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Monday, October 03, 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, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Jim Pearman and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Special Business

Mayor Merkle and the Council congratulated Councilmember Jim Pearman on the birth of his daughter.

Walk Across Washington Proclamation
Mayor Merkle read a proclamation declaring October 9, 2005 as Walk Across Washington Day.


Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, complimented City staff in investigating possible illegal construction and spoke about user-group donations to the City.

Stowe Sprague, 4553 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island Early Childhood Taskforce, has concerns about emergency responders not knowing the locations of home-based childcare and assisted-living facilities on the Island. She also spoke about upgrading the preschool/day care facilities at the new Community Center.

John Ewald, 4103 Boulevard Place, spoke about Public Safety Day and its importance to the Island.

John Rose, 3066 67th Avenue SE, asked the Council to look at the numbers before increasing the Parks & Recreation budget. He asked about the gym schedule and usage.


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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of September 19, 2005 as written.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 2,258,167.58  
Payrolls: $ 486,642.06

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 7-0.

Regular Business

AB 4012 Street Name Change
City Engineer Patrick Yamashita presented a letter from residents living in the 7400 block of SE 22nd Street asking for a street name change for a small segment of SE 22nd Street to North Mercer Way.

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

Adopt Resolution No. 1348 to change SE 22nd Street (at the 7400 block) to North Mercer Way.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

AB 4013 CCMV Operation Plan
CCMV Project Manager Brandy Matthews-Fox gave the Council an update on the Community Center construction and shared current photos of the site.

CCMV Operations Manager Charlie Bryant and Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer presented an operational overview for the new facility. They also explained the necessary changes and additions to the Parks and Recreation budget needed to adequately staff the center and to create self-supporting revenue.

After questions from the Council the following motion was made:

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

Approve the modified Parks and Recreation Management and Budget Policy attached as AB 4013, Exhibit 1, Page 7 with the following change:

  • Maintain no more than a $200,000 reliance on the General Fund for Community Center operations in 2006, with the understanding that the General Fund subsidy would be reduced to $150,000 in the next biennium budget. (2005-2006 Biennial Budget, Parks and Recreation Management and Budget Policies, Page C-34, Bullet #6)
The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-2 (Deputy Mayor Cairns & Councilmember Litzow dissented).

AB 4014 I-90 Mobility Status Report
City Manager Rich Conrad presented a letter to the Washington State Department of Transportation for Council approval. The subject of the letter being Mercer Islandís suggestion that to address mobility access for Mercer Island traffic under the terms of the 2004 Amendment to the I-90 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) would be to provide access to the R-8A HOV lanes. As already signed by the other signatories of the MOA Amendment, the letter shows their support for Mercer Island traffic to remain in the center roadway as long as allowed under the 1976 MOA Amendment and then once traffic is removed from the center lanes, Mercer Island traffic will have access to the R-8A HOV lanes under the same conditions provided in the MOA for Mercer Island traffic access to the transit lanes.

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

Authorize the Mayor to sign a letter to the Washington State Department of Transportation regarding Mercer Island Traffic Access.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-1 (Councilmember Goldmanis dissented).

Appearances (Conít)

Lisa Belden, 8453 SE 63rd Street, urged the council to carefully review the conditions and numbers that are available in the traffic studies before signing the letters.

Aubrey Davis, 3804 Greenbrier Lane, stated that the state is committed to providing an alternative for Mercer Island before it can be excluded from the center lanes (R-8A).

Mike Grady, 7011 81st Ave SE, congratulated the Council for working so closely with King County and City of Bellevue on Mercer Islandís traffic needs.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Ave SE, concerned about how the Council is doing business regarding I-90 issues with last minute agenda additions and new materials not included in the packet.

John Rose, 3066 67th Ave SE, could justify having fewer lanes on I-90 for MI traffic if surrounding cities would subsidize Mercer Island so that there is no payment if congestion based pricing is implemented.

Brenda Finkenbinder, 7474 85th Place SE, asked the Council what the purpose of the letter is.

John Ewald, 4103 Boulevard Place, supports the letter as a step in a good direction to create an effective regional transportation plan.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
There were none.

Planning Schedule:
Joint Meeting with Mercer Island School District on October 27, 2005; then a special meeting of the Council to receive information on Critical Areas Ordinance Maps.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Deputy Mayor Cairns re: ETP meeting update.

Adjournment: 10:49 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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