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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, May 17, 2010

Call To Order:

 

Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

 

 

Roll Call: 

 

Councilmembers Bruce Bassett, Mike Cero, Mike Grady (arrived 7:10 pm), Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present.

 

 

sTUDY SESSION:

 

(1)        AB 4541            Pavement Condition Assessment

 

Assistant City Engineer Anne Tonella-Howe and Information Services Manager Mike Kaser updated the Council on pavement conditions using the Mobile Asset Data Collection project.  The update included an overview of how the data was collected, how the draft pavement condition ratings will be developed and next steps towards completion of the pavement condition assessment for use in a pavement management program.

 

 

The Study Session adjourned at 7 pm.  The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:02 pm.

 

 

special business:     

 

Mayor Pearman recognized the first recipients of the Distinguished Service Awards for citizens of Mercer Island.  The 2009 recipients were Marguerite Sutherland and Jim Horn.  The 2010 recipients were Alan Merkle and Jane Meyer.  The Distinguished Service Award honors residents who provide ongoing leadership and service to the Mercer Island community. The City Council presented each honoree with a plaque and a symbolic key to the city.

 

 

APPEARANCES:

 

Cliff Chirls, 6050 94th Avenue SE, commutes occasionally to work on his bike and rides on East and West Mercer Way regularly.  He believes that the lack of shoulders on East and West Mercer Way is a safety issue.  He hopes the TIP will fund paving shoulders on East and West Mercer Way to make those roadways safer for pedestrians and bicycle riders.

 

Marty Gale, 9404 SE 54th Street, spoke of the many contributions of Jim Horn and wanted to thank him for his service to the Island.

 

Will Clausen, 6107 SE 32nd Street, spoke to advocate for adding paved shoulders on East and West Mercer Way.

 

Mark Clausen, 6107 SE 32nd Street, would like to see alternatives to getting from the north end of the Island to the south end that are safe.  He would like to see paved shoulders on East and West Mercer Way so bicyclists and pedestrians can feel safe.  He also updated the Council on his comments from last month and handed out suggested rules of the roads for bicyclists and pedestrians for the Council to consider.

 

Bob Olson, 7817 SE 73rd Place, seconded the comments made by Mark and Will Clausen. 

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

(2)        Payables:         $278,326.16 (5/6/10) and $251,650.43 (5/12/10)

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

 

Payroll:             $629,593.15 (5/7/2010)

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

 

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 4537            Adoption of Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Plan (2010 Update)

 

Interim Development Services Director Manny Ocampo presented the final version of the 2010 update to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Plan to the Council for adoption. 

 

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

Table the Adoption of Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Plan until the second Council meeting in June 2010. 

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

Staff agreed to specifically identify any language that has been added from any Council consensus that occurred at the April 19, 2010 Council meeting into the Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Plan.

 

 

(4)        AB 4539            Public Hearing: 2011-2016 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)

 

City Engineer Patrick Yamashita presented the 2011-2016 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), a a planning tool used to identify specific projects that work together to maintain, preserve, and maximize use of the existing roadway and trail systems.  The City is required by RCW 35.77.010 to update and formally adopt a TIP annually and submit the adopted plan to WSDOT and the Puget Sound Regional Council by July 1. 

 

City Engineer Yamashita reviewed the TIP which outlines a six-year schedule for transportation improvement projects and programs in the following six categories:

1.     Residential Street Preservation

2.     Town Center Street Improvements

3.     Arterial Street Improvements

4.     Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities – Reinvestment

5.     Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities – New

6.     Other Transportation Projects

 

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing.  There being no comments the Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

 

Following Council discussion, staff was directed to look at increasing the Residential Street Program in 2011 to $595,000 and in 2012 to $506,000 and come back with a series of options for the Council to choose a responsible balanced plan (some projects may need to be pushed out into the future or not be done at all).

 

Staff will return at the June 7, 2010 Council meeting with the final 2011-2016 Transportation Improvement Plan for adoption.

 

 

 

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Cero to:
Extend the Council meeting to not more than 30 minutes without another vote to extend meeting beyond 10:30pm.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

(5)        AB 4540            Sewer Lake Line Project Status Report

 

Deputy City Manager James Mason introduced the Sewer Lake Line project highlighting that the project is on time and on budget.  Assistant City Engineer Anne Tonella-Howe presented the status report on the project.

 

 

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

Extend the Council meeting to not more than 30 minutes.

Motion PASSED 6-1 (Councilmember Grady dissented).

 

 

(6)        AB 4542            1st Quarter 2010 Financial Status Report

 

Finance Director Chip Corder answered questions from the Council regarding the 1st Quarter 2010 Financial Status Report.  He noted that the report includes a few minor budget adjustments.

 

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

Suspend the City Council Rules of Procedure 5.2 (requiring a second reading of an ordinance).

Motion PASSED 6-1 (Councilmember Cero dissented).

 

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 10-05 amending the 2009-2010 Budget.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

(7)        AB 4538            Amending $1,015,000 Two Year Limited Tax Obligation Bond (no presentation)

 

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

Set Ordinance No. 10-04, which amends Ordinance No. 09-07 to adjust the par amount, to extend the maturity, and to adjust the fixed interest rate of the City’s 2009 limited tax general obligation bond with Cashmere Valley Bank, to the June 7, 2010 Council Meeting for a second reading and adoption.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences:

Mayor Pearman, Deputy Mayor Jahncke and City Manager Conrad will be absent June 7th

Councilmembers Bassett, Cero, Grady, Grausz will all be absent July 6th.  City Manager Conrad will contact the Council to reschedule the meeting.

 

Planning Schedule:

There were no changes.

 

Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.

 

Councilmember Reports:

Councilmember Bassett reported that the carbon footprint challenge is off and running.  He stated that the Farmer’s Market dinner and auction was well attended and raised over $6,000. He thanked the Aljoya for hosting the event.

 

 

Adjournment:          10:56 pm



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