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City Council - Agenda     
Monday, March 16, 2009

Call To Order:
 
Deputy Mayor El Jahncke called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.
 
 
Roll Call:
 
Councilmembers Bruce Bassett, Mike Cero, Mike Grady, Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow and Deputy Mayor El Jahncke were present. Mayor Jim Pearman was absent.
 
 
SPECIAL BUSINESS
 
(1)        The Big Read on Mercer Island Proclamation
Sue Sherwood, 7444 West Mercer Way, presented information regarding The Big Read.  She stated that King County received a grant for promoting the Big Read, and has chosen the book, The Call of the Wild by Jack London.  Mercer Island schools and Island book clubs will be participating in The Big Read including a writing competition with the prize being a shopping spree at Island Books.
 
Amy Adler, Mercer Island Library Director, spoke about the history of the Big Read and provided more information regarding how Mercer Island is participating.
 
Deputy Mayor Jahncke read the proclamation designating April and May 2009 as The Big Read on Mercer Island.
 
 
Appearances:
 
There were no appearances from the public.
 
Councilmember Grausz read a resolution of appreciation from and on behalf of the Open Space Conservancy Trust for Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer.
 
 
MINUTES:
 
(2)        It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of March 2, 2009 as amended
 
It was moved by Councilmember Cero; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Amend page 3, AB 4401: Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Plan Update, paragraph 4 as follows:
“There was consensus from the Council to complete clockwise shoulder improvements and promote clockwise direction for bicycles on East & West Mercer Way as well as support for vegetation management, public education and enforcement, and shared streets concepts.”
 
Amend page 3, AB 4401: Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Plan Update, paragraph 5 as follows:
“The Council gave direction to staff to further review:
 

  • Using sharrows (markings that indicate a shared lane for bicyclists) in one or both directions on East & West Mercer Way
  • Discreet zones on West Mercer Way where time of day prohibitions on parking would be instituted with exceptions for inclement weather. 
  • Signage for bicycles to ride on either North Mercer Way or the I-90 path from Covenant Shores to Luther Burbank Park and the bicycle route around the park-and-ride.
  • Signage for packs of cyclists.
  • Wayfaring pedestrian signage (showing length of walk to a destination)
  • Support for vegetation management, public education and enforcement, and shared streets concepts.

Amended motion passed 6-0.
 
Main motion passed 6-0.
 
 
Consent Calendar:
 
(3)        Payables: $1,030,985.22            Payroll: $575,064.93
 
(4)        AB 4407            Commute Trip Reduction Interlocal Agreement with King County
Motion: Authorize the City Manager to sign the Commute Trip Reduction Interlocal Agreement with King County.
 
(5)        AB 4402            AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement
Motion: Authorize the City Manager to sign the collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME Local #21-M for the period of January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2011.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
 
Regular Business:
 
(6)        AB 4405            2009 Planning Commission Work Plan
 
This item was tabled to the March 16, 2009 meeting at the March 2, 2009 meeting.  All motions made at the previous meeting were back on the table when this item was taken up at the current meeting.  City Attorney Katie Knight stated that there is no conflict of interest for Councilmember Cero.  Councilmember Cero recused himself from discussion and voting.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Bassett; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Accept the Planning Commission prioritized discretionary items within proposed 2009 Planning Commission Work Plan.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Cero; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Reduce staff hours for Item IV: Shoreline Management Program Update from 2000 to 1500.
Motion passed 5-0 (Councilmember Cero recused himself).
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Place 500 hours from Item IV: Shoreline Management Program and move them to Item III: Remove Regulatory Barriers to Sustainable Redevelopment Practices.
Motion passed 3-2 (Councilmember Litzow and Deputy Mayor Jahncke dissented and Councilmember Cero recused himself).
 
Main motion passed 5-0 (Councilmember Cero recused himself).
 
 
(7)        AB 4399            Open Space Vegetation Program 2007-20088 Report and 2009-2010 Work Plan
 
Parks Natural Resource Coordinator Paul West presented a progress report on open space vegetation.  Council complimented Paul West and Pete Mayer on the work that was presented in the progress report.
 
 
 
 
(8)        AB 4404            Sewer Rate Resolution for Multi-Family Rate Change
 
Deputy Finance Director Francie Lake presented information supporting a rate adjustment for multi-family sewer rates driven by a King County audit on Mercer Island rates.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Adopt Resolution No. 1408, which establishes rates and connection charges for sewerage disposal services supplied by the City of Mercer Island effective March 17, 2009 and thereafter.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
 
(9)        AB 4406            2008 Year-End Financial Status Report & 2008 Carryovers
 
Finance Director Chip Corder presented the financial status report as of December 31, 2008 and a financial status indicator for January 2009.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Suspend the City Council Rules of Procedure 5.2.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Adopt Ordinance No. 09-03 amending the 2009-2010 Budget.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
 
OTHER BUSINESS:
 
Councilmember Absences:
Mayor Pearman’s absence was excused.
 
Planning Schedule: 
City Manager Rich Conrad distributed a revised Planning Schedule calendar to the Council.
 
Board Appointments:
There were no appointments.
 
Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Bassett reported on citizen comments regarding Allied garbage service stoppages due to inclement weather.  He reported that negotiations are in process for services during these time periods.
 
Councilmember Bassett complimented Pete Mayer for the help he has provided in getting him involved in serving the community of Mercer Island.
 
Councilmember Grady reported on a proposal for upgrading transmission grid to smart grid, electrification of infrastructure for plug-in vehicles and community-wide energy and water efficiency and conservation as well as renewable markets in local government.
 
Councilmember Litzow reported on his attendance at ETP.  He reported that the region is split on the tolling issue.  He also personally thanked Pete Mayer for his service to the City.  He also thanked Pete for his service to the City.
 
City Manager Conrad reported that Suburban Cities Association decided not to take an official position on tolling.
 
Councilmember Grausz reported that Mayor Pearman has asked that staff to include the traffic light proposal as well as the Citizen Panel’s recommendation when the Island Crest Way/Merrimount intersection proposal/report comes back to the Council.
 
Councilmember Grausz referred to a staff report on staff hours on Open Conservancy Trust as requested by the Council.
 
 
Adjournment:          9:24 pm
 
 

 

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