Annual Community Meeting, June 2019

Meeting Minutes for Madison Valley Community Council Community Meeting June 18, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Pene Karovsky. 

Election of Officers. In accordance with the bylaws an election for new officers was conducted.  A paper ballot was offered but there were no objections to a voice vote. The following officers and board members were elected by affirmation:

Diane Zahn President, Linda Becker Vice-President, Pene Karovsky Treasurer, Sally Van Over Secretary, Board members: Sarah Tretheway, Sarah Blankinship, Ronald Flynn, Daisy Clark, Mark McDermott.

Pene Karovsky presented the annual financial report. 
Domain name renewal $13.16
Bank Fees $33
Rent $155
Insurance $104.24
Checks $36.65
Printing $77.98
Donations from Board Members $200
Balance: $622.97

The Council was able to save $300 this year by using a less expensive web site platform. Fund raising and donations will be needed in the future however in order to hold fun events. Plans for a neighborhood plant sale were discussed.

Diane Zahn reviewed Council activities for the past year regarding Emergency Preparedness. This past year SNAP training was offered by the council, Steve Smith provided a neighborhood mapping training and several blocks have been canvassed to survey community members about preparedness and distribute Be Prepared Kits. This year we are focused on canvassing more blocks and finding volunteer block captains to help neighbors prepare for the unexpected.

Ron Flynn reported that FAME community center board is willing to meet with MVCC to discuss ways to work on emergency preparedness jointly and other ways we can work together like supporting the garden in the parking lot.

Sally Van Over suggested we have an hour long CPR training at a community meeting and is in contact with the Seattle Fire Department to see how we can make this happen.

Laura Jenkins is our new Community Engagement Coordinator replacing Karen Ko who retired this year. Laura offered to help us liaison with the City Office of Emergency Management. She also distributed City of Seattle Information Guides.

Linda Becker presented information about the Harrison Green Belt.  Newly planted native plants are being hand watered while they get established. Watering will be especially important this summer.

Linda offered to take anyone interested on a walk through the Green Belt after the meeting.

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

Minutes submitted by Diane Zahn

Community Meeting:   March 26, 2019     Meredith Matthews  East Madison YMCA 7:00pm. This was an outstanding meeting with about 40 people in attendance. I you haven't had a chance to hear Sandi Doughton, I highly recommend you watch to find out where she might be presenting next. Cindi Barker and Tom Kiehne had handouts and practical advice on preparing for a disaster.

Community Meeting: January 22, 2019 at MLK/FAME. Disaster Preparedness Workshop with Steve Smith

Meeting was held at MLKFAME Center. Penelope Karovsky called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Sixteen community members signed the attendance sheet. Emails from this meeting will be used to communicate further information about ongoing Emergency Preparedness activities.

The Community is invited to attend a forum organized by our neighbors the Homer Harris EmergencyPreparedness Group. The forum will be held at the Meredith Matthews YMCA on Tuesday March 26 th at 7pm. Sandi Doughton (author of Full Rip 9.0,) Cindy Barker and Thomas Kiehne will speak.

Steve Smith who has helped map the blocks near his house shared his Earthquake preparation list. His list is attached to the minutes of this meeting. Mapping includes the names and contact info of your neighbors, locations of gas lines and resources available among households.

Earthquake prep kits were also available so community members can plan how they want to organize their personal emergency kits. Steve’s suggestion for Best Disaster preparedness kit is
For how to map
the neighborhood

Community members shared their own motivations for getting ready for disaster like experiencing the Northridge earthquake or living in New Orleans during Katrina.Personal ideas for preparation that some neighbors have already undertaken:

  • Secure book-cases to wall.
  • Have a backpack of supplies and shoes under the bed in case you have to leave at night.
  • Gotenna,  a networking communication device if mobile phones are not working.
  • Sharing costs of generators or chain saw or other higher cost item with neighbors. Standard emergency prep can cost $300 per household so sharing is a good idea.
  • Know your neighbors so you can be of help. Some houses will be better equipped than others for disaster.

  • Further actions suggested.
  • Establish a neighborhood hub for our community so we know where to go in an emergency for information.
  • Keep track of resources available from the city.
  • Continue to work with our community councils who are also engaged in Emergency Preparation.
  • Encourage community mapping and have a centralized map list for the MVCC to coordinate.

There is general interest in continuing this discussion at further meetings.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Minutes submitted by Diane Zahn, Secretary.

Community Meeting:  November 13 at Bush School: SNAP training with Diane Moore, a volunteer from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Board President Pene Karovsky
30 community members signed in and will be added to the "Emergency Preparedness" list.
The meeting was turned over to Diane Moore who led us through the SNAP curriculum while answering numerous questions. She also stayed about 15 minutes after the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 to answer additional questions.

Pene Karovsky announced that due to the importance of emergency preparedness, all the scheduled community meetings in 2019 will set aside time to continue the process of informing and training community members. 
The council is happy to announce that community member, Linda Becker has agreed to work with the council on this important subject. We are also going to join with other central district communities under the tutelage of Thomas Kiehne, a dedicated, energetic community organizer so that we can combine efforts and not reinvent the wheel in each community. As plans develop, I will post updates on our BLOG. Anyone interested in helping develop a robust plan for our neighborhood is most welcome. Send an email to

Minutes submitted by  Board President, Penelope Karovsky 

Community Meeting September 18, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Board President Pene Karovsky.

21 community members signed in and will be added to our email list. Brandon Macz representing the Madison Park Times attended. An article about this meeting can be read in the on-line version of the paper

General announcements. Community members are encouraged to attend our next meeting on November 13. A training on home disaster preparedness is on the agenda. Volunteers are needed to work on our neighborhood disaster readiness plan.

The Community Council website is being revamped and should be up and running in the near future.

The meeting was turned over to our invited speaker Melissa Stoker from Save Madison Valley. She gave an overview of the process to appeal the City of Seattle’s decision to grant a Master Use Permit to the Developer, Velmeir for 2925 E Madison (the City People’s site). The appeal was timely filed 14 days after the MUP was granted. The appeal is against the city for not following their own guidelines and State Environmental Protection rules concerning tree canopy, height and bulk of project out of proportion to neighborhood, slope, water issues, traffic and other concerns raised by the community during the four Design Review meetings.

A formal hearing will be held between December 10 and 14 to hear the appeal and consider arguments, testimony and documents submitted by both parties. The hearing is open to the public. Details can be found at SMV’s web site .

There was opportunity for questions and answers from the community for Melissa about the appeal process, concerns about the scope of the project and its impacts on our neighborhood and possible next steps depending on how the outcome of the hearing. Community members were encouraged by SMV to contribute funds for the appeal to help with legal costs and expert witness costs.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm. Minutes submitted by Board Secretary Diane Zahn

Annual Meeting May 15, 2018
Meeting Minutes May 15, 2018 Greater Madison Valley Community Council Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm held at MLK FAME Center. Meeting attended by 8 community members and Brandon Macz from Madison Park Times, Karen Ko from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Denise Klein from Wider Horizons and Thomas Kiehne guest speaker.
Pene Karovsky submitted the annual Treasurer’s Report.
Balance in checking account after elections June 20, 2017 : $502.02
Rent to MLK FAME for Community Meetings $105
Printing for Sandwich Boards $92.35
MVCC new Bulletin Board $377.15
Website Hosting $216
Business license City of Seattle $57
Total Expenses $847.50
 Benevity Fund $750
Amazon Smile $5.73
Officer Donations $429
Total Income $1184.73
 Balance $839.25
Nominations and Election for MVCC Board were conducted by a show of hands. No secret Ballot were requested.
 Election Results:
 President Pene Karovsky
Vice President No nomination
Secretary Diane Zahn
Treasurer Sally Van Over
Board Members Sarah Tretheway ,Kevin Murphy ,Ronald Flynn, Sarah Blankinship, Paddy McDonald
Community Concerns. General Discussion.
1. Concern about how many houses are affected by SPU work on lining water pipes near Pea Patch. Karen Ko said she would locate a contact at SPU who can clarify.
2. Our new kiosk has already been “tagged”. Several ideas about how to deal with graffiti were discussed. Sanding, Painting or turning it into an art project for kids.
3. Jennifer Goodwin brought ideas about painting curb cuts in the neighborhood. Suggested that we survey need for curb cut painting and curb cut additions for wheel chairs and strollers through Facebook and Next Door. Hoping to get high school volunteers to paint while theweather is good. Merchant Association will be asked for ideas and contributions. Thomas Kiehne who lives in Garfield North (just south of Madison Valley) talked about area efforts to set up SNAP teams ( SNAP is Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) and emergency hub in case of a natural disaster. He has met with other local community councils to share ideasand potentially work together to train, prepare and coordinate during an eventual emergency. Paddy McDonald is our contact for these efforts. Denise Klein shared information about Wider Horizons a local non-profit set up to connect folks in the late 40s to 90s age group to create a local “village” of neighbors supporting each other while aging in their own homes. For more information contact Denise at
Community activities are in the planning stages. Look for notices for an end of summer and a Halloween event. Our next community meeting is Tuesday, September 18th at 7.PM. Meeting adjourned at 8:35 PM. Minutes submitted by Diane Zahn, MVCC Secretary.  
Community Meeting February 6, 2018

36 attendees

At our February community meeting, we heard from several groups involved with changes to our neighborhood. First, Alison and Jose from City People's gave us an update on the future of their store. The highlights:Their existing lease goes through June, then they go month to month after that. They'd prefer to stay until end of the year.The master use permit for the PCC development is almost done. When it's finished, there will be a 14 day period allowed for appeals. Alison and Jose will probably lease a new space, but can't afford to buy.

Next, Melissa Stoker gave us an update on Save Madison Valley's work. In March, it will have been two years since the announcement of City People's leaving. Save Madison Valley (SMV) got involved during the design review process for the proposed new development, engaging with the city, the architect, and the community. The design review board ultimately gave the green light to the new development in September. The developer and the architect are working with the city on 'correction notices that resulted from the design review process. Everyone is currently waiting for the city to issue the master use permit for the new development. When it is issued, SMV will issue an appeal. SMV is currently working with consultants to address specific concerns in that appeal.

SMV's relationship with the developer and the architect is over. The appeal is with the city only. A hearing examiner will issue decisions on the appeal on a point-by-point basis. Representatives from the city's Design Review Board and representatives for the architect of the new development were also invited to speak at the meeting. The Design Review Board was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict. We did not receive a response from the architect.

Next, David Ward from Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability, and Equity (SCALE) gave us some information on his group and how they are working with neighborhood groups around Seattle to address concerns about the city's Mandatory Housing Affordability Residential (MHA) Project. SCALE is working on an appeal to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) that is included as part of the MHA project. SCALE's goals are: 

  • Demand truly affordable housing alternatives, not only more market-rate development 
  • Reduce displacement of vulnerable communities - residents and neighborhood businesses 
  • Conserve Seattle's natural resources 
  • Maintain and strengthen Seattle’s infrastructure (schools, parks, sidewalks, sewers) concurrent with new development
  • Ensure traffic congestion and parking problems are realistically mitigatedInclude family-sized housing, including large, multi-generational and immigrant families
  • Include family-sized housing, including large, multi-generational and immigrant families 
  • Demand consideration of more local alternatives to the one-size-fits-all MHA “Grand Bargain” upzones 
  • Include considerations of livability in city planning