After last Saturday’s shooting by Morgan Junction Park, some discussion centered on safety concerns in the park itself. Some of those concerns came up at last night’s quarterly meeting of the Morgan Community Association (a week later than originally scheduled, because of last week’s snow/ice).
Other major agenda items included an update on design of the Murray CSO-control project across from Lowman Beach Park, and upcoming electrical-cable work in Gatewood. Read on for details:
MORGAN JUNCTION PARK SAFETY: Southwest Precinct Community Police Team Officer Ken Mazzuca was at the meeting. Regarding the shooting itself, he couldn’t comment because of the “ongoing investigation” (latest WSB coverage, here). Regarding park concerns, several attendees asked about drinking in the park and “aggressive panhandling” across the street. Not only is alcohol use – which is illegal in the park – a problem, it’s starting earlier and earlier in the day, they said. Officer Mazzuca said they would patrol the area more closely, and provided his contact information (which you can find on the CPT webpage) for citizens to report specific concerns directly.
LOWMAN BEACH CSO PROJECT: After seven meetings to discuss the design of the site where a million-gallon storage tank will be installed to reduce sewer overflows, Doug Marzano from King County brought some of the renderings. You can see them all here (including the one above) – note that there is not a final design yet. Two notes of interest include “traffic calming” for the stretch of Beach Drive between the facility and Lowman Beach Park, and plans for public access on the storage site – the tank is now envisioned as a circular design, which the county says would free up a little more of the surface as greenspace. (P.S. We asked county spokesperson Annie Kolb-Nelson a few followups while writing this story – she says they are still negotiating with the owners of four of the six properties at the project site; the other two have been purchased, including the one where the bogus Craiglist sale was advertised earlier this month – more security measures are in the works, she says. Seven of 15 tenants in the site properties have been relocated already and the others, she says, are on schedule for relocation by April. Demolition work is expected in late spring/early summer, but a contractor hasn’t been chosen.)
GATEWOOD CABLE WORK: Seattle City Light reps presented a briefing on silicon reinforcement of underground electrical cables in north Gatewood. There’s some info (including a map) on their website; they say a community meeting is in the works to discuss what happens next, with about a tenth of the targeted cables still needing work.
MYRTLE RESERVOIR PARK: MoCA president Deb Barker noted that the large chain-link fence that was up for most of the construction project has been replaced by what appears to be the permanent fence for certain off-limits-to-the-public parts of the park – a lower black-chain-link fence.
DATE SET FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL: The Morgan Junction Community Festival just keeps growing. Go ahead and mark your calendar for this year’s date – it’s June 23rd, with the time frame roughly 10 am-6 pm.
The next MoCA meeting will be in April; watch for info at morganjunction.org.