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Monday, August 07, 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 6:49 pm), Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman and Mayor Bryan Cairns were present. El Jahncke was absent.

Study Session

AB 4117: Town Center Traffic Signal Simulation & Analysis
City Engineer Patrick Yamashita and traffic consultant Rob Bernstein presented the results of a traffic analysis as directed by the Council regarding installing a traffic signal at 77th Avenue SE without a companion signal at 78th Avenue SE to see whether it would just move congestion to 78th Avenue SE without improving the overall traffic flow. Mr. Bernstein presented a simulation of the results in a computerized traffic model that provided a visual representation of traffic flow through the SE 27th Street corridor with a focus on the key stop controlled intersections at 77th, 78th, and 80th Avenues SE. It showed peak traffic flow under existing conditions, with pending development and incorporating various traffic control scenarios.

The Study Session adjourned at 6:56 pm. The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:04 pm.

City Manager Rich Conrad spoke about the work staff has been doing in the last few weeks such as: July 4th fireworks, Summer Celebration!, leash law updates, the demonstration in Luther Burbank Park regarding the Middle East, the shootings at the Jewish Federation in Seattle, security at Herzl-Ner Tamid and the Jewish Community Center, two Sockeye fishing seasons in one week, and Seafair bridge closures and Marine Patrol. He thanked staff for their hard work.


Anne Fox, 2981 74th Ave SE, spoke regarding the vacant lot at the NE corner of 74th Ave SE and SE 32nd Street that is owned by the City. She stated that she and her neighbors would like the property to remain open space if it will not be a water storage site. If open space is not an option, she would like the Council to consider a public/private partnership for development of “cottage housing” for the site.

Dirk Van der Burch, 3204 74th Ave SE, supports proposal for cottage housing if open space is not feasible on City owned property at NE corner of 74th Ave SE and SE 32nd Street.


It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of July 24, 2006 as written.
Motion Passed 6-0.

Consent Calendar

Payables: $ 440,007.16  
Payrolls: $ 527,513.74

AB 4114: Interlocal Agreement with MISD for Counseling Services: Authorize the City Manager to sign the 2006-2007 Interlocal Agreement for Counseling Services with the Mercer Island School District.

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

Regular Business

AB 4120: SEPA 101 – Peer Review of Town Center SEPA Mitigations

City Attorney Londi Lindell and Development Services Director Richard Hart explained the two different processes for assessing development impacts and mitigation charges for downtown projects.

Following discussion the Council determined that the current SEPA mitigation process is satisfactory for Mercer Island.

AB 4118: Preview of 2007-2008 Capital Improvement Program

Financial Operations Manager Francie Lake presented a preview of the 2007-2008 Capital Improvement Program. She explained that the Priorities of Government were applied to all 77 CIP Projects (62 Capital Reinvestment Projects and 15 Capital Facilities Projects). She also spoke about the financing strategy, unfunded capital needs and available Capital funding.

The City Manager kept notes of the various projects each Councilmember wanted to further review. Staff answered questions about certain projects and the Council proposed revisions and deletions for the 2007-2008 CIP preview.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Jahncke’s absence was excused.

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Mayor Cairns re: Sewer Lake Line discussion.

Adjournment: 11:05 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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