February 26, 2014 Meeting
-- see also the
January 22, 2012 meeting summary
1) Introductions -
Norah Robinson, King County Parks; Greg Helland, FOMP
President and SODA representative; Michael Hobbs, Eastside Audubon, FOMP
Secretary; Laura Hall, Marymoor
Community Gardener's Association.
2) Willowmoor Floodplain
Stakeholder Advisory Meeting – Greg summarized the recent meeting of the
SAC. There was a presentation of the slightly revised hydrology report.
Notables: Pre-1964, pre-weir: Lake level fluctuations were substantially
greater than post-weir. Minimum lake level was relatively static, and higher
than before the weir. Post-1998 weir revision, low water level raised about
6-8” compared to pre-revision. Since about 1994, there have been more notably
high-water events than preceding, so they have recalculated flood risks using
post-1994 data. It's not clear how to reduce flood levels in the lake, while
not increasing flood levels downstream, nor how to improve salmon habitat while
trying to increase flow through the transition zone, nor how to reduce King
County maintenance costs while trying to return the slough to a navigable state.
2) CIP Project/Facility Updates:
BirdLoop – Norah is working to
get capital funding to repave the asphalt trail. Greg
raised the question as to whether it might better be
replaced with hog fuel (a la the Dog Area paths) or with
crushed gravel, or something. It might be harder to
make the trail ADA accessible if it wasn’t pavement, but
that’s something that should be investigated.
Beaver Damage along Slough – SODA has done a
yeoman’s job of stringing new wire fence along the edge
of the slough throughout the off-leash area. Where they
have completed fencing an area, it appears to deter the
beavers. SODA, Eastside Audubon, and Parks did a
walkthrough of the area, and it was decided that fencing
could protect the planted areas on the east side of the
slough in the dog area, and that trapping would probably
not be viable. Hopefully, the beavers will concentrate
on the west side of the slough. Monitoring will
continue, but hopefully the new fencing will make the
Lot B damage and pond – there is usually a small
seasonal pond along the north edge of Lot B. Cavalia
trucks were using Lot B during the snow a week or so
ago, and they didn’t see the gravel roadways versus the
grass areas, and the whole thing has become a horrid
muck puddle. This is the worst it’s ever been, but this
has been a long-standing problem with Lot B. Ideally,
Norah is hoping that water could be shunted east to the
wetland area adjacent to Lot B. However, topography may
not work very well that way. They may need to,
essentially, give up and designate a portion of Lot B as
being pond, with fencing or rockwork to keep cars out of
the pond. Cavalia will be doing restorative work on
Lot B, but one question is whether a certain amount of
redesign should happen first.
– ADA Eagle Scout project put
on short-term hold, waiting on work to be done by Parks,
but hopefully it will be moving forward.
also a discussion about bees. MCGA has been
approached by a couple of people who would like to keep
some bee hives next to the Community Gardens.
Obviously, a supply of pollinators would help the
garden. It could also be educational for park
visitors to see, especially if there were some
informative signs. Laura had previously heard back
from some of the MCGA members, where there appeared to
be general support. Some members had suggested
having mason bees instead of honey bees. Mason
bees are not hive bees, nor do they make honey.
They also pollinate different plants at different
seasons than honey bees. King County's risk
management people are okay with the idea of bee hives.
The FOMP consensus was favorable as well, though it was
felt that the bee keepers should have to become members
of the MCGA. In keeping with MCGA and Parks rules,
the honey would not be allowed to be sold commercially.
An area just inside Snag Row just outside the northeast
corner of the Gardens was deemed to be the best and most
appropriate location. New fencing would be
required to keep people and bees separated.
Organizations such as MCGA and the model airplane
club, that lease land from King County Parks, pay a
leasehold excise tax, at 12.84% of rental fees. There
was a rumor that the leasehold excise tax was going to
change to being 12.84% of assessed land value
instead of rental fee. Since the land is designated
park land, it cannot be realistically be valued by using
comparisons to the sales value of similar land. A
determination has now been made that the rental fees
establish the value for Leasehold excise tax purposes,
alleviating the fears of an increase.
Sewer Pump Replacement – Complete. Norah
is quite relieved.
3) Laura Hall volunteered to join the
Friends of Marymoor Park board. The FOMP board is
self-perpetuating, meaning that the board decides its membership.
Greg Helland immediately welcomed Laura to the board. The board
currently consists of Greg Helland, Michael Hobbs, Laura Hall, and Herb
Bone. However, Herb has indicated that he will be retiring from
the board soon. If anyone else is interested in joining the FOMP
board, please let us know.
Next Meeting: February 26, 2014,
at the Art Barn
These notes do not constitute an official record of the
meeting. They may have inaccuracies and omissions. If anyone has
any complaints about the content of these notes, they should direct them to
Michael Hobbs at email@example.com,
and he will endeavor to correct them.