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Monday, September 23, 2002

Call To Order

Mayor Merkle called the meeting to order at 5:03 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Susan Blake (arrived 5:17 pm), Bryan Cairns, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Jim Pearman (arrived 6:01 pm), and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Study Session

AB 3699: Council 2003-2004 Work Plan – Major Projects (Continued from the September 3, 2002 Council Meeting)
The City Council continued discussion from the September 3, 2002 Study Session regarding the 2003-2004 Council Priority Work Plan. Mayor Merkle discussed the importance of making decisions to have the Community Center development on the November 2003 ballot and moving forward with decisions on the other top items. He also encouraged discussion of Luther Burbank Park to determine if there are issues regarding additional developments. The Council agreed:

  • For purposes of discussion, the goal for the Community Center is to have it on the ballot in November of 2003
  • After discussion, without decision, combining issues on a single ballot
  • A coordinated approach towards community facilities is essential
  • There will be an Operations and Maintenance Levy for Luther Burbank Park on the ballot in November of 2003 that will expire at the end of 2005
  • A capital investment / revenue-producing plan for Luther Burbank Park will be done by 2005
The Council also decided to have the Miller Hull Partnership (the architects who designed the Community Center in 1997) come to the October 14th meeting to give the history of the previous Community Center, answer questions and help determine the scope of a new Community Center. The focus of the Council’s attention will be on cost and function.

The Study Session adjourned to Executive Session to discuss property acquisition at 7:00 pm. The Regular Meeting began at 7:38 pm.

The following items were added to the meeting agenda:
  • Determination if a resolution on Referendum 51 will be on the next meeting agenda
  • Cascade Water Alliance update
  • Eagle Scouts community project

Special Business

Youth and Family Services Director Cynthia Goodwin introduced the Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry. She discussed that Mercer Island has citizens that rely on food banks and donations, whether they are elderly living on a fixed income or whether they have recently lost their jobs in the high-tech industry. Mayor Merkle read a proclamation designating September 28, 2002 as a Day of Concern for the Hungry.

Youth Development Coordinator Kimberly Wright explained the VOICE (Volunteer Outreach In Communities Everywhere) program and how it helps meet the needs of the youth on Mercer Island, the needs of the citizens, and the needs of the region. She introduced Lauren Collins and Jared Brazg, VOICE volunteers and Mercer Island youth, who explained the Feed the Hungry Project they have been working with for the last 4 years. The project includes soliciting donations at grocery stores, preparing meals and distributing them to an area in downtown Seattle. Mayor Merkle read a resolution acknowledging Lauren and Jared in their dedication to feeding the hungry.


Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, stated that she thought the Miller Hull Partnership did an excellent job in determining what the community wanted but it was too expensive. She pointed out that Mercer Island is not the same economy or community it was when the Community Center was being designed.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, expressed concern with the Council’s commitment to the Boys & Girls Club, the Jewish Community Center, and the French American School regarding community facilities. He is concerned that the proposal for the Boys & Girls club seems to be a stand-alone proposal and is not connected to the Community Center.


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

Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of September 3, 2002 as amended.
“Following Council questions and discussion, the consensus of the Council was to have directed staff to prepare the CIP and Utilities sections of the budget as proposed with the exception of bathroom facilities and some improvements to the I-90 boat launch. They would like to see repairs and improvements to restroom facilities made where needed as opposed to new construction. No new pier will be added to the budget for the I-90 boat launch, but new storage space could be included for Marine Patrol. The Council may re-look at the restroom facilities at West I-90 Lid Park.”

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 3-3 (Councilmembers Goldmanis, Jahncke, and Pearman dissenting; Councilmember Grausz abstained).

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

Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of September 3, 2002 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,234,500.31  
Payrolls: $ 432,688.02 (09/06/02) $ 447,498.76 (09/20/02)

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Pearman 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 3700: Public Hearing: Zoning Text Amendment Allowing Schools in the C-O Zone
Development Services Director Richard Hart explained the code amendment to the C-O Zone as proposed by the applicant, the French American School. It would allow for both public and private schools in the C-O Zone, but requiring ¼ acres of play field or open space, a site obscuring strip, new setback regulations, two parking spaces per classroom, an additional parking spaces may be required as determined by the Design Commission or staff administrative review through SEPA.

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing.

There were no comments.

The Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

After Council discussion and questions, the following motion was made:

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

Move to approve Ordinance No. 02C-07 amending the Commercial Office (C-O) Zoning District to allow private and public schools by right as submitted by the Planning Commission.

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

AB 3702: Summary of Parks and Recreation’s Spring/Summer Programs and Park Projects
Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer showed a 15-minute multi-media presentation on the Parks and Recreation Department’s spring and summer programs and projects.

Mayor Merkle commended the Parks and Recreation Department on the quality and the tremendous variety of recreation programs and services and major parks programs that have been undertaken on Mercer Island in the last year.

Director Mayer presented a framed Mercer Island Map Guide to Mayor Merkle.

AB 3703: Shared Use Proposal – Boys & Girls Club
City Manager Rich Conrad described the history of the Shared Use Proposal from the Boys and & Girls Club and presented the specifics of the proposed agreement. There are two key components of the proposal: first is the commitment of $1 million by the City for the shared use of a renovated gym at the B&G Club, and second there is an option to make an additional contribution to construct a multi-purpose room at the B&G Club.

Following Council discussion of community facilities and the Community Center, the following motion was made:

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

Consider the Shared Use Proposal in the context of the community center project scoping session planned for October 14th.

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

AB 3701: King County Jail Agreement
City Attorney Londi K. Lindell presented the King County Jail Agreement and detailed the new provisions of the contract as it pertains to the booking fee, daily rate felony costs, capacity, and property.

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

Direct the City Manager to enter into the New Jail Agreement with King County.

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

Open Council Discussion
(See Councilmember Reports)

Other Business

Planning Schedule:
It was the consensus of the Council to add an agenda item to the next regular meeting to take a position on Referendum 51.
Move Community Center Council Briefing & Scoping agenda item to October 14th if the Miller Hull Partnership is available.
There is a Town Meeting on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Add three meetings for Budget Hearings: October 21, 2002, November 12, 2002, and November 25, 2002 (adoption).
There will be a reception before the Council meeting on November 4 with the students on exchange from Thonon les-Baines, France.

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

Confirm the Mayor’s appointments of Stephen Litzow, Sam Selby, Casey York, David Desantis, and Sam Chasan to the Youth and Family Services Advisory Board.

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

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Jahncke updated the Council on the Cascade Water Alliance Action Plan 2002-2003.
Councilmember Blake stated that MI citizen Phil Flash thinks that the Eagle Scouts should help repair the benches in the Town Center because the are disintegrating.
Mayor Merkle recapped his meeting with a delegation from a city in China interested in becoming a sister city with Mercer Island.

Adjournment: 11:16 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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