HPAC Meeting Minutes – March 28, 2018 (DRAFT FOR APPROVAL)

Community Announcements

  • Highland Park Improvement Club Updates

HPIC has many upcoming events including Corner Bar featuring the band Moonspinners on 4/6, Art Lounge on 4/13, and family movie night on 4/20. There will be an HPIC work party on 4/29 from 10am-2pm. Coming in May is the 10th annual Uncorked fundraiser, and coming in June is the 2nd annual Album Side party featuring a food truck and paper airplane contest for the kids.

  • Seattle Police Department Updates

Lt. Ron Smith reviewed crime statistics for the area.  Highland Park is seeing a drastic increase in property crimes. Residential burglary count is 21 so far this year, with only 10 at the same point last year.  Car prowls are up 14 from last year thus far.  An effort is underway to get an emphasis patrol for the Highland Park / South Delridge area.

HPAC Executive Committee Updates

  • Introductions

The HPAC 2018 Executive Committee was introduced, including Charlie Omana as Chair, Gunner Scott as Vice Chair, Michelle Glassley as Treasurer, and James Tucker as Secretary.

  • HPAC Letter  and Meeting concerning Camp Second Chance and Myers Way Parcels

The letter  written by HPAC to the head of the Seattle Human Services Department regarding the Camp Second Chance renewal was discussed. Various requests of the city were made in the letter, and we have yet to hear back. It was also pointed out that Highland Park and surrounding neighborhood has borne the brunt of the homelessness issue, and it’s only equitable to have other neighborhoods step up to host encampments. Other issues raised included jurisdictional issues and feeling that those who were voicing negative comments about the camp were not being heard by the City.

  • Meeting with Mayor’s Office

Vice-Chair Gunner Scott met with the mayor’s office to discuss a meeting to Highland Park for which the mayor accepted an invitation during her West Seattle “town hall” meeting on February 24, 2018. HPAC has not yet received a response from the mayor. Watch this space.

Find It, Fix It Walk Report Read-Through

The Find It, Fix It Community Walks: Post-Walk Update report issued by the city for Highland Park in October 2017 was reviewed and discussed.

Standing Committee Breakout Session: Neighborhood Infrastructure and Neighborhood Engagement

Time was running short, so committee breakout sessions did not take place.

Next Meeting

Please be sure to join us for our April 25, 2018 HPAC Community Open House! Food and drink will be provided.

Come learn about HPAC, share your thoughts and comments about what is needed in the neighborhood, and most of all, share some food in the great company of your neighbors. All are welcome, including kids. We will have low key format. Let’s kick off spring together!

To ensure that there is enough food for everyone, please be sure to RSVP at the following link by April 13, 2018: RSVP here.


HPAC Meeting Minutes – July 27, 2017 & See You in September!

HPAC Meeting Minutes – July 27, 2017

SPD Update:

Lt. Ron Smith: reviews crime statistics

Car prowls still big problem although, down from last year.

Arrested man for human trafficking of 18 year old woman.

Opportunities at our sister organization HPIC: Communications/Social Media, Finance Committee and Party Staff

Email hpic1919@gmail.com about any of these opportunities.
  • Communications/Social Media We are looking for member/volunteer(s) to help represent HPIC to our community via our email, Facebook and webpage. This is an important role, needed in the next few weeks. The person(s) in this role should love social media, understand Gmail and/or other email applications, and have the ability to make web posts through WordPress and/or other web applications. We are considering changing our email and website applications, so please be savvy and flexible on the computer!
  • Finance Committee: Are you a nuts and bolts person when it comes to getting things done? HPIC is a non-profit and that also means it’s a business. We need member/volunteers with vision and financial/business knowledge (or interest) to help us grow into a sustainable, self-supporting neighborhood resource.
  • Party Staff (paid – $20.00 per hour) We are looking for HPIC members who are interested in being Party Staff for Private Rentals at HPIC. HPIC views every rental as an opportunity for outreach, and for serving the needs of our community. The Party Staff will have the important role of making a positive connection with the renters while also making sure that their event is respectful to the property and the neighborhood. This is an opportunity to experience celebrations and events of various cultures.

Micro Community Policing Plan for Highland Park
Jennifer Burbridge Research Analyst Micro Community Policing Plan Focus Group

Handed out summary of community policing plan.

Good discussion about the most frequent crime issues that members of the community are dealing with. Also, discussion about what members feel is most needed from the police department. Many felt that we need more police, including more than one station in all of West Seattle and South Park, and more police presence.

Announcement of goal:
HPAC to develop our own Neighborhood Design Guidelines for Highland Park in conjunction/including with South Delridge, and Riverview. Currently, neighborhoods such as Morgan Junction, Greenwood, Ballard,Uptown, Downtown, and Wallingford have neighborhood specific design guidelines. If you are interested in joining this subcommittee, attend the September meeting and/or email hpacchair@gmail.com to join this newly forming subcommittee.

Steering committee to compose letter to the Mayor stating HPAC’s response to his executive order to cut ties with the 13 Neighborhood District Councils.

No votes taken at this meeting.

Next meeting is September 28, 2017

Sneak Peek at September Draft Agenda:

Neighborhood Noise Pollution
Jesse Robbins is doing research across Seattle to learn if and how noise pollution from, among other things, cars and motorcycles with loud mufflers is a problem among residents. Will ask questions about the presence of noise pollution in Highland Park neighborhood.