Southwest District Council: 2 drafts; library shutdown; more

June 4, 2009 4:19 am
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From Wednesday night’s Southwest District Council (WSB sponsor) meeting: 2 drafts, both with time running out for you to review them and have a say. First one is the city’s draft Pedestrian Master Planwhich you can see here – comment time running till June 15. SDOT‘s Barbara Gray was at the meeting to review its highlights and answer questions. One thing she was asked: Do too many advertising A-boards on sidewalks get in the way of pedestrians? Gray said the city used to have a staffer who worked on those types of enforcement issues, but the position was cut, so now neighborhood business groups need to work internally to handle any such issues. Next draft that comments are being taken on is a little wonkier – read on:

Southwest District Council is one of two district councils in West Seattle; each one convenes representatives of major groups and organizations within its boundaries. The city has 13 districts, and an audit of the district council system is under way, to determine how the system is working and how it could be improved. A draft version of the audit report has been circulating for comment (see it here); Southwest District Council chair Erica Karlovits expressed concern that the audit barely mentions this district, focusing largely on Southeast Seattle. She urged everyone on the SW council to read the report and comment. Fairmount Community Association’s Sharonn Meeks said she had given a 2-hour interview as part of the audit process but didn’t see much of what she’d said reflected in the report.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Chas Redmond mentioned the Viaduct/Tunnel/etc. “scoping” meeting next Wednesday at Madison Middle School, 6-8 pm (disclosure, for which we are now running a paid ad). Representing the Seattle Public Library, Sybil de Haan answered questions about the end-of-summer shutdown week formalized earlier in the day; she said the Aug. 31- Sept. 7 shutdown remains the best option for cost-cutting, as it means no infrastructure cuts. From the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, Ron Richardson reminded the group about this weekend’s bike tour and a July 25th tour of White Center. For the Junction Association, Susan Melrose had a reminder of West Seattle Summer Fest coming up July 10-11-12, which will include a tent for community groups to get word out about themselves. Before then, West Seattle Farmers’ Market will celebrate its 10th anniversary in The Junction on June 28.

Southwest District Council meets the first Wednesday of each month, 7 pm, South Seattle Community College board room, all welcome.

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