Notes from November’s Fauntleroy Community Association meeting

November 14, 2021 9:18 pm
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One more community-council meeting to recap after a week of many, before a new week begins. Here are our toplines from the Fauntleroy Community Association‘s November board meeting, held online:

CRIME UPDATE: From the Southwest Precinct, night-shift Lt. David Terry spoke briefly. October saw what he called a “little uptick” in crime in the precinct’s coverage area (West Seattle and South Park); Fauntleroy is still the safest area in the precinct’s jurisdiction. He was asked whether things are any better at Westwood Village (not in FCA’s coverage area, but not far east of it).

Lt. Terry said they’re still stationing officers there on overtime and that seems to be helping. Overall, though, staffing is still short – for example, the night of the meeting (Tuesday), he said 6 officers would be covering the entire SW Precinct (9 is supposed to be the minimum).

WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES: Frank Immel is the FCA’s point person on all things WSF. He noted the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth shift to 2-boat service – another staffing-shortage issue – and said WSF is hoping to go back to 3 boats “in the very near future.” He mentioned the Fauntleroy terminal project Community Advisory Group meeting last week, focused on “finalizing the Purpose and Need Statement” (WSB coverage here). FCA president Mike Dey sat in on the Executive and Technical Advisory Groups’ meetings (as did we), noting that both only ran 45 minutes, half the allotted time. He observed that the Purpose and Need Statement language had been watered down to “incredibly broad.”

FALL FESTIVAL RECAP: The drive-through October 24th festival was a big success, with 157 cars going through over three hours; the festival committee will debrief after Thanksgiving and bring an update to the FCA in January. FCA members who volunteered observed how happy and thankful visitors were “to get the goodies” that were given out on that stormy day.

TRAFFIC MEETING RECAP: Vice president Catherine Bailey observed that the October 12th meeting was well-coordinated and attracted a “pretty good’ turnout of community members. There’s been post-meeting communication with SDOT and so far, the promised ferry-lane restriping has been done, but that should only be the start: “We want to hold their feet to the fire … make sure they understand what our priorities are and get those priorities met” for what’s ahead. “If they say no to something, we want to know what they’re going to do instead to solve the problem.” Motorcycle-speed enforcement ensued on a couple days near the ferry dock, too. They hope to encourage more Traffic Unit appearances; Dey said he hoped to speak with Traffic Unit Capt. Sean O’Donnell (who was at the meeting) to analyze what they found in terms of violations.

BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS: FCA has long offered these and is hoping to step up its game. So they’re planning a January event with business and organization partners. They’re looking for a way to expand the opportunities the partnership program offers. They discussed the format and purpose of that meeting, hoping to foster conversation about community issues of mutual interest and about how businesses’ support enables the FCA’s community-advocacy/improvement work.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS: If you’re supporting the FCA’s ongoing work by being a dues-paying member, watch for your renewal notice by year’s end. The board hopes to bring back the annual membership meeting, known as the Food Fest, next year – likely in April.

Watch for updates on upcoming meetings and community concerns.

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