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Monday, November 04, 2002

Call To Order

Mayor Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:20 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 (arrived 7:27 pm), and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Special Business

Mayor Alan Merkle welcomed the students from Thonon les Bains, their host families, and dignitaries from Mercer Island and France. The Mayor read a proclamation of the City of Mercer Island saluting the exchange students of Thonon les Bains, France and celebrating the Sister City relationship between the two cities.

Appearances

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, is concerned about Ordinance 02C-10 which would allow cellular companies to put wireless communication monopoles in Mercer Island parks and open space. He believes the City is not providing sufficient notice to the public.

Maggie Bennett, 6226 East Mercer Way, swims three times a week at the Mary Wayte Pool and would like the Council to keep the pool open.

Kate Brock, Megan Faine, and Megan Brandabur, students on the Mercer Island swim team, water polo team and employees of the Mary Wayte pool urged the Council to keep the pool open.

Neil Thompson, 8400 SE 33rd Place, asked the Council to help keep the pool open. He has been swimming there twice a week for 30 years to keep in shape.

Steve Bowler, 8856 SE 74th Place, stated that most MI residents live here because of the water, but Lake Washington cannot be used all of the time so many people go to Mary Wayte pool.

Roger Gregory, 6462 East Mercer Way, has been a member of the pool for 9 years and would like to see the pool remain open.

Natalie Spot & Melissa Taylor stated that the Mary Wayte Pool is convenient and helpful for the Chinook swim team. They are hoping to go to college on a swimming scholarship and closing the pool may jeopardize this.

Alex Strand, captain of the MI swim team and coach at the beach club, stated that the private pools on MI donít meet the needs of the swim teams. He said that over 150 students use the pool and commuting to Bellevue or another pool is hard during school and rush hour.

Katie Payner asked the Council to keep the pool open, as it is a social and community meeting place.

Jim Stanton, 7812 SE 78th Street, has used the pool for 17 years and believes it is important to have the pool to teach kids how to swim.

John Brandabur, 6651 East Mercer Way, told the Council all four of his daughters learned to swim at the Mary Wayte pool. He believes that Mercer Island could be ambassadors to other local communities if we open the pool to them.

Ruth Jacobson, 8542 SE 79th Place, asked the Council why $1 million was spent on the Boys & Girls Club but not on the pool.

The Council members responded to the public comments detailing the different options they have looked into to help keep the pool open.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of October 14, 2002 and the Regular Meeting Minutes of October 21, 2002 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 404,977.42t  
Payrolls: $ 430,558.98

AB 3711: 2001 78th Ave Roadway Improvements Project Acceptance: Accept the completed 2001 78th Avenue Roadway Improvements project and authorize staff to close out the contract.

AB 3716: 2002 Roadway Improvements Project Acceptance: Accept the completed 2002 Roadway Improvements project and authorize staff to close out the contract.

AB 3709: 2002 Water Service & Fire Hydrant Replacement Project Close Out: Accept the completed 2002 Water Services and Fire Hydrant Replacement Project and authorize staff to close out the contract.

It was moved by Councilmember Blake; 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 3718 Group Home Moratorium Status Report
City Attorney Londi Lindell presented the detailed work plan that is needed to extend the Group Home Moratorium for another six months.

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

Approve work plan and adopt Ordinance No. 02-12 extending the Group Home Moratorium for a total period of one year.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0 (Councilmember Grausz was absent from the Council Chambers).re

AB 3714 Implementation Plan for Luther Burbank Park 2003
Assistant City Manager Linda Herzog presented information to the City Council of the plan for Luther Burbank Park in the year 2003. The presentation included detailing of the first year budget ($240,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund), why contract maintenance is being used and what will need to be done if the budget is too low. Also presented was the reasoning for keeping the building vacant for now, how to incorporate Luther Burbank into the Mercer Island Park System and the process for Council decisions to be made regarding ballot measures.

After discussion and questions, Councilís feedback indicated support of the staffís proposed operating and management plan; specifically to exercise a modest level of maintenance in 2003. Issues that the council highlighted were park security, building security, and staffing of the caretakerís house.

AB 3719 CCMV Council Sub-Committee Report
The City Council continued their discussion of the CCMV Sub-Committee report and recommendations.

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

Adopt the Community Center at Mercer View Purpose and Intent Statement as follows:
Mercer Islandís future community center will be a public gathering place for citizens of all ages. Seniors, young children, teens, and adults will have available to them the activities and programs offered at the center. It will first and foremost provide the services for the citizens of Mercer Island. The center will be the communityís primary civic meeting center addressing recreational, educational, and cultural interests for our community and for all Mercer Islanders. It will also be a meeting place for organizations, individuals, and for public events.


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

Following Council discussion there was consensus to:
  • establish a scope and budget with more information from Miller Hull (November 18th)
  • have the sub-committee establish new guidelines for a public involvement process
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Blake to:

Establish a Community Impacts Mitigation Task Force early in the design process that includes and exceeds SEPA impacts mitigation. The Task Force would provide recommendations to the Council on steps that can be taken to reduce community impacts. The Task Force would be formed after the Initial Town Meeting. Mitigations that should be evaluated include:
  • traffic circulation
  • widening streets; curbs, gutters, sidewalks
  • parking restrictions
  • utility undergrounding
  • rezoning
  • landscaping
  • reduced user fees
The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion PassedFailed 1-6 (Councilmember Blake proponent of motion).

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

Establish a Community Impacts Mitigation Task Force early in the design process that includes SEPA impacts mitigation. The Task Force would provide recommendations to the Council on steps that can be taken to reduce community impacts. The Task Force would be formed after the Initial Town Meeting. Mitigations that should be evaluated include:
  • traffic circulation
  • widening streets; curbs, gutters, sidewalks
  • parking restrictions
  • landscaping
The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Other Business

Planning Schedule:
November 12th Special Meeting Cancelled.

Adjournment: 10:40 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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