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City Council - Agenda     
Monday, February 02, 2009

Call To Order:
 
Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 6:05 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, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present.
 
 
STUDY SESSION:
 
(1)        AB 4388            Sustainability Regulation Options
 
Development Service Director Steve Lancaster presented possible options to the Council for promoting low impact development and green building on Mercer Island.
 
The Council concurred with the work programs recommended by staff to analyze regulatory barriers, build technical assistance capacity and analyze incentive options for low impact development and green building along with adopting the 2005 Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington and launching a green Building web page on the City’s website.
 
 
Mayor Pearman added an Executive Session to the end of meeting to discuss potential litigation pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i).
 
 
Appearances:
 
Callie Ridolfi, 3432 72nd Avenue SE, director of the Mercer Island Farmer’s Market, stated that the Farmer’s Market has no plans to move to the 78th Ave SE Plaza, but if they were to move, issues such as restrooms and warm water for hand washing would need to be considered.
 
Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Avenue SE, objects to the Island Crest Way Citizens Panel.  He believes the panel was heavily biased towards the “road diet” as some of members spoke in favor of the “road diet” to the Council before the creation of the panel.
 
 
MINUTES:
 
(2)        It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Cero to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of January 20, 2009 as written.
Motion passed 7-0.
 
 
Consent Calendar:
 
(3)        Payables: $1,842.893.72            Payroll: $565,572.48
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion passed 7-0.
 
 
Regular Business:
 
            No AB              Suburban Cities Association Update
 
Suburban Cities Association (SCA) Director Karen Goroski spoke to the Council regarding the 2008 SCA Annual Report, SCA long range goals, the creation of SCA public policy positions and the outcomes of the 2008 positions. She also publicly thanked Mayor Jim Pearman for four years of service on SCA board.
 
 
(4)        AB 4391            I-90 Update: Briefing on Sound Transit East Link Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement
 
Transportation Manager Nick Afzali introduced staff from Sound Transit and WS DOT who presented information to the Council on the I-90 Two–Way Transit & HOV Operations (“R8A”) and the Sound Transit East Link DEIS projects.
 
During Council discussion of the Mercer Island Light Rail Station for the East Link project the following motion was made:
 
It was moved by Deputy Mayor Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:
Eliminate the pedestrian bridge proposed in Alternative 1 (AB 4391, Exhibit 3, Page 7) and have access to the light rail platform from both 77th Avenue SE and 80th Avenue SE, thereby saving $6 million in anticipation that those funds would be devoted to mitigating Mercer island’s loss of mobility.
Motion passed 7-0.
 
Deputy Mayor Jahncke requested that the 1976 I-90 Memorandum of Agreement and the Amendment to the MOA be referenced in the final Environmental Impact Statement for the East Link project.
 
 
(5)        AB 4392            Allocation for 78th Ave SE / I-90 Sculpture Garden Water Feature Utilities Connections
 
Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer presented information to the Council regarding utility infrastructure needs and methods to support a potential future interactive water feature in the vicinity of the I-90 Sculpture Gardena and the 78th Ave SE Plaza. 
 
It was moved by Deputy Mayor Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Direct staff to proceed with extending necessary utilities to the I-90 Sculpture Garden area to facilitate a possible future interactive water feature/park plaza and set the project budget at $94,900.
Motion passed 7-0.
 
 
OTHER BUSINESS:
 
Councilmember Absences:
There were no absences.
 
Planning Schedule: 
Councilmember Litzow asked about the timeline for the 2009 Work Plan and Planning Schedule.
Councilmember Bassett asked when the Island Crest Way Citizen’s Panel results will be brought back to the Council.
 
Board Appointments:
There were no appointments.
 
Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Cero expressed his concern with middle school students hanging out at the South-End QFC and Starbucks after school.
 
 
Executive Session:
 
The City Council,  City Attorney Katie Knight  and City Manager Rich Conrad convened to Executive Session at 9:05 pm to discuss potential litigation pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) for approximately 15 minutes.
 
The Executive Session was adjourned at 9:20 pm and the Regular Meeting was reconvened.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Allow the City of Mercer Island’s attorneys to take legal action in the suit filed against the City by Lindell.
Motion passed 7-0.
 
 
Adjournment:          9:21 pm
 
 

 

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