- Communications Policy
- Montlake Flyer Policy
- Montlake Website Policy
- Montlake Forum Policy
- Welcome to Montlake Policy
- MCC Transportation Policy
A Communications Committee shall be established by the Board of Directors.
The President of the Board shall appoint a Chair and the standing members of the Committee, subject to approval by the board. The Chair shall be a Board Member. The Committee shall be composed of a minimum of five standing members, one of whom shall be the Chair. The other members of the Committee may or may not be Board Members.
- The Montlake Flyer Editor
- The Montlake Flyer Distribution Manager
- The Montlake.net Webmaster
- The Advertising Manager
- The “Welcome to Montlake” Manager
The committee may co-opt other members to assist in the business of the committee.
The Montlake Community Club newsletter, The Montlake Flyer, is published under the direction of the Board of Directors to keep the community informed of news and events that are relevant to the membership
(1) EDITORIAL POLICIES
The Montlake Flyer Editor shall be responsible for the content of the newsletter. The editor shall be appointed by the club president, subject to approval by the board.
The newsletter is open to all club members who want to provide material for publication, subject to the editor’s discretion.
The minutes of all regular club meetings and board meetings shall be published in the issue following the meeting.
Letters to the editor from club members may be published if the subject matter is of general community interest, if the letter does not exceed 100 words in length, and if the author has not had a letter published in the previous two issues. Letters which do not satisfy these conditions may be published at the editor’s discretion. Longer letters may be shortened at the editor’s discretion, provided that conventional techniques are used to indicate where material has been omitted, and the editor has made a good-faith effort to collaborate with the author on changes.
Each nominated candidate for a club office in the annual election shall be permitted to publish a statement in the newsletter preceding the annual meeting. Submissions must meet normal deadlines, and are limited in length to a maximum of 200 words.
For all other material, with the exception of advertising, the normal editor’s functions apply. Publication shall be at the editor’s discretion, and changes may be made to refine the content or adapt it to available space. Authorship need not be acknowledged.
Material that argues for or against issues, or expresses opinion, will be published only in a section of the newsletter identified as containing such material (e.g., “Issues & Opinions”, “Editorial Pages”). This material must be written by a club member, and authorship will be published. All material published in the newsletter must conform to standards of literacy, decency and length. Questionable material may be referred to the board or its designee(s).
The newsletter will not “take a position” on any issue unless the membership, via the means set down in the bylaws, has taken such a position. The editor shall strive for a neutral position in presenting both news and the opinions of others. The editor shall not offer personal opinions on submitted material and may include a clearly identified editorial column for presenting his or her own views. Invited editorials may be published in such a column.
(2) LAYOUT AND PRODUCTION POLICIES
The volume number shall change every September, the start of the Club calendar year.
The standard minimum newsletter length will be four pages.
When accepted material and classified advertising require a newsletter of more than four pages, the length will be increased to the smallest even number of pages that will accommodate this material.
The front page of the newsletter shall announce the particulars of the next community meeting.
A listing of the club officers and trustees shall be in the newsletter.
The Board of Directors shall make production decisions on cost, quality and publication dates taking into consideration recommendations from the Communications Committee.
(3) ADVERTISING POLICIES
Non-commercial classified advertisements shall be free for Montlake Community Club members, subject to the following restrictions:
i. Repeated ads may be refused.
ii. Content may be edited for length.
iii. Material of questionable taste will not be published.
Commercial advertising shall be submitted to the editor by the Advertising Manager. The format of commercial advertisements shall be determined by the Communications Committee.
(4) DISTRIBUTION POLICIES
The Flyer shall be distributed as follows:
- By posting to the Montlake.net website.
- By posting to the Montlake Forum e-mail distribution, including those who signed up for “Flyer only” e-mail.
- By delivery to those that requested a paper copy.
- By placing paper copies in the Montlake Library, the Montlake Community Center and selected businesses in the Montlake area.
The Flyer editor shall be responsible for posting to the website and to the forum e-mail distribution. The Flyer editor shall provide a version suitable for printing to the Distribution Manager.
The distribution manager has general responsibility for the printing and delivery of the paper copies of the newsletter.
The distribution manager is also responsible for maintaining the delivery list and a bulk distribution list for the local distribution points mentioned above.
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The Montlake Community Club website, Montlake.net, shall be published under the direction of the Board of Directors to keep the community informed of club and board activities, news, events and other items of interest which are relevant to the membership.
(1) Editorial and Content Policies
The Montlake.net Webmaster has responsibility for the content, operation and publishing of the web site. The webmaster shall be appointed by the club president, subject to approval by the board.
The content of the “Montlake Flyer” shall be replicated on the web site. The webmaster will work with the Montlake Flyer editor to accomplish this. Newsletters will remain archived on the site.
The home page of the web site shall announce the particulars of the next community meeting.
A listing of the club’s Board of Directors shall be on the web site.
The text of the club’s bylaws and policies shall be on the web site.
The web site shall include dates and details of public meetings relevant to the community. It shall also include links to various community services, publications, and other information of general interest.
The web site shall not “take a position” on any issue unless the membership, via the means set down in the bylaws, has taken such a position. The webmaster shall strive for a neutral position in presenting both news and the opinions of others. The webmaster shall not offer personal opinions on submitted material. Invited contributions may be published in such a section.
Feedback from club members shall be encouraged to improve the accuracy, quality and usefulness of the site.
The newsletter will publish the address of the website (also known as the “URL”) in each issue.
(2) Advertising Policies
Commercial advertisements published in the Montlake Flyer shall be replicated on the web site. The format of the advertisements shall be determined by the Communications Committee.
Non- commercial classified advertisements shall not be published on the website.
(3) E-mail Policies
In order to protect against unsolicited e-mail, e-mail addresses of club members shall not be published on the site without permission of their owners. Officers, trustees, appointees and committee members shall receive generic addresses at montlake.net (such as firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, etc.) that will forward in turn to their respective e-mail accounts. As the e-mail addresses of the persons holding these positions change over time, so will the forwarding addresses. These generic addresses shall be published on the web site.
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The Montlake Community Club shall maintain an online forum (the “Montlake Forum”) for discussing topics of interest to the Montlake community. The Montlake Forum shall be open to the public, and non-residents may join and participate at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
The Montlake Forum moderator shall be responsible for operating and maintaining the Forum. Individual participants shall be responsible for the content of their submissions. The moderator shall be appointed by the club president, subject to approval by the board.
Participation in the Forum shall be “opt-in” only. Forum members shall have the option to receive content by email, and may remove their address from Forum mailing lists at any time.
Non- commercial classified advertisements are allowed on the Forum.
The Montlake Forum moderator may pre-screen, refuse or remove Forum content, at the moderator’s discretion, if such content violates the Terms of Service of the company hosting the Forum, or other policies adopted by the Board of Directors. The moderator may, subject to Board approval, remove Forum members for repeated violations of these policies.
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The “Welcome to Montlake” manager will identify residents who have recently moved into the Montlake neighborhood. The manager will arrange a home visit to the residence to distribute helpful information to the new neighbors. This may include a recent copy of the Montlake Flyer, a current copy of the Seattle Parks Department catalog of activities available at the Montlake Community Center, and information about Montlake area places of interest and businesses.
The manager shall maintain a record of activities.
Adopted by the MCC Board of Trustees on November 4th, 2010.
WHEREAS the Montlake community also contains the heavily trafficked arterial streets of Montlake Boulevard, Lake Washington Boulevard, 24th Avenue East, and Boyer Avenue East;
WHEREAS the Montlake community is located adjacent to the University of Washington, a major regional employment center and commuter destination;
WHEREAS the majority of traffic on SR-520 and arterial streets in Montlake originates at and is destined for locations outside of the Montlake community;
WHEREAS the residents of Montlake are greatly affected by traffic passing through the community, to the extent that many intersections in Montlake regularly fail to operate at acceptable levels of service;
WHEREAS the noise levels at residences located near regional transportation facilities in Montlake greatly exceed the maximum levels of environmental noise which the King County Public Health Department and Washington State law (WAC 173-60, “Maximum Environmental Noise Levels”) have deemed acceptable for release to residential properties;
WHEREAS employees and students commuting to the University of Washington often park in Montlake in sufficient numbers that there is inadequate parking remaining for the use of residents of the community;
WHEREAS the Montlake community lies in the path of traffic to, from and between the University; District, south Lake Union, Broadway/Capitol Hill, and the central business districts of both Seattle and Bellevue, all of whose expansion or growth through increased density has recently been proposed;
WHEREAS the residents of Montlake have historically been frustrated by the multiplicity of responsible City, State, regional and University agencies, when seeking means to lessen the impacts of traffic on their community;
AND WHEREAS it is hoped that by enumeration by the Montlake community of a series of neighborhood goals related to transportation will aid public agencies and officials in developing and proposing only such transportation projects, improvements or operational changes in Montlake as may be acceptable to the community;
NOW THEREFORE, the Montlake Community Club, representing the residents of Montlake, establishes the following Community Transportation Policies.
No additional private property in Montlake shall be acquired by public agencies for the construction or expansion of transportation facilities, nor shall any public property currently dedicated to non-transportation uses be used for the expansion or construction of transportation facilities.
Ready access for residents of Montlake to their homes must be maintained at all times. The blockage of access to residential streets by traffic on arterial streets is unacceptable.
Residents and neighborhood businesses must be given preference over commuters in the use of the limited on-street parking available in Montlake.
Use of residential streets by through traffic must be discouraged to the maximum extent possible. Through traffic should be confined primarily to freeways or, where that is not possible, to arterial streets.
The unique historical character of the Montlake Bridge; the Washington Park Arboretum; Lake Washington, Interlaken, and Montlake Boulevards and other elements of the “Olmsted Plan” shall not be further sacrificed in the interest of transportation efficiency or economy.
Regional transportation facilities located in Montlake must comply with the same environmental standards that are applicable to other commercial uses located in predominantly residential areas. The cumulative impact of the large number of vehicles passing through the Montlake community is such that exemption from residential noise, air quality or other environmental standards is clearly inappropriate and unacceptable.
The primary purpose of transportation systems and facilities should be to move people and materials – not vehicles. Subject to their ability to comply with the other policies enumerated herein, such systems and facilities should be operated so as to encourage the use of high-occupancy vehicles and transit.
BY ACTION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES; March 17, 1993
Larry Fogdall, President