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December BOD Meeting
The December BOD Meeting will be held at 7:00 pm, on Tuesday December 17, 2013. This meeting will be held at the Maple Valley Fire Station 81, located at 22225 SE 231st Street Maple Valley, WA 98038
Speed Study update/fact sheet
Maple Woods Homeowners:
As some of you may know, several homeowners and the board of directors have been working with the City of Maple Valley to address the ongoing speeding problem we have in our neighborhood. After three speed studies have shown that we have a significant speed problem, it’s time to act to protect the safety of the children of our neighborhood. The city has chosen to poll the residents of both Maple Woods and Maple Ridge Highlands to determine homeowner support for the proposed traffic calming measures on Maple Ridge Drive and Maple Ridge Way.
Please read the Speed Study Fact Sheet from the City of Maple Valley. Over the next few weeks, please expect a knock at your door to collect a signature of either approval or disapproval of the proposed traffic calming measures. It is very important that we get as many homeowners as possible to weigh in on the matter.
Speed Mitigation and Crosswalk materials to be presented to City Council June 3rd, 2013
The link below is a .pdf file of the Speed Mitigation and Crosswalk materials to be presented to City Council June 3rd, 2013 for your reference.
Speeding Concerns in Maple Woods
If you are concerned about speeding vehicles on our streets here in Maple Woods, we need your help!
If the safety of your family and friends when crossing to and from our wonderful parks is a concern, we need your support!
Mark your calendar and join us for the next public comment opportunity at the Maple Valley City Council Meeting on Monday, June 3rd, 7pm at:
Tahoma School District Central Services Facility
25720 Maple Valley - Black Diamond Road SE
Maple Valley, Washington 98038
We'll be asking for City Council to direct City Staff to help us implement a solution. You won't need to speak unless you would like to, however just showing up will demonstrate that this is an issue that many of us find important. Your presence for just 10 minutes would help to demonstrate that there are many of us who care about this issue. Please come and show your support!
The question isn't IF we have a speeding problem on our streets, the question is why more is not being done by the City of Maple Valley to mitigate the problem.
Notice to Maple Woods and Maple Ridge Owners
Regarding Potential Residential Development
You may have noticed some survey and utility workers over the past few days on the north side of our main entry way off 169. A potential developer is into the planning process for a proposed 46-lot residential development across Maple Ridge Drive from the Arbors. The main entry to the development would be directly across from the street that currently enters the Arbors, creating a full four-way junction there... (Read the full .pdf here)
Crosswalk Letter to Residents
Dear Neighbor; 5-20-2013
My name is Eric Knudsen. I am a member of the current Board, was previously on the Board of 2010-2011 and I have been active in our community on and off over the past decade in various ways. My primary focus currently is on Operations and keeping our facilities and common area assets in good shape and functioning. In March before rejoining the Board I took on the latest push to obtain our crosswalk and other speed mitigation measures at the slide park. I need your help!
I am writing you today to ask you to attend the City Council Meeting on June 3 support for a raised crosswalk at the slide park as well as other speed reduction measures on Maple Ridge Drive and Maple Ridge Way. The meeting will be held at the Tahoma School District Central Services Facility at 25720 Maple Valley – Black Diamond Road SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038. At that meeting we will likely only have 3 to 5 minutes to hand over documentation we have pulled together to hopefully compel the City to make good on its promise to install the safety measures their own speed studies documented are necessary. Speed studies we as taxpayers paid over $9,000 to have completed.
So please show up to quietly show your support. I can’t say for sure what time they will take us but it starts at 7. If you want to understand the issue a little better, read on but please recognize this just scratches the surface on all that has been done over the past decade and it is meant to be a rough summary.
Eric Knudsen, Maple Woods Board
There is so much history it is difficult to summarize how it ended up where it is now. But even in the face of all the past disappointment, my confidence is high that one final push with the documentation Kadri and I have put together may finally result in a safer environment for the children. As with so many other community tasks, this effort has moved forward solely based on many different volunteers giving their time and it is frustrating to say the least to have to do things multiple times. I think few of us could deny the very real possibility a child could be injured or even killed trying to cross Maple Ridge Drive or Maple Ridge Way to get to the park. Speeds are way too high on both streets!
In 2010-2011 the board of the time made perhaps the most substantial ground towards getting the speed mitigations installed. That progress more or less stopped when the Board stepped down so a new Board could be elected. It was due to the continual efforts of Steve Politeo and Kadri Goode that the City agreed to conduct a 3rd party speed study to access and document the problem. For years we had been told that although we may have a speeding problem for a municipality to agree to install reduction measures it had to be past certain thresholds to justify and further that it is very rare that those thresholds are actually crossed. So the City conducted the Speed Study of 2010. Our speed problem surprised the City as to how bad it actually was, and the City acknowledged that the problem was worthy of immediate mitigation.
At a prompt meeting called by the City including the Boards of Maple Woods and Maple Ridge Highlands, it was agreed that the first and immediate installation should be the white Fog Lines and speed limit writing you see on MR Drive. It was a big “Bang for the Buck” measure and the City really pushed for us to embrace it as our first choice. The logic of those lines is that it narrows the “Feel” of the road and helps slow speeds because of that feeling. Of course we were thankful for that installation but we all knew the fog lines alone would only temper the problem primarily because the professional speed study company indicated to us at that meeting it would take more than just fog line work to bring us to a safe level.
Additionally, the fog lines did nothing for Maple Ridge Way. So at that meeting the City promised we could pick a second request out of a list of recommendations for installation in 2010 while stating we could possibly install more in the future IF a future speed study still showed the need. So after polling the community for input we voted for a raised crosswalk and signage expecting an aggressive installation. Unfortunately after doing so the City put us off citing funding as the reason but to our dismay stated they would be spending yet more money on another speed study in the spring to determine if they still needed to spend the money to address the problem in the first place.
We previously understood there would be a future speed study, but not before our second option was in place and not to disprove the need for that option. I can’t say enough about that kind of tax dollar spending, especially since it was clear from the first study that fog lines alone wouldn’t do the job! No one was more disappointed than Kadri and Steve who had put in so much time but of course all of us felt Duped because we had all spent substantial time going to meetings, polling the community and following up with the City to see it happen. Although very frustrated, we stood by and waited because there wasn’t much more we could do and Volunteer time is precious. Perhaps most frustrating of all was that we stated multiple times in multiple ways that we were interested in doing whatever it takes including engaging with possible “creative funding options” so the City would get it done.
We even acknowledged the possibility we may need to pay outright for the mitigations. As one example of trying to relay that message I stood in front of the City Council myself on Nov 01, 2010 and requested a firm estimate of what the costs would be while also stating we were desperately concerned over the lack of follow through but that we were there to help get it done in whatever way we could including to help fund it if necessary. I explained I needed those costs so the Board could go to the community and pose a vote to approve funding even though we already stated we would figure out a way to make it happen if need be. I was very disappointed because no follow through ever came of my request for the information. For a City with budgetary concerns you would think they would jump at an opportunity to have an HOA help pay for something their own study showed they needed to perform on, especially as it relates to Children’s Safety!
In May of 2011 the second speed study results finally came back showing clearly that we still needed further mitigations to reduce the speed! The Fog Lines had helped some, but just as predicted not enough. More tax dollars spent more delays yet absolutely no surprise in the result. So we thought we were finally going to have our crosswalk and other measures. Then out of left field the City came back with a brand new roadblock miss alleging they had explained to us in the beginning we had to abide by a specific rule and that we had not complied. We were all shocked! They had never told us of this rule or we would have attempted to comply. In fact, our recent research uncovered documentation that showed the rule they say they had told us about back in 2010 wasn’t even a rule until 2011! So how could we have followed a rule that didn’t exist and how could they have told us of the rule if it didn’t? It felt like a punch to the gut after all our hard work!
So with Kadri’s help I have put together information to appeal to the powers that be showing how this unfolded and hopefully the City will see the miss steps that have happened and expedite the installation of the Speed Calming Measures. The City needs to recognize it’s misstep requiring us to follow a rule that didn’t exist and install the safety measures it’s speeds studies document are needed. If the information presented gets us nowhere after this last push and someone does get hurt, I assure I will be right there with all my documentation to hand over! Please attend.
Please attend the Council Meeting on the 3rd at 7pm! We will be having an informal Info meeting on Thursday, May 30th at 6:30 at the Climbing Wall Park, Weather Permitting, If you are interested please come by. Spread the word!
Link to get to Speeding Posts on our website: http://www.maplewoodscommunity.com/news/speeding