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Monday, November 19, 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, Brian Cairns, Judy Clibborn, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Appearances

Marty Gale, 9404 SE 54th St, as leader of Mercer Island Action Forum (MIAF) stated her concern with the Council approving funding for the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce denied MIAF’s request to have their website link on the "More Links" page on the Chamber’s website.

Minutes

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

Approve the following minutes as amended:

Study Session and Regular Meeting of November 5, 2001:
Page 2, Item (7), AB 3621, “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.

Page 4, Other Business, Councilmember Reports, “Councilmember Cairns is not opposed to the flying of the flag, he thinks that the Council should do more investigation and not give a decision so quickly.


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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 948,490.13  
Payrolls: $ 414,001.99

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 3621 - Emergency Water Supply Line and Reservoir Projects
It was moved by Councilmember Blake; seconded by Councilmember Clibborn to:

Accept the Emergency Water Supply Line and Reservoir and Booster Pump Station Improvements projects and authorize staff to close out the contracts.

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

AB 3626 - Small Public Works Roster

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

Adopt Resolution No. 1289 updating Small Public Works Roster process for the City.

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

AB 3624 - Mid Biennial Financial Review: Property Tax; Utility Rates
Finance Director Joanne Sylvis presented the mid-biennial report. The report included the current and projected status of each of the City’s major revenue and expenditure and how they compare to the 2001-2002 budget. Also the ordinances and resolutions needed to enact planned revenue increases, utility and property tax increases were presented.

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

To table AB 3624: Mid-Biennial Financial Review: Property Tax; Utility Rates until the Regular Meeting of December 3, 2001.

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

AB 3616 - WRIA 8 Update
Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher, Brian Murray and Jane Lamensdorf-Bucher from King County WRIA Staff, and Councilmember Judy Clibborn presented an update on the WRIA (Water Resource Inventory Area) 8.
No formal action was taken.

AB 3627 - Chamber of Commerce – Funding Request
City Manager Rich Conrad detailed a funding request, due to a revenue shortfall, from the Chamber of Commerce. In exchange for the additional City support, the Chamber will create and maintain a parking management program for CBD property and business owners during the six-month period.

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

Appropriate $12,000 from Beautification Funds to support the creation of a Chamber of Commerce-initiated Central Business District Parking Management Program consistent with the terms and conditions listed in AB 3627.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 4-2 (Councilmembers Goldmanis and Grausz dissenting).

Open Council Discussion
(See Councilmember Reports)

Other Business

Councilmember Absences: None

Planning Schedule: Tentative date for Council Retreat: last weekend of February.

Board Appointments: The following adult member appointments to the YFS Advisory Board were made: Barbara Brown and Janice Brotherton.

Couniclmember Reports: Mayor Merkle regarding the draft of the new tree ordinance. It is available on the City’s website.
Mayor Merkle will be appointing 2 people from Design Commission, Planning Commission, City Council, Staff, and Citizens for a committee on Downtown Development Code Changes.

Executive Session: At 10:52 pm, Council adjourned into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.

Adjoutrnment: 11:03 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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