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Monday, March 05, 2007

Call To Order

Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 6:10 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Mike Grady, Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman and Mayor Bryan Cairns were present. Councilmembers Sven Goldmanis and El Jahncke were absent.

Study Session

AB 4164: Joint Session w/ Planning Commission for 2007 Work Plan
The City Council and members of the Planning Commission reviewed the Planning Commissionís accomplishments in 2006 and discussed the proposed 2007 Work Plan. The Council directed staff to return at March 19th Council Meeting to finalize plan.

Special Business

Mayor Bryan Cairns read a resolution of appreciation for Deb Symmonds and her 27 years service to the City of Mercer Island upon her retirement. He spoke about the many lasting impacts she has had on the City as well as the many local and regional issues she has assisted the City Manager with during her tenure.


The Mayor postponed Appearances until the Public Hearing for AB 4162: Amendment to Development Agreement with MISD and Boys and Girls Club Regarding the PEAK Project (2nd Reading).


It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of February 20, 2007.
Motion passed 5-0.

Consent Calendar

Payables: $ 1,135,006.87  
Payrolls: $ $519,014.21 (2/16/07) $ 515,994.18 (3/2/07)

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion passed 5-0.

Regular Business

AB 4162: Public Hearing: Amendment to Development Agreement with MISD and Boys and Girls Club Regarding the PEAK Project (2nd Reading)

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing at 7:13 pm.

A staff team comprised of City Attorney Lindell, Maintenance Director Boettcher, Interim DSG Director Thomas, and City Engineer Yamashita briefed Council on an amendment to the June 5th, 2006 development agreement covering the required parking for the Boys and Girls Club PEAK project to be located on the high school site. Staff explained the modifications made between the first reading of the amendment made in November 2006 and the proposed second reading.

Following the staff presentation the Mayor invited citizens to testify:

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, spoke about the required infrastructure needed to support the PEAK project. She is concerned about the long-term implications of the structure (emergency access, parking issues).

Trina Westerland, Director for the Child Institute for Learning Differences, spoke about her concerns with the PEAK project having undisturbed access to their building during construction, parking relocation, parking for staff, student load and unload for special needs and buses and parent drop-off and pick-up.

Laura Mednick, 2880 74th Ave SE, believes that PEAK would be a great place for kids to use after school as itís convenient to the high school.

Jim Toomey, 4129 86th Ave SE, provided an additional 41 names to petition to the Mercer Island City Council regarding the PEAK project.

George Kane, 7926 Lakeview Lane, spoke about how the Boys & Girls Club served a place to learn about resources on MI when he first moved here. He believes that the PEAK facility will be a great addition to Mercer Island.

John Gordon Hill, 8914 SE 56th Street, spoke on behalf of Youth Theater Northwest and requested that they be taken into consideration if PEAK tenants are allowed to park in Youth Theater Northwest spaces. They currently share the lot with MISD for student parking, but with concurrent events parking is maximized.

David Dykstra, 3465 WMW, he believes that the legacy of Mercer Island will be preserved by supporting youth programs and using shared facilities. He thinks the location of the PEAK facility is good because of its close proximity to the high school.

Amanda Clark, 4139 86th Ave SE, is concerned about process being followed in the consideration of the amendment to development agreement. She believes the requirements that are being discussed are so specific that they belong in the permitting process not in the development agreement. She asked the Council to wait to make a decision.

Richard Karnes, 4323 86th Ave SE, he is concerned that allowances were made for impervious surfaces now parking, both supplements to facilitate PEAK. He asked what the long term consequences might be.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, stated that the PEAK project is illegal as it violates impervious surface and parking regulations. He stated that the 1996 SEPA parking agreement should bring into compliance before discussing additional development n the neighborhood.

Margaret McCormick, 8034 SE 72nd Street, Board Member for MI B&G Club, feels that the City the School District and Club have gone out of their way to make sure that people have had a chance to give their input for the project.

Walter Parietti, 4340 90th Ave SE, doubts shared spaces will work and he feels that there is a need to spend money to build lots for parking rather that trying to squeeze it in.

Phil Flash, 3005 69th Ave SE, questioned the need for additional space for programs. He stated that parking problems existed before PEAK was initiated. He asked about the criteria of why we need PEAK.

Brian Emanuals, 1900 Faben Drive, believes that the project has been talked to death and needs to be moved along. He spoke in opposition to Mr. Appelman's comments. He stated that there is a plan to fix traffic and parking problem. And that the project will have a positive impact on neighborhood.

Jim Horn, 9507 SE 61st Place, believes that facilities should be of size and scale for the island and should not be built to attract off-island participants and that we seemed to have lost that neighborhood focus. He is concerned that special consideration is being given for the facility and that the size and scale does not fit the location.

Marguerite Sutherland, 5425 96th Ave SE, stated that PEAK proposal does not make sense economically, functionally or educationally and project is too large for the proposed location. She is concerned that it will be a regional facility as it will be the largest in the county.

Steve Riebe, 4125 86th Ave SE, believes that it doesn't make sense to approve a project that will increase traffic when the current traffic problems in the neighborhood haven't been fixed yet. He asked the Council to consider the neighborhood impacts.

Suzanne Skone, representing Island Thunder Girls Volleyball Club, she spoke about families have to drive off the island for gym space. She appreciates the work that has been done on the project.

Leslie Ferrell, 6290 West Mercer Way, MISD Board President, thanked the Council, staff, MI B&G Club for collaborating on reviewing the PEAK Project.

Morgan Schulte, 3927 86th Ave SE, believes there is a need for PEAK and will get well used, but more parking is needed. He also spoke about the South Bellevue Community Center parking issues.

Dave Ross, 4231 90th Ave SE, asked why there is no master plan for the campus. He believes that development rules should apply to everyone and that programs should be cut or mandatory carpooling should be implemented when traffic impacts rise above the standards.

Connie Brohm, 5880 West Mercer Way, stated that the project has so many benefits for Mercer Island youth as they need a suitable place to go.

Jeff Spellman, 4215 90th Ave SE, understands the need for the PEAK project, but does not think the location fits the project. He would like to see master plan for the campus and believes that public projects need to follow the same rules as private projects.

Jim Toomey, 4129 86th Ave SE, asked the Council to read the minutes between the City and the School District regarding the PEAK project as they spoke to not considering traffic or parking for development for the northwest corner of the school district property.

Brad Chase, 4467 Forest Ave SE, stated that the PEAK project is about the youth of Mercer Island. He doesnít believe that it will be a regional facility, but it is for youth of all ages.

The Mayor closed the Public Hearing at 8:38 pm.

Staff responded to questions presented as a result of public testimony and Council debate.

It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Approve Resolution No. 1385 authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Amendment to the June 5, 2006 Development Agreement covering the required parking at the High School site for the PEAK Project, in the form of Exhibit 1 to Agenda Bill 4162 as modified by the proposed amendment handed out at the March 5th, 2007 Council meeting.
Motion passed 4-1 (Councilmember Grady dissented).

AB 4163: NW Center Mary Wayte Pool 2006 Annual Report

Assistant City Manager / Parks & Recreation Director Mayer presented the 2006 Annual Report for the Northwest Center Mary Wayte Pool. Chris Sumi from Northwest Center answered questions from the Council.

It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Accept the NW Center Mary Wayte Pool 2006 Annual Report.
Motion passed 5-0.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmembers Jahncke and Goldmanis absences were excused.

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

Board Appointments:
The City Clerk updated the Council on Boards and Commissions vacancies and the annual appointment process.

Councilmember Reports:
City Manager Conrad reported that the City received a grant from the State for the SE 40th Street Corridor construction and that the Mercer Island Park-and-Ride has a major structural defect that will delay construction until the end of the year.

Adjournment: 10:12 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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