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Tuesday, October 03, 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, 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 6:06 pm to discuss potential litigation per RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) for approximately 60 minutes.

The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:00 pm.

Appearances

Andrew Elston, 6935 SE 33rd Street, spoke about his concern with a residential building permit that was issued with errors. He asked that the City respond to his complaints about the process that allowed this to occur.

Marty Simonetti, 6926 SE 34th Street, is also concerned about the residential building permit and the processes of the City in reviewing and issuing permits.

Steve Bryan, 2426 70th Avenue SE, praised the Community Center at Mercer View and the services it offers to the community. He thanked the Council for considering sustainability as a Comprehensive Plan amendment.

Cai Campbell, 6925 SE 33rd Street, owner of property with residential building permit that was reported as having errors by neighbors. He feels that there is only one error and that City staff did not make any errors in their processes.

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, asked if jaywalking was illegal on Mercer Island. She spoke about jaywalking on 28th and asked that more safety precautions be taken to avoid a possible incident.

John Italiane, 4332 86th Avenue SE, spoke about continual parking issues and traffic congestion around the high school and that the PEAK project will increase these problems.

Minutes

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of September 18, 2006 as amended:
Page 3, Other Business, 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.

Motion Passed 7-0.

Consent Calendar

Payables: $ 499,832.60  
Payrolls: $ 524,705.00

Councilmember Jahncke requested moving AB 4130 to the first item of Regular Business.

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


Regular Business

AB 4130: Ratification of the City’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan for NIMS Compliance

Fire Chief Walt Mauldin answered questions from the Council regarding the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Adopt Resolution No 1378 designating the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the basis for all emergency/incident response and management for the City of Mercer Island.
Motion Passed 7-0.


AB 4128: Planning Commission Comprehensive Plan Amendment Request on Sustainability

Planning Commissioner Dave Chappelle spoke to the Council about the Planning Commission’s request to amend the Comprehensive Plan to include a sustainability definition and policy.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Option #1: Authorize City staff to include, as a Comprehensive Plan Amendment during 2006, the Planning Commission approved recommendation for a “sustainability” policy in the Vision Statement under Community Values on p. 6 of the Introduction of the Plan.
Motion Passed 7-0.


AB 4129: Update on Parking Issues for PEAK/High School

City Attorney Londi Lindell, Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher and City Engineer Patrick Yamashita presented a report on the existing parking issues surrounding Mercer Island High School and potential future impacts from development by the Boys and Girls Club of the PEAK project. The staff team discussed the following:
  1. An addendum to SEPA filed by the School District to address deficiencies in the District's 1996 SEPA approval in connection with the remodel and expansion of the High School campus;
  2. Establishment of a residential parking area near the High School site as a condition of the proposed PEAK development to be considered by Council on November 6 and December 4, 2006;
  3. An amendment to the PEAK Development Agreement concerning parking to be considered by Council on November 6 and December 4, 2006; and
  4. Required PEAK conditional use permit and SEPA processes.

No AB: 2007-2008 Preliminary Budget Presentation

City Manager Rich Conrad and Finance Director Chip Corder presented the 2007-2008 biennial budget to the City Council.

The presentation included a budget process recap, the City’s fiscal status including revenues and expenditures and budget issues and initiatives including the General Fund, Utilities and the Capital Improvement Program.

The Budget Hearing schedule is as follows:
  • October 3: Budget Presentation
  • October 16: Priorities of Government 1 & 2
  • October 23: Priorities of Government 3 & 4
  • November 6: Priorities of Government 5 & 6
  • November 13: Revenues and CIP
  • November 20: Final Public Hearing and 2007 Preliminary Property Tax Levy
  • December 11: Adopt Final 2007-2008 Budget, 2007 Property Tax Levy, and 2007 Utility Rates

Other Business

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

Planning Schedule:
Joint Meeting with MISD has not been scheduled yet.
Councilmember Goldmanis would like a Lakeline project update and I-90 update on a future agenda.
Add I-90 update to November 6th agenda.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Mayor Cairns re: Council comments on East Link project letter to Sound Transit and SR 520 letter to WSDOT.
Parks and Recreation Operations Manager Curt Brees reported on Annex D improvements at the Community Center at Mercer View.

Adjournment: 10:01 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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