The Central Area Neighbrhood District Council met this evening at the Garfield Community center. In attendance, were approximately 14 people, including Tienne Milnor for the City Attorney’s Office. The group discussed crime issues, school closure issues, and assistance to returning veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Note to anyone seeking help for a returning vet in the CD, call 206-720-7008 for advice and referrals.)
Ms. Milnor was able to provide some interesting insight into gang issuses and Garfield’s objection to the Twilight Exit opening on the deserted stretch of East Cherry. According to Ms. Milnor, the bus shelter at 23rd and East Cherry will be rebuilt to face 23rd Avenue. It’s believed this will discourage illegal activity. On the issue of the Twilight Exit, Ms. Milnor conceeded that Garfield was not within 500 feet of the Twilight and therefore had no power to veto it’s opening. However, she pointed out that NOVA was within the 500 foot range, but conceeded that it likely would be closed and therefore would also not have standing to object to the Twilight Exit. Ms. Milnor did indicate that the approval for the Twilight was all but wrapped up and that the final step would to have the owners of the Twilight call her to finalize the Good Neighbor Agreement. Tata Market and AM/PM (both of which are open to teens and sell alcohol) were not required to sign Good Neighbor Agreements.
Ted Divina of the Department of Neighborhoods, Community Building Division was also on hand to bring up some small scale community involvement projects:
Prevent flooding by adopting a drain
Small Sparks provides grants of up to $ 250 for small scale community-building initiatives. Have an idea? email Mr. Divina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help to keep our roads safe by reporting potholes to the City. They promise to fill them promptly.
Enter your pothole reports through this easy form: http://www.seattle.gov/Transportation/potholereport.htm
The next meeting of the Central Area District Council Meeting will be on February 12, 2009, at the Garfield Community Center (2323 East Cherry Street)