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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, December 07, 2009

Call To Order:

 

Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

 

 

ROLL CALL:

 

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

 

 

Special Business:

 

(1)        Resolution of Appreciation for John Ewald

 

Mayor Jim Pearman read a resolution of appreciation and commendation for John Ewald thanking him for his seven years of service to the Mercer Island community as a member and vice-chair of the Utility Board and a volunteer with the Mercer Island Emergency Preparedness Program and Mercer Island’s National Night Out Program.

 

 

Appearances:

 

Barry Miller, 4056 90th Avenue SE, is a volunteer bus driver for CCMV and Parks & Recreation.  He asked the Council to consider some improvements to the Community Center: (1) a lunch/beverage counter, (2) a canopy from curbside to the building for inclement weather and (3) additional space for a lounge and game room with a pay-per-use fee so a person does not have to rent a room.

 

Darwin Anderson, Board Member for the Emergency Feeding Program, thanked the Mayor, Council and citizens of Mercer Island for helping to raise over 77,000 pounds of food and $10,000 during the Eastside Mayors’ Month of Concern for the Hungry. Derek Franklin, Administrative and Community-Based Services Manager for YFS, thank the Council and community for support of Eastside Mayors’ Month of Concern for the Hungry and for stocking the YFS food pantry.

 

Brian Emmanuals, 1900 Faben Drive, spoke in favor of the bid award for the South Mercer Playfield Improvements Project and encouraged the Council to award the project. He also spoke about the prioritizing the bid alternatives that could be built in the future.

 

 

MINUTES:

 

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

Regular Meeting Minutes of November 16, 2009 as written.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

(3)        Payables:   $431,169.95 (11/16/09)         Payroll:    $431,169.95 (11/20/09)

                              $847,733.25 (11/20/09)                        $637,964.06 (12/4/09)

                              $968,502.02 (12/2/09) 

 

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion passed 7-0.

 
 

REGULAR BUSINESS:

(4)        AB 4491            Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Ordinance (2nd Reading)

 

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 09C-10, rescinding Chapter 10.70 MICC and adopting new Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) regulations in Chapter 10.71 MICC.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

(5)        AB 4489            Sustainable Development Code (2nd Reading)

 

Development Services Director Steve Lancaster presented two ordinances for second reading that amend to the development code and remove the regulatory barriers to green building and low impact development practices.

 

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 09C-17 amending MICC Title 19 to eliminate regulatory barriers to Low Impact Development.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 09C-18 amending MICC Title 17 to eliminate regulatory barriers to Green Building.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

 

(6)        AB 4488            South Mercer Playfield Improvement Project Bid Award

 

Interim Parks and Recreation Director Manny Ocampo presented information about awarding the bid for the South Mercer Playfield Improvement Project pursuant to the interlocal agreement with the Mercer Island School District to replace the dirt infields with synthetic turf on Fields #1, #2, and #3 as a base project.  He also spoke about several bid alternatives to be considered as budget and field operations allow.    

 

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

Set the project budget for Phase 1 at $670,568 and award the South Mercer Playfield Improvement Phase 1 construction project to Precision Earthworks in the amount of $441,700 and authorize the City Manager to execute the construction contract.

 

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

Amend the previous motion as follows:

Set the project budget for Phase 1 at $648,483 [setting the contingency at 10% ($44,170) instead of 15%] and award the South Mercer Playfield Improvement Phase 1 construction project to Precision Earthworks in the amount of $441,700 and authorize the City Manager to execute the construction contract.

Motion passed 7-0.

 

Main motion passed 7-0.

 

 

The Council took a break at 6:52 pm.  The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:02 pm.

 

 

Mayor Pearman asked for a moment of silence to honor the troops serving overseas during the holiday season.

 

Mayor Pearman recognized Boy Scout Troop 457 who was in attendance for the Island Crest Way Corridor Reconfiguration agenda item.

 

 

(7)        AB 4490            Island Crest Way Corridor Reconfiguration

 

Development Service Director Steve Lancaster presented information to the City Council as it reconsiders future improvements to the Island Crest Way corridor and its intersection with Merrimount Drive. Director Lancaster summarized previous decisions related to this corridor and the recommendations of the Island Crest Way Citizen Panel and consulting engineer Joe Giacobazzi of KPG, Inc. described the alternatives and answered technical questions.

 

Public Comment:

 

Karen Grove, 5605 84th Avenue SE (Area 4), spoke about three principles, (1) safety for all modes of traffic  and having 3 lanes and pedestrian median islands, (2) convenience and (3) flexibility as she would like to live in a way not dependant on car to get where need to go.

 

Mark Satterlund, lives off-Island, Swerve Driver Training instructor, receives frequent question from parents of, “How do I get my teen onto Island Crest Way?”  He stated that students are dependent on Island Crest Way to get to and from services. He encouraged the Council to choose safest option for the corridor.

 

Carol Gullstad, 8421 SE 47th Street, (Area 3), showed a video of Jim Richards speaking about a pedestrian/vehicle accident at the intersection of SE 47th Street and Island Crest Way.  She would like to see a decision that enhances safety in the whole corridor.

 

Alex Rorem, 9432 SE 52nd Street (Area 3), is a new driver who spoke about the issues at the SE 47th Street intersection.  He would like to see 3-lanes to improve safety and to eliminate stress.

 

Lynn Tuttle, 4341 Island Crest Way (Area 2), believes it is too hard to cross Island Crest Way and wouldn’t let kids cross without adult. The intersection at SE 42nd Street is dangerous as, as people don’t know why cars are stopping in left lane. Her son has to sometimes wait 10 minutes to cross Island Crest Way as a pedestrian.

 

Walter Boos, 8343 East Mercer Way (Area 5), is concerned about the "road diet".  He stated that Island Crest Way is primary thoroughfare and the current configuration has reduced the daily flow of vehicles by 2100 vehicles. He believes that restricting Island Crest Way has increase traffic on East and West Mercer Ways which dangerous because they are winding and have no bicycles lanes.

 

Jake Jacobsen, 7997 SE 76th Street (Area 5), member of ICW Citizen's Panel, did not concur with panel's recommendation. He believes that narrowing Island Crest Way will cause further congestion, may be more unsafe and will be more difficult for drivers to enter Island Crest Way as traffic will be backed up. He believes the best option is traffic signal option as it serves safety in best possible way. His second choice would be to properly sign the current configuration.

 

Jim Stanton, 7812 SE 78th Street (Area 5), believes that the main issue is safety. He has been using WMW more, because of the restricting lanes Island Crest Way. He urged the Council to look at the corridor as part of traffic flow on the entire Island.

 

Fred LaCroix, 9401 SE 57th Street (Area 4), stated that Island Crest Way is the primary thoroughfare for Island and questions data collected especially the trip times recorded when school is in session. He thinks that changing from 4 to 3 lanes is not the option.

 

David Schiffrin, 14 Brook Bay Road (Area 2), is in favor of no action or a traffic signal at the intersection. He stated that he is not directly impacted by a 3-lane configuration, but is affected by an increase of traffic on West Mercer Way because of the change. He asked the Council to look at whether a documented problem exists.

 

Judy Chase, 4467 Forest Ave SE (Area 2), drives Island Crest Way four to five times a day. She stated that turning onto Island Crest Way is dangerous and strongly believes that the 3-lane configuration is the right option for the corridor.  She understands the worry and concern about the changes, but safety is most important.

 

Jerome Roache, 4341 Island Crest Way (Area 2), lives on the corner of Island Crest Way and Merrimount.  He thought the signal option was best, but now believes the 3-lane option is better because of the way the road is. He would like to see the speed limit on Island Crest Way examined as many people speed. He supports pedestrian signals so drivers can see when someone is crossing.

 

Lynn Thomas, 7360 Island Crest Way (Area 5), supports the 3-lane configuration on Island Crest Way as she believes it is the safest option for pedestrians and children. She would like to see a safe place for those choose not to drive to cross Island Crest Way.

 

Scott Milburn, 7480 81st Place SE (Area 5), member of ICW Citizen's Panel, spoke about doing cost benefit analysis, but first have to look at data. He stated that the accident statistics in 2006-2007 were lowest in decade, but now there are more with the new configuration. He asked the Council to consider that intersection isn't that unsafe.  He asked that Island Crest Way be returned to way it was and close off access to SE 44th Street.

 

Daniel Glasser, 7416 West Mercer Way (Area 5), drives Island Crest Way every day.  He is in favor of 3-lane configuration as it is the best balance of commute time and safety.  He stated that opinions are based on personal experiences and the evidence shows that personal experience with traffic does not reflect reality.  He urged the Council consider the facts and data.

 

Jim Horn, 9507 SE 61st Street (Area 4), spoke about the history of Island Crest Way.  He asked the Council to recognize past City Council's policies and not decrease the capacity of Island Crest Way with the 3-lane configuration.

 

Nate Larsen, 8221 SE 65th Street (Area 4), drives Island Crest Way every day.  He urged the Council to examine the options from consultants. He believes that the 3-lane option is ideal and bicycle lanes will improve safety. He stated that the current Island Crest Way/Merrimount intersection shows that 4 lanes are not necessary south of that intersection. He urged the Council to balance safety and needs of all users.

 

Ken Brostrom, 7821 SE 71st Street (Area 5), believes that the road diet will reduce Island Crest Way carrying capacity and will make difficult for side streets to enter Island Crest Way. He believes this will increase road rage and increase the danger of accidents at intersection. He stated that service vehicles and buses don't pull into pull-outs as it’s difficult to pull back in to traffic, causing more congestion.  He would like to see the left turn access from Merrimount to Island Crest Way be eliminated.

 

Kevin Scheid, 6189 92nd Avenue SE (Area 4), travels Island Crest Way twice a day.  He would not recommend putting bike lane on Island Crest Way because of the traffic speed. He has seen more near misses and accidents since the reconfiguration. He stated that traffic has slowed down, because Island Crest Way is more congested and more dangerous. He urged the Council to install a traffic signal or restrict left turns off of Merrimount.

 

Eva Zemplenyi, 6188 92nd Avenue SE (Area 4), member of ICW Citizen's Panel, she worried about emergency vehicles passing other vehicles with the 3-lane configuration. She stated that any care that turns right off of Island Crest Way will cause traffic to slow down. She stated that the ABC website said traffic accidents have decreased, but statistics are only for one year.

 

Barry Miller, 4056 90th Avenue SE (Area 1), is a volunteer bus driver for the Parks & Recreation Department. He would like to see pedestrian signals up and down Island Crest Way and to see SE 44th Street closed off as it is dangerous. He would like to see a traffic signal at the intersection, but only as a three-way intersection.

 

Mark Clausen, 6107 SE 32nd Street (Area 1), believes road diet is a bad idea. He thinks that Island Crest Way is not good for cycling. He urged the Council look at where accidents are happening to improve safety.  He spoke about accidents on the other major arterials on the Island. 

 

Marty Gale, 9404 SE 54th Street, (Area 4), spoke about the service level of the Island Crest Way and Merrimount intersection.  She reviewed the history of the solutions for the intersection. She spoke about comments Mayor Pearman made about the City’s insurance stating that they would drop the City if the intersection was not fixed.

 

Gail Stagman, 7401 92nd Place SE (Area 5), proposed two solutions to the Council to (1) close off SE 44th Street and Merrimount to Island Crest Way and (2) keep Island Crest Way four lanes. She bleives the traffic light is a bad idea. She asked the Council to look at the general needs of community not individual concerns.

 

Bob Olson, 7817 SE 73rd Place (Area 5), concurs with the comments of David Schiffrin, Jim Stanton, Mark Clausen, Wally Boos and Eva Zemplenyi.

 

Kris Kelsay, 4743 Fernridge Lane (Area 1), believes the decision should be a data-driven. She stated that the experts, the Council and the citizen panel all recommended a 3-lane configuration. She stated that on the ABC website, 400 people said the 3-lane configuration is the best option.  She believes the corridor problems need to be solved not just the Island Crest Way/Merrimount intersection.

 

Steve Bryan, 2426 70th Avenue SE, (Area 1), believes that safety is key.  He doesn’t think that Island Crest Way is safe for bikes. He thinks that the current arrangement provides traffic calming. He is less concerned about travel time, more concerned with safety.

 

Milford Walker, 6160 93rd Avenue SE, (Area 4), would like to see pedestrian signals or overpasses and the  eliminate left turn to Island Crest Way from Merrimount eliminated.

 

Roberta Lewandowski, 4740 86th Avenue SE, (Area 3), supports the 3-lane configuration and appreciates pedestrian safety improvements on the Island.

 

Jenny Selby, 4595 89th Avenue SE (Area 4), uses SE 47th Street to access Island Crest Way and believes that since the reconfiguration, getting onto Island Crest Way has become more dangerous. She believes that a bike lane will make it more dangerous.

 

Tamae Moriyasu, 9019 SE 61st Street (Area 4), agrees with comments of Daniel Glasser and Kris Kelsay.  She stated that the Council paid for a study and they should follow the results. She believes that safety of the citizens is their first responsibility not to make commute faster.

 

Monica Malene, 8810 SE 56th Street (Area 4), supports 3-lane configuration and urged the Council to think about making Island Crest Way safer for all people not just one group of users.

 

Dana Isherwood, 8706 SE 50th Street (Area 3), explained that her neighborhood’s only access point is to take a right or left turn from SE 48th Street to Island Crest Way, where the visibility is poor because of the curve in the road.  She believes that if the Council chooses the 3-lane configuration, there must be a different option for SE 48th Street.

 

Joy Matsura, Island Resident (Area 5), would like to see a light at the intersection of Island Crest Way and Merrimount for pedestrian safety and left turns, but agrees that it is too expensive to re-grade SE 44th Street.  She stated that after looking at traffic data, it seems there are a lot of very bad drivers on Mercer Island.  She does not think that adding bike lanes to Island Crest Way will necessarily make it safer.

 

Penny Storie, 8470 Benotho Place(Area 5), believes that traffic has gotten worse every year.  She would like to see Island Crest Way return to 4 lanes, SE 44th Street closed off and left turns onto Island Crest Way from Merrimount prohibited.

 

Lee Prewitt, 4641 90th Avenue SE (Area 3), believes that the data should be driving the decision for the Island Crest Way corridor.  He spoke about his experience with a 3-lane configuration in Kirkland.

 

Adam Cooper, 4114 Boulevard Lane (Area 4), spoke as a citizen, not as a Planning Commissioner, believes that Island Crest Way should not have bike lanes included and should be for motor vehicles only. He suggested reducing speed limits on East and West Mercer Ways to move drivers back to Island Crest Way.

 

Allison Lewis, 4759 Fernridge Lane (Area 1), encouraged the Council to look at data to make a decision not anecdotal evidence.  She strongly supports the 3-lane configuration as it is the safest option. She has a teen driver who has to make left turns off Island Crest Way and it is terrifying for her and her daughter. She is also concerned that the speed limit is not followed.

 

Bonnie Wojciehowski, 7835 SE 63rd Place (Area 2), member of the ICW Citizen's Panel, dedicated last 4 months to researching 3-lane corridors and would have strongly supported Council's initial decision to extend the 3-lane configuration all way down Island Crest Way if she had this information prior to the panel meetings. She believes that it is critical that 3-lane configuration extend from SE 42nd Street to SE 53rd Street.

 

Jonathan Harrington, 9514 SE 68th Street (Area 5), supports 3-lane configuration after looking at the data. He understands the difficulty in balancing the needs of all of the citizens.

 

Elliot Newman, 8525 SE 79th Place (Area 5), thanked the Council for the opportunity to express opinions about Island Crest Way. His observation is that the issue is with corridor not the intersection, even though the Island Crest Way/Merrimount intersection was the mandate for change. He provided list of 232 people who endorse a 3-lane configuration, 41 comments of people who did not attend the meeting, as well as Twitter and Facebook comments about Island Crest Way. He believes the corridor is dangerous and the people who have commented have stated safety as the major concern.

 

Amy White, 5605 89th Avenue SE (Area 4), appreciates the opportunity to turn left and right onto Island Crest Way and a middle lane may cause conflict.  She is concerned about new changes to high school campus. She supports a light on Island Crest Way and flashing pedestrian crossings.

 

Mickey Brostrom, 7821 SE 71st Street (Area 5), asked the Council to keep in mind that all data is subject to interpretation.  She sees the options as single solutions to a series of problems and believes whatever solution is chosen will create more problems down the chain.

 

 

The Council took a break at 9:00 pm.  The meeting reconvened at 9:15 pm.

 

 

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

Direct the City Manager to return to the City Council with a final project scope, schedule and budget for Island Crest Way consistent with the Option described in 2009-2014 TIP and to be included in the 2010 Transportation Improvement Program, including pedestrian signals at SE 42nd Street and SE 47th Street along with shoulder striping the lengths of the improvements.

 

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

Amend the previous motion as follows:

Direct the City Manager to return to the City Council with a final project scope, schedule and budget for Island Crest Way consistent with the Option described in 2009-2014 TIP and to be included in the 2010 Transportation Improvement Program, including pedestrian signals at SE 42nd Street and SE 47th Street along with shoulder striping the lengths of the improvements.

Motion failed 2-5 (Councilmembers Bassett and Grady proponents of motion).

 

Main motion failed 2-5 (Councilmembers Bassett and Grady proponents of motion).

 

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

Direct the City Manager to return to the City Council with a final project scope, schedule and budget for Island Crest Way consistent with the Option C3 (Citizen Panel Recommendation) and to be included in the 2010 Transportation Improvement Program with further study by staff to recommend whether the 3-lane configuration should begin north of Merrimount but south of SE 42nd Street.

 

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

Amend the previous motion as follows:

Direct the City Manager to return to the City Council with a final project scope, schedule and budget for Island Crest Way consistent with the Option C3 (Citizen Panel Recommendation) and to be included in the 2010 Transportation Improvement Program with further study by staff to recommend whether the 3-lane configuration should begin north of Merrimount but south of SE 42nd Street and include shoulder striping the length of the improvements.

Motion failed 2-5 (Councilmembers Bassett and Grady proponents of motion).

 

Main motion passed 4-3 (Councilmembers Cero and Litzow and Deputy Mayor Jahncke dissented).

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

Councilmember Absences: 

There were no absences.

 

Planning Schedule:

There were no changes.

 

Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.

 

Councilmember Reports:

There were no reports.

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSIOn:

 

The City Council, City Attorney Katie Knight, City Manager Rich Conrad and Police Chief Ed Holmes convened to Executive Session at 11:14 pm to discuss a collective bargaining agreement pursuant to RCW 42.30.140(4)(a) for approximately 15 minutes. 

 

The Executive Session was adjourned at 11:29 pm and the Regular Meeting was reconvened.

 

 

Adjournment:          11:29 pm

 

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