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City Council - Agenda     
Monday, October 19, 2009

Call To Order:

 

Deputy Mayor El Jahncke 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 Mike Cero, Mike Grady, Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman (arrived 6:50 pm) were present. Councilmember Bruce Bassett was absent.

 

 

study session:

 

(1)        AB 4474            Development Fees

 

Development Services Director Steve Lancaster presented information to the Council regarding development fees. He explained that the policy of the City regarding building and land use permit fees has been to move towards recovering the full cost of services for private land development, with a specific goal of 65% cost recovery being established in 2000 and that in subsequent years the City Council established the budget goal of achieving full cost recovery by 2011-2012. 

 

He presented results from staff’s that indicate that development permit fees recovered about 94%, or all but about $85,000 in DSG only eligible permit costs in 2008.  He indicated that after receiving policy feedback from the City Council, staff intends to:

1)     Determine what “Citywide Indirect Costs” are appropriate and eligible for cost recovery through development permit fees (see discussion under “Other Eligible Costs,” above).

2)     Prepare a proposed modification of our current fee schedule that both addresses the issues discussed under “Potential Additions to Fee Schedule,” above and implements the City Council’s budget policy regarding full cost recovery.

3)     Bring forward a proposed ordinance to modify the fee schedule and change the consumer price index used for annual fee schedule updates.

 

 

The Study Session adjourned at 6:43 pm.  The Regular Meeting began at 7:00 pm.

 

 

Appearances:

 

Police Chief Ed Holmes introduced Mark Kenny, WA State Parks Boating Program Marine Law Enforcement Specialist, who presented Sergeant Keith McDonough with the 2009 Recreational Boating Safety Marine Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.  He spoke about Sergeant McDonough’s accomplishments and commitment to boating education.

 

Councilmember Mike Cero introduced Mercer Island Boy Scouts who were in attendance at the Council meeting to earn their Citizenship in the Community badges.

 

Michael Agather, 3420 79th Ave SE, spoke on behalf of neighbors and friends and thanked the Council for the possible ordinance to prohibit oversized vehicles from parking on the streets.

 

Maretta Holden, 8221 SE 24th Street, spoke about pedestrian versus bicycles on Mercer Island.  She is concerned with traffic behaviors of cyclists and how they affect pedestrians.  She asked the Council to consider the rules of the road for bicyclists.

 

Lucy Copas, 8360 Avalon Drive, thanked the Council for having a briefing on Initiative 1033.

 

Sam Hickman, 8631 SE 63rd Street, spoke about a citizen’s grass roots initiative that is concerned with the Island Crest Way corridor, A Better Corridor.  He spoke about the group studying the traffic engineering data that was available on the possible options for the corridor and the accident data from the Mercer Island Police Department. They also studied other local communities that have looked at reconfiguring roads from 4-lanes to 3-lanes.

 

Kris Kelsey, 4743 Fernridge Lane, asked the C to consider pedestrians when reconfiguring the Island Crest Way corridor.  She stated that right now people cannot walk from east to west between 42nd and 53rd and citizens on west side cannot get to services on the east side without a car.  She asked the Council to look at the corridor as an east-west issue, not north-south. She offered a walking tour to the Council on Island Crest Way.

 

 

MINUTES:

 

(2)        It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Regular Meeting Minutes of September 21, 2009 as written.

Motion passed 6-0.

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

Deputy Mayor Jahncke moved AB 4471: Revised Interlocal Agreement with MISD for Maintenance and Improvements of Certain School District Sports Fields to the first item of Regular Business.

 

(3)        Payables:   $2,065,657.21 (9/17/09)        Payroll:    $625,581.83 (9/25/09)

                              $498,043.68 (9/24/09)                          $618,800.96 (10/9/09)

                              $3,329,245.04 (10/13/09)

 

            It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion passed 6-0.

 

 

Regular Business:

 

(4)        AB 4471            Revised Interlocal Agreement with MISD for Maintenance and Improvements of Certain School District Sports Fields

 

Deputy Mayor Jahncke asked about the changes to the interlocal, specifically the addition of the bid alternative to extend one of the turf fields to the north to accommodate as many other sports as possible and the elimination of the bid alternative for an outfield fence and warning track.

 

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:

Authorize the City Manager to sign and execute the revised interlocal agreement between the City of Mercer Island and the Mercer Island School District for the improvement, scheduling, use and operation of the Mercer Island High School Stadium and other facilities.

Motion passed 6-0.

 

It was moved by Deputy Mayor Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:

Rescind the previous motion.

Motion passed 6-0.

 

It was moved by Deputy Mayor Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:

Authorize the City Manager to sign and execute the revised interlocal agreement between the City of Mercer Island and the Mercer Island School District for Maintenance and Improvements of Certain School District Sports Fields.

Motion passed 6-0.

 

 

(5)        AB 4469            High School Stadium Facility Interlocal Agreement with MISD

 

Interim Parks and Recreation Director Manny Ocampo presented an interlocal agreement with the Mercer Island School District for improvement, scheduling, use and operations of the Mercer Island High School Stadium and other facilities.

 

The Council asked a number of questions concerning stadium use, access by the general public, financing of future turf replacement and the status of grass fields adjacent to the stadium field.

 

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:

Authorize the City Manager to sign and execute the revised interlocal agreement between the City of Mercer Island and the Mercer Island School District for the improvement, scheduling, use and operation of the Mercer Island High School Stadium and other facilities.

 

The Council continued to discuss and debate issues of public access to the stadium. No apparent consensus emerged.

 

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:

Table the previous motion until a meeting determined by the City Manager (after discussions with City and school district staff).

Motion passed 6-0.

 

 

(6)        AB 4475            Initiative 1033 Briefing

 

City Attorney Katie Knight asked the Council to refrain from debate and discussion regarding Finance Director Chip Corder’s informational briefing on Initiative 1033 as RCW 42.17.130 prohibits a public agency from using any public facilities for the promotion of or opposition to any ballot proposition.

 

Finance Director Chip Corder presented information regarding the estimated impact of Initiative 1033 to the City of Mercer Island using a financial impact model developed by the Association of Washington Cities which is based on the State Office of Financial Management’s fiscal impact statement related to Initiative 1033 (for cities only).

 

 

(7)        AB 4470            Oversized Vehicle Parking Ordinance (2nd Reading)

           

Assistant City Attorney Shane Moloney presented revisions to the proposed ordinance which amends the City code to limit parking oversized vehicles on City streets and right-of-way.  He presented four options for the Council to review is response to the Council’s direction at the September 21, 2009 meeting as follows:

·         Option A: boats and trailers under 22 feet and 9 feet are treated as regular vehicles

·         Option B: includes Option A and allows for boat trailers to park during busy boating days

·         Option C: includes Option A and allows parking in front of own property (okay to be over length but not over height) and 72 hour rule still applies

·         Option D: includes Options A, B & C

 

It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Cero to:

Conduct second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 09C-12 (Option D) and add language to section B5, as follows:

5.   Parking of a boat and/or trailer that is no more than 9 feet in height or 27 feet in length in an otherwise legal parking area that fully abuts the lot upon which the registered owner of the boat or trailer resides.

Motion passed 6-0.

 

 

 

 

(8)        AB 4454            Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Ordinance (1st Reading)

 

Deputy City Manager James Mason presented an ordinance amending the Mercer Island City Code Chapter 10.70 to administer and enforce the new requirements of the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law. The state CTR Law requires the state’s largest counties, and the cities within these counties, to develop CTR plans and establish goals for “affected employers” to reduce the vehicle miles traveled by their employees and the number of trips made by employees while driving alone in a motor vehicle. 

 

It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Waive the requirement (City Council Rules of Procedures 5.2) for the second reading Ordinance No. 09C-09.

Motion passed 5-1 (Councilmember Cero dissented).

 

It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Adopt Ordinance No. 09C-09 rescinding Chapter 10.70 MICC and establishing Chapter 10.71 MICC, “Mercer Island Commute Trip Reduction Plan.

Motion passed 6-0.

 

At 9:32 pm the following motions were made:

 

It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Rescind the previous motions.

Motion passed 6-0.

 

It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Set Ordinance No. 09C-09 to second reading on December 2nd, 2009.

Motion passed 6-0.

 

 

(9)        AB 4473            Historic Landmarks: Potential Interlocal Agreement with King County

 

Development Services Director Steve Lancaster provided information to the City Council about the option to pursue an interlocal agreement with King County to provide landmark designation, protection and enhancement services to the community.

 

Following discussion staff was directed discuss with King County the possibility of the interlocal agreement that includes a provision that would allow only the property owner to nominate and designate their own property as historical.  If it is possible, staff will return to the Council with an interlocal agreement, if it is not possible, staff will not return to Council with this item. 

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences:

Councilmember Bassett’s absence was excused.

 

Planning Schedule: 

2010 Council Planning Session will be set for January 16-18 or January 22-24.

Councilmember Grady asked about the Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Plan.

 

Board Appointments:

It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Appoint Pam Rock to Position No. 10 (Expiring May 31, 2010) on the Arts Council.

Motion passed 6-0.

 

Councilmember Reports:

There were no reports.

 

 

 

Adjournment:          9:30 pm



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