Creekside Owners Protective Association (C.O.P.A.) formed
On March 29th at Little Lake City Hall, concerned Thornton Creek property owners and neighbors gathered to formally create a new organization, to be known as the Creekside Owners Protective Association (or "C.O.P.A."). This was a followup to the first organizing meeting held in February, which was convened to address the issue of whether SPU or Seattle Parks had plans for public trails along creek lands. In addition to choosing a name, this organizing meeting completed the process by officially enrolling members, voting to approve drafted bylaws and electing its officers. Officers are Skip Knox, Pres.; Irv Berteig, 1st V.P.; Garth Douglass, 2nd V.P.; Fran Martiny, Treasurer; Renee Spoelhof, Secretary.
In attendance were owners, neighbors and businesses representing diverse parts of the Thornton Creek watershed, from its northern origins in Shoreline, to residents on the south fork and other tributaries that all eventually merge and empty into Lake Washington at Matthews Beach. While many were concerned about the potential for public trails through their back yards, other issues included access to Seattle's recently drafted Watershed Action Plan (WAP), the impact of changes from neighboring properties, pollution from Lake City Way runoff, controlling beaver damage, and notification of City inspections on private property.
C.O.P.A.'s purpose, as quoted in the newly adopted bylaws, is to be "a grassroots organization of people living within the Thornton Creek watershed who are committed both to preserving the health of the creek and to protecting the rights of the riparian owners of Thornton Creek and its tributaries."
Urgency: Why Now?
We riparian owners will be the focus of new laws and the spending of millions of dollars. We will need a strong unified voice at these hearings to insure that our interests do not get overlooked, dismissed, or run over. Whether as a creekside property owner or as a concerned neighbor, your support is needed.
You can join as a charter member by making
a check out to "Creekside
Owners Protective Association"
or "C.O.P.A." for $15.00 as first year's membership dues,
and send it to C.O.P.A. at P.O. Box 27133, Seattle, WA 98125-1533.