Remand Hearing for Naval Hospital Chapel Boundary - September 23, 2021

Monday, September 20, 2021

Naval Chapel at Fircrest photo by Janet Way

It will be a “Redo!” According to King County Preservation Board, the “Motion for Reconsideration” on the Landmark “boundary decision” will recommence at a Remand Hearing next Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 4pm. But the property and Chapel that was preserved by the Shoreline Landmarks Commission will stand.

The dispute arose when DSHS (Management at Fircrest) challenged the original decision borders and requested a Motion for Reconsideration on the property boundaries. They were requesting a section of the forest, which was landmarked around the Historic Chapel, for use as a parking lot.

But interestingly, according to the Historic Property Inventory Form and determinations made prior to 2001, the entire Fircrest Campus is actually eligible for the National Register of Historic Places! So, it is even more significant than previously known.

The Shoreline City Council Remanded the case back to the Landmarks Commission because of an error in the original Legal Notice.

So, if you are someone who cares about this historic World War II site, where thousands of injured sailors were cared for and healed, and that this Chapel was built as a place for spiritual support and healing within a beautiful forest, then please send a comment to The King County Landmarks Commission c/o Sarah Steen, ssteen@kingcounty.gov. And/or, please tune in to the hearing and comment if you wish on Zoom.

Zoom Conference Access Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83502932396?pwd=NzViU1dzSThUZHkvVjBLWEVpbk4zZz09

If you have any questions, contact Shoreline Preservation Society via Janet Way at 206-734-5545 or janetway@yahoo.com



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In the Garden Now: ‘Sweet Summer’ Hydrangea

Sunday, September 19, 2021


Story and photo by Victoria Gilleland

‘Sweet Summer’ Hydrangea has been blooming for months. When first in bloom the flowers were bright white. Over summer blossoms have taken on a delicate pinkish blush glow.

Like most paniculata hydrangeas this plant was unfazed by our extremely hot temperatures the end of June.

For a drought tolerant hydrangea choose a paniculata variety such as this gorgeous plant


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Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Talk Like a Pirate


Sunday is Talk Like a Pirate Day

The origin story is very charming and includes a couple of buddies in Oregon and the humorist Dave Berry. See the whole story HERE



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Lake Forest Park Police select a new patch for 2021

Incorporated in 1961 (60 years ago!), Lake Forest Park Police Department has had the honor of wearing several patches over those years. 

Beginning in 1961 (when the city became incorporated), the first LFP Police Patch was introduced, and it was followed up with two more patches. The 1964 patch lasted for 11 years, and in 1975 a new design was made. Fourteen years later in 1989, another patch came out and this one has been used for the last 32 years!

For 2021, one of our officers requested a new patch design. After working through an initial design phase and then all of the police staff working on a final product, the new patch design was approved.

The new patch represents an updated look from the 1989 patch. Mt. Rainer, Lake Washington, and our beautiful tree canopy surrounding the town center and Lake Forest Park homes. Thank you to Ofc. Walker for working on this project, and hope the patch lasts for many years to come!

--Lake Forest Park Police



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Shoreline Police: Are two energy drinks worth a burglary charge? Apparently, for this man, the answer is yes


Are two energy drinks worth a burglary charge? Apparently, for this man, the answer is yes.

On Monday, September 6, 2021 at 3:47am, King County dispatchers received a call from a gas station located in the 600 block of Richmond Beach Road in Shoreline. 

The caller told dispatch that 20 minutes prior, a male threw a rock through the store’s window and entered the business. The caller was an employee and was notified by an app on his phone.
 
Surveillance video captured the burglar pacing back and forth in the store, searching the area, before finally exiting with what appeared to be two canned energy drinks.
The suspect is a white male in his 20s with long-ish, curly brown hair. He was wearing a white shirt with a faded, square logo on the back, gray cargo pants and gray tennis shoes.
 
Deputies searched the immediate area for the suspect but were unable to locate him.

If you recognize this individual, please contact our 24-hour non-emergency number at 206-296-3311 and reference case #C21028010.

--King County Sheriff's Office



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Case updates September 17, 2021

Required for entry
Case updates September 17, 2021 - 
no Washington updates on weekends and holidays; otherwise "Total" figures are cumulative and "new" numbers represent one day's results

As of September 13, 2021 24.9% of state residents are not vaccinated.

King County to require proof of vaccination or negative test for many outdoor and indoor events and establishments to address COVID-19 spread. More here


United States 
  • Total cases  41,915,285 - 154,513 new
  • Total deaths 670,565 - 2,087 new


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Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter will operate at St. Dunstan's again this winter

St. Dunstan's houses the Severe Winter Shelter

For the third winter season, the City of Shoreline is working in partnership with the North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) to operate an emergency severe weather shelter. 

Rev. David Marshall and the generous congregation at St. Dunstan’s Church have once again offered space to house this important program at their parish, located at 722 N 145th St, Shoreline.

To make the shelter successful, volunteers are needed to help staff it during activation. Compassionate and fully vaccinated volunteers must be over 18 years old and be able to commit to being on-call for a certain number of nights each month between November 1, 2021 and March 30, 2022.

Shelter guests are warm, dry, and fed for the night

The threshold for activation will be a prediction of four-plus hours of temperatures at or below 33 degrees overnight or snow accumulation (or expected accumulation) of 2 or more inches. When activated, the shelter will be open from 8:30pm to 7:30am.

Volunteers will be provided with training and then will be responsible for welcoming guests and supervising the shelter overnight (partial shifts can be arranged). Volunteers will be paired with another person during shelter activation.

If you would like to volunteer, email staff@nuhsa.org or call 206-550-5626.

For more information about the emergency severe weather shelter, contact Community Services Manager Bethany Wolbrecht-Dunn at bwolbrec@shorelinewa.gov or 206-801-2251.



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Shore to Shore Climate March Friday, September 24, 2021

Saturday, September 18, 2021

In the 2019 march people paused on Bothell Way to wave signs at passing cars.
Photo by s cho

By Diane Hettrick

A climate strike/march is planned for Friday, September 24, 2021 starting at Log Boom Park in Kenmore at 8am and ending at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park at noon.

The march is described as "an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all."

From the 2019 march. Photo by s cho

The march is youth-led, reflecting how seriously young people are taking climate issues and what it means for their futures.

They see their future and they don't like it.

However, the rest of us are paying a lot more attention than we were two years ago, when the first student-led climate march took place here.

"Think or Swim" Photo by s cho

This march, like the 2019 march, has been organized by Marieka Staheli, who is a sophomore at Shorewood High School. The march route passes by several schools where students, parents, and other supporters can join.

Note that it is a school day, and students need parental permission to be out of school. Parents need to call the school to report that their student will be absent from class.

The march is one of many across the globe. The "Fridays for Future” map that has all of the registered strikes for this day, including this one. Global Fridays for Future map of strikes registered for September 24th: https://fridaysforfuture.org/action-map/map/

This map shows the route and approximate times that marchers will arrive at locations along the way. Map of route for the march: https://tinyurl.com/shorelineclimatestrikemap

Participants can join the strike at any point on the route by looking at these times / destinations (some students may join when marchers pass by their schools). 

They have created an Instagram page for the Shoreline Climate Strike which has all of the information about the event. https://www.instagram.com/shoreline_climate_strike/



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Shoreline School Board meeting Tuesday


The Shoreline School Board will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 6:00pm in the Shoreline Room, Shoreline Center 18560 1st Ave. NE. This meeting is also available via Zoom using the log-in information below. 

Topics for this meeting include an overview of 2020 census results and planning for potential school board redistricting, as well as a first reading of a new policy focused on school safety and security program services.

Please note that due to updated guidance from the Department of Health, all in-person attendees must wear masks and there will be six-foot distancing between those in attendance.

If you would like to provide written public comment for the regular meeting, you can do so by filling out this online form by 12:00pm on Tuesday, September 21 and it will be provided to the Board. There will also be a live public comment period during the in-person meeting.

Link to Agenda:
https://app.eduportal.com/share/a7ff5d2a-1802-11ec-9bf8-06c64aa3b8d4

Attending the September 21 School Board Regular Meeting Online:

Meeting Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85219178235?pwd=RHBSQjVQSFVrakhYQktnS1htZ3VzUT09
Passcode: 127830
Webinar ID: 852 1917 8235
Dial-In Phone Numbers: 1-253-215-8782 or 1-669-900-6833


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Lummi Artist Raya Friday and Team Will Create Glass Art Designed by Shoreline Residents

Lummi Artist Raya Friday and Team Will Create Glass Art Designed by Shoreline Residents Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 1-7pm at Café Aroma 509 NE 165th St, Shoreline, WA 98155

As part of Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience, a multi-day glass festival celebrating the Northwest's reputation as a glass mecca, Shoreline is proud to sponsor Raya Friday and glassblowing team at Café Aroma, 506 NE 165th Street on Saturday October 16, 1-7pm. Friday, a member of the Lummi tribe, is joined by Tim Charles (Cowichin) and Shoreline emerging glass artist Alex Cain. Free tickets with timed entry every 45 minutes (pandemic safety precautions) are available at https://bit.ly/RayaFriday.

Friday’s team will also create glass art from designs submitted by Shoreline residents. Free to enter; Deadline October 5 at noon. 

Selected artistic designs will be awarded $100 and be credited in any future exhibitions as well as publicized on Shoreline Public Art Facebook and the City’s Public Art Webpage, and other media. The artworks will become part of the City’s Permanent Collection. (Prizes are payable with an invoice and W-9 showing Shoreline address; up to 4 awards given.)

Open to all ages, up to three colors, can be functional, abstract, or symbolic shape, a vase or drinking glass, and/or more sculptural art (up to 1 hour of time to create). Maximum size for the furnace is about 15” and the artists will scale down any larger suggestions. 

Final selection is determined by the artist and public art coordinator, with a guided Q/A salon session for design review on Tuesday Sept. 28 at 7pm on zoom (zoom link released on Shoreline Public Art Facebook on Tuesday morning, https://www.facebook.com/shorelineart).

Finished work is destined for accession into the City’s Portable Works Collection and as a donation to ShoreLake Arts for fundraising at a future auction. Clear glass, transparent preferred 1-3 colors otherwise
modifications to design are likely necessary to execute the object in the time allotted.
  • General times: goblet, cup, bowl, vase, vessel: ½ hour – 1 hour; sculptural object: up to 2 hours;
  • Stretch your imagination into unexpected realms like pop culture, politics, or Shoreline lore
  • pumpkins, Xmas ornaments, etc. discouraged
  • Example: Drawing of the sphere that has blue and green symbolizing we need to come together for cleaner water for all. 
  • Still not sure? Attend the design help session on Sept. 28 Zoom, as detailed above.

Submit ideas online to artentry@shorelinewa.gov with subject line, “Shoreliners Design Glass.” Include a sketch with any colors (submitted as jpg. file) along with a description of the idea and your contact information. You can also drop hard copies at Café Aroma in the Collection Box (starting Sunday Sept. 19). Deadline October 5 at noon. Final selections announced by October 8.

About Raya Friday: Raya Friday began her career in glass in 1996 in Seattle where she was born and raised. She worked in and around the Seattle area for seven years before attending Alfred University (New York) where she graduated with a BFA. The source and purpose of Friday’s current work is to explore the influence of the modern world on the Native American aesthetic. She mixes traditional elements and ideas with metal and glass to re-imagine her culture and its traditions through the lens of the world she grew up in. Follow on Instagram

Funding provided by a generous Creative Economy Grant from Port of Seattle through the efforts of the Shoreline Office of Economic Development.




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Case updates September 16, 2021 - proof of vaccination to be required for many events and establishments

Case updates September 16, 2021 - 
no Washington updates on weekends and holidays; otherwise "Total" figures are cumulative and "new" numbers represent one day's results

As of September 13, 2021 24.9% of state residents are not vaccinated.

King County to require proof of vaccination or negative test for many outdoor and indoor events and establishments to address COVID-19 spread. More here


United States 
  • Total cases  41,754,903 - 147,581 new
  • Total deaths 668,442 - 1,823 new

Washington state 
  • Total confirmed cases 553,326 - 3,233 new  
  • Total hospitalizations 34,821 - 192 new  
  • Total deaths 7,201 - 56 new  

King county 
  • Total confirmed cases 137,477 - 603 new 
  • Total hospitalizations 7,810 - 24 new 
  • Total deaths 1,836 -  6 new

Seattle 
  • Total confirmed cases 33,748  - 131 new 
  • Total hospitalizations 1,684  -  7 new 
  • Total deaths 458 -  0 new

Shoreline  
  • Total confirmed cases 3,051 - 6 new
  • Total hospitalizations 234 -   0 new
  • Total deaths 107 - 0 new

Lake Forest Park 
  • Total confirmed cases 445 - 0 new 
  • Total hospitalizations 21 -    0 new
  • Total deaths 5  - 0 new


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Flags at half-staff Saturday

Flag Lowering - 9/18/21 (Officer Goodrich and Lieutenant Traber)

The attached directive includes two flag lowerings for Saturday, September 18, 2021.

Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of Spokane County Fire Lieutenant and Paramedic Cody Traber, 41, and directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Lieutenant Traber died in the line of duty on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

The Governor’s Office has no objection to agencies lowering the flags at the close of business on Friday, September 17, 2021. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Saturday, September 18, 2021, or first thing Monday morning, September 20th.

A memorial service will take place on September 18th at Calvary Spokane at 1:00pm

Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of Stafford Creek Correctional Officer Darryl “Scout” Goodrich, Jr., 49, and directs hat Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Officer Goodrich died in the line of duty on Friday, August 20, 2021.

The Governor’s Office has no objection to agencies lowering the flags at the close of business on Friday, September 17, 2021. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Saturday, September 18, 2021, or first thing Monday morning, September 20th.

A private memorial service will take place on September 18th.

Please call (360) 902-0383 if you have any questions about these flag lowerings.



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2021 Northwest Orchid Society Fall Show and Sale October 2-3 at Center for Urban Horticulture

2021 Northwest Orchid Society Fall Show and Sale October 2-3
Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 East Galer Street, Seattle, WA 98112
Saturday, Oct. 2 (10am to 4pm) and Sunday, Oct. 3 (10am to 4pm)

Admission, included with admission to the Conservatory:
Adult $4, Youth (13-17) $2, Child (0-12) free.

The Northwest Orchid Society presents its 2021 Fall Orchid Show and Sale, located in the Seattle Parks Department historic Volunteer Park Conservatory. This regional show features breathtaking orchid displays by orchid societies from throughout the Pacific Northwest and orchid vendors in attendance. 

Superior orchid specimens will be competing for coveted awards issued by accredited judges from the American Orchid Society.

Members of the public are encouraged to bring orchids from home for a repotting service and/or advice for struggling orchids. Knowledgeable volunteers from the Northwest Orchid Society will be available to answer questions for show attendees.

Several vendors, both local and visiting from out of state, will have a fine selection of orchids available for purchase. The plants for sale range from excellent quality beginner level plants for the home to rare collectable specimens.

A complete list of vendors and additional show information is posted on the society’s website:

http://nwos.orchid-society.net/ShowTime/Show2021/Show.html

The NWOS is a regional non-profit organization focusing on orchid education and conservation, with members throughout the Puget Sound area. It meets the second Monday of every month at 7pm from September through June at the Center for Urban Horticulture 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, near University Village. Membership is $30/year. Meetings are free and open to the general public.



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Northshore Fire commissioners reviewed proposals to run NS Fire at Friday's meeting - will meet with LFP Council on Monday

Lake Forest Park fire station photo by Jerry Pickard

Northshore Fire commissioners have requested and received proposals to run their department from Eastside Fire / Rescue and Shoreline Fire. They reviewed these proposals at their meeting on Friday, September 17, 2021, 2pm.

Under the proposals, Northshore commissioners would retain control but all operations would be managed by one of these departments.


An audio recording of the meeting is available at the same link.

A special joint meeting of the Board of Commissioners of King County Fire Protection District No. 16 (Northshore) and Lake Forest Park City Council, will be held via Zoom on Monday, the 20th day of September 2021, at 6:00pm.

Northshore Fire is currently an independent department (Fire Protection District #16) which serves the cities of Kenmore and Lake Forest Park.

Meeting agenda and materials are posted here



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ELNA to get a look into the future of the neighborhood -- and the future of the city council

ELNA monthly meeting Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 7-9pm on Zoom. Email to be sent the meeting link: ELNABoard@gmail.com

The Echo Lake Neighborhood will get a look into its future with guest Nathan Daum, Economic Development Program Manager for the city of Shoreline. 

Traffic, development, 185th redesign, the transit station, townhouses, perhaps huge apartment buildings. 

We're in the midst of major change right now. What will it be like in five years? Ten years? Will we be forced out of our homes? Will we be able to get out of our homes when commuters park across our driveways? What advantages will come with the changes?

We've asked Nate to look into his crystal ball and tell us our future.

We are pleased that all four people on the ballot for Shoreline City Council will join us to introduce themselves. 

All four are running unopposed on the November ballot, so will be on the council come January 2022. Chris Roberts is the lone incumbent and Laura Mork, Eben Pobee, and John Ramsdell will be new. All have deep roots and involvement in the community.

North City and Meridian Park neighbors are particularly welcome to join us.



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Shoreline Walks Saturday - Southwest Shoreline

Shoreline Walks photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Explore neighborhoods, parks and trails on some of the best walking routes in our City. Designed for adults ages 50+ but open to all ages and abilities, each walk is led by a Volunteer Walk Leader and all walks are free. No need to sign up, just show up at the meetup location and we'll take care of the rest! 

Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome to join.

Program participants are required to follow the current Covid-19 safety guidelines. To see current guidelines, visit www.shorelinewa.gov/covid

For a full list of walks visit www.ShorelineWA.gov/ShorelineWalks

Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10:00am NEW!!
Southwest Shoreline Walk

We’re exploring the area between Westminster Way and Aurora Ave, heading west on 145th St and walking the loop trail through Llandover woods.
  • All participants are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
  • Walk is approximately 3.5 miles / 2 hours
  • Walk Rating: Moderate (some hills and wooded trails)
  • Meet at: Bank of America near Central Market (Aurora Square: N 155th / Westminster Way)
  • Walk Leader: Cheryl


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Sunset Park reopened after wasp nest removed


Shoreline Parks Grounds Maintenance staff have successfully cleared the large wasp nest that was located in the northeast corner of Sunset School Park, 17800 10th Ave NW. The park is now fully reopened.

The nest was high in a tree, very large, and very active.

Photos courtesy City of Shoreline.









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Notes from Shoreline council meeting September 13, 2021

Pam Cross, reporter
Shoreline City Council Meeting  
September 13, 2021

Notes by Pam Cross

Mayor Hall called the remote meeting to order at 7:00pm.

All Councilmembers were present. 

Proclamation
I, Will Hall, Mayor of the City of Shoreline, on behalf of the Shoreline City Council, recognize September 10-19, 2021 as WELCOMING WEEK in the City of Shoreline and encourage residents to build communities where all feel a sense of belonging and can thrive.

Approval of the Agenda 
Agenda adopted by unanimous consent. 

Report of the City Manager, presented by John Norris, Assistant City Manager 

COVID-19 UPDATE 


WELCOMING WEEK  virtual workshops


SHORELINE WALKS
This week’s walk is around the southwest Shoreline on Saturday September 18.
For information and a full calendar of all the walks that will be held, go to: shorelinewa.gov/shorelinewalks

ART COTTAGE RESIDENCY PERFORMANCES 


Public Reminders
The Planning Commission Meeting for September 16 has been cancelled.

Council Reports

Mayor Hall: I made some brief opening remarks at the Seattle Film Summit. After I spoke, an audience member came up to me. They explained they are a director putting together a film and was so impressed that in Shoreline filming in a park would require only a $25 fee and approval could be expected within 3 days. Other places take about 60 days for approval.

Public Comment 

Daniel Wick, Shoreline
Re 8(a) Multifamily tax exemption program. I am involved in 2 apartment projects right now. The 12 year cost has been a great incentive but as costs have increased it makes it a challenge to build these projects. I support the 20 year program.

Jackie Kurle, Shoreline
The enhanced shelter has so far been a successful operation. I have seen a couple of residents or possibly guests that could be taken into the shelter that are on the gravel behind the shelter or on side streets. Have they been offered residence at the shelter?

Approval of the Consent Calendar
Consent Calendar approved unanimously


Presentation by Nathan Daum, Economic Development Manager

The Multifamily Property Tax Exemption (MFTE) program is the City’s main affordable housing program. The MFTE program provides for a 12-year property tax exemption on new housing construction and improvements as an incentive. This does not exempt the land valuation or non housing-related improvements from taxation. For a development to qualify, a project must be multifamily housing development with at least 20% of the units meeting the affordable housing definition in Shoreline Municipal Code. The light rail station areas are the only residential targeted areas (RTAs) in Shoreline to have a MFTE sunset date. To date, no multifamily buildings have been completed in the light rail station areas.

The purpose of this discussion is to consider options to maintain, repeal, or extend the MFTE sunset in the light rail station area residential target areas; adoption of a 20-year MFTE program; and adoption of a 12-year MFTE contract extension.
 



A typical project in Shoreline is 125 units. 


Details of the financial impact to the City are available in the staff report.
 

DISCUSSION 

Do we currently have 99 year expectation of affordability?
  • Reply: Yes, in station areas which is tied to the land use, not the MFTE. 
There are no developments in the light rail area yet? Are there any applications?
  • Reply: Yes, quite bit of interest and some pre-application meetings. We’ve been told they are watching to how it MFTE develops, construction costs. No new applications have moved into construction. There are one or two small (15-20 unit) projects under construction on 185th. None completed and none in the core of MUR70.
Regarding the 12 year extension, is this one time only, or are we looking at it every 12 years?
  • Reply: I do not believe the legislation contemplates continuing extensions. It is a one time extension and we are not recommending it for the 20 year program.
Regarding the 20 year MTFE, did someone look to see if this length will pencil out? It makes it better, but is it enough?
  • Reply: that’s the big question. Every site and every project is different. Affordability is usually reached at the age 30. There are so many changes after 30 years: zoning, technology, environmental concerns, etc 
Some feel certainty for 20 years. Terms of financing is a challenge.  It would be wonderful to have a qualitative analysis, but there are so many variables.

The numbers showing benefits to the City is really valuable. For ease of future councils, we need the boundaries match with the comprehensive plan rather than the current zoning. I would like to extend the 20 year option to a handful of places. 

I’m less sold on 12 yr extension, according to the math the city loses money. I’d like to see how much people are actually saving in these affordable units.
  • Reply: I will look into that.
How many MUR70 projects are in the pipeline?
  • Reply: One is almost to final permits. Lots of interest but that’s it. 
We are talking about 20 years. This takes time. It’s not happening. We’re not even at the beginning. So we need to provide enough time for those developments to happen. These are mostly residential areas - not empty lots which are easier to develop.

Regarding the 8 buildings that are currently in design and permitting, if their permit come through before we decide on the 20 year, are they automatically applying to the 20, or do they have to go through the process and additional costs?
  • Reply: They have to resubmit for the new program. 
Would there be an additional cost?
  • Reply: yes
Is there something we can do about that?
  • Reply: We can bring that back as an option. A possible fee waiver since the program wasn’t available before.
The 99 year expectation of affordability sounds a little excessive. This is kind of a sticking point for some developers. We should reconsider this at a later date.

We have a lot of development going on around us, but not here in Shoreline. So this will help catch us up with them. I also agree that the 99 years is worth discussing. 

When we came up with 99 years in 2014, we were being innovative. Lol. We just didn’t want them all running out of affordability in 12 years. Now it makes sense to take another look. 

The legislature, when authorizing the 20 year program, requires 99 years of affordable housing. So if we change that, we could risk the chance of losing the 20 year program.  

This will come back on September 27 as an action item.


Presentation by 
Susana Villamarin, RCCS Senior Management Analyst
Tricia Juhnke, City Engineer 

The American Rescue Plan Act, which was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill. The City of Shoreline was awarded $7,533,842 and will receive the funds in two tranches. The first tranche was received in August 2021 and the second will be received in August 2022. 


At the June 14, 2021 City Council meeting, the Council agreed with the City Manager’s overall recommended targeted allocations, and additional focus areas were discussed. 


The City added criteria for spending on infrastructure. 


Details are available in the Staff Report. The two large projects recommended for funding are in the station areas

DISCUSSION

This is our second discussion and we all had a of comments last time and l have strong concerns about these recommendations.

This is the American Rescue Plan designed for recovery from COVID to benefit everyone in the City. COVID affected every single neighborhood in Shoreline. But these recommendations are all going to the light rail areas. $4M of $7M is going to sewer and wastewater projects in the light rail area. That does not sit well with me. Focusing on one area is a real problem for me. The staff proposed solution to fix this, is to do the exact same thing. The real fix to this is to do what Ms. Juhnke said last: have a resolution that comes up with a package. ARPA does allow swapping out funds. This needs to be transparent. I want this to be one package we are passing that says we’re getting an extra unexpected $4M for infrastructure, and  we’re going to make the City a better place throughout. Hidden Lake was a project considered but not selected by staff. I suggest we move forward with the staff recommendation, modified to include a resolution to move the ARPA funding to Hidden Lake and other projects when the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding comes through.

I disagree. I appreciate the staff work. Yes, the recommended projects are in the station areas, but I feel more confident about these than previously. The projects do provide some environmental benefits that are spelled out. I think we want to fund bigger projects. 

We need to remember that staff understands that the larger projects are most cost effective so that even the recommended smaller projects fell off the table. Staff weighed the various projects and I respect their decisions. 

Looking at the idea of the resolution of a package to swap out funds, is that likely what we would have seen as part of the CIP, or are those items still up for debate or discussion?
  • Reply by T. Juhnke: They are most likely what you would see but they are always up for debate or discussion. I realize this doesn’t really answer your question.
I guess I feel like I could go either way on this because essentially, the extra $4M could go to the two large projects or the smaller ones. It’s the same. If we add the resolution, are we constraining things that we would have, since the CIP isn’t decided until later. 
  • Comment by D. Tarry:  In the staff report we did identify projects that, if we use ARPA money on the big projects, then we could shift the CIP utility funds to these projects.
I think the resolution does not conflict with the staff recommendation, but addresses the challenge of “selling” this to a wider audience. How do we tell everyone that we’re taking the largest part of our recovery act funds and doing projects that aren’t going to help a whole lot of people? Let’s identify, within the resolution, these additional project to show the sum of the whole. I don’t think we’re disagreeing conceptually. I support the resolution.

We are just providing guidance to staff at this point so I don’t think we need a resolution. The implementation will come later during the budget and the CIP.

This will come back as an action item in a couple of weeks.

Meeting adjourned. 



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The Garden Guy: Reasons to Choose Your Next Plant

Friday, September 17, 2021

botanicgardens.uw.edu

Earlier this month, the Garden Guy stopped by a number of garden centers to see what was still available in this year of live goods shortages. Whether I was at Fred Meyer, Home Depot or Swanson's, my conversations with other gardeners usually included the topics of this summer’s unusual heat waves and the (re)evaluations of lagging plants in the landscape. 

It concerned me that many people were looking for a quick ‘little something’ to fill the hole left by the perennial or shrub that had succumbed to the weather. It concerned me that immediate gratification usually took the place of considered research when would-be gardeners were in the process of choosing their next plant. 

I referred to the ‘class’ I informally ran through multiple times that weekend as ‘Reasons to Choose a Plant for the Garden’ and, who knows, it might just turn into one of the actual lectures I present around King County.

Heat - earthobservatory.nasa.gov

Given the heat-related gardening issues I heard from others, plant hardiness and climate change should be among a gardener’s initial concerns. Greater Seattle is usually considered to be a USDA Zone 8 region. 

However, we do occasionally have a worse-than-usual winter; so, consider purchasing plants that are good down to Zone 7 or 6. On the other end of the scale, plant hardiness to Zone 9 or 10 is also a good thing as our summer become hotter. Theses hardiness zones are usually listed with the plant. 

A related issue is drought-tolerance. Once the plant is established (think three years after transplanting), can it survive with a minimum of water? If these pieces of information are not included with the plants you have your eye on, do a bit of immediate smartphone research on the internet before making the purchase.

Research the full size of a plant
If you are spending $50 for a shrub OR $250 on a tree, doesn’t it make sense to spend five minutes checking the climate tolerances and growing conditions for a potential new addition to your landscape? 

You might want to consider planting a rockrose (Cistus) rather than a rhododendron.

Speaking of rhodies, how many times have you noticed shrubs crowding out their neighbors or a full-size tree growing way too close to the house? 

These issues can be alleviated by researching the mature size of a plant. Remember that plant tags usually provide you with the plant size after ten years of growth. But, plants, like people continue to grow after that point in time, just a bit slower. 

 House and Tree #1 - bas eco.net
I have rhododendrons in my back yard which reached the stated 6’ x 6’ size after ten years as was noted on the plant tag. But, fifteen years beyond that, they reached 10’ x 10’ and 12’ x 15’, respectively. 

Luckily, they were provided with enough room when I initially planted them (and, yes, after I moved a few other shrubs to different spots in the yard.)

This plant size information is particularly important with trees. 

Mature trees are not easy to relocate, are costly to have removed and even more costly if they damage a building foundation or roof. 

House and Tree #2 - aaatree.net
Remember that the cute, little five-gallon twig you want to purchase may really need to be installed fifteen to twenty feet away from the side of your home.

Also, with trees, there are a few other factors to consider. 

Evergreen trees, be they needle or broadleaf, create a continued presence in the landscape and they are great for continual screening and shading. 

They do, however, grow at a slower rate than their deciduous counterparts. 

Between evergreen and deciduous candidates, I will almost always vote for the leaf-dropping specimen. 

Yes, deciduous trees may be messier than evergreens, but they make-up for that failing with quicker growth, flowers, colorful leaves and interesting, sometimes colorful, bark in winter.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum
/Katsura Tree
Beyond the aesthetics of deciduous trees, I enjoy the practical aspect of their ability to lessen my utilities bills. 

When planted on the south or west sides of a home, deciduous tree reduce the amount of summer sunshine reaching and overheating the building, thus holding down air conditioning costs. 

Conversely, with the arrival of winter and the loss of leaves on branches, sunlight more readily reaches the walls of a home which help warms the building and reduces heating costs. 

In addition, after leaf-fall, new vistas in your neighborhood are opened for changing visual interest.

Finally, let’s consider ‘the WOW Factor,’ AKA, color spots in the landscape. 

Color is one of the great benefits of perennials, shrubs and trees in the home landscape. And, do think beyond the usual ephemeral spring and summer flowers. 

More permanent color can be had and enjoyed through the use of leaves, bark and berries.

 Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' leaf - OSU
With some plants, home owners can experience three and four seasons of different WOW reasons. 

In the effort of full transparency, I must admit that evergreens can come in a variety of green, yellow and blue shades that will provide more interest to your yards. 

Flowers can add colors from white, to red, to blue, and just about everything in between. 

For the rest of the year, think about the advantages of adding red or yellow stems, variegated bark and/or colorful berries along with the usual autumnal leaf colors.
 
Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’/
Variegated Redtwig Dogwood
Thinking in longer terms than what you see in the garden center now will add to your long-term enjoyment of the little piece of heaven you call home.

If you need other reasons to choose a new plant, let me know and I’ll decide if another article on the topic is needed.

The Garden Guy

Contributing gardening columnist, Bruce Bennett, has been a WSU Master Gardener, landscape designer and lecturer for more than twenty years. He is the managing partner of a Seattle-area garden design firm and is an instructor with WSU Extension’s College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources. Contact Bruce with your plant problems, gardening questions and article suggestions at gardenguy4u@gmail.com



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The Conch – Weekend Sounds

Conch photo by Steve Adams on Unsplash

The Conch – Weekend Sounds
by Jarred Swalwell

9/17

Aurora Borealis - Nothing’s Shocking and Past Curfew

Jane’s Addiction Tribute featuring Nothing’s Shocking with Past Curfew warming up the evening with 90’s alt rock hits. $20 suggested cover is appreciated, show starts 8:30pm

Darrell’s Tavern - Shutterspeed and Guests

21+, $10, show starts 6:00pm

The Drumlin - Rader Creek Rounders

The Rader Creek Rounders bluegrass trio plays all the bluegrass standards. Okay, maybe not all of them, but a lot of them. Reservations recommended, proof of vaccination required, all ages, no cover, show starts 8:00pm

North City Bistro and Wine Shop - Adriana Giordano and EntreMundos Quarteto

EntreMundos Quarteto brings Brazilian roots flavored with world rhythms to the NCB. Reservations and proof of vaccination required, all ages, show starts 7:30pm

9/18

Aurora Borealis - Rock Shop

80’s party hair night. If you rocked your way through the 80’s… well maybe you want to do it all over again for an evening, and just maybe everyone else does too. Rock Shop plays them all, Def Leppard, Europe, Twisted Sister, Cinderella, KISS, Queensryche, Judas Priest, Whitesnake and more! $20 suggested cover is appreciated, show starts 8:30 pm

Darrell’s Tavern - The Swaggerlies, The Thinmen, Old Growth

Join The Swaggerlies for some loud guitar based rock and roll from the PNW. 21+, $10, show starts 6:00 pm

The Drumlin - The Half Brothers

The Half Brothers neo-bluegrass trio brings phenomenal musicianship and witty original songwriting to Downtown Ridgecrest. Definitely check out their four releases on Bandcamp then definitely come out and see them live! Reservations recommended, proof of vaccination required, all ages, no cover, show starts 8:00 pm

North City Bistro and Wine Shop – Ian McFeron

Ian McFeron performs live with long time fiddler/cellist/guitarist accompanist and wife Alisa McFeron. Americana Bob Dylan-esque vocals with alt-country stylings. Terrific songwriting and musicianship. $15 cover, reservations and proof of vaccination required, all ages, show starts 8:00pm

Third Place Commons – Rainy City Riff Raff – Summer of Music Finale

Live on the Third Place Commons Stage. Come enjoy the rousing standards and good-time party faves of Rainy City Riff Raff, a longtime favorite of the Third Place Commons Weekend Music program. All ages, no cover, show starts 1:00pm.

9/19

Darrell’s Tavern – Darrell’s Sunday Jazz Jam

Jazz fans should check out Darrell’s on Sunday nights. Shoreline is fortunate to have very good local jazz artists who often sit in. 21+, $10, show starts 6:00pm



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