Thursday, March 13, 2014

All About The City's Northeast District Council Representing Laurelhurst

A blog reader wanted to share with the community that the Northeast District Council (NEDC), part of the City's Department of Neighborhoods Department, that comprises a collection of almost 20 neighborhood associations in Northeast Seattle, now has a Facebook page. He added that it is a great way to stay up to date with what NEDC is working on as well as current events happening in NE Seattle.

The Laurelhurst Community Club is a member of NEDC, representing the neighborhood on various issues and concerns.

NEDC was established in 1987 and is one of 13 District Councils in Seattle.  The boundaries for the Districts were determined by neighbors from across the City.

Karen Ko, the City's Neighborhood North Region District Coordinator, told us that the goals of the District Councils are: “Facilitating communication, creating partnerships between the City and its neighborhoods, strengthening and coordinating City departments’ responses to neighborhood problems and requests for help”. 

Karen told us that Laurelhurst is one of the most active neighborhood associations and was one of the founding members of the District Council.  She added that Laurelhurst has been very active and influential in this organization. 

"Jeannie Hale produces one of the most complete and comprehensive announcement sheets, detailing events and issues in NE Seattle that she puts together every month for members who can then take this information back to their neighborhood-wide membership,"  Karen said.

The NE District founding members were: Belvedere Terrace Community Council, Hawthorne Hills Community Council, Laurelhurst Community Club, Matthews Beach Community Council, Montlake Community Club, Ravenna Bryant Community Association, Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, Roosevelt Neighbors Alliance, University District Community Council, University Park Community Club, Greater University Chamber of Commerce, View Ridge Community Club, Wedgwood Community Council.

Later the following organizations joined, Inverness Community Club, Inverness Park Homeowners Association, Ravenna Springs Community Council, Residents of Magnuson Park, Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce, Portage Bay Roanoke Park Community Council, and Windermere Corporation.

Today, Montlake has joined the East District Council, the Inverness Homeowners Association is inactive, the Ravenna Springs Community Council is no more, the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce is now a committee of the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association and the Windermere Corporation is not an active member.

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