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Monday, September 19, 2005

Call To Order

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

Roll Call

Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns, City Councilmembers Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Jim Pearman and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. Councilmember Sven Goldmanis was absent.

Special Business

Day of Concern for the Hungry Proclamation
Mayor Merkle read a proclamation declaring September 24, 2005 as a Day of Concern for the Hungry.


Leslie Scott, 7406 92nd Place SE, Senior Foundation Secretary, spoke to the Council regarding the proposed Mercer Island Senior Council. She was disappointed that the item is not before the Council this evening for discussion. Councilmember Grausz responded that the Parks & Recreation Sub-Committee discussed the Senior Council at their meeting last week and will eventually bring it to the full Council in the near future.

Tom White, 3912 86th Ave SE, is opposed to the PEAK project as it is a ‘want’ and not a ‘need’ for Mercer Island and that it will have a negative impact on the neighborhood that is already heavily congested area. Mayor Merkle responded that there is no action plan for the Council on this issue tonight.

John Rose, 3066 67th Ave SE, asked the Council not to use the $1 million previously allocated for joint use with the Boys & Girls Club towards the PEAK project.

Donald Vollmer, 7232 West Mercer Way, spoke to the Council regarding soliciting laws on Mercer Island and asked the City Attorney for clarification on the regulations. City Attorney Londi Lindell responded that the US Supreme Court decision invalidated a portion of the solicitor’s ordinance. Requiring solicitors to register with the City was a violation of the 1st Amendment. She also reviewed the current regulations regarding using ‘No Trespassing’ or ‘No Solicitation’ signs.

Nora Kildahl, 4047 86th Ave SE, opposes the PEAK project because of the already strained traffic in the neighborhood surrounding the proposed site.

Amy White, 3912 86th Ave SE, concerned about the PEAK project’s effect on the neighborhood, parking situation, and impervious surfaces.

Tom Kenworthy, 4533 88th Ave SE, would like to see stop signs at 86th & 44th and 86th & 45th and the speed bumps on 86th removed to help slow cars down. He feels that the percentage of seniors of Mercer Island is about 25 % and that the percentage will rise as downtown projects are finished and that the Mercer Island Senior Council is important to Mercer Island.

Dorian Collins, 3927 86th Ave SE, shares same concerns as neighbors regarding the PEAK project and would like to see a stop sign at 87th & 39th. She believes the PEAK project should only be considered as part of a master plan for this area.

Karen Schmid, 4057 86th Ave SE, spoke about the neighborhood meetings that were held by the architect and that the concerns and opinions of the neighbors were heard but did not neccesarily affect the outcome of the projects plan.

Catherine Sauvage, 3931 86th Ave SE, is opposed to the proposed traffic light at SE 40th Street and 86th Ave SE.


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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of September 6, 2005 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 77,428.00  
Payrolls: $ 501,064.51

AB 4004: Interlocal Agreement for School Counseling Services: Authorize the City Manager to sign the 2005-2006 Interlocal Agreement for Counseling Services with the Mercer Island School District. It was moved by Deputy Mayor Cairns; seconded by Councilmember Pearman 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 4011: PEAK Project Presentation
B&G Club President Daniel Johnson and B&G Club architect Ed Weinstein presented information about the school board partnership, the project advisory committee, and the neighborhood meeting results. They also presented information on the West site selection, the existing site conditions, and the impervious surface issue. Finally they provided a fundraising update and a project timeline.

Council asked questions of Mr. Johnson and Mr. Weinstein regarding impervious surfaces, the Youth Theater Northwest site, additional parking, the use and hours of use of the building.

Mayor Merkle asked a question regarding the status of the B&G Club request for $1 million for the PEAK Project. Mr. Johnson replied that the Club is still interested and a formal request will be made at a later date.

No action was taken.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Goldmanis was excused from the meeting.
Deputy Mayor Cairns will be absent on October 17th and October 27th.

Planning Schedule:
Add Joint Meeting with the Mercer Island School District Board on October 27th, 2005, time and agenda details to follow.

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

Confirm the appointment of Adam Cooper to Position No. 6 (Expiring May 2006) to the Planning Commission.

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

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment: 9:36 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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