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The $110 million tank plan, and what else HPAC talked about this month

February 26, 2022 9:31 pm
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 |   Delridge | Highland Park | Neighborhoods | West Seattle news

One big topic at this past week’s monthly HPAC meeting – the plan for another giant storage tank in West Seattle to contain combined-sewer overflows.

HPAC is the community coalition for Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge; co-chair Kay Kirkpatrick facilitated the online meeting on Wednesday night.

WEST DUWAMISH CSO CONTROL PROJECT: We mentioned this project three weeks ago, while commenting time was open for its environmental checklist. The King County Wastewater Treatment Division sent reps to the HPAC meeting to present a briefing on the plan. Project manager Maud De Bel led the presentation, calling the West Duwamish Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project‘s central feature “similar to the Murray (Wet Weather) Facility” across from Lowman Beach Park. She offered a quick refresher course on combined sewers – stormwater running off streets and roofs, going into the sewer system – “there’s a point where the sewer gets overwhelmed,” so to prevent floods and backups, the system overflows into bodies of water like Puget Sound or the Duwamish River. The county has controlled “most of those” but this project is meant to address two areas of eastern West Seattle where uncontrolled overflows go into the river several times each year.

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FAUNTLEROY FERRY DOCK: Community Advisory Group about to reconvene for first time in 3 months

February 26, 2022 7:30 pm
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 |   Fauntleroy | Transportation | West Seattle news

(WSB file photo)

Somewhere between the reopening of the West Seattle Bridge and the groundbreaking for West Seattle light rail, our peninsula will see another major transportation project – the replacement of the circa-1950s Fauntleroy ferry dock/terminal. Construction is expected around 2025, so planning is reaching a key stages, and Washington State Ferries has convened advisory groups. This week, the Community Advisory Group for the project will meet for the first time since early December, 6 pm Wednesday (March 2nd), online. Though there’s no public-comment period, everyone’s welcome to watch/listen – you can register here to get access. This is the first of two meetings scheduled for this group in March; the second is two weeks later, on March 16th. WSF has yet to make key decisions such as the size, configuration, and even location – on th current footprint, or? – of the new terminal/dock.

CORONAVIRUS: February’s final check of West Seattle, King County trends and stats

Monday (February 28th) will mark two years since the first King County COVID-19 case was announced. It’ll also be the last day of the King County vaccination-verification requirement. And today was closing day for the city’s West Seattle vaccination clinic. Amid all this, the key pandemic numbers continue dropping. Here are the latest countywide and West Seattle trends and totals, via the Public Health – Seattle/King County dashboard.

*42 percent fewer cases countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 407 new daily cases countywide (down from 798 when we last checked a week ago)

*29 percent fewer hospitalizations countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 10 new hospitalizations daily (down from 22 a week ago)

*35 percent fewer deaths countywide in the past two weeks than the two weeks before (the dashboard doesn’t offer a one-week increment)
*Currently averaging 6 deaths daily (down from 7 a week and a half ago)

For West Seattle, we have two-week comparisons:
*343 cases between 2/7 and 2/21, down from 1,030 between 1/23 and 2/6
*4 hospitalizations between 2/7 and 2/21, down from 16 between 1/23 and 2/6
*2 deaths between 2/7 and 2/21, down from 4 between 1/23 and 2/6

And checking vaccination rates:
*79.7 percent of all King County residents have completed the series (up .2% from a week ago)
*84.4 percent of all King County residents ages 5 and up have completed the series (up .3% from a week ago)

*In West Seattle, here are the zip-code vaccination rates for ages 5 and up (note that 98106 and 98146 are not entirely within WS):
98106 – 86.5% (up .3% from a week earlier)
98116 – 91.7% (up .1% from a week earlier)
98126 – 82.5% (up .3% from a week earlier)
98136 – 92.7% (up .1% from a week earlier)
98146 – 81.1% (up .4% from a week earlier)

Though the city’s West Seattle clinic is now closed, you can still find vaccination locations via this statewide lookup – for example, it brings up a clinic at the West Seattle YMCA (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor) on March 12th.

ACROSS THE BAY: Space Needle to be illuminated in wish for ‘peace and diplomacy’ in Ukraine

If you look across Elliott Bay and see the Space Needle bathed in blue light tonight and tomorrow night, this announcement we just received explains why:

The Space Needle will be lit in blue tonight, displaying a message of Peace and Diplomacy, as we join landmarks around the world in lighting in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. We anticipate remaining lit in blue tomorrow evening as well.

Next door to the Needle, the Pacific Science Center was illuminated for Ukraine last night.

WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: Watch for tiny nests

Thanks to Mark Dale for sending the photo of a nesting Anna’s Hummingbird in Lincoln Park. With spring now just three weeks away, it’s a reminder to watch for nests large and small, especially if you’re doing tree/shrub work. Here’s a WSB story from 2019 with photos and information, courtesy of community naturalist Kersti Muul, about what to watch for.

UPDATE: Vessel-fire response on Harbor Island

11:05 AM: If you’re hearing the sirens and/or seeing the responding units – Seattle Fire had a big response headed to Harbor Island for what dispatch describes as an engine-room fire aboard a 150′ Navy vessel. But it’s reported to be out so units are being put on standby.

11:09 AM: Firefighters on scene say this involves the littoral-combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords, whose namesake visited it at Vigor last November; the ship’s been there since June.

11:16 AM: Dispatch has been told that SFD has confirmed the fire’s out, so most of the response is being canceled.

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: New Alki art installation

The photo and report are from Bruce:

Fritz Johnston has created a new sculpture at the “Alki” rocks sign, at SW Admiral Way and 59th Ave SW. It replaces the white-painted tree that we used to decorate for holidays.

WEST SEATTLE SATURDAY: 13 possibilities

(Underneath Luna/Anchor Park – photo by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

Welcome to the weekend! Here’s our list of what’s happening today/tonight:

LAST DAY FOR VACCINATION CLINIC: 8:30 am-4:30 pm, the city’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Neighborhood House High Point is open for its final day. Vaccinations and boosters available; appointments not required.

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE BIRD WALKS: 9 am and 11 am, with a presentation inbetween. (4705 West Marginal Way SW)

CLEAN UP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD! As reported Friday, one of your neighbors, Christi, suggests everybody get out and do a little cleanup today – even just in front of wherever you live.

POTTER CONSTRUCTION @ HOME SHOW: The Seattle Home Show is happening today through March 6 at the Lumen Field Event Center, and Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) is among the West Seattle companies participating. Show hours today are 10 am-6 pm.

LIVE MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: 10:30 am-noon, Marco de Carvalho and Friends perform at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). No cover.

FREE WEEKLY WRITERS’ GROUP: New participants welcome. 10:30 am – go here to register and to get the meeting address. More details are in our calendar listing.

LAST DAY FOR BED BATH & BEYOND: The store at Westwood Village is closing after today, according to what staff told us.

VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)

WINE TIME: Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) tasting room is open 1-6 pm, for tasting or by-the-glass/by-the-bottle wine.

OPEN MIC: Go perform at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), 6 pm!

BOOK EVENT WITH EMILY LEVESQUE: Local author (and astronomy professor) Emily Levesque will be at the HeartBeet Event Space (6032 California SW), hosted by Paper Boat Booksellers, 6:30 pm, to celebrate the paperback release of her book “The Last Stargazers.” Capacity is limited so register here ASAP if you want to go!

WEST END GIRLS: The monthly “drag extravaganza” at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW) is tonight – 7 pm doors, 8 pm show. Go here for show info and ticket purchasing.

‘A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD’: Second night for Twelfth Night Productions‘ presentation of this whimsical musical, 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). Our calendar listing includes the ticket link.

Are we missing anything, for today/tonight or beyond? Email – thank you!