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Monday, June 02, 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 at 6:04 pm), Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz (arrived at 6:03 pm), El Jahncke, Jim Pearman, and Mayor Alan Merkle. Councilmember Bryan Cairns was absent.

Study Session

AB 3771 Water Supply Contract with Seattle (joint session with Utility Board)
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds and utility board members discussed the proposed Seattle Public Utilities water supply contract with the City Council. Council asked for clarification on waiver of facilities charges and language relating to allocation of costs with the Eastside Sub-regional Transmission Facilities cost pool. Staff was congratulated for their efforts and excellent contract negotiations. It was the consensus of the City Council that staff return with a final contract for approval at the June 16, 2003 Council Meeting.


Mayor Merkle adjourned the Study Session at 6:40 pm for a dinner break. The Regular Meeting was reconvened at 7:30 pm.

Appearances

John Rose, 3066 67th Avenue SE, commented on roadway improvements in his neighborhood and thanked Street Engineer Clint Morris for his work. Mr. Rose also thanked the Council for moving ahead on the Community Center and as a Striver representative he welcomes the opportunity to participate.

Emily Woodson 2760 SE 76th Avenue SE, thanked the Council for their interest in pursuing the Community Center project. She asked the Council to “move ahead expeditiously.”

Minutes

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

Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of May 19, 2003 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 535,501.30  
Payrolls: $ 458,262.31

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Blake 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 3775 Public Hearing: Group Home Regulations (2nd Reading)
Development Services Director Richard Hart introduced the agenda item, proposed ordinance and recommendation.

After Council questions, Mayor Merkle opened the public hearing.

Jane Clayton, 5720 91st Avenue SE, spoke against the 600-foot setback.

Steve Bryan, 2426 70th Avenue SE, supports the alternative motion; he expressed a preference for a 500-foot setback.

The hearing was closed.

After council discussion and questions the following motion was made:

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 03C-08 amending the Mercer Island City Code, Title 19, Unified Land Development Code, relating to the siting of Group Homes as amended at 19.06.080 by adding a new section (B)(2)(b) as follows:

A domestic violence shelter is not required to comply with MICC 19.06.08 (B)(3)(c), which requires a 600 foot setback.


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

AB 3777 2003 Water System Improvements – Cedar Cove (No Presentation)
Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher introduced new employee Rona Lin, Utilities Engineer, to the City Council.

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

Award the 2003 Water System Improvements – Cedar Cove project to Earthwork Enterprises in the amount of $301,350. Authorize staff to administer the contract, and set the 2003-2004 biennium project budget to $410,340.

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

AB 3774 2003 Roadway Improvements (No Presentation)
It was moved by Councilmember Blake; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Award all schedules of the 2003 Roadway Improvements project to Lakeridge Paving Company in the amount of $980,805. Authorize staff to administer the contract, and set the project budget to $1,175,785.

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

AB 3772 Adoption of the 2004-2009 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)
City Engineer Patrick Yamashita presented the agenda item and outlined the two alternative approaches of the Plan that incorporate the comments from Island residents as well as comments from the City Council to increase roadside shoulder improvements along North and East Mercer Ways and to scale back street improvements proposed for the Town Center District. Other questions from the City Council received at the May 19th Council Meeting regarding pedestrian projects, guardrails, and traffic accident data were addressed in Agenda Bill 3772.

After council questions, the following motion was made:

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

Adopt the 2004-2009 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan as defined in Alternative 2.

It was amended by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

At Project D6, East Mercer Way, Phase 1, present alternative options in 2004 for roadside shoulder development that includes the 4300 block to the 4500 4700 block.

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

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

AB 3776 Community Center – Flat Site Proposal Refinement
Miller Hall presented their project update since the April 7th Council Meeting. They presented the existing site plan, refinements to Scheme G, Scheme K, project financing/soft costs, project schedule, and next steps.

Following Council discussion, it was their consensus to schedule final discussion/decision on the community center proposals at the Council Meeting of June 16th. Miller Hull was asked to return with a revised project schedule that shows construction beginning in 2004 rather than 2005. Staff was directed to advertise the upcoming meeting as a public meeting to solicit public comment. Staff was also directed to display project information regarding Scheme K on the City’s website and city facilities where appropriate (e.g. City Hall, Community Center.)

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Cairns was excused for being absent.
No new absences were reported.

Planning Schedule:
Mayor Merkle Re Cancellation of the August 18, 2003 Meeting.
Mayor Merkle commented on the Interlocal Agreement High School Stadium Interlocal Agreement currently scheduled for July 7th.

Board Appointments:
The Clerk’s office was asked to continue advertisement for Youth & Family Services Board positions.

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

Confirm the Mayor’s Annual Board & Commission appointments as presented.

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

ARTS COUNCIL
Susan Edelheit, Position 1, Term 2007
June Mulcahy, Position 2, Term 2007
Philip King, Position 5, Term 2004
Margaret Minnick, Position 8, Term 2006

BUILDING BOARD OF APPEALS
Joe Hammond, Position 3, Term 2006
Gary Maehara, Position 4, Term 2006
Steve Showalter, Position 5, Term 2006

DESIGN COMMISSION
Marcia Dawson, Position 1, Term 2007
Julie Parsons, Position 2, Term 2007

PLANNING COMMISSION
Steven Schnoor, Position 1, Term 2007
David Chappelle, Position 2, Term 2007

Councilmember Reports:
Mayor Merkle Re AWC Annual Conference – It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis, seconded by Councilmember Grausz to appoint Jim Pearman as the City of Mercer Island voting delegate at the upcoming AWC Annual Conference in Spokane.
Mayor Merkle commented on a letter from Yakima County Department of Corrections regarding jail savings of $1.8 M; $800,000 more than projected.
Councilmember Jahncke commented on the Arts Council process review and recommendation for Veteran’s Memorial Art Project.
Council discussed ivy, open space and parks maintenance issues.
Councilmember Blake invited any interested Councilmember to the upcoming student tours at City Hall.
Councilmember Goldmanis provided an Arts Council update.
Mayor Merkle reported on King County Executive Ron Sims’ letter regarding municipal court options and binding arbitration.
Mayor Merkle asked City attorney Londi Lindell to comment on a recent legal matter. Ms. Lindell reported that the City received a summons and land use petition by Dollar Development regarding the Starbuck’s proposal and any inquires should be directed to the City Attorney’s Office.
Councilmember Grausz asked staff to bring a bicycle safety ordinance to the Council for review.

Adjournment: 10:15 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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