CHCC Leadership Switch-up
Next month, the Capitol Hill Community Council meeting will look a little different. That’s because the current leaders are recruiting four new members, including two At-large officers, a treasurer, a vice president, and someone to communicate agenda items to the masses.
According to CHCC President George Bakan, each of the job descriptions are somewhat vague and will be defined in part by the participating volunteer. Yet each member is expected to help make decisions on important community matters by showing up to meetings and doing assignments throughout the month.
Bakan said that those who get involved as new council officers can plan to donate roughly three or four hours a week, depending on what’s happening in the community at any given point in time.
To volunteer, interested parties must write a proposal for their own participation and throw it into the pot for the acting council members to stir around. Applications for community council can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Capitol Hill Community Council P.O. Box 20641, Seattle, WA 98102.
This new recruiting event will represent the sixth batch of volunteers since the neighborhood council began. At Thursday night’s meeting, CHCC voted and approved a change to one of their bylaws. Now, instead of needing four people to vote and pass a new agreement there will need to be 12 people present, including officers.
The Capitol Hill Community Council meets every third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Cal Anderson Park Shelterhouse. For more details, visit their website at www.capitolhillcommunitycouncil.org.
Handling Construction Nuisances
In other news, the CHCC heard presentations about the construction boom on Capitol Hill. While the neighborhood is being cannibalized by development, Wayne Gallup, site coordinator, said that he is the person to contact for any safety concerns on Capitol Hill.
Gallup said that he wants Capitol Hill residents and businesses to call him at 206-681-6099 for any concern that they have regarding development. If folks see unsafe practices around construction sites, he expects to hear about it. He said that it’s important that the community watches over the things happening here. People should contact him, for example, if a sidewalk closure seems irregular, if the timing of different construction overlaps or otherwise seems off, or if there appears to be an excessive abuse of parking privileges by contractors.
A spokesman for the Seattle Department of Transportation presented three pieces for managing the construction puzzle. First was the department’s goal to ensure that all construction activity is coordinated through their office. Second was to engage travelers with effective communications so that they know how best to get around road blocks. Third was to maintain business and community support by showing up in Capitol Hill districts to make sure that local businesses are not feeling overwhelmed by too many layers of construction happening at once.
Neighborhood-wide garage sale
Finally? This will be the fourth year that Capitol Hill has a community garage sale. The Cal Anderson Park Alliance is sponsoring the event, which happens on June 4. Sales begin at 9 a.m. in the Cal Anderson Park, where there will also be maps listing garage sales all over the Hill.
In addition to the garage sale there will be arts and crafts for kids and a pet and human lookalike contest. Those who would like to rent space at the park to sell some of their belongings may rent a table for $20. More information can be found at www.capitolhillgaragesale.com.