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Monday, November 20, 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 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 6:05 pm to discuss potential litigation per RCW 42.30.110(1)(g) for approximately 60 minutes.

The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:01 pm.

Appearances

John Matthews, 5435 West Mercer Way, President of Mercer Island Rotary Club, spoke to the Council about the outstanding support from the City of Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department to Rotary, especially during the Rotary Run each spring. MI Rotary Trustees presented the City of Mercer Island with a certificate of appreciation for organizations that “embody the spirit of service above self.”

Stowe Sprague, 4553 84th Avenue SE, spoke about flaws in the PEAK parking study and that is based on having light demand during the day when shared spots are not available as they are shared with other programs and schools.

Steve Bryan, 2426 70th Avenue SE, urged the Council to approve the Comp Plan amendment to include sustainability language as it can be a guide to look at issues in the future. He also asked the Council to review and amend the tree ordinance.

Peter Donaldson, 33635 88th Avenue SE, thanked the Council for adding sustainability language to the Comp Plan. He believes that changes in this direction can promote increased economic development.

Phil Flash, 3005 69th Avenue SE, spoke about the Federal Way teen center being the model for the PEAK project and how a facility of that size and caliber will not fit on Mercer Island.

Jill Johnson, 4242 85th Avenue SE, M.I.D.O.G., stated that Luther Burbank Park is precious and anything to improve the off-leash area would be greatly appreciated. She would like to see improved fencing and drainage taken care of first.

Dave Chappelle, 8218 SE 29th Street, thanked the Council for considering the Comp Plan amendment to include sustainability language. He also spoke about stormwater detention ponds and catch basins related to the Sunset Ridge long plat.

Randy Houtz, 8517 SE 76th Place, M.I.D.O.G., supports the proposed budget and projects to improve the off-leash area in Luther Burbank Park.

Minutes

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of November 6, 2006 as written.
Motion passed 7-0.

It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of November 13, 2006 as written.
Motion passed 7-0.

Consent Calendar

Payables: $ 1,262,837.26  
Payrolls: $ 512,804.39

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion passed 7-0.


Regular Business

AB 4144: Public Hearing: 2006 Comprehensive Plan Amendment - Sustainability (1st Reading)

Principal Planner Jeff Thomas presented an ordinance to amend the Comprehensive Plan to include “Sustainable Community” language.
The Mayor opened the public hearing at 7:33 pm.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, spoke in opposition to the proposal as the language does not address ways to make our community more sustainable.

Steve Bryan, 2426 70th Avenue SE, spoke about the group of citizens that have worked on sustainability language for the Comprehensive Plan and their efforts to protect and preserve the future.

Callie Ridolfi, 3432 72nd Avenue SE, Director of Island Vision Group, thanked the Council for considering the Comprehensive Plan amendment to include sustainability language.

The public hearing was closed at 7:42 pm.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Suspend Section 5.2 of the City Council Rules of Procedure requiring a second reading.
Motion passed 7-0. It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Adopt Ordinance No. 06C-12, amending the Mercer Island Comprehensive Plan to add language regarding “sustainable community” to the Community Values portion of the Vision Statement, as recommended by the Planning Commission.
Motion passed 7-0.


AB 4143 Sunset Ridge Long Plat

Senior Planner George Steirer presented the Planning Commission’s recommendation of preliminary approval of a subdivision long plat (Sunset Ridge) to create five parcels from one parcel. City Engineer Patrick Yamashita spoke about Stormwater detention ponds and catch basins related to the project.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Grant preliminary long plat approval of SUB06-011, as depicted by Exhibit 2, subject to Planning Commission’s recommended conditions of approval, as depicted by Exhibit 1. Recording of the final plat with the King County Department of Records shall constitute the official approval of the subdivision.
Motion passed 7-0.


AB 4146: Final Public Hearing on 2007-2008 Preliminary Budget and Adoption of Preliminary 2007 Property Tax Levy

Finance Director Chip Corder presented the following information to the City Council for the final budget hearing on the 2007-2008 Preliminary Budget:
  • Revised biennial comparison of CIP expenditures by project category
  • Summary of changes made to Preliminary 2007-2008 Budget in the General Fund and the Capital Improvement Program
  • Summary of 2007-2008 “one-time” costs in General Fund
  • Projected General Fund surpluses (2006-2008) & proposed uses
  • 2007-2008 General Fund Budget Analysis
  • Preliminary 2007 property tax levy
The Mayor opened the public hearing at 8:44 pm.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, believes that the Council’s first Priority of Government should be legally delivered services to the City, is concerned about the increase in FTE’s in the budget and that development should not be subsidized.

The public hearing was closed at 8:46 pm.

It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to: Adopt Ordinance No. 06-13, which appropriates funds and fixes the amount of property taxes to be levied for the year 2007.

It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Table the previous motion indefinitely.
Motion passed.

It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Approve five DSG positions (two Plans Examiners, Permit Coordinator, Building Inspector, Senior Planner) for 2007 only as one-year contract positions, to be reviewed in 2007 for continuance in 2008.
Motion failed 2-5 (Councilmembers Grausz and Litzow proponents of motion).

It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
First use projected surpluses from 2007 and 2008 to fund the one-time operating costs budgeted for 2007 and 2008. Then in order to balance the proposed 2007-2008 budget, use the 2006 surplus.
Motion passed 4-3 (Councilmembers Grady and Goldmanis and Mayor Cairns dissented).

It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Remove the first motion from the table.
Motion passed 4-3 (Councilmembers Grausz, Jahncke and Litzow dissented).

Main motion passed 5-2 (Councilmembers Jahncke and Litzow dissented).

It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Adopt Ordinance No. 06-14, which identifies the dollar amount and percentage increases of the regular property tax levy and the two levy lid lifts for the year 2007.
Motion passed 5-2 (Councilmembers Jahncke and Litzow dissented).

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Decouple the 1% property tax increase approved (by Ordinance No. 06-14) so it is not dedicated to fire apparatus financing.
Motion passed 6-1 (Deputy Mayor Pearman dissented).

The final meeting on the 2007-2008 Budget will be held on December 11, 2006 (Special Meeting) to adopt the Final 2007-2008 Budget, 2007 Property Tax Levy and 2007 Utility Rates.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Goldmanis: December 4

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

Board Appointments:
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Appoint Cynthia Nuzzi (Position No. 1), Jane Ditzler (Position No. 3) and Kevin Curry (Position No. 7) to the Arts Council.
Motion passed 7-0.

Councilmember Reports:
Mayor Bryan Cairns reported on the Renton Airport Meeting with City of Renton staff. City Manager Rich Conrad reported on a letter to the Governor’s Office regarding I-90.

Adjournment: 10:21 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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