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Monday, January 06, 2003

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:02 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.

Study Session

AB 3733: Discussion of Future Water Supply Options

Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds opened the discussion regarding the future water supply for Mercer Island. Cascade Water Alliance General Manager Michael Gagliardo was present to answer any questions and provide additional information for the City Council.

The Study Session was adjourned at 7:12 pm. The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:37 pm.

Councilmember Grausz introduced a local Mercer Island Boy Scout Troop who were in attendance to earn a badge.

Mayor Merkle moved AB 3731 to the first item of Regular Business.


Avi Stein, 4710 81st Ave SE & Tabitha Brown, 5615 East Mercer Way, urged the Council not to build a marina at Luther Burbank Park as a source of revenue, stating it could be detrimental to the Park’s ecosystem.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,299,952.21  
Payrolls: $ 481,961.83 (12/13/02) $ 451,355.38 (12/27/02)

It was moved by Councilmember Blake; 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 3731: Future Water Supply and the Cascade Water Alliance
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds explained the background and histories of Mercer Island’s water relationships with the Cascade Water Alliance and the City of Seattle. She answered questions and comments from the City Council.

Public Comment:
Ronald Kauffman, Utility Board Chair, reinforces the staff recommendation to withdraw from the Cascade Water Alliance and enter into a contract with the City of Seattle for future water supply.
Michael Gagliardi, 4657 86th Ave SE, General Manager of CWA, stated that the CWA has made sure that the major policy decisions have been made with sufficient time for its members to go back to their legislative bodies and determine the agency’s opinions.

Following Council discussion the following motion was made:

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

Pass Resolution 1311, withdrawing form the Cascade Water Alliance.

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

AB 3734: Public Hearing: Proposed Amendments to the Unified Land Development Code Relating to Nonconforming Development (ZTR02-005)
Development Services Director Richard Hart explained the background and history of the proposed amendments of the ULDC as they relate to nonconforming development. Principal Planner Gabe Snedeker detailed how the proposed amendments would effect nonconforming structures, sites, lots, and uses.

The Mayor opened the public hearing.

Steve Bryan, 2426 70th Ave SE, believes that the amendments are well written and they address the issues from the public comment period in November 2001.

Ken Diamond, resident of First Hill, shared his concern about the quality of First Hill changing, about too many large houses being built there, and about 10-ft and 5-ft setbacks.

The Mayor continued Public Hearing to the next scheduled Council Meeting for when the Council conducts its second reading of the proposed ordinance.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Jahncke will be absent in February 2003.

Planning Schedule:
Council Retreat January 31-February 2, 2003.
The Regular Council Meeting of Tuesday, January 21st was moved to Monday, January 27, 2003.

Executive Session:
At 11:38 pm, the City Council adjourned to Collective Bargaining Negotiations, which is exempt from the Open Public Meeting Act pursuant to RCW 42.30.140. Collective Bargaining Negotiations concluded at 12:10 am.

Adjournment: 12:10 am

[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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