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Tuesday, September 03, 2002

Call To Order

Mayor Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm 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 (arrived 6:10 pm), El Jahncke, Jim Pearman and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Study Session

AB 3699: Council 2003-2004 Work Plan – Major Projects
City Manager Rich Conrad presented a 2003-2004 Council Priority Work Plan to illustrate the variety, complexity and scale of the work projects before Council. Council discussed project timelines and implementation actions. No consensus was achieved. This item was continued to a Study Session to begin at 5pm on September 23, 2002.

The Study Session was adjourned at 7:18 pm. The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:36 pm.


Tom Donahue, 2284 78th Ave SE, submitted a petition for the establishment of a residential parking zone in the neighborhood directly north of the park and ride.

Jessica Paladay, Miracle Northwest Recreation Equipment Company, 22022 SE XXXX, Maple Valley, WA, presented her company’s products for field turfs and waterslides.

Mayor Merkle asked Ms. Paladay to provide her company’s information to the Director of Parks and Recreation.

Sue Stewart, 3205 84th Ave SE, Citizens to Preserve Upper Luther Burbank Park, stated that 35 more signatures have been collected for the petition to prevent development on upper Luther Burbank park for a total of 3,417 signatures. She also listed names and organizations that support the petition statement.

Michael Dierdorff, 3006 West Mercer Way, stated he was disappointed in the Council’s procedures for decision-making. He felt he followed the guidance he was given for suggested improvements to Homestead Field and that his issue wasn’t heard. “We asked the Council if the Homestead Field Master Plan is still a possibility and also when the sub-committee on parks will be created.”

Mayor Merkle stated that he understood Mr. Dierdorff’s frustration, but that most of the Councilmembers did not agree with the requests for improvements to Homestead Field. He stated that the creation of the sub-committee is not a priority but it eventually it will be developed.


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

Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of August 5, 2002 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 2,284,598.25  
Payrolls: $ 472,331.73 (08/09/02) $ 444,140.31 (08/23/02)

It was moved by Councilmember Blake seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis 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 3687: Residential Parking Zone (RPZ) Criteria
Public Safety Director Jan Deveny presented the Draft Residential Parking Zone (RPZ) Criteria and Process. Mr. Deveny explained that creating a residential parking zone is a serious step because it prohibits parking in an area by anyone except the people who live there. Staff research showed that the other cities only took such strong action when the parking problems were severe and unable to be controlled with other less restrictive methods. Staff’s recommendation, parking on Mercer Island can be controlled with less restrictive measures.

After extensive Council discussion, the following motion was made:
It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:

Make changes to the draft process and criteria and then direct the staff to prepare an ordinance.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 2-5 (Proponents of motion Councilmembers Goldmanis and Grausz).

Dissenting Councilmembers agreed that proceeding with a RPZ was not preferred at this time but that the Council would (when appropriate) revisit such ordinance. Public Comment:
Tom Donahue, 2284 78th Ave SE, explained to the City Council that there is a large group of people who believe there are still parking problems in the north end. He asked the Council to look at Bellevue’s solutions to park and ride overflow problems as possibilities for Mercer Island.

AB 3698: CIP and Utilities Sections of the 2003-2004 Budget
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds provided a preview of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher gave a brief overview of the operations of the three utilities and the capital growth projects proposed for each. Finance Director Joanne Sylvis followed with a discussion of the financial conditions of the utilities and particularly the rate scenarios recommended by the Utility Board. Utility Board Chair, Mr. Ron Kaufman spoke on behalf of the Utility Board and its rate proposal.

Following Council questions and discussion, the consensus of the Council was to have staff prepare the CIP and Utilities sections of the budget as proposed with the exception of bathroom facilities and improvements to the I-90 boat launch. They would like to see repairs and improvements 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.

Open Council Discussion
(See Councilmember Reports)

Other Business

Planning Schedule:
Move the second meeting in September from the 16th to the 23rd starting with a 5:00 pm Study Session on the Council 2003-2004 Work Plan.
Schedule a Town Meeting on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm with Mayor Merkle and Councilmembers Goldmanis and Cairns.

Councilmember Reports:
Mayor Merkle discussed the importance of moving quickly on the Community Center plans. He would like to start with the previous plan and work from there. The Council discussed the need for determining what elements are needed and if private funding would be part of the project.

Adjournment: 11:13 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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