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Monday, November 17, 2003

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:36 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.

Appearances

Marty Gale, 9404 SE 54th Street, representing the Mercer Island Action Forum, asked the Council to withdraw the letter to Sound Transit regarding R8A and High Capacity Transit.

Walter Scott, 400 112th Ave, Bellevue, presented a petition to the City Council asking Sound Transit to build a noise barrier three times the height of the current barrier between the pike/pedestrian path and vehicle traffic on the East Channel Bridge.

Gordon Iwata, 2257 80th Ave SE, thanked the Council for discussing a restricted parking district for the North Mercer Neighborhood.

Russell Williams, 3811 West Mercer Way, discouraged the Council from agreeing to make the I-90 center lanes for high capacity transit only. He believes Mercer Island residents need the center lane access.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of November 3, 2003 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 709,904.28  
Payrolls: $ 438,009.85

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 7-0. ere

Regular Business

AB 3816: Public Hearing: Second Reading of an Ordinance for a Residential Parking District (RPD) in the North Mercer Neighborhood
Development Services Director Richard Hart clarified the major changes to the ordinance as directed by Council at their November 3, 2003 regular meeting:
  1. Review Period: Whether there should be a period of review of the impact of the RPD and a report back to Council within a specified time frame; and
  2. Expansion of Restricted Parking District: Whether the ordinance should provide discretion to the City Engineer to expand the limits of the RPD, should parking behavior resulting from the new restrictions negatively impact streets outside of the RPD.
Following questions of staff by the Council, the Mayor opened the public hearing.

There being no comments, the Mayor closed the public hearing.

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 03C-15, to establish a Restricted Parking District, in consideration of the unique issues presented by the Metro – Sound Transit Park and Ride lot overflow parking and the physical characteristics of the neighborhood streets impacted, limited to the same streets in the North Mercer neighborhood that are currently included in the existing Permit Parking program.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-1 (Mayor Merkle dissenting).

AB 3815: Public Hearing: Mid-Biennial Financial Review
Finance Director Joanne Sylvis presented the mid-biennial report for the 2003-2004 biennial budget. The report included the current and projected status of each of the City’s major revenues and expenditures. The ordinances needing adoption to increase the property tax for 2004 and the increase percent for the Luther Burbank Park Maintenance and Operations as voted on by Mercer Island residents. Utility Board Chairman Ron Kauffman presented the increases for the Water and Sewer Rates.

Following questions of staff by the Council, The Mayor opened the public hearing.

There being no comments, the Mayor closed the public hearing.

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 03-16 appropriating funds and fixing the amount of taxes to be levied for the year 2004.

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


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

Adopt Ordinance No. 03-17 authorizing an increase in property tax revenue for 2004.

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


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

Pass Resolution No. 1330 a resolution of the City of Mercer Island, Washington establishing classifications of water users and a schedule of charges for water usage, establishing a schedule of rates for fire service, establishing a schedule of special service charges, establishing meter and service installation charges, establishing connection charges for the City of Mercer Island effective January 1, 2004, and thereafter.

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


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

Pass Resolution No. 1331 a resolution of the City of Mercer Island, Washington establishing rates and connection charges for sewerage disposal services supplied by the City of Mercer Island effective January 1, 2004, and thereafter.

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


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

Adopt Ordinance No. 03-18 incorporating certain budget revisions to the 2003-2004 budget and amending Ordinance Nos. 02-13. 03-13, 03-05, and 03-12.

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


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

Appropriate $100,000 from the Water Fund to reflect the increase in cost for the purchase of water and to reflect the additional revenue received in 2003.

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


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

Appropriate $65,000 from the Stormwater Fund and $32,500 from the Sewer Fund for the emergency repairs required to the 84th Avenue Slide area.

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


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

Appropriate additional funds from the Trust Fund - $25,500 for the Thrift Shop computer system and $19,950 for a van for the VOICE program.

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


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

Appropriate $10,700 from the Municipal Arts Trust Fund for the final payment and sales tax owed on the Gallagher Hill Art project authorized in 2002.

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

AB 3817: Amendments to Initiative & Referendum (I/R) Powers - Consistency with State Laws (1st Reading)
City Attorney Londi Lindell explained the need for amending the Initiative and Referendum Powers of the Mercer Island Municipal Code to make them consistent with Washington state laws.

Council directed staff to return with Ordinance No. 03C-19 for a second reading and adoption at the December 1, 2003 City Council meeting.

AB 3819: I-90 Operations – R8A and HCT
City Manager Rich Conrad detailed the history of the draft letter regarding the City Council’s position on Alternative R8A and High Capacity Transit for the I-90 Center Roadway to be sent to decision makers in the Sound Transit area.

In light of the apparent breakdown in Council consensus regarding the draft letter, Mayor Merkle asked the Councilmembers to further discuss what the City Council’s position is on the I-90 Center Roadway alternatives.

Following discussion, the Council decided not send the letter and directed the City Manager to have a study session at the next meeting to discuss the I-90 Memorandum of Agreement Amendment.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
There were none.

Planning Schedule:
Add a Study Session to the December 1, 2003 Council meeting to discuss I-90 Operations - Memorandum of Agreement Amendment.

Board Appointments:
Bill Kreager will be on the Community Center Review Committee along with Councilmembers Goldmanis, Grausz, and Pearman, and citizens, John Ewald, Bruce Lorig, and Peter Orser.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Pearman re: Legislative Committee for AWC and Municipal Courts discussions.

Adjournment: 11:00 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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