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Monday, April 17, 2006

Call To Order

Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 7:33 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 Bryan Cairns read a proclamation declaring April 1-30, 2006 National Volunteer Month on Mercer Island. He encouraged all citizens to volunteer and recognize those who currently volunteer.

Appearances

Judith Roan, 7365 SE 38th Street, likes majority of master plan, is mostly concerned with the shoreline, opposes private rowing club in LBP, and she would like a citizen parks board to govern the changes in the park.

Hillary Benson, 7344 Island Crest Way, spoke against approving the permit for Kiwanis to sell fireworks, she would like there to be a ban on fireworks on Mercer Island and the Kiwanis group to choose another fundraiser.

Jim Trombold, 4851 88th Place SE, liked the public involvement process, the bond for M&O for park, he is glad the loop road out of plan. He is concerned about the financial burden on Luther Burbank for implementation. He encouraged the Council to look more at park system, keep everything publicly owed and publicly operated, and possible have a park board.

Phil Flash, 3005 69th Avenue SE, is pleased with the work that has been done for the Master Plan for Luther Burbank. He encouraged the Council to stick to the priority rankings and start the implementations.

Stowe Sprague, 4553 84th Avenue SE, spoke about the priority ranking for the Off-Leash Area.

Minutes

It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of April 3, 2006 as written.
Motion Passed 7-0.

Consent Calendar

Payables: $ 526,688.89  
Payrolls: $ 486,440.21

Councilmember Grady asked to move Item 4, AB 4061 to the first item of Regular Business.

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

Regular Business

AB 4061: Mercer Island Kiwanis Club Fireworks Sales Permit

Councilmember Grady spoke about fireworks sales and discharging on Mercer Island. He would look into working with the Kiwanis Club to find an alternative fundraiser for their organization.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Approve permit to allow the sales of Class “C” Fireworks by the Mercer Island Kiwanis Club in conjunction with Independence Day 2006.
Motion Passed 6-1 (Councilmember Grady dissented).


AB 4081: Community Center at Mercer View Wrap-Up

Project Manager Brandy Matthews-Fox summarized the Community Center project and showed photos of the site from demolition to completion.

The Council thanked Brandy for her dedication and hard work on managing the Community Center project.

It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Councilmember Grady to: Authorize staff to expend the remaining $27,818 in the Community Center project account for site and facility related improvements.
Motion Passed 7-0.

Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer spoke about potential expenditures of the $50,000 previously allocated for Building B (formerly Building D).

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Specifically allocate the remaining $27,818 from Community Center project account for improved, incremental landscaping at the Community Center.
Motion Passed 4-3 (Councilmembers Grady, Grausz, and Litzow dissented).

Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer presented gifts to Brandy Matthews-Fox and City Manager Rich Conrad and thanked them for their hard work over the last two years.


AB 4082: Luther Burbank Park Master Plan Adoption

Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer presented the Master Plan for Luther Burbank Park for adoption by the City Council.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
To adopt the proposed Luther Burbank Park Final Master Plan and Report as presented in AB 4082, Exhibit 1.
Motion Passed 7-0.


Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Goldmanis will be absent on May 15th.

Planning Schedule:
Councilmember Grady asked about the process for the Animal Control Ordinance.

Councilmember Litzow is concerned about the length of the May 15th meeting.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Jahncke spoke about public involvement and the Animal Control Ordinance.

Councilmember Litzow re: Disability Board meeting.

Mayor Cairns re: Ron Sims’ proposal for sales tax increase.

Deputy Mayor Pearman re: SCA dinner on April 19th and new product endorsed by PRSC.

Councilmember Goldmanis re: Arts Council.

Executive Session

The Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:33 pm to discuss potential/pending litigation RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) for approximately 60 minutes. The Executive Session adjourned at 11:34 pm.

Adjournment: 11:35 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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