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2017 SCA ANNUAL
Please plan to join annual Somerset Community Association (SCA) Kids and Family Walking Parade and BBQ Picnic in the Park on Tuesday July 4th 2017. It’s a Fantastic way for neighbors to come together , have fun and celebrate the holiday.
The parade begins at 11:00am at the Rec Club pool Tennis parking lot at the corner of Somerset Boulevard drive and proceeds down to Forest Hill Park.
Plan to arrive early to reserve your spot in the Lineup. Prizes will be presented for best and most patriot costumes. Hot dogs chips , sodas and other refreshments are provided courtesy of SCA. There will be field games, a bouncy house and even a fire truck for the kids. Donations gladly accepted. Online Donations can be made here.
Don’t forget to swing by the SCA table to say “Hi and learn how to get more involved in our community. Have a safe and Happy 4th
Somerset supports CENSE!
Visit cense.org for more information on Energize Eastside and what CENSE is doing:
2.11.17: CENSE latest update:
EBCC vs. PSE, Round ThreeOn Tuesday night, the East Bellevue Community Council unanimously voted to appeal a court decision that would allow PSE to cut down 300 trees and install 80-foot power poles on East Bellevue’s 148th Ave. If the Washington Supreme Court agrees to hear the appeal (not guaranteed), we will find out which judicial opinion wins the day. The King County Superior Court ruled for EBCC, while the Washington State Court of Appeals ruled for PSE.
The case is not easy for the courts to decide because so few people submitted comments at a crucial hearing. Why was participation so low? Probably because the city only notified residents living within 50 feet of the proposed transmission line, and the hearing was held on a Friday close to Thanksgiving in 2014. Consequently, only a few people showed up. Another problem was the publication of the Hearing Examiner’s recommendations between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Most residents didn’t read these recommendations until the new year, but by then the record was closed and no more evidence or comments could be submitted.
CENSE president Don Marsh told the EBCC on Tuesday night that the timing and insufficient notification of residents were troubling. “If this line is built, it will be a tragedy of process,” he said. He read from Bellevue’s 2012 Reliability Report, authored by an independent consultant. The consultant says there are other ways to achieve PSE’s goals that would produce even better reliability than the transmission line and would be less damaging to trees and the community. This information, which cost city taxpayers $350,000, is not included in the record and cannot be added to the record now.
Bill Capron, the chairman of the EBCC, said he wanted to work together with PSE to find a compromise that works for the company and the community. Instead of making PSE pay nearly a million dollars to the City of Bellevue to compensate for the destruction of so many trees (dollars that ultimately come from our electricity bills), the company could use that money on a project that improves reliability and benefits the community. Capron suggested that the Lake Hills neighborhood might even add the funds that the city provides for neighborhood improvement projects. Instead of spending mountains of money on lawyers, we could have a solution that enhances our “City in a Park.”
It's time for PSE to demonstrate that it is a good neighbor serving our community. We hope the company is listening.
MESSAGE FROM SCA PRESIDENT
Hard to believe we are already almost half way through 2017! It has been a wet and soggy beginning to
our year, but we look forward to a green, lush and comfortable summer!
Many wonderful things are happening this time of year, the Somerset Rec Club is now open, our 4th of
July Neighborhood Event planning is well underway and new programs are continuing to be developed
for our community.
As announced in the last newsletter a Somerset Volunteer Committee has been developed for both Adults and Teens. We had our first event in April with Earth Day! We focused much of our attention on clean up prep on the
Somerset Highland Entrance. It was fun getting to know some of our neighbors as we weeded, swept and hauled.
The Somerset Volunteer Committee is not ONLY for landscaping!!
The Board is also developing a new program called “Connect and Care”.
This program is intended to be multifaceted:
Inter-generational Buddies: Pairing Teens with 65+ community members. 1-2 hrs / mo. Teens visit their
assigned buddy to help with yard work, take out trash, small chores, aid with technology (phones &/or
computers) or just sit and chat. Our older generation has so much to offer our younger generation in
pure experience and knowledge. The goal is to develop a mutually beneficial relationship between generations within our community. In cases of emergency, snowstorms, power outages, etc. these relationships could become invaluable!
Sunshine Club (revitalization): I have heard of a group that used to exist in our community called the Sunshine club. These are the folks that would reach out to community members who were sick, just had a baby or maybe even a death in the family. They would send cards, organize dinner trains and provide support to families experiencing this life events. We would love to revitalize this club... if you have
experience or interest helping to bring this club back... please contact us!
Please go to our Website— www.Somerset98006.com— to sign up for any of our wonderful volunteer opportunities. WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING WORTHWHILE TO CONTRIBUTE... let us know how you would like to help.
Enjoy the Summer! ~ Tanya Franzen-Garrett, 2017 SCA President
Our deepest appreciation to retiring board members who have served countless hours in the service of the Somerset community, and are stepping down in 2017
Steve O'Donnell - Communications
Bob Swegle - Somerset Pride
Tom Campbell - CRC Chairperson
Dave Mickelson - Emergency Preparedness
Aileen Wu - Welcome Committee