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City Council - Agenda     
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Call To Order:
 
Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.
 
 
Roll Call:
 
Councilmembers Bruce Bassett, Mike Grady, Mike Cero, Dan Grausz, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present.  Councilmember Steve Litzow was absent.
 
 
Appearances:
 
Maretta Holden, 8221 SE 24th Street, spoke about the plan for increasing parking in the Town Center.  She urged the Council not to put angle parking on SE 28th Street, due to possible unsafe conditions.  She suggested a pedestrian crosswalk to alleviate mid-block crossings.
 
 
MINUTES:
 
(1)        It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of January 5, 2009 as written.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
 
Consent Calendar:
 
Councilmember Cero moved AB 4387: 2008 CIP Stormwater Projects Close-Out to the first item of Regular Business.
 
(2)        Payables:   $414,954.05                  Payroll:  $22,037.53 (12/31/2008)
                                                                                $591,928.69 (01/16/2009)
(3)        AB 4389            Eastside Transportation Partnership Agreement
Motion: Authorize the City Manager to execute the 2009-2012 Eastside Transportation Partnership agreement.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Jahncke to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
 
Regular Business:
 
(4)        AB 4387            2008 CIP Stormwater Projects Close-Out
 
Councilmember Cero would like the unused funds from the stormwater projects to cover the cost of the City’s response to the recent storm.  City Manger Conrad stated that staff would review the allowable uses of the funds and come back to the Council with the possibilities.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Accept the completed Lakeview Highlands Sub-basin 29 Watercourse Stabilization Project and the Basin Drainage Improvements Project.  Authorize staff to close out both construction contracts.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
(5)        AB 4385            Farmer’s Market Report
 
Development Services Group’s Management Analyst / Ombudsman Joyce Trantina present a report highlighting the successes and opportunities identified by the Mercer Island Farmers Market’s inaugural season and shared information with Council regarding anticipated changes for the 2009 season.
 
Callie Ridolfi, Mercer Island Farmer’s Market Director, thanked the Council for their support in 2008 and spoke about funding for the 2009 season.
 
 
(6)        AB 4382            PSE South Mercer Island Reliability Projects
 
Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher presented two potential projects to measurably improve the reliability of Puget Sound Energy service on the Island.
 
He detailed the first project which would involve undergrounding the Puget Sound Energy system along SE 68th Street between East Mercer Way and the South Mercer Substation. Director Boettcher further explained that given the current economic turmoil and budget constraints it has created, the City cannot afford to proceed immediately with the SE 68th Street undergrounding project.  He was hopeful that by next year the City may be positioned to enter into a design agreement, with the goal of constructing the project in the next biennium or in 2010 if funding could be secured.
 
Director Boettcher described the second project which would create a second transmission feed to the South Mercer Substation, looping through the substation from the system along Island Crest Way. The South Mercer Substation now is supplied only from a line tapped from the transmission system along SE 68th Street and Island Crest Way. He reported that Puget Sound Energy would fund the full cost of the project, estimated at about $500,000.
 
Don Cohen, Chair of Open Space Trust Board, spoke about the Trust Board’s effort to review and make a decision on the second transmission feed to the South Mercer Substation.  He felt the Board worked diligently to recommend to the Council to not approve this portion of the reliability project.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Cero to:
Direct staff to re-evaluate, later this year, whether to proceed with design of the SE 68th Street undergrounding project in 2010 and return to the Council with a recommendation.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Direct staff to cease all further consideration of the above ground transmission lines project on SE 68th Street.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Cero to:
Amend the previous motion to read:
Direct staff to cease all further consideration of the above ground transmission lines project on the north side of SE 68th Street.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
Main motion passed 6-0.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Deputy Mayor Jahncke to:
Direct staff, in concert with design of SE 68th Street undergrounding project, to explore design and cost options for joint undergrounding of transmission and distribution lines along SE 68th street.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Amend the previous motion to read:
Direct staff, in concert with design of SE 68th Street undergrounding project, to explore design and cost options for joint undergrounding of transmission and distribution lines along SE 68th street or for above ground transmission lines on the south side of SE 68th Street, in both cases between Island Crest Way and the South Mercer Substation.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
Main motion passed 6-0.
 
 
(7)        AB 4383            Shoreline Master Program Update Process
 
Development Service Director Steve Lancaster and Principal Planner George Steirer presented the City’s process for update the Shoreline Master Program as mandated by new guidelines, adopted by the Washington State Department of Ecology in 2002, specifying the current shoreline update process and requirements. They further explained that the City of Mercer Island was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Department of Ecology in June 2007 to aid in the process of updating the Shoreline Master Plan as follows:
1.     City Council and Planning Commission briefings;
2.     Conduct an Open House with a “Visioning Workshop”;
3.     Planning Commission review of the Open House findings and skeletal SMP outline;
4.     Planning Commission workshops for the Draft SMP;
5.     Complete SEPA review of Draft SMP;
6.     Planning Commission conducts Public Hearing(s) on the Draft SMP and makes a recommendation to City Council;
7.     City Council holds a public hearing and develops a final Draft SMP;
8.     Submittal for DOE review, and final adoption by City Council;
9.     Notice of Adoption is provided, which begins the 60-day appeal period
Director Lancaster and Principal Planner Steirer anticipate Council deliberation and decision-making regarding staff and Planning Commission recommendations to be scheduled for late 2009 or early 2010.
 
 
 
OTHER BUSINESS:
 
Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Litzow’s absence was excused.
 
Planning Schedule: 
There were no changes.
 
Board Appointments:
There were no appointments.
 
Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Bassett spoke about the Green Ribbon Commission meetings.
Councilmember Cero announced that will be attending the upcoming planning session.
Councilmember Bassett spoke about the vandalism in the I-90 Sculpture Garden.
Councilmember Grady spoke about the WRIA 8 Committee Meeting and meetings with the City of Bainbridge Island regarding a sustainability challenge.
Mayor Pearman spoke about meeting with State Representatives Maxwell and Clibborn regarding I-90, tolling and the federal stimulus package.
 
 
Adjournment:          9:01 pm
 
 

 

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