BDC’s November 12 meeting will provide updates on two civilian-based Public Safety programs — the city’s new Community Service Officer (CSO) Program and LEAD (law enforcement assisted diversion), as well as a visit from our District 6 City Councilmember, Dan Strauss.
The event will be broadcast on the BDC YouTube channel from 7-8:30pm on Thursday, November 12. (Note that BDC usually meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, but we are delaying by one day due to Veteran’s Day holiday.)
We don’t know about you, but we are feeling a little “zoomed out” right now and have decided to take a break from our summer routine of online web-televised meetings this month. Apologies for being rather last minute with telling you. Despite the stay-home-lifestyle, it has been sooo busy for most of us still.
OCTOBER MEETING PLAN
We are pleased to be hosting a candidate forum with our two final candidates seeking to win the 36th District State Representative seat being vacated by Gael Tarleton. Sarah Reyneveld is an assistant Attorney General in Bob Ferguson’s office who lives in greater Ballard. Liz Berry is a nonprofit director who lives in Queen Anne. Both are passionate professional women with families, raising two young children.
With all the careening disease, civic upheaval, and tenuous politics this year, times can get overwhelming. But Ballard District Council will keep trying to support the connectedness of our community through these times as much as possible. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find us on Facebook too.
We had an information-rich set of presentations at our meeting on Wednesday 8/12/20 from Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light, including remarks from two local artists about permanent art installations coming to Ballard. Big changes are underway on the waterfront at the base of 24th Ave NW.
We hope more community members will have opportunity to scan the content. Here are links to specific portions to ease your way. Please help share with other Ballardites.
Seattle Public Utilities’ Ship Canal Water Quality Project (SCWQP) — As you drive along Shilshole Avenue, you may have noticed a tall green fence around the massive undertaking between Seattle Public Utilities and King County Wastewater Treatment Division to reduce the amount of polluted stormwater and sewage that flows into the Lake Washington Ship Canal, Salmon Bay, and Lake Union. (Ballard construction includes a large site near the former Yankee Diner.) In addition to info from SPU project managers, the presentation will include an overview of temporary and permanent public art from the Office of Arts and Culture, and artist Jeffrey Veregge will join us to discuss his concept for large-scale artwork at the Ballard site.
Special Note: a new community coalition called the Friends of Ballard Waterfront Park (FOBWP) will speak about promoting enhanced public open space around the 24th Ave NW Pier and shoreline street end. This loosely formed group with representatives from Groundswell NW, Stimson Marina, Central Ballard Residents and Friends of Street Ends seeks to work with SPU, other agencies and the community to maximize opportunities for public access at this important waterfront location.
Seattle City Light Transportation Electrification Project — Seattle City Light is interested in your ideas and feedback on the use of electricity to power buses, trucks, cars, ferries and other modes of transport, with benefits including cleaner air, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, opportunities to save money, and new jobs.
Community Q&A — please send us questions prior to and during the meeting, and encourage other community members to engage, as well.
The vice president of Ballard District Council, Angie Gerrald, participated in Councilmember Dan Strauss’s 7/21/20 Online Town Hall, providing a brief recap of the district council’s scope and history, as well as posing two Public Safety questions on behalf of the community. Click the links below to view archived video:
12:26 — Question 1:City council has strongly conveyed that you will be significantly and immediately making changes to the Seattle Police budget. What does this mean in practicality for the City in general and for Ballard in particular in the next 6-12 months and 2-3 years? By what parameters are you gauging your accountability for public safety outcomes in the near term, given the unprecedented period of change?
14:59 — Question 2:Many police budget demands being presented to city council are centered around the concept of “community based organizations.” What does this tangibly mean, in the near term, for Ballard and other North Precinct neighborhoods, as funding is moved from the Seattle Police budget? How can the Ballard community engage in public safety reform at the local level?
The first half of the Town Hall also contains updates and questions from the Green Lake, Fremont, Wallingford and Phinney community councils.
The second half of the Town Hall featured a panel of Ballard residents having a community conversation about race, moderated by Dmarkis Wigfall, organizer for Justice for Black Lives.
For our July meeting, we hosted a one-hour online panel with presentations on two big new Market Street building developments (Ballard Aegis at 949 NW Market Street and Ballard Yards at 2417 NW Market Street) as well as an update from District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss, chair of city council’s Land Use & Neighborhoods Committee.
48:56 Q&A with Aegis (including additional Aegis project at Holman Road & Third Ave NW; delays due to pandemic; project updates and web site)
51:30 Q&A with Ballard Yards(including neighbor questions re: noise/dust mitigation and environmental impacts; why not more 2-bedroom units?; industrial noise mitigation for residents)
58:18 Q&A with Dan Strauss (including pandemic changes to design/admin reviews and public input, e.g., hotel planned for former Ballard Blossom site; rethinking density given new realities of social distancing?; Ballard Locks pedestrian access; Burlington Northern train bridge replacement)
For our July meeting, we’ll broadcast a one-hour panel with two development presentations and an update from District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss, chair of city council’s Planning and Land Use Committee.