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Monday, December 01, 2008

Call To Order:


Mayor Jim Pearman 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:


Councilmembers Bruce Bassett, Mike Grady, Mike Cero, Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present.





The City Council recognized former Design Commissioners George Wittman and Callie Ridolfi and Park Capital and Operations Levy Citizen’s Stakeholder Committee Members Shirley Silke, Sue Stewart, Debbie Bertlin, Norm Scott, Brian Emanuels, Dan Taylor, Bill Duvall, Patti Darling, and Fletch Waller for their dedication and hard work as volunteers.



Agenda Addition:


Mayor Pearman added a 20-minute Executive Session to the end of the meeting to review the performance of a public employee pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g).





Kala Harrington, 6th grader at Islander Middle School, urged the Council to help get Mercer Island more involved in Earth Hour, which is one hour where lights are turned off to save energy on Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 pm.


Dr. Jonathan Harrington, Address, spoke in support of Earth Hour and provided statistics about the Earth Hour in 2008.


Kim Kendall, 6731 West Mercer Way, presented articles to the Council regarding the urgency of reducing carbon emissions.





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

Approve the Special Meeting Minutes of November 17, 2008 as written.

Motion passed 7-0.



Consent Calendar:


(2)        Payables: $1,722,825.47            Payroll: $563,765.33


(3)        AB 4378            T-Mobile Cellular Site Lease for Wireless Communication Facilities
Recommendation:  Authorize the City Manager to enter into a Telecommunications Site Lease with T-Mobile West Corporation for a wireless communication facility to be located within Island Crest Way near SE 39th Street in the form set forth in Exhibit 1 of AB 4378


(4)        AB 4373            2008 North Mercer Way Resurfacing Project Close-Out
Recommendation: Accept the completed North Mercer Way Resurfacing project and authorize staff to close out the contract.


(5)        AB 4374            Emergency Water Supply Well Facility Construction Authorization to Bid
Recommendation: Authorize staff to modify the roof design, complete the final design and advertise for bids for the Emergency Water Supply Well Facility at Rotary Park.


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:


(6)        AB 4377            Sewer Lake Line Project Bid Award


Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher presented the bid results, cost summary, funding and the schedule for the Sewer Lake Line Replacement Project.


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

Award Schedule A to Manson Construction in the amount of $14,797,295 and award Schedule B to Stellar J Corporation in the amount of $4,328,548.60, and direct staff to administer the Sewer Lake Line and Pump Station No. 4 construction contract.

Motion passed 7-0.



(7)        AB 4370            Public Hearing: Town Center Parking Time Limits (1st Reading)


Development Services Director Steve Lancaster and Transportation Manager Nick Afzali presented three options to the Council for adding time limits to certain parking spaces in the Town Center as well as creating angle parking on SE 28th Street.


The Mayor opened the Public Hearing at 7:40 pm.


Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, expressed concern about the pedestrians that cross SE 28th Street between 77th Ave SE and 78th Ave SE with the proposed changes of adding angle parking.


The Mayor closed the Public Hearing at 7:41 pm.


Council discussed Town Center parking issues versus commuter parking issues and how the two coincide.


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

Conduct the first reading of Ordinance No. 09C-01 (as presented) and schedule for second reading and adoption at the first regularly scheduled Council meeting in 2009.

Motion passed 7-0.


Staff was further directed come back at the second reading with language in the proposed ordinance for four-hour parking at both ends of Sunset Highway (22 spaces) in accordance with Option 1.



(8)        AB 4375            I-90 Update


Interim Deputy City Manager Linda Herzog introduced staff from WSDOT and Sound Transit to provide project updates on Replacement of I-90 Bridge Expansion Joints, Two-Way Transit and HOV Operations (“R8A”) and the East Link Light Rail project



Russ East, Assistant Regional Administrator, WSDOT explained the expansion joint replacement project for the I-90 bridge. Randy Simonson, Engineering Manager, WSDOT detailed the plan for moving traffic across I-90 during construction.  He noted that Mercer Islanders will be unable to access the center roadway for a period of time as it will be used for mainline traffic during the replacement project.  The expansion joint replacement project will take place from May 4-23 in the center roadway and July 6-24 in the westbound lanes.


WSDOT Urban Corridors Administrator Craig Stone, WSDOT Liaison to Sound Transit Dylan Counts,

Sound Transit Capital Projects Director Jim Edwards and Annie Johnson from WSDOT Communications presented information to the Council on the Two-Way Transit and HOV Operations project.  They also spoke about the passage of Proposition 1 on the November ballot which will make for a number of changes to the project schedule and funding. 


Don Billen, East Link Project Director with Sound Transit provided and update on the East Link Light Rail Project. He noted that with the passage of Proposition 1, Sound Transit received approval of Mass Transit Expansion including extension of the light rail line eastward across the I-90 bridge through Bellevue and to Redmond.  He spoke about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project, which will be released on December 12, 2008 and Sound Transit Board’s schedule to study station and routing options for the East Link line. 


Following the presentations the Council requested a detailed document with solutions for the following items during the I-90 closures:

§         timing street diversion

§         emergency routes

§         school staff getting to schools on time

§         transit/parking enhancements

§         traffic modeling to identify location and extent of impacts


Council also requested that staff provide regular updates on these projects.



(9)        AB 4376            Sustainability Work Plan


The Council moved this item to the December 8th Council Meeting.





Councilmember Absences:

There were no absences.


Planning Schedule: 

The Sustainability Work Plan will be on the December 8th Council Meeting.

The annual Planning Session is set for January 23-25, 2009.


Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.


Councilmember Reports:

Councilmember Cero would like the vacancy on the Island Crest Way Citizen Panel to be filled.

Councilmember Bassett spoke about the upcoming meeting for the Climate Action Task Force.





The Council adjourned to Executive Session at 10:24 pm to review the performance of a public employee pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g) for approximately 20 minutes.





Adjournment:           11:31 pm


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