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Monday, January 05, 2004

Call To Order

Acting City Clerk Ali Spietz called the meeting to order at 7:31 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Brian Cairns, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Alan Merkle, and Jim Pearman were present.

Special Business

AB 3830: Oath of Office/Mayoral Election
Acting City Clerk Ali Spietz administered the Oaths of Office to the recently elected Councilmembers: Brian Cairns, Sven Goldmanis, El Jahncke, and Steve Litzow.

Ms. Spietz then conducted the election of the Mayor. Councilmember Cairns nominated Councilmember Merkle to serve as Mayor. Councilmember Goldmanis nominated Councilmember Cairns to serve as Mayor. Councilmember Litzow nominated Councilmember Goldmanis to serve as Mayor.

There being more than one nomination, a written ballot was cast to decide among those nominated who shall be elected. The results of the written ballot elected Councilmember Alan Merkle as Mayor for 2004-2005 in a vote of 5-2. The Councilmembers voted as follows:
Cairns: Merkle
Goldmanis: Cairns
Grausz: Merkle
Jahncke: Merkle
Litzow: Cairns
Merkle: Merkle
Pearman: Merkle

Ms. Spietz then administered the Oath of Office to Mayor Merkle and immediately turned the meeting over to him.

Mayor Merkle conducted the election of the Deputy Mayor. Mayor Merkle nominated Councilmember Cairns to serve as Deputy Mayor. Councilmember Litzow nominated Councilmember Goldmanis to serve as Deputy Mayor. Councilmember Goldmanis nominated Councilmember Grausz to serve as Deputy Mayor.

There being more than one nomination, a written ballot was cast to decide among those nominated who shall be elected. The results of the written ballot elected Councilmember Bryan Cairns as Deputy Mayor for 2004-2005 in a vote of 4-3. The Councilmembers voted as follows:
Cairns: Cairns
Goldmanis: Goldmanis
Grausz: Cairns
Jahncke: Goldmanis
Litzow: Goldmanis
Merkle: Cairns
Pearman: Cairns

Mayor Merkle addressed the audience and the Council regarding the Council Priorities for the upcoming year and the many changes to the Island beginning this year with new construction and development in the Town Center.

Agenda Addition

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

Add an agenda item to the end of regular business to possibly give staff direction regarding cell towers in Clise Park and the Wireless Communications Facilities Ordinance.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 3-4 (Proponents of the motion Councilmembers Grausz, Jahncke and Mayor Merkle)

Appearances

John Rose, 3066 67th Ave SE, discussed his comments he submitted in writing to the Council regarding plans for new gyms at the Community Center at Mercerview and at the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club.

Marguerite Sutherland, 5425 96th Ave SE, asked the Council to reconsider the cell tower to be placed in Clise Park so trees do not have to be topped. She suggested that the Wireless Communication Facilities ordinance be changed so the monopole height could be extended and to have the vault above ground.

Kevin Larkin, 9356 Mercerwood Drive, asked the City Council to seriously consider installing sidewalks on all of the Mercer Ways around the Island to increase safety.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of December 15, 2003 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 467,899.42  
Payrolls: $ 442,745.14

It was moved by Councilmember Pearman; 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 acknowledged that 100% of the Design Development phase is complete. The Design Commission and the Project Review Committee will review the Design Development drawings and they will be before the entire Council at the January 20, 2004 Meeting. He stated that the project is on schedule and under budget.

At their next meeting, the Project Review Committee will discuss the following:
  • a final recommendation of the detention pond;
  • site grading issues;
  • the traffic study and the results; and
  • the value engineering proposals from the schematic design phase.

AB 3832: AT&T Site Lease Amendments Wireless Communication Facility at South Fire Station
Councilmember Litzow recused himself from this item as AT&T wireless is one of his clients.

City Attorney Londi Lindell described the changes in the amendment to the AT&T Site Lease at 8473 SE 68th Street (behind the South Fire Station) to expand the existing cabinet area and to bury the equipment at the site.

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

Direct the City Manager to execute the Amendment to the AT&T Site Lease Agreement attached as Exhibit 3 to AB 3832.

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

Require AT&T to remove all existing wireless communication facilities upon the termination of the lease and return the site to its preexisting condition.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-0-1 (Councilmember Litzow recused himself).

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 6-0-1 (Councilmember Litzow recused himself).

AB 3831: Open Space/Vegetation Analysis Interim Status Report
Parks Arborist Paul West presented the Mercer Island Invasive Plant Study Progress Report to the City Council. He highlighted the different kinds of invasives on Mercer Island, what public property was covered in the report and the design of the study. Finally he presented the analysis of the study, the cost of invasive removal, and the comparison of the costs with the Ivy Initiative.

Following discussion, Council directed staff to develop a recommendation that would identify the process city staff would undertake, the time frame, and the resources that are needed to preserve the open spaces and parks from invasive species with any plans for implementation or costs associated with the preservation.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
There were none.

Planning Schedule:
2004 City Council Annual Retreat: March 5-7, 2004. Rhonda Hilyer from Agreement Dynamics will facilitate the meeting.
2004 Council Liaison appointments will be made at the January 20, 2004 meeting.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment: 10:33 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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