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Monday, December 16, 2002

Call To Order

Mayor Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:03 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers, Bryan Cairns, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz (arrived 6:04 pm), El Jahncke, Jim Pearman and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. Councilmember Susan Blake was absent.

Special Business

AB 3732: Mary Wayte Pool Operation Agreement with Northwest Center

City Manager Rich Conrad detailed the Northwest Center Operating Agreement for the Mary Wayte Pool to the City Council. City Attorney Londi Lindell explained what the agreement allows for:

  • The pool to remain open for 5 years.
  • The NW Center will be responsible for capital improvements and repairs.
  • It ensures the expected level of service which is similar to King Countyís.
  • The NW Center will proved quartly reports on the pool.
  • The payment of $100,000 to the NW Center on January 1, 2003 or when agreements between all three parties are signed.
  • The City will assist the NW center in finding funding for years 2004-2007, but that any subsequent Council action will be subject to a Council vote for budget allocation.
  • The key provisions are: a termination provision, a indemnification provision and insurance that the NW Center must provide.
Councilmember Goldmanis recussed himself, as the Northwest Center is one of his clients.

The Council clarified its positions, that the City of Mercer Island and the NW Center are not partners; that the City is only providing money to the Northwest Center.

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

Authorize the City Manager to enter into an Agreement between Northwest Center and the City in substantially the form set forth in Exhibit 1 to AB 3732 and upon such other terms and conditions acceptable to the City Attorney.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0 (Councilmember Goldmanis recussed himself).

Councilmember Reports:
Mayor Merkle announced that there will be an official recognition ceremony for the transfer of Luther Burbank Park to the City of Mercer Island.
Mayor Merkle will be calling the Council members for input on Rich Conradís annual City Manager review.
Mayor Merkle stated that January 24-26, 2003 is a potential date for the Council Retreat.
Mayor Merkle announced that Miller/Hull was awarded the National AIA Award for their excellence in architectural design.
Mayor Merkle has been receiving a lot of comments about Mercer Island traffic safety issues.
Deputy Mayor Cairns reported on the Eastside Transportation Program.

Adjournment: 6:34 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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