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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Call To Order

Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 7:32 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz (arrived 7:41 pm), El Jahncke, Steve Litzow and Jim Pearman and Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns were present. Mayor Alan Merkle was absent.

Special Business

Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer introduced Charlie Bryant, the new Community Center Manager.

Letter of Support for Mt. Baker Rowing Club Facilities Capital Campaign: Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer introduced Phil Defliese from the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center asking for support in their capital campaign.

Deputy Mayor Cairns expressed the sympathies of the Mercer Island City Council to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. City Manager Rich Conrad stated that staff will be able to donate accrued comp time to disaster relief. He also stated that King County Executive Ron Sims informed City Managers and Administrators in King County that most of the victims that will be relocated to Washington State will be brought to King County.

Appearances

Myra Lupton, 3443 77th Place SE, complimented the City staff and the Council for including that two town hall meetings in the public involvement process and asked that most of the time during those meetings be for public discussion.

Steve Ybarra, 4240 83rd Ave SE, spoke regarding a petition to have the City establish additional safety measures at the crosswalk across Island Crest Way at the 4200 block.

Mike Grady, 7011 81st Ave SE, encouraged the Council to support the ratification of the WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of July 18, 2005 as written.

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

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

Special Meeting Minutes of August 27, 2005 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 3,391,693.14  
Payrolls: $ 488,888.95 (8/5/2005) $ 502,954.77 (8/19/2005) $ 473,606.59 (9/2/2005)

AB 4006: Receive Donation from Mercer Island Preschool Association & Authorize Use of Funds: Authorize the City Manager to execute an agreement to accept the donation of $75,000 from the Mercer Island Preschool Association for purchase and installation of the playground and related improvements at Deane’s Children’s Park. Authorize expenditure of funds not to exceed $75,000 from the Capital Improvement Fund for the Parks and Recreation Department to coordinate and install the agreed upon improvements.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis 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 4009 SE 24th Street Improvements Project Bid Award
Street Engineer Clint Morris detailed the project scope, bid results and award recommendation. Engineer Morris answered questions from the Council regarding the project timing and budget.

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

Award the SE 24th Street Improvements to Lakeridge Paving Company in the amount of $278,915.50, set the total project budget at $427,596, and direct Staff to administer the construction contract.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 4-2 (Councilmembers Goldmanis and Litzow dissented).

AB 4007 Naming of Tract A
Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer recognized citizens Margaret Amory and Bill Duvall who have been actively involved in maintaining Tract A as open space and renaming it. Bill Duvall, Friends of Tract A, formally asked the City Council rename the open space area known as “Tract A” to “Wildwood Park” and thanked the Parks staff for maintaining the open space.

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

Accept “Wildwood Park” as the new name for “Tract A”, 7400 86th Ave SE, and direct staff to revise property references as appropriate.

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

AB 4008: Luther Burbank Master Plan Process: Final Scope of Work, Appropriation of Funds
Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer spoke about the mission of the master planning process and that through a public involvement process and the use of the design guidelines, the details for the park will be mapped and a master plan will be developed. He also presented the refined work scopes and fee proposals from Norton-Arnold & Company and The Berger Partnership.

Public Comment:
Bob Thorpe, 5800 West Mercer Way, expressed concern with the budget for the consultants. He also stated that he has volunteered his time to Friends of Luther Burbank Park and Citizens to Preserve Upper Luther Burbank to help them visualize (with graphics) their wants and concerns for the park.

Sue Stewart, 3205 84th Avenue SE, spoke regarding a contribution the Friends of Luther Burbank and Citizens to Preserve Upper Luther Burbank may be able to make through grant from Starbucks. She also stated that the surveys and subscription service on the City’s website may not be working for everyone.

Roberta Wyde, 4048 East Mercer Way, proposed additional ways to get the word out to more citizens about the Luther Burbank Park meetings.

Stephen Burgess, 3508 96th Avenue SE, spoke regarding the new entry improvements project and that there are no covered park benches now.

Diane Vanderbeek, 7815 West Mercer Way, concerned with the budget and the amount of money being spent on consultants she also stated that a public vote is needed if big changes are proposed.

Jim Trombold, 4851 88th Place SE, complimented the Council on the approach for the public process for Luther Burbank Park.

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

Authorize the City Manager to execute agreements for Luther Burbank Park Master Planning with Norton-Arnold & Company in the amount of $32,075 for public involvement services as identified in Exhibit 1 and 2 and The Berger Partnership in the amount of $92,925 for landscape services, as identified in Exhibit 3 and direct staff to commence the planning process.

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

AB 4005: WRIA 8 Salmon Plan Ratification (no presentation)
It was moved by Councilmember Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Approve Resolution No. 1347, adding Mercer Island’s support to ratification of the WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan.

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

AB 4010: Six Month Financial Report
Finance Director Chip Corder presented the Financial Status Report which provides a summary budget to actual comparison of revenues and expenses for each fund as well as a progress update on the City’s Capital Improvement Program through the end of the most recently completed fiscal quarter.

The Council received the report.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Mayor Merkle was excused from the meeting.

Planning Schedule:
Councilmember Grausz asked for clarification on the Developer's Agreement for "The Mercer".
Councilmember Jahncke asked about the Mercer Island Senior Council. Director Mayer stated that the Parks and Recreation Sub-Committee will be briefed on this subject at the September 13th meeting.
Councilmember Jahncke asked if the Comprehensive Plan Amendments: Citizen Application has been approved by the Planning Commission yet.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Litzow re: reducing the number of Design Commission meetings for project approval.
Deputy Mayor Cairns re: PEAK Project Committee meeting.
Councilmember Goldmanis re: conversation with Rep. Fred Jarrett regarding I-90 issues.
Councilmember Jahncke re: Sound Transit resolution.
Councilmember Jahncke re: Utility Board is reviewing stormwater rates, the Sewer Lakeline Project, and a sewer rate increase.

Adjournment: 10:21 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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