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Thursday, January 09, 2003


Open Space Trust Board members present
Marguerite Sutherland, Chairperson, Ira Appelman, Bill Duvall, Jim Pearman, Gail Magnuson, Jim Owens

Open Space Trust Board members absent
Rita Moore

Paul West, Arborist, Stephanie Cangie, Administrative Assistant


There were no public appearances.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of September 5, 2002 were unanimously approved.

Old Business

Update on Quarrles-Altman Property
Paul West reported that as of January 3, 2003, the City owns the approximate two-acre Quarrles parcel. Negotiations continue for a trail easement across the Altman property. Paul has been talking to bridge manufacturers and has a good idea where the bridge will be installed. The bridge will be installed near the promontory where the trail dead-ends at the overlook. The trail would travel downstream about 50 feet and the bridge will cross there. The new signs in the northeast quadrant show the trail connection. Paul has put a sticker on the sign to cover up the connection until there is a bridge.

Trustee Appelman suggested staff should move forward to have the bridge designed. Paul advised that permitting from the City’s Development Services Group will be required and this will take a few months. The design of the bridge has been budgeted and approved by City Council. Paul stated the building of the bridge could not happen before April 1. Trustee Duvall remarked that equipment needed to build the bridge could not go across the easement without the owners’ authorization. The design will cost approximately $4,000 and the construction of the bridge $25,000-30,000.

Motion made by Trustee Appelman that staff report back to the Trust Board at its February 6, 2003 meeting with information regarding the necessary steps to be taken to prepare for the building of the bridge.

Motion seconded by Trustee Owens. Unanimously approved.

Forest Management Plan
Paul passed out a draft-to-date of the Forest Management Plan. Paul requested comments from the Board on the Community Resource Section on Page 9. The question is who might potentially contribute to Pioneer Park’s management, i.e. time, planning, financial, advocacy. The idea of community support is very broad; there are many types of support. Paul wants the potential resources to be defined in the Management Plan so a plan can be set forth to garner this potential support. Paul asked the Board to also review and give feedback on the hazard tree section.

Upon questioning from Trustee Owens, Paul commented that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required unless there is a change in use or significant clearing. He further informed the Board that a stream survey was done by Sheldon and Associates. The survey indicated that the stream in the Northeast quadrant is not a salmon-bearing stream; there are significant barriers to salmon passage. There has been significant stabilization in the stream such as rip-rap, dams, and bank armouring. It’s not a natural watercourse any longer, although still a high quality habitat.

Chairman Sutherland reported that the Trillium’s first draft should be ready by the February 6, 2003 meeting.

New Business

Annual Reports 2001 and 2002
Paul reminded the Board that the Trust needs to report to City Council once a year. The Board still owes a report for 2001 and 2002. The report needs to be scheduled on a City Council agenda. It is a short written summary of activities. Trustee Owens offered to help write the report for 2002.

2003 Work Plan

  • Waterline
    The City’s Utility Department is replacing a water line on SE 68th in front of the QFC lot. The City is considering whether to put the water line on the south side or the north side of the street. If they choose to put it on the north side of the street and replace it outside of the right-of-way, they need to get permission from the Trust Board. The current water line is on the north side of the street. The City would prefer to install the new water line on the south side so service would not be interrupted.

  • Policy on Public Art in Pioneer Park
    Paul reported that the Mercer Island Arts Council is finalizing a policy regarding memorial art. Part of that policy is identifying potential sites for public art on Mercer Island. Historically, Pioneer Park has been highlighted as a potential place for memorial art. In the future, there is the possibility that the Arts Council would approach the Trust Board to discuss siting art in Pioneer Park. Paul reminded the Board that in the Master Plan art was mentioned in Option B, but all of Option B was eliminated after the public process. The final master plan was amended with a provision that the master plan could be revised on an annual basis and that requests for amendments to the master plan be submitted by the end of June of any year and action taken by the Trust Board by the end of the year.

    Trustee Owens suggested that the Trust Board take on the task of developing a policy concerning public art pre-emptive of any request. Trustee Owens asked staff to review the minutes of 2001 to revisit the Board’s opinion on public art in Pioneer Park. This would provide some basis for developing a policy. Trustee Appelman stated that he had favored some type of public art inside the park to draw people in. He suggested that the Trust Board develop the policy in cooperation with the Arts Council.

  • Inner Paths
    Trustee Pearman reported that the material brought in to surface the inner paths of the northwest quadrant has made the trails worse. Paul will discuss this with the contractor. Paul indicated that when the interior trail was graded it became the low spot. The material brought in is sandy with some organics.

    Trustee Appelman indicated that in the northeast quadrant on the ravine trail there is a serious drainage problem on the sides of the boardwalk. Also, at the beginning of the bridge trail, there is another drainage problem. The ravine trail held up well after two weeks of rain. After the recent wind storm, there was some debris on the trails but most trails held up well. Paul reported that after the recent storms 16 downed trees have been removed in the southeast quadrant by the parks maintenance department.

    Trustee Appelman suggested a small, rustic sign be installed showing the direction of the ravine trail.

Off Agenda Items

Pioneer Park Dedication Ceremony
Trustee Owens thanked staff for helping with the Pioneer Park dedication ceremony, especially providing the cider press. It was also noted that five City Council members attended.

Election of Officers
The election of officers will be held at the February 6, 2003 meeting.


The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m. Next meeting is to be held Thursday, February 6, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall in the District Court Room.

[Important Note: The proceedings of the Open Space Trust Board meeting were recorded on tape and are filed in the Parks & Rec Department. The complete agenda and official minutes of this meeting are also filed in the Parks & Rec Department.]


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