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Monday, March 06, 2006

Call To Order
Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 7:40 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 (arrived 9:32 pm), Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman (arrived 7:45 pm) and Mayor Bryan Cairns were present.

Special Business
Colonel Carl B. Lind spoke about the Mercer Island VFW Hall being designated as a national register of historic places. He presented the two plaques stating the Hall’s historic designation to the Council.

Appearances
Nila Harper, 3600 86th Ave SE, member of league of women voters, read a letter to the Council re: the Luther Burbank Park preferred concept design. They complimented the process and asked that the City commits to strict enforcement of leash laws for dogs and that there be no loop road.

Brian Kuttner, 8001 SE 37th Place, stated that Luther Burbank attracts a lot of off-island users, and that because of the increasing population in next few years the use of park will grow too. He thinks that the plan should mitigate the effect of the growth and he believes the preferred plan is encouraging more use. He would like the entire park system to be reviewed to move the proposed new facilities to other parks instead of having them at Luther Burbank.

Bob Thorpe, 5800 West Mercer Way, complimented and thanked public safety staff in helping his family recently. He complimented Parks, YFS and DSG staff in their everyday service to the citizens of Mercer Island.

Phil Flash, 3005 69th Ave SE, spoke about the Mercer Island Historical Society's involvement in the historical designation of the VFW hall.

David Witus, 8938 SE 54th Street, read a statement from MI Dogs regarding the Off-Leash Area (OLA) in Luther Burbank Park.

Minutes
It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Approve the Revised Regular Meeting Minutes of February 21, 2006 as written.
Motion Passed 6-0.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 322,791.68  

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

Regular Business
AB 4058: Coalition of Small Police Agencies Interlocal Agreement
Public Safety Director Ron Elsoe answered questions from the Council.

It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Authorize the City Manager to sign the Interlocal agreement allowing the Mercer Island Police Department to join the Coalition of Small Police Agencies.
Motion Passed 6-0.

AB 4066: Luther Burbank Park Master Plan: Preferred Concept Design and Public Hearing
Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer introduced Kristen Anderson from Norton-Arnold & Company and Guy Michaelson from The Berger Partnership who will be presenting the comments from the public and the preferred concept design.

Kristin Anderson spoke about the community meetings that were held and comments that were submitted since December 5, 2005.

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing at 8:46 pm.

Peter Tonglao, 3712 78th Ave SE, asked if the shell house will be able to accommodate 8-man shells. Guy Michealson responded that the house on the plan could.

Diane VanDerbeek, 7815 West Mercer Way, asked who will pay for the improvements that are detailed in the plan. She stated that the loop road looks like an expensive improvement and that shoreline erosion control should be the most important part of the plan She was concerned with private entity (rowing center) being in the park and that the city entry doesn't seem to be worth the money.

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, spoke about safety in the park regarding dogs being off-leash. She stated that any fixtures or building should be publicly owned and controlled. She asked that a sailing program be developed for the younger citizens of Mercer Island.

Cynthia Howe, 6 Holly Lane, commended City on excellent public process for Luther Burbank. She stated that the plan upgrades the park and encompasses all the comments collected at the meetings. She is still concerned with dogs being off leash between the parking lot and the OLA; she would like Calkins point to be off limits to dogs and to put small dog OLA over the lid back in the plan. She also was against the loop road.

Jim Trombold, 4851 80th Place SE, complimented the Council on the process for Luther Burbank. He stated that the consultants have put together a good synthesis of what was said at the meetings. He believes the elements should only be publicly managed, not by private entities. He would like to see the improvements made to Luther Burbank then merge it into the park system and fund as part of park system not on its own. He stated that he was against the one-way loop road.

Sue Stewart, 3205 84th Ave SE, on behalf of Citizens to Preserve Upper Luther Burbank Park, stated that they are fans of many of the ideas on the plan and are grateful that the forest in the upper park has been preserved. They asked that no lights, sidewalks or a bathroom be added to Upper Luther Burbank Park. They had questions about costs and the order of implementation. She is concerned with private partnerships and the issues of being self-sustaining. They stated they are: 1. against loop road. 2. do not support private rowing club 3. concerned about spray parks and, 4. against any new infrastructure without a full environmental impact statement.

Dorli Mason, 3205 Shorewood Drive, is against the loop road and private rowing facilities. She feels the spray park wouldn't be used enough. She is working on portable and permanent educational kiosks proposals for the park. She believes that the swim beach would be enhanced if the milfoil could be delimited during summer months. She would also like to see the trail across the wetland for access up to the pea-patch.

Barbara Eisenstein, 12609 SE 29th Street, Bellevue, complimented the Council in the process for Luther Burbank. She is against the no loop road and that there should be more than one covered picnic shelter. She is concerned about position of sand volleyball court and suggested putting it on the north side of "The Source". She spoke about the orchard & blackberry area and was pleased to see that wetland area has been left natural.

Joy Thompson, 8400 SE 33rd Place, is against private entities in park even though she supports rowing groups. She does not want there to be any land trades and is opposed to the loop road. She asked that the Council communicate with citizens by including public notices in utility bills. She (and other members of the audience) also sang a song about Luther Burbank Park.

Marguerite Sutherland, 5425 96th Ave SE, Friends of Luther Burbank Park, thanked Council for public process. She stated that they are concerned with statement in report about rowing facility/shell house and that only 14% of the comments collected show support for it. They asked how the plan would be formally adopted. They would like to have a “Statement of Purpose” regarding the park.

Chris Black, 84th Avenue SE, is against loop road because cyclists/skateboards will go down that road the wrong way.

Stowe Sprague, 4553 84th Ave, expressed hope that the ideas get trimmed so that not so many things are changed in the park. MI Preschool Association focuses on safety of families in voting on ideas, they will use the park for nature lessons and experiences, support the spray park, and would like to lend financial support for Luther Burbank ideas.

Marcia Dawson, 8812 SE 77th Place, is pleased with design ideas and that the plan excludes organized sport activities from the park.

Bob Thorpe, 5800 West Mercer Way, does not support loop road. He would like to see a rowing facility. He pointed out that part of the land on the design map is not public property and shouldn't be shown as such.

Roberta Wide, 4048 East Mercer Way, is against the loop road because of safety issues. She feels the OLA is a very important part of the plan. She explained that dogs are in the meadow right now because the current OLA is too muddy.

Leslie Moore, 4730 89th Ave SE, supports nature programs and pea-patches. She appreciates flow of foot traffic. She feels that the park is underutilized because off-leash dogs in park are jumping on children and adults.

Susan Higgins, 9829 SE 40th Street, is against the loop road. She believes that people with dogs should be allowed in Calkins point as long as they are on leash.

Phil Flash, 3005 69th Ave SE, suggested that the dock area could be stocked with trout to promote fishing on the docks. He also likes ideas for use of the barn area.

Alan Dawson, 8812 SE 77th Place, stated that having human powered boats in Luther Burbank is important to the City as an island.

The Mayor closed the Public Hearing at 9:50 pm.

Following Council discussion the Mayor asked staff to look into making the adoption of the final plan a two-step process.

AB 4065: Townhouse Code Text Amendments
Principal Planner Gabe Snedeker presented code amendments to regulations regarding townhomes.

Bill Stalzer spoke about the amendments and the effect would be to allow a wide range of housing options including townhomes through fee simple ownership of the lots.

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing at 11:06 pm.

Eric Beckes, 7716 SE 22nd Street, supports the amendments to allow townhouses to be owned.

Daniel Stoner, 10324 Balmay Ave NW, stated that with these amendments townhouses will provide a different and needed product for the island.

The Mayor closed the Public Hearing at 11:11 pm.

Following discussion, the Council asked staff to prepare amendments to Ordinance No. 06C-01 for its consideration at second reading on April 3, 2006. Councilmember Grausz requested amendments in the following areas: (i) clarifying that required yard setbacks could not be reduced or moved off site by allowing them to be located in easements or tracts; and (ii) modifying the density provision so there is no increase in density from the existing code to the proposed Ordinance No. 06C-01. Councilmember Goldmanis requested an amendment to increase maximum lot coverage on townhome development sites from structures covering 35% of the site to structures covering 40% of the entire development site.

Other Business
Councilmember Absences:
There were none.

Planning Schedule:
Councilmember Steve Litzow asked that the Mini-Planning Session in June and the 2007 Council Planning Session be added to the Planning Schedule.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Grausz reported on the Town Center Ad Hoc Committee meetings.
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds reported on letter from Sound Transit regarding I-90.

Executive Session
The Council recessed into Executive Session at 11:29 pm to review the performance of a public employee per RCW 42.30.110(1)(g) for approximately 30 minutes. The Executive Session adjourned at 11:34 pm.

Adjournment: 11:34 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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