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Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Call To Order

Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 6:00 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.

Study Session

AB 3800: Sewer Lake Line Replacement Project
Assistant City Engineer Anne Tonella-Howe and Jeff Lykken from Tetra Tech/KCM explained the current status of the Sewer Lake Line Replacement Project. They detailed each of the options for replacing the line that were determined at a meeting in June with staff, Tetra Tech/KCM, and the environmental and permitting agencies.

As all the project alternatives are refined, the Council asked for more information about the implications of a “no action” alternative.

The Study Session was adjourned at 7:09 pm. The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:33 pm.


Marguerite Sutherland, 5425 96th Ave SE, talked of her experience and involvement in cleaning up and maintaining various Mercer Island parks and open spaces. She is willing to work out a compromise with the City Council regarding the Parks & Open Space Initiative Petition.

Scott McMurray, 3623 74th Ave SE, reminded the Council that one year ago he asked for a reforestation plan for Mercer Island Parks & Open Spaces and is happy with the Pioneer Park forest management plan that was presented at the previous Council Meeting. He would like to see that plan implemented all over the Island including Luther Burbank Park


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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of August 4, 2003 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,765,791.08  
Payrolls: $ 486,349.71 (08/08/03) $ 470,954.81 (08/22/03)

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Grausz 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 3798: Approval of MI High School Stadium Interlocal Agreement
Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer detailed the final version of the Interlocal Agreement for joint development, scheduling, use and operation of the Mercer Island High School Stadium.

Following questions and discussion the Council passed the motion below:

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

Direct the City Manager to enter into the Interlocal Agreement (AB 3798, Exhibit 1), which upon Mercer Island School Board approval, provides for the joint development, scheduling, use, and operation of the Mercer Island High School Stadium, inserting “and supervision fees” to Section 9.C. after “…a minimum thirty percent (30%) discount on such rental fees…”

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

AB 3796: Operations and Maintenance Funding for Luther Burbank Park
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds and Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer presented the background and history regarding Luther Burbank Park. If the Council wishes to raise property taxes to pay for maintaining the park, September 19, 2003 is the deadline for submission of ballot measure for the November 4th election.

Four options were presented to the Council for Operations and Maintenance (O&M) funding for Luther Burbank Park:

  • Voted Levy Lid Lift of the property tax for Luther Burbank Park O&M at $400,000 per year.
  • Voted Levy Lid Lift of the property tax for Luther Burbank Park O&M at $400,000 for six years,
  • Council decision to use “banked capacity” of previously un-levied property taxes.
  • Shift revenue to Luther Burbank by reducing services or programs elsewhere.
Councilmembers questioned staff about providing some level of maintenance in the open space portion of the park known as Upper Luther Burbank Park.

Discussion ensued, a proposition to add $15, 000 per year for Upper Luther Burbank Park was made, and the following motion was voted on:

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

  1. Submit the question of new revenue in the annual amount of $415,000 for the specific purpose of paying for existing and future expenses for a period of six years to maintain and operate upper and lower Luther Burbank Park at the above described levels of service to the voters of Mercer Island, and to do so,
  2. Pass (Version 2) Ordinance No. 03-14, amended as follows:
    (i). Delete the sentence “The maximum allowable levy in year six shall be used to compute future increases under RCW 84.55.010” from the Proposition in the ordinance, the notice to voters and official ballot title for the Levy for Luther Burbank Park Operations and Maintenance; and
    (ii). Amend Section 3, the proposition in the ordinance, the notice to voters and official ballot title to increase the first year tax increase to $.0662 per thousand of assessed value in order to produce $415,000 per year. (Effect: Places the question on the November 4th general election ballot.)
The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 6-0.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
There were no new absences.

Planning Schedule:
Move the October 6 Meeting to Monday, October 13, 2003.
Councilmember Goldmanis would like to put an item on the agenda for the October 13, 2003 Council meeting to create a citizen oversight committee for the community center
Councilmember Grausz would like staff to draft an ordinance as a potential alternative to the ivy initiative without exact numbers for the Council to approve or reject. There were four Councilmember votes against the drafting of an ordinance.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment: 9:58 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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