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Monday, February 06, 2006

Call To Order
Mayor Bryan Cairns 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
City Councilmembers Sven Goldmanis, Mike Grady, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman and Mayor Bryan Cairns were present.

Special Business
Mayor Cairns read a resolution honoring W. Hunter Simpson for his dedication to Mercer Island.

John Rose, 3066 67th Ave SE, spoke about fees for non-profit organizations to use the Community Center. He stated that three senior centers in the area do not charge non-profit groups to rent space. He also commented on the need for sound-proofing the meeting rooms. City Manager Rich Conrad responded that the Parks and Recreation staff have put the new fees for non-profit organizations into effect.

Linda Hall, 2650 148th Ave NE, Bellevue, Executive Director of St. Andrews Housing Group, encouraged the Council to approve the ARCH funding for the Mine Hill project in Issaquah.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Approve the 2006 City Council Planning Session Summary of January 13-15, 2006 with the following change to the final version:
Page 7, Operating Plan for the Community Center, 2nd paragraph, 1st sentence:
“The Council discussed options for reducing fees for Mercer Island non-profit groups.”
Page 7, Operating Plan for the Community Center, Summary, 1st bullet:
“After discussion of fee equity, the Council agrees to increase the General Fund subsidy by $50,000 with staff directed to look at ways to reduce fees for Mercer Island non-profit residents and groups.”

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

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of January 17, 2006 as written.
The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 2,237,879.58  
Payrolls: $ 479,374.52

Councilmember Goldmanis requested that AB 4048 be removed from the Consent Calendar and placed as the first item of Regular Business.

AB 4056: Interlocal with King County for Communities That Care Project:Authorize the City Manager to sign the 2006 Interlocal Agreement for Drug and Alcohol Prevention Services with the King County Community and Human Services Division/Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division for the ‘Communities That Care’ Project.
AB 4047: ARCH Work Program and Budget for 2006: Approve the ARCH 2006 Work Program and Budget and authorize expenditure of $25,211 for Mercer Island’s contribution to the 2006 ARCH Administrative Budget.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion Passed 7-0.

Regular Business
AB 4048: Allocate 2006 ARCH Housing Trust Funds to SAHG at Mine Hill
Councilmember Goldmanis asked City Manager Rich Conrad to explain the purpose and process of allocating funds through ARCH for the Mine Hill project.

It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Approve the use of up to $10,000 of 2006 General Funds toward the Mine Hill project, located at 245 SW Clark St in Issaquah, as recommended by the ARCH Executive Board.
Motion Passed 7-0.

AB 4055: Emergency Water Supply (no presentation)
It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Jahncke to:
Appropriate $190,000 from the Water Fund and reallocate $40,000 of unspent water capital project dollars from the 2005-2006 Biennial Budget to the Emergency Water Supply Test Well Drilling and Evaluation project.
Motion Passed 7-0.

AB 4057: Arts Council 2005 Annual Report and 2006 Work Plan
Recreation Supervisor Jennifer Berner presented 2005 Arts Council Annual Report and the 2006 Work Plan for Council approval. Arts Council Chair Barry Massoudi spoke to the Council about the accomplishments of the Arts Council over the past year.

It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Receive Arts Council 2005 Annual Report and approve the Arts Council 2006 Work Plan.
Motion Passed 7-0.

AB 4053: Open Space Projects Report
Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer and Parks Arborist Paul West presented a report on the management of vegetation in forested parks and open space properties in 2005.

Following discussion and questions the Council received the report.

Councilmember Grausz requested that there be a discussion of the distribution of the 2005 cash carry-forward on one of the next three meeting agendas.

Mayor Cairns suggested that the 2005 cash carry-forward be discussed in the cabinet meeting with a recommendation from the cabinet to be brought back to the full Council.

AB 4054: Amend City Council Rules of Procedures – Board & Commissions
City Attorney Londi Lindell presented the revisions to Section 8 of the City Council Rules of Procedure governing Boards and Commissions and the role of the Council Liaison as directed by the Council at the 2006 Planning Session.

Following discussion the Council directed the City Attorney to bring this back on the Consent Calendar at the February 21st Council Meeting for approval.

Other Business
Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Grausz will be absent from the February 21 meeting.

Planning Schedule:
Councilmember Jahncke asked that City Manager Performance Goals for 2006 be added to the February 21st meeting agenda.
City Manager Conrad spoke about the traffic study on SE 40th from Island Crest Way to Gallagher Hill) that staff will be presenting at the February 21st Meeting.

Board Appointments:
It was moved by Mayor Cairns; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Appoint Ann Nielsen to Position No. 4 (expiring May 2008) on the Planning Commission.
Motion Passed 7-0.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Goldmanis reported on the YFS Board.
Deputy Mayor Pearman reported on the Suburban Cities Association.
Councilmember Jahncke reported on the Sewer Lakeline project.
Councilmember Litzow reported on the Planning Commission.
Mayor Cairns reported on the I-90 Subcommittee meeting with Sound Transit.

Executive Session
The Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:49 pm to discuss potential/pending litigation per RCW 42.30.110(1)(1) for approximately 30 minutes. The Executive Session adjourned at 10:09 pm.

Adjournment: 10:10 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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