HPAC Meeting Minutes – May 23, 2018

(Approved with amendments on June 27, 2018)

The meeting was called to order by HPAC Chair Charlie Omana at 7:00pm, and the minutes for the April 25, 2018 were approved. Executive members present: Vice-Chair Gunner Scott and Secretary James Tucker.

Highland Park Way / SW Holden St Roundabout Project Update

James Le from the Seattle Department of Transportation updated HPAC on the Highland Park Way / SW Holden St Roundabout project.  In October of 2012 a proposal for the roundabout was made by former HPAC Chair Brian Dougherty.  In 2013 the committee applied for a grant through the Neighborhood Street Fund for a roundabout or traffic signal.  In 2017, the Find It Fix It meeting with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Herbold highlighted the need for a roundabout.  Afterwards $200,000 was dedicated to start the design work on the roundabout.  Also, $300,000 was dedicated to construction.  In 2017, an attempt to get a state grant for additional needed funds was denied, but it was noted that the grant proposal received a great number of letters in support from the community.  In April 2018, WSDOT encouraged SDOT to apply for a grant under the state’s City Safety Program which bases approval on reduction of fatal or serious injury.  The HP roundabout project was found to have a 4 to 1 benefit/cost ratio in this regards, with a 2 to 1 ratio being considered good.  We’ll hear about whether this grant succeeds in December 2018.

James Le spoke then about the current state of the project.  Approximately $50,000 has been spent for a survey. Basemapping, which overlays utilities and the like, is taking place now.  The next step is analysis and design concepts which $100,000 has been allocated.  A design firm is being contracted to start this phase.  The entire project is estimated currently to cost around $2.5 million, $800k for materials and labor, a 40% contingency for cost overruns or additions, and 25% design/inspection/right-of-way costs.  Outreach from SDOT will be done once the design phase is underway to solicit feedback from the community.

A good summary of the discussion can be found on the West Seattle Blog at http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/from-the-roundabout-to-the-triangle-highland-park-action-committee/

Community Announcements

Highland Park Improvement Club

The Album Side Saturday event will be held the second Saturday in June with music and food from 4-8pm.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Feedback

The city produced a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for ADUs in May 2018 and is seeking feedback.  You may find the report and submit feedback up until June 25th at http://www.seattle.gov/council/adu-eis.

RV Problem

There was discussion on the problem of people living in their RV’s in Highland Park, particularly near Riverview Park.  The problem of how to get the city to enforce the laws already on the books was brought up. Specifically, that vehicles wider than 80 inches can’t park overnight on streets in areas not zoned industrial.  Also, an RV is the jurisdiction of the Parks Department when on park property, and the Seattle Police Department when on rights-of-way.  Having SPD and the Parks Department attend a future HPAC meeting was discussed.

Delridge Triangle Project

Kim Barnes from the Westwood Roxhill Arbor Heights Community Coalition discussed a project to redesign a small patch of land at SW Barton St and 18th Ave SW called the Delridge Triangle.  The current design of the property is encouraging of  bad behavior like drug use.  The project team is working to get a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant from Seattle to fund phase one which includes coming up with a new design for the property.  Phase two would be build-out of that design and be funded by a future grant.  To get the matching grant requires community involvement, so the team is asking for people to get informed and involved.  Look for upcoming communications asking for pledges of time, labor, money, and/or in-kind contributions to help bolster the grant applications chances of success.  See https://delridgetriangle.org/ for more information.

HPAC Executive Committee Updates

Mayor’s Visit to Highland Park

The current status was reported by Chair Charlie Omana.  HPAC is still trying to get a commitment for when Mayor Durkan will attend an HPAC meeting.  A deputy mayor will be attending a morning meeting in coming weeks to see the challenges currently being encountered at the Highland Park Way and SW Holden intersection.

Update on 16th and Holden Left Turn Lane

HPAC Chair Charlie Omana has been in touch with Chris Faulkner at SDOT and he said that SDOT had been developing a plan for a left turn lane for northbound southbound 16th Ave SW at SW Holden St.  However there is no project to implement any design on the books.  HPAC needs to get a definitive answer.  Charlie Omana will reach out to other city contacts and Lisa Herbold for more information.

Next Steps for Meyers Way

Vice-Chair Gunner Scott discussed the current status of the Meyers Way encampment work being done by HPAC.  Many letters are being sent to city officials asking for our concerns to be addressed.  Future updates will be forthcoming.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30pm.

Submitted 6/17/2018 by HPAC Secretary James Tucker.

The next HPAC meeting will be Wednesday, June 27th, 2018.


HPAC Meeting Minutes – April 25, 2018

(Approved May 23, 2018)

The meeting was called to order by HPAC Chair Charlie Omana at 7:10pm, and the minutes for  the March 28, 2018 were approved. Executive members present: Vice-Chair Gunner Scott, Secretary James Tucker, and Treasurer Michelle Glassley.

HPAC Executive Committee Updates

Meyers Way Follow-up Letter

The letters sent to the Director of the Human Services Department Catherine Lester were discussed.  For the most recent letter, see HERE.  Discussion continued with a history of the Meyers Way encampment, followed by discussion of the response HPAC received from Ms. Lester.  The response letter is posted HERE for your reference, and further discussion posted HERE.

Meeting with Representatives from Mayor’s Office

Chair Charlie Omana discussed a recent meeting with representatives from the Mayor’s Office, including the Director of External Relations and Outreach.  The Mayor’s Office solicited feedback from various neighborhood groups about how to improve communications.

Highland Park Way project Update

Chair Charlie Omana discussed a recent email communication with Jim Curtin who is managing the Highland Park Way roundabout project. In May 2017 $200,000 was committed for design of the roundabout.  When asked about an additional $300,000 which was reported as being identified for the project, HPAC was told that no other funds have been committed.

City Council-member Lisa Herbold, who was in attendance at HPAC’s April 2018 meeting, believes that the $300,000 is committed to the project and will follow up on the situation.  Currently, SDOT is completing the survey of site conditions, and expects it to be complete within 30 days of mid-April.  After the site survey is complete, the design can begin.  SDOT also has a public engagement plan which includes public meetings to discuss the roundabout project.  HPAC Chair will be following up in late May / early June.

Mr. Curtin also relayed that a grant proposal was submitted for the WSDOT 2018 City Safety Program. He does not expect to hear back on whether the grant is funded until December 2018.  The hope is for the project to move forward sooner rather than later, as costs will only increase with time. The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.5M with $200K committed thus far.

HPAC is still seeking a mayoral visit to the neighborhood. There were discussions with the mayor’s office about inviting the Deputy Mayor to view the Highland Park Way traffic issue in a morning meeting.  This will be communicated out once details are known.  There was also discussion of having Mayor Durkan attend a future HPAC meeting.

Open Discussion on Timely Issues

The remaining portion of the meeting consisted of an open discussion of various topics affecting quality of life in Highland Park.  The topics discussed are listed below.


How to build a greater sense of community in Highland Park.

  • Highland Park Improvement Club
  • Park benches
  • Parklets
  • Roundabout beautification
  • Outreach to renters
  • Night Out in August
  • Create an HPAC listserv for multi-way communication


  • Upzone of City Light lot at 16th Ave SW and SW Holden St.  An upzone of the parcel would make development more attractive.
  • 9th Ave Country Grocery and Deli property is for sale – Discussed rezoning of residential property to commercial to create a larger commercial space. Would require property owner to seek rezone
  • Food markets

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Light rail
  • Increase in service for bus line 131.  An effort will be made to have a representative from King County Metro attend a future HPAC meeting.
  • Bicycle service
  • Ride-share / taxi service
  • Crosswalk at 11th Ave SW and SW Henderson St.

Crime & Safety

  • Property crime increase
  • Car thefts/prowls
  • Police presence
  • New Seattle Police chief.  An invitation will be made to the new Seattle Police chief, once named, to an HPAC meeting.

In attendance and providing useful information on their programs were the following:

King County RainWise
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Duwamish Rowing Club

The meeting adjourned at 8:25pm.

Submitted 5/6/2018 by HPAC Secretary James Tucker.

The next HPAC meeting will be Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018.

HPAC Meeting Minutes – March 28, 2018

(Approved April 25, 2018)

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.

HPAC Meeting Minutes – 5/25/2016 & Sneak Peak at the June Meeting

SPD updates
  • Car prowls still up for the year (except some reduction in the last month)
  • Some reduction in robberies and assaults.
  • Lieutenant Ron Smith says that is very important to report all crimes.
  • (Great coverage of crime situation by the West Seattle blog.)

HPIC updates

Upcoming events and fundraiser (see website for details)

Update from Hillary Hamilton from FAS on plans for Myers Way parcel.

  • Map distributed showing different areas. Also, hand out sheet of Myers Way excess property summary.
  • Hillary talked about the history of the area, as well as, the future for the area. (also great coverage of this on the West Seattle blog.)
  • Input from community members living near the parcel. Concerns about the homeless encampments, and environmental damage. Feedback  from Barbara Dobkin, President of North Highline Unincorporated Area council .
  • Also discussion about future relations between HPAC and North Highline council once the possible annexation of White Center is more solid.
Kerry Wade explained the Department of Neighborhoods and the different Neighborhood districts and district councils and district coordinators.
  • Reviewed the different funds and grants available through the Department of Neighborhoods.Can also fine this information on their website.
Highland Park Elementary  updates
Kids involved in design for their new playgroundHPAC updates

No objection to these projects.
  • Craig announced his plans to apply for small and simple fund for WD Greenbelt trail.
No votes taken at this meeting.

Next Meeting is Weds., June 22, 2016 

Agenda Highlights

Representatives from SDOT (Seattle Department of Transportation)

City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development update on the Mayor draft of the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Questions we hope to cover…

  1. What is comprehensive plan – just some basics to set the conversation
  2. What stage is the 2035 comp plan at and does the public still have an opportunity for input?
  3. What was accomplished from the 1994 comp plan for the Westwood/Highland Park area – what is being carried forward?
  4.  These are high level goals – how do they actually get carried out and how are they measured? For example: “W/HP-P20 Promote the attractiveness of higher-density residential areas through the enhancement of basic infrastructure and amenities.”
  5. WESTWOOD/HIGHLAND PARK Residential Urban Village – also known as a “low density urban village” – what does that mean and will that change as a result of the goals for the comp plan.
  6.  In the 1994 comp plan social equity included references to sexual orientation and other protected classes which was ahead o the curve at the time, that is no longer a part of the Seattle 2035, understanding and recognizing that racial equity should be the large lens by which actions and outcomes should be viewed through, and some Seattle residents live at the intersections which can increase the impact of oppression and negative outcomes – why is this not included?Reference: from 1994 “Social Equity” page vi
    “In order to promote equality, justice and understanding, the City will not tolerate discrimination in employment or housing on the basis of race, color, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, [add gender identity] political ideology, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability. The City will aim for a society that gives its residents equal opportunities to participate in, and benefit from, economic growth.”


HPAC Meeting Minutes – April 2016

HPIC updates

Officer Ron Smith from SPD gave update on dramatic increase in car break-ins  in Seattle and Highland Park.

Mary Fleck from Seattle Green Spaces Coalition provided update on plans for Myers Way parcels. She urged people to sign the petition on the website

change.org. HPAC has been requested to submit a letter of support.

Seattle Neighborhood Group did a crime prevention workshop on how to keep your vehicle safe.

Updates from Principal Chris Cronas of Highland Park Elementary and Leslie Harris Seattle Public School Board Director District 6.

Good discussion about progress being made at the school as well as, the challenges they still face. Discussion about some ways people can volunteer to help.

Discussion about Cleanup Day April 30th 10am to 2pm. Hand out provided with details. See West Seattle Blog for highlights from the clean up

 The neighborhood street funds proposals will be reviewed at the Delridge Council meeting May 18th 7pm at Youngstown Cultural Center.

No votes were taken at this meeting.

Next HPAC meeting is Weds, May 25th.

HPAC Meeting Minutes – March 2016

Steering Committee present- Chair: Gunner Scott; Vice Chair: Craig Rankin; Treasurer: Michelle Glassley;  Secretary: Beth Andrisevic; Vice Chair/Speaker liaison: Michelle Witzki

  • Lt. Ron Smith From SPD provided update on increase in car prowls. See Crime prevention Bulletin at Seattle.gov
  • Announcements: The homeless RV lots are on hold for now due to costs. See West Seattle Blog
  • Efforts underway to remove abandoned car from Green Belt.

Connie, Highland Park Elementary VP of PTA announced Principal Chris Cronas will be a HPAC April meeting to talk about new programs at HPE. Also KUOW will be airing a program about HPE. See Highland Park Elementary PTA for events and updates

  • Craig provided update on West Duwamish GreenBelt trails.

Presented selection of 10 grant proposals for Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund – There was a motion to approve the 4 selections listed below and motion was passed.

1) Speed bumps off SW Holden on 12th Ave, SW, 11th Ave SW, and SW Portland St,(various locations)

2) Traffic circle 25th ave and SW Brandon

3) Crosswalk at 20th and SW Genesee.

4) Repair stairway at Bataan Park, SW Grand.

Neighborhood cleanup day proposed for Highland Park – voted to be April 30th (see announcement below)
Discussions about other needed projects. Possible Streets, sidewalks and Green Belts committees. Also discussions about neighborhood outreach to increase neighborhood engagement.

See West Seattle Blog for details of the full meeting.

HPAC April 27th Agenda

7:00 Welcome Craig & Michele
– SPD updates
– Myers Way Update from Mary
7:10 – 7:40 Seattle Neighborhood Group – Crime Prevention Workshop
– Vehicle Security: How to protect your car from crime. 
7:45 – 8:10 Principal Chris Cronas of Highland Park Elementary is excited to partner with HPIC/HPAC.  He will speak about
-Improvements made at HPE over this school year
-Academic and philosophical goals
-Social and Emotional Learning
-Early learning issues (pre-kindergarten)
– Answer questions
8:15 – HPAC updates

– Delridge Community Council Update
– WD Greenbelt Trails update
– Agenda Items for May 25th Meeting
– Sub commitees
– Community Announcements and closing

Community Announcements: 

Vote for the Highland Park 12th Ave SW/SW Kenyon Street Mural Design

Please vote here: http://goo.gl/forms/3Jj8tKV9Bt

Neighbors on the 7700 block of 12th Ave SW are planning a street intersection mural. Local artists have provided 3 different design concepts and we are looking for your vote on your favorite design. Once the design has been chosen from a majority vote, it will be submitted to the City for final approval. We hope to be painting this by early summer 2016.

Other designs not selected will be available for use in other street intersections if desired. If you have any questions please contact gunnerscott@gmail.com. Voting will be open until 4/15/2016 and is open to Highland Park & Riverview residents, including homeowners, renters, and businesses in the area.

Highland Park Neighborhood Cleanup Day – Saturday April 30th – 10am – 2pm 

We need 3 team leaders – one for each staging area – email hpacchair@gmail.com if you will be a team leader.

Currently Focused on 3 areas –

    1. Highland Park Playground – Meet/Staging at 1100 SW Cloverdale St
    2. Highland Park Way SW from SW Holden down to Bus stop across from Othello St (side without sidewalk) – Meet/Staging at parking lot of HPIC 1116 SW Holden St
    3. SW Holden between 12th Ave SW and 15th Ave SW – Meet/Staging at HPIC 1116 SW Holden St 

Bring gloves and rakes – bags and other supplies will be provided

Highland Park Improvement Club: HPIC is looking for Bar Crew! Have you always wanted to be a bartender? Well, we are looking for Corner Bar Crew and more! See http://www.hpic1919.org/

Next HPIC Corner Bar is April 1st!