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Monday, March 18, 2002

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:40 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Susan Blake, Bryan Cairns, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. Councilmember Jim Pearman was absent.

The Mayor explained the reason for the slightly late start due to a welcoming home ceremony for the High School students who visited Mercer Island’s Sister City, Thonon, France.

Minutes

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

Approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 4, 2002 as amended:

“Page 3, AB 3636, Public Comment Period

The MayorMayer opened the floor for public comment.

Anne Fox, 2981 74the Ave SE, thanked the Council for directing staff…

Jim Stipes, 3427 72nd Place SE, commented that the First Hill neighborhood is a positive neighborhood that will eventuallyevidently change if some tweaks are not made.”

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $1,197,484.21  
Payrolls: $411,573.75

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 6-0.

Regular Business

AB 3644 2001 Year End Financial Report
Finance Director, Joanne Sylvis reviewed her report of the City’s financial performance during 2001. She highlighted the variability in the sales tax revenue, which accounts for a portion of the positive year-end financial picture.

The Council asked that they be informed in a timely manner about emergency repairs, most particularly those which will need an appropriation of significant dollars.

Councilmembers Jahncke and Goldmanis complimented Finance Director, Joanne Sylvis and Financial Operations Manager, Francie Lake on their excellent management of the City’s finances.

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

Appropriate $290,000 from the Sewer Fund for the Emergency Sewer Repair in the 8500 block of East Mercer Way.

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

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

Appropriate $20,000 from the Street Fund for earthquake damage repair at the 6500 block of East Mercer Way.

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

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

Appropriate $13,000 for an early equipment rental replacement for the Marine Patrol outdrives.

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

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 02-02 incorporating certain budget revisions to the 2001-2002 biennial budget and amending Ordinance Nos. 00-11, 01-01, 01-03, 01-07, and 01-10.

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

AB 3642 Regional Disaster Plan
Emergency Preparedness Manager for Bellevue, Barb Graff gave an overview presentation of a regional plan that will coordinate emergency plans between cities, towns, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.

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

Authorize the City Manager to sign the agreement “Regional Disaster Plan for Public and Private Organizations in King County”.

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

AB 3643 Endangered Species Act Compliance Program
City Attorney, Londi Lindell gave a status report on work that continues to comply with the mandates of the Endangered Species Act. The so-called Gap Analysis has been completed with few code gaps identified. City staff are continuing to coordinate species protection efforts through WRIA 8.

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

Direct staff to continue with the ESA Compliance Program described in AB 3643.

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

Open Council Discussion
(See Councilmember Reports)

Other Business

Councilmember Absences: It was moved by Councilmember Cairns and seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:
Excuse Councilmember Pearman from tonight’s meeting.
The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

Planning Schedule:City Manager, Rich Conrad noted the upcoming schedule of budget policies.
Mayor Merkle announced there is scheduling in process for a joint School Board/City Council meeting during April.

Board Appointments: Insert Board Appointments Here

Councilmember Reports: Councilmember Jahncke spoke about a recent comment from King County Executive Ron Sims in reference to Luther Burbank Park and Mary Wayte Pool. He distributed copies of two recent editorials that were critical of County expenditures.

Councilmember Cairns reported that along with Bellevue, Mercer Island requested an ETP letter to Sound Transit urging action to advance the alternative which produces the most congestion relief, people-moving capacity, and travel time reductions.

Councilmember Goldmanis commented on “transportation value pricing”. He also sought and received a clarification on the recently passed RCW 70.48.190 & 70.48.220 (The County and Cities Jails Act, which clarifies cities’ authority to transport prisoners outside of the county in which a crime is committed.

Councilmember Grausz thanked fellow Councilmembers for his appointment to the Disability Board.

Councilmember Goldmanis responded to a question from the Mayor about progress on a new Veteran’s Memorial. Councilmember Goldmanis agreed to provide advance news of any significant developments.

Councilmembers Blake and Grausz answered questions about the Design Review Ad Hoc Committee’s work. They reported that progress is being made.

Mayor Merkle and Councilmembers Blake and Jahncke reported on last week’s successful Mayor’s Forum.

Mayor Merkle mentioned that Rhonda Hilyer submitted draft minutes of the Council Retreat. They are being proofed for inclusion in the Council packet for April 1st. The Mayor also noted that he is in the process of considering appointments to City Boards and Commissions.

Councilmember Goldmanis wondered whether others were under the impression that Citizen of the Year usually is presented at Council Meetings? There was agreement that in future Council Retreats the individual will be chosen as well as the venue for award presentation.

Adjournment: 9:57 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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