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Monday, April 15, 2002

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:34 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

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

Special Business

Proclamation: Mayor Merkle proclaimed April 21-27, 2002, National Volunteer Week. Parks & Recreation Director Peter Mayer and Youth & Family Services Acting Director Chris Cassidy shared with the council how many people have volunteered for Parks & Recreation and Youth & Family Services and how many hours they collectively contribute to the City of Mercer Island in the past year.


Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, expressed her concern with King County’s “breach of faith and lease” regarding Mary Wayte Pool and the location of the Mercer Island Community Center and how she perceives the citizen/voter is treated by elected officials.

Scott McMurray, 3623 74th Ave SE, urged the Council to implement an Urban Forest Park Policy to protect the trees on Mercer Island for future generations.

E. W Krueger, 6939 SE Allen Road, stated that he was delighted that the removal of the stop signs on 72nd is possible. In addition, he does not feel a traffic circle will solve the problems on 72nd Ave SE.

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, adheres to the “less is more” notion. Ms. Lupton also feels that a traffic circle could be detrimental to the neighborhood.

Chris Gaddis, 2907 70th Ave SE, is concerned about traffic flow patterns on First Hill. He is an advocate for traffic circles (at 29th and 70th/71st) and stop signs on First Hill.

Scott McMurray, 3623 74th Ave SE, stated his likes and dislikes with the City’s proposed improvements for 72nd Ave SE. He thinks that raised crosswalks are a good idea and that traffic circles do not work. He is concerned with a sewer manhole in the middle of the proposed circle and cost to move it.


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

Approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of April 1, 2002

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 695,980.85  
Payrolls: $ 414,235.22

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 3651 Ratify Suburban Cities By-Laws (No Presentation)
It was moved by Councilmember Blake; seconded by Councilmember Jahncke to:

Pass Resolution No. 1293, approving the Final Proposed Bylaws here attached as Exhibit 2, as the Bylaws of Suburban Cities Association.

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

AB 3652 Mercerdale Skate Park & Children’s Play Area Bid Award (No Presentation)
It was moved by Councilmember Blake; seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:

Award the bid to HP Construction in the amount of $285,717 and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract and set final project budget at $538,646.

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

AB 3650 Update on First Hill and 72nd Avenue SE Neighborhood Traffic
City Engineer Patrick Yamashita & Transportation Planner Nancy Fairchild gave a history and background of the traffic improvements on First Hill and 72nd Avenue SE and answered questions raised by the Council.

After Council discussion there was general support of:
  • Installing raised crosswalks with textured and/or colored concrete at SE 27th Street and SE 29th Street on 72nd Avenue SE and removing the all-way stop at SE 27th Street on 72nd Avenue SE
  • Installing a stop sign on southbound 71st Avenue SE in the vicinity of SE 29th Street
  • Installing street lights at intersections on 72nd Avenue SE
  • Installing on-pavement speed limit sign (25 mph)
  • No traffic circle at SE 32nd Street

AB 3649 Management & Budget Policies: Property Tax; Long Term Compensation; 2003-2004 Revenue Forecast
Finance Director Joanne Sylvis & Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds presented the preliminary revenue and expenditure picture for the 2003-2004 budget as well as two Management and Budget Policies: Property Tax and Long Term Compensation.

Council generally affirmed the draft Property Tax Management and Budget Policy with several wording suggestions to clarify the draft policy. These will be incorporated into the policy.

Council received the report and reconfirmed the City’s Long Term Compensation strategies with employee compensation targeted at the midpoint of the market.

Open Council Discussion
(See Councilmember Reports)

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Pearman will be absent for the June 17th meeting.
Councilmember Goldmanis was excused from being absent.
Mayor Merkle will be absent from the April 29th special meeting.

Planning Schedule:
The Mercer Island School Board will be in attendance at the special meeting of April 29th.
A joint meeting of the City Council and the MI School Board is being planned for early May.

Board Appointments:
Council unanimously confirmed the Mayor’s appointments to the following board and commission:

Erin Curtiss, Position 4, Term 2004
Douglas Glant, Position 8, Term 2005
Judith Powers Leithe, Position 9, Term 2006
Debbie Hanson, Position 10, Term 2006
Beth Brennan, Position 11, Term 2006

Bryan Caditz, Position 3, Term 2006

Rita Moore, Position 2, Term 2006
Marguerite Sutherland, Position 3, Term 2006

Melinda Huff, Position 3, Term 2006
Bill Chapman, Position 5, Term 2006

John Ewald, Position 4, Term 2005
Ronald Kaufman, Position 6, Term 2006
David Landes, Position 7, Term 2006

Executive Session: At 11:48 pm Council adjourned into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.

Adjournment: Tuesday, April 16th, 12:20 am.

[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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