Library launches auto-renew service

Cardholders at The Seattle Public Library can now automatically extend their item checkout periods through Library Elf, a free online service available for Library patrons that helps track holds and due dates.

Library Elf has recently added an automatic renewal feature. Patrons can set up a free Library Elf account and activate Auto Renew, and Library Elf will attempt to renew items on their behalf when the items are getting close to the due date. Eligible materials will automatically be renewed according to standard renewal limits. Most items can be renewed twice if no one is waiting for them.

The frequency and timing of Auto Renews will depend on what a patron has chosen in the “Advance Notice” settings of their Library Elf account. Patrons can sign up for email notifications that will note if items were renewed or not renewed, or log into their Library account to check their current due dates.

Library Elf also provides notifications for holds waiting, pre-overdue materials and overdue materials for multiple Library accounts in one message. This service is especially useful for families trying to track multiple Library accounts. The service can even combine accounts of other participating library systems, including KCLS.

The Seattle Public Library will continue its existing notice services separate from the Library Elf service, including pre-overdue and holds waiting notifications by email.

For more information, contact the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

What’s on this weekend

Have a fantastic weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, December 2

SATURDAY, December 3

  • Holiday Blood Drive at Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th St) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register with Sylvia Vikingstad at sylviastad@comcast.net.
  • Ballard Elks Holiday Craft Market (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Come shop beautifully crafted items from over 30 local artists and craftspeople.
  • Live Music
    • Dorothy Rodes at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. $8 cover. Angie Louise and LaWanda DuPree with the Lou’siana Gators: Christmas in the BIG EASY at 9 p.m. Cover $16.
    • Vaudeville Etiquette, Rust On The Rails, and Nick Foster Band at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SUNDAY, December 4

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
  • Tractor Tavern’s Handmade Arcade (5213 Ballard Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 20+ modern Artists and quality handmade goods.
    Live music by Bill Patton and Jesse Lortz.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Kyle Gass Band (KG from Tenacious D!) with Chrome Lakes at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • Edna Vazquez Band Alejandro Rivas (of Alejandro y Maria Laura) at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $15.

Seattle City Light to replace utility poles on 56th, near 34th

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Seattle City Light will be supporting Advanced Metering services throughout Seattle by replacing existing utility poles with taller poles to host wireless utility data collection equipment.

This month, crews in our area will be replacing poles on NW 56th St (close to the corner of 34th Ave NW). The new poles will be 70 feet tall, which is approximately 20 feet taller than the existing poles (pictured above).

This project is part of the communications network that will automate meter reading and enable enhanced services. No maintenance power outages are planned for this work.

Daily work hours are from Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. In most cases, the work to transfer existing equipment and install the data collection equipment can be completed in one day.

Click here to learn more information about the project.

Travelers encouraged to prepare for cold weather and possible snow

The Puget Sound region is bracing for its first winter cold snap and travelers in King County are being encouraged to prepare for the possibility of snow and travel disruptions this weekend and next week.

At the moment, the National Weather Service forecasts temperatures to begin dropping on Sunday, with possible overnight freezing temperatures Monday and Tuesday.

The King County Department of Transportation urges Metro Transit customers and water taxi riders, as well as people who travel unincorporated county roads, to monitor weather reports and connect to information available from King County, including travel alerts.

King County’s My Commute page is a resource for monitoring the status of roads, and information is available on the county roads’ snow response page.

Metro Transit riders can review timetables and the transit adverse weather page for snow route information. As weather conditions continue to develop, Metro customers are urged to familiarize themselves with the planned snow route for their regular bus.

Regional updates will be posted on the King County Emergency blog.

Road Services crews are on rotation and available to sand and plow mapped snow routes. Call the 24/7 Roads Helpline at (206) 477-8100 to report road traffic safety issues in unincorporated King County, such as downed stop signs, malfunctioning signals or trees over the roadway. The Snow and Ice page also has more information.

HALA Community Meeting set for Saturday

Locals are invited to take part in a casual conversation organized by HALA (Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda) surrounding proposed changes to local neighborhoods in an effort to generate more affordable housing.

The meeting will be held at Bitter Lake Community Center (13035 Linden Ave N) on Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Several City departments will be in attendance to answer questions to related to housing and other important issues.

Neighborhoods maps being highlighted include:

  • Aurora-Licton Springs
  • Ballard
  • Bitter Lake
  • Crown Hill
  • Greenwood / Phinney
  • NE 130th

City Departments that will be in attendance include:

  • Parks and Recreation – Development Plan
  • Transportation (SDOT) – Bus Rapid Ride
  • Transportation (SDOT) / Construction and Inspections (SDCI) – Parking Reform
  • Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE)
  • Ethics + Elections – Democracy Vouchers
  • Human Services Division – Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

To find out more information about the event contact Jesseca Brand at (206) 733-9982 or via email jesseca.brand@seattle.gov

Development Update December 1: Subdivisions and units

There are plenty of updates in today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin

Decisions:

2629 NW 63rd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project # 6459804. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

828 NW 125th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 7,604 sq. ft. and B) 7,245 sq. ft. Portion of the existing structure to be demolished.

6219 14th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6499036. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

2201 NW 61st St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6489410. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Appeals of the above decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 12/15/2016.

Notice of Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting:

2417 NW 57th St

A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 4-story structure containing 27 units. No parking proposed. Existing structure to be demolished.

A Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, December 19, at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

The Director will accept written comments through December 19. Locals are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which they believe, should be addressed in the design for this project.

Comments and requests to be made party of record should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

Change in Scheduled Hearing:

951 NW BALLARD WAY

The hearing originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, 2017, has been changed to Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 9 am in the Office of Hearing Examiner, Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4000, 40th Floor.