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  • FHA Board Meeting Minutes
  • Northwest Cooking Afloat
  • FHA Membership
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fairview Ave Bridge
  • Ship Canal
Board Meetings - The minutes of recent board meetings have been uploaded to the website. You can read them here. Talking of which, we are in need of new members for the board as current members move off the lake, or reach term limits for their positions. If you are passionate about the future well-being of the floating homes and their inhabitants and are interested in joining this eclectic group we would love to hear from you. Please contact John Leness at jsleness@gmail.com. 

Northwest Cooking AfloatWe are excited to announce a wonderful new cookbook that floating home resident Carol Buchan has written. 20% of the proceeds from books sold by the FHA will go to the FHA and it would make a lovely holiday present for those you are fond of, be they sailors or landlubbers! Here is an excerpt from the intro to tempt your tastebuds:

Northwest Cooking Afloat is not just a cookbook—it’s a cruise through the magnificent waters of the Pacific Northwest. One of the most spectacular boating locations in the world, the “Upper Left Coast” and its inland waterways can be explored in every kind of craft: sailboats, powerboats, ferries, floating homes, kayaks, paddleboards, racing shells. From the open ocean to coastal bays to urban lakes, the Northwest offers every kind of marine environment for hundreds of thousands of boat enthusiasts to explore.

And when those boaters get hungry? Our region is also renowned for its array of seasonal edibles that truly shine when prepared simply, showing off their innate beauty and satisfying every appetite. Northwest Cooking Afloat will show you how to make meals that are memorable events—not just afterthoughts. An easy, elegant picnic for a trip ashore … an appetizer plate for friends on the dock … a steaming mug of soup midrace … or a healthful breakfast at anchor on a quiet, foggy morning. With this book as a guide, onboard cooks will never lack for ways to gain the devotion of their captain and crew. “And as any mariner here will tell you, everything tastes better on a boat.”


Ordering your copy couldn't be easier. Just head on over to our store and you can order your copy here. Courtney Cooper and Molly Cartwright have even offered to deliver them to you in a COVID-friendly fashion.


FHA Membership On our store, you will also find a list of docks that have taken out group membership of the FHA. We are delighted to announce that Hamlin Dock is joining that list. We really appreciate your support! If your dock isn't on that list and you haven't signed up for individual membership yet, we would like to invite you to do it now - our rates are very reasonable! There are lots of good reasons to join the FHA, which are explained at length here, but the highlights are:
  • Advocacy: The FHA serves as an advocate on important legislative issues and legal matters related to maintaining the vitality of the community, and protecting the rights of floating homeowners. The FHA was founded to protect floating homes at a time when they were on the verge of extinction and continues to advocate for them in matters that affect them - permitted repairs to docks, electrical and fire code updates, DNR lease changes, safety on the lake, etc.
  • FHA E-Alerts and Facebook: News doesn’t happen just twice a year. Breaking news, upcoming events, stories, and photos related to the floating home community are accessible through email alerts sent to members via your email address. You can also join our private Facebook Group – feel free to post ads, ask questions, share musings, photos, etc.
  • FHA Website: The FHA maintains an informative website with links to details about the association's history, advocacy, community, environment, safety and security, and news and events.
  • FHA Annual Meeting: Members are encouraged to attend and participate in the annual meeting, which takes place on a weekday evening in the Spring (usually late April). The agenda typically includes a social hour, the latest update on what the board has been doing for you, a legislative update, board member elections, and engaging and relevant guest speakers.
  • A Sense of Community: In more normal times, the FHA provides an important link to the many interesting neighbors in Seattle’s floating home community providing opportunities to meet up or sponsoring dock gatherings.
Emergency Preparedness - This has been a topic of interest to members for a while. The good news is that a committee formed by members of the Log Foundation is currently researching this issue and has offered to share their findings with us. The thought is that they would compile a relatively short list of things for each houseboat to put together, plus those items we might need as a dock.  Eastlake has a neighborhood emergency "hub" identified, which they hope to link to; linking up to  Westlake/Fremont/Northlake areas regarding landward help would be an additional step for docks on that side of the lake. Thank you to Dave Galvin and his dock mates for getting the ball rolling on this.

Fairview Ave Bridge  -  Crews continue to remove portions of the temporary work trestle, build forms, install reinforced steel, and pour concrete for bridge columns, prepare to pour concrete for portions of the bridge superstructure, and install conduits (protective utility tubes) near the north end of the bridge. On  Sunday, October 25, crews temporarily shut off water service near the north end of the Fairview Ave N Bridge to connect a new water main. Project leaders are looking forward to hearing from you at the Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement Project monthly construction progress meeting on Thursday, November 19, from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. To maximize time together, please send over topics of interest before the meeting to allow for an informed and focused agenda and to ensure all parties are represented.  The agenda will include welcome and introductions, construction updates, Q&A, and discussion. To join online, click this link Join Microsoft Teams Meeting  
Audio options for Microsoft Teams   
Join by phone – dial-in  
  • Conference phone number: +1 (206) 485-0017  
  • Conference ID: 601 692 635#  
If you have any questions please contact Cayla Ravancho, Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement Project  
Outreach Team   - fairviewbridge@seattle.gov | www.seattle.gov/transportation/fairviewbridge.htm | (206) 775-8715 

Ship Canal Water Quality Project - It seems like quite a lot has been happening in the last few months. Please email SPU_ShipCanalProject@seattle.gov with questions or comments or call (206) 701-0233. You can read the full article here, below are a few highlights:

In spring 2021, we'll have a new round of temporary artwork installed along with our construction sites. Want to be a part of it? Seattle artist Janelle Abbott is taking t-shirt donations now through Dec. 31 to create her piece in Wallingford. Visit Flickr to see photos of recent construction activities. 

In Ballard, shaft excavation continues. So far, we've dug down about 85 ft and have about 37 ft to go! During this time, you can expect:

  • An uptick in truck traffic as the soil is hauled off-site. Trucks will travel along Shilshole Ave NW to NW 46th St to 14th Ave NW up to NW Market St then north along 15th Ave NW, to Holman Road NW towards I-5. (see map)
  • Working hours are expected to be 7 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday. Night and weekend work may occur to maintain progress.

In East Ballard, Soil stabilization continues. Through late December, you should anticipate:

  • NW 45th St closed to traffic; vehicles must detour onto NW 46th St.
  • 11th Ave NW open with occasional one-lane closures. During a closure, two-way traffic will be maintained via one lane controlled by flaggers. 
  • Burke-Gilman Trail users remain detoured to the north side of NW 45th St; flaggers to help direct traffic during daytime working hours. Please follow all detour guidance on site. Bicyclists must cross train tracks at 90-degree angles.
  • Regular work hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm. Night and weekend work may occur to maintain progress. See anticipated traffic impacts through 2022 on our website.

In Fremont, secant wall pile construction continues until late December. So far we've installed 18 of the 46 total piles. For the next several weeks, you should anticipate:

  • Heavy equipment on site such as the drill rig, an oscillator, and a crane.
  • Trucks coming in and out of the site to haul away excavated material and deliver concrete.
  • Noise and vibration from the drill rig. You may be able to feel the vibration that is expected. We are monitoring vibration levels on-site to ensure they are within allowable levels. 
  • NW 36th St between Leary Way NW and 3rd Ave NW closed (through the remainder of the project).
  • Pedestrians detoured to the north side of Leary Way NW.
  • A pump and bypass system running 24/7 to re-route an existing drainage line around the secant pile construction. This system is powered by a generator and will be in place through the end of the year.
  • Regular work hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7 am to 5 pm. However, the contractor anticipates working on Saturdays throughout mid-December, 9 am to 5 pm, to maintain progress.

In Wallingford, crews will install a monitoring well and a dewatering discharge pipe in N 35th St to prep for secant wall pile construction. Monitoring wells help monitor groundwater levels while the discharge pipe coveys it into the drainage system. 

  • During monitoring well installation, the northern parking lane on N 35th St between Interlake Ave N and Stone Way Ave N will be closed. The westbound traffic lane will be shifted south. Two-way traffic will be maintained (see map). This work is expected to start on Nov. 12 and take about three days.
  • Following the monitoring well work, there will be impacts to Interlake Ave N and N 35th St for the discharge pipe installation. This work is planned to start in late November and will take one to two weeks. We will send more detailed traffic information once the permits for this work have been approved.
  • Over the next few weeks, regular work hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7 am to 5 pm. Night and weekend work may occur to maintain progress.

In Queen Anne, secant wall pile construction will begin this week and is anticipated to last through late December. During this time, you should anticipate:

  • Heavy equipment on site such as the drill rig, an oscillator, and a crane.
  • Trucks coming in and out of the site to haul away excavated material and deliver concrete.
  • Noise and vibration from the drill rig. You may be able to feel the vibration that is expected. We are monitoring vibration levels on-site to ensure they are within allowable levels.
  • The West Ewing Mini Park parking lot closed. This closure is anticipated to last through mid-2023.
  • A localized Ship Canal Trail detour through summer 2022 (see map).
  • Regular work hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7 am to 5 pm. Night and weekend work may occur to maintain progress.
That's all for now. If you have news or information that you would like to share with other floating home dwellers or questions for the board, please let me know by replying to this email.

All the best
Sarah
 
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