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Monday, March 17, 2003

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Susan Blake, Bryan Cairns, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. Councilmembers Sven Goldmanis and Jim Pearman were absent.

Special Business

Proclamation – Camp Fire Girls Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

Mayor Merkle read a formal proclamation and proclaimed March 20, 2003 to be Absolutely Incredible Kid Day and encouraged all citizens to participate in and to celebrate the absolutely incredible kids of Mercer Island.

Appearances

Don Morosic, 5428 96th Avenue SE, representing Thalia Symphony, reported that the Symphony is currently in the efforts to move to Mercer Island and informed the Council of its upcoming concerts.

Minutes

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

Table the approval of the Regular Meeting Minutes of March 3, 2003 to the next City Council Meeting so that the following comments provided by Councilmember Jahncke can be incorporated:

  • Item 1, Study Session, AB 3745, to include Council’s direction of the Planning Commission Work Program for 2003/Code Amendments.
  • Item 6, AB 3749, to include that Council decided to take no position on the Tri-Association Joint Legislation Proposal.
  • Other Business, (in response to Appearance request), to include that Council decided to take no position on the possible Iraq War.
The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 358,187.97  
Payrolls: $ 429,588.16

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

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

Regular Business

AB 3750 Open Space Conservancy Trust Annual Report
Parks & Rec Director Pete Mayer introduced the agenda item and Open Space Conservancy Trust Chair Jim Owens presented the Trust’s Annual Report.

AB 3744 Public Hearing – Stroum Jewish Community Center (JCC) Street Vacation
City Engineer Patrick Yamashita briefed the Council of the future development of the Stroum Jewish Community Center (JCC) site and explained the petition filed by the JCC for the vacating of two rights-of-way.

Mr. Yamashita informed the Council of a letter received earlier in the day (provided to Council this evening) from John and Cathie Hall opposing the street vacation claiming that it would increase commercial density. Mr. Yamashita responded that staff has concluded that the street vacation does not increase commercial density.

On November 6, 2002, the Planning Commission recommended approval with conditions. Mr. Yamashita noted that Condition No. 6 listed in Exhibit 3 of AB 3744, page 12, was not approved by the Planning Commission and that Section 8 (Condition Use Permit/Building Permit) of the proposed Ordinance No. 03-4, was inadvertently put it and that it should be stricken.

Applicant Representative, Ed Weinstein, architect for the JCC, reiterated the JCC’s preference to have the street vacation uncoupled from the conditional use permit.

At 8:13 pm, Mayor Merkle opened the Public Hearing:

John Hall, 9970 SE 40th Street, expressed his opposition to the approval of the JCC street vacation. Mr. Hall believes the vacation of the unopened right of way will create a higher density that will result in increased traffic congestion, noise, and lower property values.

The public hearing was closed at 8:15 pm.

After Council discussion the following motion was made:

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 03-04 granting the street vacation request of a portion of 99th Avenue SE and the JCC driveway entrance as presented excluding Section 8, Exhibit 2, Page 6.

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

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

Direct the City Manager or his/her designee to secure appraisals of the proposed vacated properties, at the Applicant’s expense, and the City be compensated in an amount equal to 100% of the appraised value.

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

AB 3751 Issue Councilmanic Bonds to Finalize Purchase of the Mercerview Site
Finance Director Joanne Sylvis introduced the agenda item and staff’s recommendation of Option 1. Ms. Sylvis explained that ownership of the property passes to the City, it provides certainly of payment, and the City is able to obtain low interest rates.

In response to Council questions, Jean Baker, Seattle Northwest Securities Corporation, explained the AAA rates. Joanne Sylvis commented on semi-annual vs. monthly payments.

After Council discussion the following motion was made:

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

Authorize staff to proceed with the necessary steps to issue bonds to finalize the purchase of the Community Center at Mercerview property from the Mercer Island School District using equal principal payments and declining interest payments for 15 years, as illustrated by Option 1.

*Note: the first year payment was excluded from the average calculations because it was a short year not representative of the remaining payments.

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

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmembers Goldmanis and Pearman were excused for being absent.

Planning Schedule:
Council discussed what would be presented at the April 7, 2003 Council Meeting regarding the Community Center.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Jahncke representing the Parks & Rec Subcommittee reported that the Homestead Field Master Plan will be returning for Council’s reconsideration.

Mayor Merkle commented on a letter received from Yakama Tribal council opposing the construction of the new Yamika correctional facility.

Mayor Merkle reported on park & ride discussions.

Councilmember Jahncke asked for clarification of Suburban Cities Association’s district court interests.

Councilmember Grausz asked if the regional facility charge will be referred to the utility board.

Mayor Merkle informed the Council of an upcoming ivy initiative that currently proposes to raise taxes 56 cents per $1000 of accessed value, $35 million over 10 years. An information memo will be provided by the City Attorney.

Adjournment: 9:25 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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