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Monday, February 05, 2007

Call To Order

Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 7:00 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.

Special Business

Mayor Bryan Cairns read a commendation recognizing and honoring longtime Mercer Island residents Margaret & Kenneth Quarles as the 2006 Citizens of the Year for their generous contribution to the City’s park and open space system. In 2006, the Quarles’ agreed to transfer pristine open space located west of East Mercer Way and adjacent to Pioneer Park, consisting of nearly 7 acres, to the City of Mercer Island in order to preserve this property for park and recreation purposes.

Mayor Cairns presented the Quarles’ with a plaque commemorating this honor. Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer presented a letter from the Open Space Conservancy Trust thanking Ken & Margaret Quarles for their contribution to the City’s parks and open space.

It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
To add an agenda item to name the open space contributed by the Quarles.
Motion passed 7-0.

It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
To name certain real property consisting of approximately nine acres located adjacent to Pioneer Park and recently acquired from Ken and Margaret Quarles as the Engstrom Open Space in honor of Margaret’s father, the original owner of the property.
Motion passed 7-0.


Steve Preston, 7640 NE 32nd Street, Medina, spoke about the loss of pool time for the Chinook Aquatic Club at the Mary Wayte Pool.

Myra Lupton, 3443 SE 72nd Place, would like to see a “handkerchief fleet” started on Mercer Island at Luther Burbank Park to teach youth how to sail. She also suggested creating a list of all of the boat owners on the island to have access to boats in case of emergencies.

Ellen Miller-Wolfe, 8205 SE 41st Street, spoke about the importance of the Chinook Aquatic Club for Mercer Island youth.

Michael O’Brien stated that he has come to an agreement with the Boys & Girls club to purchase the current Boys & Girls Club property for 6 million dollars and the majority of that money will go to build the proposed PEAK project. He would like to turn the current location into baseball fields as well as maintain the historic gym.

Lauren Schweet, 6022 94th Ave SE, Board President of Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, asked for the City Council’s support of the PEAK project and to work as quickly as possible with the School District to resolve any issues. She stated that the proposed PEAK project cannot be built in current location of the Boys & Girls Club.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, stated that he believes the PEAK project violates impervious surface regulations and parking regulations in its proposed location and that it is too big for the site and for the community.

Judy Blum, 4026 90th Ave SE, asked the Council support PEAK project as it will be a tremendous asset to the community as it will give youth a place to go after school.

Morgan Schulte, 3927 86th Ave SE, is concerned that there is not enough parking around the proposed location for the PEAK project.

Dorian Collins, 3927 86th Ave SE, encouraged to carefully look at parking for the PEAK Project as it will be the largest non-residential use in any single-family neighborhood on the island. She would like to see it scaled back to fit the neighborhood better and to have an adequate parking management plan.

Amanda Clark, 4319 86th Ave SE, spoke in favor of a detailed and adequate traffic & parking management plan for the PEAK project. She presented a 3-month calendar showing activities that impact traffic in the neighborhood.

Lillian & Lizzy Tao, 4118 94th Place SE, spoke about how important it is to their family to have the Chinook Swim Team practice at Mary Wayte Pool.

Robert Clark, 4319 86th Ave SE, presented a petition to the City Council with 173 names asking the City Council and the Mercer Island School District to reconsider the PEAK project as it’s currently envisioned. He feels there are a number of concerns that have not been adequately addressed.

Richard Karnes, 4323 86th Ave SE, believes that PEAK will be an excellent resource for the Island but he feels that the possible parking issues have no been adequately addressed, as there are current parking problems that have not been solved.

Phil Flash, 3005 69th Ave SE, stated that the area around the high school is the second most congested area on the island and that the PEAK project will increase it. He quoted the MI Weekly stating, “The City of Mercer Island is committed to the safety and livability of Mercer Island neighborhoods.”

Wasi Tetemke, 4318 90th Ave SE, stated that his kids have been using the Boys & Girls Club and that Mercer Island needs a place for teenagers to go after school and that the PEAK project meets those needs.

Jeff Silver, 7015 SE 20th Street, spoke on behalf of the PEAK project. He acknowledged that parking is an issue in the high school neighborhood, but that the PEAK project is not the cause of the project. He stated that the parking problem existed before the project was proposed.

Fletch Waller, 6240 89th Ave SE, spoke in opposition to Mr. Appelman’s comments about the City Council.


It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of January 16, 2007.
Motion passed 7-0.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Approve the Minutes of the City Council Annual Planning Session of January 19-21, 2007 with amendments.
Motion passed 7-0.

Consent Calendar

Payables: $656,529.41  
Payrolls: $537,853.59 (12/08/06) $9,825.56 (12/31/06) $516,083.80 (01/19/07) $509,821.11 (02/02/07)

AB 4156: 2006 Water System Improvements Project Closeout: Accept the completed 2006 Water System Improvements project and authorize staff to close out the contract.
AB 4153: Renew Interlocal Agreement with NORCOM: Authorize the City Manager to sign the Second Amendment to the Joint Powers Agreement for the Regional Public Safety Communications Consortium.

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

Regular Business

AB 4155: Emergency Preparedness/December Storm Debrief

Fire Chief Walt Mauldin gave an overview of the City’s Emergency Management & Preparedness Programs. Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Rebecca Clark gave a timeline of the December 14th Storm. Police Chief Ed Holmes, Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher, Community & Organization Relations Coordinator Kryss Segle, Communications Coordinator Joy Bueling, Fire Chief Walt Mauldin each spoke about their department’s role in the December Storm. Deputy Chief Chris Tubbs spoke about the Emergency Preparedness Program, what was learned from the storm and what changes need to be made in the future.

Public Comment:
John Cahan, 5656 East Mercer Way, thanked the Council and staff for their help during the storm. He spoke about being out of power for 10 days and that his home was burglarized. He spoke about six years in which he believes the City could improve services during and after a state of emergency.

Stowe Sprague, 4553 84th Avenue SE, spoke about a need for better communication between neighborhood preparedness captain and the City, such as places where information will be posted and designated times for receiving updates. She also asked about distribution and container strategies for potable water during an emergency.

Cindy Sims, 3720 79th Ave SE, MI School District Superintendent, thanked City staff for their work during the storm to help the schools open quickly.

Sarah Weinberg, 3304 81st Place SE, spoke about doing work now to be prepared for the next emergency. She also encouraged researching undergrounding power on Mercer Island and spreading the cost throughout the island.

Maretta Holden 8221 SE 24th Street, believes there are communications shortfalls that need to be improved. She would have liked to have more information about Mercer Island on the radio.

Jason King & Charlie Check, 4128 93rd Ave SE, Mercer Island Business Neighborhood Association, thanked Council and staff for the response to the storm. Thanked the Chamber of Commerce for creating a standing committee of MIBNA for emergency preparedness for Mercer Island businesses. He would like to have Mercer Island businesses established as a “neighborhood” in the Neighborhood Preparedness Program. Asked the Council to create a full time position for Emergency Preparedness.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, spoke about the roads being cleared quickly after the storm. He stated that the grocery stores need to be congratulated for the support they provided to the neighborhoods.

Council directed staff to bring Emergency Preparedness updates back to the Council on a regular basis and to create a timeline for implementing needed projects.

AB 4158 Parks & Recreation Plan – Second Draft

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Amend the Mercer Island Park and Recreation Plan 2007-2012 reflective of Council feedback and adopt Resolution No. 1384.
Motion passed 7-0.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Jahncke: March 5

Planning Schedule:
Councilmember Jahncke asked about the Executive Session scheduled for February 20th.
Add an item of regular business regarding the Renton airport to the February 20th meeting.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment: 10:14 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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