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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Call To Order

Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 5:40 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Sven Goldmanis, Mike Grady (arrived 7:00 pm), Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow (arrived 7:00 pm) and Mayor Bryan Cairns were present. Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman was absent.

Executive Session

The Council recessed into Executive Session at 5:41 pm to discuss potential litigation per RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) for approximately 90 minutes.

The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:01 pm.

Special Business

Mayor Bryan Cairns thanked City Manager Rich Conrad and staff for their work during the windstorm in December.

Martin Turney from the State Auditor’s Office read a letter from State Auditor Brian Sontag commending the City on five years without an audit finding.

Appearances

Bart Dawson, 8812 SE 77th Place, expressed his concern about increased air traffic at the Renton Airport. He spoke about the path over Mercer Island and the impact on residents and asked the Council to spend more time on this issue.

Robert Clark, 4319 86th Avenue SE, spoke about the PEAK project and that there is not evidence to show that the programs proposed are needed on the Island. He does not believe that the Federal Way model should be used on Mercer Island.

Phil Flash, 3005 69th Avenue SE, is concerned with the increased traffic problems that the PEAK program will cause. He does not believe that staggering parking or permit programs will work to solve parking issues. He would like to see the facility developed on the current site of the Boys & Girls Club.

Amanda Clark, 4319 86th Avenue SE, spoke about her concern with changing City code to accommodate the PEAK project. She asked if a need analysis has been done for this project for the youth on the Island.

Lee Camardella, 8520 East Mercer Way, spoke about the December storm and his frustration with trees that fell on the power lines and blocked the road in the south end of the island.

Robert Mason, 8521 SE 82nd Street, thanked the City for their work during the storm. He is concerned with the possible development of Renton Airport and the noise of take-offs and landings for Mercer Island residents.

Bruce Becker, 2535 68th Avenue SE, asked the Council to put an advisory on the next general election ballot to find out if the citizens would pay for undergrounding power.

Stowe Sprague, 4553 84th Avenue SE, asked that the Mercer Island Preschool Association be mentioned in the Parks & Recreation Plan for their partner work in parks and playgrounds.

Minutes

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of December 4, 2006
Motion passed 6-0.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of December 11, 2006
Motion passed 6-0.

Consent Calendar

Payables: $882,530.69 (12/13/06) $679,958.86 (12/26/06) $991,791.21 (01/08/07)  
Payrolls: $543,189.05 (12/22/06) $539,762.99 (01/05/06)

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


Regular Business

AB 4154: Cellular Site Leases with Clearwire (no presentation)

Staff and Clearwire representatives answered questions from Council regarding the cell sites and leases.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Authorize the City Manager to enter into a Telecommunications Site Lease with Clearwire for a wireless communication facilities to be located (1) within Island Crest Way near SE 39th Street in substantially the form set forth in Exhibit 1, (2) near Island Crest Way and 87th Avenue SE in substantially the form set forth in Exhibit 2, and (3) at Island Crest Park in substantially the form set forth in Exhibit 3.
Motion passed 6-0.


AB 4150 Creation of Mercer Island Senior Commission

Assistant City Manager/Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer, Youth and Family Services Director Cindy Goodwin and Recreation Superintendent Jennifer Berner presented an ordinance and by-laws for the creation of a Senior Commission on a one-year trial basis.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Suspend the City Council Rules of Procedure 5.2 requiring a first and second reading of all ordinances.
Motion passed 5-1 (Councilmember Goldmanis dissented).

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Adopt Ordinance No. 07C-01 creating the Mercer Island Senior Commission, to advise the City Council on matters affecting citizens age 55 and older in the City of Mercer Island, on a one-year trial basis.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Amend the previous motion to change “age 55 and older” to “age 65 and older”.
Motion to amend failed 2-4 (Councilmember Jahncke & Litzow proponents of motion).

Main motion passed 4-2 (Councilmembers Goldmanis & Jahncke dissented).
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:
Authorize staff to increase the .75 Recreation Specialist position to a temporary full-time position on a one year trial basis and appropriate $12,000 from the 2006 General Fund surplus for this purpose.

It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Table the previous motion.
Motion failed 2-4 (Councilmembers Grady & Grausz proponents of motion).

Main motion failed 3-3 (Councilmembers Goldmanis, Jahncke & Litzow dissented).


AB 4151: Parks and Recreation Plan – Preliminary Draft

Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer presented the preliminary draft of the six-year Parks and Recreation Plan which updates the current Plan from 1991 reflecting new policies, property acquisitions, stewardship initiatives and facility developments and improvements.

Following discussion and proposed revisions the Council directed staff to come back with a revised plan and schedule additional meeting for approval.


AB 4152: Fire Apparatus Replacement Discussion

Fire Chief Walt Mauldin presented the services review, fleet design, apparatus specification, an implementation plan, initial transition costs and a financial analysis to the Council for replacement of the Fire Department apparatus.

After discussion and questions the Council made the following motion:

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Approve the upgrade and ongoing replacement plan for the fire truck fleet as depicted in Exhibits 1 and 2.
Motion passed 6-0.

It was the consensus of the Council to discuss financing strategy options for the presented plans at its January 19-21 Annual Planning Session.


Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Deputy Mayor Pearman’s absence was excused.
Councilmember Grausz: May 7

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Jahncke asked Council to brainstorm ideas on how to recognize City staff for their efforts during the December windstorm.
Councilmember Litzow asked about a PEAK Project Update, scheduling the Mary Wayte Pool Year-End Report, and I-90 mitigation access plan re-draft.
City Manager Rich Conrad reported that the Marine Patrol boat sank while moored at the boat launch.

Adjournment: 9:25 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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