Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bus Routes

The below letter from the Queen Anne Community Council expresses
our displeasure at the way Metro Transit is handling the proposed bus

stop closures for routes 3 and 4 on Queen Anne.

June 5, 2010
Hon. Larry Phillips, King County Council
Hon Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Council
Hon. Tim Burgess, Seattle City Council
Kevin Desmond, Metro Transit General Manager
Re: Bus Stops on Routes 3-4
It came to our attention on June 1st that Metro plans to close several stops along Routes 3 and 4 on Queen Anne and open a few others as consolidations. These changes are to take effect on June 26, and comments are due on June 11, according to a Metro notification, which appeared in the Queen Anne View blog on June 1st.
We believe this notification is unduly brief and insufficient in scope. We ask that the proposed actions be postponed until adequate notice and opportunity for comment are provided.
Adequate notice would include notice at the stops to be impacted, notice to businesses along the routes, and notice to riders on the buses themselves. It appears that none of this has been attempted, at all. Visual inspection of the stops gives no clue of their impending demise. Business owners are ignorant of the proposed closure of stops adjacent to or across the street from their locations. Patrons seem to be utterly unaware of pending changes.
Additionally, some of the stops are also served by Routes 13 and/or 45. Will the stops be closed to those routes as well? This matter is not addressed in the blog posting.
We recognize that sometimes bus stop closures and consolidations may benefit transit operations by improving timeliness, and that some additional parking may be created by these actions in neighborhoods where that is needed. But such decisions are very important to many individuals and businesses that are intimately familiar with the detailed impacts of such proposals. Until then, the proposal is premature.
Thank you.
Ellen Monrad


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

QACC May Minutes


Minutes for May 5, 2010

I. 7:30 Approval of Agenda, Minutes, etc.

A. Agenda for May 5, 2010: Approved

B. Minutes for Prior QACC Meeting (April 7): Approved

C. Treasurer's Report (April 30, 2010):

Beginning Balance $2,107.56


Interest Income




Misc. Fees



Ending Balance $1879.03

QACC Funds $429.83

PPQA Funds 1,449.20

Total Funds


II. 7:30 Presentations

A. Greg Phipps, Wash. Dept. of Transportation

1. Update on construction of a suicide prevention barrier for Aurora Bridge.

III. 7:40 New & Ongoing Business

A. Don Harper, Rules of Order for Meetings that include Public Testimony

1. Motion to approve amended Rules of Order to accommodate running QACC meetings that include public testimony passed by acclamation.

2. Motion to amend Rules of Order to allow for community input during QACC meetings passed by acclamation.

B. Ellen Monrad, 15th Avenue W. Transportation Coalition

1. Motion to approve letter to SDOT recommending mitigations for traffic increases stemming from reconstruction of Viaduct passed 15 for, 2 against.

C. Ellen Monrad, Traffic Impact of Viaduct reconstruction on Nickerson

1. Update on meeting with Seattle mayor McGinn about mitigation of traffic impacts on Nickerson from Viaduct reconstruction

IV. 8:40 Committee Reports

A. Land Use & Planning Committee: Kirk Robbins

1. Update on status of various projects proposed by Joe Geivitt.

2. Discuss of City efforts to re-evaluate and modify current design review process, with a heavy emphasis on sustainability at the expense of fundamental design.

B. Transportation: John Coney

1. John Coney announced his resignation as chair of QACC transportation committee.

C. Parks: Don Harper

1. Discussion of budget crisis within the Seattle Parks Department.

2. Letter to Seattle City Council asking them to continue funding maintenance of existing parks and construction of park improvements already in process passed by acclamation.

D. Queen Anne Magnolia District Council: Mike Warren

1. Update on efforts to fund Folk Park and a new Hill Top Farmers Market.

2. Update on petition for neighborhood improvement funds for Queen Anne Blvd (QA Crown).

E. Michael Lapin: Communications Committee

1. Review of policies for posting content to QACC blog.

F. Social Issues: Allan Panitch

1. Nothing to report

G. NAC: Kirk Robbins

1. Nothing to report

V. Attendance

A. Members in Attendance

1. Ellen Monrad

2. Kirk Robbins

3. Laura Kleisle

4. Marty Kaplan

5. Chris Grekoff

6. Mike Warren

7. Glen Avery

8. Jim Smith

9. Sharon LeVine

10. Jeff Parker

11. Margaret Okamoto

12. Don Harper

13. Michael Lapin

14. Tim Prouty

15. Deb Finken

16. John Coney

17. Peter Lawrence

18. Scot Baker

B. Members Absent

1. Scott Smith

2. Hiatt Kemp

3. George Counts

4. Craig Hanway

5. Allan Panitch

VI. 9:30 Adjournment

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

QACC - June Agenda

June 2, 2010

McClure Middle School


7:30-Adoption of Agenda

Approval of Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

7:35: Open Forum – Comments

7:45: McClure Middle School update- John Loacker, Greg Bjarko

8:00: Denny Triangle Report-Craig Hanway

8:30: Committee Reports

Parks Don Harper

LURC/Planning Craig Hanway

Communication Michael Lapin

NAC Kirk Robbins, Jim Smith, Ron Mason, Don Harper

District Council Mike Warren


Social Issues Kirk Robbins

Police & Crime Allen Panich

9:15- New Business


Meeting Notices

QACC: July 7 7:00 Queen Anne Community Center

Parks Committee: June 8, QACC, 7:30

LURC/Planning: June 21, QACC, 7:00

Transportation: TBA

NAC: June 16, Port Headquarters

District Council: June 14, 7pm, QA/Mag Neighborhood Service Center