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Monday, October 27, 2003

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:08 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, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Jim Pearman, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Mayor Merkle added an Executive Session to the agenda after regular business to discuss pending/potential litigation (RCW 43.30.110).

Regular Business

AB 3810: I-90 Issues: Center Roadway Operations; ETP Funding Proposal; Park-and-Ride Expansion
City Manager Rich Conrad gave an outline for the meeting’s agenda and introduced David Dye from the WSDOT and Agnes Govern and Paul Matsuoka from Sound Transit who were in attendance to present on the issues of the I-90 Center Roadway Expansion, the Eastside Transportation Program’s (ETP) Funding Proposal and the Mercer Island Park-and-Ride Expansion.

The Council discussed the issues and asked questions of the various representatives.

The Council directed Councilmembers Goldmanis and Cairns, the City’s ETP Representatives, to support the Sound Transit East Sub-Area Funds for I-90 High Capacity Transit and alternative R8a on behalf of the City of Mercer Island.

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

Direct the Mayor to send a letter to the Sound Transit Executive Board indicating the City of Mercer Island’s support for constructing approximately 451 parking stalls at the site of the current Park-and-Ride Lot using the “daylight basement” approach to include Sound Transit will work to mitigate the impacts to the neighborhood.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

The following edits to the amendment to the I-90 Memorandum of Agreement will be brought back to the Council for final review and passage:

“NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the parties agree to the following principles regarding future development of the I-90 facility between Seattle and Bellevue:
  1. Alternative R-8A with High Capacity Transit deployed in the center lanes is the ultimate configuration for I-90 in this segment;
  2. Construction of R8-A should occur as soon as possible as a first step to the ultimate configuration;
  3. Upon adoption of R8-A, move as quickly as possible to implement High Capacity Transit in the center lanes;
  4. Commit to the earliest possible conversion of center roadway to two-way High Capacity Transit operation based on outcome of studies including mobility loss to Mercer Island and funding approvals;
  5. Minimize construction impacts to the existing bicycle/pedestrian path, and maintain safe access to the path during construction;
  6. Maintain the existing width of the bicycle/pedestrian path and to install screen treatments to create a safe barrier between the path uses and vehicular traffic; and
  7. To the extent of any loss of mobility to and from Mercer Island, additional transit facilities and services such as additional bus service, parking, dedicated or otherwise, and other measures shall be identified and satisfactorily addressed for Mercer Island at the time the center roadway converts to High Capacity Transit.”
Executive Session:
At 8:44 pm, Council adjourned to Executive Session to discuss pending/potential litigation (RCW 43.30.110).

Adjournment: 9:32 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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