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Wednesday, February 04, 2004

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 Brian Cairns, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Jim Pearman, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. Councilmember El Jahncke was absent.

Appearances

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, urged the Council to hold the annual retreat on Mercer Island to save money and foster citizen participation.

Kim Amphlett, 3434 97th Ave SE, Steve Burgess, 3508 96th Ave SE, James Lee, 3425 97th Ave SE, and Jennifer Byrne, 3424 97th Ave SE, asked the Council to help their neighborhood work with WSDOT to reduce the noise levels from I-90 traffic. WSDOT has tested the area and determined there to be a noise problem, but has no plans to abate the problem.

Robert Thorpe, 5800 West Mercer Way, asked the Council to be good guardians of budget for the new Community Center.

Jake Solomon, Co-Chair of the Puget Sound Regional Monorail Project presented a plan to the City Council for Personal Rapid Transit as an alternative to light rail for the Puget Sound area.

Minutes

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

Approve the Revised Regular Meeting Minutes of January 5, 2004 and the Regular Meeting Minutes of January 20, 2004 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,394,120.33  
Payroll: $ 432,467.85

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Cairns 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 3836 Public Hearing: Allocate 2004 ARCH Housing Trust Funds to Issaquah Highlands Project CDBG Pass-Through Funds
Development Services Director Richard Hart presented the recommendations from the ARCH Executive Board Housing Trust Fund to allocate the Cityís 2004 Community Development Block Grant Funds will be allocated to the Issaquah Highlands project and the 2004 ARCH Housing Trust Funds will be allocated to the ARCH Homebuyer Assistance Program.

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing.

Robert Thorpe, 5800 West Mercer Way, asked the Council to continue to support ARCH.

The Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

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

Approve the use of $22,788 of 2004 CDBG fund monies, previously allocated to ARCH, toward Issaquah Highland Project located in Issaquah, except, if King County 2004 entitlement award from HUD is decreased, this CDBG award shall be decreased, as set forth in the Cityís contingency plan agreement with King County, for use of 2004 CDBG funds; and to approve the use of $12,500 of ARCH Housing Trust Fund general fund monies, previously allocated to ARCH, toward the Eastside Homebuyers Financial Assistance Program, as conditioned by the ARCH Executive Board.

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

AB 3835 ARCH Work Program & Budget for 2004
Development Services Director Richard Hart presented the 2004 ARCH Work program and budget for approval by the City Council.

Art Sullivan, ARCH Executive Director, answered questions from the Council regarding the program budget.

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

Approve the ARCH 2004 Work Program and Budget and authorize expenditure of $22,759 for Mercer Islandís contribution to the ARCH Administrative Budget.

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

AB 3834 Municipal Court Ordinance
City Attorney Londi Lindell presented an ordinance for the formation of the Mercer Island Municipal Court. She explained some of the logistics and costs that will be factored into the Management and Budget Policies for the 2005-2006 biennial budget.

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 04C-01 resulting in the formation of the Mercer Island Municipal Court.

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

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Excuse Councilmember El Jahncke from tonightís meeting.

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

Planning Schedule:
Move the April 5th, 2004 Regular Meeting to March 29th, 2004 in observance of Passover

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Goldmanis re: Open Space Conservancy Trust transferring of lands, putting the Park-and Ride Lot and the Community Center Updates on the planning schedule and Affordable Housing.

Adjournment: 9:23 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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