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Monday, May 01, 2006

Call To Order

Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 5:33 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Sven Goldmanis, Mike Grady (arrived 5:35 pm), Dan Grausz (arrived 5:44 pm), El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman (arrived 8:11 pm) and Mayor Bryan Cairns were present.

Study Session

AB 4072: WSDOT Study of I-90 Center Roadway Capacity
Mr. David Dye and Mr. Mark Bandy presented information about where travel across I-90 comes from, where it goes and projected travel times in the corridor with various potential uses of the I-90 center roadway. Councilmembers had many questions about the data presented, some of which were not able to be answered during the Study Session. Mayor Cairns asked Councilmembers to develop their list of questions so that Staff could send a consolidated set to the WSDOT project team within a week.

The Study Session was adjourned at 7:17 pm. The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:37 pm.


Frank Morrison, 8445 SE 45th Street, presented a petition to the Council regarding creating a Family and Educations ad hoc committee to research and evaluate whether the City of Mercer Island should consider a levy for educational and developmental services for Mercer Island School District students, Island families, and their families.

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, spoke against allowing public land to be developed by a private club and further impacting an already "over-trafficked" neighborhood. She believes elected officials are acting against the safety and best interest of the neighborhood to build a sports facility on public lands.

Phil Flash, 3005 69th Ave SE, spoke about the PEAK project being out of scale of Mercer Island (55,000 square feet is too big) and there being too many obstacles to push the project forward.

Nancy Lavellee, 3915 Greenbrier Lane, is excited for the PEAK project to happen as the Boys and Girls Club need new facilities for after-school programs.


It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of April 17, 2006 as written.
Motion Passed 6-0.

Consent Calendar

Payables: $ 1,258,461.38  
Payrolls: $ 499,777.12

AB 4084: Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Firefighters Association: Authorize the City Manager to sign the collective bargaining agreement with the Mercer Island Professional Firefighters Association (IAF Local 1762) for the period of January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2008.

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

Regular Business

AB 4087:PEAK Project Update: City Related Issues

City Manager Rich Conrad stated the Council’s direction from the annual planning session:
  • “Most Councilmembers support the proposed PEAK project.
  • Council recommends staff be proactive and help the School District and the Boys and Girls Club problem solve ways to deal with traffic and parking issues.
  • Now and through the first quarter of 2006:
    • The Council will actively engage in the process.
    • The PEAK Subcommittee will be the Council’s representative.
    • The Council’s role is primarily, although not exclusively, regulatory (the City is not the project lead but will be involved in problem solving and some partnering activities).
    • $1 million earmarked by the City will be invested in a legal manner to support the project.
    • The Subcommittee will generate and analyze options to do so and will recommend how to invest the $1 million to the full Council (this will include appropriate public involvement).
    • Solutions to address both parking and traffic issues (including the existing parking deficit) will be sought.”
City Engineer Patrick Yamashita presented the results of the SE 40th Street Corridor Study and Island Crest Way/Merrimount Drive Intersection. Following discussion the Council directed staff to include the following items in the 2007-2012 Transportation Improvement Plan:
  • SE 40th Street – Island Crest Way to 86th Avenue SE: Widen roadway to extend the westbound right and left turn lanes east to 85th Avenue SE and 86th Avenue SE, respectively.
  • SE 40th Street at Gallagher Hill Road: Modify the pavement markings to improve operation of the intersection and its interaction with traffic using 90th Avenue SE.
  • Island Crest Way at Merrimount Drive / SE 44th Street: Fund construction of a traffic signal for the 2009-2010 biennium. Council also directed staff to continue to monitor this intersection and examine alternatives to traffic signal control at this intersection.
  • SE 40th Street at 86th Ave. SE: Fund construction of a roundabout. Council also directed staff to provide information regarding the costs associated with using an individual to direct traffic during the a.m. and p.m. peak hours as an alternative to installing permanent traffic control improvements.
Development Services Director Richard Hart presented information on parking issues related to the proposed PEAK project.

AB 4083: Public Hearing: Public Facility Impervious Surface Code Amendments

Development Services Director Richard Hart presented a text code amendment to the public facility impervious surface requirements. He discussed the Planning Commission recommendation and proposal.

Rich Hill, Land Use Counsel for the Boys & Girls Club and Mercer Island School District (applicant), urged the Council to adopt the staff’s recommendation for the code amendments regarding impervious surfaces.

Bill Chapman, Planning Commission Chair, spoke about the Planning Commission’s discussions and debates regarding increasing impervious surfaces. He stated that these increases will impact other aspects of life on Mercer Island, especially in residential neighborhoods, but he also acknowledged the need for community facilities in neighborhoods. The Planning Commission urges the Council to reject solutions that fail to respect both views.

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing at 9:53 pm.

Amy White, 3912 86th Ave SE, presented information to the Council on current and increased impervious surfaces at schools on Mercer Island.

Jim Toomey, 4129 86th Ave SE, feels that the public is being misled. He is concerned about the impacts of increasing the impervious surface on stormwater management.

Ellen Miller-Wolfe, 8205 SE 41st Street, supports the PEAK concept, but not the proposed code amendments as they do not consider many of the quality of life impacts they would create.

Marguerite Sutherland, 5425 96th Ave SE, is opposed to staff recommendation as it would allow for 2/3 coverage of a site. She asked the Council to consider the Planning Commission recommendation.

Dorian Collins, 3927 86th Ave SE, encourages requiring a master plan for any site over five acres.

Beverly Van Hartesvelt, 9110 SE 78th Place, supports PEAK plan and asked the Council allow increase in impervious surface to help benefit children and families on the Island.

Callie Ridolfi, 3432 72nd Ave SE, disagrees with code amendment increasing impervious surfaces. She proposed low impact development with porous pavement or pervious concrete. Code needs to be updated, but should allow for above.

Alan Ruesch, 7203 West Mercer Way, spoke in favor of code amendments and 60% impervious surface allowance. He also stated that the current code has no flexibility for parking because of impervious surface requirement.

Mary Rudokus, 6835 West Mercer Way, spoke in favor of the code amendments which would allow the French American School to grow if needed.

The Mayor closed the Public Hearing at 10:19 pm.

Following discussion the Council directed staff to bring back Ordinance No. 06C-05 that will reflect an impervious surface limitation at 55% plus a 5% deviation that will apply to only to the Mercer Island High School property and joint projects with that property at the May 15, 2006 meeting for second reading and scheduled adoption.

AB 4080: Town Center Parking Analysis

Mayor Bryan Cairns moved AB 4080 to the May 15th Council Meeting.

AB 4086: Public Safety Department Name Change (1st Reading

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Suspend City Council Rules of Procedure requiring a second reading of Ordinance No. 06C-06.
Motion Passed 7-0.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Adopt Ordinance No. 06C-06 changing the Public Safety Department to the Police Department and Fire Department.
Motion Passed 7-0.

Other Business

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

Planning Schedule:
Councilmember Grausz would like to have a staff report on Building B at the Community Center at Mercer View on May 15th.
Councilmember Litzow would like to schedule a status report on the Lakeline Project.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment: 11:22 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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