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Monday, February 26, 2001

Call To Order
Mayor Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call
City Councilmembers Susan Blake, Bryan Cairns, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. Councilmembers Judy Clibborn and El Jahncke were absent.

Appearances
Clyde Curfew, 6541 - 82nd Avenue SE, commented on his frustrations, with the City and his neighbors, in dealing with enforcement of an unobstructed view covenant. Mr. Curfew asked that a reasonable approach for citizens be included in the tree ordinance.

Ginger Hess, 6550 - 81st Avenue SE, urged the Council to maintain a strict tree ordinance that includes a permit process as well as strict supervision “so that approved cutting can be done right.” Mayor Merkle responded.


Consent Calendar

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Payrolls: $889,327.70

Councilmember Goldmanis requested Item (2), Agenda Bill 3561 be removed from the Consent Calendar and heard under Regular Business.

It was moved by Councilmember Blake; seconded by Councilmember Cairns to:

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Regular Business

AB 3561 Marine Patrol Interlocal Agreement (Removed From Consent Calendar)
Director of Public Safety Jan Deveny addressed Councilmember Goldmanis’ questions.

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

Authorize the City Manager to execute the Interlocal Agreement with the Town of Yarrow Point for a one-year period.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

AB 3563 Public Hearing: Ordinance Amending Town Center Parking Standards (Removed From Consent Calendar)
Development Services Director Richard Hart outlined the agenda item, summarized the proposed ordinance, provided a comparison of other community parking requirements, and highlighted Planning Commission’s recommendation.

Mayor Merkle opened the Public Hearing:

The following three individuals made comments supporting the proposed ordinance and the new parking standards:

Bill Stalzer, 603 Stewart Street, Seattle, Land Use Planner Kirk Gahnberg, 11730 118 Avenue NE, # 600, Kirkland, Traffic Engineer

Linda Stalzer, 1420 5th Avenue, #220, Seattle, Planner/Land Developer

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, shared with the Council her avoidance of the central business district (CBD) during peak congestion times. Ms. Lupton expressed concern of “navigational gridlock” as further development occurs in the CBD.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, commented on the current parking problems in the CBD. Mr. Appelman questioned why the results of the “1997 Parking Study” was not included in staff’s report. Mr. Appelman expressed concern with the terms “flexibility” and “shared parking” and he urged the Council to resolve the current parking problems in the CBD.

The Public Hearing was closed.

After Council discussion the following motions were made:

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 01c-02, amending the Unified Land Development Code, Town Center District Parking Requirements.

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

Amend the ordinance to require parking for residential parking stalls as follows:

Studio 1 – 3 per unit; One Bedroom, Two Bedroom, and Three Plus Bedroom 2-3 per unit.

The Chair put the question on the amended motion; Motion Failed, 2-3. (Proponents of the motion were Councilmembers Grausz and Goldmanis.)

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

Amend ATTACHMENT 1 of the ordinance as follows: “…AdditionalIn mixed use projects, parking stalls above the maximum 3.5 per 1,000 for retail and office uses mayshall be provided in underground parking structures.”

The Mayor re-opened the Public Hearing:

Bill Stalzer, 603 Stewart Street, Seattle, Land Use Planner, suggested the Council limit the motion to “mixed use projects”.

Linda Stalzer, 1420 5th Avenue, #220, Seattle, Planner/Land Developer, suggested the Council not isolate any compenant at this time.

The Public Hearing was closed.

The Chair put the question on the amended motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Mayor Merkle indicated that Council’s will need to return to this item in the future to continue its discussion, i.e. appeal process, change of use, and residential parking stall per unit.

AB 3560 78th Avenue SE Roadway Improvement Project
City Engineer Patrick Yamashita presented background information regarding the roadway improvement project, summarized public comments received, explained basic project elements, described design alternatives, and provided staff’s recommendation.

Mayor Merkle opened the agenda item for public comment.

Tom Speer, 4410 78th Avenue SE, expressed concerns regarding the proposed project at 78th Avenue SE, South of SE 40th. Mr. Speer urged the Council to increase lighting, enhance visibility, and to be more thoughtful with regard to safety issues by putting the pedestrian pathway the west side of the roadway.

The public comment period was closed.

Mr. Yamashita addressed Council’s questions and after considerable Council discussion the following motion was made:

It was moved by Councilmember Blake; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Direct staff to proceed with final design of the Basic Project Elements including Design Alternatives 1, 2, and 3, and authorize staff to bid the project at $101,000.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.


Open Council Discussion

Due to the late hour, Mayor Merkle deferred Open Council Discussion to the next Council Meeting.


Other Business

Councilmember Absences: Councilmembers Clibborn and Jahncke were excused for being absent.

Planning Schedule: Mayor Merkle informed the Council that they would soon be contacted and interviewed by the retreat facilitator to help in the development of the retreat agenda/issues list.
The Executive Session scheduled for March 19th was removed from the Planning Schedule. City Attorney Londi Lindell will provide the information in another format.
The Tree Ordinance Discussion item scheduled for March 5th on the Planning Schedule was moved to March 19th.

Board Appointments: There were none.

Councilmember Reports: Due to the late hour, none were reported.

Adjournment: 11:45 pm

[Important Note: The proceedings of the City Council meeting were recorded on tape and are filed in the City Clerk's Office. The complete agenda and official minutes of this meeting are also filed in the City Clerk's office.]

 

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