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Monday, March 07, 2005

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:07 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, Steve Litzow, Jim Pearman (arrived 6:47 pm), and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. Councilmember El Jahncke was absent.

Study Session

AB 3963: Cable Franchise
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds and City Attorney Londi Lindell detailed the City’s current franchise with Comcast, which is to expire at the end of June 2005, and asked the Council to consider and discuss the following issues:
  • The term of the franchise
  • Public Education Government (PEG) Channels (Channel 21 for the City of Mercer Island)
  • The location of the head end (the location where programming is inserted into the system, currently located at the Mercer Island High School) and if it should be moved
  • The possibility of establishing an I-Net (a fiber optic infrastructure for government purposes)

Recognition

Mayor Merkle recognized City Clerk Allison Spietz as she achieved her designation as a Certified Municipal Clerk.

Appearances

Sally Culverwell, 7406 92nd Place SE and Alanna Burdell, 3616 73rd Ave SE, asked the Mayor to appoint a Councilmember to the Mercer Island Senior Council. The Mayor stated that he would look into it.

James Swan, 4515 West Mercer Way, asked the Council to have the City Attorney review the code compliance violation of the woodshed on his property.

Bob Thorpe, 5800 West Mercer Way, recommended stronger language in the Comp Plan regarding semi-private organizations.

Jim Hunt, 12817 97th Avenue NE, Kirkland, feels that the Council has not treated the bicycle community with respect during the Council meetings. He also encouraged the Council to develop a safe route for cyclists in front of the Sound Transit Park-and-Ride.

Jessica Moser, 2920 76th Avenue SE, expressed concern with the Albertson’s signage and signage in all of the Town Center regarding unlimited number of brands per signs.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 972,144.27  
Payrolls: $ 453,962.87

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

Regular Business

AB 3964 Report Back on Design Alternatives for North Mercer Way Adjacent to Sound Transit Park-and-Ride Project
City Engineer Patrick Yamashita gave background information on the reconfiguration of North Mercer Way in conjunction with the development of the Sound Transit Park-and-Ride on Mercer Island. Eric Beckman, Sound Transit’s Project Manager and Katy Chaney of URS presented the different options that were studied for North Mercer Way and recommended a preferred configuration.

After Council discussion the following motion was made:

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

Direct Staff to work with Sound Transit to put a bike lane on SE 24th Street from 78th Avenue SE to 84th Ave SE and on 81st Avenue SE from North Mercer Way to SE 24th Street.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 3-2 (Mayor Merkle and Councilmember Pearman dissented. Deputy Mayor Cairns abstained.).

AB 3966 Public Hearing: Planning Commission Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments (2nd Reading)
Principal Planner Gabe Snedeker reviewed the changes that were made to the Comp Plan since the last Council meeting and highlighted a few sections of the Transportation, Utilities and Capital Facilities elements.

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing.

Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, 4212 West Mercer Way, presented a letter from citizens regarding sustainability not being a part of the Comprehensive Plan.

Fred Glick, 7644 SE 41St Street, asked the Council to include sustainability in the Comp Plan and carefully study how it can improve Mercer Island for generations to come.

Callie Ridolfi, 3432 72nd Avenue SE, stated that sustainability needs to be integrated throughout the Comp Plan and there needs to be a focus on reliability.

Peter Donaldson, 3635 88th Avenue SE, endorses sustainability language in the Mercer Island Comp Plan.

Tom Donahue, 2284 78th Avenue SE, spoke regarding specific streets that are detailed in the Comp Plan. He asked the Council to include language that is more specific in regards to King County’s six-year transportation plan and Sound Transit’s long-range plan. He also suggested inclusion of the intent to establish a Mercer Island Transportation Commission.

Lisa Belden, 8453 SE 63rd Street, asked the Council to keep the original language of section 8.1 of the Transportation element regarding the I-90 Memorandum of Agreement.

Eric Beckes, 8030 Avalon Place, suggested language for section 3.11 of the Housing element to allow for compact courtyard housing on Mercer Island.

Myer Colvile, 3051 84th Avenue SE, expressed his concern with the statistics about the Town Center in the article in the Seattle Times on Sunday, March 6.

Joy Tompson, 8400 SE 33rd Place, asked the Council to better inform citizens of Council proceedings. She stated the cell tower shed in Clise Park looks great.

Sue Stewart, 3205 84th Avenue SE, stated that if there is going to be an “overlay zone” in residential neighborhoods that is should be mentioned in the Comp Plan. She requested that a separate EIS is done for the Sewer Lake Line project if it goes into Luther Burbank Park.

Marguerite Sutherland, 5425 96th Avenue SE, expressed concern regarding the lack of citizen input for Town Center development. She feels that the Comp Plan is lengthy and that there is not enough time to review it.

The Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

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

Strike first bullet under 4.1 of the Transportation Element.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 2-4 (Councilmembers Litzow and Goldmanis were proponents of the motion.).

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

Strike 4.5 from the Transportation Element.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 2-4 (Councilmembers Litzow and Goldmanis were proponents of the motion.).

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

Strike 6.7 from the Transportation Element.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 2-4 (Councilmembers Litzow and Goldmanis were proponents of the motion.).

It was the consensus of the Council to amend 8.1 of the Transportation Element to read:
“8.1 The I-90 Memorandum of Agreement was amended in 2004. dated December 21, 1976 (“MOA”) provides that the I-90 center roadway shall be used only for transit, high occupancy vehicles and Mercer Island single occupancy traffic. The contractual rights of access set forth in the MOA are necessary to address Mercer Island’s unique access constraints to the region’s transportation system. Any future modification to such access for Mercer Island traffic must comply with the terms and conditions of the MOA, as amended, and must properly mitigate the impacts of any reduction in Mercer Island traffic mobility and capacity, as set forth in Resolution No. 1337.”

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

Strike Goal 12, 12.1, 12.2 and 12.3 from the Transportation Element.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 2-4 (Councilmembers Litzow and Goldmanis were proponents of the motion.).

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

Retain language of last sentence on Page 17 (CBD, and adjacent to the Metro Park and Ride) of the Transportation Element.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 2-4 (Councilmembers Litzow and Goldmanis were proponents of the motion.).

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

Strike “to encourage travel by non-motorized vehicles” from the 6th paragraph under C. Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities on Page 21 of the Transportation Plan.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

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

Remove the bottom row of Table 6 on page 36 of the Transportation Plan.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

It was moved by Mayor Merkle; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Add the language “but not limited to” after “such projects should include” to section 3.11 on Page 19 of the Housing Element.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 3-3 (Mayor Merkle, Councilmembers Goldmanis and Pearman were proponents of the motion.).

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Jahncke was excused from the meeting. Jim Pearman will be absent from the May 2, 2005 Meeting.

Planning Schedule:
The Joint Meeting with the MISD will be on April 5th.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment to Executive Session:
At 11:27 pm to discuss personnel matters according to RCW 42.30.110 for approximately 30 minutes. After the executive session the following motion was made:

It was moved by Mayor Merkle; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Enter into a 2005 agreement with City Manager Rich Conrad for employment services, as amended by modifying the performance payment to be not to exceed 7 ½% of base salary if he achieves or substantially exceeds certain performance goals.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

Adjournment: Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at 12:17 am

[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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