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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, November 15, 2010

Call To Order:

 

Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 7:03 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.

 

 

APPEARANCES:

 

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, spoke about Mayor Pearmanís work with the Eastside Visitorís Bureau and contracting with the City of North Bend for tourism consultation.  He expressed concern about City staff providing assistance to Councilmembers in their private capacity.

 

Arthur Lee, Executive Director of the Emergency Feeding Program, thanked the Council for their support of the Eastside Mayors Month of Concern for the Hungry.

 

Derek Franklin, YFS Administrative Services Manager, introduced Isabel Jamerson, a Mercer Island youth, who spoke about her community service program that took leftover fresh produce from Farmers Market to the Youth and Family Services Food Pantry.  She thanked Cindy Goodwin, YFS Director and Edie Philips from the Farmers Market for the support and collaboration for the project.

 

Edee Phillips, 1945 82nd Ave SE, spoke about the success of the third season of the Mercer Island Farmers Market.  She noted that on Sunday, November 21, there would be a harvest market.  She thanked the City for support in signage and street closures and acknowledged Kirsten Taylor for her help.

 

Debbie Bertlin, 2435 72nd Ave SE, stated that the Mercer Island Preschool Association would like to continue to support specific Parks and Recreation opportunities in the next budget with a multi-year funding agreement.

 

Judith Roan, 7365 SE 38th Street, spoke about the Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) and Arts Council relationship.  She believes that the Arts Council is essential to Mercer Island as it connects the community to the Arts.  She asked that the funding for Mostly Music in the Park and Shakespeare in the Park be restored in the upcoming budget and that the open space management funding is also restored.

 

Amanda Clark, 4319 86th Ave SE, supports using 1% for the Arts funding to preserve Parks and Recreation parks and arts programs.

 

Dorli Mason, 3205 Shorewood Drive, stated that Shakespeare in the Park performances are a highlight of the summer as they are educational and entertaining. She thinks that funds to preserve the program can be raised.

 

Don Cohen, 8331 SE 61st Street, Open Space Conservancy Trust Chair, read a letter to Council regarding proposed budget cuts for open space vegetation management. He stated that the Board passed a motion opposing any decrease in general City funding for open space maintenance and preservations that would dilute the positive impacts the voters contemplated in approving the 2008 Parks Operations and Maintenance Levy.

 

Suzanne Skinner, 7601 West Mercer Way, would like to see the surplus in 1% for arts fund be transferred to the General Fund to support arts programs.  She believes that Shakespeare in the Park/Wooden O Theater is worth the cost as 4500 people attended last year.

 

George Mount, Seattle resident, started Wooden O Theater and the Shakespeare in the Park program on Mercer Island.  He asked the Council to consider that access to cultural arts is an essential human service and continue the program.

 

Jane Ditzler, 2720 76th Ave SE, Arts Council Chair, asked the Council to reinstate funding for the Arts Council programs.  She stated that while Mostly Music in the Park and Shakespeare in the Park are the most visible they are not the only programs that will be affected with the proposed budget cuts.  She stated that the Arts Council asked that $33,000 be restored in their letter to the City Council, but they actually need $41,600 in order to keep the summer film program and casual labor costs to run the programs.  She suggested using funding from the 1% from the Arts Fund and restore the salary for the coordinator in order to continue to work closely with the City.

 

 

MINUTES:

 

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

Adopt the Regular Meeting Minutes of November 1, 2010 and the Special Meeting Minutes of November 4, 2010 as written.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

(2)        Payables:         $587,684.66 (10/28/2010), $286,312.56 (11/4/2010) & $153,424.47 (11/9/2010)

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

 

            Payroll:             $622,161.34 (11/5/2010)

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

 

(3)        AB 4583            T-Mobile Cellular Site Lease for Wireless Communication Facilities

Recommendation #1: Rescind the motion from the September 20, 2010 regular meeting 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 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.

Recommendation #2: 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 Grady; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

Regular Business:

 

(4)        AB 4579            Public Hearing: Amendments to MICC Title 19 regarding Code Housekeeping, Building Pads, Moving of Buildings, and Lot Width and Depth (1st Reading)

 

Mayor Pearman opened the public hearing at 7:39 pm.  There being no comments the Mayor closed the public hearing.

 

Principal Planner George Steirer presented four ordinances that amend Mercer Island City Code Title 19 regarding references and housekeeping amendments, building pads, moving of buildings and lot width and lot depth amendments.

 

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

Having conducted the first reading of Ordinance Nos. 10C-06, 10C-07, 10C-08, and 10C-09 and obtaining public comment regarding proposed zoning text amendments to MICC Title 19, make recommendations to staff for any changes, set the ordinances for a second reading on December 6, 2010.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

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

 

Mayor Pearman opened the public hearing at 8:09 pm.  There being no comments the Mayor closed the public hearing.

 

Finance Director Chip Corder continued the review of the General Fund detailing the Development Service Group and the Parks and Recreation Departments.  He provided a summary of the changes to date of the 2011-2012 preliminary budget and sought resolution to follow-up items from previous meetings.  He then presented proposals for re-balancing the General Fund.

 

Following discussion the Council made motions regarding the NORCOM budget, 2011 utility rates, 2011 development fees and the 2011 property tax levy as follows:

 

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 10-12 (Option 2), which identifies the dollar amounts and percentage increases of the regular property tax levy and the levy lid lift for the year 2011.

Motion FAILED 2-4-1 (Cero and Litzow assented, Grady abstained).

 

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

Pass Resolution No. 1435, which approves NORCOMís 2011 budget allocation to the City of Mercer Island.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

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

Pass Resolution No. 1431, which establishes classifications of water users and a schedule of charges for water usage, a schedule of rates for fire service, a schedule of special service charges, meter and service installation charges, and connection charges effective January 1, 2011 and thereafter.

Motion PASSED 6-1 (Cero dissented).

 

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

Pass Resolution No. 1432, which establishes rates and connection charges for sewerage disposal services supplied by the City of Mercer Island effective January 1, 2011 and thereafter.

Motion PASSED 6-1 (Cero dissented).

 

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

Pass Resolution No. 1433, which establishes the bi-monthly service charge for storm and surface water services supplied by the City of Mercer Island effective January 1, 2011 and thereafter.

Motion PASSED 6-1 (Cero dissented).

 

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

Pass Resolution No. 1436, which adjusts development and construction permit fees effective January 1, 2011 and thereafter.

Motion PASSED 6-1 (Cero dissented).

 

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 10-11 (Option 1), which appropriates funds and fixes the amount of property taxes to be levied for the year 2011.

Motion PASSED 4-2-1 (Cero and Litzow dissented, Grady abstained).

 

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 10-12 (Option 1), which identifies the dollar amounts and percentage increases of the regular property tax levy and the levy lid lift for the year 2011.

Motion PASSED 4-2-1 (Cero and Litzow dissented, Grady abstained).

 

The Council added a Special Meeting on November 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm to continue the review of the 2011-2012 Preliminary Budget.

 

The remainder of the Budget Hearing schedule is as follows:

         November 22: Finalize List of Service Reductions, Re-Balance the General Fund and Adopt 2011 EMS Utility Rates

         December 6: Adoption of 2011-2012 Final Budget

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences:

There were no absences.

 

Planning Schedule:

The Council added a Special Meeting on November 22, 2010 to continue the review of the 2011-2012 Preliminary Budget.

 

Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.

 

Councilmember Reports:

There were no reports.

 

 

Adjournment:          11:58 pm



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