July 25th, 2012 Meeting
-- see also the
May 23, 2012 meeting summary
Welcome and Introductions:
Norah Gaynor – King County; Michael Hobbs – FOMP Secretary and Eastside Audubon;
Greg Helland - FOMP President and SODA representative
2. Tree Project
The grant did not come through, and one possible reason
is that the grant application didn't make clear the relationship between the
archeological work and the ability to plant trees. FOMP went to try
and find alternatives.
Norah has found a Parks employee with archeological
credentials. After discussions, they have gotten approval to have this
employee perform the work (at a more reasonable hourly rate). She will
do the excavations, and she can consult with other experts if she finds
Archeology jobs don't just grow on trees, but in this
case, trees might grow on this archeology job.
Marymoor will utilize this archeologist first on a
project involving repairs on light poles and WIFI near the Clise mansion,
possibly as early as next week. For the tree project, Norah will
identify some preferred sites for tree planting, with the idea of
determining which of those sites is acceptable.
Greg is hoping we could get Greg LaTourneau, a KC gov.
archeologist, over for a discussion at a FOMP meeting, possibly in October.
3. CIP/Project/Facility Updates: Norah Gaynor
a) BirdLoop: Overlook in progress. Fencing next.
Benches? Although the overlook was hydroseeded with a special native
mix, comfrey and poison hemlock are coming up. Parks is using targeted
herbicide applications to try and control it. [ Michael also notified Norah
of the presence of Tansy Ragwort in the SE portion of the East Meadow, and
Norah said she'd have it taken care of. ] The eagle scout would like to install 2 or 3 backless
benches, perhaps one facing the model airplane field, one facing Mt.
Rainier, and one facing the dog area. Norah would like official
approval from Eastside Audubon, but Michael thought benches would be good.
b) Community Gardens: MCGA would like to remove some old
pressure-treated wood and soil from old installations in the garden.
Arsenic contamination was detected near the wood. Greg pointed out
that there is a fairly high naturally occurring background level of arsenic,
as well as some anthropogenic arsenic contamination from the Asarco smelter.
So if soil tests were done near the wood, arsenic found there may not
actually be from the old pressure-treated wood. Parks is willing to
provide the small "heavy" equipment to do this removal, with the soil going
to the dump piles. Greg also pointed out that old pressure-treated
wood can not be recycled, but must be disposed of like garbage.
c) Boathouse Project: See
Phase III: Spring
They are currently working on erecting the building; the concrete is
poured, the steel framing is up, and exterior walls are in the process of
being roughed in.
d) East Lake Sammamish Trail/SRT/BGT: Sammamish River Trail
closed near Bothell Landing, August 13, 14, 15. East Lake Sammamish
Trail work has started on the Issaquah portion of the trail, with an
estimated completion in Spring, 2013.
Updates: July 23, 2012 - Excavate for and construct structural earth
walls (SEW), remove rockery, install pipes, drive piles (Segment 2B).
e) North Playground Upgrades: MOMentum supplied some money for the
adult fitness equipment. Dedication ceremony last week.
Next Meeting: Wednesday August 22, 2012, 7pm Marymoor
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meeting. They may have inaccuracies and omissions. If anyone has
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