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Monday, May 07, 2007

Call To Order:


Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.



Roll Call:


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





(1)                 Homes for the Aging Week Proclamation: The Mayor read a proclamation designating May 13-19, 2007, Homes for the Aging Week on Mercer Island.


Mercer Island Day of Service Proclamation: The Mayor read a proclamation designating May 14, 2007, Mercer Island Day of Service.





Marguerite Sutherland, 5425 96th Ave SE, expressed opposition about the City removing a portion of Clise Park to widen SE 40th Street.  She believes that there is a stipulation in the covenant that prevents the land for being used for anything other than park uses.


Stowe Sprague, 4553 84th Ave SE, commended the Council for the public plaza requirements in the Town Center Design Code. She also asked the Council to consider more centralized 2-hour parking in the Town Center.


Amanda Clark, 4319 86th Ave SE, commended Council for considering sustainability.  She would like the Council to revise the current contract with Rabanco to encourage citizen recycling by adding yard debris plus food to City's recycling program.


Elizabeth Hardisty, 2283 72nd Ave SE, supports sustainability and urged Council to make agreements to lower carbon dioxide emissions and fund alternative energies.


Lucia Prizio-Biroli, 4212 West Mercer Way, thanked City staff and Council for efforts towards sustainability by including language in the Comprehensive Plan. She encouraged the Council to adopt the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.


Peter Donaldson, 3635 88th Avenue SE, encouraged the Council to adopt the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to further efforts in sustainability.


Callie Ridolfi, 3423 72nd Ave SE, thanked the Council for addressing sustainability.  She feels that the City’s proposed work plan is a great first step but leadership is needed for the rest of the Island to get involved.


Bob Medved, 7238 SE 32nd Street, congratulated the City, Planning Commission and the City Council for their work on sustainability.  He supports the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and urged the Council to adopt it.





(2)        It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of April 16, 2007.

Motion passed 6-0.



Consent Calendar:


(3)        Payables: $ 650,687.78              Payroll: $558,486.48

(4)        AB 4180            Summer Celebration Fireworks Permit
Approve the Public Fireworks Display Permit application submitted by Western International Fireworks for a fireworks display on July 14th, 2007, near Luther Burbank Park, sponsored by Summer Celebration!

(5)        AB 4167            Kiwanis Fireworks Sales Permit
Approve permit to allow the sale of Class “C” Fireworks by the Mercer Island Kiwanis Club in conjunction with Independence Day 2007.

(5)        AB 4185            Senior Commission Staffing Plan
No action required.  Receive briefing.


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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion passed 6-0.



Regular Business:


(7)        AB 4183            Sustainability: Status Report on Implementation of Council Budget Policy


Councilmember Mike Grady showed a power point presentation and explained that in the State of Washington over half of all carbon emissions are from vehicles and over 20% of carbon emissions are from office and residential energy use


Deputy City Manager Londi Lindell presented a status report on the City’s Sustainability Work Plan and discussed the City’s progress on the work items listed under “low hanging sustainability fruit” and on the work items listed under the significant sustainability initiatives.


Council debated the Work Plan and directed staff to consider the following:

·         Consider adding solar panels on City owned facilities to significant sustainability initiatives.

·         Two Councilmembers expressed concerns over the viability of a separated bike trail around Mercer Island and purchasing reclaimed or grey water from King County due to technological difficulties and cost impediments.

·         Consider partnering with local businesses to provide energy and water audits to assist local businesses reduce their energy/natural resource use.


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

Accept report and Sustainability Work Plan with above suggestions.

Motion passed 6-0.



(8)        AB 4184            Sustainability: Climate Change Resolution


Deputy City Manager Londi Lindell advised Council that two Councilmembers had requested this item be brought to Council.  Ms. Lindell presented the U.S. Climate Change Agreement, Resolution 1389 adopting the City’s Sustainability Work Plan and Bellevue’s sustainability resolution. 


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

Adopt Resolution No. 1389 covering the City’s Sustainability Work Program.


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

Amend Resolution No. 1389 by adding a new Section 2 and renumbering Section 2 “Effective Date” to Section 3, as follows:

2.   Goal.  The City Council will strive to meet or exceed the following greenhouse gas emission reduction target: 80% below current levels by 2050.


Council debated this amendment and agreed that this goal would be a “placeholder” until staff has had an opportunity to establish a carbon footprint for City operations and return to Council in September 2007 with recommended goals for Mercer Island.


Motion to amend passed 6-0.


Main Motion passed 6-0.



(9)        AB 4173            2006 Open Space Vegetation Forest Management Report


Park Arborist Paul West presented the 2006 Open Space Vegetation Forest Management Report which summarizes the work initiated over the past year by the City of Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department to manage vegetation in its forested parks and open space properties.


Following questions the Council accepted the report.                                                                                  





Councilmember Absences:

Councilmember Grausz’ absence was excused.

Councilmember Goldmanis will be absent on June 4th.


Planning Schedule:

There were no changes.


Board Appointments:

There were none.


Councilmember Reports:

City Manager Rich Conrad introduced City Attorney Bob Sterbank and Development Services Director Steve Lancaster.

Councilmember Grady spoke about (1) NOAA announcing that Puget Sound steelhead is listed on the Endangered Species Act as threatened (9:09 pm), (2) creation of Puget Sound Partnership regarding water quality and salmon recovery, (3) WRIA 8: sustainability and restoration efforts.

Mayor Cairns spoke about a Parks and Recreation meeting he attended.

Councilmember Litzow spoke about the Chamber luncheon and the legislative update from Representatives Clibborn & Jarrett.



Adjournment:           9:10 pm


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