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Monday, June 03, 2002

Call To Order

Deputy Mayor Cairns called the meeting to order at 6:03 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Susan Blake, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Jim Pearman (arrived at 6:42), and Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns were present. Mayor Alan Merkle was absent.

Study Session

AB 3672 Town Center Design Guideline Amendments
Continuing from the Study Session of May 20, 2002, Council discussed the proposed amendments to the Design Regulations for the Town Center.

Due to time the Council decided to continue reviewing the amendments during the Regular Business item scheduled for later in the meeting.

The Study Session was adjourned at 7:15 pm. The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:35 pm.

Special Business

Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer introduced Sue Abbott and Reid Wait from Lakes to Locks Water Trail. They described the history & successes of the program and Mercer Island’s involvement for the last two years. Awards that were won regionally and nationally were presented to the City Council.

Appearances

Sue Stewart, 3205 84th Ave SE, Citizens to Preserve Upper Luther Burbank Park, urged the Council to look for other locations for Affordable Housing such as the Town Center. She also presented a petition with 1,110 signatures from all over the island asking for no development at Upper Luther Burbank Park.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, recounted Councilmember’s personal involvement in protecting Mercer Island Parks. He asked the Council to stop considering how to convert parkland to housing.

Minutes

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

Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of May 20, 2002 as amended:
Page 2-3, AB 3665, Group Home Moratorium
City Attorney Londi Lindell stated that the City has been contacted in the past about siting group homes in Mercer Island. It has been determined that the Mercer Island City Code may not adequately address public health, safety, and general welfare issues that group homes present, including parking and traffic impacts, and maintaining the residential character of neighborhoods. The City Attorney shall also research consistency between any group home regulations and accessory dwelling unit regulations. The Moratorium on group homes is to provide an opportunity for staff to research reasonable group home regulations and report back to the City Council at a public hearing on June 17th.


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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 469,025.10  
Payroll: $ 430,783.32

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis 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 3669 AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds explained that the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement for January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2005 is exactly like the current agreement except for three economic provisions: (1)90% CPI, (2)the same health care benefits, and (3)a small increase in steel toe boots.

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

Authorize the City Manager to sign the collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME Local #21-M for the period of January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2005.

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

AB 3663 2002 Water Service and Hydrant Replacement Bid Award
Project Engineer Shaunie Cochran answered questions regarding the three planned water projects this year, 2002 Water Service and Fire Hydrant Replacement, Septimus, and Cedar Cove and appropriation needed to complete the projects.

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

Award the 2002 Water Service and Fire Hydrant Replacement project to Bonner Brothers Construction, Inc. in the amount of $244,322.16. Appropriate $8,000 from the Water Fund to the project, and set the total project budget at $308,000, and authorize staff to administer the contract.

Direct Staff to continue with design of Cedar Cove and finish the design and construction the Septimus Water System this year. Appropriate $254,000 from the water fund for these two projects. Total additional appropriation is $262,000 from the Water Fund.


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

AB 3670 Public Hearing: Ordinance Amending ULDC for Town Center Design Standards
Development Services Richard Hart and City Attorney Londi Lindell reviewed Ordinance No. 02C-04: Amending the Unified Land Development Code for Town Center Design Standards. The City Council asked questions regarding specific items in the Ordinance.

The Deputy Mayor opened the public hearing.

Steve Bryan, 2426 70th Ave SE, expressed his concern that the word “preferred” versus “required” in Section 19.11.050(B)(1)(a). He feels that "preferred" is not strong enough for the major site features description.

George Ma, 8425 SE 34th Place, expressed that the height limitations have played preference to some owners and gave some disadvantage to others. Ad that the additional setback on 78th Ave is unfair.

Bill Stalzer, 603 Stewart Street, Seattle, noted that the proposed amendments are a vast improvements of the design regulations. He suggested 4 specific amendments to: site features, street-facing façade elements, compact parking, and preliminary design.

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, requested that compact parking spaces be segregated from the regular parking spaces. She also asked questions regarding federal and local funds that were allocated to give a face-lift to downtown city streets.

Bill Gullien, 3404 4th Ave SE, Seattle, Operator of Rite Aid Shopping Center, stated that the 39’ height limit is constraining. He also stated that the 50% of structure value for interior improvement limitation is a disincentive not only to development but also to proper maintenance.

The Deputy Mayor closed the public hearing.

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

Leave Section19.11.050 (2)(A), Minor Site Features, as is.

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


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

Approve amendment to 19.11.050(2)(B)(1)(a)
i.     The two (2) blocks bordered by 77th and 78th Avenues SE, and SE 27th and 32nd 29th Streets.
ii.     The two (2) blocks bordered by 78th and 80th Avenues SE, and SE 28th and 32nd 30th Streets.
And remove sub headings from Section19.11.050 (2)(B)(1).


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


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

Leave Section 19.11.060(2)(A) as is.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-1 (Councilmember Jahncke Dissenting).


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

Page 30, 19.11.110 (2)(A) 4. Parking Lot Configuration,
Parking lot design should conform to the standard stall diagrams set out in Appendix A to this Chapter, unless alternative design standards are approved by the Design Commission and the City Engineer. No more that 50% of the required off-street parking spaces for office and residential use and Nno more than 25% of the requires off-street parking paces for all other uses may be designed for accommodating compact vehicles. Such parking spaces must be clearly designated as compact stalls.


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


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

Approve Ordinance No. 02C-04 as amended amending the Town Center District Development and Design Standards as submitted by the Planning Commission.

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

AB 3667 Yakima Long Term Jail Contract
City Attorney Londi Lindell described the history and current status of the Interlocal Agreement between Yakima County and Mercer Island for the housing of inmates in the Yakima County Jail and the Interlocal Agreement among cities.

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

Direct the City Manager to enter into the Yakima Long Term Jail Contract and Interlocal Agreement among Cities.

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

AB 3658 Management and Budget Policies: Criminal Justice Funds and Public Safety Education/Emergency Management
Public Safety Director Jan Deveny presented the Management and Budget Policies for the Criminal Justice Fund and Public Safety Education/Emergency Management as they relate to the 2003-2004 Budget. As part of the Criminal Justice Fund Council will be asked in the future for appropriations to replace in-car video cameras and to purchase laptop computers. No changes were recommended to the existing Education and Emergency Management policy.

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

Approve the draft Management and Budget Policies on Criminal Justice Fund and Public Safety Education/Emergency Management.

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

AB 3658 Management and Budget Policies: Courts & Jails
City Attorney Londi Lindell presented the Jail and Court Management and Budget Policy, which is a new policy, to the Council. This policy is in response to King County’s termination of both the City’s jail and court contracts.

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

Accept the report and approve the Jail and Court Management and Budget Policy.

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

Open Council Discussion
(See Councilmember Reports)

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Pearman will be absent from the June 18th Meeting.
Councilmember Grausz will be absent from the July 1st Meeting.
Councilmember Pearman will be absent from the July 1st Meeting.
Councilmember Jahncke will be absent from the July 1st Meeting.

Planning Schedule:
Move June 17th, 2002 Regular Meeting to Tuesday, June 18th, 2002 at 7:30 pm.
Move Regular Business item: RPZ Criteria to the July 15th Meeting.
Add an Executive Session on Personnel Issues to the June 18th Meeting.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Goldmanis requested a letter be sent from the Mayor to King County Councilmember Rob McKenna regarding ETP 1-90 Transportation.

Adjournment: 11:29 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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