RBCA Meeting Minutes for Wednesday, September 13, 2000
Chair: Patricia Barber
In Attendance: Jorgen Bader, Patricia Barber, Julie Bittner, Michael
Bittner, Jody Chatalas, Eileen Farley, Barb Holya, Paul Kennard, Terri
Kimball, Beth Meshke, Donna Pacanovsky, Larry Sinnott, Bob Solomon, Alison Walker
- A motion was made and passed that the summary (graciously typed up
by Jorgen) from the August 9th meeting be approved.
- A representative from the University of Washington presented
handouts and an overview of the UW Master Plan. On October 16th the plan
will be publicly released, on November 9th there will be a meeting, the
comment period ends November 29th, and on December 6th there will be another
public meeting on the draft. The campus is anticipating growth of up to
12,000 people (including both students and staff). This is driving their
need to look at any empty space available on their properties both on and
off campus. A question was asked about parking and traffic. The UW wants to
keep their trip level at the 1991 level (they are still maintaining that
currently). In addition, there are 12,300 approved parking spaces although
the usage is currently under that amount and they plan to maintain that
through the use of various incentives and parking increases. Bill Clark,
our representative for CUCAC will keep the board further informed in the
coming months. Eileen suggested that a small group form to meet with Bill
Clark and develop focused community opinions with regard to the UW Master
Plan so that Bill can present these at the CUCAC meetings.
- Pat McDonald, the Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House
presented the expansion plans for that site. The House recently became
partners with Children's Hospital and Medical Center. The current house has
22 rooms which are always full, and the average stay is approximately 9
months. They would like to change the existing Kid Village buildings from 39
units to 62 units. Construction is set to begin in June 2001, with a 2002
re-opening planned. The board was supportive of this growth, citing that
the Ronald McDonald House has always been a good neighbor. If you have any
questions contact Pat at 206-527-3866 or on email: email@example.com.
- Newsletter articles will include an update on the Roosevelt station
by Larry Sinnot, Blakeley Crescent happenings by Mary Whitfield, Saxe Floral
and Varsity Inn development by Barb Holya, and 19th Ave NE whirligigs
admired by Jorgen. All articles are due by September 27th. Jody will
- Five letters written by Jorgen Bader were approved by the board.
The issues included the Fair School Lighting on 100' poles, a DCLU proposal for general amnesty for nonconforming uses, endorsement of NEDC's scoping
comments regarding SR520, approval on NEDC bylaw change on voting and
inactive membership, and a thank you letter to Silver Cloud for their
$10,000 contribution to Blakeley Crescent park.
- The board also ratified by vote the previously approved NEDC bylaw
concerning membership of listed organizations.
- Bob and Beth discussed briefly the latest on the Calvary Cemetery
development. There will be a community meeting on October 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
at Eckstein Middle School. Seventy-five people signed a petition asking for
a meeting with regard to the cemetery. Beth will post new information on
the RBCA website as it becomes available.
- Board member Beth Meshke will chair the newsletter folding party board meeting
on Wednesday, October 11th. Eileen Farley will chair the RBCA General
Community meeting on Monday, October 23rd. Topics will include an RPZ
follow-up by Julie Erickson, the latest on the Calvary Cemetery, Jody will try to find people to come talk about both sides of the two
initiatives on the November ballot, and Alison Walker will present the
latest on University Village development.