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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, March 01, 2010

Call To Order:

 

Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 7:03 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.

 

 

Police Chief Ed Holmes, Police Operations Commander Dave Jokinen and Police Services Commander Leslie Burns announced Mercer Island’s Police Officers of the Year:  Kim Druktenis (Police Support Officer of the Year), Jennifer Franklin (Police Officer of the Year) and Detective Sergeant Marc Marcroft (Police Department Supervisor of the Year).  He explained that these recipients were chosen for this recognition by their peers.  Mayor Pearman presented awards to the recipients and Councilmembers offered their congratulations. 

 

 

Appearances:

 

Sue Stewart, 3205 84th Avenue SE, congratulated the City on the new emergency water well, which she sees as an asset to the Island, should an emergency occur.  She also thanked Council and the Parks Sub-Committee for their support of the Parks Levy decision.  She stated that the trail at Upper Luther Burbank is almost finished and is an excellent addition to the trail system.  She provided a list of people that donated 66 hours to the project in January and February and 63 hours in last fall’s wetlands project and expressed appreciation to the volunteers who helped make the trail a reality.

 

 

MINUTES:

 

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

Adopt the 2010 City Council Planning Session Minutes of January 22-24, 2010 as written.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

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

Amend the Regular Meeting Minutes of February 16, 2010 as follows:

Page 3, Item 6, Paragraph 3:

“Following discussion staff was directed return at the March 15, 2010 with the draft Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Plan Update and first reading of a proposed ordinance and further Council deliberation.”

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

(2)        Payables:         $1,117,136.35 (02/11/2010)

Recommendation: Certify that the materials or services hereinbefore specified have been received and that all warrant numbers listed are approved for payment.

 

            Payroll:             $592,052.69 (02/26/2010)

Recommendation: Certify that the materials or services specified have been received and that all fund warrants are approved for payment.

 

(3)        AB 4509            Mary Wayte Pool Annual Report from Northwest Center

Recommendation: Receive the Northwest Center 2009 Annual Report for the Mary Wayte Pool.

 

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

Regular Business:

 

(4)        AB 4513            Arts Council Proposal for Town Center Banner Art Project

 

Cultural Arts and Events Coordinator Amber Britton presented a proposal on behalf of the Mercer Island Arts Council for banners in the Town Center. She explained the goal to provide 80 year-round banners on light poles in the Town Center with the artwork provided by a local artist and the selection by the Arts Council.

 

Arts Council member Fred Poyner shared that the Call for Artists would be to Washington State artists and artists-at-large, and selection would be made by the final review committee.  The goal is to use art in banners to beautify the community, enhance the downtown area and draw interest to the business community.

 

Arts Council member Kevin Curry also commented that the proposal is for public art project, versus advertising.

 

Deputy Mayor Jahncke shared that since this project is being funded by the 1% for the Arts Fund and that the outcome could be different if the City didn’t have a funding source.  He stated that almost $200K of the $391K in the 1% for the Arts Fund is a result of the Sewer Lake Line Project and that the City may wish to consider excluding utility projects from the 1% for the Arts Fund in the future. 

 

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

Authorize staff to proceed with the banner project, approve the Artist Selection Panel nominees and the Call for Artists Packet.

 

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

Amend the previous motion as follows:

Authorize staff to proceed with the banner project, approve the Artist Selection Panel nominees and the Call for Artists Packet and require the selected artist to be a Mercer Island resident.

Motion to amend PASSED 7-0.

 

Main motion PASSED 6-1 (Councilmember Litzow dissented).

 

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

Appropriate $32,750 from the 1% for Public Art Fund for the design, production and installation of banners and restrict the call for artists to Mercer Island residents only.   

Motion PASSED 6-1 (Councilmember Litzow dissented).

 

 

(5)        AB 4494            ARCH Fall Trust Fund Recommendations

 

Interim Development Services Director Manny Ocampo introduced ARCH Program Manager Arthur Sullivan who provided a brief overview of the Fall Trust Fund Recommendations.  He stated that at this time, ARCH is only requesting funding for St. Andrews development in the Totem Lake area ($5,000) from Mercer Island Trust Fund dollars.  The project was stopped due to economic conditions and is now moving forward again (permit ready) with permission from the State and County.

 

 

 

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

Approve the use of $5,000 from the City’s ARCH Housing Trust Fund for the purpose of funding the St. Andrews Housing Group (SAHG) Totem Lake Family Apartments Project, Kirkland, WA., with conditions as recommended by the ARCH Executive Board, and authorize the City Manager to execute any related agreements and documents.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

(6)        AB 4495            2010 ARCH Work Program

 

Interim Development Services Director Manny Ocampo re-introduced ARCH Program Manager Arthur Sullivan who detailed the proposed 2010 ARCH budget that has been approved by the Executive Board.  He explained the recommendation of approving $29,862 for Mercer Island’s share for ARCH administrative services.

 

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

Approve the ARCH 2010 Work Program Budget and authorize expenditure of $29,882 for Mercer Island’s contribution to the 2010 ARCH Administrative Budget.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

(7)        AB 4496            ARCH Interlocal Agreement

 

Interim Development Services Director Manny Ocampo and ARCH Program Manager Arthur Sullivan presented the revised and amended Interlocal agreement between the City and ARCH.  They explained that the agreement will

·         Allow for single contacts for projects and simplify the monitoring of local housing funds

·         Expand the City of Bellevue’s role to help administer the Housing Trust Fund. 

·         Create a sub-account for every member city that will be tracked individually and no funds would leave the accounts without the required approvals from individual City Councils

·         Expand ARCH’s sphere of influence to include 4 cities within the Snoqualmie Valley (Carnation, Duvall, North Bend and Snoqualmie) who could then join the ARCH consortium in the future. 

 

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

Authorize the City Manager to sign the Amended and Restated Interlocal Agreement between the City of Mercer Island and A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH).

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

(8)        AB 4512            Island Crest Way Corridor Project Authorization to Bid

 

Assistant City Engineer Anne Tonella-Howe provided an update to the Island Crest Way Corridor project and presented the proposal for the Council to approve authorizing advertising for bids for the project.  She detailed that the Citizen Panel recommendation to reduce 4 lanes to 3 lanes as well as the other aspects of the project including: the installation of a signal at SE 42nd Street, four median islands with pedestrian crosswalks, complete short sections of sidewalks, connect the crosswalks to pedestrian pathways, evaluate street lighting (emphasis at crosswalks/intersections) and widen bus stops.

 

Assistant City Engineer Anne Tonella-Howe stated that staff will begin working on the bid process immediately upon approval in order to be under construction this summer.  She further stated that the estimated cost is $650,000 including time for staff to manage design, construction costs, 1% for the Arts and other miscellaneous coordination dollars and that staff will return to the Council in June to award the project and set the final project budget.

 

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

Authorize staff to proceed with project design and advertise for bids for the Island Crest Way Corridor project.

 

 

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

Amend the previous motion as follows:

Authorize staff to proceed with project design and advertise for bids for the Island Crest Way Corridor project, but make the intersection at 42nd and Island Crest Way, a yellow flashing pedestrian light.

Motion FAILED 2-5 (Councilmembers Cero and Litzow assented).

 

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

Amend the previous motion as follows:

Authorize staff to proceed with project design and advertise for bids for the Island Crest Way Corridor project, but eliminate the crossing between 86th and Merrimount.

Motion to amend PASSED 6-1 (Councilmember Basset dissented).

 

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

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences:

Councilmember Grausz will need to leave the March 15, 2010 meeting at 9:00 pm

 

Planning Schedule:

Move the CIP Kick-Off to the Study Session on March 15, 2010.

The Special Joint Meeting with the MISD Board will be rescheduled as there are scheduling conflicts.  City Manager Conrad will determine another date that will work for all.

City Manager Conrad announced that the Planning Schedule now reflects the 2010 Council Work Plan.

The September 6th Council meeting will be moved to Tuesday, September 7th due to the Labor Day holiday.

 

Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.

 

Councilmember Reports:

Mayor Pearman announced that Representative Marcie Maxwell’s husband passed away yesterday, services will be announced soon.  He also spoke about the first day of girl’s softball practice at the new South Mercer Playfields and complimented the facility.

Councilmember Bassett also commented on the new South Mercer playfields.  He also announced the upcoming Green Ribbon Commission meeting.

Councilmember Cero spoke about meeting with ARCH Program Manager Arthur Sullivan and City Manager Conrad to talk about affordable housing.

Mayor Pearman spoke about Prosperity Partnership meeting last week. 

 

 

Adjournment:          9:44 pm



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