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City news roundup

Here’s a roundup of various city news.

The City of Seattle has launched its redesigned website, which aims to make it easier for people and businesses to access services and find information. It is designed to be mobile friendly, and now organizes content primarily by services rather than departments.

The Seattle Public Library has recently partnered with the Seattle Municipal Court Resource Center, installing its first fully functional Library catalog computer outside of a Library facility. Clients using the computer have full access to all Library online resources.

The Court Resource Center is available to anyone in the community. It is primarily used by people in the Seattle Community Court program who have committed low-level offenses. The Library staffs a resource station at the Court Resource Center from 10 a.m. – noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and also offers monthly Central Library tours to introduce clients to resources within the building.

The nonprofit WithinReach outreach team will be at Northgate Transit Center from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on March 15, April 5 and 19 to help people enroll in the income-based discounted ORCA pass program, which allows transit riders to ride the bus and other forms of public transit for almost half the normal fare. Enrollment must be done in person.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund is hosting four more workshops for those wanting to apply to its Large Projects Fund this May. The Large Projects Fund awards matching funds of up to $100,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects. Attendance at one of the workshops is required in order to submit an application. The workshop closest to our neighborhood is from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N. RSVP online or call 206-733-9916.

Seattle Department of Transportation is conducting a survey of its Restricted Parking Zone program for neighborhood on-street parking. The survey is available through March 31.

The city’s Small Sparks Fund will provide money for neighborhood Spring Clean activities.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1,000 to help enhance your activities with funding for publicity, planting materials, or special clean-up supplies, to name a few. The deadline for applications is six weeks before your event.

For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-233-0093. Make sure to register in our web-based application system at least two days before applying.

Spring Clean is Seattle’s premier clean-up event hosted by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). Held each year in April and May with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Seattle Department of Transportation, Spring Clean provides opportunities for residents to keep our city tidy. SPU provides bags, gloves, safety vests and more to help with your neighborhood clean-up. For more information, contact the Spring Clean hotline at (206) 233-7187 or visit seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/GetInvolved/SpringClean/index.htm.