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Monday, July 07, 2003

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:33 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, El Jahncke, Jim Pearman, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. Councilmember Dan Grausz was absent.

Special Business

Mayor Merkle read two proclamations; one proclaiming July 2003 as Recreation and Parks Month and another celebrating July 13-19, 2003 as National Aquatic Week.

Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer introduced Brit Kramer, Executive Director of Washington Parks and Recreation Association (WPRA) who presented spotlight awards to the Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department for Best Website, Best Map Guide and for the 2002 Summer Celebration poster.

Director Mayer also introduced Mike Elde the new Parks Manager for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Appearances

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, asked the Council how and when the Design Commission will be involved in the new Community Center at Mercerview project.

Mayor Merkle responded that the Design Commission will review the various aspects of the community center project as it would any other commercial or public building project.

John Rose, 3066 67th Ave SE, is concerned that the budget of $13.1 million will not be enough if more work is needed, that Miller Hull’s style does not fit with the neighborhood, and that there will not be a chance for public input with the Design Commission.

Ronald Kauffman, 8200 SE 65th Street, asked the Council to have staff review a potentially dangerous intersection and 82nd Ave SE & SE 68th and SE 70th Streets. He would like to see a stop sign for eastbound traffic.

Mayor Merkle informed Mr. Kauffman that his request would be forwarded to the Development Services Department for review of appropriate traffic standards.

Addition of Agenda Item

Mayor Merkle added an agenda item to discuss preparing for the I-90 Steering Committee Meeting on July 17, 2003. There were four votes in favor of adjusting the agenda.

Minutes

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

Approve the revised Regular Meeting Minutes of June 16, 2003.


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

Amend Page 5, Item 5, AB 3783, at the amended motion to read:

“…with a budget not to exceed of $13.1 million, inclusive of value engineering.”


Amend Page 4, Item 5, AB 3783, following public comment to read:

“Councilmember Goldmanis presented an assessment from MulvanneyG2 to build a new community center for $9.1 million. Discussion ensued.”

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: $ 812,434.96  
Payrolls: $ 477,458.86

Councilmember Goldmanis inquired about the payment to the school district contained in the payables. City Manger Rich Conrad responded that it was for final principle and interest payment on the Community Center at Mercer View property prior to the closing of the Mercer View purchase by the City. Financial Operations Manager Francie Lake concurred.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Pearman 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 3779 Basin #10 Flume Replacement Bid Award (no presentation)
It was moved by Councilmember Blake; seconded by Councilmember Jahncke to:

Award the Basin #10 Flume Replacement Project to Gary Merlino Construction Company, Inc. in the amount of $532,611, appropriate $29,279 from the Storm Water Fund, set the 2003-2004 biennium project budget at $799,279, and authorize staff to administer the contract.

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

AB 3780 Resolutions Supporting or Opposing Ivy Initiative No. 03-01
Statement: “For the purposes of (1) acquiring open space, (2) building trails, (3) removing non-native, invasive plant material from all city-owned parks, open spaces, street ends and public rights of way, (4) replacing invasives with native plants as needed, and (5) educating Mercer Island residents on native vegetation and problems associated with non-native, invasive plant species, should Mercer Island be authorized to increase its regular property tax levy by $0.198 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, subject to the limitations upon property tax levies set forth in Chapter 84.55 RCW or other applicable laws in order to generate approximately $1,250,000 in tax revenue per year for a period of ten (10) consecutive years with collection beginning in 2004?“


City Attorney Londi Lindell provided background information on Initiative No. 03-01 to raise the regular property tax levies for funds to remove ivy on parks and streets as well as funds for open space acquisition and trail development. Ms. Lindell presented the City Council on which they could choose to take a collective position.

Public Comment:
Rita Moore, 4509 Ferncroft Road, informed the Council that there are 3 initiative proposers, Virginia Arnon, Marguerite Sutherland, and herself. She introduced Steve Burke, from King County to give a presentation to the Council.

Steve Burke, Coordinator for the King County Noxious Weed Program, explained to the Council how English ivy is a significant threat to Mercer Island. He supports the development of a long-term plan to control ivy on the Island. He also offered King County’s help in supplying technical support.

Marguerite Sutherland, 5425 96th Ave SE, commented to the Council that she did not know how much money the City spent on invasive plant removal in the parks. She has talked to City staff regarding money already allocated for invasive plant removal in the right-of-way. She feels there is not enough for the parks.

Lael Prock, 7304 Island Crest Way, thanked the Council and staff for reaching out and finding someone to speak out about this proposal. He feels that $12 million is too much money. He believes this is a City problem and should not be an initiative process. He urged the Council to consider another way.

Ronald Kauffman, 8200 SE 56th Street, is opposed to the ivy initiative because he feels this is too much money for plant removal and open space acquisition.

Ira Appelman, Mercer Island Community Council, 6213 83rd Place SE, opposes the ivy initiative. He pointed out to the Council that only ordinances can be the subject of initiative petition and the ivy initiative does not contain an ordinance and cannot be passed in its current state.

After Council discussion the following motion was made:

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

Adopt Resolution No. 1318 as presented with amendments adding “biennial” in front of budget in the sixth “Whereas” clause and change the date to November 4, 2003 in the resolution statement, opposing the Ivy Initiative No. 03-01.

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

AB 3788 CCMV Project Implementation Actions
City Manager Rich Conrad detailed the actions requested of the Council for implementing the Community Center project.

Following Council discussion of the budget, amendments to the agreements with Miller Hull and Vanir Construction, Inc. the following motions were made:

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

Adopt the Community Center at Mercer View Project Budget of $13.1 million as proposed in AB 3788, Exhibit 1.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-1 (Councilmember Goldmanis dissenting).

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

Authorize the City Manager to execute the First Amendment to the Architectural and Engineering Services Agreement with Miller-Hull Partnership covering architectural services rendered up to June 16, 2003.

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

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

Authorize the City Manager to execute the Second Amendment to the Architectural and Engineering Services Agreement with Miller-Hull Partnership providing for design services for the new Community Center at Mercer View, such services not to exceed $1,255,316.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-1 (Councilmember Goldmanis dissenting).

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

Authorize the City Manager to execute a professional services agreement with Vanir Construction Management, Inc. for the Project Management Phase only as outlined in Agenda Bill 3788, Exhibit 5 and including project management services, cost estimate reviews, value engineering analysis and constructability review and construction schedule development in the amount of $161,988.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-1 (Councilmember Goldmanis dissenting).

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

Appropriate $2,400,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund for community center design and pre-construction activities including the project management and design services authorized by the City Council in the previous motions.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-1 (Councilmember Goldmanis dissenting).

No AB: Sound Transit I-90
Mayor Merkle asked the Council for unanimity for his signing of a letter showing support of R-8A to Sound Transit at the 1-90 Steering Committee meeting on July 17, 2003.

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

Authorize the Mayor to sign a letter expressing Mercer Island City Council support on R-8A to present to Sound Transit at the 1-90 Steering Committee meeting on July 17, 2003.

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

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Grausz was excused for being absent.

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

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

Confirm the Mayor’s appointment of Barry Massoudi to the Arts Council in Position No. 10 expiring in May 2006.

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

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Jahncke raised the issue of politics at Summer Celebration! He asked which political activities are allowed or are appropriate at the festival. He would like to know if there is a problem. And if there is he feels it needs to be defined before developing a policy.

Adjournment: 10:21 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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