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City Council - Agenda     
Monday, May 18, 2009

Call To Order:
 
Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 7:03 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, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present. Councilmember Steve Litzow was absent.
 
 
SPECIAL BUSINESS:
 
(1)        Resolution of Appreciation & Commendation for Bill Chapman
 
Steve Lancaster introduced outgoing Planning Commission Chair Bill Chapman and summarized Mr. Chapmanís service to Mercer Island.
 
Mayor Jim Pearman read a resolution of appreciation and commendation for Bill Chapman, thanking him for his eight years of service to the Mercer Island community as a member and chair of the Planning Commission.
 
Eastside Leadership Day Proclamation
 
Mayor Jim Pearman read a proclamation declaring May 27, 2009, Leadership Eastside Day in the City of Mercer Island and urged all citizens to celebrate Leadership Eastside Day and to engage their fellow citizens in discussions important to our region.
 
Honoring Mercer Island Eagle Scouts
 
Mayor Jim Pearman recognized and praised the leadership of the Mercer Island Eagle Scouts.  The Council read the accomplishments of each Eagle Scout and presented each with a certificate of recognition.
 
 
Appearances:
 
Robert Clark, 4319 86th Avenue SE, submitted a letter to the Council regarding various safety concerns related to traffic and pedestrians.
 
 
MINUTES:
 
(2)        It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of May 4, 2009 as written.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
 
Consent Calendar:
 
Councilmember Grausz moved AB 4421: Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Mercer Island Professional Firefighters Association (IAFF Local #1762) to the first item of Regular Business.
 
(3)        Payables:   $1,194,807.54 (5/6/09)                       Payroll:    $606,645.27
                              $1,871,160.01 (5/14/09)
           
(5)        AB 4412            2009 Interlocal Agreement for Waterfowl Management
Motion: Approve the 2009 Interlocal Agreement for Waterfowl (Canada Goose) Management.
 
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 4421            Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Mercer Island Professional Firefighters Association (IAFF Local #1762)
 
Councilmember Grausz and Grady and Mayor Pearman expressed their appreciation for the firefighters and City working together to come to a fair agreement.  Councilmember Cero expressed concern about language related to the cost of living adjustment.
                                   
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:  
Authorize the City Manager to sign the collective bargaining agreement with the Mercer Island Professional Firefighters Association (IAFF Local #1762) for the period of January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2011.
Motion passed 5-1 (Councilmember Cero dissented).
 
 
(6)        AB 4427            Farmerís Market Grant Request
 
DSG Management Analyst Joyce Trantina introduced Jason King, who spoke on behalf of the Farmerís Market requesting a grant from the City to help expand the market for the 2009 season.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Cero to:
Appropriate $2,500 from the Beautification Fund for a local grant to Island Vision to cover costs associated with the expansion of the 2009 Farmerís Market.
Motion passed 5-0-1 (Councilmember Bassett abstained).
 
 
(7)        AB 4425            First Quarter 2009 Financial Status Report & 2009-2010 Budget Adjustments
 
Finance Director Chip Corder presented the First Quarter 2009 Financial Status Report and a 2009-2010 budget amending ordinance to the Council.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Suspend the City Council Rules of Procedure 5.2
Motion passed 5-1 (Councilmember Cero dissented).
 
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Adopt the amended version of the Cityís 2009-2010 Investment Earnings Budget Policy contained in Exhibit 2 of AB 4425.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
Councilmember Cero and Deputy Mayor Jahncke expressed concern with the Council reviewing the original budget versus the amended budget when approving future budget amendments.  City Manager Conrad and Finance Director Corder will provide information regarding this at the Councilís mini-planning session in June.
 
 
 
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Adopt Ordinance No. 09-05, amending the 2009-2010 Budget.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
(8)        AB 4426            2008 Year-End Transfer Recommendation
 
Finance Director Chip Corder provided a recommendation regarding the disposition of the 2008 year-end transfer of:
 

  • $213,884 available funds in the General Fund
  • $135,513 available funds in the Capital Reserve Fund

 
Following discussion Council directed staff to:
 

  • Retain $27,000 in the General Fund for winter storm clean-up costs and public records requests;
  • Transfer $176,500 from the General Fund to the Contingency Fund to reach $2.34 million target;
  • Transfer $12,384 from the General Fund to the Street Fund as real estate excise tax (REET) revenue backfill; and
  • Transfer $135,513 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the Street Fund as REET backfill.

 
Councilmember Cero expressed concern regarding the request for $15,000 for public records request support.  Council directed staff to provide an estimate of time spent on records requests.  Councilmember Cero requested to spend an hour with the City Clerk and City Attorney regarding public records requests.
 
 
OTHER BUSINESS:
 
Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Litzowís absence was excused.
Councilmember Grady will be absent June 1, 2009.
 
Planning Schedule:  
Council will hold a mini-planning session on June 20, 2009.
 
Board Appointments:
It was moved by Councilmember Bassett; seconded by Deputy Mayor Jahncke to:
Appoint Sara Liberty-Laylin (Position 6, expiring May 2012), Fred Poyner IV (Position 1, expiring May 2011) and Mary Ann Huhs (Position 8, expiring May 2013) to the Arts Council.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Cero; seconded by Deputy Mayor Jahncke to:
Amend the previous motion to include:
Appoint Peter Bailey (Position 2, expiring May 2013), Eve-Gail Green (Position 3, expiring May 2013) and Sid Weiner (Position 4, expiring May 2010) to the Senior Commission.
Motion passed 6-0.
 
Main motion passed 6-0.
 
Councilmember Reports:
There were no reports.
 
 
EXECUTIVE SESSIOn:
 
The City Council, City Attorney Katie Knight and City Manager Rich Conrad convened to Executive Session at 9:00 pm to discuss potential litigation pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) for approximately 30 minutes.
 
At 9:30 pm the Mayor extended the Executive Session for 15 minutes.
 
At 9:47 pm the Mayor extended the Executive Session for 15 minutes.
 
The Executive Session was adjourned at 10:04 pm and the Regular Meeting was reconvened.
 
 
Adjournment:          10:05 pm
 

 

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