarding ST3
Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods (KAN) would like the neighborhoods to issue a letter to ST3. As a group we decide we are not ready to draft a letter. We would like to get both the Pro and Con to one of our upcoming meetings to discuss the issue in more depth. This should happen once ST3 has finalized their draft so we know what we are debating.
KAN ran a survey on parking in Kirkland. The results are posted at http://www.kirklandkan.org/, you can review the overall results or the results within a specific neighborhood.
Neighborhood Matching Grant
The Neighborhood Matching Grant is done every two years. We are in the second year and need to use our money. A good portion of our money is allocated to the Houghtdown Picnic which did not happen in 2015. We can repurpose the money, we need to use it by end of this year. Suggestions included do a volunteer event and hopefully still finding volunteers to run the Houghtdown Picnic this year. If you have suggestions or interested in volunteering to run the Houghtdown Picnic, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood Safety Program
Our Neighborhood Safety Program (NSP) application is to put in crosswalk beacons at the crosswalk near the church on 108th (just south of Fire Station 22). This would be a rapid flashing beacon and street light. Kari and Lisa have been talking with neighbors and will continue to work out the details of the crosswalk project.
Additionally, we submitted the request to look at the drainage on 108th near 55th. This is not a NSP project. The city will look into the drainage as part of regular maintenance.
Year in Review
Brian put together a great presentation on what got accomplished in 2015, check it out! One of the key areas of improvement has been around communication; new meeting notice signs, updated website, and new Facebook page (over 120 members). What do you think of the communication? Is it better? Do you have suggestions on other improvements or would we should be focusing on in 2016?
For 2016, the following officers were elected to run CHNA:
- Chair – Lisa McConnell
- Vice-Chair – Brian Staples
- Treasurer – Erika Somm
- Secretary – Cathy Whiteside
Even though we just had elections, we really, really would like to get new member involved. We would love to work with folks throughout the year so you understand that it doesn’t take that much effort to have a positive impact on your own neighborhood.
Stay in touch!!
Join our group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1376693919236398/
Check the website www.houghtonlives.com
In November, Kirkland residents will be asked to vote in races for three Kirkland City Council seats. To learn more about the candidates and their positions, the Juanita Neighborhood Association and Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance are hosting a forum on Tuesday, September 29th, from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. at the Kirkland Justice Center, 11750 NE 118th Street, behind Fred Meyer’s.
Hear the candidates speak out on the issues important to the Juanita and Finn Hill neighborhoods, and the greater Kirkland community. Everyone is invited to attend.
All of the candidates for November’s City Council seats will be there: Jason Chinchilla and Shelley Kloba for Position 2, Toby Nixon for Position 4, and Martin Morgan and Dave Asher for Position 6.
Questions will be presented that have been submitted by members of the community. There’s still time to recommend a question. Questions can be submitted via email to Ken Albinger at email@example.com.
City Manager Kurt Triplett was up next. He spoke about downtown parking and finishing the Park Lane redesign. He then spoke about the importance of ST3 to Kirkland and getting Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on 405. He also spoke of getting Totem Lake connected to Bellevue's East Link along the Cross Kirkland Corridor. He went on to talk of challenges facing the city - downtown parking, placement of the ARC, and other strategic infrastructure investments (think improvements to 85th).
The mayor and city manager then took audience questions. There were questions about the North Kirkland Fire Station, crime, the ARC, and whether Kirkland will embrace an initiative/referendum effort (council member Nixon indicated he would bring that up in the next city council meeting).
Members in the audience included city council members Asher and Nixon as well as county council members Hague and Dembowski.
The next meeting of the CHNA will be held:
Tuesday November 12, 2019
*Please note that the default day for meetings is the second Tuesday of the months of September, November, January, March, and May. To be timely, we may call special meetings to discuss topics of major neighborhood interest.
Also note, CHNA does not typically meet during July and August, unless there is a specific immediate topic to share.