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Monday, January 07, 2002

Call To Order

City Clerk Tina Eggers called the meeting to order at 7:33 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Susan Blake, Brian Cairns, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Alan Merkle, and Jim Pearman were present.

Special Business

AB 3633 Oath of Office/Mayoral Election
City Clerk Tina Eggers administered the Oaths of Office to the recently elected Councilmembers: Grausz, Merkle and Pearman. Ms. Eggers then conducted the election of the Mayor. Councilmember Grausz nominated Councilmember Merkle to serve as Mayor and there were no other nominations.

It was moved by Councilmember Grausz to:

Unanimously name Councilmember Merkle to serve as Mayor for the City of Mercer Island for a two-year term.

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

Ms. Eggers then administered the Oath of Office to Mayor Merkle and immediately turned the meeting over to him. Mayor Merkle conducted the election of the Deputy Mayor. Councilmember Blake nominated Councilmember Cairns to serve as Deputy Mayor and there were no other nominations.

It was moved by Councilmember Blake to:

Unanimously name Councilmember Cairns to serve as Deputy Mayor for the City of Mercer Island for a two-year term.

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

Appearances

Carrie George, School Board President, asked the Council to support the two Mercer Island School District Levies (Proposition No. 1 – MISD Support Replacement Levy and Proposition No. 2 – MISD Transportation Levy) to be voted on in the February 5th, 2002 election.

Mayor Merkle asked the City Clerk to issue public notice for the regular meeting of January 22, 2002 for a public hearing on the MISD Levies.

Minutes

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

Approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of December 3, 2001 as amended:

Page 5, Councilmember Reports: “Mayor Merkle introduced Pat Brahmen who was hired asis the new directorpresident of the Chamber of Commerce.”

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,095,518.26  
Payrolls: $ 420,007.89 (12/14/01) $ 420,842.06 (12/28/01)

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Cairns 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 3631 Modifications to Permit Parking Program
Assistant City Manager Linda Herzog and Transportation Planner Nancy Fairchild presented the newest developments and modifications to the permit parking program.

Public Comment:

Marge Weissman, 2043 81st Ave SE, does not agree with parking enforcements for 81st Ave SE & 82nd Ave SE between SE 22nd Street & SE 24th Street. Feels residents will be isolated from family and friends.

Margaret Barto, 2018 82nd Ave SE, would like the parking signs to be removed if they are not going to be uncovered.

Mary Reid, 2241 81st Ave SE, residents need the right-of-ways in front of their houses for parking and feels that the neighborhood does not have a parking problem.

Ellie Kernut, 2825 80th Ave SE, works on Mercer Island. Her building employs 22 people and they only have parking spots for 17. They now do not have any parking alternatives.

Michelle Tesler, 2205 82nd Ave SE, would like to know: (1) Why can’t we have the time restrictions instead of no parking, (2) Why are there restrictions in the evenings and on the weekends, (3) How is Council going to evaluate the program in 3 months?

Molly Lambright, 2211 82nd Ave SE, thanked Council for delaying the uncovering of signs. She also asked that all of the residents be included in evaluations in 3 months.

Tom Donahue, 2284 78th Ave SE, stated that the residents who attended the neighborhood meetings worked with the consultants to come to the conclusion that the whole neighborhood would have residential permits and guest permits.

Mike Neehi, 2241 81st Ave SE, believes that some parking spots that have been determined illegal are in fact legal. He also believes it is wrong to penalize residents for Park-and-Ride problems.

Goichi Schiotsu, 3030 80th Ave SE, stated that the parking restrictions in the CBD do not allow for employees to park.

John Goodman, 7850 SE 20th Street, believes the parking program should be tailored to each specific problem and be carried out by the City Manager & staff.

After Council Discussion the following motion was made.

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

Authorize the City Manager to stage implementation of the new parking restrictions to balance the concerns of residents with neighborhood safety and mobility.

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

Open Council Discussion
Councilmember Blake reminded the Council about the affordable housing workshop that is being put together. She would like it to be a joint meeting of Council and Planning Commission.

Councilmember Cairns expressed concern with whether or not the CBD Committee is still needed with the new ad-hoc committee for Downtown Development Code Changes.

Councilmember Jahncke asked that if an item is removed from the agenda that another item is moved up to replace it.

Mayor Merkle asked that Councilmembers let him know which issues need to be discussed at the Council retreat. Councilmember Jahncke suggested allocation of the Capital Reserve Fund. Councilmember Grausz suggested “Mega Homes”.

Councilmember Cairns asked if a Community Facilities Planning Update will be on the agenda before the Council Retreat. Mayor Merkle responded that Community Facilities, Park & Pool, and Park-and-Ride are all in process.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences: None.

Planning Schedule:
MISD General Fund & Transportation Levies at January 22, 2002 meeting.
Parking Program Evaluation at May 6, 2002 meeting.
Council retreat March 1-3, 2002 (Rhonda Hilyard will be the facilitator).

Board Appointments: None.

Councilmember Reports: None.

Adjournment: 9:45 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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