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Monday, April 01, 2002

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:33 p.m. 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, Jim Pearman, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Special Business

DARE Proclamation: Mayor Merkle proclaimed April 11th, 2002, DARE Day in honor of the 17-year education that has instructed more than 4,000 on Mercer Island since 1985 about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Appearances

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, commended the Council on the prompt and complete public presentation of the 2002 Council Retreat. She also urged the Council to take ownership of Luther Burbank Park, but not Mary Wayte Pool.

Minutes

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

Approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 18, 2002

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

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

Approve the minutes of the City Council Retreat March 1-3, 2002 as amended:

“Page 4, Acquisition of Luther Burbank Park, Paragraph 2
In addition, it is estimated that it would cost $440,000$422,000?/year to operate and maintain the park at Mercer Island “level A” standards ($334,000 for minimum “level B”).

Page 6, Joint Facilities Planning Process, Paragraph 3
The Mayor pointed out that Mercer Island is the only community he knowsof who is attempting to do joint facilities planning at this broad of level.

Page 7, Sound Transit Park and Ride, Paragraph 5
The right-of-way that is owned by the City, which would need to be approved by the state to return the property to parking, would generate 70 spaces northsouth of the downtown area.

Page 9, Previous Work Plan & 2002 Work Plan Development, Paragraph 2
1. Community center/facilities significant decisions made by 2003 (pool/aquatics)

Page 10, Previous Work Plan & 2002 Work Plan Development
5. Decide course of action for Park & Ride facilitydecision behind us

Page 11, Council Operations
The Council and staff engaged in self-evaluation on time management issues. OverallThere was concern about some Council Meetings becoming less and less efficient due to lengthy debate. The Council, though, acknowledged that there were divergent opinions on important issues and that discussion was important in makeing informed choices.”


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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 211,482.44  
Payrolls: $ 414,359.19

AB 3647 Set Public Hearing Date: Six Year Transportation Improvement Program: Set public hearing date for the 2003-2008 Six Year Transportation Improvement Program for May 20, 2002.

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 3646 Arts Council 2001 Annual Report and 2002 and 5-Year Work Plans
Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer, Arts Council Previous Chair Rosalie King, Current Chair Susan Landon gave a brief overview and answered questions from the Council regarding the 2001 Arts Council Annual report and the 5-year Work Plan.

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

Receive 2001 Annual Report and 5-Year Work Plan. Approve 2002 Work Plan.

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

AB 3645 Veteran’s Memorial Program Update
Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer gave a brief overview, history and timeline of the planning and implementation of the Veteran’s Memorial.

Arts Council Public Art Chair Amanda Clark explained the logistics and design consideration for the Veteran’s Memorial.

After Council discussion the following motions were made.

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

Direct staff, Arts Council, and the Veteran’s Memorial Program Committee to complete the art acquisition program as recommended in Exhibit 1.


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

Amend Exhibit 1 to add a heading “Budget” stating: The Council has allocated $50,000 to proceed with the Veteran’s Memorial including acquisition and installation.

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

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

AB 3648 Public Safety Services
Public Safety Director Jan Deveny reviewed the chart of Services and Programs in the Public Safety Department with the Council. He answered questions from the Council regarding the different levels of services the department provides.

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

Direct the Department of Public Safety to provide management and budget policies regarding Basic (mandated) Services including Emergency Medical Response (EMS), Fire Suppression, Police and Fire Training Programs, Police Patrol, Investigations, Dispatch and Records Management, and administration at current service levels.

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


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

Direct the Department of Public Safety to provide management and budget policies regarding Enhanced (discretionary) Services including but not limited to financial investigations, regional drug and alcohol investigations, emergency management, Fire Marshal, Special Operations Team, Dive Team, Bicycle Patrol, Seafair and Summer Celebration support at current service levels.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-2 (Councilmembers Goldmanis and Grausz dissenting).


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

Direct staff to return to Council with new management and budget policies regarding modifications of service levels and/or funding strategies for the following services: Marine Patrol, Jail Services, Auxiliary Firefighter Program, School Resource Officer and DARE Program.

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

Open Council Discussion
(See Councilmember Reports)

Other Business

Councilmember Absences: Councilmember Pearman will be absent June 17th.
Councilmember Goldmanis will be absent April 15th.

Planning Schedule: There will be joint Council/School Board Meeting scheduled in late April.

Board Appointments: Council deferred 2002 board and commission appointments until the next regular meeting, April 15, 2002. Mayor Merkle asked that all current members continue to serve on their boards or commissions until new appointments are made.

Councilmember Reports: Councilmember Blake discussed the status of the Downtown Development Code Changes.
Councilmember Pearman commended City Attorney Londi Lindell on her work on the Suburban Cities Association by-laws.
Mayor Merkle stated that King County negotiations regarding Luther Burbank Park and Mary Wayte Pool still continue.

Adjournment: 11:36 p.m.

[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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