October Meeting: Meet SPU and City Light

Next HPAC Meeting is Weds., October 25, 2017

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Agenda Includes:

Engagement with Community Resources

Lt. Ron Smith, Seattle Police Department: 

Reviewing current crime stats and responding to current concerns/issues

Meet SPU Drainage and Wastewater South Operations Center Team

The City of Seattle has purchased property at 4500 W Marginal Way SW for use as Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) Drainage and Wastewater South Operations Center (SOC). The facility will be home to some of SPU’s Drainage and Wastewater field employees, work vehicles and equipment storage. These field employees clean and repair the City’s sewer and drainage systems, investigate waterway pollution, provide emergency response to storm events and natural disasters, and more.

As a nearby neighbor, SPU wanted you to be among the first to learn about the proposed building improvements and SPU’s planned use of the building. Join SPU Project Manager and staff at the Highland Park Action Committee Meeting on Oct. 25 to hear more and ask any questions you have about their future building on W Marginal Way SW.

Meet Seattle City Light’s Advanced Metering Program Team
City Light is excited to announce that advanced meters are the new meter standard for City Light’s service territory. In October 2016, City Light started the installation of advanced meters on new residential and small commercial construction projects under normal business operations. The majority of residential and commercial customers will begin receiving new meters in the summer of 2017. This is an incremental approach, with benefits realized` once the entire system is installed by 2019. Customers who do not wish to receive the benefits of an advanced meter can choose to opt out.

Community Announcements

HPAC Projects

HPAC Executive Committee Updates:

  • REACH (DSHS) Program May Come to Highland Park
  • Falconridge Farm & Potential For Neighborhood Input Aligning with our Emerging Vision for the Highland Park Neighborhood
  • Ideas and Discussion for Speakers & Topics for 2018
  • Highland Park Way Roundabout Project Update
  • Reminder Bylaws Subcommittee to meet in Nov & Dec
  • Reminder New Meeting Format for 2018

Help HPAC update our Bylaws – Looking for more members for short term committee

Community Events & Meetings

Volunteers Needed For Highland Park Roundabouts Cleanup and Beautification

Highland Park Roundabouts Cleanup and Beautification
This month we will be cleaning out the weeds, blackberry vines, and dead plants from four roundabouts in Highland Park, then replacing with new trees, shrubs and ground cover. We could use your help. 
If you live, walk or drive near the intersections listed below, or you love to garden, or you just want to meet some neighbors, come on out and pitch in!


  • 10am – 12:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Trenton — remove overgrowth & dead plants
  • 2pm – 4:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Thistle — remove overgrowth & dead plants


  • 10am – 12:30pm: 10th Ave SW & SW Thistle — remove overgrowth & dead plants
  • 2pm – 4:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Kenyon — remove summer annuals


  • 10am – 11:30am: 12th Ave SW & SW Trenton — install new plants & mulch
  • 12pm – 1:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Thistle — install new plants & mulch
  • 2pm – 3:30pm: 10th Ave SW & SW Thistle — install new plants & mulch
  • 4pm – 5:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Kenyon — install new plants & mulch

If you can lend a hand at any of those times, please contact Aubbie so we know how many volunteers to expect. We can also use garden tools, wheelbarrows, yard waste bins, etc. Questions? Give Aubbie a shout — at aubbiebeal@gmail.com or PM via NextDoor or Facebook.
Thank you!
Aubbie & Gunner

Events at HPIC

Happening at Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC)

  • 1st Fridays – Corner Bar
  • 2nd Fridays ART LOUNGE Art Class + community art lounge + HPIC bar
  • 3rd Fridays Family Movie Night
  • Every Monday and Thursday 7:00 pm Yoga Flow – All Levels
  • Saturdays @ 9AM (60 min) – Hatha Yoga

Delridge Neighborhood District Council Monthly Meeting
3rd Weds of the month at 7p – See Facebook page for location


Advocacy Needed

Contact SDOT to Reinstate Funds for Chief Sealth International High School  Walkway Project 
Hello neighbors!
I’m asking you to reach out to the city of Seattle to voice your support for the Chief Sealth International High School Walkway Project that was slated for completion in 2018. The funds were already allocated in the 2017 Neighborhood Parks and Streets Fund and for some reason… someone slashed the project in half!

The West Seattle Blog has also done a fantastic job in letting the neighborhood know the important details, you can refer back to this article: http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/you-can-help-community-campaign-to-convince-sdot-to-keep-its-commitment-to-full-chief-sealth-walkways-project/

Here are just a few of the reasons why this walkway needs to be constructed as initially planned:
1.The safety issue for students is very high on the list. I have parents of CSHS telling me that they will not let their children use this pathway for fear of theft, drug dealing, personal safety etc.
2. The lack of green space in South Delridge is the highest of any neighborhood in the city. As we continue to discuss HALA, I find it inexplicable that green space isn’t an integral part of it.  The Emerald City is losing a little of its “emerald’ daily and we need to consciously grab on to what is left. The initial proposal gave this neighborhood a real gem in place of the current eye sore. Other sections of WS are getting “pocket parks”; we need to advocate for our green spaces too!
3. So many people, in addition to the students, use this undeveloped path: people going to and from the Westwood Village for shopping and bus riders from 25th and Barton.
4. As it stands now in its current state, this lot is a magnet for dumping and nefarious activity. This project will help curtail those negative activities.
5. The same person has owned the adjoining properties for over 20 years. He has done absolutely no improvements and has filed no permits during this entire time span. That the city is using the “possibility” for the developer to “eventually” make the necessary improvements is absurd.


Please send this email on to anyone else that will lend support. Thank you for your support!
In community,
Marianne McCord

Comment on Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – Comment period will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2017
The City of Seattle is asking for ideas on what should be included in the environmental analysis (EIS) for the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) program. An ADU is a secondary unit inside, attached to, or in the backyard of your home. We want to help you understand the purpose and process of the EIS and find out what is important to you.

The City of Seattle is proposing to change regulations in the Land Use Code to remove barriers to the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADU) in single-family zones. The proposal involves allowing two ADUs on one lot, removing the existing off-street parking and owner-occupancy requirements, and changing some development standards that regulate the size and location of detached ADUs.

We are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will analyze two alternatives and identify the impacts of each alternative. We want your feedback on what to consider and analyze as we explore options for small-scale housing options in Seattle’s neighborhoods.

All comments are welcome during the scoping phase, but comments on the following topics are particularly valuable:

  • Reasonable range of alternatives
  • Potentially affected resources and extent of analysis for those resources
  • Measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate effects of the proposal

Neighborhoods involved: CITYWIDE.
Online at seattle.gov/council/ADU-EIS
by email to ADUEIS@seattle.gov
by mail to Aly Pennucci, City Council Central Staff, PO Box 34025 Seattle, WA 98124-4025
In person at our next public scoping meeting October 26, 2017, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Hale’s Ales (in the Palladium), 4301 Leary Way NW
For more information, visit seattle.gov/council/ADU-EIS.

Take the 2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey
The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department. (more)

Apply for Mini Grants to Help Your Mini-Me(s) Get to School Safely
Seattle Department of Transportation is currently accepting applications for the Safe Routes to School Mini Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $1,000 to schools, PTAs, and community groups.(more)

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