Nov. 19: Finn Hill Community Meeting

Nov. 19: Finn Hill Community Meeting

Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends:

There is an upcoming FHNA Community Meeting, hope to see you there!

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7 pm.

Location: Finn Hill Middle School Cafeteria
(8040 Northeast 132nd Street Kirkland, WA 98034.)

November’s been wet and windy, and now it’s cold. But let’s not go into hibernation yet. Here are some meetings, activities, and news concerning your neighborhood that may interest you:

  • Tonight, November 12, 5pm – 7pm – Kirkland Open House: The City has scheduled another open house for residents who want to learn more about Kirkland’s plans for future growth. Check out informational displays and talk to City staff on the upper level of City Hall at 123 Fifth Avenue in downtown Kirkland.
  • Next Tuesday, November 18, 7pm – public hearing on fire station plans for Finn Hill and Juanita neighborhoods: Kirkland has been studying options for fire protection on Finn Hill since annexation a few years ago. The City’s proposed budget now includes a plan to construct a new fires station to serve eastern Finn Hill and the Juanita neighborhood, while retaining existing Fire Station 25 on Juanita Drive and Holmes Point Drive. However, the City also porposes to close Fire Station 24 at the end of the year and sell the property. The City Council will take public comment on these issues at its November 18 meeting at City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue in downtown Kirkland. More information about the City’s plans for neighborhood fire stations is posted on the FHNA website.
  • Next Wednesday, November 19, 7pm – 8:30pm – FHNA annual meeting and directors’ election:  We hope you’ll come to the annual Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance members’ meeting, which will be held at the Finn Hill Middle School Cafeteria, 8040 NE 132nd. If you live in Finn Hill, you are an FHNA member, so please take this opportunity to find out what your neighborhood association is up to – and how you can get involved.  (We headlined this item in red because we really hope you’ll come!
  • November 19 Meeting Agenda:
    • Aquatic Center update: Speakers from the City of Kirkland and the Juanita neighborhood will describe the city’s plans to build a large aquatic and indoor recreation facility (8-10 acres, including parking) and the issues connected with finding a site for it. One of the proposed locations is Juanita Beach Park, north of Juanita Drive. The Juanita Neighborhood Association has opposed this choice, citing loss of park land and traffic congestion concerns. The City Council has asked Park Department staff to re-assess siting options. (Curious to know more about the proposed aquatic/recreation/community (ARC) center right now? Check out the ARC Center page on the City’s website.)
    • Annual report: We’ll provide a succinct review of what FHNA has been doing over the past year, and we’ll give you status reports on the Juanita Corridor Study, the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program (see below), the Surface Water Master Plan, and the Comprehensive Plan update. We’ll also highlight a host of initiatives and activities for which we need volunteers.
    • Election of FHNA directors:  The FHNA board of directors has staggered two year terms, so FHNA members are asked to vote on directors each year as some of the directors’ terms expire. The terms of the following five FHNA directors are expiring: Kurt Brunnenkant, Jeanette Leach, Ted McCagg, Scott Morris, Matt Pruitt, and Kathy Schuler. All five directors are seeking re-election for another 2 year term. We ask members to approve re-election of these directors, but any FHNA resident can seek election as a director in lieu of an incumbent. If you are interested or wish to nominate a candidate, we invite you to do so. Please contact FHNA’s Secretary, Pierre Geurts, by emailing him at pierre@finnhillallinace.org.
  • Monday, December 15 – Deadline for neighborhood safety grant recommendations: FHNA needs your help on project ideas to submit as part of the 2015 Kirkland Neighborhood Safety Program. Last year FHNA secured City funding for 3 of the 4 projects that we submitted, including crosswalks on 90th Avenue NEwalkway improvements along 84th Avenue NE, and a new crossing of Juanita Drive at Big Finn Hill Park. Several of the projects have been completed, with the Juanita Drive crossing anticipated to be constructed in 2015 pending the outcome of additional grant funding requests.
  • Sunday, December 21, 3:30 – 5:00pm – Christmas Ships and bonfire at O.O. Denny Park: The City is trying to fight fires (see above), but we plan to light one – a roaring bonfire – at O.O. Denny Park on December 21st, where we’ll be serenaded by the Christmas Ships flotilla from 4 to 4:30. December 21st is the winter solstice, so this is the chance to let your inner Druid run loose. Fear not, we don’t plan any rituals more barbaric than toasting the ships and the bonfire with hot chocolate. Please mark this on your calendar. It’s a terrific family event. (And if you would like to help us raise some cash for the cost of firewood, please email me. Now that the Finn Hill Park and Recreation District has been disbanded, we need to purchase the firewood using donated funds.)

Don’t let winter’s blast keep you under wraps. We hope to see you at the FHNA meeting next Thursday and at O.O. Denny Park on December 21st.


FHNA LogoScott Morris

Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance – President
(formerly Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance)
www.finnhillalliance.org| 206-972-9493
PO Box 682, Kirkland WA 98083

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