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City Council - Agenda     
Monday, April 20, 2009

Call To Order:
 
Acting Mayor Dan Grausz called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.
 
 
Roll Call:
 
Councilmembers Bruce Bassett, Mike Cero, Mike Grady and Acting Mayor Dan Grausz were present. Councilmember Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were absent.
 
 
Special Business:
 
(1)        Day of Play Proclamation
 
Acting Mayor Grausz read a proclamation declaring September 26, 2009 a “Day of Play” on Mercer Island and he encouraged citizens to support efforts to bring awareness of play and the outdoor environment through playspaces and playgrounds in their communities and neighborhoods for the well-being of this and future generations.
 
 
Appearances:
 
Frank Morrison, 8545 SE 45th Street, spoke about the Island Crest Way/Merrimount intersection.  He is concerned that is has taken 6 years to get this point.  He also spoke about going back to basics and focusing on the original mission of reviewing the intersection because of the high frequency and severity of accidents there.
 
Robert Clark, 4319 86th Avenue SE, requested that the Council implement a sexual discrimination policy that is publicly stated and available on-line, concerning what behavior is expected and how violations will be dealt with.
 
Tara Johnson, 2438 62nd Avenue SE, spoke about the process of Tent City coming to Mercer Island.  She presented emails to the Council regarding issues and incidents during Tent City’s stay. She stated that after reviewing City emails through a public records request, 88% of the emails were not in support Tent City.
 
Ann Marie Krivens, 7236 78th Avenue SE, on behalf of the Pixie Hill Preschool Board, thanked the Council for adopting the ordinance changing the City code regarding preschools and day care facilities.
 
Jayne Judd, 2511 71st Avenue SE, spoke about her daughter’s community service project to raise money for homeless teens.  She stated that she is against Tent City and that the philosophy and work of the Orion Center (homeless teen center) is a better way to provide for the homeless.
 
Tamara Nedell, 4621 Island Crest Way, asked the Council to consider the residents that live on Island Crest Way when making the final decision on the Island Crest Way/Merrimount intersection.  
 
Eva Zemplenyi, 6188 92nd Avenue SE, urged the Council to put a light at the Island Crest Way/Merrimount intersection.  She would like to see the plan for the light in the Transportation Improvement Plan even if current funding is not available.
 
Betty Harper, 4651 Forest Avenue SE, spoke about the research she has done regarding the Island Crest Way/Merrimount intersection by looking at past Transportation Improvement Plans.  She expressed concern about the changes in recommendations for the intersection as it is such a dangerous location.
 
John Morse, 7827 Westwood Lane, is not sure that the” road diet” will be the safest option for the Island Crest Way/Merrimount intersection.  He also thinks that the less expensive solution right now may cost more in the long run if it is not the right option.
 
 
MINUTES:
 
(2)        It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of April 6, 2009 as written.
Motion passed 4-0.
 
 
Consent Calendar:
 
(3)        Payables: $378,343.14               Payroll: $612,114.26
 
It was moved by Councilmember Bassett; seconded by Councilmember Cero to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion passed 4-0.
 
 
Regular Business:
 
(4)        AB 4410            ARCH 2009 Work Program and Budget
 
Development Services Director Steve Lancaster introduced Arthur Sullivan, Executive Director of A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) presented the ARCH work program and budget for 2009.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Cero to:
Approve the ARCH 2009 Work Program and Administrative Budget.
Motion passed 4-0.
 
 
(4)        AB 4419            Preschool and Day Care Facilities Code Amendments (2nd Reading)
 
Development Services Director Steve Lancaster presented amendments to the Mercer Island City Code regarding home based day care and preschool uses and day care and preschool facilities co-located with an established conditional use for a second reading and adoption.  He highlighted changes that the Council requested at the April 6, 2009 Council Meeting to provide an option for lessening parking restrictions and ensuring adequate drop-off/pick-up areas.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Adopt Ordinance No. 09C-04 regarding Day Care Facilities as reflected by Exhibit 1 to AB 4419.
Motion passed 4-0.
 
 
(5)        AB 4418            Set Public Hearing Date for 2010-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
 
Transportation Manager Nick Afzali and City Engineer Patrick Yamashita presented the preliminary draft 2010-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to the Council.  The TIP is a planning tool used to identify specific projects that work together to maintain, preserve, and maximize use of the existing citywide roadway and trail systems while balancing revenue and expenditures within the Street Fund through programming and phasing construction of projects.
 
Following the staff presentation and Council discussion, staff was directed to:
  • Review whether or not the money set aside for the Sewer Lake Line Project (originally from excess REET funds and a General fund surplus) can be reprogrammed or transferred to the Street Fund (possibly for the East Mercer Way shoulders project or the ICW/Merrimount project).
  • Review the administrative overhead as it relates to the size of the TIP: should it be increased by a percentage every year or should another formula be developed to tie the administrative costs to the projects in the TIP.
  • Provide briefing on federal stimulus funding opportunities for City projects (to be provided outside of the TIP process)
  • Determine if the currently proposed funding level for the PBF Gap Completion project should be ramped up or remain flat.
  • Review projects in the TIP (especially certain residential streets) for ways to incorporate low-impact development techniques where easily done, possibly a demonstration project.
  • Provide a cost estimate for one electric vehicle charging station at City Hall. Determine if REET or gas tax revenues can be used for this purpose.
  • Estimate the cost of a smaller shoulder project for East Mercer Way (possibly SE 53rd St to SE 54th Street).
 
The following concepts were discussed, but the Council decided to not have staff pursue them:
  • Consider a placeholder in the TIP for an additional light on SE 27th Street at 80th Ave SE.
  • Bring ICW/Merrimount intersection back as part of June 1st TIP public hearing for a decision in order to apply for grants (grant applications are due June 1st).  
  • Determine whether or not the Town Center Traffic Signals project is still a high priority or if the timing should be reconsidered.
 
Staff informed the Council that some of these requests may not fall into the realm of the TIP, due to funding regulations, but would be responded to through other more appropriate programs.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Set the Public Hearing for the preliminary draft of 2010-2015 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for June 1, 2009.
Motion passed 4-0.
 
 
OTHER BUSINESS:
 
Councilmember Absences:
Mayor Pearman, Deputy Mayor Jahncke, Councilmember Litzow’s absences were excused.
 
Planning Schedule:  
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Cero to:
Add, to the Study Session and as a Regular Business agenda item on May 4th, the discussion concerning the Puget Sound New Energy Solutions regional proposal for stimulus funding and potential competitive funding for three areas: clean mobility, community energy efficiency and implementation of a smart grid on Mercer Island.
Motion passed 4-0.
 
Councilmember Cero asked about the process for naming a cove (Riley Cove) and how to inform the community of such naming. This item was added the May 4th agenda.
 
Board Appointments:
There were no appointments.
 
Councilmember Reports:
Acting Mayor Grausz announced that Jim Trombold passed away last week.  He spoke about Jim’s involvement in the Mercer Island community and that he was the 2007 Citizen of the Year.
Councilmember Bassett reported that the Arts Council will come back to the Council to ask for to support Youth Theatre Northwest.
Councilmember Bassett noted that Wednesday (April 22) is Earth Day and that the Green Ribbon Task Force meeting from 6-8 pm at the Community Center at Mercer View.
Interim Deputy City Manager Manny Ocampo spoke about the success of the 2nd Annual Leap for Green event over the past weekend. He congratulated staff and community groups who did a fantastic job.
Acting Mayor Grausz spoke about the Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station this past weekend.
 
 
Adjournment:          9:52 pm
 
 

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