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Monday, March 21, 2005

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:30 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.

Special Business

National Volunteer Appreciation Week Proclamation
Mayor Merkle read a proclamation declaring April 17-23, 2005 National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

Appearances

Stowe Sprague, 4553 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island Early Childhood Taskforce, spoke regarding the preschool programs on Mercer Island and the lack of adequate space for the programs; she stated that the demand for preschool and care programs exceeds facility capacity.

Lori Hughes, 7820 SE 71st Street, requested that the Council wait to allocate money to the Boys & Girls Club or Peak until the issue of inadequate space for programs servicing children on the Island under 5 is solved. She also expressed concern about Building B at the Community Center.

Minutes

The Council directed the City Clerk to review the audio tapes of the February 22, 2004 and the March 7, 2004 Council Meetings, make changes, and bring the minutes back to the April 18, 2004 Council Meeting for adoption.

Consent Calendar

Councilmember Jahncke asked that the Payables and Payroll be moved to the first item of Regular Business for discussion.

Regular Business

Payables: $ 542,823.64  
Payrolls: $ 452,657.45

Councilmember Jahncke asked about the payments for the GMA Comp Plan updates, the Seattle Public Utilities Fisheries Studies, building plan review costs, and court administrator services. Staff responded.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; 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 7-0.

AB 3968: 2005 Street Projects Design
Streets Engineer Clint Morris described the proposed improvements, detailed the parameters and presented some design alternatives for the project.

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

Move forward with the upgrades of SE 24th this year subject to approval of recommendations made in May 2005.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-1 (Councilmember Goldmanis dissented).

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

Approve the proposed Island Crest Way improvements as recommended by staff and increase the budget by $450,000.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-2 (Councilmembers Grausz and Litzow dissented).

Councilmember Jahncke would like to revisit the issue of reducing the residential street overlay budget to provide more funds for the Island Crest Way Improvements when the Council discusses the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan in April.

AB 3967: Petroleum Release Clean Up
Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher explained that the City is responsible for petroleum contamination at 9555 SE 36th Street. Director Boettcher and Ted Norton from Golder Associates answered questions from the Council.

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

Appropriate $400,000 in the Capital Improvement Fund for the petroleum release cleanup at 9555 S.E. 36th Street, but only authorize staff to spend up to $200,000 until more detail and information is brought back to the Council.

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

AB 3969: 2004 Year-End Financial Report
Finance Director Joanne Sylvis presented a review of the financial results for 2004 for the General Fund, the Utilities Funds, The Capital Improvement Program and all other funds of the City.


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

Extend the Council Meeting until 11:00 pm.

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


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

Adopt Ordinance No. 05-04 incorporating budget revisions to the 2005-2006 biennial budget and amending Ordinance No. 05-01.

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

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
There were none.

Planning Schedule:
The Joint Meeting with the MISD will be on April 5th at City Hall at 7:00 pm (dinner at 6:30 pm).

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Jahncke re: Utility Board meeting and Sewer Lake Line Project.

Adjournment: 11:10 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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