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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, July 19, 2010

Call To Order:

 

Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 6:08 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

 

 

Roll Call: 

 

Councilmembers Bruce Bassett, Mike Cero, Dan Grausz (arrived 6:10 pm), Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present. Councilmember Mike Grady was absent.

 

 

STUDY SESSION

 

(1)        AB 4457            Utility Board Work Plan

           

Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher and members of the Utility Board presented the Board’s 2010 work plan, which focused on reviewing both the capital and operating components of the 2011-2012 draft budgets for the water, sewer and stormwater utilities and developing rate recommendations for the Council. The Board and Council reviewed the rate history for the three utilities over the past 20 years and discussed the Board’s philosophy in developing rate recommendations for the Council. The Board’s two newest members, Suresh Malhotra and Wendy Weiker, were introduced.    

 

 

The Study Session adjourned at 6:50 pm.  The Regular meeting reconvened at 7:02 pm.

 

Mayor Pearman thanked the Mercer Island Fifty Year Anniversary Committee for a wonderful birthday party over the past weekend.

 

 

APPEARANCES:

 

Anastasia, Seattle resident, member of the LaRouche Political Action Committee, asked the Council endorse a resolution to reinstate the Glass-Steagall policy.  She expressed the need for a movement between cities and state to get the federal government to do what is necessary as people are dying. She stated that she is quite scared of what is coming because she has never really seen an economy and school has not taught her about economics or how to build anything.

 

Doug Williams, Seattle resident, member of the LaRouche Political Action Committee, spoke about the plan LaRouche is putting forward to get the country out of the current economic crisis.   He spoke about the Glass-Steagall policy and what its effects were when it was started in the 1930’s.  He asked the Council to pass the resolution to support the Glass-Steagall policy.

 

Daniel Glasser, 7416 West Mercer Way, expressed his disappointment with how the Council handled the Island Crest Way configuration at last month’s meeting.  He stated that the plan that was adopted seems to disregard the expertise of experts hired to do analysis.  He doesn’t believe the light at Merrimount would improve traffic flow and it may increase the commute time and does nothing to address rest of corridor.

 

Bob Thorpe, 5800 West Mercer Way, thanked the Council for the opportunity to serve on the Open Space Conservancy Trust Board. He stated that he thinks that this is where his passion is. He also said the new PEAK building is fabulous and a great asset to the community.

 

Louis Wilden, Seattle resident, spoke in favor Glass-Steagall resolution.  He feels that if the Glass-Steagall policy is put through as federal legislation the country would return to public banking system and structure.  He believes that then young people could help build high-speed rail all over country, and the country can convert to total nuclear power and transform technology within power grid. He believes the first step is to impeach Obama.

 

 

MINUTES:

 

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

Adopt the Revised Special Meeting Minutes of July 12, 2010 as written.

Motion PASSED 6-0.

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

Councilmember Cero moved AB 4559: Emergency Well Facility at Rotary Park Project Close Out to the first item of Regular Business.

 

(3)        Payables:         $317,052.92 (7/8/2010)

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

 

            Payroll:             $639,901.98 (7/16/2010)
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 Bassett; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to: 

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion PASSED 6-0.

 

 

Regular Business:

 

(4)        AB 4559            Emergency Well Facility at Rotary Park Project Close Out

 

Councilmember Cero asked staff questions about the seismic standards of the emergency well and the quality of the water from the well.

 

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

Accept the completed Emergency Well Facility at Rotary Park project and authorize staff to close out the contract.

Motion PASSED 6-0.

 

 

(5)        AB 4555            Management of Engstrom Open Space

 

Parks Natural Resources Coordinator Paul West presented information to the Council regarding transferring management of Engstrom Open Space to the Open Space Conservancy Trust as well as determining the level of service for managing Engstrom Open Space.

 

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

Transfer management and governance of the Engstrom Open Space to the Mercer Island Open Space Conservancy Trust.

Motion PASSED 6-0.

 

 

(6)        AB 4560            Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program Application Authorization Resolution

 

Parks Natural Resources Coordinator Paul West presented a resolution for the Council to consider that is required by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office to allow the City to be eligible to apply for grants under the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program to purchase property close to Pioneer Park.

 

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

Adopt Resolution No. 1427, authorizing the City Manager to apply for funding for a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program project to the Recreation and Conservation Office as provided in Chapter 79A.15 RCW. 

Motion PASSED 5-1 (Deputy Mayor Jahncke dissented).

 

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

Pay any expenses associated with grant out of the Parks Levy.

Motion PASSED 6-0.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences:

Councilmember Grady’s absence was excused.

 

Planning Schedule:

Councilmember Grausz asked about the Mercer Ways Parking agenda item. City Manager Conrad stated that it would be added in the near future.

 

Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.

 

Councilmember Reports:

Councilmember Bassett reported on the Green Ribbon Commission meeting.  He also stated that it is the three-month mark in Carbon Challenge.

Councilmember Litzow reported on the Sustainability Sub-Committee meeting.

City Manager Conrad spoke about the upcoming meeting with King County Executive Dow Constantine.

 

 

Adjournment:          8:23 pm

 

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