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Monday, November 07, 2005

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:35 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, Steve Litzow, Jim Pearman and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. City Councilmember El Jahncke was absent.

Special Business

Day of Giving Proclamation
Mayor Merkle read a proclamation declaring November 7, 2005 a “Day of Giving for Slidell, Louisiana”. Mercer Island resident Shelly Shay described the current condition of Slidell and thanked the Council for their support.

ICMA Awards
Mayor Merkle recognized the award presented to the eGov Alliance by the International City/County Management Association for Program Excellence Award for Outstanding Partnerships for an Intergovernmental Cooperation.

Appearances

Adam Brazg, Senior at Mercer Island High School, asked the Council to provide monetary support for Teen Link. He explained the program and how Mercer Island teens use the program. He was directed to contact Youth & Family Services Director Cindy Goodwin.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of October 17, 2005 and the Special Meeting Minutes of October 27, 2005 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,452,647.00  
Payrolls: $ 474,091.88

AB 4023: King County Natural Resource Grant for Open Space: Accept the King County Natural Resource Stewardship Network Grant of $19,953 according to the attached agreement, and appropriate $19,953 from the Capital Improvement Fund for the Council Special Project – Vegetation Management.

AB 4025: 2005 Water System Improvements – E. Mercer Way/SE 42nd Place: Reallocate funds within the Water Fund ($20,000) and Street Fund ($17,000) to the 2005 Water System Improvements – East Mercer Way / SE 42nd Place Project.

It was moved by Councilmember Pearman; 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.

Agenda Addition

Councilmember Goldmanis added an agenda item regarding the I-90 letter at the end of Regular Business.

Regular Business

AB 4024: Review of Staff’s Action Regarding Vehicles, Bicycles and Pedestrians
Public Safety Director Ron Elsoe, Police Commander Ed Homes, Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher, and Patrick Yamashita presented a review of the recommendations from the Council in April 2005 to: increase awareness and educational efforts, in crease enforcement of existing laws and increase maintenance and make minor changes to roadways and shoulders.

AB 4021: Report on Fourth of July Activities
Public Safety Director Ron Elsoe, Police Commander Ed Homes, Fire Commander Walt Mauldin and Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher gave a report on the Fourth of July (2005) activities.

AB 4022: Public Hearing: 2960/70 76th Avenue SE and 3200 Island Crest Way Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone (2nd Reading)
Principal Planner Gabe Snedeker presented ordinances to approve the Comprehensive Plan Amendments and Rezones for 2960/70 76th Ave SE and 3200 Island Crest Way.

The Mayor opened the public hearing at 8:18 pm.

Sue Stewart, 3205 84th Avenue SE, expressed her concerns with construction, soil instability, slide hazards, and building heights for the 3200 Island Crest Way project.

Sarah Weinberg, 3304 81st Place SE, is a neighbor adjacent to the 3200 Island Crest Way project and is neither for nor against the project as the design has not been determined yet.

Bill Stalzer, 603 Stewart Street, Suite 419, Seattle, assured the Council that the developer will work with the neighbors and the Design Commission in future designs and developments at the 3200 Island Crest Way location.

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

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

Adopt Ordinance 05C-10 amending the comprehensive plan land use map designation of 2960 and 2970 76th Avenue SE (Proposal #1) from R-8.4 (single family residential) to MF-2 (multifamily residential) and 3200 Island Crest Way (Proposal #2) and adjacent unaddressed parcel to the south from MF-2L to MF-2, as specifically described therein.

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

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

Adopt Ordinance 05C-13 amending the Mercer Island City Code, Title 19, Unified Land Development Code Zoning Map designation of 2960 and 2970 76th Avenue SE (Proposal #1) from R-8.4 (single family residential) to MF-2 (multifamily residential) and 3200 Island Crest Way (Proposal #2) and adjacent unaddressed parcel to the south from MF-2L to MF-2, as specifically described therein.

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

AB 4019: Public Hearing: Critical Areas Ordinance (1st Reading)
City Attorney Londi Lindell presented the Critical Areas Ordinance. She defined the term Critical Areas and explained the use of the maps of Critical Areas on Mercer Island. She clarified the requirement of the 2005 update to the Growth Management Act to include Best Available Science. She also described significant changes and presented staff and City Council amendments.

The Mayor opened the public hearing at 8:50 pm.

Diane Van Derbeek, 7815 West Mercer Way, expressed concern with certain language being removed and changes to the review process.

Sue Stewart, 3205 84th Avenue SE, expressed concern that future plans for Luther Burbank Park may include commercial development in critical areas.

Bill Chapman, 7703 Ridgecrest Lane, Chair of the Planning Commission, spoke about the Planning Commission’s process for reviewing the CAO and the proposed recommendations.

The Mayor closed the public hearing at 9:14 pm.

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

Suspend the City Council Rules of Procedures 4.5 to discuss proposed changes from Councilmembers Grausz & Litzow to the Critical Areas Ordinance. (Rule of Procedures 4.5: Council members agree not to propose substantial amendments and/or revisions to any agenda item unless they provide each other and City staff 24 hours notice to review any written proposal. If this 24 hour rule is not met, a Council member may present his or her proposal at a Council meeting, but the Council shall not vote, discuss, debate or take other action on such proposal until the following regular City Council meeting.)

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.
The Council reviewed the proposed ordinance and Councilmembers Grausz and Litzow’s proposed changes. The Council directed staff to make changes to the ordinance and bring the item back for a second reading and decision at the November 21, 2005 meeting.

AB 4020: 2006 Business License Fee and B&O Tax Rate
Finance Director Chip Corder presented two options for Business License Fees and B&O Tax Rates. He stated that under option 1, staff projects that additional revenue in the range of $55,000 to $75,000 would be generated annually, which would be consistent with the 2005-2006 budget adopted by the Council back in December 2004. Option 2 is essentially a revenue neutral option, generating somewhere between $0 and $20,000 more in revenue annually.

The City Council directed staff to come back with ordinances and resolutions supporting Option 1 as detailed in AB 4020.

No AB: Letter Agreement Regarding I-90 (passed 10/03/2005)
Councilmember Goldmanis added the agenda item to reiterate that all information pertaining to I-90 should be received by the entire Council in advance.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Jahncke was excused from the meeting.

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Deputy Mayor Cairns provided a brief report on the ETP.

Adjournment: 11:02 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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