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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, November 05, 2001

Call To Order

Mayor Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:06 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

 

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Susan Blake (arrived 6:09 pm), Brian Cairns, Judy Clibborn, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

 

Study Session

AB 3618 - Status Report on Community Facilities Master Planning
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds presented a status report on Community Facilities Master Planning. Council was asked to give direction to the Steering Committee representatives Mayor Merkle and Councilmember Grausz.
Action was requested under separate agenda bill item 3623 during Regular Business.

The Study Session was adjourned at 7:20 pm. The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:55 pm.

Special Business

Chris Cortines from State Auditor Brian Sonntag's Office presented a letter to Mayor Merkle commending the City of Mercer Island on 9 consecutive years without a finding on an audit report. Finance Director Joanne Sylvis, Financial Operations Manager Francie Lake, and Accounting Supervisor LaJuan Tuttle were recognized for their outstanding work.

Appearances
Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, suggested three action steps on the 2Ps. (1) Continue to refrain from using King County's rationale about putting all urban parks/pools with the cities. They want to "transfer" it to save money. (2) At the next public community facilities meeting use only large groups not small groups. (3) Have Beckwith conduct study with MICC users regarding moving senior citizens from the location at Mercerview.

Scott McMurray, 3623 74th Ave SE, urges Council to review the First Hill traffic study and make decisions on whether or not the new stop signs are effective. He also asked to have stop signs removed.

Helen Knight, 6935 SE 34th St, asked Council to please consider using islands in the middle of the road rather than stop signs, she also expressed her disappointment with the low quality of the First Hill traffic study.

 

Minutes

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

Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of October 16, 2001 as written.

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

 

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,035,380.28  
Payrolls: $ 415,392.99 (10/19/01) $ 415,308.65 (11/05/01)

AB 3619 - Purchase of Gunnar Anderson Sculptures
AB 3617 - 2001 Water Improvements Closeout
AB 3622 - Open Space Conservancy Trust Year 2000 Annual Report


It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; 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 3621 - King County's Proposal to Transfer Ownership of Mary Wayte Pool & Luther Burbank Park.
Assistant City Manager Linda Herzog, Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer, Parks & Recreation Manager Greg Brown, and City Attorney Londi Lindell presented information regarding the current status of Luther Burbank Park and Mary Wayte Pool and projected operation costs if the City of Mercer Island were to claim ownership.

Public Comment: John, 5641 Pleager Pt. Bellevue WA, urged Council to take Luther Burbank Park but not Mary Wayte pool.

Susan Thomas from King County, explained the reasons for King County's interest in transferring ownership of Luther Burbank Park and Mary Wayte Pool to the City of Mercer Island.

Council gave Staff direction to:
  • Continue a dialog with the County to explore the possibilities of a transfer of one or both of the facilities pursuant to further guidance from Council when it is relevant.
  • Work on refining the maintenance costs and operations projections.
  • Develop a financial plan for operations and maintenance costs, capital improvements, and look at alternative revenue generation.
  • Coordinate financing and timing with Community Facilities Planning Process, using Staff resources as opposed to hiring consultants, to pursue and understand additional revenue generation issues such as the marina and restaurants.
  • Explore what the "far reaches" of possibilities are with the County.
If the Council accepts an appropriate plan/package from the County, no further action will be taken until the voters of Mercer Island have decided whether or not the plan/package makes sense.

AB 3623 - Approve Phase 2 of Community Facilities Master Planning

Deputy City Manager. Deb Symmonds introduced Phase 2 Master Planning of Community Facilities, asking for authorization to extend the professional services agreement with Beckwith Consulting to complete the Community Facilities Master Planning.

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

(1) Authorize the City Manger to extend the professional services agreement with the Beckwith Consulting team to complete the Master Planning of Community Facilities: and
(2) Appropriate $36,915 for Community Facilities Planning Phase 2 from the Capital Reserve Fund.


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

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

Authorize up to $35,000 for consulting help to advance the community facilities planning consistent with Council direction given November 5, 2001, scope of work to be determined.

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

AB 3620 - Actions to Implement New Parking Restrictions
Assistant City Manager Linda Herzog, Public Safety Director Jan Deveny, and Transportation Planner Nancy Fairchild introduced the actions to implement new parking restrictions to the Central Business District and the north end neighborhood.

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

(1) Pass Ordinance No. 01c-11 titled "Permit Parking", Ordinance No. 01C-13 amending the Mercer Island City Code 4.40.160 "Beautification Fund", and Resolution No. 1285 Establishing Penalties for Permit Parking Violations.
Councilmember Jahncke proposed a friendly amendment to amend Ordinance No. 01C-13, Section 1., F. Acquisition or leasing of parking spaces for Mercer Island residents for the purpose of providing additional parking for residents who use mass transportation.
Councilmember Grausz proposed a friendly amendment to amend Ordinance No. 01C-11, Section 10.74.20 Parking Permits, C. Fees Authorized 1. The City is authorized to charge and annual fee in connection with the issuance of parking permits. The amount shall be set by the City Council resolutionCity Manager or designee.


The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0 (Councilmember Goldmanis recused himself for a possible conflict of interest).

Council adjourned to Executive Session at 11:29 m. Regular Meeting reconvened at 11:41pm.

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

(2) Authorize the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Cassan Enterprises, Inc. for Mercer Island commuter parking by permit.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0. (Councilmember Goldmanis recused himself due to a possible conflict of interest).

 

Open Council Discussion
(See Councilmember Reports)

Other Business

Councilmember Absences: None

Planning Scedule: Regular Meetings of January 21st and February 18th (holidays) moved to January 22nd and February 19th respectively.

Board Appointments: None

Councilmember Reports: Youth and Family Services Director Mary Kay Morgan will be taking leave of her employment with the City. YFS Administrative Manager Chris Cassidy will be the interim director until a new director is hired.

Mayor Merkle distributed a petition from citizens to the Council to raise a flag on the cellular pole at the south end of the island.
It was moved by Councilmember Clibborn; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Authorize the firefighters to raise and lower the flag for a two-week period. At the same time put forth a question on the web site and request that an article in the Reporter seek input from Islanders about whether or not they think its appropriate for the firefighters to raise and lower the flag.
The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-1. (Councilmember Cairns dissenting).

Councilmember Blake inquired about an update the cutting and desecration of trees on the lid park.

Councilmember Goldmanis spoke about the Veteran's Memorial meeting.

Adjournment: 12:07 pm

 

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