March 24th, 2010 Meeting Summary
-- see also the
February 24, 2010 meeting summary
Norah Gaynor (King County Parks), Barbara Dickson
(neighbor), Herb Bone (MAR/C, FOMP Board), Christina Merten (Marymoor
Community Gardener's Association, FOMP Board), Jack MacKinnon (Marymoor
Community Gardener's Association), Greg Helland (FOMP Board), Michael Hobbs
(Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary)
Urban Reforestation Grant Application – Greg has not begun work on
this yet. Applications are due 4/9. Greg looked for volunteers to
help. Frana Milan (KC Parks) might be able to review the
Park Tree Inventory and Plan - Whole Foods 5% March presentation.
The situation was a bit unusual, in that we hadn’t realized there would
be 12 people, and that we could have prepared a PowerPoint
presentation... We ended up not being chosen, but we may have a chance
for another month. One thing they wanted to know is how we might
promote the event within the store. If we are chosen as a finalist
again, we will have a chance to present again.
4. Model R/C Field – Proposed Rule Change - The
first rule change would be to impose a sound limit on model aircraft.
The limit would be set at 90 dBA at 25 feet. That level was chosen
because it is used already at certain competitions. Mufflers can be
installed on the engines to reduce noise. Also, switching from 2-bladed
to 3-bladed propellers can reduce noise. MAR/C would perform testing
and certification. There have been some noise complaints, some from
neighbors, and some from birdwatchers.
The second rule would be to require all flyers to be members of the
Marymoor R/C club. Currently, about 2/3 of the time, the field is
reserved for club members. The rest of the time, the field is open to
non-members. There have been problems with non-members not following
rules of the field.
Norah has received only a couple of comments, both generally supported.
One person was concerned that youths might not be able to afford MAR/C
and AMA membership. MAR/C has addressed this by allowing those
19-and-under to join MAR/C for free. They can join the AMA for $1, if
they don’t get the magazine (AMA membership has always been required for
MAR/C membership, which provides liability insurance). For adults, AMA
membership is $58, and MAR/C membership is $40 per year. There will be
a guest rule, allowing out-of-town visitors with planes to fly with only
an AMA membership and a MAR/C host.
Barbara raised the issue of having membership requirement to use a
public park. Herb pointed out that the Community Gardens requires a
rental fee. Norah pointed out the importance of rules for safety, and
The rule changes would be effective around September 1.
CIP / Project Updates:
BirdLoop: Monthly work parties are continuing. April 3,9-noon, they
will be doing a big mulching project at a recently planted area just south
of the swing gate at the south end of the dog area along the slough trail.
This will require some truck travel through the dog area
signs: The blue slat signs will be updated with arrows on each slat.
The “Interpretive Trail” sign will be changed to “Audubon Bird Loop Trail”
Maintenance and Art Barn Renovation – roof done, paint, window
weatherization (done), and garage door (done)
Seating Area – All possibilities for pervious surfaces will be evaluated
Marymoor Way Paving Work – Work order in for extension of center line
east, and updating the yellow paint on the speed bumps
Electrical Work – Project to upgrade food court – in progress
Community Gardens – New water connection will be installed when plumber
is available. No more leaves or chip deliveries are desired anymore. There
has been some problem with additional undesired deliveries
Garden Loosestrife Control Project – Grant was received, but there were
issues with the grant that was awarded. KC Parks does not have sufficient
trained staff to perform the whole eradication in a single season. Access
trails will be cut in May. (Michael asked if the trails could be cut
sooner, so that nesting birds would be less disturbed – Norah will check
with Karl). Spraying will be done immediately after Cirque.
Tennis Court Repairs – “New” nets will be installed tomorrow (gently
used ones were donated, and will be an improvement). Surface repair project
is funded. Work will be done when weather is projected to be warm and dry
for an extended period. There will be new youth tennis programs over the
summer, once the resurfacing is done. Christina volunteered to be able to
help with publicity at tennis shops.
Pet Garden – Jack proposed that MCGA plant shrubs to close the gaps
in the wall that could not be closed by fences due to restrictions on
digging. Norah would like that, but would like to review their choice
Barbara is concerned about the posting of the park rules at Marymoor
West. There is a rules sign on the perimeter fence. Barbara asked that
the sign be posted along the trail to the slough instead. Norah was
surprised that Marymoor West is actually signed “No Pets”. Barbara is
pretty sure that it’s posted that way. Michael suggested that a sign
might be posted where you pay for parking as well.
Michael is concerned about gravel having been dumped onto dog-only
trails along the west edge of the south part of the Dog Meadow. This
seems inappropriate. Michael also requested that the riparian strip
between the Dog Meadow and the Slough Trail be fenced with split-rail.
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Marymoor Art Barn.
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
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