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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Call To Order

Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers, Mike Grady, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman and Mayor Bryan Cairns were present. Councilmember Sven Goldmanis was absent.

Special Business

VFW and Mason’s Presentation of Funds for DARE Program The Mason’s and VFW Post 5760 presented a check for $3000 to Officer Jennifer Franklin for the Mercer Island DARE Program.

Day of Concern for the Hungry Proclamation:
Mayor Bryan Cairns read a proclamation declaring September 30, 2006 to be Day of Concern for the Hungry.


Jason King, 4128 93rd Ave SE and Brent Baller from Sterling Savings Bank, presented information about the Mercer Island Business Neighborhood Alliance and the plan they are developing to respond to a major disaster. There is a call-to-action meeting scheduled for September 27th from 3:30-5:30 at the Community Center at Mercer View.

Ellen Miller-Wolfe, 8205 SE 41st Avenue SE, urged the Council to consider holding public hearing on I-933 and pass resolution in opposition to I-933. Representing Island Vision, she asked the Council to adopt the code amendment language as proposed by the Planning Commission regarding sustainability.

Fred Beuthel, 2433 71st Avenue SE, Mercer Island Adult Soccer Association, asked the Council to reconsider the all-weather turf field at the South Mercer Playfields that was removed from the 2007-2008 CIP. He detailed the field situation and the need for renovation as well as additional space for adult soccer.

Kamuron Gurol, 2500 81st Ave SE #128, urged the Council to hold a public hearing regarding I-933 and pass a resolution opposing the initiative.

Steve Bryan, 2426 70th Avenue SE, encouraged the Council to adopt the Planning Commission’s recommendation to amend the Comprehensive Plan to include a definition of sustainability.


It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of August 7, 2006 as written.
Motion Passed 6-0.

Consent Calendar

Payables: $ 719,508.81 (8/14/2006) $ 624,290.16 (8/29/2006)  
Payrolls: $ 545,074.10 (8/18/2006) $ 509,876.83 (9/1/2006)

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 4122: Regional Dispatch Project Update

Police Chief Ed Holmes, Services Commander Leslie Burns and Operations Commander Dave Jokinen presented a status report on negotiations with other Eastside cities for a Northeast Regional Dispatch Center (NORCOM) and other dispatch options being considered by City staff with Issaquah/Bothell, Valley Communications Center and reforming the Mercer Island Dispatch Center. Council asked questions regarding the options and directed staff to proceed with staff’s proposed further study with a major focus on the NORCOM option.

AB 4119: Sewer Lake Line Project Management Structure and Briefing

Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher, Assistant City Engineer Anne Tonella-Howe and Financial Operations Manager Francie Lake presented information regarding public information on the project, scope of project, project budget and prior design and construction cost estimates and project schedule.

Council discussed the presentation and confirmed with staff that design budget of $2,060,000 will not increase, that staff will brief Council on a regular basis regarding this significant project and that staff anticipates receiving the necessary federal and state permits.

AB 4121: Code Options for Code Amendments to Town Center Design and Development Standards

Development Services Director Richard Hart responded to Council’s request to be presented with various code amendment options to the Town Center Design and Development Standards for Council’s consideration.

Council asked follow up questions and directed staff to return with code amendments as follows:

Task #4 Encourage Affordable Housing: Council selected option number 2 subject to retaining a maximum building height of 5 stories. Option 2 provides a developer incentive of an additional building story in zones allowing 2 or 3 stories (2 stories would increase to 3 stories and 3 stories could increase to 4 stories) in exchange for affordable housing or a public amenity of equal or greater value and modifes the existing code to only allow a 5th story in exchange for affordable housing or a public amenity of equal or greater value. Council asked staff to return with information regarding the value of affordable units and better description of a “significant public amenity”. Council also stated all affordable housing must be provided within Mercer Island and this requirement would include work force housing.

Task #5 Retain and Expand Retail Uses on the Ground Floor: Council selected both Options 1 and 2 imposing a “no net loss” standard for existing retail square footage and implementing the same retail regulations on 77th Avenue between 27th and 29th that currently exist for 78th Avenue. In addition, Council directed staff to return with a proposed code amendment to the definition of “retail” to consider excluding professional services from this definition and City Manager Conrad indicated staff would perform additional research regarding rental costs and retail feasibility by hiring an economic consultant to advise the City.

Task #6 Designation of Mid-Block Pedestrian Connections: Council selected Option 1 to include staff designation of the mid-block connections and in exchange for a developer providing this amenity, the developer would receive an additional story from 2 to 3 stories and 3 to 4 stories for a pedestrian pathway.

Task #7 Encourage More Significant Public Plazas: Director Hart advised that the “super mid-block pedestrian connection that would include a pedestrian pathway and plaza in a large corridor is included in this Task #7 and not in Task #6. Council selected Option 1 but stated staff needs to identify the location of such significant public plazas as part of the code amendment and Council would not support a reduction in parking requirements but would consider an additional story in exchange for such significant public amenity.

Director Hart indicated the schedule for presentation of these code amendments was the end of 2006 or January 2007.

AB 4123: Financial Status Report Through June 30, 2006

Council elected to proceed without a formal presentation from Finance Director Chip Corder and asked the Finance Director various questions regarding the report.

It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Adopt Ordinance No. 06-10, amending the 2005-2006 budget.
Motion Passed 6-0.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Goldmanis’ absence was excused.

Planning Schedule:
Council requested the addition of a public hearing on I-933 to the September 18, 2006 City Council meeting.

Council requested that Councilmember Litzow report on the status of the Planning Commission work regarding the definition of sustainability on September 18th. 2006.

Board Appointments:
It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Appoint Jack Lanford to Position 1 on the Youth and Family Services Advisory Board.
Motion Passed 6-0.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Grausz re: Senior Council research.

Adjournment: 10:29 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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