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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, December 05, 2005

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:06 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.

Executive Session

The Council recessed into Executive Session at 7:07 pm to review the performance of a public employee per RCW 42.30.110(1)(g) for approximately 30 minutes.

The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:41 pm.

It was moved by Mayor Merkle; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Approve a performance payment to the City Manager equal to 5% of his annual salary consistent with Section II(B) of the Employment Agreement dated January 1, 2005, in recognition of the City Manager’s performance and achievement of Council’s goals during 2005.

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

Special Business

Appreciation for Carrie George & John Fry:
Mayor Merkle presented resolutions thanking Carrie George and John Fry’s family thanking them for their dedicated service to the Mercer Island School District and the Mercer Island community.

Appreciation for Mayor Alan Merkle:
Councilmember Jahncke presented Mayor Merkle with the Golden Rubber Chicken Award for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty for the benefit of the community and city of Mercer Island and in action against its enemies”.

City Manager Rich Conrad presented the Top Ten Things the Mercer Island City Council Will Miss About Major Mayor.

Deputy Mayor Cairns read a resolution commending Alan Merkle for his service to the citizens of Mercer Island. He spoke of the accomplishments of the Council during Mayor Merkle’s tenure.

Sgt. Dennis Wheeler read a statement of appreciation on behalf of the Mercer Island Police Association. He thanked the Mayor for eight years of leadership and service to the City of Mercer Island.

Appearances

Stowe Sprague, 4553 84th Ave SE, asked the Council to keep the rent rates down for occupants of north annex and give precedence to full time day care for toddlers and infants.

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, shared her observations regarding the Luther Burbank Park Master Planning Process

Steve Ybarra, 4240 83rd Ave SE, stated that he had collected over 700 signatures regarding improving the crosswalk across Island Crest Way at the 4200 block.

Darryl Gordon, 4208 Island Crest Way, stated that the crosswalk across Island Crest Way at the 4200 block has been a continuing problem and urged the Council to make improvements to make it safer.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of November 21, 2005 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 643,227.45  
Payrolls: $ 455,990.29

AB 4034: Resolutions Thanking Community Partners: Approve Resolution Nos. 1360 through 1369 thanking community partners for the use of their facilities during 2004 and 2005.
AB 4030: Renew Interlocal Agreement for Membership in Eastside Transportation Partnership: Approval renewal of interlocal agreement for the Eastside Transportation Partnership and authorize City Manager to sign and execute the agreement.

AB 4032: Municipal Court Judge Confirmation: Reconfirm Judge Wayne Stewart as Mercer Island Municipal Court Judge.

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 7-0.

Regular Business

AB 4026: 2006 Business License Fee and B&O Tax Rate (no presentation)
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Adopt Ordinance No. 05C-14, which amends MICC 5.01.060 relating to the payment of an annual business license fee.

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

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 05C-15, which amends MICC Chapter 4.10 relating to the business and occupation tax.

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

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

Adopt Resolution No. 1349, which sets the City of Mercer Island’s business license fees.

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

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

Adopt Resolution No. 1350, which sets the City of Mercer Island’s business and occupation tax rate.

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

The Council directed staff to return with the amendments to the 2005-2006 management and budget policies related to the Beautification Fund, Contingency Fund, General Fund in January 2006 as well as the revenue gained or lost by raising the business & occupation tax exemption.

AB 4031 Public Hearing: Luther Burbank Process Check-In & Public Hearing
Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer introduced Kristin Anderson from Norton-Arnold who spoke about the results of the public involvement opportunities and Guy Michaelson from the Berger Partnership who detailed the three proposed concepts for the Luther Burbank Master Plan.

The Mayor opened the public hearing at 9:23 pm.

Leslie Moore, 4730 89th Avenue SE, thanked staff and consultants for their hard work on the public meetings. She stated that she would like the park to remain largely unchanged and she suggested having an environmental education center in the park.

Dorothy Mason, 3205 Shorewood Drive, would like to build bridge to other side of wetlands, leave beach area to the children, and not have rowboats too close to the beach area.

Sue Stewart, 3205 84th Avenue SE, appreciates the preservation of the west hill with perennial garden and orchard; it would make a good wedding site. She stated that three different types of trails is appealing to all ages, walkers, and joggers. She stated the park would be a perfect triathlon spot. She said the City should look for ways to raise money through festivals, writers, filmmakers, environmental conferences, etc.

Roberta Wyde, 4048 East Mercer Way, likes all of the different parts of park; doesn’t see need to tie park together, but entrance would be nice. She is a member of Mercer Island dog community and she feels that dogs have taken over the park because the dog-area is too small and not very well-maintained. If there is a larger area then dogs will be more contained.

Marguerite Sutherland, 5425 96th Ave SE, Guy Michaelson, Pete Mayer, and staff have done a great job so far. She asked that the park remain child-friendly. She also spoke about her concerns with the City’s donations policy. She stated that there is a need for two managers, one for recreation and one for parks.

Maretta Holden, 8221 SE 24th Street, stated that Luther Burbank is a unique natural resource and won't stay natural is commercialization aspects are added. She would like to see a minimalist approach to attract more people. She believes that the park is for people not for dogs.

Diane Van Derbeek, 7815 West Mercer Way, believes that the erosion at Caulkins point is the most important problem. She prefers option H1 as it preserves the serenity of the park.

Tsering Yuthokshort, PO Box 294, thanked the Council and the consultants for their hard work on determining the future of the park. She spoke about the road shoulders on 84th Ave SE close to upper Luther Burbank Park. She also has concerns about dogs being off leash in the park.

Joe McNulty, 8305 SE 82nd Street, 8305 SE 82nd Street, torn between preservation of natural area and structured activity in the park. He would like to see a children's beach and a rowing center.

The Mayor closed the public hearing at 10:01 pm.

Council asked about the schedule for the public involvement process for the Master Plan for the park. City Manager Conrad stated that there are opportunities for public comment at the Town Hall meeting in February and at an additional public hearing at a Council meeting in March. He stated that the Council could schedule study session on the Master Plan or schedule it as a Council retreat topic.

AB 4033 Public Hearing: Day Care Facilities Code Amendments (2nd Reading)
Development Services Director Richard Hart presented proposed code amendments for home business day care facilities.

The Mayor opened the public hearing at 10:40 pm.

Madeleine Morrison, 8416 SE 36th Street, difficult to be a neighbor to a home business that generates increased traffic.

Margaret McCormick, 8034 SE 72nd Street, urged the Council to approve the amendments to the Day Care Facilities code.

The Mayor closed the public hearing at 10:43 pm.

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

Approve Ordinance 05C-16 amending the MICC 19.02.010(A)(5) Home Business Requirements (Day Care Regulations).

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

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Grausz will absent from the February 21, 2006 meeting.

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Executive Session:
The Council recessed to Executive Session to discuss Collective Bargaining Negotiations per RCW 42.30.140(4)(a) for approximately 30 minutes at 10:50 pm.

The Council reconvened in regular session at 11:10 p.m.

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

Confirm the Staff recommendation for a Police Records wage agreement and a new three-year labor agreement with AFSCME employees.

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

Adjournment: 11:15 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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