Laurelhurst Community Club                                                     

Serving 2800 Households in Seattle’s Laurelhurst Neighborhood



                                                                                    November 7, 2002




Councilmember Jan Drago, Chair

Budget Committee and

Members of the Seattle City Council

11th Floor, Municipal Building

600 Fourth Avenue

Seattle, Washington  98104-1876                                 Fax 684-8587


Re:       Retain Funding for the Neighborhood Street Fund


Dear Budget Chair Drago and Members of the Seattle City Council,


            The Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees urges you to retain the funding proposed by the Mayor for the Neighborhood Street Fund in the 2003-2004 budget and to consider increasing the $500,000 that is currently allocated for this Fund.


            The Neighborhood Street Fund builds communities by bringing together neighbors to address pedestrian and bicycle safety issues, traffic calming and other traffic safety problems.  For many, it is their first community involvement experience.  It is neighbors working with other neighbors, businesses, churches, schools and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) in a very positive way.  It is exactly the type of community building and positive interaction with SDOT that the City should be promoting.  The results of the process are traffic safety improvements that neighbors have worked on for often many years. 


            Unlike the Mayor’s expensive sidewalk proposal that could impact the City’s ability to meet basic human services needs, the Neighborhood Street Fund represents a fraction of the City budget.  It is the only source of funds for street improvements for neighbors working to better our communities.  This is because there is little opportunity for “sweat equity” to meet the requirements of the Neighborhood Matching Fund for traffic safety projects. 


            We hope you will retain funding for the Neighborhood Street Fund and increase the budget from $500,000 to $750,000.  The benefits far outweigh the city investment in this important program.  Thank you for considering the views of the Laurelhurst Community Club.



Jeannie Hale, President

3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE

Seattle, Washington  98105

206-525-5135 / Fax: 206-525-9631