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Monday, November 13, 2006

Call To Order

Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 6:04 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Mike Grady, Dan Grausz (arrived 6:06 pm), El Jahncke (arrived 6:15 pm), Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman were present. City Councilmember Sven Goldmanis and Mayor Bryan Cairns were absent.

Special Business

AB 4141 2007-2008 Preliminary Budget Review: Revenues, Capital Improvement Program and Follow-Up Items
Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer presented IT/GIS follow-up information as requested by the Council.

Financial Operations Manger Francie Lake and department directors presented the revised 2007-2008 CIP, focusing on those projects that have been modified (based on Council direction, improved cost estimates or new funding sources) since the CIP preview on August 7, 2006 or have a high profile.

Finance Director Chip Corder reviewed budgeted revenues for the 2007-2008 operating budget and corresponding budget policies. Particular attention was given to General Fund revenue, investment earnings budget policy, 2007 utility rates, 2007 property tax reduction, 2007 property tax levy and estimated 2006, 2007 and 2008 surplus in the General Fund and proposed uses. Utility Board Chair Rob Sexton, Vice-Chair David Laub and Board member John Ewald spoke about proposed utility rates for 2007.

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing at 8:15 pm.

Jane Gallup, 4241 East Mercer Way, Girls Lacrosse Program on MI, supports all-weather field, equipment gets dirty and can cause injury.
Linda Floyd, 7201 Holly Hill Drive, MI Preschool Association, supports Parks and Recreation in their efforts to review playgrounds for safety.

Roberta Wyde, 4048 East Mercer Way, is a user of LB off-leash area and would like to see the Council approve the proposed budget for the off-leash area in Luther Burbank Park. She stated there is a need for new vegetation, drainage improvements, gates to enclose the area, fencing with complete barriers, and a hose or rinsing area for dogs paws to be rinsed.

Eric Beckes, 7716 SE 22nd Street, MI Youth Soccer Club incoming President, stated that 1400 youth participate in MIYSC and that a lack of usable fields is decreasing enrollment. The Club supports a turf field and an increase in usage fees to pay for the field.

Bruce Basset, 8551 SE 82nd Street, MI Turf Coalition, presented 340 names that support a turf field at IMS. He proposed “Plan C” to have the field managed and scheduled by the City and that the community would contribute to cost of field by raising usage fees.

Casey Ellis, 8230 SE 72nd Street, soccer coach, Mercer Island Lacrosse Club, spoke about the big turnout in middle school lacrosse program and the need for a turf field. He also supports “Plan C.”

Aaron Miller, Associate Principal at Islander Middle School, stated that the dirt field is not used very often and a new turf would expand opportunities for students.

Maretta Holden, 8221 SE 24th Street, stated that it is a waste of money to put up share the road signs unless pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists are educated of the rules of sharing the road. Who has the right of way?

Betsy Robertson, 6401 82nd Avenue SE, supports turf field at Islander Middle School. She spoke about the disadvantages of playing and coaching on dirt fields as it is dangerous.

Dan Kent, 8465 SE 83rd Street, supports the turf field as it is easier on adults’ bodies.

David Laub, 8105 SE 79th Street, works for a company who does public/private partnerships with Seattle and Bellevue in bringing turf fields to them that are supported solely by user fees.

Toby Suhm, 7918 SE 22nd Place, stated that there would be no change in field usage by Islander Middle School if the filed was converted.

Steve Bryan, 2426 70th Ave SE, stated that the budget boils down to quality of life. He stated that the Geo-Hazard Mapping event at City Hall was informative and worthwhile and showed the importance of GIS and orthophotos on Mercer Island. He encouraged Council to include them in the budget.

The Mayor closed the Public Hearing at 8:45 pm.

The Budget Hearing schedule is as follows:
  • 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.

Adjournment: 10:08 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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