Panelists at the BDC 5-13-20 online meeting

Recap of 5/13/20 Online Panel — Covid-19 Updates

Did you miss watching our first-ever online meeting, on Wednesday, May 13, or would you like to share with other community members? Here is a video link to the full presentation, with a focus on Covid-19 community and local government updates.

See notes below for specific time marks so you can fast forward to the portions of most interest to you.

Video Recap

0:00 — Opening Remarks & Introductions

4:46 — Jody Grage, Ballard Community Taskforce for Homelessness & Hunger

10:37 — Mike Stewart, Executive Director, Ballard Alliance

  • Establishment of private security patrol in business district to address uptick in criminal activity
  • Mural program to beautify boarded up buildings (mentioned in National GeographicSlate, Seattle Times,  and other media)
  • Ballard Marketplace – new online retail option to shop local and support businesses and restaurants
  • Farm It Forward – new program to donate Ballard Farmers Market produce direct to the Ballard Food Bank, supporting area farmers and local neighbors in need
  • Market Street Repaving – Requesting that SDOT postpone for 18 months the major repavement project for Market Street (between 15th and 24th Ave NW) scheduled to begin this summer. Would have devastating impacts for businesses already severely impacted by Covid-19, as well as overlapping with SDOT’s long delays in finishing the Multimodal project that continues to disrupt access from 24th to 32nd Ave NW.

18:14 — Rosemary Byrne, King County Health update on Ballard Farmers Market

  • Ballard Farmers Market is one of first markets in King County to re-open during the pandemic, with help of mayor’s office and CM Strauss
  • New protocols: health screening for vendors, social distancing and sanitation practices for shoppers and vendors
  • Drive through and walk through options
  • Health Dept continuing to check in each week
  • Safe and healthy option for shopping

22:25 — District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss

  • Recap of City of Seattle Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and Governor’s proclamation (govt limited to crisis response and  necessary and routine matters)
  • Strauss’s staff available to help small businesses navigate different levels of government support during crisis (contact Peter Nguyen)
  • Also discussed letter to governor from brewery district, SDOT multimodal, Safe Streets program, emergency housing/jobs, parking enforcement, constituent meetings, tree ordinance
  • Sign up for his newsletter/blog
  • Contact his office with questions/concerns 

34:45 King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles

  • County council is working full-time remotely
  • Recap of county council jurisdiction/scope (King County is larger than 16 states population-wise; she represents District 4)
  • Overview of county’s 2nd omnibus budget, in response to crisis
  • Topics covered included public health updates, childcare for essential workers, allocation of federal funds, upcoming county budget cycles, isolation/quarantine/recovery facilities, de-intensification of homeless shelters, small business assistance, tourism industry, and more.
  • She is sending helpful Covid E-News updates 5 days/week during the pandemic, with state and county updates
  • She has a staff of 4, please contact them with questions/concerns
  • Sign up for her newsletter 

47:27 Community Q&A

  • 48:04 Transit Safety question — “In addition to new requirements around mask-wearing, how will Metro be protecting public health and safety for employees and all kinds of riders, including the complexities of serving non-destination riders as well as essential workers, families, seniors, etc.”
  • 50:44 Safe Streets / Greenways – “We had several questions submitted regarding the Stay Healthy Streets initiative — the mayor’s permanent closure of through-traffic on some Neighborhood Greenways. A main theme people are inquiring about is: How can the public have input in the process? Some would like to recommend additional routes for consideration and others are noting that the SDOT decree violates the spirit of the governor’s order limiting government actions during this period to routine functions and fighting the pandemic, due to the impossibility of open public participation. Can you clarify for District 6, is there still opportunity to tweak the approach or otherwise weigh in?”
  • 54:25 Hep A Outbreak in Ballard – “Please give an update on the hepatitis A outbreak in Ballard. Is it fully under control? Any new cases?” (No new updates yet from Public Health, past May 4)
  • 55:19 Ballard Commons Park Encampments/Safety – “We received many questions about encampments and public safety issues in the Ballard Commons area and other parts of Ballard, from lack of social distancing and disease vectors, to drug and crime activity, vandalization and harassment, and other impacts. Several officials and citizens have publicly spoken out against the clean-up at Ballard Commons in favor of a shelter in place strategy for tent and vehicle campers. You’ve stated that the safety of the neighborhood is important to you but also that the removal went against your values. Aside from long-term solutions, how do you propose to keep the area around the Commons and the library safe?”
  • 58:10 LEAD and Co-LEAD – “LEAD, the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program — which has been active in Ballard since summer 2018 and presented to BDC in 2018 – has received $6 million more in funding this year. In response to the pandemic, LEAD is also being used now to support people who were released early from jail due to social distancing concerns. How can the Ballard community learn what is going on with LEAD and co-LEAD in our area? Is it possible for community members to get updates and provide feedback on the LEAD program? ”
  • 59:26 Ballard Pea Patch funding – “Given the critical nature of the response to the pandemic and resulting food shortages and supply chain interruptions, what do you view as the role of community gardens such as the Ballard P-Patch? The Campaign to Save it includes significant public monies, as identified by State, County and City representatives. Is there any concern on the county or other gov. levels that levy funds will be re-allocated and not be available to fulfill their originally mandated purposes?”
  • 1:01:23 Domestic violence & protection orders during Covid-19 – Protectino order petitions can be submitted via email. Contact her office if you need help connecting to resources.
  • 1:02:07 Closing remarks
  • 1:04:07 Grumpy D’s Open Mic Night begins