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Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Call To Order

Mayor Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

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


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

Approve the City Council Annual Retreat Minutes of March 30 - April 1, 2001 as written.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Councilmember Jahncke commented on the timeliness of the annual retreat minutes.

Special Business

AB 3603 Tree Ordinance: Referendum Petition & Next Steps
Following Council discussion regarding the Tree Ordinance, staff was directed to draft a new ordinance consistent with the following:

  • The ordinance shall be written beginning with what will be regulated, as opposed to what will not be regulated;
  • The ordinance will include the elements contained in 01c-04 with the exception of the regulation of flat lots;
  • The ordinance will allow for the pruning of trees on public property for light or view other than in parks and in dedicated openspace areas;
  • Council amendments made on June 4, 2001 addressing Landmark Trees, Weed Trees, and recorded view covenants are to be included in the new draft.
  • The City Attorney is given authority to draft any additional ordinance provisions the City Attorney and staff recommend.
It was moved by Councilmember Clibborn; seconded by Councilmember Jahncke to:

Repeal the Tree Ordinance and direct staff to prepare a new ordinance substantially different than Ordinance 01c-04 consistent with Council direction as given.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Other Business

Adjournment: 8:55 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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