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Monday, June 18, 2001

Call To Order

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

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Susan Blake, Bryan Cairns, Judy Clibborn, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz (arrived 7:55 pm), El Jahncke, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Appearances
Scott Martin, 2221 80th Avenue SE, introduced himself and two of the other members of the newly formed citizen group, Island Transport Access Committee (ITAC). Mr. Martin reported that ITAC intended to work cooperatively with the Council, staff, and others to resolve the transportation problems facing the City in such a way as to be equitable to all of the neighborhoods on the Island. Mayor Merkle responded, commenting that citizen input is always welcome.

Todd Birbaum, 3722 Greenbriar Lane, asked for clarification regarding the fate of development projects already underway should the proposed amendments to the Unified Land Development Code be passed. He also expressed his opinion that the proposed regulations regarding impervious surfaces unfairly burden private property owners, particularly those who live on private access roads.

Bill Northrop, 2926 71st Avenue SE, expressed his concerns about redevelopment and the proposed regulations regarding impervious surfaces.

Debby Lloyd, 2435 72nd Avenue SE, thanked the Council for its actions pertaining to 72nd Avenue. Ms. Lloyd stated that the conflict over road improvements to 72nd Avenue has raised awareness about a whole host of issues affecting the entire First Hill community.

Minutes

There were no minutes before the Council for approval.

Councilmember Jahncke requested that the Minutes of June 4th include his suggestion that the City retain legal counsel to represent Mercer Island’s position in the pending issue of the Interstate 90 center roadway.

Mayor Merkle asked that the minutes reflect Councilmember Jahncke’s suggestion, and reported that United States Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn had helped to potentially resolve the I-90 Center Roadway Issue by attaching a rider to a Federal Highway Administration bill. The rider guarantees a study and impact assessment, and provides partial funding in the amount of $1 million dollars. As a result, the Mayor suggested that the City hold off on additional consideration of this issue at this time.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 347,697.82  
Payrolls: $ 412,658.10

AB 3577 Adoption of the 2002 Community Development Block Grant Pass Through Funds Accept the 2002 CDBG pass-through estimates and authorize the City Manager to sign the authorization form attached to AB 3577 as Exhibit 2.

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

Regular Business

AB 3551 Thrift Shop Closeout
There was no formal staff presentation regarding the closeout of the Thrift Shop addition project. Youth and Family Services Director Mary Kay Morgan did, however, respond to Council questions regarding specific elements of the project.

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

Accept the Thrift Shop Addition as complete and direct staff to proceed with final project closeout. Approve the repayment to YFS Trust Account 01 of $137,210 from projected Thrift Shop proceeds over a three-year period at an interest rate of 5%.

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

AB 3585 Mercerdale Master Plan and Project Components

Parks and Recreation Department Director Pete Mayer opened the presentation on the Mercerdale Master Plan. Mr. Mayer provided the Council with an update regarding the implementation of the plan, reviewed the tasks currently before Council pertaining to the park, and summarized the status of the project’s budget.

Liz Callahan, 4031 96th Avenue SE, president of the Mercer Island Preschool Association, responded to Council questions regarding private contributions to the Mercerdale Park project.

Prior to introducing consultant Terry Reckord from MacLeod Reckord Landscape Architects, Mr. Mayer reiterated staff’s request that the Council authorize the completion of the implementation of Phase 1 of the Mercerdale Master Plan using funds from the Capital Reserve Fund, the Capital Improvement Fund, or a combination of the Capital Improvement Fund and the Beautification Fund.

Consultant Terry Reckord delivered a presentation on the history of war and Veterans Memorials and responded to Council questions regarding the logistics of creating a Veterans Memorial on Mercer Island. Mr. Reckord and Mr. Mayer requested that the Council provide them with assistance in scoping the Veterans Memorial project.

Patti Murphy, Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department, read a statement written by Amanda Clark, 4319 86th Ave SE, of the Mercer Island Arts Council. The statement asked for Council clarification regarding the size and budget of the proposed memorial.

With regard to the scope of the Mercer Island veteran’s memorial project, Council directed staff to:

Work with consultant Terry Reckord to develop and bring back for Council review some conceptual designs for a Veterans Memorial in Mercerdale Park. Designs returned to the Council are to conform to the following general guidelines: projects are to be contemplative in nature, have a minimum “footprint”, and have a budget of $50,000 to $100,000. At least one design should be of a project that could be easily integrated into either the Phase 1 or Phase 2 improvements to Mercerdale Park.

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

Appropriate funding in the amount of $81,884 from the Capital Improvement Fund and $81,884 from the Beautification fund to complete Phase 1 and Phase 2 Improvements to Mercerdale Park, consistent with the Revised Master Plan and current CIP park improvements (#WP108R);

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

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

Authorize staff to proceed with Phase 1 Improvements of the Revised Master Plan (February 2000) including consideration of the incorporation of a Boules Court pending Design Commission and Development Services Group Approval.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 3-4. (Proponents: Blake, Clibborn, Merkle.)

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

Authorize staff to proceed with Phase 1 Improvements of the Revised Master Plan (February 2000) pending Design Commission and Development Services Group Approval.

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

AB 3590 Zoning Code Amendments

Senior Planner Ann Marie Rennick introduced the information item pertaining to the proposed amendments to the Unified Land Development Code (as recommended by the Mercer Island Planning Commission). Ms. Rennick provided the Council with an overview of the proposed amendments as well as with the history of the public process regarding this issue to date.

Mayor Merkle opened the floor for public comment on the potential zoning code amendments.

Al Skinner, 2412 67th Avenue SE, expressed his concern about the remodel of nonconforming structures and the subsequent creation of very large homes on small lots, calling the development trend a “national problem.” Mr. Skinner also expressed his support for the proposed amendments to the Unified Development Land Code.

Alan Ruesch, 4518 91st Avenue SE, appeared before the Council to state his opposition to portions of the proposed amendments, particularly those pertaining to the regulation of impervious surfaces.

Todd Birbaum, 3722 Greenbriar Lane, reappeared before the Council to clarify his position on the proposed impervious surfaces regulations.

Mayor Merkle closed the public comment period.

City Engineer Patrick Yamashita explained staff’s evaluative standards regarding the use of “pavers,” and clarified the Washington State Department of Ecology’s definition of “impervious surface.”

The proposed amendments to the Unified Land Development Code will reappear before the Council at the July 16 Council Meeting for an official public hearing.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences: Councilmember Jahncke will be absent for the City Council Mini Retreat of June 21. Councilmember Clibborn will be absent for the September 4 City Council Meeting.

Planning Schedule: There were no additions or changes to the Planning Schedule.

Board Appointments: It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Cairns to:

Confirm the Mayor’s appointments of Jordan Canas, Eddie Carden, and Jessie Paull to the Youth and Family Services Board for a term of two years with possible renewal for another two years.

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

Councilmember Reports: There were none.

Adjournment: 12:21 am, Tuesday, June 19, 2001.

[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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