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Monday, August 01, 2005

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:34 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, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow and Jim Pearman and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. Councilmember Dan Grausz was absent.

Staff Introduction

City Manager Rich Conrad introduced the Cityís new Finance Director Chip Corder.

Appearances

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, suggested that the City have town hall meetings instead of using consultants to determine the master plan for Luther Burbank Park.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, spoke about the passing of Barbara Engelstein and her involvement in the Friends of Luther Mercerdale Park group and many other organizations and groups across Mercer Island.

Jim Trombold, 4851 88th Place SE, spoke about Barbara Engelstein and her work at Mercerdale Park and also about the Councilís role in acquiring Luther Burbank and the levy for operations and management.

Randal Houtz, 8517 SE 76th Place, spoke about the public involvement process the City is undertaking and requested that the contracts with consultants have a contingency budget in order to quell user group conflicts.

Phil Flash, 3005 69th Avenue SE, spoke about the passing of Barbara Engelstein, remembering her and her efforts to preserve the environment and Mercer Island

Sue Stewart, 3205 84th Avenue SE, spoke about the cost for filing a comprehensive plan amendment and requested copies of certain documents referred to in the comprehensive plan. Citizens to Preserve Upper Luther Burbank Park and Friends of Luther Burbank Park requested that there be public hearing at the beginning and end of the public involvement process.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of July 18, 2005 as amended:
Page 2, Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Pearman re: Design Commission update on the Beach Club.


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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,105,235.14  
Payrolls: $ 493,549.31

AB 4003: Basin 26 Watercourse Stabilization Project Bid Award: Award the Basin 26 Stabilization Project to Pacific Earth Works in the amount of $295,259, reallocate funds within the Storm Water Fund, set the project budget at $453,265 and authorize staff to administer the contract.

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 4002 : Live Fire Trailer Training Contract
It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Authorize the City Manager to sign the Interlocal Agreement to allow Mercer Island to participate in the sharing of a Live Fire Training Trailer.

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

AB 3999: Historic Preservation Ordinance Amendments
Associate Planner Shelley Bolser explained the changes to the Historical Preservation Ordinance to include historical sites and answered questions from the Council.

Public Comment:
Walter Rogers, 7320 Island Crest Way, spoke regarding historic sites.

Phil Flash, 3005 69th Avenue SE, thanked the Council for passing the historical designation ordinance initially and encouraged the Council to adopt the changes to the ordinance to include historical sites.

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 05C-09 providing for the historical designation of sites.

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

AB 4000: Third Reading and Adoption of Comcast Cable TV Franchise Ordinance
It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Adopt Ordinance No. 05-07 approving a five year Comcast Cable Franchise, authorizing the City Manager to enter into the Franchise Agreement, resulting in no increased costs to citizen subscribers and providing cable origination points at both the Community Center and City Hall.

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

AB 4001: Luther Burbank Master Plan Process: Consultant Scope of Work, Authorization to Proceed
Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer presented the initial scope of work, process and timeline for Luther Burbank Park master planning.

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

Direct staff to return to the City Council on September 6th with final preparations of: 1) the Luther Burbank Park Master Plan Scope of Work; 2) consultant agreements with the Berger Partnership and Norton-Arnold and Company; and, 3) any required budget allocations necessary to perform the park master planning work.

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

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Grausz was excused from the meeting.

Planning Schedule:
August 15th Council Meeting in canceled.
Schedule the proposed Lake Washington Salmon Plan at future meeting for ratification.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Jahncke re: Boys & Girls Club and MISD Meeting regarding the PEAK Project.
Councilmember Pearman re: Design Commission approval of the Mercer Island Country Club expansions. Councilmember Jahncke asked for clarification of how many meetings applicants have in front of the Design Commission before approval.

Executive Session:
The Council adjourned to Executive Session at 8:30 pm to discuss potential litigation per RCW 42.30.110 for approximately one hour.

Adjournment: 10:30 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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