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Monday, February 05, 2001

Call To Order

Mayor Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

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

Study Session

AB 3557 Capital Financing Tools
Finance Director Joanne Sylvis provided information about the various tools available to a City for financing a variety of projects. Due to Council’s upcoming retreat, this item was introduced to allow the Council to pick and choose from the variety of options available – from cash financing to GO voted debt financing – to fund the projects that are their top priorities. City staff along with Bond Council Representative Nancy Neraas (form Preston, Gates and Ellis law firm), and Financial Advisor Jean Baker (from Seattle/Northwest Securities), presented the latest financial analysis of the present lease/purchase agreement with the school district for purchase of the Mercerview property. Note: The City Council’s annual retreat is scheduled for March 30 - April 1.)

The Study Session Adjourned at 7:10 pm; The Regular Meeting Reconvened at 7:30 pm.


Rita Moore, 6 Fern Hollow, supports strict tree regulations.

George Smith, 7513 SE 73rd Street, asked about the public input process with regard to the proposed tree ordinance. Mr. Smith commented on new construction vs. maintenance issues.

Anne Fox, 2981 74th Avenue SE, read statement from website on tree ordinances, in particular offering the need for performance standards and the importance of a canopy cover.

Bruce Becker, 2535 68th Ave SE, believes the proposed ordinance is an improvement, suggested a rational compromise between trees and maintaining views.

Ernest Merlino, 9162 SE 54th Place, urged the Council to protect views.


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

Approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of January 16, 2001 as written:

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 418,265.65  
Payrolls: $ 1,128,787.61

AB 3522 2001 Community Development Block Grant Program Pass-Through Funds: Adopt Resolution No. 1277 approving the year 2001 Community Development Block Grant “Pass-Through” funding allocation of $61,217 to ARCH.

It was moved by Councilmember Blake; 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 3555 ARCH 2001 Work Program & Budget; Fall 2000 Round Housing Trust Fund Recommendation (Removed form Consent Calendar).
Councilmember Goldmanis inquired about (1) Mercer Island’s share in the project; (2) future costs; (3) and transitional and chemical dependency housing.

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

Approve the ARCH 2001 Work Program & Budget and authorize the expenditure of $39,287 for Mercer Island’s contribution to the ARCH Administrative Budget and for housing projects.

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

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

Approve the use of $30,000 of year 2001 CDBG funds, previously allocated to ARCH for the Oxford House project, location to be determined in East King County, as recommended by the ARCH Executive Board.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-1. (Councilmember Goldmanis dissenting.)

AB 3559 Tree Ordinance Discussion
Mayor Merkle explained that Council would take the time necessary to refine the ordinance in areas of consensus, identify the issues where there is not yet agreement, and continue with the public process. Each Councilmember spoke regarding the ordinance. Council then discussed regulations on flat lots, pruning for views, landmark trees, definitions, and public process. Staff was directed to return with the tree ordinance in March for further Council discussion.

Open Council Discussion
(See Councilmember Reports)

Other Business

Councilmember Absences: Councilmember Clibborn to be absent February 26, March 5 and March 19.

Planning Schedule: The Arts Council Annual Report was moved from Regular Business to the Consent Calendar for the meeting of March 5.
Mayor Merkle reminded Council that the Regular Meeting of February 20 would be held February 26.

Board Appointments: There were none.

Councilmember Reports: Mayor Merkle commented on the upcoming Council retreat agenda process and distributed a timeline of Council issues/priorities.
Council discussed the summary report of the proposed zoning code amendments.

Adjournment: 11:15 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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