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Monday, October 07, 2002

Call To Order

Mayor Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:00 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, El Jahncke, Jim Pearman, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Appearances

Colin Fukano, 5639 89th Ave SE, asked the Council for a moratorium on cell towers. He suggested that the City develops a comprehensive plan for cellular development and have companies share towers. His immediate concern relates to the proposed cell towers on Island Crest Way.

Anita Curry, 5004 West Mercer Way, inquired if there are any new developments to keep the Mary Wayte Pool open. She feels that King County and the City are ignoring the citizens who are voicing their opinions about the pool closure.

Mayor Merkle responded that the City and the County have been trying to find a solution, but there is not one in the near future.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, commented that most wireless companies have PCS service which require higher cell towers for less interference and the current city code does not address this issue. Mr. Appelman also asked that the City Council take a position on whether or not to sue King County for not upholding the Forward Thrust contract.

Minutes

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

Amend the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of September 23, 2002 to read:
Page 1, Item (1), AB 3699, Paragraph 2
“The Council agreed had extensive discussion regarding the following:

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

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

Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of September 23, 2002 as amended.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 572,227.98  
Payrolls: $ 420,378.23

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Cairns 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 3704: Council Position(s) on the following referendum/initiatives:
  • Referendum 51: The legislature has passed House Bill No. 2969, financing transportation improvements through transportation fees and taxes. This bill would increase highway capacity, public transportation, passenger and freight rail, and transportation financing accountability through increased fuel excise taxes, sales taxes on vehicles, and weight fees on trucks and large vehicles.
  • Initiative 776: Initiative Measure No. 776 concerns state and local government charges on motor vehicles. This measure would require license tab fees to be $30 per year for motor vehicles, including light trucks. Certain local-option vehicle excise taxes and fees used for roads and transit would be repealed.
  • Initiative 790: Initiative Measure No. 790 concerns law enforcement officers’ and fire fighters’ retirement system, plan 2. This measure would place management of the law enforcement officers’ and fire fighters’ retirement system, plan 2, in a board of trustees consisting of six plan participants, three employer representatives, and two legislators.

Public Comment:
Senator Jim Horn, 9507 SE 61st Place, stated that the greater Seattle area has become the second most congested region in the US and that many roads and bridges across the state need repairs. He believes that Referendum 51 will not solve all of the problems, but both a statewide and regional plan are needed. He encouraged the City Council to support Referendum 51.

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, thinks that the City Council should disclose to the public what bond issues or levies might be on the November 2003 ballot before supporting Referendum 51. He believes that the Council should consider Referendum 51 as a council and not as individuals.

After Council discussion, the following motions were made:

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

Pass Resolution No. 1300, supporting Referendum 51.

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


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

Pass Resolution No. 1303, opposing Initiative 776.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-2 (Councilmembers Goldmanis and Jahncke dissenting).


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

Pass Resolution No. 1304, opposing Initiative 790.

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

AB 3705: Grease Ordinance
Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher explained the changes the proposed grease ordinance would make to sewer rates and regulations. It is an update and redefinition of the City’s existing authority to control the significant amount of grease in the City’s sewer system causing for too much maintenance and causing system backups. With the new developments planned in the Town Center there is a greater need for the new provisions to help to decrease too frequent cleanings and eventually eliminate grease from the City’s sewer system.

Following questions and discussion the following motions were made:

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 02-08, regulating the discharge of fat, oil or grease into the City’s sewer system, amending Section 1 15.08.100 (B)(3) to read:
“a. Required. Pretreatment devices, such as grease interceptors, or other devices approved by the city engineer, shall be installed in commercial establishments where FOG in amounts that may inhibit or interfere with the performance of the city sewer system may be discharged into the city sewer system.”



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

Amend the motion to read: Adopt Ordinance No. 02-08, regulating the discharge of fat, oil or grease into the City’s sewer system, amending Section 1 15.08.100 (B)(3) to read:
“a. Required. Pretreatment devices, such as grease interceptors, or other devices approved by the city engineer, shall be installed in commercial establishments kitchens where FOG in amounts that may inhibit or interfere with the performance of the city sewer system may be discharged into the city sewer system.”


The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-1 (Councilmember Jahncke dissenting).

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 6-1 (Councilmember Jahncke dissenting).

AB 3703: MI High School Stadium Interlocal Agreement
The City Council discussed specifics regarding the Interlocal Agreement with Mercer Island High School for the stadium field, including the proposal to close the field to the public when there is no scheduled event.

Councilmember Grausz introduced specific suggestions to the Interlocal Agreement for consideration.

Mayor Merkle, with the Council’s consensus, tabled the item until members City Council and the Mercer Island School District have a chance to discus the Interlocal Agreement in further detail.

AB 3706: 2003-2004 Budget Message and Presentation
City Manager Rich Conrad and Finance Director Joanne Sylvis presented the 2003-2004 Budget to the City Council. The presentation included an explanation of the budget document, the City’s fiscal status, including revenues and expenditures, budget issues and initiatives involving the General Fund, Utilities, and the Capital Improvement Program.

The Budget Hearing schedule is as follows:
  • October 21: General Fund, Parks and Recreation Issues, Development Services Issues, Capital Reserve Fund
  • November 12: Utility Issues, CIP Issues, All Other Funds
  • November 18: Budget Discussion (if needed)
  • November 25: Budget Adoption

Open Council Discussion
(See Councilmember Reports)

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Grausz will be absent on Tuesday, November 12, 2002.

Planning Schedule:
Add Boys & Girls Club Proposal to the October 21, 2002 meeting.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Cairns regarding a 200-car parking garage on the Cassan property.

Adjournment: 11:27 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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