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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Call To Order

Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 6:09 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Sven Goldmanis, Mike Grady, Dan Grausz (arrived 6:13 pm), and El Jahncke, Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman and Mayor Bryan Cairns were present. Councilmember Steve Litzow was absent.

Study Session

AB 4046: Emergency Water Supply
Assistant City Engineer Anne Tonella-Howe explained that the recommendation of the 2003 vulnerability assessment of the City’s utilities, to construct two wells on the Island that could be activated during a disaster results is the most cost-effective and reliable way to prepare Mercer Island for a major seismic event.

A hydrogeologist from the consultant team was present to talk about ground water on Mercer Island and what can be accomplished through test-well drilling. Staff answered questions about the feasibility work completed to date.

Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher, City Engineer Patrick Yamashita, Financial Operations Manager Francie Lake, Fire Commander Walt Mauldin, Utilities Engineer Rona Lin, Utilities Operations Manager Terry Smith and Utility Board Chair Ron Kaufman were present.

The Study Session was adjourned at 6:58 pm. The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:37 pm.

Mayor Cairns added an agenda item regarding emergency landslide repair as the first item of regular business.


Ron Kaufman, 8200 SE 56th Street, expressed concern certain issues at the new Community Center: that rates and fees for Mercer Island residents, the cost coffee service for groups, and the lack of food service. He stated that the Center is for the community first.


It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Councilmember Pearman to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of January 3, 2006 as written.
The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 914,579.47  
Payrolls: $ 9,458.29 (12/31/05) $ 452,226.75 (01/06/06)

AB 4049: 2005 Water System Improvements: East Mercer Way/ SE 42nd Place Project Close-Out: Accept the completed 2005 Water System Improvements – E Mercer Way/SE 42nd Place Project and authorize staff to close out the contract.
AB 4039: Basin 26 Watercourse Stabilization Project Close-Out: Accept the completed Basin 26 Watercourse Stabilization Project and authorize staff to close out the contract.
AB 4045: King County Solid Waste Grant Acceptance Interlocal: Authorize the City Manager to sign the interlocal grant agreement for the 2006-2007 Water Reduction and Recycling Program of the King County Solid Waste Division.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion Passed 6-0.

Regular Business

AB 4052: Emergency Landslide Repair
Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher presented a request for an emergency budget appropriation in the amount of $200,000 from the Street Fund for the emergency repair of a landslide, which occurred on January 10, 2006, that is threatening the edge of East Mercer Way in the 5600 block.

It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Pearman to:
Appropriate $200,000 from the Street Fund for an emergency repair of the landslide in the 5600 block of East Mercer Way and direct staff to proceed with design and construction of the repair.
Motion Passed 6-0.

City Manager Rich Conrad spoke about passing an proclamation declaring an emergency to authorize staff to spend money for repairs if another slide occurs. The Mayor, with the recommendation of the City Manager and the Public Safety Director, signed an emergency proclamation declaring an emergency on Mercer Island.

AB 4042: Thrift Shop Staffing Increase; Accompanying Budget Adjustment
Youth and Family Services Director Cindy Goodwin presented information regarding a recommendation for additional staffing at the department’s Mercer Island Thrift Shop to maintain and expand Thrift Shop sales in the face of declining volunteerism. The second recommendation staff is seeking is for budget adjustments that more accurately reflect Thrift Shop expenses and to recognize the cost of the additional staffing.

It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Councilmember Pearman to:
Approve an increase in the 2006 Youth and Family Services budget in the amount of $116,109, increasing Thrift Shop casual labor and other operating expenses.
Motion Passed 6-0.

AB 4050: Luther Burbank Park/CCMV Neighborhood Zoning Overlay Study
Development Services Director Richard Hart and consultant Mark Hinshaw of LMN Architects of Seattle presented the results of a study the potential of a zoning overlay, rezoning or some form of zoning adjustments in the neighborhood between the Town Center, the new Community Center, and Luther Burbank Park for the purpose of providing an improved pedestrian connection between these two geographic areas. Results were presented of any long term residential housing redevelopment implications or possibilities of such a zoning analysis and subsequent rezoning.

Executive Session

The Council recessed into Executive Session at 8:39 pm to discuss potential property acquisition per RCW 42.30.110(1)(b) for approximately 45 minutes.

The Executive Session adjourned at 9:28 pm. The Mayor stated that it was the consensus of the City Council not to pursue further discussion or consideration of rezone or changes to the subject property.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Litzow was excused from the meeting.
Councilmember Grausz will be absent from the February 21 meeting.

Planning Schedule:
City Manager Conrad spoke about the Mary Wayte Pool Update.

Board Appointments:
Mayor Cairns stated that an appointment will be made to the Planning Commission at the next meeting.

Councilmember Reports:
Deputy Mayor Pearman reported on the Suburban Cities Association.
Mayor Cairns reported on the ETP meeting.
Councilmember Jahncke reported on his meeting about the sewer lakeline project with Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell and Representative Reichert.
Councilmember Grausz reported on the Town Center Ad Hoc Committee meeting.

Adjournment: 9:30 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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