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Video of local candidates forum now online

June 5th, 2015 by Mike

Update June 6: Erica C. Barnett has reported on the forum. In which she calls out sidewalk funding, “also known as The Most Important Issue Facing North Seattle Ever.”

More than 70 people attended Wednesday’s candidate forum sponsored by the Maple Leaf Community Council.

The council has now posted video of the event. Other photos are on the council’s Facebook page.

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Remember: Community Council meets Wednesday night

April 28th, 2015 by Mike

The April general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday night.

It’s an important one.

From our previous post:

Two of Maple Leaf’s most visible residents are stepping down after years on the Maple Leaf Community Council – an organization that played a major role in shaping our neighborhood.

The ubiquitous Donna Hartmann-Miller (seen rousing the 12th Man) is stepping down from her council position when her term expires next month. (She’s also ubiquitous here.)

Her husband, David Miller – who has served as council president for nearly six years – will step down from the president’s position in May, but remain on the council until his term expires in 2016.

The nine-member executive committee actually needs to fill four of those slots, hopefully Wednesday night.

There will also be a briefing from Aegis Living, the company redeveloping the Waldo Hospital site.

The meeting is at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. St.

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Snow City in Maple Leaf Park – but be careful

February 9th, 2014 by Mike

This showed up late afternoon.

Considerably more than 12 snowmen have sprung up in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

In fact, there’s a small city there at noon.

This snow castle (?) is being built on the restricted area of the play fields, normally fenced off. From Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park:

If people are walking on the grass areas that are just finishing establishing themselves, this could put off the removal of the fences even further into the spring.

Although half the neighborhood appears to be going to, at, or coming from the park, driving conditions elsewhere in Maple Leaf can still be tricky.

From the Maple Leaf Community Council: “All side streets, particularly those with hills, are slick and dangerous. Many streets, especially on the East side of the n’hood are either partially or completely blocked with stuck vehicles.”

And a Seattle Fire Department crew had to sled a man to the ambulance (again in the verboten lower playgrounds).

The department Tweeted: “Adult male transported to hospital for minor hip injury. Original dispatch stated possible sledding incident.”

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Don’t forget about tonight’s Community Meeting

January 29th, 2014 by Mike

The January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council kicks off tonight at 7 p.m.

On the agenda:

7:00 p.m. Call meeting to order and announcements

7:05 p.m. Political Changes

7:15 p.m. CleanScapes – A Really Neat Opportunity

7:25 p.m.  Bike Master Plan (http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster_materials.htm)

7:45 p.m. 2014 Maple Leaf Community Work Plan

8:30 p.m. Seattle School Board Member Sherry Carr

9:00 p.m.  Adjourn

The meeting is at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free child care is provided.

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Don't forget about tonight's Community Meeting

January 29th, 2014 by Mike

The January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council kicks off tonight at 7 p.m.

On the agenda:

7:00 p.m. Call meeting to order and announcements

7:05 p.m. Political Changes

7:15 p.m. CleanScapes – A Really Neat Opportunity

7:25 p.m.  Bike Master Plan (http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster_materials.htm)

7:45 p.m. 2014 Maple Leaf Community Work Plan

8:30 p.m. Seattle School Board Member Sherry Carr

9:00 p.m.  Adjourn

The meeting is at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free child care is provided.

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Learn about city council districts, Maple Leaf changes and school board boundaries at the January meeting of the Community Council

January 23rd, 2014 by Mike

Under the new City Council system of electing council members by district, Maple Leaf after the 2015 elections will be represented by two council members.

Most of the neighborhood will be in District Five, from Northeast Northgate Way down roughly to the middle of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

Neighbors who live south of a line drawn horizontally though the park will be in District 4.

Learn more about this at the January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council. It’s Wednesday, January 29th, from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street. Free, licensed child care will be provided.

Also on the agenda, the community council’s work plan for the year, an update on the ever-popular Bicycle Master Plan (a separated bike lane on Roosevelt Way Northeast?) and changes to public school boundaries.

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Community Council ends fight against buildings at N.E. 89th and Roosevelt

October 4th, 2013 by Mike

The buildings going up in the “empty block” in Maple Leaf’s business district on Roosevelt Way Northeast will continue pretty much as planned, after a plea filed by the Maple Leaf Community Council was dismissed.

“Unfortunately, most of our case was thrown out,” writes David Miller, council president, in the council newsletter being delivered this weekend.

The partial block at Northeast 89th Street, which includes the Snappy Dragon, burned in a three-alarm fire on Thanksgiving morning 2001. (The Snappy was saved.)

The lawsuit, filed in the spring, argued the developers got around city planning rules on technicalities that allowed building about 13 townhouses or live-work units piecemeal instead of as one project.

“We thought we had a great case, but a city attorney brought forward a surprising, and, frankly, completely unjustified interpretation of the land use code, in our opinion,” Miller writes.

Developers and the council were able to reach a deal that avoids Miller’s most eye-catching claim (in seattlepi.com):

Worst of all, on recycling day there will be 39 (yes, THIRTY NINE) recycling, trash, and food waste receptacles clogging the sidewalk on Roosevelt — right in the middle of the business district. This is absolutely unacceptable….

Now Miller writes the council has settled with developers on using dumpsters or other joint receptacles. “While not exactly a perfect outcome, we’re happy we were able to avoid the nonsense of having 39 receptacles blocking the sidewalk.”

For more details see the October-December newsletter, which should be landing on your porch soon.

Editor: Thanks for the comment below, David. For those who want more, here’s a link to the council’s March lawsuit.

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