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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, January 04, 2010

Call To Order:

 

City Clerk Ali Spietz 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 Cero, Mike Grady Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present.

 

 

Special Business:

 

(1)        AB 4497            Oath of Office and Mayor and Deputy Mayor Elections

 

City Clerk Ali Spietz administered the Oaths of Office to the recently re-elected Councilmembers: Mike Grady, Dan Grausz and Jim Pearman.

 

City Clerk Spietz then called for nominations from the floor for the office of Mayor for 2010-2011.  Councilmember Bassett nominated Jim Pearman.  There were no other nominations. Councilmember Pearman was elected Mayor by unanimous voice vote, 7-0.

 

City Clerk Spietz administered the Oath of Office to Mayor Pearman.

 

City Clerk Spietz then called for nominations from the floor for the office of Deputy Mayor for 2010-2011.  Mayor Pearman nominated El Jahncke.  There were no other nominations. Councilmember Jahncke was elected Deputy Mayor by unanimous voice vote, 7-0.

 

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

 

Mayor Pearman spoke about how proud he is of the Council being able to make good decisions despite differing view on many topics and he thanked staff for all of the hard work they do to support the Council. 

 

Councilmember Grady thanked the boards and commissions and volunteers for all of the work they do to advise the Council and encouraged more citizens to get involved. 

 

Councilmember Grausz spoke about the election last fall and appreciated the spirited campaign.  He stated that he looks forward to another four years and the challenges the Council faces in accomplishing its goals.

 

The Council took a break at 7:20 pm.  The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:29 pm.

 

 

Appearances:

 

Al Lippert, 4052 94th Ave SE, representing the pickle ball players at the Community Center, presented a petition from 19 people requesting that the City Council investigate the inferior lighting in the Community Center gym and allow pickle ball players to continue playing in half of the gym after their allotted time until it is needed by other users.

 

 

 

MINUTES:

 

(2)        The City Clerk will review the Special Meeting Minutes of December 7, 2009 for the spelling of Councilmember Bassettís name, who moved and seconded for the motion for AB 4491 and the wording of the motion for AB 4490 made by Councilmember Grausz.  The City Clerk will provide a revised set of minutes for approval at the January 19, 2020 meeting.

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

(3)        Payables:   $1,661,600.22 (12/23/09)      Payroll:    $601.255.31 (12/18/09)

                                                                                       $601,517.99 (12/31/09)

 

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

Regular Business:

 

(4)        AB 4499            Interlocal Agreement with MISD for High School Stadium Use

 

Interim Parks and Recreation Director Manny Ocampo presented the interlocal agreement with the Mercer Island School District for improvement, scheduling, use and operations of the Mercer Island High School Stadium and other facilities for consideration by the City Council. 

 

At the October 19, 2009 meeting the Council directed staff to work with the School District to address concerns about the availability of the high schoolís fields for casual drop-in use.  Following discussions between City and School District staff, the interlocal remained unchanged and Superintendent Gary Plano sent City Manager Rich Conrad a memo that reassures the Council and community that drop-in use will continue on the JV Field and field adjacent to Mary Wayte Pool and that the Stadium may be made available during non-school operating times (holidays, etc.), pending further consideration by District staff.

 

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

Authorize the City Manager to sign and execute the interlocal agreement between the City of Mercer Island and the Mercer Island School District for the improvement, scheduling, use and operation of the Mercer Island High School Stadium and other facilities.

 

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

Amend the previous motion as follows:

Amend the Interlocal Agreement Section 7(F) to read:

1.     The Stadium will be secured when school is in sessionat all times.  Keys for all areas shall be issued or other means of access provided for curriculum/program events and activities approved under this Agreement.  The District shall provide a minimum of four (4) sets of keys to the City for access to Stadium areas.  The City agrees not to duplicate keys issued by the District.  The District will also issue keys to community members desiring access to the track for running during designated times and hours.

Motion failed 2-5 (Councilmember Cero and Deputy Mayor Jahncke assented).

 

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

 

 

(5)        AB 4493            Recommended Council Actions to Reduce Underage Drinking

 

Youth and Family Services Director Cindy Goodwin detailed potential roles for the City Council regarding reducing underage drinking on Mercer Island through Youth and Family Servicesí Communities That Care project.

 

 

The potential roles included:

1.   Messaging

A.    Annual message regarding the state of reducing underage drinking on the Island and an annually updated proclamation. 

B.    Council Statement: Create a mantra that speaks positively about our community strengths and conveys the City Councilís commitment to reducing underage drinking.

C.    Author annual Back-to-School Forum in Mercer Island Reporter.

D.    MI Quarterly Articles

E.    Publicly state to youth the Cityís focus on reducing underage drinking in school papers.

F.    MI Weekly Articles:

2.   Parent Education/Information 

A.    Council endorse the YFS Department creation of an Ad Hoc Parenting Committee in 2010

B.    Endorse annual Positive Parenting campaign:

3.   Fines and Fees:

A.   Staff will return with a series of options and actions that the Council can enact regarding fines and fees as well as an analysis of the revenues that could be generated.

B.   Possible uses for funding future endeavors would include research into parent norms related to alcohol use and general CTC support such as data gathering, message development and media use.

4.   Other Council Related Activities

A.    Semi-annual invitation to YFS Advisory Board youth leader to address the Council on youth well-being and reducing underage drinking.

B.    Public Forum: Conduct annual community dialogue on reducing underage drinking. 

C.    CTC Annual Youth Prevention Champion Award: An award to be presented by the Mayor at the end-of-year senior awards assembly at MIHS.

 

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

Adopt recommended Council options as presented in AB 4493 (listed above).

 

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

Amend the previous motion as follows:

Adopt recommended Council options as presented in AB 4493, but delete Section 3 Fees and Fines.

Motion failed 2-5 (Councilmember Cero and Deputy Mayor Jahncke assented).

 

Main motion passed 6-1 (Deputy Mayor Jahncke dissented).

 

Staff will return to the Council with specific program and budget information on the options for City Council involvement in reducing underage drinking on Mercer Island.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences: 

Mayor Pearman will be absent from the January 19th meeting.

Councilmember Bassett will be absent from the February 16th meeting.

 

Planning Schedule:

Councilmember Grausz asked that an Executive Session be scheduled to discuss potential litigation.

 

Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.

 

Councilmember Reports:

There were no reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjournment:          8:55 pm



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