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Monday, May 02, 2005

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:33 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 and Jim Pearman (arrived 7:39 pm) and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Special Business

Mayor Merkle read a proclamation recognizing Aubrey Davis as the 2004 Citizen of the Year for his dedicated and outstanding service to the Mercer Island Community. Mayor Merkle summarized Mr. Davis’ life and career highlights.


There were none.


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

Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of April 18, 2005 and the 2005 City Council Annual Retreat Minutes of April 1-3, 2005.

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

Agenda Addtion

Mayor Merkle added an agenda item as the last item of Regular Business to clarify Council’s direction to staff regarding vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians on Mercer Island.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 954,317.23  
Payrolls: $ 465,924.29

AB 3971: Kiwanis Fireworks Sales: Approve permit to allow the sales of “Class C” fireworks by the Kiwanis Club in conjunction with Independence Day 2005.
AB 3977: Summer Celebration Fireworks Display: Approve the fireworks display applications submitted by Western International Fireworks for a Display on July 8th, 2005, near Faben Point, sponsored by Summer Celebration!

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; 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 3978 Sound Transit’s Long Range Plan Update
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds introduced Sound Transit’s Chief Executive Officer Joni Earl and Paul Matsuoka, Sound Transit’s Policy and Planning Officer who gave a summary of the I-90 corridor/East King County High Capacity Transit analysis and described Sound Transit’s process for updating the Long Range Plan.

After Council questions a comments, CEO Earl confirmed that the R8A Two-Way Transit and HOV Project will be completed, and then Sound Transit will move as quickly as possible to construct High Capacity Transit in the center lanes of I-90, as is stated in the 2004 Amendment to the 1976 I-90 Memorandum of Agreement.

AB 3979 Allocations of Year End Cash Carryover
Finance Director Joanne Sylvis presented possible allocations for the 2004 year end cash carryover as directed by the Council at the Annual retreat in April.

Council discussion ensued regarding the specific allocations and the following motions were made:

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 05-06, incorporating certain budget revisions to the 2005-2006 Biennial Budget and amending Ordinance Nos. 05-01 and 05-04.

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

Amend Ordinance No. 05-06 to change the residential streets allocation to be $179,500 and change the parks project allocation to be $179,241.

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

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

No AB Council Direction on the April 18, 2005 Agenda Bill 3974: Transportation Review Follow-Up: Vehicles, Bicycles, and Pedestrians
Councilmember Jahncke requested clarification in the minutes as to the direction the Council gave staff regarding the I-90 path as follows:
“Council directed staff to paint a stripe on the curves on the I-90 pedestrian/bike path and install signs that say ‘Stay to the right’ along the path and at the entry points of the path. Staff will report back to the Council in six months with the effectiveness of the implementations.”

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Deputy Mayor Cairns will be absent from the June 20th Meeting.
Councilmember Jahncke will be absent from the May 16th Meeting.

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Pearman re: Design Commission and ERA Care project; Country Club design process.
Councilmember Grausz re: Planning Commission 2005 Work Plan; MISD Board meeting on the PEAK Project.

Adjournment: 10:14 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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