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Monday, September 18, 2006

Call To Order

Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 6:00 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.

Executive Session

The Council recessed into Executive Session at 6:01 pm to discuss potential litigation per RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) for approximately 60 minutes.

The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:05 pm.


Dave Chappelle, 8218 SE 29th Street, as a citizen and as a Planning Commissioner, asked the Council to consider adopting the Planning Commissionís recommendation for a Comp Plan amendment to include sustainability.

Councilmember Mike Grady asked that an item be added to the agenda to discuss the Planning Commissionís recommendation for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment regarding sustainability.

Callie Ridolfi, 3423 72nd Ave SE, spoke about the history of Comp Plan amendment to include sustainability language.

Lucia Prizio-Biroli, 4212 West Mercer Way, member of Island Vision, urged the Council to accept Planning Commission's definition of sustainability as an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan.

Kameron Gurol, 2500 81st Ave SE #128, thanked the Council for scheduling the public hearing on Initiative 933. He urged the Council to pass a resolution opposing the Initiative.

Michael Christ, owner of Seco Development , presented an award to Development Services Director Richard Hart for Best Reuse of Land in 2006 from Multi-Family Executive Awards Competition for the Island Market Square.


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

Consent Calendar

Payables: $ 998,833.75  
Payrolls: $ 516,030.45

AB 4124: Financial System Hardware Emergency Purchase: Approve emergency purchase of financial system hardware, funding the estimated $45,000 cost by re-directing this amount from the ďFiber to Remote City SitesĒ project.

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

Regular Business

It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Jahncke to:
Authorize the City Manager to enter into a Settlement Agreement and Release of Claims between the City and Mercerwood Shore club and pay a settlement payment of $9,565 in full release and settlement of all claims surrounding a permit for a pool cover, which costs cover certain architectural and engineering fees.
Motion Passed 7-0.

Update from Suburban Cities Association

Karen Goroski, Executive Director of Suburban Cities Association, gave the Council an update on current regional issues effecting member cities.

AB 4125: Public Hearing Regarding Initiative 933
Ballot Title: "This measure would require compensation when government regulation damages the use or value of private property, would forbid regulations that prohibit existing legal uses of private property, and would provide exceptions or payments. Should this measure be enacted into law?"

City Attorney Londi Lindell presented two resolutions supporting and opposing Initiative 933. Per Washington State law, following a public hearing, the City Council has three choices: 1) pass resolution supporting I-933, 2) pass resolution opposing I-933 or 3) do nothing.
The Mayor opened the public hearing at 7:33 pm.

Proponents: There were none.

Opponents: Ellen Miller-Wolfe, 8205 SE 41st Street, Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, Cynthia Howe, 6 Holly Lane, Joe Wallis, 8730 SE 48 Street, Morgan Schulte, 3927 86th Ave SE, Marguerite Sutherland, 542596th Ave SE, Kameron Gurol, 2500 81st Ave SE #128.

The Mayor closed the public hearing at 7:43 pm.

It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Adopt Resolution No. 1377 opposing Initiative 933.
Motion Passed 4-3 (Councilmembers Goldmanis, Jahncke and Litzow dissented).

AB 4127: I-90 Steering Committee Report on East Link Project (Light Rail) and SR-520 Bridge Replacement Project

City Manager Rich Conrad and the I-90 Steering Committee (Mayor Bryan Cairns, Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman and Councilmember El Jahncke) briefed the Council on recent developments involving the I-90 corridor including the East Link Project, 520 Bridge Replacement and the HOV Project Mercer Island Traffic Access Plan.

Following discussion the Council directed staff to draft letter(s) regarding all three projects EIS comment periods, forward to the Council for review & comment, and then send to Sound Transit and WSDOT.

No AB: Planning Commission Recommendation for Comprehensive Plan Amendment on Sustainability

Following discussion the Council directed staff to return with an agenda bill on October 2, 2006 covering the Planning Commissionís recommendation for a Comprehensive Plan amendment incorporating the definition of sustainability.

AB 4126: Fire Apparatus Replacement Discussion

Fire Chief Walt Mauldin presented history and replacement information regarding the current fleet of fire trucks. At its Planning Session in January, 2006, the City Council directed staff to begin work on issues related to Fire Apparatus Replacement in the latter half of 2006 and carry out implementation of any ensuing plan in the following biennium. Chief Mauldin informed the Council that as the need for replacement apparatus has become more urgent, staff is prepared to make a final recommendation to Council in January, 2007.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Direct staff to research and develop a proposal for Council review and approval for presentation in January 2007 on the upgrade and ongoing replacement plan of the current fire engine fleet.
Motion Passed 7-0.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Mayor Cairns: October 16 and October 23
Councilmember Litzow: November 20
Councilmember Goldmanis: October 16

Planning Schedule:
The joint meeting with MISD will not occur on October 9, the date is TBA.
Councilmember Litzow re: Town Center Parking and Code Amendments.
October 16: Renton Airport Traffic.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Grady: update on Lakeline project, transit stop on North End of Island.
Councilmember Grausz: SE 53rd Street Trail, parking meeting with Town Center businesses.
Councilmember Litzow re: Planning Commission recommendation for Comprehensive Plan amendment to include definition of sustainability.

Adjournment: 10:07 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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