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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, November 01, 2010

Call To Order:

 

Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 7:02 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 reported that the former Lord Mayor of Westminster, Catherine Longworth, visited the Mercer Island High School and formally invited the MIHS band to be part of the London New Year’s Day parade.

 

Mayor Pearman also spoke about the twelve students from Mercer Island’s Sister City Thonon Les Bains who have been visiting Mercer Island for the last week as part of the annual exchange between the two cities.

 

 

APPEARANCES:

 

Nancy Lee and Steve Bryan from the Green Ribbon Commission presented information about the new Carbon Challenge between the City Councilmembers and the School District Board Members to reduce their carbon footprints. 

 

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, spoke about his comments and the Mayor’s comments at a previous Council meeting regarding litigation in which the City is involved. He spoke about a previous personnel matter and his public records request regarding the matter.  His issue is open and honest government, which he believes Mercer Island does not have.

 

Mary Ann Eng, 2932 72nd Ave SE, thanked Council for the City’s contributions to ARCH and she asked the Council to continue the commitment to preserving and increasing the supply for low and moderate income housing in King County.  She spoke about the Family Village project in Issaquah and ARCH’s support of the project.

 

Julie Kettman, 2954 7nd Ave SE, spoke about the services that YWCA provided in 2008 and 2009 in relation to affordable housing and homelessness.  She supports the ARCH investments made by local jurisdictions for housing.

 

Mary Linda Filley, 9105 SE 46th Street, supports the Mary Wayte Pool as swimming is relaxing, uses both arms and legs, it can be done in old age and most cannot afford private club on Mercer Island.

 

Roberta Lewandowski, 4740 86th Ave SE, is pleased about the multi-family tax exemption as it supports people from all walks of life on Mercer Island.  She would like to see more affordable housing in the Town Center.

 

 

MINUTES:

 

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

Adopt the Special Joint Meeting Minutes of October 18, 2010 and Regular Meeting Minutes of October 18, 2010 as written.

 

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

Amend the Special Meeting Minutes of October 18, 2010 Page 2, Paragraph 8 as follows:

Councilmember Cero supports looking at options and would like to see the pool stay open during the interim period.  He stated that a pool not is essential, but he falls somewhere between President Dingle’s “essential” and Councilmember Jahncke’s “desirable.”He is not sure if the pool is essential, but it is definitely desirable. He would like to look at ways that demand could be alleviated with a senior option at private pools on the Island.

Motion to Amend PASSED 7-0.

 

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

Amend the Special Meeting Minutes of October 18, 2010 Page 4, after Paragraph 10 as follows:

Councilmember Cero stated that if the pool was going to be characterized as “essential,” then our citizens would expect us to find as an efficient design as possible which means the present Mary Wayte site should remain an option.

Motion to Amend PASSED 7-0.

 

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

Amend the Special Meeting Minutes of October 18, 2010 Page 1, Special Business: Paragraphs 2 and 3 as follows:

 

Superintendent Plano provided the history of the Mary Wayte Pool.  He explained that the land is owned by the Mercer Island School District and was operated by King County as a regional pool until 2002.  It then transferred operation to Northwest Center, with subsidies from the City and private fundraising.  Northwest Center has decided to cease operating the Mary Wayte Pool, but under the agreement with King County, if the pool is still functioning the pool must remain open until June 20122011.

 

City Manager Conrad explained that the pool will close December 31, 2010 unless an operator is found to keep it open and beyond June 20122011.  He stated that proposals will be brought forward to the City Council and the School Board, but he reiterated that the question before the bodies is “should the City and School District keep the pool open in the short term?”  He further explained that the users of the pools should expect the same levels of service during the interim time period.

Motion to Amend PASSED 7-0.

 

Main Motion with Amendments PASSED 7-0.

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

Councilmember Cero requested to move the Payables report to the first item of Regular Business.

 

(2)        Payroll:             $616,256.76 (10/22/2010)

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:

 

(2)        Payables:         $1,872,266.29 (10/25/2010)

 

Councilmember Cero asked a question about the check regarding the hybrid vehicle repair. City Manager Conrad responded that he would look into to the payment.

 

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

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

Motion PASSED 7-0.

(3)        AB 4572            Transfer of Engstrom Open Space to the Open Space Conservancy Trust Resolution

 

Parks and Recreation Director Bruce Fletcher presented a resolution that transfers management of the Engstrom Open Space to the Mercer Island Open Space Conservancy Trust.

 

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

Adopt Resolution No. 1429 to transfer management and governance of the Engstrom Open Space to the Mercer Island Open Space Conservancy Trust.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

(4)        AB 4576            Public Hearing: Affordable Housing – Property Tax Exemption Ordinance (2nd Reading)

 

Mayor Pearman opened the public hearing at 7:39 pm. 

 

Karen Williams, housing Development Consortium of King County, supports the proposed multifamily tax exemption with the affordability provisions.  She thanked the Council and staff for ongoing, creative and consistent support of affordable housing.  She recognized the innovation in the affordable housing provisions in the ordinance as Mercer Island is only one of three cities looking at implementing the provisions.

 

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, stated that he is confused by the program.  He is not sure why the City needs to run the program through the developers as the Council has the ability to take whatever taxes it wants and give them to ARCH or other programs to subsidize housing or provide affordable housing.  He believes that the program is frontloaded as the developers get their tax exemptions up front and the benefits for the public move out into the future.

 

The Mayor closed the public hearing at 7:45 pm.

 

Development Services Director Tim Stewart reviewed issues that Council expressed at previous reviews of the proposed ordinance and highlighted the changes in the ordinance. ARCH Program Manager Arthur Sullivan answered questions from the Council regarding the proposed ordinance.

 

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

Adopt Ordinance No.10C-10 adopting standards for an affordable housing property tax exemption.

 

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

Amend the previous motion to amend Ordinance No. 10C-10, Page 9, Paragraph G as follows:

G.   Prior to issuing a temporary or final certificate of occupancy, an agreement in a form acceptable to the city attorney that addresses: price restrictions; eligible household qualifications at time of initial occupancy and at annual recertification over the lifetime of the improvements qualifying under this chapter; long-term affordability; remedies to the city for non-compliance including taking action to require the Owner to perform its obligations or such other action necessary to enforce the obligations of the agreement; and any other applicable topics of the affordable housing , and shall be recorded with the county recorder’s office. This agreement shall be a covenant running with the land and building, and shall be binding on the assigns, heirs and successors of the applicant. Affordable units and moderate income units that are provided under this section shall remain as affordable units and moderate income units for the life of the building.

Motion to Amend PASSED 7-0.

 

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

Postpone indefinitely the main motion and direct staff to return with a sliding scale amendment for Section 4.50.110 of Ordinance 10C-10.

Motion to Table PASSED 6-1 (Deputy Mayor Jahncke dissented).

 

 

 

 

(5)        AB 4580            Public Hearing: 2011-2012 Preliminary Budget Review

 

Mayor Pearman opened the public hearing at 9:02 pm. 

 

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, stated that he has said in the past that the City could easily take several hundred thousand of dollars out of the budget and now $3 million has been removed from proposed budget.  He believes that if the money had been taken out years ago, there may be more money to fund issues like the pool.  He spoke about the budget presentations versus the accounts payable reports as effective ways to see what money has been spent.

 

Steve Bryan, 2426 70th Ave SE, spoke about comments he has heard that are in support of a small increase in taxes to maintain fire, police, EMT and ambulance services.  He encourages the Council to talk with constituents before cutting these programs back.

 

The Mayor closed the public hearing at 9:06 pm.

 

Finance Director Chip Corder reviewed the following operating funds as part of the 2011-2012 Preliminary Budget: Street, Beautification, Contingency, 1% for the Arts, Youth & Family Services, Equipment Rental, Computer Equipment, and Firemen’s Pension.  He provided a recap and balance for each fund as well as a review of each department within each operating fund, including service reduction proposals, service enhancement requests and new or enhanced revenues.

 

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

Continue the meeting past 10:00 pm pursuant to the City Council Rules of Procedure 2.1.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

The remainder of the Budget Hearing schedule is as follows:

·         November 4: Budget Review of Criminal Justice Fund and General Fund (City Council, City Manager’s Office, City Attorney’s Office, Finance, Fire, Human Resources, Maintenance, Municipal Court, Non-Departmental and Police operating budgets)

·         November 15: Budget Review of General Fund (Parks & Recreation and Development Services operating budgets), follow-up items, Adoption of 2011 Property Tax Levy, Adoption of 2011 Utility Rates and Adoption of 2011 Development Fees

·         December 6: Adoption of 2011-2012 Final Budget

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences:

There were no absences.

 

Planning Schedule:

There were no changes.

 

Board Appointments:

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

Appoint Shelly Krispin to Position No. 11 (expiring May 2014) on the Arts Council.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

Councilmember Reports:

There were no reports.

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

 

Mayor Pearman adjourned the Regular Meeting and convened the Executive Session at 10:47 pm to discuss potential litigation pursuant RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) for approximately 30 minutes.

 

At 11:17 pm, Mayor Pearman extended the Executive Session by 15 minutes.

 

The Executive Session was adjourned at 11:31 pm and the Regular Meeting was reconvened.

 

 

Adjournment:          11:31 pm



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