Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thomas C. Wales Park

Please find attached the construction plans (A & B) for the Thomas C Wales Park. Patrick Donohue was unable to make it to our meeting but he did send me the plans. Both the Bid and the Bid Alternate #1 are apart of the construction. We will have a trail to the top of the park with benches!


Don Harper

QACC Parks Chair

#(206) 281-9018

Fax #(206) 281-4054

Transportation Committtee Mtg - Cancelled

QACC Transportation Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Apr. 28 is cancelled.

Aurora Bridge Project

From Mike Murphy to QACC:

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is movingforwarding with design of a safety project to seismically retrofit theState Route 99 Aurora Avenue Bridge in Seattle.

The historic Aurora Bridge, which opened to traffic in 1932, isvulnerable to earthquake damage. Seismic studies in 1995 and 2001outlined improvements that would strengthen the bridge. In 2005 WSDOTmade earthquake safety improvements on the bridge by installing newexpansion joints, adding bearings that absorb movement and replacingsome trusses. This next phase, set to begin construction in summer2011, targets the bridge’s support columns. Construction is expectedto be completed in fall 2012.

Traditionally, WSDOT seismically retrofits bridges by installing steeljackets around the columns that allow them to better withstandearthquakes. However, round steel jackets would obscure the AuroraBridge's special cruciform ("+" shaped) columns.

Instead, WSDOT plans to install a fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) wraparound the columns. Like steel jackets, this unique wrap would allowthe bridge to better resist earthquake damage. Crews also will put alayer of concrete over the fiber polymer and paint it the same coloras the surrounding concrete. Other structural safety improvementsinclude reinforcing the steel spans at the south end of the bridge,installing steel bars or FRP wrap on the longitudinal concrete girdersand installing FRP wrap on the crossbeams.

In addition to improving safety, the goal is to change the appearanceof the bridge’s unique architecture as little as possible.

Because the Aurora Bridge is on the National Register of HistoricPlaces and is a City of Seattle Landmark, our design must first beapproved by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board.

WSDOT design engineers will update the Architectural Review Committeeon the status of the project on Friday, April 30, 2010. The meetingbegins at 8:30 a.m. and will be held in room 4070 (40th floor) of theSeattle Municipal Tower at 700 Fifth Avenue. It will be open to thepublic and you are invited to attend.

More information this project can be found

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate tocontact me directly.


Mike Murphy, WSDOT Communications, 206-440-4699,

Picture Perfect Queen Anne

The QACC, proud supporter of this Picture Perfect Queen Anne project (and PPQA generally), wants you to know that you are cordially invited to join in a celebration on Saturday, May 1st at 12:30pm as Picture Perfect Queen Anne marks the completion of its Green Gateways QA Project.

Where: At the foot of the Galer Stairs (east side of Galer & QA Ave N intersection).

Mingle with other neighbors amidst the new greenery; help PPQA top off its fundraising pole and unfurl its updated banner. Best of all, catch the first look at, and take the first walk on, the newly installed paving stone pathway, with pavers inscribed by the community. PPQA thanks the Queen Anne community for making the Green Gateways project an overwhelming success.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Comcast Cares Day

Better late than never (posting about this event that happens 4/24). At McClure from 8-3 tomorrow, Saturday.

Aurora Bridge Suicide Fence

Work was supposed to begin April 19, but pushed to 21st. See this story from the Times

QACC - March Minutes

Minutes for March 4, 2010

I. 7:30 Approval of Agenda, Minutes, etc.
A. Agenda for March 4, 2010: Approved
B. Minutes for Prior QACC Meeting (Feb 3): Not Available
C. Treasurer's Report (February 28, 2010):
Beginning Balance
Interest Income



Ending Balance
II. 7:40 Presentations
A. Trash Reduction Contest: CleanScapes
1. Overview of contest aimed at reducing trash throughout Seattle sponsored by the CleanScapes trash collection company
B. Mini Mart @ 3rd W & McGraw: John Nicon & Steve Pac
1. Discussion of concern about new convenience store to be located next to Five Corners Hardware.
III. 7:40 New & Ongoing Business
A. Sustainable Queen Anne: Margaret Okamoto
1. Motion for QACC to serve as fiscal agent for Sustainable Queen Anne passed by acclamation
IV. 8:40 Committee Reports
A. Land Use & Planning Committee: Craig Hanway
1. Overview of proposed addition of performance space planned for the SPU campus
2. Overview of formation of committee to monitor design for the replacement of the Viaduct
B. Transportation: John Coney
1. Letter asking City of Seattle to retain the four eastbound lanes of on Mercer Street east of Aurora approved by acclamation.
C. Parks: Don Harper
1. Update on new Pro Parks fund for public art.
2. Discussion of Seattle Dept. of Parks process for public input for new parks, pea patches, etc.
D. Queen Anne Magnolia District Council: Mike Warren
1. Nothing to report
E. Social Issues: Allan Panitch
1. Nothing to report
F. NAC: Don Harper
1. Nothing to report
V. Attendance
A. Members in Attendance
1. Glenn Avery
2. John Coney
3. Deb Finken
4. Craig Hanway
5. Don Harper
6. Marty Kaplan
7. Laura Kleisle
8. Michael Lapin
9. Peter Lawrence
10. Sharon LeVine
11. Ellen Monrad
12. Margaret Okamoto
13. Allen Panitch
14. Jeff Parker
15. Tim Prouty
16. Kirk Robbins
17. Scott Smith
18. Jim Smith
19. Mike Warren
B. Members Absent
1. Scot Baker
2. Chris Grekoff
3. George Counts
4. Hiatt Kemp
VI. 9:30 Adjournment

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

QACC Meeting Agenda - 4/7/2010

April 7, 2010
McClure Middle School

7:30-Adoption of Agenda
Approval of Minutes
Treasurer’s Report
7:35: Smarter Highways- Jennifer Charlebois
7:55: SR 520 – Ted Lane, MontlakeCC chair
8:10: Tim Prouty
8:15: North Portal Report- Glen Avery
8:20: 15th Ave W. Coalition-Ellen
8:30: Committee Reports
Parks Don Harper
Communication Michael Lapin
NAC Kirk Robbins, Jim Smith, Ron Mason,
Don Harper
Transportation John Coney
LURC/Planning Craig Hanway
District Council Mike Warren
Social Issues Kirk Robbins
Police & Crime Allen Panich
9:20- New Business

Meeting Notices
QACC: May 5 7:30 McClure Middle School
Parks Committee: April 13, QACC, 7:30
LURC/Planning: April 19, QACC, 7:00
Transportation: April 28, QACC, 7:00
NAC: April 21, Port Headquarters
District Council: May 12, 7pm, NSC