KENNYDALE NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
Tuesday, January 27h, 6:45 pm*
At Kennydale Elementary School, 1700 NE 28th Street
Special Guest Speakers from the City of Renton:
Doug Jacobson – Deputy Public Works Administrator
The City of Renton hired a transportation engineering firm to conduct a detailed traffic analysis of future transportation needs along Lake Washington Blvd., between North Park Drive and N. 44th Street. The study analyzed the traffic impacts of six proposed developments in this area for near-term conditions and under 2035 traffic conditions with and without additional traffic lanes along I-405. Doug’s presentation will share the results of this analysis, and the proposed street improvements identified that will be required to help mitigate the additional trips generated by these developments.
Jonathan Wilson - Renton Airport Manager
The Airport has contracted with Mead and Hunt to update the Airport’s existing Master Plan. Master Plans are comprehensive studies that describe the short, medium, and long term development alternatives to meet an Airport’s likely future aviation demand. Master Plans are typically updated every 20 years. Renton Airport’s last Master Plan was completed in 1997.
All Kennydale residents are invited to attend this quarterly meeting, and we encourage your participation in the Q&A sessions that will follow both presentations!
*Check-in and socialize with your neighbors at 6:45 pm; meeting starts promptly at 7:00 pm.
As in previous years, the students and staff at Kennydale Elementary, along with residents from throughout our neighborhood, responded with an outpouring of canned and boxed food, juices, pasta and other food items. The food drive was held November 3rd through 26th, and as in previous years, all items were donated to the REACH: Center of Hope facility in downtown Renton.
All classes at KE School participated in this drive, and the class collecting the most items was rewarded with a pizza party! Congratulations to Kelli Leininger’s 1st Grade class for collecting the most items. In total, the school’s students brought in 2231 items, and another 425 items were brought in by neighborhood residents. This year, the count was done based on number of items, rather than by weight. Several times each week, neighborhood volunteers picked up the donated items from barrels in the school’s lobby, and delivered them to the Center of Hope. Judging from the very full storage room at the Center on Nov. 26, this was indeed a successful drive.
Special thanks to Ms. Leininger and her first graders, and to all the students (and their parents) and to the staff of KE School, particularly 3rd grade teacher Michele Leuders, who prepared flyers for the students to take home. Thanks also to all the others who supported this year’s drive:
Delivery of Collected items to the REACH Center: Lynne Milnor, Tom & Mary Jenkins, Kim Brown, Darius and Vicki Richards, Faye Janders, Jon Danielson and students from Hazen High School
Donation of 4 Extra Large Pizzas: Papa John’s, 4710 NE 4th Street in Renton Highlands
~ and all participating residents from throughout Kennydale! ~
Devin Dolling, Food Drive Chairman
KNA thanks our 2014 Retirees
The KNA Board extends our sincere thanks for the dedicated
service of the following Board members, who retired in 2014:
Jon Danielson – Jon has been a long-time member of KNA. In 2009, he joined the Board and served as our Secretary through the end of 2011. In addition to assisting in many of our events and activities, he and his wife Marilyn also chaired our Ice Cream Socials in July and August of every year, serving as planners and host/hostess for these events.
Todd Hobart - Todd joined our Board in 2013 and immediately took on the role of administrating KNA’s website and our Facebook Page. He used his expertise to completely revamp both into the best appearing sites that we have ever had, and has worked diligently since then to make sure that the sites are up-to-date. Todd also implemented the capability for people to join or renew their KNA memberships through the site, using PayPal.
Cecelia Sanchez – Cece started her service on the Board in 2011 as one of our Youth Board members, bringing with her the fresh and enthusiastic perspective of a high school senior. In that year, she created KNA’s Annual Food Drive, and served as its chairperson through 2013.
Nico Tileston – Nico joined the KNA Board in 2014, and provided valuable assistance in a number of KNA’s events throughout the year.
As many of you who have been involved in our community’s response to PSE’s project already know, the possible choice of the SE Lake Washington shoreline (the former Railroad right-of-way, identified by PSE as “Segment L) for installation of tall new electrical transmission towers was eliminated from further consideration in October, by Community Advisory Group (CAG) members. In making this decision, I and a majority of the other CAG members used impact data provided by PSE and input from neighborhood residents to make this decision. PSE had also been scientifically tracking feedback from all eastside neighborhoods. In short, a cohesive effort by organized neighborhoods can make a difference. Marlene Winter, a long-time resident and member of KNA, sums it up very well, as follows:
“The PSE CAG decision (regarding Segment L) could not have happened without KNA to keep us informed, to organize us, and spend countless hours representing our interests. So, now we have learned the power of community. It is time for all of us to show our appreciation and sign on to become part of KNA” s/ Marlene Winter
To expand on Marlene’s statement, I want to acknowledge the excellent work done by the Lake Lanes community along the shoreline north of the Renton City Limits. Their work in getting strategies established within their neighborhood and in working closely with us was crucial to the effort. My sincere thanks to all who participated, and I will be sending you an email to express my appreciation directly.
Darius Richards, KNA Treasurer and neighborhood representative to the PSE CAG
Happy New Year to all! It’s been a good year in Kennydale, and I want to thank all who have made it so: All of our members, some of whom have been with us for many years; our talented and dedicated KNA Board members for their hard work, our advertisers who provide us with the means to bring this newsletter to you, our committee chairpersons, and the City of Renton for all of the support and guidance it provides through its Neighborhoods Program. We also thank and welcome our neighbors who have joined KNA in 2014, for the first time.
For those of you who have not joined, here are some good reasons to do so now:
·It confirms that you care about your neighborhood
·It helps cover the cost of our communications to and from you (website, emails, neighborhood meetings, newsletter, etc
·It helps pay for activities and events (see the 2015 calendar on Page 3)
·It provides all residents with a common voice on matters that can improve or degrade the quality of life in Kennydale (PSE’s electric transmission line proposal, for example)
Joining is cheap & easy; a membership Application & Interest form is provided for you on page 3!
One of my goals in 2014 was to encourage Kennydale residents to get to know your neighbors and increase neighborhood awareness by forming Block Watch Committees. To start one on your street, contact Cyndie Parks, Community Program Coordinator for the Renton Police Dept., at email@example.com . Personal safety is also a concern to many residents. The City of Renton offers a free 12 week Police Academy course in the spring and fall. You learn all the aspects of the City, and even get to drive around with a police officer towards the end of the course. I am registered for the spring session which starts on March 5! If you too are interested, call 425-430-7520. Hope to see you there!
Several women in the neighborhood including myself recently completed a 12-hour Women’s Self Defense course sponsored by the Normandy Police Dept. I highly recommend it for women of all ages, to learn techniques to better protect themselves. Please call me at 425-430-4469 if you are interested in learning more.
Ensuring the safety and survival of your entire family in the event of a major disaster (particularly earthquakes, in our region) seems like a distant priority,, but this deserves your full attention. The Renton Emergency Preparedness Academy offers classes, and some of them are free; call 425-430-7054 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. This year, KNA plans to reactivate its E.P. Committee.
Check out our 2015 Calendar, visit our website at www.kennydale.org, and have a great year! Vicki Richards, KNA President
LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE UPDATE
In my other role as Landscape Maintenance Chairperson, I would like to thank the following persons who helped to maintain our adopted sites this year at the Kennydale Beach parking lot, and at the east and west sides of I-405 Exit 6: Dan Norton, Janet Erikkson, Cathy Sanderson, Diana and Kailey Wallace, Laurie Clark, Nancy Denny, Kim, Theo and Aiden Browne, Joy Dolling Anthony Ramos, Tom Kelmur, and Terri & Mike Hawes....and anybody else I may have overlooked. Everything looks great as a result of your efforts, and it is noticed and appreciated by passers-by! Vicki Richards
KNA’s annual Bonfire and Sing-along, on its regularly scheduled date of the second Tuesday in December, was another success this year. We had record warm weather in the picnic shelter at Gene Coulon Beach Park, so we were able to to fully enjoy the beautiful Ivar’s Clam Lights. The s’mores, and hot chocolate and cider were toasty, as neighbors sang carols led by members of the St. Madeleine Sophie Church Choir, and by a group of enthusiastic children.
Our thanks to the annual event hosts, Janice and Jim Dougherty, Sally Rochelle for providing the marshmallow sticks, Darius and Vicki Richards for the firewood, and to all of the neighbors whose attendance made this such a special holiday tradition.
Janice Dougherty, Bonfire Chaiman
KNA is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Kennydale and fostering community spirit.