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Monday, November 03, 2008

Call To Order:


Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 6:10 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 (arrived 6:25 pm), Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present.





(1)        AB 4371            Emergency Well Facility 90% Design Plans


Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher, Project Engineer Rona Lin and consultants from Roth Hill Engineering presented the 90% design for the Emergency Well Facility to the Council for feedback on the building style and features.  Following discussion, it was the consensus of the Council to have staff proceed to final design and bid documents with the goal of project bid and award in the first half of 2009.





(2)        French Week Proclamation


Mercer Island High School Student Rose Leavens read a proclamation declaring November 5-11, 2008 National French Week on Mercer Island.  French Teacher Kathy Medlock thanked the Council for supporting National French Week and presented a book from the students of Thonon les Bains.


Tent City Oral Report


Police Chief Ed Holmes reported on Tent City 4 for the past two weeks: there were no arrests, no other reports and 28 walk-throughs were completed.  He also provided a summary for the entire stay of Tent City 4 on Mercer Island: total of nine arrests (5 warrants, 2 traffic offenses, 1 violation of no contact order, I domestic violence assault), total of 15 other reports (2 for graffiti, 1 for loud noises, 1 for suspicious persons, 1 for malicious mischief related to water balloons, 2 for littering, 2 for unwanted subject, 3 intoxicated TC resident, 1 for possible intoxicated TC resident (subject wasn’t intoxicated), 1 for non-extraditable warrant out of Spokane, 1 for missing Persons), and a total of 287 walk-throughs (average of 3.3 per day).


Mayor Jim Pearman explained that Council and staff are committed to a full review of Tent City 4 on Mercer Island.  Staff has begun developing the process of the public discussion and review.





Robert Clark, 4319 86th Avenue SE, he is concerned that Exhibit C to the Second Amendment of the Development Agreement for the PEAK project is not part of the agenda bill and ordinance.  He also would like the ordinance to have a public hearing and two readings as he feels it is not a “housekeeping” matter.


Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, thanked the Parks and Recreation department for supporting the Island’s youth through the rebuilding of the First Hill Park and this summer’s sailing program.


Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, objected to AB 4365: Second Amendment of the Development Agreement for the PEAK project being on the agenda as the RCW requires that Development Agreements have a public hearing.


Jennifer McClellan, 6910 94th Ave SE, expressed her appreciation for the Police Department in having the DARE program in Mercer Island schools.


Adele and Byron Piro, 9831 SE 42nd Place, expressed concern regarding the location for posting their real estate sign for selling their home.  City Manager Conrad directed the Piro’s to talk to Development Services Director Steve Lancaster regarding this issue.





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

Approve the Study Session and Regular Meeting Minutes of October 20, 2008 as written.

Motion passed 7-0.



Consent Calendar:


(4)        Payables: $954,174.73               Payroll: $569,284.91


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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion passed 7-0.



Regular Business:


(5)        AB 4365            Second Amendment to the Development Agreement for The PEAK Project Regarding Parking


Development Services Director Steve Lancaster presented Second Amendment to the Development Agreement for The PEAK Project regarding parking and landscaping as part of the Settlement Agreement between the City, the Mercer Island School District, the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County and the Islanders for Common Sense.


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

Suspend City Council Rule of Procedure 5.2.

Motion passed 4-3 (Councilmember Bassett, Cero & Grady dissented).


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

Adopt Ordinance No. 08-10 authorizing the City Manager to sign the Second Amendment to Development Agreement by and between the City of Mercer Island, the Mercer Island School District and the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County regarding parking reductions and additional landscaping for The PEAK project.

Motion passed 7-0.



(4)        AB 4369            Public Hearing: 2009-2010 Preliminary Budget


The Mayor opened the Public Hearing at 7:41 pm. There being no comments the Public Hearing was closed at 7:42 pm.


Finance Director Chip Corder recapped the recommended changes to General Fund and the follow-up items & preliminary decisions made at October 20 meeting.  He and staff then reviewed the proposed 2009-2010 Operating Budgets for the Fire, Police and Maintenance Departments.



Due to the late hour the Mayor moved the review of the Parks and Recreation Department Operating Budget to the November 17th Council meeting.


The remainder of the Budget Hearing schedule is as follows:

·         November 17: Budget review by Council (Follow-up Items, Revenues and Finalize Changes and Proposed 2009-2010 Capital Improvement Program) & Adopt 2009 property tax levy

·         December 8: Adopt 2009 Utility Rates, 2009 Fee Increases (if any) and 2009-2010 Budget Ordinance





Councilmember Absences:

There were no absences.


Planning Schedule: 

Move review of the 2009-2010 Parks & Recreation Operating Budget to November 17


Board Appointments:

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

Appoint Aaron Kornblum to Position No. 1 on the Youth and Family Services Advisory Board (term expiring May 2011)

Motion passed 7-0.


Councilmember Reports:

Councilmember Grausz thanked the Parks Department staff and volunteers for the work done during the outdoor planting projects last weekend.

Interim Deputy Mayor Linda Herzog spoke about the 520 Implementation Committee Open House on November 17 at the Stroum Jewish Community Center at 3:00 pm.



Adjournment:          10:26 pm


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