State Street/Central Neighborhood Association
December 13, 2000 Houghton Round Table Pizza
John Alberti called the meeting to order. The first to speak was Laura Roberts from Friends of Peter Kirk Park. Laura's group is opposed the proposed Land Swap involving City property in exchange for property owned by the Park Place developers. SSCNA has written a letter in favor of the swap. Laura's group feels that the swap is not a good value for the city and that the new rooftop tennis courts that would be created would be difficult to maintain and could be a haven for illicit activity.
John Alberti and Laura Lee Pritt, SSCNA co-chairs, discussed association business, including the possibility of speed bumps on some streets. Apparently, European style roundabouts are now being planned for the west section of Seventh Avenue South. Non motorized transportation was on the agenda, and has been discussed as part of the downtown Strategic Plan. In our neighborhood it was mentioned that a missing link exists in the sidewalk on the east side of Lake Street near 7th Ave. S. The possibility of temporarily having this paved in asphalt was mentioned and will be pursued with the city. As part of the Comp Plan update, a traffic light will be installed at the intersection of Kirkland Avenue and State Street in 2002.
Kirkland's Neighborhood Coordinator, Kari Page, was on hand and mentioned that a series of six classes is upcoming in the "City Hall 101" series.
Ellen McMahon mentioned that the Downtown Strategic Plan will be before the City Council in February.
Laura Lee Pritt spoke on behalf of the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhood's (KAN).
The 2001 matching grant money is approved and plans are under way for our picnic, leadership training, neighborhood trash cans with possible holders for flyers, and improved communications. Welcome packets are one idea that needs volunteer work to create.
Janice King has had yet more exchanges with the Lake Washington School District and the City of Kirkland over the playfields that are nearly complete at Lakeview Elementary School. As of yet, several issues have not been clarified--such as what buffering will be done. Janice feels that the responses to her letters have not been adequate.
The name change for SSCNA was discussed. We need to revise our charter and bylaws, Create a File Amendment ($20) with the Secretary of State, and get a new web domain name. Also, our new name, "Moss Bay Neighborhood Association", would have to be registered with the city.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, February 7, at Houghton Round Table. Dave Ramsay, Kirkland's City Manager, will be our special guest.