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Monday, June 19, 2006

Call To Order

Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Sven Goldmanis, Mike Grady (arrived 6:09 pm), Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman and Mayor Bryan Cairns were present.

Study Session

AB 4106: Leash Law Briefing and Discussion
Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer, Police Chief Ed Holmes, Assistant City Attorney Katie Knight, and Communications Coordinator Joy Bueling presented information on the current leash law on Mercer Island, comments

Executive Session

The Council recessed into Executive Session at 7:00 pm to review discuss property acquisition per RCW 42.30.110(1)(b) for approximately 30 minutes.

The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:30 pm.

Special Business

Greenways Days Proclamation
Mayor Cairns read a proclamation declaring June 24th and 25th, 2006 to be Greenways Days on Mercer Island. Deputy Mayor Pearman spoke about the birthday tribute party for Jim Ellis who helped create the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

Appearances

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Avenue SE, asked why misdemeanor was changed to infraction. She asked if the ordinance will have list of fines and enforcement rules. She stated what she would like the ordinance to include. She stated that this is not an issue of someone's pet's behavior it is an issue of keeping public owned property available to the public.

Phil Flash, 3005 69th Avenue SE, spoke about the all island elementary school track meet. He thanked those who put the event together. He spoke about the lack of parking for the event as parking was not allowed on school property. He wondered how more development in this area would impact parking.

Carey Concannon, 4523 90th Avenue SE, spoke about the proposed leash law and the town hall meeting.

Pete Christenson, 5717 91st Avenue SE, stated that the proposed leash law will make Mercer Island safer and will be more enforceable.

T. K. Jones, 6405 West Mercer Way, spoke about the proposed leash law and gave suggestions for enforcement and fines.

Minutes

It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Approve the Joint Meeting with MISD Minutes of May 22, 2006 as written.
Motion Passed 7-0.

It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of June 5, 2006 as written.
Motion Passed 7-0.

Consent Calendar

Payables: $ 491,118.35  
Payrolls: $ 573,903.91

AB 4101: Acceptance of MIFS Foundation Funds: Authorize the City Manager to accept $18,230 from the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation, $1,000 from the Eastside Community Network and $400 from the Mercer Island Women’s Club and approve total expenditures of $19,630 for research related to the Communities That Care project.

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


Regular Business

AB 4107: Appropriation for Leash Law Compliance and Enforcement Activities

It was moved Councilmember Jahncke by; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Appropriate $10,000 from the 2005 Year End Surplus to implement the Leash Law Outreach Program.
Motion Passed 7-0.


AB 4104: 96th Avenue SE Street and Drainage Improvements Bid Award

Street Engineer Clint Morris explained the request from the residents of the neighborhood comprised of 96th Avenue, SE 68th Street, and SE 69th Street (lying east of East Mercer Way) to improve storm drainage in the area to eliminate roadway runoff onto private driveways, yards, and steeply sloped areas.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke, seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Award all three schedules of the 96th Avenue SE Street and Drainage Improvements project to Kemper Construction Corporation in the amount of $483,280. Appropriate $63,900 from the Stormwater Fund and $95,600 from the Street Fund for use on the project. Set the total project budget at $671,500, and direct staff to administer the construction contract.
Motion Passed 7-0.


AB 4102: Town Center Ad Hoc Task Force Recommendation

Development Services Director Richard Hart presented the recommendations from the Council appointed Ad Hoc Committee on Town Center Design Standards on the following issues:
  1. Ways to improve upper story building modulation
  2. Ways to increase sidewalk width
  3. Ways to focus more amenities in the public realm of the streetscape
  4. Ways to strongly encourage affordable housing in future Town Center projects
  5. Ways to retain and expand more retail uses and diversity in Town Center projects
  6. Ways to improve pedestrian circulation mid-block pedestrian connections
  7. Ways to encourage more public/private partnerships that benefit use of rights-of-way
Following discussion the Council directed the Development Services Director and City Attorney to prepare specific code text amendments after presenting alternatives to the Council for the following items:
  • Alternatives on affordable housing incentives and Town Center focus area location
  • Alternatives for retail uses on the ground floor on 77th Ave SE
  • Alternatives on location, incentives and scopes for mid-block pedestrian connections
  • Alternatives on potential sites with mechanism for implementation for more public/private partnerships
The Council directed staff to prepare code amendments on focusing more amenities in the public realm of the streetscape.


AB 4103: Town Center Parking Analysis

Council asked questions regarding the presented analysis of parking in the Town Center. Following discussion the Council requested that a review of managing and optimizing Town Center parking be put on the 2007 Council work plan.


AB 4094: Request for Joint Funding of Undergrounding PSE Utility Switching Cabinets and City Streetlight Cabinets

City Engineer Patrick Yamashita explained the request regarding sharing the cost of undergrounding Puget Sound Energy utility switching and City streetlight cabinets adjacent to “The Mercer” project in the Town Center.

Councilmember Goldmanis recused himself from voting as he has a financial interest in “The Mercer” project.

James Cassan and Franco Mola spoke about the location of the building and the need to have the cabinets removed and answered questions from the Council.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke, seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Direct the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Dollar Development for the City to pay Dollar Development to relocate the City’s street light controller cabinet into “The Mercer” development in an amount not to exceed $150,000 from the Beautification Fund with the understanding that this work is predicated on Dollar Development relocating the PSE switch cabinets.
Motion Passed 4-2 (Councilmember Grady and Grausz dissented).


AB 4105: Ordinance to Change Start Time of Regular Meetings (no presentation)

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow, seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Suspend Section 5.2 of the City Council Rules of Procedure requiring a second reading of all ordinances.
Motion Passed 7-0.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow, seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Adopt Ordinance No. 06C-08 amending Section 2.06.010 of the Mercer Island City Code to provide for a 7:00 pm starting time for City Council regular meetings.
Motion Passed 7-0.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow, seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Amend Section 2.1(1) of the City Council Rules of Procedure to provide for a 7:00 pm starting time and 10:00 pm adjournment time for City Council regular meetings.
Motion Passed 7-0.


Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
There were none.

Planning Schedule:
Move July 17th meeting to July 24th.

Board Appointments:
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke, seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Appoint Barry Massoudi (Position 5, Term 2009), Robert Medved (Position 6, Term 2010), and Bill Chapman (Position 7, Term 2010) to the Planning Commission.
Motion Failed 3-4 (Councilmember Goldmanis, Jahncke and Litzow proponents of motion).

It was moved by Councilmember Grady, seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Appoint Barry Massoudi (Position 5, Term 2009), Adam Cooper (Position 6, Term 2010), and Bill Chapman (Position 7, Term 2010) to the Planning Commission.
Motion Passed 4-3 (Councilmember Goldmanis, Jahncke and Litzow dissented).

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment: 11:17 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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