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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, May 03, 2010

Call To Order:

 

Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 7:01 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:

 

Mayor Pearman presented Blair Rasmussen with the 2009 Citizen of the Year award.  He provided a history of Blair’s 8-year NBA career and spoke of his many contributions to the Mercer Island community, including serving as the Executive Director and former Board Member of the Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club, assisting with St. Monica’s remodel, coaching for many sports teams on Mercer Island, as an active Rotarian and as the visionary, spokesperson and major fundraiser for the PEAK project.

 

 

APPEARANCES:

 

Edie Phillips, 7373 Mercer Terrace Drive, Manager of the Mercer Island Farmer’s Market.  Ms. Phillips announced that the Farmer’s Market will be opening up on Father’s Day, June 20th and run for the following 17 weeks, closing on October 17th.  She stated that the Market will be closed during the Summer Celebration and SeaFair weekends.  She also stated that they will hold the first ever Harvest Market on November 21st, which is the first Sunday before Thanksgiving.  She announced that Aljoya House is a new sponsor and that the Market kick-off fundraiser dinner will be held at Lilly’s (Aljoya restaurant) on May 16th.

 

Will Goodwin, Junior at Mercer Island High School and serves on the CTC Youth Committee and Adult Board.  For the next year, the group has created a new student government position, the Community Outreach Coordinator, who will be in charge of organizing service projects on Mercer Island and reaching out to build stronger connections between the school and the community.  On May 22nd, the group will host its annual Relay for Life event to fight back against cancer by raising awareness and to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

 

Amara Finuchi, 2414 72nd Ave, serves on the CTC Youth Committee.  She announced that the International Festival occurred a couple of weeks ago, where approximately 90 international students around the Western Washington area stayed with hosted families.  The event was a great success, which was facilitated by the International Club. The CTC Youth Committee is currently organizing the second annual 8th Grade mentorship program, which helps to educate kids just starting high school about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  She announced that a Town Hall meeting will occur on May 4th, where MIHS students, parents and community members will discuss how the community can come together to prevent drug and alcohol use.

 

Mayor Pearman announced that May 3-9, 2010 is Public Service Recognition Week.

 

 

MINUTES:

 

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

Adopt the Study Session &Regular Meeting Minutes April 19, 2010 as written.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

Consent Calendar:

 

Councilmember Grady moved AB 4520: Kiwanis Fireworks Stand Permit to the first item of Regular Business.

 

(2)        Payables:         $550,298.62 (4/14/10) & $552,509.64 (4/21/10)

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

 

Payroll:             $615,469.21 (4/23/2010)

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

 

(4)        AB 4521            Summer Celebration Fireworks Display Permit

Recommendation: Approve the Public Fireworks Display for July 10th, 2010, sponsored by Summer Celebration!

 

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

Regular Business:

 

(3)        AB 4520            Kiwanis Fireworks Stand Permit

 

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

Approve permit to allow the sale of “Consumer” Fireworks by the Mercer Island Kiwanis Club in conjunction with Independence Day 2010.

Motion PASSED 6-1 (Councilmember Grady dissented).

 

 

(5)        AB 4533            Roadside Shoulder Improvements, East Mercer Way Phase 6 Bid Award (no presentation)

 

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

Award Schedules ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ of the Roadside Shoulder Improvement East Mercer Way Phase 6 project to Precision Earthworks Inc. in the amount of $202,281.  Set the total project budget to $295,000, and direct the City Manager to execute the construction contract.

 

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

Call for the question.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

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

 

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

Award Schedules ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, and ‘D’ of the Roadside Shoulder Improvement East Mercer Way Phase 6 project to Precision Earthworks Inc. in the amount of $225,705.  Reallocate $25,000 from the Guardrail Development Program for use on Schedule ‘D’ of the project.  Set the total project budget to $320,000, and direct the City Manager to execute the construction contract. 

 

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

Amend the motion by adding the words ‘and for the project to include “No Parking During Daylight Hours” signs.’

 

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

Amend the amendment by inserting the words ‘On-Pavement’ between ‘and for the project to include “No’ and ‘During Daylight Hours” signs.’

Amendment to the Amendment PASSED 5-2 (Deputy Mayor Jahncke and Mayor Pearman dissented).

 

 

Amendment to the Motion PASSED 5-2 (Deputy Mayor Jahncke and Mayor Pearman dissented).

 

Main Motion PASSED 7-0, with the final wording as follows: 

 

Award Schedules ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, and ‘D’ of the Roadside Shoulder Improvement East Mercer Way Phase 6 project to Precision Earthworks Inc. in the amount of $225,705.  Reallocate $25,000 from the Guardrail Development Program for use on Schedule ‘D’ of the project.  Set the total project budget to $320,000, direct the City Manager to execute the construction contract and for the project to include “No On-Pavement Parking During Daylight Hours” signs.

 

 

(6)        AB 4536            Adoption of 2009 Construction Codes (2nd Reading)

 

Building Official Don Cole introduced Fire Chief Chris Tubbs to answer questions related to the requirement of fire permits for emergency generators.

 

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 10C-03, updating Title 17, Construction Codes, as required by the State of Washington with an effective date of July 1, 2010.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

(7)        AB 4534            Animal Control Services Update and Recommendations 

 

Deputy City Manager James Mason presented two options for the Council to consider for providing Animal Control Services for Mercer Island following King County’s discontinuation of existing services effective June 30, 2010.  The first option was, provided that the City of Bellevue lead new efforts in creating an Eastside sub-regional program, Mercer Island could participate as one of five surrounding cities.  The second option for the City Council to consider is to participate in the new King County Regional Animal Control Program.  At this time, the City of Bellevue has not decided whether or not to participate in the King County Regional program or create the sub-regional model.

 

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

Contingent on the City of Bellevue decision to participate in the Eastside Sub-Regional Model Animal Control Program, authorize the City Manager to submit a letter of intent to the City of Bellevue to also participate in the Eastside Sub-Regional program. 

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

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

Contingent on the City of Bellevue decision to participate in the King County Regional Animal Control Program, authorize the City Manager to submit a letter of intent to King County to also participate in the regional animal control program.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

(8)        AB 4535            Sustainability Work Plan - Grants Strategy

 

Deputy City Manager James Mason presented staff’s grant strategy as it relates to sustainability.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences:

There were no absences.

 

Planning Schedule:

Deputy Mayor Jahncke requested that the ordinance regarding bicycles be pushed back until the Pedestrian and Bicycled Facilities Plan has been finalized.

 

Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.

 

Councilmember Reports:

Councilmember Cero spoke about the Open House at VFW.

Councilmember Bassett thanked the Council for taking part in the carbon footprint project.  He remarked that the Farmer’s Market has not asked for money for this year’s Farmer’s Market. 

Councilmember Litzow stated that Leap for Green was packed and very successful.  He gave kudos to staff for a job well done.

 

 

Executive Session:

 

The City Council, City Manager Rich Conrad, Deputy City Manager James Mason, City Attorney Katie Knight, Human Resources Director Kryss Segle and Fire Chief Chris Tubbs convened to Executive Session at 9:00 pm to discuss a collective bargaining agreement pursuant RCW 42.30.140(4)(a) and property acquisition pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(b) for approximately 30 minutes.

 

At 9:30 pm, Mayor Pearman extended the Executive Session by 10 minutes.

 

At 9:40 pm, Mayor Pearman extended the Executive Session by 10 minutes.

 

The Executive Session was adjourned at 9:49 pm and the Regular Meeting was reconvened.

 

 

Adjournment:          9:50 pm

 

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