Meeting Notes - January 20, 2003
Kirkland Teen Center
Laura Lee Pritt called the meeting to order.
Vance Thompson and Basia Belza of Friends of Magnuson Park gave a presentation concerning the impact of proposed changes at the Park at Sand Point in Seattle on the city of Kirkland. 15 new playfields are planned for the park, 11 of which will be lighted. 80 poles, each about 80 feet in height, will contain 640 individual lights. The group feels this will create an unacceptable amount of light shining into neighborhoods both in Seattle and across the Lake in Kirkland, and asked our support in fighting the proposal. Moss Bay NA discussed this issue and decided to gather info from other sources to balance our perspective before taking a stance. More information is available at the group's web site www.saveourpark.org
Kari Page, Kirkland's Neighborhood Services Coordinator, presented the latest version of the "idea list" for the Neighborhood Connections Program. In addition to the proposals discussed at our last meeting a couple of new proposals were added. One is the possibility of commissioning murals on buildings in downtown, including the west wall of the "Hallmark Realty" building which faces Marina Park. Susan Thornes, the Design Committee Chairperson of Kirkland Downtown on the Lake, was on hand to discuss several proposals in the downtown core, including flower pots and new fountains and benches on Park Lane. The final list of proposals will be available soon and each household in our neighborhood will receive a ballot.
Laura Lee Pritt discussed our options for the 2003 Matching Grant money. Several possible projects are options this year including Kiosks, benches, and 4th of July Parade floats. The group decided to wait until the Neighborhood Connections money is decided, so that it would be more clear what was needed.
Laura Lee mentioned that the Lakeshore Clinic on State Street has applied for a zoning variance as preparation for possible redevelopment of the site. Carolyn Hyek mentioned that the city would rather look at the zoning of a whole area rather than rezone a particular parcel.
We discussed our officers. The present slate of officers, Chairperson Laura Lee Pritt, secretary and webmaster Don Winters, and treasurer Leslie Keller were renominated and elected by a show of hands. Mark Masterson said he might be able to share some of the Chairperson duties and will contact Laura Lee.
We discussed a new Neighborhood Logo. Michael Lillevold has submitted some ideas for a logo which were well received. We also have some donated design time to use with another designer.
The meeting was adjourned and our next meeting will be Monday, March 17, 7PM, at the Kirkland Library.
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