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Monday, May 07, 2001

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Susan Blake (arrived at 6:10 pm), Bryan Cairns, Judy Clibborn, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. Councilmember El Jahncke was absent.

Study Session

AB 3572 Bicycle Pullouts and Guardrails
Transportation Planner Nancy Fairchild and City Engineer Patrick Yamashita provided a discussion of bicycle pullouts 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, 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 Study Session was adjourned at 7:10 pm; the Regular Meeting was reconvened at 7:30 pm.

Special Business

Presentation of the Dare Check by Mercer Island VFW and the Masons

VFW Commander Gribble appeared before the Council to present a check in the amount of $1165.00 for the Island’s D.A.R.E. program. Public Safety Director Jan Deveny accepted the check on behalf of the Police Department and the City, and thanked the VFW and the Masons for the their help and support. Mayor Merkle also extended his thanks and the thanks of the City Council.

No AB Proclamation: Mercer Island Wellness Day
Mayor Merkle delivered a proclamation establishing May 19th as Mercer Island Wellness Day. Following the reading of the proclamation, the Mayor encouraged Island residents to participate in the events and activities associated with the upcoming Mercer Island Wellness Fair.

John Rose, 3066 67th Avenue SE, invited the Councilmembers to participate in the upcoming Mercer Island Wellness Fair. A representative from “Strivers,” the senior’s organization that is co-sponsoring the Wellness Fair activities, Mr. Rose also thanked the Mayor for the proclamation.

Charles Rind, 3826 81st Avenue SE, a second-grader at West Mercer Elementary, appeared before the Council to request several street sign and safety improvements in his neighborhood. Mayor Merkle responded, stating that Development Services had received his letter and would respond to his request.

Marty Gale, 9404 SE 54th, presented the Council with a brochure from the Mercer Island Historical Society. Ms. Gale also informed the Council that the Society’s web site would be up June 1st and mentioned that the Society was looking for sponsors for the web page project.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, informed the Council that he would be taking Bill Taylor’s place as an advocate for guardrails on Mercer Island. Dr. Appelman addressed the passing of Mr. Taylor, commenting on the memorial service held two weeks prior at the Mercer Island Beach Club. He also questioned the city’s current policy regarding guardrails on East and West Mercer Way. Mayor Merkle responded, stating that “we all mourn the passing of Bill Taylor.” The Mayor further remarked that Mr. Taylor had been a watchdog and a fine citizen, and that the Council had appreciated his insight and doggedness. Following his remarks about Mr. Taylor, the Mayor clarified the city’s position on guardrails.

Councilmember Sven Goldmanis spoke briefly during appearances to commend Mayor Merkle for his leadership at the May 3rd Drug and Alcohol forum sponsored by the School Board and YFS. Councilmember also thanked Public Safety Commander Ron Elsoe for his participation in the forum. Mayor Merkle responded, noting that the meeting had been well attended and remarking that this was “a battle that would never be won.”


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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of March 19, 2001 and April 2, 2001 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,455,381.15  
Payrolls: $ 446,872.35 $ 398,292.90

It was moved by Councilmember Cairns; 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.

Board Appointments
Mayor Merkle announced that Board and Commission Appointments would be made prior to the first item of Regular Business to accommodate appointees in attendance.

To avoid “the notion of the appearance of impropriety” the Mayor stepped down as Mercer Island’s representative to the Cascade Water Alliance (CWA). In his place, the Mayor appointed Councilmember El Jahncke as the City’s primary representative to the CWA and Councilmember Dan Grausz as the alternate representative.

Council unanimously concurred with the Mayor’s appointment of Councilmembers Jahncke and Grausz to the Cascade Water Alliance, and affirmed the following board and commission appointments:

Frank Mandarano, Position 2, Term 2003
Susan Landon, Position 7, Term 2005
Yarden Weidenfeld, Position 8, Term 2005

Norman Sandler, Position 4, Term 2005
Fred Glick, Position 6, Term 2005

William Duvall, Position 4, Term 2005
Gail Magnuson, Position 5, Term 2004
Jim Owens, Position 6, Term 2005

Anne Fox, Position 1, Term 2005
Bill Chapman, Position 2, Term 2002

Ron Rosie, Position 1, Term 2005
Richard Erwin, Position 4, Term 2005
Robert Sexton, Position 5, Term 2005

Regular Business

AB 3573 Aid Car Replacement
Fire Division Commander Walt Mauldin opened the discussion of the issue of Aid Car Replacement by explaining to Council that the proposed agenda bill would not only authorize the purchase of a new aid car in advance of the previously projected date of purchase, but would also make a policy change to the schedule on which new aid cars would be purchased in the future. Commander Mauldin further explained that acceleration of the purchase timeline was necessary for reasons including a higher level of staffing in Fire Division and the age of the City’s current fleet. The Commander also presented his findings that the proposed policy change to the schedule on which the City purchases new aid cars would result in a cost savings over the present policy and purchase timeline.

Commander Mauldin responded to Council questions regarding the average lifespan and maintenance requirements of aid car units. Council suggested that Fire Division look into the experience of other local jurisdictions regarding the schedule on which their aid units are purchased, repaired, rehabbed, and replaced.

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

Authorize the purchase of a new aid car in an amount not to exceed $ 120,000. Funding for this purchase will be as follows: Aid Unit Equipment Rental Fund $ 68,932; Rescue Truck Contributions to Fund $ 36,000; Aid Car Donation Fund $ 15,068.

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

AB 3571 Fire Station Closeout
Mayor Merkle opened the Fire Station Closeout agenda item. Assistant City Attorney Wayne Stewart recommended that the Council adjourn to Executive Session for approximately 15 minutes in order to discuss potential litigation surrounding the closeout of the Fire Station contract.

The meeting was adjourned to Executive Session at 9:20 pm. The meeting reconvened in Council Chambers at 9:30 pm.

There was no discussion of the Fire Station Closeout following the return from Executive Session.

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

Accept Mercer Island Fire Station # 91 as complete and authorize staff to close out the contract.

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

Other Business

Councilmember Absences: Councilmember Jahncke was excused for being absent.

Planning Schedule: A review of Council and Staff workplans was added to the Planning Schedule for the May 21st City Council Meeting. Additionally, Council discussed the possibility of canceling both City Council Meetings in August.

Board Appointments: See item preceding Regular Business.

Councilmember Reports: Councilmember Goldmanis RE Washington State Senate Bill 6140.

Executive Session: At 9:45 pm, Council adjourned into Executive Session to discuss personnel issues and property acquisition.

Adjournment: 10:30 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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