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Monday, May 21, 2001

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:03 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Susan Blake (arrived 6:15), Bryan Cairns, Judy Clibborn, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Study Session

AB 3581 Council Priorities and Workplan
City Manager Rich Conrad submitted to the Council a proposed workplan developed from agreements and priorities established at the Council’s annual retreat. Council accepted the workplan as presented.

The Study Session was adjourned at 7:05 pm; the Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:30 pm.

Special Business

Larry Otis, former Presidents of the Washington Recreation and Parks Association (WRPA), appeared before the Council to formally recognize Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer who was recently awarded the WRPA Young Professional of the Year Award. The Council congratulated Mr. Mayer on the award.

Appearances
Tom Donahue, 2284 78th Avenue SE, appeared before the Council to express his concern about overflow parking from the park and ride into his neighborhood, and to express his opposition to any plan that would expand parking on the current park and ride site. Mayor Merkle responded, reiterating that the park and ride situation was the number one priority of the Council at this time.

Thelma Brown, 8102 SE 24th, expressed her concern about the level of noise that is currently generated by traffic coming and going from the park and ride lot, and stated her opposition to any plan that would add a second story to the parking facilities there.

Arlis Coe, 3405 72nd Place SE, appeared before the council to request a gravel walkway along 72nd Avenue.

A resident at 7826 SE 24th Street stated his concerns about property values in the neighborhood surrounding the park and ride, commenting that a second story on the current facility would dwarf the adjacent homes and result in additional noise.

Roger Johnson, 7808 SE 24th, commented on the traffic and crime problems associated with the park and ride lot.

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, pointed out an error on the map of Mercer Island that had been included as an exhibit to one of the agenda bills under consideration.

Scott Martin, 2221 88th Avenue SE, expressed his opinion that the Mercer Island park and ride lot should be moved to a facility constructed over the I-90 freeway. He further stated his opposition to any plan that would involve the construction of an above ground parking structure located on the current site.

Barbara Callahan, 3633 73rd Avenue SE, requested improvements to 72nd Avenue and remarked that the street was unsafe for the pedestrian traffic that uses this street to access the nearby bus stop.

Minutes

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

Approve the Study Session and Regular Meeting Minutes of May 7, 2001 amended as follows:

AB 3572 Bicycle Pullouts Improved Roadside Shoulders and Guardrails Transportation Planner Nancy Fairchild and City Engineer Patrick Yamashita provided a discussion of bicycle pullouts Improved Roadside Shoulders and guardrails. As a part of their discussion, Mr. Yamashita presented the Council with a set of guidelines that he had prepared for use in evaluating specific guardrail requests on Mercer Island. The Council accepted the guidelines and affirmed the ability of staff to consider such requests on a case-by-case basis. While no substantive new direction was given to staff with regard to bicycle pullouts, Improved Roadside Shoulders, Council did ask that staff look for opportunities in long term planning to improve conditions for non-motorized transportation in the most traffic-dense areas on the Island.”

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 791,389.62  
Payrolls: $ 416,694.20

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

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

Regular Business

AB 3575 Right of Way Tree Program
Mayor Merkle removed this item from the agenda to be heard at a future Council Meeting.

AB 3576 2001 Water Improvements Bid Award
No staff presentation was made regarding this agenda item.

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

Award the 2001 Water System Improvements to Earthworks Enterprises Inc. and authorize staff to administer the contract.

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

AB 3580 Pioneer Park Master Plan Update
Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer opened the agenda item, providing a brief report on the status of the Pioneer Park Master Plan and introducing Consultant Terry Reckord. Mr. Mayer and Mr. Reckord summarized for Council the activities of the Open Space Conservancy Trust with regard to the Pioneer Park planning process, which have culminated in the generation of two options (Plan A and Plan B) for potential park improvements. The various elements of both plans were also presented for the Council.

Mayor Merkle opened the item for public comment.

Phil Flash, 3005 69th Avenue SE, expressed his opinion that interior trails in Pioneer Park would go unused. Mr. Flash suggested that the city consider developing historical trails as an alternative.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, expressed his opinion that the city needed to do additional research before spending money on Pioneer Park.

Tove Lund, 6939 SE Allen, out going chair of the Open Space Conservancy Trust, responded to Council’s questions about parking in and around Pioneer Park and regarding the establishment of a botanical garden at the park site.

The Mayor closed the public comment period.

The Council received the report from Mr. Mayer and Mr. Reckord. Councilmembers provided feedback regarding the various potential park improvements, and Mayor Merkle asked that the Open Space Conservancy Trust report back to the Council once a more refined plan has been prepared.

AB 3578 Summary and Analysis of Public Comments Regarding the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)
Transportation Planner Nancy Fairchild opened the agenda item with a brief review of the issues summarized in the agenda bill.

Mayor Merkle opened the item for public comment.

Debby Lloyd, 2435 72nd Avenue SE, appeared before the Council on behalf of the group of Island residents who had signed a petition regarding road improvements to 72nd Avenue. Ms. Lloyd summarized the residents’ position on a number of safety issues and their recommendations regarding the same.

Ann Gibson, 2734 72nd Avenue SE, requested the Council use funds designated for 70th Avenue for a primary access trail on 72nd Avenue.

Frank Novosel, 7216 SE 27th , asked the Council why the city could provide wheelchair access into Pioneer Park but not along 72nd Avenue, and expressed his opinion that “Children at Play” signs would be insufficient speeders in the neighborhood.

Barry Althof, 2742 72nd Avenue SE, expressed his opinion that 72nd was unsafe for pedestrians, particularly after dark.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, requested that guardrails be installed along East Mercer Way where there had been guardrails in the past.

The Mayor closed the public comment period.

Following Council questions and discussion of the issue, staff was directed to:

  • Classify SE 46th as a Substandard Street and attempt to include it as a Substandard Street Upgrade within the 2002-2007 TIP subject to available Street Funds
  • Install the 6100 East Mercer Way Trail as part of the 2002-2007 TIP during the current biennium
  • Install 2 stop signs on 72nd Avenue SE at SE 32nd and 27th Street and include crosswalks
  • Install a gravel shoulder an “No Parking Anytime” signs on the west side of 72nd Avenue SE between SE 24th Street and SE 32nd Street
  • Coordinate utility improvements in 2003 and overlay Forest Avenue in 2004 as currently proposed in the 2002-2007 TIP
  • Refine the cost estimate and evaluate the need for the Ellis Pond Trail on SE 46th Street based upon the criteria established in the city’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Plan and report to the Council as part of the 2003-2008 TIP process
  • Delay consideration of the following projects at this time: East Mercer Way roadside shoulders project, traffic analysis for Island Crest Way, pedestrian crossing light on Island Crest Way, traffic signal on Island Crest Way at Merrimount Drive, North Mercer Way gravel shoulders improvements, Clark Beach and Tarywood restoration.

AB 3579 78th Avenue Roadway Improvements Bid Award
Street Engineer Clint Morris opened the agenda item for Council questions. There was no discussion pertaining to the item.

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

Award the 2001 78th Avenue SE Roadway Improvements Project to Marshbank Construction Inc., and authorize staff to administer the contract.

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

Other Business

Councilmember Absences: None were reported.

Planning Schedule: A City Council Mini-Retreat was added to the Planning Schedule for June 21st from 5:00 to 7:30 pm in Council Chambers.

Board Appointments: There were none.

Councilmember Reports: Councilmember Cairns re the city’s ongoing talks with Sound Transit. Council directed Assistant City Manager Deb Symmonds and City Attorney Londi Lindell to engage in initial conversations with Sound Transit regarding the nature of the Sound Transit / Mercer Island partnership and the issue of dedicated Mercer Island parking.
Councilmember Blake re the Planning Commission meeting of 5/16.
Councilmember Goldmanis re Washington Senate Bill 6140.

Adjournment: 11:55 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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