Delridge District Council: City $, Gathering of Neighbors, more

October 21, 2010 5:24 am
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Toplines from Wednesday night’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center: As she had done earlier this month for West Seattle’s other district council – Southwest – city Department of Neighborhoods director Stella Chao came out to talk about the city-budget proposal’s potential effects on her department, and to listen to local concerns. Other agenda items included the two local projects – both in the council’s coverage area – still in the running for Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund money, and how you can show support next Monday, plus the upcoming Gathering of Neighbors – read on:

DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS: The presentation that director Chao gave was the same as the one heard by the Southwest District Council two weeks earlier (WSB coverage here). Though, unlike the Southwest (western West Seattle) District, Delridge is not facing the loss of its Neighborhood Service Center or Neighborhood District Coordinator, council members still offered their concerns about the idea of losing any of them around the city – saying the centers are often citizens’ first stop to find out, or get questions answered about, what services the city offers. (Wondering about the budget status? After the final public hearing next week – Tuesday at City Hall – councilmembers start getting closer to identifying potential changes to the mayor’s plan. The hearing schedules and other resources are here, and the holding spot for agendas is here.)

PARKS AND GREEN SPACES LEVY OPPORTUNITY FUND PROJECTS: Council member Pete Spalding, who’s on this levy’s Oversight Committee, talked about the two local citizen-proposed projects still in the running (here’s the “draft final list“) for the first round of the levy’s Opportunity Fund money – Puget Ridge Edible Park and an expanded plan for the forthcoming Highland Park Spray Park (wading-pool conversion). The next step for these projects is a public hearing next week before the Oversight Committee; it’s a citywide hearing, and not in West Seattle, but showing support for local projects can make a big difference – be at Miller Community Center (map), 7 pm next Monday (October 25th). If you want to speak, sign-ins start at 6.

GATHERING OF NEIGHBORS: As reported here a week ago, this event for local businesses and organizations to connect with citizens (and vice versa!) is coming up quick – November 6th, 11 am-4 pm at Chief Sealth International High School. Councilmembers got a peek at the official postcard for GON. October 29th is the registration deadline for groups/businesses; download the registration form here.

RAPID RIDE: This was one of two RR presentations in West Seattle on Wednesday night – we’ll have a detailed report later today on the one given to the Morgan Community Association. Delridge District Council heard from Metro’s Jack Lattemann, who as a side note lauded the Delridge Council for its role in creating the 120 route, now the most-used in West Seattle. (Find out more about RapidRide, scheduled to debut in West Seattle in September 2012, by going here.)

The Delridge Neighborhoods District Council, bringing together reps from community councils and other major organizations around eastern West Seattle, meets the third Wednesday of each month, 7 pm, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

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