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Monday, October 23, 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) and property acquisition per RCW 42.30.110(1)(b) for approximately 60 minutes.

The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:02 pm.

It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Authorize the City Manager to execute a purchase and sale agreement for approximately seven acres of certain real property located to the west of E. Mercer Way for a purchase price of $300,000 plus closing costs, which property shall be used for park and recreation purposes.
Motion passed 7-0.

Special Business

National Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day Proclamation

Mayor Bryan Cairns read a proclamation declaring November 15, 2006 to be National Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day.

Appearances

James Hale, 2425 62nd Avenue SE, spoke about his daughter’s recent accident and citations.

Virginia Hale, 2425 62nd Avenue SE, spoke about her daughter’s citations and dealings with the court.

Robert Clark, 4319 86th Avenue SE, urged the Council to not to implement a Residential Parking District and to not support the current PEAK proposal.

Minutes

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of October 16, 2006 as written.
Motion passed 7-0.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of October 23, 2006 as written.
Motion passed 7-0.

Consent Calendar

Payables: $ 917,654.96  
Payrolls: $ 520,381.16

AB 4137: Schedule Public Hearing Date for Sunset Ridge Long Plat: Set the public hearing date for the proposed Sunset Ridge Long Plat for November 20, 2006.

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


Regular Business

AB 4138: Public Hearing: Amendment to Development Agreement with School District and Boys and Girls Club Regarding the PEAK Project (1st Reading)

City Attorney Londi Lindell presented the proposed First Amendment to the Development Agreement providing for the required parking for the PEAK project on the High School site. Ms. Lindell highlighted the significant provisions including:
  • The requirement for 99 new parking spaces
  • The provision for a shared parking agreement between the Club and District for 80 spaces
  • Restrictions on Club and District operations to avoid spillover parking
  • Incorporation of Traffic Management Programs
  • Limitation on maximum square footage for PEAK
  • Completion of 1996 District SEPA Decision
  • Penalty provisions
The Mayor opened the public hearing at 7:30 pm.

Marguerite Sutherland, 5425 96th Avenue SE, urged the Council to postpone all planning for the PEAK proposal and involve the community in “open and informed” public meetings.

Stowe Sprague, 4553 84th Avenue SE, has been working with PEAK to try and fit childcare into the proposal. She is also very concerned with the parking plan as there are not enough spaces.

Jim Toomey, 4129 86th Avenue SE, asked the Council, “What problem is the RPD intended to solve?” and “How will the RPD solve the problem?”

The public hearing was continued to December 4, 2006.

City Attorney Londi Lindell, Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher and City Engineer Patrick Yamashita answered questions from the Council.

Council directed staff to return on December 4, 2006, with the following revisions:
  • Close the gap between the 225 parking spaces required by City code and the 179 proposed by PEAK through a parking demand management agreement
  • Increase penalty amounts
  • Restrict High Activity Events and PEAK special events during regular school hours
  • Clarify that PEAK use constitutes a “public facility”
  • Reciprocal shared parking arrangements between the District and the Club
  • Reconsideration of relocation of school buses
  • Delay further consideration of restricted parking district.

AB 4139: Public Hearing: MIHS Neighborhood Residential Permit Parking Ordinance (1st Reading)

City Attorney Londi Lindell presented the proposed ordinance that would create a Restricted Parking District in the Mercer Island High School Neighborhood. Ms. Lindell addressed the historical parking problems in the neighborhood and she detailed the results of the public meeting that was held in October. She presented the Council with three options to (1) create a Residential Parking District in the High School neighborhood, (2) maintain the status quo (no parking during school hours) or (3) delay action.

The Mayor opened the public hearing at 9:00 pm.

The following individuals spoke in opposition to implementing a Residential Parking District surrounding the High School: Les Porter (4231 93rd Avenue SE), Adele Davis (4023 92nd Avenue SE), Jim Toomey (4129 86th Avenue SE), Allison Vogel (4227 91st Avenue SE), Jason King (4128 93rd Avenue SE), Rhoda Jensen (4352 90th Avenue SE), and Amanda Clark (4319 86th Avenue SE)

The following individuals spoke in favor of implementing a Residential Parking District surrounding the High School: Dorian Collins (3927 86th Avenue SE)

The following individuals spoke about parking in High School Neighborhood: Stowe Sprague (4553 84th Avenue SE)

The public hearing was closed.

City Attorney Londi Lindell, Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher and Police Chief Ed Holmes answered questions from the Council.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Direct staff to maintain the status quo (“no parking” signs posted prohibiting parking between the hours of 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM on School Days, in the neighborhood surrounding the High School Site) with significant increased enforcement activity. Also direct staff to look at need for adding additional “no parking” signs in an increased area surrounding the high school.

It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Amend the previous motion to include:
Delay action on a Restricted Parking District (RPD) until more is known about how the PEAK Project will impact the High School neighborhood.

Motion passed 4-3 (Councilmember Grady, Grausz and Litzow dissented).

Main motion passed 4-3 (Councilmember Grady, Grausz and Litzow dissented).


AB 4140 Public Hearing: 2007-2008 Preliminary Budget Review: Priorities 5 & 6

Finance Director Chip Corder and Department Directors presented Priority 5 (recreational, cultural, health, and educational opportunities) & 6 (open & informed public involvement) functions associated with his or her department as well as the budget policies impacting those priorities.

The Budget Hearing schedule is as follows:
  • November 13: Revenues and Capital Improvement Program (Special Meeting)
  • November 20: Final Public Hearing and 2007 Preliminary Property Tax Levy (Regular Meeting)
  • December 11: Adopt Final 2007-2008 Budget, 2007 Property Tax Levy and 2007 Utility Rates (Special Meeting)

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Litzow: November 20

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Litzow reported on the Planning Commission’s recommendation for adding “sustainability” to the Comprehensive Plan.
Deputy Mayor Pearman reported on Sustainability Conference at the CCMV.

Adjournment: 11:26 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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