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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, April 02, 2007

Call To Order:


Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 6:02 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 (arrived 6:15 pm), El Jahncke, Steve Litzow (arrived 6:33 pm), Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman (arrived 6:23 pm) and Mayor Bryan Cairns were present. 





(1)        AB 4172            SE 40th Street Corridor Alternatives


City Engineer Patrick Yamashita, Street Maintenance Manager Bill Sansbury and Joe Giacobazzi from KPG Engineering presented two alternatives for the SE 40th Street Corridor Projects including cost estimate for each alternate will include right of way acquisition, construction, contingency, and associated engineering and project administration costs.





City Manager Rich Conrad introduced new City Attorney Bob Sterbank.


The Mayor recognized City Clerk Ali Spietz as she was elected President-Elect of the Washington Municipal Clerks Association in March 2007.


(2)        Community Preparedness Week Proclamation


The Mayor read a proclamation declaring April 22-29, 2007 Community Preparedness Week.  The City’s Disaster Preparedness Program, Fire Department, Police Department and Youth and Family Services have joined with Communities That Care, the Mercer Island Business Neighborhood Association, Mercer Island Radio Operators, the Mercer Island Reporter and other key community organizations create awareness of preparing for natural disasters, preparing youth to handle social pressures and preparing homes against fire and theft through events and activities to build a happy, healthy and safe community during the week.





Bill Hirt, 2615 170th Ave SE, Bellevue, urged the Council to tell Sound Transit that they must make changes to the current East Link proposal as it should focus on the 520 corridor for long-term requirements for expansion rather that the I-90 corridor.





(3)        It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of March 19, 2007.

Motion passed 7-0.



Consent Calendar:


(4)        Payables: $906,205.26   Payroll: $610,335.81


It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion passed 7-0.



Regular Business:


(5)        AB 4176            Public Hearing: Town Center Code Amendments (1st Reading)


The Mayor opened the Public Hearing at 7:15 pm.


Deputy City Manager Londi Lindell, Mark Hinshaw, the City's contract urban planner, Greg Easton from Property Counselors, the City's contract economist and Arthur Sullivan, Executive Director of ARCH presented amendments to the Town Center code in order to provide better public amenities in the Town Center and provide affordable housing.


Following the staff presentation the Mayor invited citizens to testify.  There being no comments the Mayor closed the Public Hearing at 8:48 pm.


Staff was directed to make the following changes to the proposed Town Center Code Amendments and bring it back to the Council for a second reading at the April 16, 2007 Council Meeting:

·         Draft definitions for “major site feature” and “minor site feature”.

·         Change requirement for “numerous” pedestrian amenities to “sufficient” pedestrian amenities “as determined by the Design Commission”. 

·         Council was divided on the issue of location for pedestrian connections and also whether or not the Design Commission should continue to decide such location.  Staff was directed to suggest language at second reading and provide alternatives for the Council’s consideration.  Councilmembers wanted at minimum, criteria for the Design Commission if it was tasked with deciding the location of Pedestrian Connections.

·         Council requested staff clarify the Ordinance to identify to a developer which “significant public amenity” a developer must provide in order to qualify for the maximum building height.

·         Affordable Housing Ratio.  Councilmember Jahncke requested the provision describing the affordable housing ratio be modified to more clearly describe the ratio and clarify that the formula is only calculated on the square footage of the highest allowable story of the development and not the square footage of the entire development.



(6)        AB 4174            Sewer Lake Line – Bid Authorization


Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher and Assistant City Engineer Anne Tonella-Howe presented the history and background information on the Sewer Lake line project for Council to authorize staff to advertise the Project for construction, contingent upon receipt of the remaining permits and the finalization of construction documents.


It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:

Authorize staff to place a call for bids for the Sewer Lake Line Replacement Project construction upon completion of remaining tasks and receipt of remaining permits and approvals.

Motion passed 7-0.



(7)        AB 4175            Communities That Care Update


Youth and Family Service Director Cindy Goodwin and members of the Communities That Care Board showed the Council a video about teens and substance abuse on Mercer Island.  They presented information to the Council about the Communities That Care project findings and answered questions from the Council on the next steps that will be taken on Mercer Island.



(8)        AB 4177            2006 Year-End Financial Status Report


Finance Director Chip Corder presented the Financial Status Report as of December 31, 2006 as well as a comprehensive progress update on the City’s Capital Improvement Program as of December 31, 2007.  Finance Director Corder also proposed an ordinance to amend the 2007-2008 budget encompassing both operating and CIP budget carryovers that are required to complete purchases and/or projects that were budgeted but not completed in 2005-2006.


It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Suspend Mercer Island City Council rules of procedure requiring a second reading for all ordinances.

Motion passed 7-0.


It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:

Adopt Ordinance No. 07-03, amending the 2007-2008 budget for items and projects that need to be carried over from the 2005-2006 budget.

Motion passed 7-0.





Councilmember Absences:

Councilmember Litzow will be absent April 16th.


Planning Schedule:

Mini-Planning Session is tentatively scheduled for June 16th at the Community Center at Mercer View.


Board Appointments:

It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Appoint Ellen Hochberg to Position No. 5, expiring May 2008 on the Arts Council and Brian Thomas to Position No. 6, expiring May 2010 on the Utility Board.

Motion passed 7-0.


Councilmember Reports:

City Manager Rich Conrad reported that the House transportation budget includes a proviso regarding Phase 1 of R8A for Mercer Island access to outer roadway HOV lanes following the removal of center roadway and prior to the completion of R8A.


Adjournment:      11:00 pm


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