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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, August 02, 2010

Call To Order:

 

Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 7:04 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.

 

 

Mayor Pearman thanked the volunteers of the Parks and Recreation Department who were recognized last week at an appreciation event.

 

Mayor Pearman read the letter that Representative Dave Reichert read to the House of Representatives recognizing the City of Mercer Island and the 50th anniversary of incorporation.

 

 

APPEARANCES:

 

There were no appearances.

 

 

MINUTES:

 

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

Adopt the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of July 19, 2010 and the Mini-Planning Session Minutes of June 19, 2010 as written.

 

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

Amend the Mini-Planning Session Minutes of June 19, 2010 as follows:

Page 1, Budget General Fund “Kick-Off” section, third paragraph:

City Manager Conrad stated that the budget is not balanced at this stage and there is a 3% shortfall.  He noted that it is manageable, but there are some hard choices to make.  Councilmember Grausz had concerns about the impact of the upcoming Police contract on our broader union negotiations and wondered if and when the Council should go to the voters asking for more revenue.  Councilmember Cero had concerns with higher taxes and stated the City should identify improvements and restructure so not to burden citizens with higher taxes.

Amend Page 2, Budget General Fund “Kick-Off” section, following bullet point 10:

Councilmember Cero did not agree with assumption 1 and 5 and did not understand why assumption 7 was so high.

Motion to amend PASSED 7-0.

 

Main motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

(2)        Payables:         $263,032.87 (7/20/10), $1,504.877.13 (7/21/10) & $315,975.36 (7/29/10)

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

 

            Payroll:             $665,008.66 (7/30/10)

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 Grady to: 

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

Regular Business:

 

(3)        AB 4561            Mercer Island North-South Shuttle Service

 

Development Services Director Tim Stewart presented the concept of a demonstration program that would provide shuttle services along Island Crest Way to and from the North Mercer Park and Ride (and by extension to the Town Center) during morning and evening peak travel periods.

 

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

Direct staff to move forward with the development of a demonstration project for shuttle service along Island Crest Way.

 

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

Amend the main motion to include:

“and develop a draft scoping document to include funding options for more detailed analysis and present the draft scoping document to the Sustainability Sub-Committee for future scoping and direction.”

Motion to amend PASSED 7-0.

 

Motion PASSED 6-1 (Councilmember Cero dissented) with the final wording as follows:

 

Direct staff to move forward with the development of a demonstration project for shuttle service along Island Crest Way and develop a draft scoping document to include funding options for more detailed analysis and present the draft scoping document to the Sustainability Sub-Committee for future scoping and direction.

 

 

(4)        AB 4562            I-90 Update – Eastlink and R8A

 

Deputy City Manager James Mason presented information to the Council regarding Sound Transit Board’s decision to follow its preliminary choice of the B2A alignment for the Eastlink project.  Paul Bennett, I-90/Sound Transit Projects Engineering Manager, Doug Haight, I-90/Sound Transit Projects Project Engineer and Hank Howard, Project Manager with Sound Transit presented R8A ramping options to the Council.

 

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

Direct staff to continue to work with the Washington Department of Transportation and Sound Transit to develop the preferred I-90 ramp modifications for Mercer Island.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

(5)        AB 4563            MI-TV – Broadcast Planning & Design Commissions Proposal

 

Deputy City Manager James Mason presented the costs for adding the broadcast of Planning and Design Commission meetings to MI-TV.

 

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

Postpone any further discussion on MI-TV broadcast of Planning and Design Commission meetings until the budget process has been completed.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences:

There were no absences.

 

Planning Schedule:

The Council canceled the August 17th Council meeting.

Councilmember Grady asked about street striping/signage.  City Manager Conrad responded that it will be brought forth as part of the budget.

Councilmember Grausz asked that the discussion about revenues be at the beginning of the budget discussions

 

Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.

 

Councilmember Reports:

Councilmember Bassett reported that the Design Commission would like staff to review and approve cell towers instead of the Design Commission.  He also spoke about plants in the new section of Island Crest Way not getting watered.  He stated that the carbon challenge is at 3-month point.

Councilmember Grady spoke about a regional workshop on electric vehicle infrastructure on September 20, 2010.

 

 

Adjournment:          9:03 pm

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