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Tuesday, September 04, 2001

Call To Order

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

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Susan Blake (arrived at 7:36 pm), Bryan Cairns, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. Councilmember Judy Clibborn was absent.

Special Business

Deputy City Clerk Introduction: City Manager Rich Conrad introduced the new Deputy City Clerk Ali Spietz to the Council.

Public Service Awards: Acting Maintenance Director Pat White along with City Manager Rich Conrad recognized Jimmi Maulding for her customer service to the community. Mayor Merkle presented the Public Service Award to Ms. Maulding.

Alex Alben, North Mercer Way, spoke on behalf of several neighbors concerning a gravel sidewalk and safety issues on 7000-7400 blocks of North Mercer Way. Mr. Alben urged the council to reconsider its rejection of staff’s advice to create a gravel shoulder and to limit parking on the north side of NMW.

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, complimented staff for the speedy replacement of a stop sign that she reported. Ms. Lupton expressed her opposition to King County “offloading” their costs of the “two P’s” (Luther Burbank Park and Mary Wayte Pool) onto Mercer Island. Ms. Lupton suggested the Council hold public discussion, inform citizens of offers and counteroffers, provide complete factual records in the discussions, be fiscally responsible about the costs and how to finance it later, and provide legal documentation about this “transfer”.
Mayor Merkle informed Ms. Lupton that the Council would be discussing the park and pool issue at its October 1st meeting.

Holly Dillon, North Mercer Way, concurred with Mr. Alben's comments and asked if she and her neighbors were allowed to improve the shoulder and create a gravel path themselves.
Mayor Merkle indicated that the Council would be discussing a citywide policy concerning these types of improvements at a yet to be scheduled mini-retreat. Mayor Merkle encouraged Mrs. Dillon to discuss her specific request with staff before making any self-improvements to the shoulder.


It was moved by Councilmember Blake; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis 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 conflict of interest.”…”Motion Passed 65-0.”

Regular Meeting of July 16, 2001:
Item (5), AB 3593, Page 2, “Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher responded to Councilmember questions regarding the scope and increased budget of $120,000 of the Right-of-Way Tree Maintenance Program. ”

Special Meeting of July 31, 2001:
Item (2), AB 3503, Page 1, “The ordinance will allow for the pruning of trees on public property for light or view other thanexcept in parks and in dedicated open space areas;”

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 2,048,994.96  
Payrolls: $ 437,795.35 (7/27/01) $ 438,533.10 (8/10/01) $ 458,427.98 (8/24/01)

Councilmember Goldmanis requested Item (3), Mercerdale Playground Art Project Closeout be removed from the Consent Calendar to be heard as the first item of Regular Business.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis 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 3600 Mercerdale Playground Art Project Contract
Arts Council Liaison Patti Murphy summarized the agenda bill and the recommendation before Council.

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

Direct the City Manager to enter into a contract with artist John Liczwinko, to create a site-specific piece of artwork for the entrance to the Mercerdale Playground for $3808 (commission and tax).

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

AB 3604 Parking Mitigation Update

Assistant City Manager Deb Symmonds introduced the agenda item. Consultants from the Huitt-Zollars firm addressed Council.

Following Council discussion, the Mayor allowed public comments:
Glen Sparrow, 2220 82nd Ave SE, asserts that there is a "no parking" precedent established on 84th, between 24th and 26th.
Gordon Iwata, Co-Chair ITAC, asked for clarification.

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.

Special Business - Continued

Public Safety Director Jan Deveny recognized Police Sergeant Lance Davenport for his customer service to the community as his role as DARE officer and other volunteer contributions. Mayor Merkle presented the 2000 Public Service Award to Sergeant Davenport.

Regular Business - Continued

AB 3605 Public Hearing: Multi-Family Zone Code Amendment

Development Services Director explained the revised proposed ordinance and provided a copy to the Council. Mr. Hart outlined the agenda bill and the recommendations.

Mayor Merkle opened the Public Hearing:
Daniel Stoner (applicant), 10324 Valmay Avenue NW, Seattle, addressed the Council concerning his request and asked the council for approval.
The Public Hearing was closed.

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 01c-09 amending the Unified Land Development Code to change the lot area requirements for the Multi-family (MF-2) Zoning District as provided.

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

AB 3606 Six Month Financial Report
Finance Director Joanne Sylvis provided a brief recap of the Six-Month Financial Report.

After Council discussion the following motions were made:

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

Move to adopt Ordinance No. 01-10, incorporating certain budget revisions to the 2001-2002 biennial budget, and amending Ordinance Nos. 00-11, 01-01, 01-03, and 01-17.

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

Amend the Ordinance so that the Beautification Fund amount shown on AB 3606, Exhibit 2, page 19, is changed from $631,884 to $88,884.

The Chair put the question on the amended motion; Motion Failed 1-4. (Proponent of motion Councilmember Grausz.)

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 4-1. (Councilmember Grausz dissenting.)

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

Move to appropriate $80,000 from the Stormwater Utility for Forest Avenue drainage improvements.

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

Open Council Discussion
(See Councilmember Reports)

Other Business

Councilmember Absences: Councilmember Jahncke to be absent September 12th.
Councilmember Goldmanis to be absent September 17th.

Planning Schedule: October 1st meeting to include King County Luther Burbank and pool discussion under regular business.
October 15th meeting will include an agenda item to discuss parking mitigation implementation.
To be scheduled, agenda item concerning Mercer Island impacts of Initiative 747.

Board Appointments: The following adult member appointments to the YFS Boards were made: Deborah Pitcock Crawley, Annette Fitzpatrick, and Sol Baron.

Councilmember Reports: Councilmember Jahncke re PDC Filing Procedures.
Councilmember Blake, Mayor Merkle and City Manager Conrad Re recent Sister City visit.

Adjournment: 11:40 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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