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Monday, September 17, 2001

Call To Order

Mayor Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:38 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

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

Special Business

Mayor Merkle made the following announcements:

  • A group of Mercer Island Firefighters that are trained through FEMA for Search and Rescue efforts have been either called up or are on standby to go to New York.
  • On Friday, September 15th at 12:30pm at the Main Fire Station employees and Mercer Island residents observed a moment of silence with many others from throughout the state.
  • Lloyd Cochran, a long time participant on the City's utility board, passed away last week.
  • Joint facilities planning meeting that was on Wednesday September 12th was very useful.
  • The upcoming all-island, all-citizen Community Facilities meeting on September 25th will be to rollout of current work product.
  • Federal Senate and King County re-districting are currently being evaluated and Mayor Merkle encouraged those interested to attend the upcoming public hearings.
Proclamation: Mayor Merkle proclaimed September 29, 2001 to be a Day of Concern for the Hungry and the proclamation was then presented to Youth & Family Services Director Mary Kay Morgan.

Diane Edmonds, 2764 71st Ave SE, complained about the lack of enforcement of dogs off lease on the Lid Park and urged the Council to either rescind the ordinance; or enforce the ordinance by posting signs at the parks and require a penalty that would deter violators.

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, believes the new path on the west side of 72nd Ave SE is a success. Ms. Lupton also suggested Beckwith Consulting repeat and update the community facilities meetings, that were held in late August, after September 25 so that citizens who were not able to attend because of late notice, scheduling, or vacations could be brought up to date.


It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Blake to approve the following minutes as amended:

Study Session & Regular Meeting of July 2, 2001: Item (10), AB 3595, Page 3, "Mayor Merkle recussed himself from this agenda item, and relinquished the role of chair to Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns due to a possible appearance of a conflict of interest."

Regular Meeting of September 17, 2001: Item (4), AB 3604, Page 2, "Following further Council discussion, staff was directed to return this item to the Council on October 15, 2001 for a Public Hearing and implementation strategy consistent with the recommendations of the consultants."

At the September 4th Council meeting, Councilmember Jahncke raised a question about the minutes from the July 2nd, 2001 Council meeting regarding the wording of Ordinance 01c-06, the amendments to the Land Development Code, and it was agreed that Councilmember Jahncke should pursue it with the City Attorney, Londi Lindell.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 636,640.52  
Payrolls: $ 396,850.40

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Regular Business

AB 3608 EMS Levy
Fire Division Commander Walt Mauldin explained to the Council the answers to the questions: What is King County EMS?, What does the EMS Levy do?, What is the history of the Levy?, How are EMS services delivered?, What if the EMS Levy fails?. His presentation also described what the costs would be for Mercer Island citizens.

No position was taken by Council.

At 9:00 pm, Council adjourned to Executive Session to discuss potential litigation for approximately 45 minutes. The Regular Meeting reconvened at 9:45 pm.

AB 3607 Mercerdale Park Children's Play Area

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

Reject all bids.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Staff was directed to re-bid the project.

Open Council Discussion
Council discussed potential dates and agenda items (e.g. pull-out issues and affordable housing) for Mini-Retreats.

The Monday, October 15th Council meeting was moved to Tuesday October 16th to accommodate Councilmembers schedules.

Council discussed the importance of Initiative 747 as agenda item on October 1 meeting. Staff should prepare their forecast of revenue streams with or without Initiative 747 have it presented in the Agenda packet and have staff available to answer questions.

Council added a mini-retreat to October 1st meeting to discuss pull-outs.

Council discussed moving the annual retreat to earlier in the year.

Council discussed State Representative Fred Jarretˇ¦s request to address the council to give a Legislative report. No date was set.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences: Councilmember Clibborn was excused for her absence at the September 4th meeting.
Councilmember Clibborn will be absent for the November 5th meeting.

Planning Schedule: Mini-retreat added to October 1st meeting.
Move Monday, October 15th council meeting to Tuesday, October 16th.
Park & Pool Update moved to November 5th meeting.

Board Appointments: There were none.

Councilmember Reports: Councilmember Jahncke re: Community Facilities meeting of September 12, 2001.
Councilmember Clibborn provided an ETP Eastside Transportation Partnership update.

Adjournment: 10:49 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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