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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, September 20, 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, Mike Grady (arrived 7:00 pm), Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow (arrived 6:15 pm), Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present.

 

 

STUDY SESSIOn:

 

(1)        AB 4568            YFS School-Based Counseling Services

 

Youth and Family Services Director Cindy Goodwin provided a history of the Youth and Family Services program of Mental Health Counselors based at the schools and described the four service areas: environmental (positively affecting the school climate), individual, familial and staff/teacher support. She spoke about the current funding for the school-based counseling services as well as the value of the services to the community.

 

 

The Study Session adjourned at 6:54 pm.  The Regular Meeting convened at 7:07 pm.

 

Mayor Pearman spoke about Bellevue City Councilman John Chelminiak being in intensive care after being attacked by a bear over the weekend.  He expressed Mercer Island’s good wishes for his recovery.

 

 

SPECIAL BUSINESS: 

 

(2)        Eastside Mayor’s Month of Concern for the Hungry Proclamation

           

Mayor Pearman proclaimed September 25, 2010 to October 23, 2010 as Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry and strongly urged all citizens to join the Emergency Feeding Program, Hopelink, Renewal Food Bank, Issaquah Food Bank, Mt. Si Helping Hands Food Bank, the Mercer Island Food Pantry, and the ARAS Foundation to share what they can to nourish those who are hungry.

 

Arthur Lee, Executive Director of the Emergency Feeding Program and Gerald Wright, Center Manager for Bellevue’s Hopelink Center thanked the Council for their support of Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry.

 

Derek Franklin, YFS Administrative Manager, stated that Mercer Island Food Pantry use is up this year and with more first time users and new residents of Mercer Island using the Pantry.

 

 

APPEARANCES:

 

There were no appearances.

 

 

 

 

MINUTES:

 

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

Adopt the Regular Meeting Minutes of September 7, 2010 as written.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

Councilmember Grausz moved AB 4571: T-Mobile Cellular Site Lease for Wireless Communication Facilities to the first item of Regular Business.

 

(4)        Payables:          $463,574.22 (9/8/2010) & $481,185.91 (9/15/10)

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

 

            Payroll:             $653,380.09 (9/10/2010)

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 Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

Regular Business:

 

(5)        AB 4571            T-Mobile Cellular Site Lease for Wireless Communication Facilities

 

Councilmember Grausz asked the City Attorney about the rent amount.

 

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

Authorize the City Manager to enter into a Telecommunications Site Lease with T-Mobile West Corporation for a wireless communication facility to be located within the right of way adjacent to the west of 4646 Island Crest Way.

 

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

Amend the previous motion as follows:

Have the initial rent set at $2000 per month and for the rent for each subsequent renewal term be set so that the rent increases to whatever the market rate is at that time.

Motion to amend PASSED 4-3 (Councilmember Bassett, Deputy Mayor Jahncke and Mayor Pearman dissented).

 

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

Amend the previous motion as follows:

Indemnity by the lessee should cover all acts and omissions with respect to the use of the premises and use of the pole.

Motion to amend PASSED 4-3 (Councilmember Bassett, Deputy Mayor Jahncke and Mayor Pearman dissented).

 

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

 

Authorize the City Manager to enter into a Telecommunications Site Lease with T-Mobile West Corporation for a wireless communication facility to be located within the right of way adjacent to the west of 4646 Island Crest Way and amend the lease to have the initial rent set at $2000 per month and for the rent for each subsequent renewal term be set so that the rent increases to whatever the market rate is at that time and include language regarding indemnity by the lessee to cover all acts and omissions with respect to the use of the premises and use of the pole.

 

 

(6)        AB 4570            Affordable Housing Property Tax Exemption Ordinance (1st Reading)

 

Development Services Director Tim Stewart presented an ordinance to create a property tax exemption for affordable housing that is applicable to the Town Center and adjacent multifamily zoned areas; offers both eight year and 12 year exemptions and offers the exemption program for rental units.  He also presented a resolution that sets a moderate fee to cover some, but not all City expenses. 

 

Mayor Pearman opened the public hearing at 7:56 pm. There were no comments and the Mayor closed the public hearing.

 

Council provided direction to staff on a number of issues and asked for the ordinance to come back for a second reading on October 4, 2010.

 

 

Councilmember Grady left the meeting at 8:50 pm.

 

 

(6)        AB 4569            Communities That Care: Report and Schedule of Council Actions to Reduce Underage Drinking

 

Youth and Family Services Director Cindy Goodwin report on the Schedule of Council Actions to Reduce Underage Drinking regarding messaging, parent education/information, fines and fees and other Council related activities.

 

YFS Administrative Manager Derek Franklin provided an update on the Communities That Care (CTC) program. He stated that the CTC has focused on the MOST Of Us social norms campaign. community and parent education, increased youth involvement, social hosting campaign, café conversations, and targeting typical drinking events as well as partnering with the Police Department for the September 25th Prescription Drug Take-back Day.  In 2011, the CTC will continue the efforts from 2010 as well as target 12th graders with a YFS—School partnership, further develop CTC Youth Committee, target emergent prescription drug issues and begin messaging regarding marijuana use.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences:

There were no absences.

 

Planning Schedule:

There were no changes.

 

Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.

 

Councilmember Reports:

Deputy Mayor Jahncke spoke about the recent SCA meeting regarding transportation service reductions at King County/Metro

Councilmember Bassett spoke about the Sustainability Sub-Committee discussion of the north-south shuttle service, thanked the Parks & Recreation Department for their work on the new trail in Engstrom Open Space, and the carbon challenge.

 

 

Executive Session:

 

Councilmembers Bruce Bassett, Mike Cero, Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke, Mayor Jim Pearman, City Manager Rich Conrad and City Attorney Katie Knight convened to Executive Session at 9:27 pm to discuss a collective bargaining agreement pursuant RCW 42.30.140(4)(a) for approximately 10 minutes.

 

At 9:37 pm, Mayor Pearman extended the Executive Session by 5 minutes.

 

The Executive Session was adjourned at 9:43 pm and the Regular Meeting was reconvened.

 

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

Approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the AFSCME union and the associated COLA.

Motion PASSED 6-0.

 

 

Adjournment:           9:44 pm

 

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