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Mail theft – and an important Community Council meeting

January 21st, 2016 · 8 Comments

Update Jan. 23: Jim has emailed directions for group mailboxes. We’ve posted them in comments.

A neighbor emails:

I’m writing to report that mail theft continues to happen in Maple Leaf. The latest was on Northeast 96th Street, between 15th Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast, and it happened between Tuesday 1/19 and Wednesday 1/20.

Aside from reminding readers to make reports to the police and to the USPS, I was wondering if you could also ask readers how they’ve gone about getting those giant, multi-residence locked mailbox units installed that are seen throughout the neighborhood.

Some of that information is available in comments on previous mail theft posts. The map shows mail theft reports here for all of 2015.

(Some good news: On Wednesday another neighbor posted on Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf: “I got a call from SPD today. They called to tell me that they found some credit card convenience checks that were stolen out of our mail. They found them in a backpack belonging to a gentleman that they arrested.”

Another email, from the Maple Leaf Community Council, is important. The council is having a general meeting next Wednesday, Jan. 27th.

It’s largely concerned with land use, zoning and Metro routes.

But the council is also looking for additional members for its executive board – the folks who do most of the work on our behalf.

January represents our “Call to Election” for those willing to serve on the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board. Elections will occur in April and anyone interested in standing for election at that time will need to attend Executive Board meetings as an observer in February or March. With long-time volunteers Donna Hartmann-Miller stepping down from the Executive Board last year and David Miller retiring in April this year, we need volunteers more than ever.

The community council has a long and honored history representing our neighborhood. We’ve written about it before:

“The Maple Leaf of today did not just happen but instead reflects hundreds of volunteer hours dedicated on behalf of the Maple Leaf neighborhood.”

For more details read this post.

Next Wednesday’s meeting is from 6-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary, Northeast 95th Street and Fifth Avenue Northeast.

Here’s the council’s full email:

The Maple Leaf Community Council will have its January General Meeting Wednesday, January 27th. The two main subjects are changes in land use and zoning affecting Maple Leaf plus changes to Metro bus routes affecting our neighborhood.

Date: Wednesday, January 27th

Time: 7-9pm

Place: Olympic View Elementary (5th NE and NE 95th)

Seattle is updating its Comprehensive Plan and generating rules intended to increase rental housing affordability. These two efforts are generating the most significant land use and zoning changes Seattle has seen in over three decades. This includes zoning changes to all zones, including property currently zoned single family. Some proposals related to transit service *might* change zoning in most of Maple Leaf between 5th Ave NE and 15th Ave NE. Other changes will add one or more stories to our commercial districts on Lake City Way NE, Roosevelt Way NE, 5th Ave NE, and near the Northgate area. Hear representatives from the city describe the potential changes and answer your questions.

Metro and Sound Transit are making broad changes to bus service. These changes are caused by passage of two recent funding mechanisms for bus service as well as the 2016 opening of the UW station for Link Light Rail. Service will significantly change for Maple Leaf. Additional planning is being conducted for how service in Maple Leaf will change once the Northgate Link station goes online. Come hear a Metro representative describe changes and answer your questions.

In other news from Maple Leaf, January represents our “Call to Election” for those willing to serve on the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board. Elections will occur in April and anyone interested in standing for election at that time will need to attend Executive Board meetings as an observer in February or March. With long-time volunteers Donna Hartmann-Miller stepping down from the Executive Board last year and David Miller retiring in April this year, we need volunteers more than ever. For more information, contact current MLCC President Eric Ramsing:  MLCC@MapleLeafCommunity.org

We hope to see you at the January General Meeting!

Your Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board

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