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Monday, December 02, 2002

Call To Order

Mayor Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:32 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

Ted Rand, 7621 SE 22nd Street, would like to have the flagpole base in front of the administration building at Luther Burbank Park added as a historical site as well as the barn at the north end of the park.

Minutes

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

Approve the revised Regular Meeting Minutes of November 18, 2002 and the Special Meeting Minutes of November 25, 2002 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 979,273.05  
Payrolls: $ 421,782.23

AB 3726: Renew Eastside Transportation Interlocal Agreement: Approve the EastsideTransportation Partnership Interlocal Agreement and authorize the City Manager to sign and transmit the document to King County

AB 3728: KC Conservation Futures Open Space Acquisition Grant: Direct the City Manager to enter into that certain Amendment to the Conservation Futures Interlocal Agreement between King County and the City of Mercer Island for Open Space Acquisition.

It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; 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 3727: Northwest Center Proposal for Mary Wayte Pool
City Manager Rich Conrad detailed the proposal from the NW Center to accept the title and operation of the Mary Wayte Pool. Mr. Conrad explained the history of the closure of the pool and the need for another agency to operate and maintain it. Mercer Island is being asked to provide $100,000 for five years to help with operation costs.

Mayor Merkle opened the floor for public comment.

Roger Gregory, 6462 East Mercer Way, thanked the Council for seeking a positive alternative to mothballing the Mary Wayte Pool. He also thanked the King County Council for helping the Northwest Center to setup the proposal. Mr. Gregory also introduced King County Councilmember Rob McKenna, CEO & President of the Northwest Center Dave Wunderlin and COO John Mautz to the Council.

Ted Garcia, 4608 Forest Ave SE, praised the Northwest Center for their advances in the public/private partnership and thanked the Council for considering entering into the proposal.

Mayor Merkle closed the public comment period.

Councilmember Goldmanis recused himself from this agenda item, as Northwest Center is one of his clients.

King County Councilmember Rob McKenna and David Wunderlin CEO & President of Northwest Center answered questions from the Council.

Carrie George, Mercer Island School District Board President stated that the MISD is currently not negotiating with the NW Center or King County regarding Mary Wayte Pool.

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

Authorize the City Manager to negotiate a contract the terms of which will transfer a $100,000 local operating subsidy for 2003 for Mary Wayte Pool from the Beautification Fund to Northwest Center.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0 (Councilmember Goldmanis recused himself).

AB 3724: Public Hearing: Ordinance Amending Unified Land Development Code Relating to Wireless Communication Facilities.
Due to the complexity of the motions contained in this set of minutes, a PDf version is available here.

AB 3725 Historical Designation Ordinance
City Attorney Londi Lindell detailed the criteria and procedures of the ordinance to cover the designation and preservation of historic buildings and structures within the City of Mercer Island.

Public Comment:
Walter Rodgers, 7320 Island Crest Way, Representative of the MI Historical Society, believes that Mercer Island has an important history and preservation comes through ordinances like this. Mr. Rogers suggested a few amendments to the ordinances, such as, sites, along with buildings and structures, should also be eligible for historical designation and a committee to make the recommendations to the City Council.

Leon Leeds, 4404 West Mercer Way, urged the Council to adopt the ordinance.

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

Approve Ordinance No. 02-16 providing for the historical designation of buildings and structures.


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

Amend Ordinance No. 02-16, Section 16.01.030 to read:

A historic building or structure may qualify for a historical designation if it is more that fifty (50) ninety-nine (99) years old and satisfies one or more of the following criteria:


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

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

AB 3729 Historical Designation of Luther Burbank Administrative Building
City Attorney Londi Lindell explained how the Luther Burbank Administrative Building meets the criteria to be designated as a historical building.

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

Approve Resolution No. 1310 providing for the historical designation of the Luther Burbank Administrative Buildings.

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

Other Business

Executive Session:
On Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 12:06 am, Council adjourned to Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.

Adjournment: Tuesday, December 3, 2002, 1:02 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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