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City Council - Agenda     
Monday, June 15, 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, Dan Grausz, Mike Grady, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present.
 
 
Mayor Pearman complimented and congratulated the Mercer Island High School 2009 graduating class.
 
City Manager Rich Conrad introduced and welcomed James Mason the new Deputy City Manager.  
 
 
Appearances:
 
Jim Kelly, Executive Director of 4Culture (King County’s arts heritage, preservation and public art agency), spoke about 4Culture’s support of Youth Theatre Northwest and its importance in the community.  He encouraged the Council to also support Youth Theatre Northwest.
 
Jason King, 4128 93rd Avenue SE, reminded the Council that the Mercer Island Farmers Market opening day is on Sunday, June 21.
 
Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, spoke about the safety of the Island Crest Way and Merrimount intersection. He is concerned that staff has identified the intersection as most dangerous, but the Council is not including it in the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). He believes is should be included in TIP to be consistent with Comprehensive Plan.  He suggested eliminating the water feature project in the Town Center and use the funds to install a traffic signal at the intersection.
 
Hillary Benson, 7344 Island Crest Way, is concerned that the Council justified spending $990,000 on ballfields improvements.  She doesn’t believe that baseball fields are a critical issue on Mercer Island as they are not safety or a quality of life issue and that the lobby for that group is very vocal. She thinks that if the Council reconsidered the money for the ballfields, families would understand.
 
The following citizens (parents, youth, theater-goers, etc) spoke in favor of the City Council supporting Youth Theatre Northwest with a one-time contribution of $20,000 (from the City's 1% for the Arts in Public Places fund).  They spoke about the impact Youth Theatre Northwest has had on them individually and regionally as a place that fosters opportunities for youth to grow, to be mentored and to mentor, develop public speaking skills, meet others they would otherwise not have met and to create lifelong friendships:
 
 

  • Phil Flash (3005 69th Ave SE)
  • John Gordon Hill (8915 SE 56th Street)
  • Rosita Romero (9825 SE 40th Street)
  • Rhiannon Batson (6907 96th Avenue SE)
  • Lila Shyam (8405 SE 34th Place)
  • Nate Lessler (610 33rd Avenue, Seattle)
  • Paul Iano (4180 West Mercer Way)
  • Vivian Jung (9300 SE 68th Street)
  • Joe Iano (4180 West Mercer Way)
  • Kyle Kolton (8871 SE 72nd Place)
  • Bryce Kolton (8871 SE 72nd Place)
  • Derek Poppe (5710 West Mercer Way)
  • Carrie Smith (Bellevue resident)
  • Teresa Hamp (3869 82nd Ave SE)
  • Tiffani Jung (9300 SE 68th Street)
  • Howard Jess (4336 East Mercer Way)
  • Michael Gagliardo (7 Lake Bellevue Drive, Bellevue)
  • Robin Parkinson (7646 North Mercer Way)

 
MINUTES:
 
(1)        It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of June 1, 2009 as amended.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Cero; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Amend Page 2, Item 4, AB 4432: Public Hearing: 2010-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) as follows:
Council further directed staff to include a discussion of street conditions and how resurfacing is planned and financed in the TIP.
1st motion to amend passed 7-0.
 
It was moved by Deputy Mayor Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Amend Page 1, CALL TO ORDER as follows:
Deputy Mayor El Jahncke Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.  Mayor Jim Pearman arrived shortly thereafter to chair the remainder of the meeting.
2nd motion to amend passed 7-0.
 
Main motion passed 7-0.
 
 
Consent Calendar:
 
Councilmember Grausz moved AB 4429: Sub-Basin 26 Phase II Watercourse Stabilization Project Bid Award to the second item of Regular Business.
 
(2)        Payables: $518,337.91                                        Payroll: $611,062.17
 
(4)        AB 4436            Interlocal Agreement for Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network
Motion: Authorize the Maintenance Director to sign the interlocal agreement for the Intrastate Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN).
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion passed 7-0.
 
 
Regular Business:
 
(5)        AB 4440            City Arts Fund Contribution to Youth Theatre Northwest
 
Interim Parks and Recreation Director Manny Ocampo presented a recommendation to the City Council to support Youth Theatre Northwest with a one-time contribution of $20,000 from the City's 1% for the Arts in Public Places fund.  He noted that this recommendation is predicated on the fact that Mercer Island City Code 4.40.976(B) allows the Council to direct unexpended 1% for the Arts Fund resources to be transferred to the general fund, but it does not otherwise allow these funds to be spent on performance arts.
 
Manny Cawaling, Executive Director of Youth Theatre Northwest, told the story of Youth Theatre Northwest and explained their current need for financial support.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Bassett; seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:  
Direct $20,000 in unexpended funds from the City's 1% for the Arts in Public Places fund be moved to the general fund and authorize the City Manager to sign the Agreement with Youth Theatre Northwest which provides a one-time contribution of $20,000.
  
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:  
Amend the previous motion as follows:
Direct $37,000 in unexpended funds from the City's 1% for the Arts in Public Places fund be moved to the general fund and authorize the City Manager to sign the Agreement with Youth Theatre Northwest which provides a one-time contribution of $37,000.
 
It was moved by Deputy Mayor Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Cero to:  
Amend the previous motion as follows:
Eliminate subsections (a) through (h) of Section 2(A) in the agreement to remove any mandates for Youth Theatre Northwest.
2nd motion to amend failed 0-7.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Cero; seconded by Deputy Mayor Jahncke to:  
Remove subsections (a) through (h) of Section 2(A) in the agreement and add the following language:
“Mercer Island Youth and Family Services will reserve to opportunity distribute $20,000 worth of tickets over ten years.”
3rd motion to amend failed 2-5 (Proponents of motion: Councilmember Cero and Deputy Mayor Jahncke).
 
1st motion to amend passed 4-3 (Councilmember Cero, Deputy Mayor Jahncke and Mayor Pearman dissented).
 
Main motion passed 6-1 (Councilmember Cero dissented).
 
 
(3)        AB 4429            Sub-Basin 26 Phase II Watercourse Stabilization Project Bid Award
 
Council asked questions about the low bids and costs associated with the project.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:  
Award the Sub-Basin 26 Watercourse Stabilization Project to Restoration Logistics, LLC in the amount of $256,072, set the total project budget at $494,545, and direct staff to administer the construction contract and congratulate staff for a job well done.
Motion passed 7-0.
 
(6)        AB 4437            Interlocal with MISD for School Based Counseling Services
                                       
It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Deputy Mayor Jahncke to:  
Authorize the City Manager to sign the 2009-2010 Interlocal Agreement for Counseling Services with the Mercer Island School District.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Cero; seconded by Councilmember Grausz to
Decrease the District’s share by $60, 000 and increase the City’s share by $60,000.
1st motion to amend failed 1-6 (Proponent of motion: Councilmember Cero).
 
Main motion passed 7-0.
 
 
(8)        AB 4441            Interim Financing for Emergency Well Construction (2nd Reading)
 
Finance Director Chip Corder presented the bond ordinance for interim financing for emergency water supply well construction at Rotary Park.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:  
Adopt Ordinance No. 09-07, authorizing the issuance of a $1,015,000 limited tax general obligation bond to finance the construction, equipping, and initial operating costs of an emergency water supply well at Rotary Park.
Motion passed 7-0.
 
 
(9)        AB 4435            Emergency Water Supply Well Facility at Rotary Park Construction Project Bid Award
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:  
Award the Emergency Water Supply Well Facility at Rotary Park to Equity Builders, LLC in the amount of $453,165.75, set the total project budget at $812,000 and direct staff to administer the construction contract.
Motion passed 7-0.
 
 
(7)        AB 4439            Adoption of 2010-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
 
Transportation Manager Nick Afzali presented the 2010-2015 Transportation Improvement Program for adoption including the change to add an East Mercer Way Roadside Shoulder Improvement Project from SE 53rd Place to SE 54th Street to the 2009 and 2010 Transportation Plan.  Funding will come from $148,000 transferred to the Street Fund as part of the 2008 year-end transfer and $22,000 from existing Street Fund balance.
 
Regarding the Council’s direction from the June 1, 2009 meeting to calculate and include a 5% administrative overhead cost to projects in the TIP, staff requested that the Council re-visit the overhead calculation issue before the mid-biennial budget review in November 2009 as implementing the overhead calculation change across all CIP projects will have the unintended consequence of increasing the total amount of administrative overhead charged to the CIP.
 
It was moved by Deputy Mayor Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:  
Adopt the 2010-2015 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
 
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:  
Add an asterisk to Project C5 [ICW and SE 44th/Merrimount Intersection Improvements] and have the note read $500,000 as been set aside to address the issue referred to in Project C5 pending further Council action.
1st motion to amend passed 7-0.
 
It was moved by Councilmember Cero; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:  
Move Project F8 [Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program Development] for $50,000 from 2011 to 2010.
2nd motion to amend failed 2-5 (Proponents of motion: Councilmember Cero and Grady).
 
Main motion passed 7-0.
 
 
OTHER BUSINESS:
 
Councilmember Absences:
There were no absences.
 
Planning Schedule:  
Mayor Pearman reviewed the agenda for the Mini-Planning Session on June 20, 2009.
City Manager Conrad reviewed the July 6 Council Meeting Agenda.
 
Board Appointments:
It was moved by Deputy Mayor Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:  
Confirm the Mayor’s 2009 Board & Commission appointments as follows:
 
Arts Council
Kevin Curry, Position 7, Term 2013
 
Building Board of Appeals
Jon Friedman, Position 3, Term 2012
Steve Showalter, Position 5, Term 2012
 
 
Design Commission
Emmett Maloof, Position 5, Term 2013
Bert Loosmore, Position 6, Term 2013
 
Open Space Conservancy Trust
Elliot Newman, Position 5, Term 2013
Peter Guyer, Position 7, Term 2013
 
Planning Commission
Kirsten White, Position 5, Term 2013
 
Senior Commission
Alanna Burdell, Position 1, Term 2013
 
Utility Board
David Laub, Position 3, Term 2013
John Ewald, Position 4, Term 2013
Rob Sexton, Position 5, Term 2013
Glynda Steiner, Position 7, Term 2010
 
Youth & Family Services Advisory Board
Aaron Kornblum, Position 1, Term 2012
Lora Ford, Position 2, Term 2012
Carrie Newman, Position 3, Term 2012
Louise Berman, Position 4, Term 2012
Daniel Offer, Position 5, Term 2010
Victor Lau, Term 2010
Andrea Hatsukami, Term 2011
Julia Davis, Term 2011
Leo Phillips, Term 2011
Anna Phillips, Term 2011
Nick Medlock, Term 2011
 
Motion passed 7-0.
 
Councilmember Reports:
There were no reports.
 
 
Adjournment:          10:19 pm
 
 

 

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