First Friday: February 1, 20193 min read
Hello, neighbors! Did you know that February is American Heart Month, and that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? At this month’s First Friday, held on February 1st and co-hosted by Trustee Sandie Hammerly, we were fortunate to be joined by representatives from Avista Hospital who were doing free blood pressure screenings. My own heart rate clocked in a little higher than usual… time for me to work on prioritizing both sleep and getting to the gym, and perhaps lay off the winter comfort food and drinks 😉
As First Fridays are casual in nature, and we often break into simultaneous discussions of different topics on the two sides of the table, it’s tough for me to fully recap the discussion. However, I thought it would be useful for me to give a short rundown of the topics I heard, which can help provide a pulse of the town:
Topics discussed at February’s First Friday include:
- Construction noise: A resident complained about the Lanterns Lane development; while it is currently within the acceptable construction hours, she’d like to ensure it remains that way.
- Last Town Board Meeting: Several residents asked for a recap of the decisions made at the Town Board Meeting a few days prior; I’ve now posted my recap here.
- Traffic safety: There was an accident at 88th Street Circle because someone didn’t yield to traffic already in the circle. Resident Suzanne DeVenny reminded me that when I was campaigning, I had brought up the idea of some sort of education around how to properly navigate traffic circles, and I still think this would be a great idea! While the agenda for the February Traffic & Safety Committee meeting was already set, I am hoping to bring this up at our next meeting in April.
- Airport noise: Resident Laurie Muir would like us to notify all Rock Creek homeowners not to sign another avigation easement, because the current one is null and void based on clauses 2b (type and size of aircraft has changed) and 2c (runways have increased load capacity). She believes that this also allows homeowners to sue. While I agree that there is evidence that clauses 2b and 2c have been violated, my understanding is that this agreement only applies to airplanes operating outside the FAA-regulated navigable airspace (i.e., under 1000 feet). We are hoping to have an update on airport noise at one of our two Board meetings in February; however, in the meantime, our Town Manager Matt Magley has said he is happy to meet with residents to discuss progress.
- Development in Town Center: Residents inquired about connecting the Superior Town Center to Rock Creek; this has not yet been decided. We also fielded an inquiry about when retail development will begin in the Town Center. While the Board does not control when private developers will bring applications, here is a calendar of some of the plans we expect to see in 2019:
1. Thrive Home Builders – Blocks 26 (19 townhomes) – February 2019
2. Remington Homes – Blocks 26-27 (27 single family homes) – March 2019
3. Toll Brothers – Blocks 16-24 (approx. 305 homes) – July 2019
4. Thrive Home Builders – Blocks 14 & 15 (54 townhomes) – August 2019
5. Morgan Ranch – Blocks 6-11 (Mixed Use/Retail Town Core) – October 2019
Hope to see you at next month’s First Friday! In the meantime, our next Town Board Work Session and Town Board Meeting is tomorrow, Monday February 11th. If you have thoughts on these or other topics, I would encourage you to attend the Meeting at Town Hall and speak up in public comment, or email the full Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.