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Monday, October 17, 2005

Call To Order

Acting Mayor Dan Grausz called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

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

Executive Session

The Council recessed into Executive Session at 6:01 pm to discuss potential litigation per RCW 42.30.110 for approximately one hour.

The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:35 pm.

Agenda Addition

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

Add an agenda item to discuss the letter agreement regarding I-90 that was passed at the October 3, 2005 meeting.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 4-1 (Councilmember Pearman dissented).

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

Add an agenda item to discuss the naming of Luther Burbank Park.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Appearances

There were none.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of October 3, 2005 as written.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 670,487.04  
Payrolls: $ 476,204.96

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Regular Business

AB 4016: Public Hearing: 2960/70 76th Avenue SE Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone (1st Reading)
Principal Planner Gabe Snedeker explained the Mercer Island Citizen Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process and detailed the proposal for redesignation/rezone of 2960 and 2970 76th Ave. SE from (single-family residential) R-8.4 to (multi-family) MF-2.

The Acting Mayor opened the public hearing at 8:10 pm.

Eric Beckes 8030 Avalon Place, Applicant for the rezone, stated that he has taken into consideration the impact this development may have on surrounding properties and does not plan maximize the housing on the site.

Sid Flor, 2980 76th Ave SE Apt 302, president of homeowners association adjacent to the project, is concerned with traffic and safety issues on 76th Avenue SE and the impact that the project will have on the neighborhood.

The Acting Mayor closed the public hearing at 8:25 pm.

The Council reviewed the proposal and provided comments. This item will be before the Council for a second reading and decision at the November 7, 2005 meeting.

AB 4017: Public Hearing: 3200 Island Crest Way Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone (1st Reading)
Principal Planner Gabe Snedeker explained the proposal for a redesignation and rezone of 3200 Island Crest Way (Ridgewood Apartments) from MF-2L to MF-2.

The Acting Mayor opened the public hearing at 8:47 pm.

Bill Stalzer, 603 Stewart Street, Suite 419, Seattle, explained the proposal and the reason for requesting the rezone to create consistency.

Dr. Richard Ferse, 3203 84th Ave SE, property owner adjacent to the rezone, he is concerned with environmental elements referred to in the application.

The Acting Mayor closed the public hearing at 9:11 pm.

The Council reviewed the proposal and provided comments. This item will be before the Council for a second reading and decision at the November 7, 2005 meeting.

AB 4015: Public Hearing: “The Mercer” Development Agreement
Development Services Director Richard Hart gave background information regarding “The Mercer” project and he explained the need for a Development Agreement to allow phased construction according to all plans previously submitted and according to all design and building codes in place at the time of previous submittal.

The Acting Mayor opened the public hearing at 9:40 pm.

John Houlihan, Short Cressman & Burgess, 999 Third Avenue, Suite 3000, Seattle, representing “The Mercer”, Dollar Development, and James Cassan, spoke about certain aspects of the development agreement and the project schedule.

The Acting Mayor closed the public hearing at 9:49pm.

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 05-11 approving the Development Agreement for “The Mercer” project as requested with minor changes as directed by the Council and direct the City Manager to sign said Agreement.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

No AB: Letter Agreement Regarding I-90 (passed 10/03/2005)
Councilmember Goldmanis stated that he was in favor of the content of the letter regarding I-90 that was passed by the Council on October 3, 3005, but not in favor of the process of bringing the letter to the Council which was why he voted against it.

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

Direct City Manager to use all best efforts and all necessary efforts to ensure that the city of Mercer Island Councilmember(s) will be appointed to sit on the Sound Transit board.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 2-3 (Proponents of motion were Councilmembers Goldmanis and Litzow).

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

Have staff support all feasible efforts to create a forum at which all parties to the MOA and the amendment meet to consult and reach consensus on all I-90 matters as soon as possible.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

No AB: Naming of Luther Burbank Park
Councilmember Jahncke added this agenda item to clarify the correct name of the Luther Burbank Park.

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

To confirm and ratify that “Luther Burbank Park” will be the name of Luther Burbank Park.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Mayor Alan Merkle and Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns were excused from the meeting.
Councilmember Jahncke will be absent November 7, 2005.

Planning Schedule:
Reminder about the Joint meeting with the MISD Board on October 27, 2005.
An Executive Session to receive and evaluate complaints or charges brought against a public officer or employee [RCW 42.30.110(f)] and to discuss potential litigation [RCW 42.30.110(i)] was scheduled for November 3, 2005.
The Annual City Council Retreat was scheduled for January 27-29, 2006, but Councilmember Grausz will be out of town. New dates will be determined. Councilmember Jahncke requested that it be called the “Council Planning Conference”. Councilmember Litzow would like the retreat to be at the community center.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment: 10:36 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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