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Monday, February 07, 2005

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:10 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns, City Councilmembers Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Jim Pearman, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Study Session

AB 3954: Luther Burbank Community Visioning Process
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds introduced Margaret Norton-Arnold who delivered the final report to the Council regarding the public involvement and community visioning process for Luther Burbank Park.

Ms. Norton-Arnold and Kristin Anderson form Norton-Arnold & Company and Guy Michelson from The Berger Partnership detailed their recommendations for Luther Burbank Park and they explained the public involvement process that was used. They also described the community design guidelines that provide a framework for a sustainable Luther Burbank legacy - moving far beyond the next few years and creating a vision for many future generations of park users. The Study Session was adjourned at 7:06 pm. The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:40 pm.

Public Safety Update

Public Safety Director Ron Elsoe updated the Council on the two incidents that occurred on February 1, 2005 on Mercer Island, a car chase and shooting and a burglary and shooting. He commended the Police department on their work and follow-up that led to arrests in both cases. He also thanked the surrounding justifications for their help and support during and after the incidents.

Appearances

Nicole Mason, NextG Networks, a telecommunications company, presented their product that boosts cellular coverage without erecting new towers. Instead they attach small equipment box and 2 foot antennas to existing utility poles.

Jessica Moser, 2920 76th Avenue SE, encouraged the City Council to consider the hazards posed to cyclists on off street transportation corridors versus shared use facilities when discussing the transportation review on vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians.

Cary Concannon, 4523 90th Avenue SE, spoke of an incident where the police department did not respond to her need in a timely manner. She believes that the police department could do better on Mercer Island. Public Safety Director Ron Elsoe stated that he will follow up with Mrs. Concannon’s concerns.

Minutes

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Deputy Mayor Cairns to:

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of January 18, 2005 as written.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,792,854.39  
Payrolls: $ 449,397.90 (1/21/2005) $ 434,202.81 (2/4/2005)

AB 3944: Street End Improvements Closeout
AB 3953: Basin #10 Project Closeout
AB 3947: Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Police Association
AB 3950: Approve Early Purchase of Police Patrol Car Radios

It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Councilmember Pearman to:

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Regular Business

AB 3957: Public Hearing: Luther Burbank Community Visioning Process
The Mayor opened the Public Hearing at 8:08 pm.

Jim Trombold, 4851 88th Place SE, complimented the Council and Staff on the public process. He thought it was very wise to have a maintenance levy to get on top of the work and to give citizens a chance to reflect and comment on the future of Luther Burbank.

Lynn Hagerman, 3058 61st Avenue SE, thanked Council and staff for going through a public visioning process for Luther Burbank. She believes that the City should continue the process in a public and open matter and move ahead with a master plan for the park.

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Avenue SE, stated that she would advocate for the “handkerchief fleet”, sailing lessons for youth.

Robert Thorpe, 5800 West Mercer Way, complimented the City on the public involvement process and the report. He suggested using citizen groups to advise the Council and stated that a full EIS is not required only a SEPA.

Joy Thompson, 8400 SE 33rd Place, urged the Council to protect Luther Burbank Park and keep it in its most natural condition. She suggested using cell towers revenues as a possible fund source. She asked that parking does not get expanded and no more roads are built.

Sue Stewart, 3205 84th Avenue SE, asked the Council why a natural park should sustain itself financially. She also stated that citizens need full public disclosure regarding Luther Burbank and that if significant changes are going to be made they should go to a vote of the citizens.

Marguerite Sutherland, 6425 96th Avenue SE, spoke representing Friends of Luther Burbank. She stated that Luther Burbank should not be self-sustaining, they City should continue environmental protection, the pea patch should be preserved, and if significant changes are going to be made they should go to a vote of the citizens.

Diane VanDerBeek, 8715 West Mercer Way, asked the Council why Luther Burbank has to be self-sustaining. She was concerned that there was only two hours of public testimony regarding Luther Burbank.

Carolyn Boatsman, 3210 74th Avenue SE, generally supports the design guidelines but is concerned that the covered tennis courts and spray park were not supported by those at the workshops and believes they should be taken out of the guidelines.

Myer Coval, 3051 84th Avenue SE, is concerned with the ideas that Luther Burbank should be revenue neutral. He suggested renting out the Admin Building to create revenue for the City.

The Mayor closed the Public Hearing at 8:43 pm.

Council discussion ensued.

AB 3955: Transportation Review – Vehicles, Bicycles, and Pedestrians
Public Safety Director Ron Elsoe, Operations Commander Ed Holmes, Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher, Development Services Director Richard Hart, and City Engineer Patrick Yamashita presented an outline of the study that City staff has been conducting for the past several months on traffic, traffic accidents and shared use of the roadways between vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.

Following discussion of the Public Safety Committee’s recommendations the Council directed staff to draft legislation to (1) require single-file bike-riding on the island, (2) require permits for packs of cyclists, (3) prohibit parking on East, West and North Mercer Way and (4) limit the speed or ban bicyclists on the I-90 path. Staff will also bring their analysis and recommendation of each of these back to the Council.

(THIS SECTION WAS AMENDED AT THE FEBRUARY 22, 2005 COUNCIL MEETING TO READ:
Following discussion of the Public Safety Committee’s recommendations the Council directed staff to draft legislation proposals to address (1) requireeing single-file bike-riding on the island, (2) requireing permits for packs of cyclists, (3) prohibiting parking on East, West and North Mercer Way and (4) limiting the speed or baning bicyclists on the I-90 path. Staff will also bring their analysis and recommendation of each of these back to the Council. )

AB 3956: Island Crest Way Improvements Closeout (no presentation)
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Accept the completed Island Crest Way Resurfacing project and authorize staff to close out the contract in accordance with AB 3956 adding bollards to the sidewalk.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Jahncke will be absent March 7, 2005

Planning Schedule:
There will be a joint meeting with the school board on April 5th
The April 4th Council Meeting will be cancelled.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Topics to be discussed at the 2005 City Council Retreat on April 1- 3, 2005: Boys & Girls Club, Luther Burbank Process, and Funding for LEOFF 1.

Adjournment: 10:36 pm

[Important Note: The proceedings of the City Council meeting were recorded on tape and are filed in the City Clerk's Office. The complete agenda and official minutes of this meeting are also filed in the City Clerk's office.]

 

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