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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Call To Order:            Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 7:02 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, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman and Mayor Bryan Cairns were present.

 

 

Appearances:

 

Maretta Holden, 8221 SE 24th Street, asked when the sidewalks on 77th Ave SE & SE 27th St will reopen to pedestrians and if they will be any wider and if trees will be included.  She stated concerns with pedestrians having to walk in unmarked crosswalks on 77th Ave SE and that the 4-way stop intersections at 80th & 27thand 77th & 27th are becoming more dangerous for pedestrians. She recommended better marked crosswalk across 77th Ave SE between the freeway path and the open sidewalk, monitoring of the 4-way stops on SE 27th and reducing the speed limit in the Town Center.

 

 

Minutes:

 

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of August 6, 2007 as amended:

Page 1, AB 4208, Paragraph 4:

The Council directed staff to begin work on connecting routes (signing, striping) from/between schools to neighborhoods using existing maintenance operational budget dollars.

Motion passed 6-1 (Councilmember Grady dissented).

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

(3)        Payables:    $1,122,326.36 (8/10/07)        Payroll:    $596,361.35 (8/17/07)

                              $682,335.13 (8/27/07)                          $556,944.87 (8/31/07)

 

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

The Council adjourned to Executive Session at 7:11 pm for approximately 10 minutes to discuss potential litigation pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(1).  The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:21 pm.

 

 

Regular Business:

 

(4)        AB 4211            Community Center Construction Project Close-Out

 

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

Approve and authorize the City Manager to execute a settlement agreement with Swinerton Builders Northwest, Inc. in a form approved by the City Attorney and including the following terms:

1.       The City will approve a deductive change order in the amount of $48,360, which will result in a final contract payment of $29,234.09 to Swinerton;

2.       The City will close out the Project and issue final acceptance of the Contract;

3.       The City and Swinerton will mutually release all claims against each other, and Swinerton will defend, indemnify and hold the City harmless from all claims by third parties related to the construction of the Community Center, including but not limited to claims alleged in two pending lawsuits brought by Enderis Company and Diemert against the City and Swinerton.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

Council commended staff for their work in completing the project, on time and under budget.

                                   

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

Accept the completed Community Center at Mercer View project and authorize staff to close out the contract.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

(5)        AB 4213            Financial Status Report Through 6/30/07

 

Finance Director Chip Corder presented the Cityís financial status through June 30, 2007 and an ordinance encompassing budget adjustments and amendments to the 2007-2008 budget.

 

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

Suspend the City Council Rules of Procedure 5.2.
Motion passed 7-0.

 

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 07-09, amending the 2007-2008 budget.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

(6)        AB 4212            Sustainability Report

 

Deputy City Manager Londi Lindell updated the Council on the actions staff has taken since May 2007 to implement the more significant sustainability initiatives set forth in the Sustainability Work Plan that was adopted by the Council at the May 7, 2007 Council Meeting.

 

The Council discussed current City practices, future ideas to add to the work plan and setting goals to reduce gas emissions for City operations.

 

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

Refine Cityís Sustainability Goals as follows: 

City Council will strive to meet or exceed the following greenhouse gas emission reduction target for City Operations:  5% below 2005 levels by 2012.

Motion passed 6-1 (Councilmember Grady dissented).

 

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

Direct Finance Director to return with the mid-biennial budget adjustment allocating $25,000 to be expended for programs consistent with the City Council approved Sustainability Work Plan.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

(7)        AB 4215            Renton Airport Noise Study Interlocal Agreement

 

Assistant City Manager Linda Herzog presented an Interlocal agreement with the City of Renton to equally share the cost of a study for modeling and reporting noise effects of Rentonís alternative Airport Master Plan scenarios.  She explained that the cities agreed that Renton would enter into and manage the contract with the firm Harris, Miller, Miller and Hanson (HMMH) and the two cities would equally share the cost of the study, projected not to exceed $131,050 -- $65,525 for each city. Assistant CM Herzog further detailed the two phases of the studyís scope: 1) a series of three community meetings and; 2) modeling the air traffic, types of aircraft, flight patterns, topography and general environmental conditions that describe the Airport Layout alternatives under consideration by Renton.

 

After Council questions and discussion the following motion was made:

 

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

Approve the Interlocal Agreement with the City of Renton to share scoping responsibility and cost of an aircraft noise study by the firm Harris, Miller, Miller and Hanson to model the potential effects of airport layout alternatives associated with the Renton Airport Master Plan now under consideration by the City of Renton.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences: 

Councilmember Goldmanis will be absent October 1st.

 

Planning Schedule: 

There were none.

 

Board Appointments:

There were none.

 

Councilmember Reports:

City Manager Rich Conrad provided an update on the Sound Transit Park-and-Ride completion date (sometime between October and December 2007).

Mayor Cairns spoke about the Sister City Delegationís trip to Thonon-les-Bains.

 

 

Adjournment:           9:19 pm

 

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