March 25th, 2009 Meeting Summary
-- see also the
February 25, 2009 meeting summary
1) Introductions: Greg Helland (FOMP President,
SODA representative), Michael Hobbs (FOMP Secretary, Eastside Audubon
representative), Herb Bone (FOMP Board, Marymoor R/C Club representative), Norah
Gaynor (King County Parks), Steve Isaac (Sammamish Rowing Association), Tony
Andrews (Sammamish Rowing Association), Barbara Dickson (neighbor), Jack
MacKinnon (Marymoor Gardener's Association), Christina Merten (FOMP Board,
Marymoor Gardener's Association)
2) Sammamish Rowing Association New Boathouse
There is a hearing before a City of Redmond Hearing
Examiner, Monday, April 6th, 7pm, with regard to the Shoreline and the Condition
Use permits for the proposed replacement boathouse at Marymoor West.
Greg asked the question: Should FOMP attend the Hearing
and make a statement, either for or against the project. Barbara and Michael
noted that they would be present individually to comment. Michael reviewed notes
from past FOMP meetings, and brought up previous meetings where differences of
opinion were raised previously.
Focusing directly on the question Greg put forth, Michael
expressed a dissatisfaction with the proposed siting of the boathouse. Greg
expressed a feeling that FOMP has reviewed the project over the years, and that
the proposal that SRA has made is the best possible. Greg expressed faith in the
report from the wetlands biologists, and Michael maintained questions. Christina
noted that since she works in a department of the State of Washington that will
be involved in the shoreline permit, she has to recuse herself. Herb recalled
past discussions. He noted that he does not have much knowledge beyond the
information presented at FOMP meetings, but expressed that he was pretty
comfortable with Greg's position.
The FOMP Board convened a special meeting at 8:00 pm.
Michael moved that FOMP not take a position before the Hearing Examiner at
the hearing on Monday, April 6, regarding the SRA boathouse. No second was
given so the motion was lost. Greg moved that FOMP, in recognition of FOMP's
historic position, support the SRA proposal. Herb seconded. Greg called for
discussion. Michael argued that there have always been objections within
FOMP, and therefore FOMP should not take a position. Herb noted that he
recalled previously voiced objections, but he never felt that there had been
concensus against the project. Greg called for a vote, and the motion passed
with Greg and Herb voting FOR and Michael voting AGAINST. Christina
Greg said he would attend the meeting and make
comments consistent with the wording of the motion.
Board meeting adjourned at 8:10.
3) CIP/Project updates
- Marymoor Connector Trail - final cleanup and
touchup underway on "missing link" between the east edge of Marymoor Park
and the East Lake Sammamish Trail. So the full trail connecting the
Sammamish River Trail with the East Lake Sammamish Trail should be open in a
week or two. An official Grand Opening event will be in May. Barbaba asked
about the west end, with the large rocks. Norah mentioned that past notions
of fencing replacing rocks, and/or planting trees in the area were nixed
because of restrictions on digging in that area.
- Ballfields 1-2 Multiuse Project - Final
punch-list details being finished. The last big item are the dugout covers.
- Pet Garden - still not finished... BUT - the
fencing pieces have been delivered on-site and should be installed within
the next month.
- Birdloop - Boardwalk extension is 1/3
complete. The BirdLoop project is hoping to use the help of many Microsoft
employees on Earth Day, April 22, to help complete the boardwalk.
Other groups which might want to arrange for Earth Day volunteers should
- Maintenance & Art Barn Roof Replacement
- Recycled roof-tile product (fake shake look) has been approved by the
Landmarks Commission. Work is scheduled for July
- Stage Seating Area - Conversion of the whole
seating area to paving will not occur this year. (Might be reconsidered in
another year). A new proposal for a 5 foot paved (asphalt or concrete) aisle
down the middle of the area has been submitted. It would allow chair carts
to be brought in. Greg proposed some kind of temporary flooring (aka the way
basketball courts can be temporarily installed over ice rinks). Norah noted
that she's looked for something like that, but hasn't found anything. The
biggest issue is that the ground is uneven, and the joints between sections
would need to be engineered to stay linked even when at different heights.
Pavers were also suggested, though Norah noted that installation and
maintenance might be big issues with those. Balloon tires on the chair carts
might be feasible and might be cheaper... Greg requested plans for the paved
- NE Marymoor Way - Patching will be done in
late spring. 2-4 inches of overlay, from west entrance to the velodrome or
Interpretive Lot (Lot G) will take place in July. Lane closures will be
required during paving. Paving will probably be intermittent, as the project
will be squeezed in between other, bigger projects.
- Velodrome Lighting - There will be times when
lights won't be available while the lamps are replaced with energy efficient
low-glare lights. Work will begin about April 1, completed mid-May. 4)
4) Marymoor Map - Norah brought a final draft,
which Herb confirmed corrected issues with the model airplane field. Norah said
that 5000 copies will be printed in the next week or so.
5) Other: Jack asked Norah to request that Karl
remove the small trees from the northeast corner of the garden, as the Community
Gardens are fully booked, and they would like to be able to create as many plots
as possible. They're also still waiting on the replacement sign for their
parking lot. Norah said it's on order.
meeting, Wednesday, April 22, 2009
These notes were made by
Michael Hobbs, and they do not constitute an official record of the
meeting. They may have inaccuracies and omissions. If anyone has any
complaints about the content of these notes, they should direct them to Michael
Hobbs at email@example.com, and he will endeavor to