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Monday, November 03, 2003

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:30 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.

Special Business

Mayor Alan Merkle read a resolution acknowledging the first official academic exchange for a student from Thonon les Bains. Stephanie Poitevin thanked the Council, her host family, and Monica Howell for making her exchange to Mercer Island possible and successful.

Appearances

Pat Hagen, 8420 SE 33rd Place, believes the neighbors of Clise Park should have been notified of the zoning changes allowing wireless code facilities in Clise Park and that their remarks should have been taken into account.

Agenda Addition

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

Add an agenda item to the end of Regular Business to discuss a draft letter from the City Council to various elected officials throughout the Sound Transit Area.

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

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of October 13, 2003 as written.

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of October 27, 2003 as amended.
Page 1, AB 3810, last paragraph:
“The following edits to the amendment to the I-90 Memorandum of Agreement were proposed by will be brought back to the Council before for final review and passage:…”


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

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,740,044.69 (10/17/03)  
Payrolls: $ 433,052.14 (10/17/03) $ 441,533.04 (10/31/03)

AB 3812: Stipulation Re: SE 28th Street Quiet Title Action: Direct the City Manager to execute the Stipulation, Easement and Quit Claim Deed

AB 3811: Set Date for Public Hearing to Review Planning Commission’s Recommendations Re Beckes Formal Subdivision: Set public hearing date for the proposed Beckes Long Plat for December 1, 2003.

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

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

Regular Business

No AB: Community Center Monthly Verbal Update
City Manager Rich Conrad gave a brief update of the current status of the Community Center Project regarding the traffic study, the HVAC system analysis, the design development stage, the project’s presence on the website, the detention pond on the SE corner of the lot, and the Design Commission’s recommendations.

AB 3799: Public Hearing: Council Request for Adoption of a Restricted Parking District (RPD) in the North Mercer Neighborhood (1st Reading)
Development Services Director Richard Hart explained the history that led to the potential of creating a residential parking district in the North Mercer neighborhood to the City Council.

Director Hart also detailed the impacts of a residential parking district as follows:

  • Mercer Island residents living outside of the area will be displaced from not being able to use on-street parking under the current Permit Parking Program when the Park and Ride lot is full.
  • Adoption of the RPD may cause some additional impacts to on street parking in the Town Center by Mercer Island residents, when the Park and Ride lot is full.
  • There will be some minor administrative costs of implementation of a new RPD permit system for printing and installing signage and purchase of permit stickers.
The Mayor opened the public hearing.

Tom Donahue, 2284 78th Ave SE, stated that a residential parking district was supposed to be implemented a long time ago and feels that the neighborhood does not wan to wait any longer. He would like to give City staff the authority to reduce or increase the size of the RPD without having to have the City Council’s approval.

The Mayor closed the public hearing.

The Council discussed the need for a review period at either six or twelve months after the ordinance has been adopted.

The Council directed the staff to bring a recommended ordinance for adoption for a residential parking district for the North Mercer neighborhood.

AB 3809: Interlocal Agreement for Regional Affordable Housing Program (RAHP)
Development Services Director Richard Hart explained the Regional Affordable Housing Program (RAHP)/SHB 2060 that was passed in the 2002 state legislative session that provides a new revenue source for affordable housing from a $10 document recording fee. The King County Council has adopted an Interlocal Agreement and Program Guidelines to implement a program within King County through 2006. Mercer Island is being asked to join other Cities and King County in the Interlocal Agreement.

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

Authorize the City Manager to sign the 2003-2006 Interlocal Agreement with King County for the Regional Affordable Housing Program.

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

AB 3797: Veteran’s Recognition Project
Recreation Supervisor Jennifer Berner introduced Arts Council Chair Susan Landon who presented the conclusion of Veteran’s recognition project. She recapped the history and process of the Veteran’s project and the outcomes of the public meetings that were held for input on the project and the Public Art Acquisition procedure.

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

Move forward with the physical structure only for the Veteran’s memorial proposal as presented by the Arts Council and have a public meeting facilitated by the City Council in reference to the verbiage for the structure.

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

Amend the motion to read:
Move forward with the physical structure only for the Veteran’s memorial proposal as presented by the Arts Council and have a public meeting facilitated by the ArtsCity Council in reference to the verbiage for the structure.


The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-1 (Councilmember Jahncke dissented).

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-2 (Councilmembers Blake and Jahncke dissented).

AB 3814: Community Center Review Committee
City Manager Rich Conrad reviewed the direction from the Council to create a Project Review Committee for the Community Center project and direction from the Mayor include three Councilmembers (Goldmanis, Grausz, and Pearman) along with “a few high value added” members of the community on the committee. City Manager Conrad presented draft a “charter” outlining the need, purpose, structure and parameters of the committee’s work.

Mayor Merkle reported that three Island citizens (Peter Orser, John Ewald, and Bruce Lorig) have accepted positions on the review committee and one has yet to respond.

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

Approve the creation of the Community Center Project Review Committee as shown in AB 3814.

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

No AB: Draft Letter to the Elected Officials in the Sound Transit Area from the Mercer Island City Council
Councilmember Grausz remarked on a draft letter to communicate the City of Mercer Island’s position on I-90 operations (RA8 Alternative and High Capacity Transit) to decision makers in the Sound Transit area.

Following discussion the Mayor declared that there was consensus of the Council to sign the letter.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
There were none.

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

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

Affirm the Mayor’s appointment of Callie Ridolfi to the Civil Engineer position on the Design Commission.

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

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment: 11:10 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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