Summary of October 21 General Meeting

In case you didn’t get to attend, here is a summary of the information presented.  You can also read about the meeting at the  West Seattle Herald website and on the West Seattle Blog.

To give the executive committee feedback and to get on the email list,  contact Carol Vincent at

Neighborhood Safety – Crime Prevention and Emergency Communications. At our first meeting many attendees requested Neighborhood Safety as a focus of work for the GSNC.  In answer to that request, the 10/21 meeting featured two speakers who offered important tips for what each one of us can do for ourselves and who encouraged neighbors to give more time to neighborhood projects such as Block Watches and the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs.     More information is available online:
    The GSNC committee provided  Police_And_School_Info 10-22 to post by your phone for easy access to information resources and phone numbers.

Genesee Hill School

Chairwomen of both the shorter term and long range Genesee Hill School committees reported on progress and next steps.  The school is currently classified by the Seattle Public Schools as “inventoried” – awaiting potential school needs.  It is available for lease.

  • The Genesee Garden Group in partnership with Seattle Public Schools is keeping the outside of Genesee Hill School vibrant and a positive place for community activities. Five garden clean-ups have improved the grounds over the summer.  Local arborist wood chip and zoo doo donations have been key to the projects’ success.  Nine garden plots on the north playground are ready to be allocated to neighbors for gardening.  Plans for 2011 include a similar schedule of garden clean-ups starting early spring.  Ideas for 2011 projects include improving the asphalt, murals brighten the boarded over windows, a Sustainable West Seattle Tool Library Annex.  In 2011 the Genesee Garden Group will seek assistance from other community resources.  Please scroll down to see multiple reports and pictures about what has been accomplished.
  • The long range planning group has been gathering important information.  They have met with various city and school district officials, talking with neighborhood groups around the city who have re-purposed older school buildings for community use, and toured the inside of the school to better understand the potential.  They will spend the next 6 to 8 months getting more input from the neighborhood and developing ideas for what could happen with the property.  Their goal is to have a plan by June 2011.  In particular, they are looking for volunteers to join the committee who have strategic planning and community organizing experience.  If you are interested, please contact at 206-940-3369.

We’d love to have more volunteers! It is all about neighbors helping neighbors.  See the “Call for Volunteers” post below to choose an activity that interests you.

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