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Monday, January 07, 2008

Call To Order:            City Clerk Ali Spietz 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:                    Councilmembers-Elect Bruce Basset and Mike Cero, Councilmembers Mike Grady, Dan Grausz (arrived 6:10 pm), El Jahncke, Steve Litzow and Jim Pearman were present.

 

 

STUDY SESSION:

 

(1)        AB 4255            Transportation Update with Representatives Clibborn & Jarrett

 

            State Representatives Judy Clibborn and Fred Jarrett spoke to the Council about potential tolls coming to the floating bridges across Lake Washington and about the need to finalize plans for replacing the 520 bridge.

 

 

Special Business:

 

(2)        AB 4251            Oath of Office and Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor

 

            City Clerk Ali Spietz administered the Oaths of Office to the recently elected Councilmembers: Bruce Bassett, Mike Cero, El Jahncke and Steve Litzow.

 

Ms. Spietz then conducted the election of the Mayor.

 

Councilmember Grady nominated Jim Pearman to serve as Mayor for 2008 and 2009. Councilmember Pearman accepted the nomination. 

 

Councilmember Cero nominated Steve Litzow to serve as Mayor for 2008 and 2009. Councilmember Litzow declined the nomination.

 

There were no other nominations.

 

It was moved by Councilmember Grady to:

Unanimously name Jim Pearman to serve as Mayor for the City of Mercer Island for a two-year term.

Motion Passed 7-0.

 

Ms. Spietz administered the Oath of Office to Mayor Pearman.

 

Ms. Spietz then conducted the election of the Deputy Mayor.

 

Mayor Pearman nominated El Jahncke to serve as Deputy Mayor. There were no other nominations.

 

It was moved by Mayor Pearman to:

Unanimously name El Jahncke to serve as Deputy Mayor for the City of Mercer Island for a two-year term.

Motion Passed 7-0.

 

Ms. Spietz then administered the Oath of Office to Deputy Mayor Jahncke and turned the meeting over to Mayor Pearman.

 

There was a short break to allow for photos.  The meeting resumed at 7:19 pm.

 

 

Appearances:

 

Peter Donaldson, 3635 88th Ave SE, thanked the Council for the work they are doing.  He encouraged the Council to look further into sustainability efforts on Mercer Island, to televise the Council meetings and have an annual meeting at the MIHS during the day for the students to attend.

 

Callie Ridolfi, 3432 72nd Ave SE, the welcomed the Council on behalf of Island Vision in moving sustainability forward on the Island.  She looks forward to working with the Council and staff on the Farmerís Market and Earth Day Sustainability Fair.

 

 

Minutes:

 

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

Approve the Special Meeting Minutes of December 10, 2007 as written.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

(4)        Payables: $1,347,653.91 (12/10/07) & $1,702,408.10 (12/31/07)

            Payroll: $573,366.62 (12/21/07), $10,371.51 (12/31/07) & $559,251.75 (01/04/07)

 

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

Regular Business:

 

(5)        AB 4249            I-90 Briefing

 

Deputy City Manager Londi Lindell presented an update to the Council on the failure of Proposition 1, tolling on 520 and I-90, current and future I-90 projects and light rail station design choices. Sound Transit officials shared two alternative designs for a pedestrian bridge to the proposed Mercer Island light rail station.

 

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

Adopt Design Principles for Mercer Island Town Center Light Rail Design as depicted in Exhibit 5 of AB 4249 and select Alternative 1 as the City of Mercer Islandís preferred alternative for the Mercer Island light rail station design, as depicted in Exhibit 6 of AB 4249. 

Motion passed 5-2 (Councilmembers Grausz and Deputy Mayor Jahncke dissented).

 

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

Amend the Mercer Island Light Rail Station Design Principles by adding:

11.   Design will incorporate convenient and safe locations for bicycle riders as well as potential storage for bicycles.

12.   Design will incorporate state-of-the-art, low impact development and as well as energy and water efficiency components.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

                                            

(6)        AB 4254            Amendment to MOU with Renton Regarding Airport Issues

 

City Manager Conrad explained that Agenda Bill 4254 has been removed from the agenda and will be brought back when Renton and Boeing provide greater certainty about future airport leaseholds and uses.

 

 

 

(7)        AB 4253            Sewer Resolution

 

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

Adopt Resolution No. 1398, which establishes rates and connection charges for sewerage disposal services supplied by the City of Mercer Island effective January 8, 2008 and thereafter.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

(8)        AB 4252            2007 Development Code Amendments (2nd Reading)

 

Principal Planner George Steirer explained staff recommendations for the following items as requested by Council at the December 10, 2007 meeting:

         Specific height for appurtenances in the Multi-Family Zone based on existing sections of the Mercer Island City Code.

         Solar panels and windmills would likely be allowed as appurtenances subject to the maximum height requirements.

         Provided further clarification language in the proposed code text amendment, the effects of measuring building height in the Town Center from the final sidewalk elevation as opposed to ďAverage Building ElevationĒ.

         Provided an analysis of potential changes to the Accessory Dwelling Unit section of the Mercer Island City Code.

         Investigated limiting the placement of temporary signs between the curb and a park.

 

Council directed staff to amend the proposed ordinance to increase the percentage limit for all accessory dwelling units to 80%, include a provision that limits temporary signs to of 90 days during any 365 day period, and bring Ordinance No. 08C-01 for a third reading at the January 22, 2008 Council Meeting. 

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences: 

Councilmember Basset will be absent March 3rd

 

Planning Schedule: 

There were no changes.

 

Board Appointments:

City Clerk Spietz reported that the vacancies on the Open Space Conservancy Trust and the Senior Commission should be filled at the January 22, 2008 meeting.

 

Councilmember Reports:

There were no reports.

 

 

Executive SESSION:

 

The Council adjourned to Executive Session at 9:34 pm to discuss potential litigation per RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) and for approximately 60 minutes.

 

Adjournment:           Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 12:20 am.

 

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