Call To Order: Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 6:00 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.
The Study Session (AB 4235: Low Impact Development and AB 4234: Green Buildings: LEED and Other Certification Programs) was canceled.
The Council adjourned to Executive Session at 6:01 pm to discuss potential litigation per RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) and performance review per RCW 42.30.110(1)(g) for approximately 60 minutes.
The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:00 pm.
There were no appearances.
(3) It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Approve the Revised Regular Meeting Minutes of October 15, 2007 as written.
Motion passed 7-0.
(4) Payables: $1,800,983.29 Payroll: $547,476.82
(5) AB 4226 DOE Shoreline Master Program Grant Acceptance: Accept the Department of Ecology Shoreline grant (in the amount of $150,000) and authorize staff to use the proceeds to fund work on the Comprehensive Shoreline Master Program Update.
(6) AB 4237 Commute Trip Reduction Act Interlocal Agreement: Authorize the City Manager to sign the Commute Trip Reduction Act Interlocal Agreement.
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion passed 7-0.
(7) AB 4231 Communities That Care: Update on Implementation
Youth and Family Services Director Cindy Goodwin and Darcy Darcie Guyer and Penny Yantis Co-Chairs for the Communities That Care Coalition presented an update on worked completed and future endeavors. The two year coalition reached its completion date in June 2007 and Mercer Islandís Youth and Family Services (YFS) received additional bridge funding to extend the project for six months (through December 2007). The work completed thus far encompassed developing a citizen Community Board to review data, determining community risk factors and establishing an action plan to raise awareness of the issue of underage drinking and drug use. The coalition also secured funding to sustain an on-going community wide effort to positively change the patterns of youth drinking and drug use. During the second half of 2007, the coalition expects to use the bridge funding to reconfigure and enhance a community board. The future board will encompasses a representation of all sectors of the community. The efforts of the coalition will continue past December 2007 with the implementation of a five-year federal Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant.
(9) AB 4233 Stakeholder Process for Future Parks & Recreation Capital and Operations Levy
Assistant City Manager/Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer presented a proposed timeline and charter to initiate a Citizenís Stakeholder Committee and process to develop a potential package of park and recreation projects for a ballot measure in May 2008.
It was moved by Deputy Mayor Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:
Approve the Charter for the Park Capital and Operations Levy Citizenís Stakeholder Committee, appropriate up to $101,800 from the 2007 General Fund Surplus in support of its endeavors and election related costs and immediately convene the process.
Motion passed 7-0.
(8) AB 4232 Northwest Center Contract Ė Mary Wayte Pool
Assistant City Manager/Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer presented the history of a multi-year agreement with Northwest Center which provided $100,000 each year from 2003 through 2007 for Northwest Center to operate and maintain the Mary Wayte pool. He presented options for the Council to renew the contract for an additional year, not renew the contract and terminate subsidy or reduce the pool subsidy for 2008.
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Reduce pool subsidy from $100,000 to $80,000 for 2008 and thereafter by an additional $20,000 per year.
Motion passed 4-3 (Councilmembers Grady and Grausz and Mayor Cairns dissented).
(10) AB 4230 Load Boat Legal Research Scope of Work
City Attorney Bob Sterbank presented a memorandum outlining various issues and areas that would require research regarding load boats on Lake Washington and an estimate of the amount of time needed for each.
The Council directed the City Attorney to do limited legal analysis and check with King County and cities bordering Lake Washington to see if there is an interest in jointly asking the State Legislature to consider additional regulation of noise created by boats on Lake Washington. Council also directed the City Attorney to do limited research on the possibility of regulating noise (not speed) within Mercer Islandís inner harbor line.
There were no absences.
Move AB 4235: Low Impact Development and AB 4234: Green Buildings: LEED and Other Certification Programs to the Study Session on November 19th.
Combine Sister City Update and 78th & Sculpture Garden Plaza agenda items.
There were no appointments.
Councilmember Goldmanis asked for a report on the Park-and-Ride. City Manager Conrad reported that Sound Transit expects to have it open by the end of the year.
Councilmember Grady thanked Rich Conrad and Glenn Boettcher for the shared lanes on 71st Ave SE.
Adjournment: 8:57 pm