Community News
Washington State Ferries (WSF) needs to replace the aging Fauntleroy ferry terminal to maintain safe and reliable ferry service for people who travel between West Seattle and Vashon
WSF is hosting two online community meetings on Tuesday, May 24th, from noon to 1:30pm and Wednesday, May 25, from 6-8pm.
It is very important for Vashon residence to be a voice at these meetings. To participate go to:
engage.wsdot.wa.gov and proceed to Fauntleroy Terminal – online open house. There is a link where you can sign up to participate and voice your concerns and suggestions in regards to this project.

We are making excellent progress creating the new Community Council, which will apply for 501c4 status once it is incorporated. At our meeting on April 18, we voted to approve the Articles of Incorporation, with the new name of Vashon-Maury Community Council.

The proposed bylaws and standing rules have been reviewed by the board, and were opened up for viewing and comment by the community in early April.  A motion to accept them was made at the April meeting, and an advisory vote will take place at the May 16 meeting.

The community comments and suggestions have now been reviewed by the board at its May 2 meeting, with a number of improvements made to the documents. Here are the documents we will be voting on at the May 16 Council meeting:  Proposed Bylaws.  Proposed Standing Rules

The process of starting up a new 501c4 Community Council while still running our existing organization means that we are now splitting both our board meetings and our community meetings into two meetings, held on the same evening. The first part of each meeting is run as always, with David Vogel chairing the meetings, and the presentations and votes related to the existing Community Council  (the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council).

When we are discussing and voting on startup issues related to the new organization, Diane Emerson takes over and runs that meeting. The interim board has chosen Diane as the interim president of the new organization, until elections take place in the fall.

Once we are far enough along with setting up the new community council, we will be discussing the dissolution of the existing Community Council. Please contact Diane Emerson if you have any questions about this process, why we are doing it, and where we are in the process. dianeemerson@yahoo.com

King County has been asking our community to tell them what we need. They then put together a survey to find out how important each issue is to us. (If you haven’t taken it yet, we encourage you to do so. Here is the link to the survey:https://publicinput.com/G3607)

The Community Needs List will be discussed at a Town Hall this Thursday, March 17. From 6pm to 8:30pm on Zoom (link is below)
King County Departments will also be there to answer questions. 
 
Here are some of the issues that our community asked to be addressed:
 
Roads: increase frequency of roadside cleaning, increase walkability and safety for cyclists, traffic calming, increase water taxi service, increase public transportation options
 
Sheriff’s Dept: assign a storefront deputy, increase enforcement of speed limits
 
Housing, Permitting:
Optimize permitting processes for Vashon Island
Implement affordable housing measures (subsidized low-income housing, tiny homes, etc.)
Support Accessory Dwelling Unit development
Implement litter can collection in the Vashon Business District
Expand recycling and hazardous waste collection capabilities of the transfer station
Expand public sewer and wastewater treatment on-island
Develop an on-island composting facility
 
Social Services: Create an off-leash dog park, or off-leash days in existing parks
There are many important issues on this list. Please attend. Hopefully they will have an agenda for when each topic will be addressed, so you can join the meeting when your special topic of interest will be covered.

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At our February 21 community council meeting, attendees voted unanimously for the existing board of directors to form an interim board to pursue the formation of a new community council. The new community council will apply for nonprofit 501C4 status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

According to the IRS, a 501c4 is “an organization…operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare, if it is primarily engaged in promoting in some way the common good and general welfare of the people of the community. An organization embraced within this section is one which is operated primarily for the purpose of bringing about civic betterments and social improvements.”

Those present at the February meeting were in total agreement that this seemed more in line with what the community wanted to do with their Council. Community members thought that the power to do some lobbying on non-partisan issues that affect the Island — which would be extremely restricted as a 501c3 — would empower the Council to make more tangible changes in the lives of islanders.

For more information on this effort and the transition, please contact Diane Emerson at dianeemerson@yahoo.com

In recent meetings, there has been discussion about whether a 501c4 designation is actually what we need to have, rather than 501c3. After looking more deeply into it, it appears that this is indeed the case, and we will be voting on this important topic at the February meeting. Here is the definition of a 501c4: sounds like us!

An organization is operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare if it is primarily engaged in promoting in some way the common good and general welfare of the people of the community. An organization embraced within this section is one which is operated primarily for the purpose of bringing about civic betterments and social improvements.

 

Here is the motion we will be voting on at the February meeting:

It has been moved and seconded that we begin the process to create a new community council with 501c4 status, and that the current board of directors act as the interim board of the new council, until elections are held for a new board in October of this year.

If you have questions about this issue, please contact board vice president Diane Emerson at diane@vmicc.net