Monday Briefs: Ballard power outage, Magnolia Bridge repairs, Ballard District Council meeting, and Fair Isle Brewing news

POWER OUTAGE IN CENTRAL BALLARD A short power outage last night affected parts of Central Ballard near NW 62nd St and 20th Ave NW. Scott Thomsen from Seattle City Light says it could have been a falling branch hitting a power line, causing it to short out. Power was restored shortly thereafter.

MAGNOLIA BRIDGE REPAIRS Crews will be out this week working on the expansion joints on the Magnolia Bridge. They plan to work in three places on the western side of the bridge, near Smith Cove Park. Expect to see crews working from Sept. 10 – 13, from 8:30am to 2:30pm daily.

BALLARD COMMUNITY CENTER CLOSED ON SEPT. 13 All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers, pools and teen life centers will be closed on Sept. 13 for a staff training. That includes the Ballard and Loyal Heights Community Centers. Preschool and School Aged Care will still be operating, however.

BALLARD DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETING SEPT. 13 The Ballard District Council will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 13. On the agenda is a presentation from LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program), which is expanding to Seattle’s North Precinct. There will be a focus on public safety and homelessness outreach, with guest speakers from Ballard Alliance and LEAD who will describe new programs happening in Ballard. The meeting is at 7pm at the Sunset Hill Community Club (3003 NW 66th Street). The meeting is open to the public.

FAIR ISLE BREWING TO HOST POP-UP KITCHENS The newest brewery coming to Ballard, Fair Isle Brewing, has announced that they plan to host regular pop-up kitchens, featuring local chefs. “Once a month, we plan to invite a local chef to prepare a menu of their choice for just one night at our taproom,” the owners write in a blog update. The dinners could range from an intimate tasting menu for 20 guests to a single dish prepared for 100. And of course, the brewery will offer beer pairings to complement the menu. Fair Isle is set to open in Ballard in 2019.

Photo: Aerial of Magnolia Bridge from SDOT

Ballard Council Meeting set for Wednesday

Ballard District Council will meet this Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at Merrill Gardens (2418 NW 56th St).

This month’s Ballard District Council’s March meeting will be somewhat different in format, as they host a guest panel to help us explore the changing demographics Seattle and the region have seen and will experience over the next decade or two.

“An understanding of these wider changes will help us be better prepared to intelligently evaluate the many local options we will encounter in the future and allow us to more effectively lobby for the interests of our community,” writes Ballard District Council.

Following up this month’s “wide view” Ballard District Council will, in April, use another panel to take a close-in look at the many competing interests along Ballard’s ship canal — the blend from our water based maritime uphill through industrial, commercial and residential.

The March guest panelists bring with them a great deal of expertise:

  • Tim Thomas, PhD candidate in Sociology at the UW and demographer with a focus on how neighborhoods affect different populations. His research includes topics such as gentrification, segregation, migration, crime, housing, poverty, and homelessness; all with a particular focus on the Seattle and Puget Sound area.
  • Joshua McNichols, KUOW “growing pains” reporter since 2015 and a primary reporter for KUOW’s “Region of Boom” series.
  • John Fox, Seattle Displacement Coalition, focused on changing housing needs throughout Seattle.
  • Steve Cohn, retired city planner having worked with several surrounding municipalities dealing with the Washington State Growth Management Act
  • Bill Bryant, Service Development Managing Director, King County Metro Transit

All are welcome to attend.

Ballard District Council Meeting set for Wednesday

The Ballard District Council’s next meeting is set for Wednesday, February 8, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and will be held at Merrill Gardens (2418 NW 56th St).

Topics for the evening include the organization’s structure going forward without City sponsorship, continued support for Interbay industrial land, an introduction to a free tax preparation service freetaxexperts.org and a presentation on the City’s Find-It-Fix-It walk through Crown Hill followed by our community organizations’ experience with, and recommendations for, that program.

Ballard District Council is alive and well and will be an even more effective voice for the Crown Hill / Ballard neighborhoods now that we operate independently from the City.

Meeting space for the February meeting is generously provided by Merrill Gardens since without City support the council no longer has access to the Ballard Library after its normal closing time.

All are welcome.

Ballard Council Meeting set for Wednesday

Ballard District Council will hold their monthly meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, May 10) from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Due to the library closure the location of the meeting has been moved to Swedish Medical Center (5300 Tallman Ave NW).

The meeting agenda will focus on the Neighborhood Street Fund application reviews.

Click here to find out more information on the Ballard District Council’s Facebook page.

All are welcome to attend.

Ballard District Council set to meet this Wednesday

Ballard District Council will hold its monthly meeting this Wednesday, January 14, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW). Free parking is available below the building and can be accessed from NW 56th St.

The meeting is set to cover the following topics:

The meeting is open to the public and will be chaired by Kirk Robbins.

Ballard District Council Meeting set for tomorrow evening

Ballard District Council will hold their monthly meeting Wednesday, May 14, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Ballard Library (5614 22nd NW). Free parking is available below the building and can be accessed from NW 56th St.

Check out the meeting agenda below:

7:00 Introductions & Short Announcements

7:20 Seattle Planning Commission and Seattle Design Commission

  • SPC – Vanessa Murdock (Executive Director), Commissioners Morgan Shook and Marj Press Seattle Design Commission
  • SDC – Michael Jenkins (Director)

7:40 Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance

  • Geoffrey Tallent, DPD

8:00 Seattle Public Utilities Long Term Control Plan

8:20 City Neighborhood Council

  • Catherine Weatbrook – CNC representative

8:25 Executive Committee Report

  • Joe Wert, Ballard District Council Vice President

8:30 Adjourn

The meeting is open to the public and will be chaired by Kirk Robbins.

Ballard District Council meeting on tonight at Ballard Library

Ballard District Council will hold their monthly meeting tonight, February 12, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Ballard Library (5614 22nd NW). Free parking is available below the building and can be accessed from NW 56th St.

Check out the meeting agenda below:

7:00 Introductions & Short Announcements 

  • Michael Cruzan – Community Police Team Officer

7:20 Ballard Urban Design Framework 

  • David Goldberg – Senior Planner, Department of Planning and Development

7:40 Neighborhood Summit 

  • Kathy Nyland- Mayor’s Office/Office of Policy and Innovation

7:55 The Tree Ambassador Program 

  • Andrea Mojzak –Forterra

8:05 Holman Road Repaving Project Update 

  • Dongho Chang – City Traffic Engineer, SDOT Traffic Management Division

8:15 Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Project Fund 2014 Update

  • Thomas Whittemore – Department of Neighborhoods

8:20 City Neighborhood Council

  • Catherine Weatbrook – Crown Hill Business Association/CNC representative

8:25 Executive Committee Report

  • Kirk Robbins – Chairperson

8:30 Adjourn

The meeting is open to the public and will be chaired by Kirk Robbins.

Monthly Ballard District Council Meeting is tonight

Tonight is the monthly Ballard District Council meeting, held at the Ballard Public Library meeting room  (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Here is the agenda:

7:00     Introductions & Short Announcements – please hold announcements to not more than one minute.

7:15     Assistant City Attorney Jana Jorgensen

Jana has recently been assigned as the City Attorney Liaison to the North Precinct.  She’ll be working on stubborn neighborhood public safety issues including:  graffiti, chronic public nuisance locations, as well as advising and supporting the work of the North Precinct Community Police Team.  She also plays a major role in developing the city’s response to liquor license applications in north Seattle.

7:35     Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program Update, Matt Preedy – WSDOT

Matt will provide an update on the two projects replacing the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct along Seattle’s waterfront: replacing the viaduct’s southern mile, near Seattle’s port and stadiums, with a new side-by-side roadway and replacing the viaduct’s central waterfront section with a bored tunnel beneath downtown Seattle. He will provide information on the upcoming construction milestones and measures planned to mitigate the impact to those who must travel to or through the construction zone.

8:00     Update – Central Waterfront/Seawall Project, Steve Pearce, SDOT Project Manager

With the completion of the Deep Bored Tunnel, what are current plans to replace the existing surface Alaska Way?  How will this roadway be configured to accommodate the needs of general traffic, freight, bikes, as well as those who must cross this roadway to access waterfront destinations?  What is envisioned for how ferry traffic to the Colman Dock will be accommodated?  What is the estimated cost of the entire project; and how will it be financed?    Will surface Alaska Way continue to provide an accessible and efficient means of travelling through this corridor; esp for those of us in northwest Seattle?

8:25     Report – Executive Committee, Catherine Weatbrook

8:30     Adjourn

On the agenda: Ballard’s demographics and Rapid Ride

The Ballard District Council meets on the second Wednesday of each month. This month’s meeting is this coming Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Free parking is available in the garage off NW 56th Street.

AGENDA

Introductions & Short Announcements – please hold announcements to not more than one minute.

A Report on Current Demographics & Population Trends in the Ballard District, Diana Canzoneri, City Demographer – Seattle Planning Commission

Briefing – Revised recommendation for transit service changes affecting the Ballard District in September of this year when the Rapid Ride D Line begins service, Ashley Deforest, King County Transit

Seattle’s Climate Action Plan, Sara Wysocki, City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment

Community Power Works, Andrea Petzel, City OSE

Staff Report, Rob Mattson
-Leadership training opportunity
-2012 Safe Routes to School grant
-March 6-8 test of LED street lighting on 15 NW

Report – Executive Committee
-City Neighborhood Council, Jody Grage
-Appointment – Neighborhoods Projects Fund Review Committee, Catherine Weatbrook

Adjourn

On the agenda: Parks, library, transit and trees

The Ballard District Council meets the second Wednesday of each month. The January meeting is Wednesday, January 11th at 7 p.m. at the Ballard Library. All are welcome to come and participate.

Here is the agenda:

7 PM Introductions & Short Announcements – please hold announcements to not more than one minute.

7:15 A Conversation with Seattle Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams

7:40 The Future of Services from Our Seattle Public Library, Dave Valencia, Regional Manager,
Seattle Public Libraries (Ballard, Fremont, Magnolia, Queen Anne)

7:50 Transit Facilities in the Ballard District – UW Design Studio, Steve Cohn, Project Advisory Team

8:00 Staff Report, Rob Mattson
– 2012 Neighborhood Projects Fund

8:10 Proposed City Policy on Street Trees in Seattle, Nolan Rundquist, City Arborist

8:20 Report – Executive Committee
– City Neighborhood Council, Jody Grage
– Ballard Prepares, Catherine Weatbrook
– Proposed Ballard DC letter to Metro transit Director Kevin Desmond re bus zone closures
(see attached draft) DISCUSSION & VOTE

8:30 Adjourn