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Monday, May 16, 2005

Call To Order

Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 7:37 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 (arrived 7:38 pm), Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow and Jim Pearman were present. Councilmember El Jahncke and Mayor Alan Merkle were absent.

Special Business

Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer introduced three volunteers from the Parks and Recreation Department and recognized them for their outstanding volunteer service to the Department.
  • Edna Berger has been a volunteer since the mid-1980’s and in 2004 she gave 554 hours of service, mostly with the senior social program and YFS thrift shop.
  • Chris Berger, also a volunteer since the mid-1980’s, volunteered 601 hours in 2004 with the senior social program, senior transportation program, and the YFS thrift shop, and
  • Tom Winter, who has been volunteering for 3 years as the senior bus driver, gave 441 hours in 2044.
Director Mayer also introduced Parks and Recreation Volunteer Coordinator Jeannette Eggebrecht.

Appearances

There were none.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of May 2, 2005.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 838,900.55  
Payrolls: $ 467,149.67

Councilmember Grausz requested to move Item 3: AB 3982 to the first item of Regular Business.

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Regular Business

AB 3982 2005 Water System Improvements – East Mercer Way/SE 42nd Place Project Bid Award
Councilmember Grausz asked questions about the scope of the project. City Engineer Patrick Yamashita replied.

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

Award the 2005 Water System Improvements – East Mercer Way/SE 42nd Place project to Earthwork Enterprises in the amount of $574,223.24. Authorize staff to administer the contract, and set the project budget to $822,970.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

AB 3981 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan Adoption
City Engineer Patrick Yamashita introduced the 2006-2011Transportation Improvement Plan to the Council for adoption. He spoke about the comments from the public hearing from the April 18, 2005 meeting and explained the expenditures and Street Fund balance for the Plan.

After Staff answered questions from the Council the following motion was made:

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

Adopt the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for 2006-2011 as outlined in AB 3931.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

AB 3983 Cable TV Franchise Ordinance (1st Reading)
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds and City Attorney Londi Lindell presented the Cable TV Franchise ordinance to the City Council for first reading. Issues that were discussed related to the term on the Franchise of 5 years or potentially 6 or 7 years, the location of the “head-end” at the community center and making sure that the City’s free cable service per city building allows more than one hookup in each.

Once a final agreement is reached staff will return for a second reading of the ordinance and adoption.

AB 3976 Penalty for Failure to Respond to Parking Ticket
Assistant City Attorney Katie Knight explained the proposed ordinance to the Council to continue enforcement of parking infractions penalties in the Mercer Island Municipal Court.

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 05C-02 imposing a $25 penalty for failing to respond to parking, standing, stopping, or pedestrian tickets.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Jahncke and Mayor Merkle were unanimously excused from the meeting.

Planning Schedule:
Councilmember Grausz asked about the “Use of Force Options” agenda item and when it will be before the Council. City Manager Rich Conrad responded that Public Safety staff determined not to bring this item to the Council until after the New Year. Councilmember Grausz is concerned that the community is waiting for an answer from the City Council regarding the use of force (tasers) on Mercer Island. Councilmember Grausz asked and City Manager Conrad confirmed that stun guns/tasers will not be used by the Mercer Island Police Department until Council has authorized the purchase. Deputy Mayor Cairns would like the Public Safety Sub Committee to formally remove the use of force options agenda item from the Council’s planning schedule at their next meeting.

Councilmember Goldmanis asked about the Regional Dispatch Agreement item on the June 6th agenda. City Manager Conrad responded that it is an agreement between many cities to study an Eastside Regional Dispatch Agency. Staff will also give a progress report on the switch to Kirkland and Bellevue for police and fire dispatch.

Councilmember Goldmanis asked when the “overlay” will be scheduled on the planning schedule. City Manager Conrad responded that staff will bring it to the Council towards the end of the year.

Board Appointments:
City Clerk Ali Spietz will copy and mail the applications of the candidates for the open positions on the City Boards and Commissions to each Councilmember.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Grausz asked if the School Board has asked the City to be part of an advisory board now that the PEAK project has been approved. City Manager Conrad responded that the School Board only agreed to take a next step in developing the PEAK proposal. The City has not received, to date, any invitation to participate.

Councilmember Grausz: Parks and Recreation Sub-Committee Meeting discussed updating the Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan so that the City could be eligible for various grants and a tentative list for use of additional funds from 2004 for parks work.

Councilmember Pearman: Design Commission reviewed the model of Sound Transit’s Park-and-Ride.
Councilmember Grausz: reviewing parking restrictions in the Town Center.

Councilmember Goldmanis wants the Park-and-Ride project to come back to the Council to do final approval. He wants to know the impacts of the project and what has been done to mitigate the impacts. City Manager responded that it is a Sound Transit project. They have gone through all of the requirements (SEPA, etc.) and the City cannot require them to do more than the law requires. The last portion for the City to be part of was the bike path. Once the Design Commission approves the design there is no other decision for the City to make except approving the building permit.

Deputy Mayor Cairns reminded the Council that the Veteran’s Memorial Dedication will be on Monday, May 30, 2005 at Mercerdale Park.

Deputy Mayor Cairns reminded the Council that the Sound Transit public meeting on a long range plan for transit system expansion is on June 9th from 5-7 pm at the High School Commons.

Adjournment: 9:26 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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