Edgemoor Neighborhood Association
Annual Membership Meeting
The Annual Membership Meeting
of Edgemoor Neighborhood Association was called to order at on November 2nd at Lairmont
Manor. In (President) Brien’s absence,
Sandie Koplowitz facilitated the meeting - Thank you Sandie.
The minutes of the last
Annual Meeting on
Income – $1770.00
Disbursements – $927.69
Closing Balance – $2440.43
Went attended the October Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Committee in Brad's
absence. Neighborhood Services Coordinator Katherine Hanowell provided the
applications for the City financial support to assist neighborhood associations
in their planning process. Neighborhoods will need to provide documentation in
order to receive recognition. Malcolm Flemming, Chief Administrative Officer,
described the creation of a new position in the Mayor's office to focus
exclusively on waterfront planning, A formal recruitment process has begun.
Bill Boyd, our Fire Chief, discussed a new Emergency Management Division in the
Fire Department and an overview of their plans. He emphasized the importance of
‘The Coalition of Southside Neighborhoods (CSN) invited the Port Director,
Jim Darling, and Commissioner Scott Walker to a meeting on October 9th to
discuss the upcoming Port planning process. Many from the neighborhoods
attended and the tone was very pleasant. CSN asked to be a partner in the
process, and suggested the City be at the table as well. Jim Darling
suggested the 5 neighborhoods ³solidify and prioritize² their requests, and
offered to think about how it would be best for CSN to present their comments to the
Port. It was understood and agreed by all that a consensus process for the
neighborhoods would take probably until the end of the year.
On October 13, CSN Presidents received invitations from Sylvia Goodwin, Port
Director of Planning and Development, to participate in a meeting at on
October 23rd, for representatives of neighborhood association, business
associations, economic development associations, and local government. Six
neighborhood representatives, Vince Biciunas, President, Jim Johannessen,
and Sue Kaun from Fairhaven;
representing Edgemoor and Bob Christman, representing South Hill
neighborhoods were there, along with Connie Shannon representing Fairhaven
said he was representing the ad hoc group called SSST. Tim Stewart attended
as well. There were also three people from the consultant group and two Port
The Port had invited 40 people. Some present surmised that some of the
missing guests were
Mischaikov to name a few. Sylvia and Greg acknowledged to the consultant
that CSN group recommendations would come later, but this seemed an
opportune time to discuss general ideas and concerns.
Jim Johannessen, a coastal geologist, provided the consultant with a
scientific view about Padden Lagoon's need for riparian on the east side,
bolstered by WFG and Pilot recommendations; discussed public access to and
near the shoreline of the bay along with public access along the east side
of the lagoon, but not at the water's edge; and creation of pocket beaches.
Connie Shannon stated the businesses wanted sympathetic uses in the marine
industrial area east of the lagoon, in character and keeping with the
historic village. She mentioned growing traffic problems, and thought
keeping it industrial would not impact traffic as much as changing it to
mixed use with condos. Many businesses do not want tall buildings blocking
We discussed the 1988-1989 Agreements about 100' lagoon buffers, and the
fact that the City was deeded only the water portion of the lagoon, and
therefore could not adequately restore the lagoon. The height limits of 35'
sought in 1989 for all areas in
We discussed the 2005 Appeal to protect Padden Creek Estuary from Fairhaven
Harbor encroachment, and stated the obvious fact that the neighborhoods
believe they are the stewards of Padden Creek, will continue to advocate
protection, and want to find a better way to protect it, instead of costly
What the Port and consultant heard from the neighborhoods was lagoon
riparian habitat restoration; public access to the shorelines; 35' height
limits for all of Fairhaven; industrial zoning preferred over 'mixed use'
condos to maintain the balance of an 'urban village' and not exacerbate
existing traffic problems; beach enhancement; possible Taylor Street Bridge
type - over the water access for connecting parts of Fairhaven to the water;
daylighting of stormwater from the 27" outfall under the Harris Bridge and
all Port properties joining with the City for a comprehensive stormwater
system using biofilter swales and other natural mechanisms to treat
stormwater; keeping and enhancing the boat launch and making it more
accessible; possible extensions of existing docks near the terminal to
encourage water access to Fairhaven. The consultants dutifully recorded all
comments on big tablets.....
One concern to those present is where were the other 30 invited guests that
didn't show up.’
<![if !supportLists]>v <![endif]>A general discussion followed the reading of the report. It was decided to send a letter offering our support for Fairhaven Neighbors Draft of Proposals to CSN suggesting what they would like to see the Port include in their Comprehensive Fairhaven Scheme of Harbor Improvements.
A Motion was made by Bob Gibb to support the Fairhaven Neighbors Draft of Proposals to CSN.
Planning Academy John
Erickson and Martin Nickerson briefed us about their activities at the
Mountain Parks District Bob Gibb
introduced Joanne Peterson from Sehome Neighborhood and thanked her for all her
help. He reported that
Meeting was adjourned at .
Thank you, Christy Dahms, for setting up the hospitality table - it was very nice! Thank you to everyone that brought a dish to share.
The next meeting scheduled will be an Edgemoor Neighborhood Association Business Meeting to be held from 7-9 on December 7th at Fairhaven Park Pavilion. Business meetings are open to all residents and we encourage you to attend.