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Monday, July 21, 2003

Call To Order

Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 7:31 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

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

Appearances

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Ave SE, is concerned about the safety of the teen volunteers that are going to be used to help build the bridge in Pioneer Park. He would like to see training on safety procedures for the volunteers for the project.

Minutes

Councilmember Goldmanis asked if stating “For the Record…” when making a statement means it will be put into the minutes. City Manager Rich Conrad and City Attorney Londi Lindell responded that the City follows the guidelines set forth by Washington state to only record action at a Council meeting.

Councilmember Jahncke would like to know why the Appearances of citizens and others are in such detail when Council discussion is not mentioned. City Clerk Tina Eggers responded that the appearances have been recorded according to practices of past City Councils.

Deputy Mayor Cairns asked to have a discussion regarding minutes as study session at an upcoming meeting.

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of July 7, 2003 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 918,220.48  
Payrolls: $ 485,698.69

AB 3784: ICMA Health Care Saving Accounts – Voluntary Employee Benefit: Adopt Resolution No. 1321 - The ICMA VantageCare Retirement Health Savings Voluntary Employee Benefit Program to become effective January 1, 2004.

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

AGENDA REORGANIZATION:

Deputy Mayor Cairns moved agenda items 5 (AB 3787) & 6 (AB 3786) to the first items of business.


AB 3786: Public Hearing: Acceptance and Pass-Through of 2004 CDBG Funds to ARCH
AB 3787: Public Hearing: Allocate 2003 CDBG Funds to East Village at Talus Project through ARCH

Development Services Group Director Richard Hart explained the history of Mercer Island’s involvement with ARCH (A Regional Coalition for Housing) and described the process of the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) pass-through funds for 2004.

Director Hart detailed the exact amount of funds from the 2003 pass-through funds being used for the East Village at Talus and ADU Demonstration projects.

The Deputy Mayor opened the Public Hearing for previously allocated ARCH Trust Funds to the East Village at Talus and ADU Demonstration projects and for the CDBG Pass-Through Funds.

There was no public comment.

The Deputy Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

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

Accept the 2004 CDBG pass-through estimates and adopt Resolution No. 1317 approving the year 2004 Community Development Block Grant Pass-Through funding allocation of $84,005 to ARCH.

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

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

Approve the use of $61,919 of ARCH Housing Trust Fund 2003 CDBG fund monies and $16,966 of ARCH Housing Trust Fund general fund monies, both previously allocated to ARCH, toward East Village at Talus located in Issaquah and to approve the use of $3034 of ARCH Housing Trust Fund general fund monies, previously allocated to ARCH, and $1966 from a loan repayment from St. Andrews for the Ellsworth House project toward the ADU Demonstration Project, as conditioned by the ARCH Executive Board.

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

AB 3785: LEOFF 1 Retiree Long-Term Care Obligation
Human Resources Manager Kryss Segle detailed the funding appropriation that is needed for Mercer Island’s first LEOFF 1 retiree long-term care expense claim in the amount of $58,146. The LEOFF 1 plan that covers the police officers and firefighters hired prior to October 1, 1977 requires the entity where the police officers and firefighters were hired to cover 100% of all medical costs deemed medically necessary.

Finance Director Joanne Sylvis explained why the long-tern care expenditure for $58,146 would come from the Contingency Fund.

After questions and discussion by the Council the following motion was made:

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

Approve the expenditure of $58,146 from the Contingency Fund for the long term care expenditure.

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

AB 3790 Six Month Financial Report
Finance Director Joanne Sylvis presented a review of the financial results for the first six months of 2003 for the General Fund, Utilities Funds, and the Capital Improvement Projects. Director Sylvis also presented an ordinance incorporating certain budget revisions to the 2003-2004 biennial budget. She also introduced a resolution requested by the State Auditors office setting the revenues and expenditures for all the funds for the 2003-2004 budget.

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

Move to adopt Ordinance No. 03-12, incorporating certain budget revisions to the 2003-2004 biennial budget, and amending Ordinance Nos. 02-13, 03-03, and 03-05 with the modification to the Criminal Justice Fund to increase $5,771 to $21,771 to reflect the $16,000 Emergency Management Grant.

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

Finance Director Joanne Sylvis will bring back a revised version of Resolution No. 1320 at the August 4, 2003 Council Meeting as a Consent Calendar item for adoption.

AB 3791 AT&T Wireless Communications Facilities Lease
City Attorney Londi Lindell explained that this item is to direct the City Manager to enter into telecommunication site lease agreement with AT&T for the co-location of a wireless communication facility on a Puget Sound Energy pole with an existing Nextel facility.

Councilmember Goldmanis recused himself as AT&T Wireless is a client.

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

Approve the Telecommunications Site Lease Agreement between the City and AT&T set forth in Exhibit 1 and direct the City Manager to execute this Lease simultaneously with the City’s issuance of a building permit to AT&T allowing co-location of a wireless communication facility in the 4600 block of Island Crest Way.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-0 (Councilmember Goldmanis recused himself).

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
No new absences were reported.

Planning Schedule:
Study Session for Minutes
MI High School Interlocal Agreement
Boys & Girls Club Agreement
Residential Parking Zone

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Grausz re: the MI High School Stadium Interlocal Agreement.

Councilmember Jahncke re: creating a Residential Parking Zone (RPZ) in the North-End neighborhood in light of the new Park and Ride Plans.

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

Direct the staff to go to the Planning Commission with a proposed ordinance to create a Residential Parking Zone in the North-End Neighborhood.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Failed 3-3 (Proponents of Motion: Councilmembers Goldmanis, Grausz, and Jahncke).

Councilmember Jahncke re: Boys & Girls Club Agreement.

Councilmember Grausz re: definition of illegal internally back-lit box signs.

Deputy Mayor Cairns re: I-90 Steering Committee unanimously deciding on R8A.

Adjournment: 10:30 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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