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Monday, December 03, 2007

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 (arrived 6:10 pm), El Jahncke, Steve Litzow (arrived 6:04 pm), Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman and Mayor Bryan Cairns were present.





(1)        AB 4245            First Hill Property Discussion


Development Services Director Steve Lancaster provided information about approximately .7 acres, or 30,660 square feet of property at 2976 74th Avenue SE, in the First Hill neighborhood, that is owned by the City of Mercer Island, that has become surplus to the City’s water utility needs.  State statute allows for a legislative authority to determine by resolution that lands originally acquired for public utility purposes are surplus to the city’s needs and not needed for providing continued public utility service.  Thereafter, the city may by resolution cause the property to be leased, sold or otherwise conveyed after holding a public hearing.


Director Lancaster and Arthur Sullivan from ARCH described three potential future options for the property: (1) Housing Demonstration Project, (2) Sell Property for Traditional Housing Development or (3) Park / Open Space.





Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, spoke about her satisfaction with getting prompt answers to her questions from City staff.


Ted Misselwitz, 7250 North Mercer Way, stated that his daughter who lives across from the First Hill property prefers that it remain open space, but if it is to be developed she favors single family homes. Mr. Misselwitz also owns property close to the First Hill Property and also requests that the any development be single family homes only.


Anne Fox, 2981 74th Ave SE, lives across the street from the First Hill Property would like to see the First Hill Property lot remain open space, if not she would like to see a housing demonstration project on the site. She believes that specific guidelines gathered through a community process would create a project that will fit with the neighborhood.


Matt Leibsohm, 3206 74th Place SE, lives adjacent to the First Hill property. He objects to a possible housing demonstration project as it brings high density to the single-family neighborhood.


Carolyn Boatsman lives two doors down from the First Hill Property. She thinks that a demonstration project could work but only with a community input process would express the community's desires.


Susan Madison, 7075 SE Maker Street, lives close to the First Hill Property and would like it to be open space.  She is concerned about changing zoning in the neighborhood and that a demonstration project may be too much work for the end product.


Charlie Zwick, 7422 SE 32nd, lives adjacent to the First Hill property and asked that the City keep neighbors informed and involved in the process.




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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of November 19, 2007 as written.

Motion passed 7-0.



Consent Calendar:


Councilmember Jahncke asked that Agenda Bill 4243 (Item 4) be moved to Regular Business.  Councilmember Grady asked that Agenda Bill 4245 (Item 5) be moved to Regular Business.


(3)        Payables:  $741,165.65              Payroll: $564,220.32

(6)        AB 4247            Police Support Collective Bargaining Agreement: Authorize the City Manager to sign the collective bargaining agreement with the Mercer Island Police Association (representing the Police Support Personnel) for the period of January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2009.


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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion passed 7-0.



Regular Business:


(7)        AB 4250            First Hill Property Surplus Resolution


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

Table Agenda Bill 4250.

Motion passed 4-3 (Councilmembers Grady and Jahncke and Deputy Mayor Pearman dissented).



(8)        AB 4244            2007 Development Code Amendments


Development Services Director Steve Lancaster and Acting Principal Planner George Steirer explained a few of the proposed changes in the ordinance and answered questions from the Council.


The Mayor opened the Public Hearing at 8:06 pm.


Bob Thorpe, 5800 West Mercer Way, spoke about a conflict in Mercer Island City Code 19.02.030 regarding accessory dwelling units.  He would like to see the 40% limitation removed from the size and scale requirements.


The Mayor closed the Public Hearing at 8:09 pm.


The Council provided feedback to staff on changes to make to the ordinance and to return in 2008 for a second reading.



(4)        AB 4243            Regional Water Conservation Goal Resolution


Councilmember Jahncke asked staff about the level of commitment this requires Mercer Island to participate in.  Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher explained that language in the resolution does not commit Mercer Island to any specific level; it commits the region to a certain level of water conservation between now and the year 2030.


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

Adopt Resolution No. 1394 establishing Mercer Island's water conservation goal as required by the Water Use Efficiency Rule.

Motion passed 7-0.

(5)        AB 4246            Local Government Stormwater Grant Agreement


Councilmember Grady asked staff what the grant funds will be used for.  City Engineer Patrick Yamashita responded that the funds will assist the City in establishing a Stormwater Management Program.


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

Authorize the City Manager to sign the grant agreement and accept the funds from the DOE Local Government Stormwater Grants Program.

Motion passed 7-0.





Councilmember Absences: 

There were no absences.


Planning Schedule: 

There were no changes.


Board Appointments:

The Mayor will appoint the following additional individuals to the Parks Capital and Operations Levy Citizen’s Stakeholder Group at the December 10th meeting:

·         Two citizens-at-large

·         Representative from MI-DOG

·         Representative from MI Baseball Club

·         Representative from MI Youth Lacrosse

·         Representative from Rotary Park Adopt-A-Park Neighbor


Councilmember Reports:

Deputy Mayor Pearman reported on the Jail Administration Group meeting.

Councilmember Grausz reported on the Design Commission’s approval of the development proposal at the old Safeway site.

Councilmember Goldmanis asked about the Sound Transit Park-and-Ride opening date.

City Manager Conrad reported that Rhonda Hilyer (facilitator) will be conducting in person interviews on December 17th and phone interviews for December 19th with Councilmembers for the planning session January 25-27, 2008.

City Manager Conrad spoke about the School District’s desire to have a Council liaison for the “big idea committee”.  The next mayor will make the appointment after first of the year.

Councilmember Grady spoke about the 520 project plan.



Executive SESSION:


The Council adjourned to Executive Session at 8:51 pm to discuss potential litigation per RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) and for approximately 60 minutes.



Adjournment:           11:58 pm


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