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Monday, December 04, 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 Mike Grady, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman and Mayor Bryan Cairns were present. Councilmember Sven Goldmanis was absent.

Executive Session

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

The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:02 pm.

It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Approve a performance payment to the City Manager equal to 5% of his annual salary consistent with Section II(B) of the Employment Agreement dated January 1, 2005, in recognition of the Managerís performance and achievement of Councilís goals during the 12 month period from February 2006 through February 2007.
Motion passed 6-0.


Leslie Scott, 8520 SE 76th Place, Secretary of Senior Foundation, stated that the Foundation is more amenable to second option then to the first option being presented. She is saddened that there is no interest in creating a Mercer Island Senior Council and that there was not any notice of this meeting.

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, spoke about parking spaces for PEAK. She stated that the project needs exceed what is available.

John OíMeara, 8453 SE 63rd Street, Co-Chair of relay for life on Mercer Island, asked the Council to donate small amount of 2006 surplus to the Relay-for Life on Mercer Island.

Dave Jobe, 8401 SE 61st Street, asked the Council if there are any other options for a Senior Council as there is a growing senior adult population.

Tom, 88th Ave SE, urged Council to implement a Senior Council as other eastside cities have.


It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of November 20, 2006 as written.
Motion passed 6-0.

Consent Calendar

Payables: $ 54,577.87  
Payrolls: $ 524,055.47

It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion passed 6-0.

Regular Business

AB 4147: Senior Council Proposals

Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer and Youth and Family Services Director Cindy Goodwin presented two options for Council review for increased senior representation. The first option capitalizes on the existence of the current Youth and Family Services Advisory Board in providing social service guidance to the City Council, while the second option creates a new Senior Advisory Committee that would provide programmatic and service guidance to the YFS and Parks and Recreation Departments.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Mayor Cairns to:
Implement a temporary, one-year Senior Council as put forth in AB 4147 Exhibit 2 (to function as an advisory body to the City Council).
Motion failed 1-5 (Councilmember Litzow, proponent of motion).

It was the consensus of the Council to direct staff to return with an ordinance creating a senior advisory committee, based on option 2, that would take the format of the other City Boards and Commissions at the January 16th Council Meeting. Further discussion regarding staffing and number of advisory boards could take place at the Planning Session in January

AB 4148: Financial Status Report Through September 30, 2006

Finance Director Chip Corder presented the Cityís financial status through September 30, 2006 as well as an ordinance encompassing budget amendments previously approved but not formally adopted.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Suspend the City Council Rules of Procedure 5.2.
Motion passed 6-0.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Adopt Ordinance No. 06-15 amending the 2005-2006 budget.

It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Leave $800,000 in General Fund rather than earmark for sewer lake line project.
Motion failed 2-4 (Councilmember Grausz and Deputy Mayor Pearman, proponents of motion).

Main motion passed 6-0.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Goldmanis absence was excused.
Councilmember Jahncke: December 11th

Planning Schedule:
The Amendment to the Development Agreement for the PEAK project has been moved January 16th.

Board Appointments:
It was moved by Mayor Cairns; seconded by Deputy Mayor Pearman to:
Appoint Elliot Newman to the Renton Airport Advisory Committee.
Motion passed 6-0.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Grady spoke about 520 Bridge project and Alaskan Way Viaduct.
Councilmember Litzow asked about Sound Transit decision on East Link project and letter to Governorís office on the I-90 access plan.
City Manager Conrad asked the Council about a support letter for PACE (Performing Arts Center on Eastside).

Adjournment: 8:31 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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