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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Call To Order:

Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

 

 

Roll Call:    

Councilmembers Bruce Bassett, Mike Cero, Mike Grady (arrived 7:30 pm), Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present.

 

 

Appearances:

 

The following individuals spoke in support of the Council restoring full funding for the Mary Wayte Pool:

·         Adair Dingle, 6880 West Mercer Way

·         Peggy Pomeroy, 8098 West Mercer Way

·         Dick Benster, 7452 West Mercer Way

·         Mary Linda Filley, 9105 SE 46th Street

·         Joan Wold, 4206 86th Avenue SE

·         Lillian Rudensey, 2811 75th Place SE

 

Amanda Clark, 4319 86th Avenue SE, believes that the development agreement process has lead to incremental, out-of-order decision making, pressured by a rush to move the PEAK project along even though there are outstanding issues.  She urged the Council to look at the entire campus and reconsider the idea of a complex that would serve the entire community.

 

David Ross, 4230 90th Ave SE, supports a master plan for a sports and theater complex on SE 40th Street.  He feels it’s necessary to consider a campus as a whole not in separate parts as it will effect the whole neighborhood.

 

Ted Coulsen, Magnolia, Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club Board Member, urged the Council to adopt the changes to correct the development agreement and amendment for the high school site.

 

 

Councilmember Litzow asked to add an agenda item to the end of the meeting to discuss City / School District funding.

 

 

Minutes:

 

(1)        It was moved by Deputy Mayor Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:

Approve the 2008 Annual Planning Session Minutes of January 25-27, 2008 as amended:

·         Sewer Lake Line (page 4): add sentence to end of paragraph one stating: “Councilmember Grausz observed that lake line failures were on Reach 3 and not on Reach 4. 

·         Sewer Lake Line (page 4): amend sentence four of paragraph two to read: “Councilmember Cero requested a defect analysis isolating root causes of the failures literature search to compare deterioration rates between underground (Reach 4) and in-lake (Reach 3) piping.”

·         Pool Funding (page 8): delete sentence three.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of February 4, 2008 as written.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

(3)        Payables: $554,734.58         Payroll: $598,489.03

 

(4)        AB 4273            East Mercer Way Shoulder Improvements Phase 4 and 5 Closeout: Accept the completed East Mercer Way Phase 4 and 5 Shoulder Improvement project and authorize staff to close out the contract.

 

(5)        AB 4268            Waste Reduction & Recycling Grant Agreement: Authorize the City Manager to sign the interlocal grant agreement for the 2008-2009 Waste Reduction and Recycling Program of the King County Solid Waste Division.

 

(6)        AB 4265            Acceptance of King County Grant Funds for Lakeridge Field Renovation: Authorize the City Manager to accept a $33,250 King County Youth Sports Facility Grant; appropriate $33,250 from the CIP Fund for the expanded Lakeridge Field project; approve a modified total project budget of $54,000 and, authorize City staff to implement the project according to the modified project scope and budget.

 

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

Regular Business:

 

(7)        AB 4271            Arts Council 2007 Annual Report and 2008 Work Plan

 

Arts Council Chair Beth Brennan presented the Arts Council 2007 annual report and 2008 work plan to the Council and answered questions a current programs and possible new programs.

 

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

Receive Arts Council 2007 annual report and approve the Arts Council 2008 work plan.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

(8)        AB 4272            Northwest Center Contract for Mary Wayte Pool Funding

 

Assistant City Manager/Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer spoke about the history and background of the Council’s funding of the Mary Wayte Pool. The Council included $100,000 in operational subsidy for pool operations in 2007 and 2008 as part of their 2007-08 biennial budget.  However, the original five year Agreement concluded December 31, 2007.  In order to convey the already budgeted and approved 2008 funds, Council needed authorize an amendment to Section 6.2 of the Agreement to allow the additional year of financial support.  At the November 5th, 2007 (AB 4232) regular meeting of the City Council, Council discussed the continued subsidy for pool operations and moved to “reduce [the] pool subsidy from $100,000 to $80,000 for 2008 and thereafter by an additional $20,000 per year”.

 

Ty Taylor, Vice-President, Northwest Center spoke to the Council about pool service levels from 2003 to 2007, the revenue and expenditures for 2004 to 2007, completed and future capital projects, the Mary Wayte Poll strategic direction and what the impact will be on the pool with the $20,000 reduction.

 

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

Authorize the City Manager to enter into an Amendment to the “Agreement Between the City of Mercer Island and Northwest Center Concerning the Operation of the Mary Wayte Pool”, to extend the term to December 31, 2008, and to approve paying Northwest Center $100,000 for Mary Wayte Pool 2008 operations (increasing the previously Council approved $80,000 by $20,000).

 

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

Amend motion as follows:

Authorize the City Manager to enter into an Amendment to the “Agreement Between the City of Mercer Island and Northwest Center Concerning the Operation of the Mary Wayte Pool”, to extend the term to December 31, 2008, and to approve paying Northwest Center $100,000 for Mary Wayte Pool 2008 operations (increasing the previously Council approved $80,000 by $20,000) and $80,000 in 2009.

Motion failed 4-3 (Proponents of motion: Councilmember Cero, Deputy Mayor Jahncke & Mayor Pearman).

 

Main motion passed 6-1 (Councilmember Jahncke dissented).

 

 

(9)        AB 4275            Amendment to MOU with Renton for Airport

 

Special Projects Manager Linda Herzog presented an amendment to the Memorandum of Agreement with the City of Renton regarding Renton’s Airport Master Planning process.  The amendment deletes articles 7, 14 and 15 of the MOU to reflect changed circumstances resulting in Renton taking a different course on its airport development plans.

 

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

Direct staff to work with City of Renton on a long term MOU regarding the procedures for dealing with future changes at the Renton airport that could have material impacts on Mercer Island residents.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

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

Adopt the First Amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Airport Issues / Cities of Renton and Mercer Island, so that Renton may request that its Airport Advisory Committee provide a recommendation on the new proposed Airport Layout Plan, provided that the Plan does not include facilities, programs or activities to support increased jet traffic at Renton Airport.

Motion passed 6-1 (Councilmember Cero dissented).

 

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

Direct staff to complete research on noise monitoring purposes, methods, utility and costs; and deliver a proposal to Council for purchase of noise monitoring equipment and technical assistance.

Motion passed 6-1 (Councilmember Jahncke dissented).

 

 

(10)       AB 4276            PEAK Development Agreement and Amendment Correction

 

Development Services Director Steve Lancaster presented Ordinance No. 08-02 to correct the legal descriptions for the development agreement (Resolution No. 1374: authorizing a development agreement with the relating to property commonly known as the Mercer Island High School site) and amendment (Resolution No. 1374: authorizing an amendment to the development agreement to establish parking requirements for the proposed PEAK project) with the Mercer Island School District and the Boys & Girls Club of King County.

 

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

Suspend the Council Rules of Procedure 5.2 to allow for adoption of an ordinance in one reading.

Motion passed 4-3 (Councilmembers Bassett, Cero and Grausz dissented).

 

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 08-02 amending the Development Agreement and 1st Amendment to the Development Agreement with Mercer Island School District and Boys & Girls Clubs of King County (PEAK Project).

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

(11)       AB 4269            Biodiesel Fleet Conversion

 

Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher presented information to the Council about purchasing a biodiesel tank, dispenser and card reader in anticipation of switching to diesel vehicles and equipment in the City’s fleet and possibly the Mercer Island School District’s bus fleet.  

 

Deputy Mayor Jahncke presented articles to the Council regarding an alternative view to the efficacy of biofuels.

 

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

Appropriate $45,000 from the 2007 General Fund surplus balance to purchase a 4,000 gallon biodiesel tank, dispenser and card reader for installation in early 2009.

 

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

Direct staff to provide further guidance in 2008 to the Council on how the City facility could be used by general public.

Motion passed 5-2 (Councilmember Cero and Deputy Mayor Jahncke dissented).

 

Main motion passed 5-2 (Councilmember Cero and Deputy Mayor Jahncke dissented).

 

 

(12)       AB 4270            Soil Remediation

 

Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher presented information regarding the clean up a fuel release from underground tanks dating back to 1991 at the Maintenance Shop that eventually spread to what was then known as the Honeywell Property on the west side of City Hall.

 

Staff requested funding necessary for another round of chemical injection later this winter, the completion of the Remedial Action Report, the completion of the Quality Assurance Report, the completion of the Treatment System Operation and Maintenance Manual and continued monitoring.

 

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

Appropriate $175,150 in the Equipment Rental Fund, funded by $120,150 from the 2007 General Fund balance and $55,000 from WCIA insurance recovery proceeds, and authorize staff to continue soil remediation work at the Honeywell site through 2008.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

(13)       No AB               City/School District Funding

 

Councilmember Litzow asked that the City/School District Financing Council Sub-Committee reconvene with City staff to review past and current data, then the sub-committee and City staff meet with the their counterparts at the school district to discuss potential collaboration on a City/parks/education levy.  Finally, the sub-committee will come back to the full Council at a study session in the spring to review their findings. There was consensus from the Council to start the process.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences: 

Councilmember Bassett will be absent March 3rd.

Councilmember Grady will be absent March 17th.

Councilmember Grausz will be absent June 2nd June 16th.

 

Planning Schedule: 

There were no changes.

 

Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.

 

Councilmember Reports:

Councilmember Cero spoke regarding PTA Focus in Olympia.

 

 

 

 

Adjournment:           10:12 pm

 

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