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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Call To Order:

Chairman Rita Moore called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.

 

Roll Call:

Rita Moore, Chairman, Diane Kinman, Vice Chairman, Don Cohen, Bill Duvall, and Marguerite Sutherland were present.  Sven Goldmanis and Jim Owens were absent.

 

Staff:

Paul West, Arborist, Stephanie Cangie, Admin Assistant were present.

Robin Berry from Earthcorps.

 

Minutes:

Motion by Trustee Cohen, seconded by Trustee Kinman to unanimously approve the minutes of March 3, 2005.  Unanimously approved.

 

Appearances:

Dick and Jan Eichler

8437 SE 63rd Street

Mercer Island, WA 98040

Mr. and Mrs. Eichlerís appearance is in response to two letters the Trust Board has issued informing of encroachments into Pioneer Park and asking the encroachers to respond within 30 days.

 

Mr. Eichler stated that he and his wife have owned their current home for 41 years since 1964.  There home was the last house vacant lot to be developed on the west side.  When they moved in the lot had been graded out so that they did not see any boundaries or stakes.  Neither home on either side of them had been constructed.  He improved his yard based on what had been bulldozed and graded out.  Vegetation is much different today versus 1964.  There was also a road that came in from 84th along the back of those lots where the builders had either brought in equipment to excavate their lots.  When he and his wife planted their yard they did not know they were encroaching into Pioneer Park. 

 

Paul West showed the Eichlerís yard with the shed and landscaping, some of which encroaches into the park property.  He believes heís been a good neighbor to the park, removing invasives, and working on the committee against the development of a golf course on the Pioneer Park land.  Mr. Eichler requested a use permit to occupy the area they have been using.  The Board advised him they would take his request under advisement.

 

Old Business

Response to Encroachment Letters

Paul reported that he has heard from half the encroachers.  Some encroachment issues have been taken care of by the owners. 

 

The Board requested Staff to contact the City Attorney or the Assistant City Attorney upcoming Open to discuss how to handle the encroachments when the owner responds, how to handle encroachers who have not responded, and what is the process for allowing encroachments to continue or not continue.  Paul will make contact with the City Attorneyís office.

 

Trustee Moore reminded that the encroachment letters came out of the Pioneer Park Master Planís survey of the Pioneer Park property.  

 

68th Street Power line Project

Paul reported that 100 trees were planted, and the recent rain has helped.  The trees have been mulched with compost.  The seasonal parks maintenance staff will water the trees during the summer months.

 

Trust Brochure

The Board suggested using a photograph of the park on the cover.  Staff will continue to improve the brochure and make the requested changes.  The Board also suggested the primary street crossings be listed on the front coveróPioneer Park 68th and Island Crest Way

 

Trail Reports

Trustee Kinman walked the northwest quadrant and Trustee Cohen walked the northeast quadrant and reported conditions to Paul.  Chairman Moore will walk the SE quadrant during the next few weeks.

 

EarthCorps Presentation

Robin Berry will be working with the Parks and Recreation Department as a project manager until November.  She has been with Earth corps for three years most recently working an outreach coordinator.  Her work for the Parks and Recreation Department will include the Monday after school work party at Pioneer Park, the high school day of service learning on May 16, and the Ivy Olympics and Open Space Fair on May 7. 

 

New Business

Trustee Kinman reported that while she was at Luther Burbank Park recently, she was handed a flyer from a group called The Mercer Island Dog Owners Group advocating for city wide dog friendly parks.  

 

Adjournment:   8:46 p.m.

 

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