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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, December 06, 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.

 

 

Mayor Pearman thanked the Fire Department and the Parks and Recreation Department for a successful and well-attended Tree Lighting Ceremony and Firehouse Munch.

 

Mayor Pearman introduced State Senator Steve Litzow who was sworn in this morning and congratulated him on his election.  Senator Litzow announced that he will be stepping down from the City Council at the end of year.

 

Mayor Pearman spoke about the Council vacancy appointment process and explained the timeline as follows:

·         Thursday, December 30, 2010: Applications due to City Clerk by 5:00 pm

·         Thursday, January 13, 2011: Candidate interviews beginning at 6:00 pm (Special Meeting)

·         Monday, January 18, 2011: Council vote and appointment (Regular Meeting)

 

 

APPEARANCES:

 

Steve Bryan, 2426 70th Ave SE, wondered if the Council chooses to collect fees for ambulance transports, if those fees could be earmarked for future expenses for the Fire Department, such as renovations to the South End Fire Station.

 

Jim Abbott, 2835 67th Ave SE, explained that he was involved in a recent medical emergency and believes he is still alive because of the quick response from the Firefighters/EMTs and.  He supports any policy that will maintain or improve response time for Medic One crews. 

 

Mike Peters, Mercer Island Firefighter, read a letter from Dr. Mickey Eisenberg (and other medical directors in King County) urging the Council to retain Medic One services for Mercer Island.  The letter provided reasons why they are strongly opposed to fire departments in King County for charging patients for basic transports.

 

John Stuckey, 9011 SE 40th Street, former firefighter in Bellevue, explained that he has been on thousands of transports and believes it is risky to start charging for fire department transports of patients because of the risks involved.  He urged the Council to not collect transport fees.

 

Curt Groscost, Mercer Island Firefighter, read a letter from Dr. Floyd Short, who expressed his opposition to the proposal to initiating a fee for transportation of basic life services patients to hospital by Mercer Island Firefighter/EMTs. 

 

Ray Austin, Mercer Island Firefighter and President of Mercer Island Firefighter’s Association, stated that Mercer Island firefighters are unanimous, unified and uniformly opposed to the proposal for fees for transport.  He expressed the concerns and reasons behind their opposition and asked the Council to seek an alternative to the proposal.

 

 

MINUTES:

 

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

Adopt the Revised Regular Meeting Minutes of November 15, 2010 as written.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

Consent Calendar:

 

(2)        Payables:         $208,647.00 (11/19/2010) & $281,621.64 (11/30/2010)

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

 

            Payroll:             $614,087.25 (11/19/2010) & $639,296.50 (12/3/2010)

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

 

(3)        AB 4582            Employee Wellness Program

Recommendation: Approve Resolution No. 1430 demonstrating support of the City of Mercer Island Employee Wellness Program.

 

(4)        AB 4588            Roadside Shoulder Improvements East Mercer Way Phase 6 Project Close-Out

Recommendation: Accept the completed Roadside Shoulder Improvements East Mercer Way Phase 6 project and authorize staff to close out the contract.

 

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 4586            Public Hearing: Amendments to MICC Title 19 regarding Code Housekeeping, Building Pads, Moving of Buildings, and Lot Width and Depth (2nd Reading)

 

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 for a second reading.  He spoke about the changes that the Council requested at the previous meeting

 

Mayor Pearman opened the public hearing at 7:31 pm.  There being no comments the Mayor closed the public hearing.

 

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

Adopt Ordinance Nos. 10C-06, 10C-07, 10C-08, and 10C-09, amending Mercer Island City Code Title 19 to provide for code housekeeping, as well as clarifications regarding building pads, moving buildings, and the determination of lot depth and width.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

 

(6)        AB 4587            Public Hearing: 2011-2012 Preliminary Budget Review

 

Mayor Pearman opened the public hearing at 7:33 pm.  There being no comments the Mayor closed the public hearing.

 

Finance Director Chip Corder presented information for the Council to finalize list of Council “restored” service cuts in the General Fund, re-balance the General Fund budget and decide on what to do with the balance in the Capital Reserve Fund (CIP funding “parking lot”)

 

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

Reduce City Council line item for Supplies from $9,000 to $8,000 (Page G-15).

Motion PASSED 5-2 (Grausz and Pearman dissented).

 

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

Reduce City Council line item for Other Services & Charges from $7,790 to $6,000 (Page G-15).

Motion PASSED 4-3 (Grausz Pearman Bassett dissented).

 

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

Reduce Sister City Budget from $15,000 to $0 (Page G-16).

Motion FAILED 2-5 (Grady and Cero assented).

 

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

Reduce City Manager Budget Line item for Contractual Services from $18,000 to $0 (Page G-21).

Motion FAILED 2-5 (Grady and Cero assented).

 

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

Discontinue Interlocal Waterfowl Program (Page G-179).

Motion PASSED 4-3 (Grausz, Pearman, Bassett dissented).

 

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

Discontinue membership to Alliance of Innovation (Page G-179).

Motion FAILED 3-4 (Cero, Grady and Litzow assented).

 

Council agreed to the following to re-balance the General Fund:

·         Employee Health Care Savings of $75,000 in each year

·         Reduce Technology CIP Contribution by $25,000 in each year

·         Eliminate Biennial Community Survey cost of $20,000 in 2012

·         Eliminate Fire Marshal Position for $55,000 savings in each year

 

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

Extend the meeting past 10:00 pm.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

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

Reduce Police Overtime from $32,355 to $20,000 (Page G-136)

Motion FAILED 2-5 (Cero and Grady assented).

 

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

Eliminate Communications Coordinator position (0.6 FTE).

Motion FAILED 3-4 (Cero, Grady and Litzow assented).

 

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

Eliminate one GIS position (1.0 FTE).

Motion FAILED 1-6 (Cero assented).

 

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

Cut Chamber of Commerce funding from $14,000 to $10,000 (Beautification Fund).

Motion FAILED 2-5 (Cero and Grady assented).

 

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

Reduce fleet by two vehicles.

Motion FAILED 2-5 (Cero and Grady assented).

 

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

Print everything in black and white for a $5,000 savings.

Motion FAILED 3-4 (Cero, Grady and Litzow assented).

 

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

Reduce Fire line item for Contractual Services from $67,225 to $50,000 (G-60).

Motion FAILED 0-7.

 

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

Reduce Maintenance line item for Contractual Services from $30800 to $25,000 (Page G-91)

Motion FAILED 2-5 (Cero and Grady assented).

 

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

Reduce Maintenance line item for Other Services & Charges from $14,600 to $8,000 (Page G-91).

Motion PASSED 4-3 (Bassett, Grausz and Pearman dissented).

 

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

Restore $100,000 in 2011 and $100,000 in 2012 for open space vegetation management funded out of the Beautification Fund.

 

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

Amend the main motion include the following:

Identify $25,000 in 2011 and $25,000 in 2012 in the Beautification Fund for the Mary Wayte Pool.

Motion to amend PASSED 6-1 (Jahncke dissented).

 

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

Amend the main motion as follows:

Restore $75,000 in 2011 and $75,000 in 2012 for open space vegetation management funded out of the Beautification Fund.

Motion to amend PASSED 4-3 (Grausz, Grady and Litzow dissented).

 

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

Amend the main motion as follows:

Transfer $200,000 from Beautification Fund to General Fund.

Motion to amend FAILED 3-4 (Cero, Grady and Litzow dissented).

 

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

 

Restore $75,000 in 2011 and $75,000 in 2012 for open space vegetation management funded out of the Beautification Fund and identify $25,000 in 2011 and $25,000 in 2012 in the Beautification Fund for the Mary Wayte Pool.

 

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

Restore $60,000 from General Fund to maintain levels of service in park maintenance (from Parks administrative position reduction).

PASSED 4-3 (Cero, Grady and Litzow dissented).

 

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

Pass Resolution No. 1434 (Option 2), which establishes the bi-monthly utility fee for the emergency medical and ambulance services supplied by the City of Mercer Island effective January 1, 2011 and thereafter.

Motion PASSED 4-3 (Cero, Grady and Litzow dissented).

 

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 10-13 (Option 2), which appropriates funds and fixes the amount of property taxes to be levied for the year 2011.

Motion PASSED 7-0.

 

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 10-14 (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 PASSED 7-0.

 

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

Pass Resolution No. 1437 which establishes a Basic Life Support Ambulance Transport Fee.

Motion PASSED 4-3 (Cero, Grady and Litzow dissented).

 

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

Direct staff to return in January 2011 with an ordinance authorizing the collection of basic life support ambulance transport fee that includes a sunset provision effective January 31, 2012.

Motion PASSED 4-3 (Cero, Grady and Litzow dissented).

 

The remainder of the Budget Hearing schedule is as follows:

·         December 13: Adoption of 2011-2012 Final Budget

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Councilmember Absences:

There were no absences.

 

Planning Schedule:

Councilmember Grady asked the Council to re-consider the temporary encampments ordinance to incorporate changes that would allow Tent City to return to Mercer Island.

Councilmember Bassett asked if the Planning Session could be moved to January 21-23.

 

Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.

 

Councilmember Reports:

There were no reports.

 

 

Adjournment:          Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 12:04 am



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