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Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:01 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

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

Study Session

AB 3742: General Sewer Plan Briefing

City Engineer Patrick Yamashita and Project Manager Shannon Wilbur from CH2M Hill presented an overview of Mercer Island’s recently completed General Sewer Plan.

The Study Session was adjourned at 7:02 pm. The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:32 pm.

Appearances

James Morris, 8435 SE 87th Street, stated that he had filed a complaint with the City in 2001 regarding a neighbor’s carport in the street that blocked access to his property. He requests that the structure be demolished.

Development Services Director Richard Hart responded that he gave Mr. Morris a verbal response and he checked with Public Safety to see if there were any problems. The carport is in the public right-of-way, but no encroachment permit has been filed.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of January 27, 2003 as written.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

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

Approve the Annual Retreat Minutes of January 31 to February 2, 2003 as amended.

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

Amend Page 11, Regional Influences
Councilmember Pearman noted that the Suburban Cities Association’s Management Board, on which he serves, generally opposes is unanimous in their opposition to the proposed regional park district and/or County Parks levy.


The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

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

Amend Page 12, Closing and Evaluations
Councilmember BlakePearman suggested that for their next retreat, the Council should spend some time on “blue sky” thinking,. Councilmember Pearman suggested that future retreats might include educational aspects, and that they should meet in another community that has been successful in dealing with issues of interest to the Council and the residents of Mercer Island.


The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

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

Amend Page 5, Luther Burbank Park and Mary Wayte Pool
Issue: Given that the City has acquired the Luther Burbank Park and the Mary Wayte Pool, wWhat will be an ongoing funding source for pool and park maintenance for 2004 and beyond?


The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

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

Amend Page 11, Regional Influences
Finally, after Councilmember Cairns commenteds about on the need for more direct involvement with King County’s only appointed body with taxing authority—the King County Library Board--Mayor Merkle nominated him for the position. Councilmember Cairn indicated he would be happy to participate on that Board.


The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 809,564.48  
Payrolls: $ 439,061.58

Mayor Merkle moved AB 3741: ARCH Work Program & Administrative Budget to the Consent Calendar

AB 3715: Resolution Setting Public Hearing of JCC Street Vacation: Approve Resolution No. 1302 setting the date of the public hearing for the petition by the Stroum Jewish Community Center to vacate 99th Avenue SE and the JCC driveway entrance on March 17, 2003.

AB 3741: ARCH Work Program & Administrative Budget: Approve the ARCH 2003 Work Program and Budget and authorize the expenditure of $21,884 for Mercer Island’s contribution to the ARCH Administrative Budget.

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

Regular Business

AB 3743: Beautification Fund: Code and Budget Ordinances
City Attorney Londi Lindell briefly explained the purpose and need for changes to the city code and the Beautification Fund as the City Council allocated money to the Northwest Center for the Mary Wayte Pool.

Councilmember Goldmanis recused himself as Northwest Center is one of his clients.

After Council discussion the following motion was made:

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 03-03 appropriating $100,000 to be paid to Northwest Center for Mary Wayte Pool operations during the 2003-2004 biennium; and adopt Ordinance No. 03C-02 amending the Beautification Fund.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Other Business

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

Excuse Councilmember Jahncke from tonight’s meeting.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

Board Appointments:
Mayor Merkle indicated that the Boards and Commissions appointment terms would be changed to May 31-June 1 so they are all on the same schedule. He asked staff to have board and commission members extend their terms until May 31, 2003.

Adjournment: 8:14 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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