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Monday, August 05, 2002

Call To Order

Deputy Mayor Cairns called the meeting to order at 6:05 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 (arrived 6:10 pm), Jim Pearman (arrived 6:20 pm) and Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns were present. Councilmember El Jahncke and Mayor Merkle were absent.

Study Session

AB 3697: Cascade Water Alliance Initiatives
Deputy City Manger Deb Symmonds and Cascade Water Alliance (CWA) General Manager Michael Gagliardo presented a report on Mercer Island’s history with CWA and the details regarding significant and costly decisions that need to be made about future water supply.

Along with City Councilmembers, Utility Board members, Bob Burd, John Ewald, Ron Kaufman, Davis Landes, Ben Levie, and Rob Sexton were in attendance to discuss a few topics CWA is facing such as the status of negotiations with Seattle, the Tacoma and Second Supply Line prospects for water supply, and the Lake Tapps project for water supply.

The Study Session was adjourned at 7:10 pm. The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:40 pm.

Appearances

Randy Gardner, 5704 91st Ave SE, Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, commended the City Council on its effort to look at affordable housing on Mercer Island and encourages the continuous pursuit of this possibility.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of July 22, 2002 as written.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 276,695.10  
Payrolls: $ 503,306.84

AB 3688: Interlocal Agreement for School Counseling Services – City of Mercer Island & Mercer Island School District: Authorize the City Manager to sign the 2002-2003 Interlocal Agreement for Counseling Services with the Mercer Island School District.

AB 3689: Retirement of Water Revenue Bond: Authorize the Finance Director to take necessary steps to retire the remaining $430,000 Water Revenue Bond at the next interest date of November 1, 2002

Councilmember Goldmanis asked for Item (4) AB 3688: Interlocal Agreement for School Counseling Services to be moved to the first item of Regular Business.

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Regular Business

AB 3688: Interlocal Agreement for School Counseling Services
Councilmember Goldmanis asked a question regarding school counselor’s role in dealing with alcohol related incidents involving students. Youth and Family Services Director Cynthia Goodwin responded.

It was moved by Councilmember Grausz seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

City of Mercer Island & Mercer Island School District: Authorize the City Manager to sign the 2002-2003 Interlocal Agreement for Counseling Services with the Mercer Island School District.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

AB 3685: Public Safety Patrol Car Video Cameras (No Presentation)
Public Safety Director Jan Deveny explained the reasons for needing new video cameras in patrol cars and how they will be implemented in the Public Safety department.

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

Approve the purchase of six video cameras for Police Division with Criminal Justice funds.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

AB 3693: BOUNCE Foundation Grant Funding Request – Development of a Teen Cyber Cafe
Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer detailed the purpose of the grant-funding request by the BOUNCE Foundation. A committee was formed to review the proposal submitted by BOUNCE and a meeting was held with both parties in attendance. Mr. Mayer and Youth and Family Services Director Cindy Goodwin developed criteria for matching grant-funding assistance for the development of a private non-profit teen center on Mercer Island.

At the Council’s request, Neal Lekwa (3719 88th Ave SE) a representative for the BOUNCE Foundation, detailed to the City Council what funds have been raised and where they have come from.

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

Approve the grant-funding request up to $35,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund subject to the seven deliverables noted above and direct the City Manager to execute and agreement with the BOUNCE Foundation.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

AB 3694: Homestead Field Softball Booster Club – Request for Improvements
Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer explained the request for improvements to Homestead Field from the High School Girls Softball Booster Club. The three requested improvements were to:
  1. Install a 15’ high fence along the north side of the ball field & place a net above the existing 10’ chain link fence; funding by City.
  2. Install portable bleachers for home and opposing teams at the north ball field; fund by City.
  3. Install covered dugout; funded by the High School, Girls Softball Booster Club, or the City.
Following City Council discussion the following motions were made.

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

Create a three-person Council sub-committee to be appointed by the Mayor to review park operational issues.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

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

Not have the City Council revisit the issue of Homestead Field improvements at this time and refer the proposal to the three-person sub-committee.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

AB 3690: Six Month Financial Report
Finance Director Joanne Sylvis explained the City’s current financial status and answered questions from the City Council.

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

Adopt Ordinance 02-06, incorporating certain budget revisions to the 2001-2002 biennial budget, and amending Ordinance Nos. 00-11, 01-01, 01-03, 01-07, 01-10.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

AB 3696: Management and Budget Policies: Marine Patrol
Public Safety Director Jan Deveny explained the history and current operating levels of the Public Safety Marine Patrol Services. He also answered questions regarding the possibilities of expanding Marine Patrol services to include more cities in the future.

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

Approve the draft Management and Budget Policy on Marine Patrol for inclusion in the 2003-2004 biennial budget.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

AB 3695: Management and Budget Policies: Parks and Recreation
Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer detailed the proposed Parks & Recreation Department Management and Budget Policies. He noted that the acquisition of Luther Burbank Park has caused the need of an increase the budget for 2003-2004.

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

Adopt the proposed 2003-2004 Parks and Recreation Department Management and Budget Policy as presented.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Open Council Discussion
Councilmember Blake asked the Council to review a letter drafted by City Manager Rich Conrad regarding citizens’ request to monitor and maintain the trees at the Lid Park that are in the state right-of way. The letter is asking Senator Jim Horn to intervene on behalf of the citizens with the Department of Transportation.

Councilmember Goldmanis stated that because Mercer Island contributes to Seafair that the City should have a representative on the board to gain assistance during Seafair events.

Councilmember Goldmanis asked the City Council if, as a whole, do we support Referendum 51? He suggested that state representatives come to a study session and explain the facts.

Councilmember Grausz on behalf of Councilmember Jahncke stated that Seafair greatly impacts Mercer Island. He thinks the bridge closures on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is too much.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Mayor Merkle and Councilmember Jahncke were excused from the meeting.
Councilmember Cairns will be absent from the September 16, 2002 meeting.
Councilmember Pearman will be absent from the September 16, 2002 meeting.

Planning Schedule:
Add Council 2003-2004 Work Plan to the September 3 meeting agenda.

Adjournment: 9:55 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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