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Monday, March 01, 2004

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:40 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, Jim Pearman, and Mayor Alan Merkle (arrived 7:41 pm) were present.


Jim Olson, 8821 SE 55th Place, was on hand to answer any questions from the Council regarding the Parkwood Estates property transfer.

Tom Donahue, 2284 78th Ave SE, is pleased with the design and plans for the Park-and-Ride. He would like to the Park-and-Ride moved into the Town Center on the south side of the greenbelt.

Robert Thorpe, 5800 West Mercer Way, expressed his opinion that the “Ivy Initiative” will not solve the problem of invasives.

Gordon Iwata, 2257 80th Ave SE, on behalf of ITAC, commended the City of the process of expanding the Park-and-Ride and thanked the Council for having neighborhood involvement.


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

Approve the Study Session and Regular Meeting Minutes of February 17, 2004 as amended:
Item 4, Top of Page 3, “Councilmember Goldmanis moved to reject the Starbucks developer agreement. The motion died for lack of second.”

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

It was the consensus of the Council to include motions that died for a lack of a second in the minutes.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 350,447.13  
Payrolls: $ 446,199.32

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

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

Regular Business

AB 3846 Parkwood Estates Transfer of Property
City Attorney Londi Lindell detailed the history of the Parkwood Estates Recreation Tract. The Parkwood Homeowner Association would like to transfer the property fee simple to the City of Mercer Island to lower the cost of the insurance premium for the tract.

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

Direct City Attorney to accept and record quit claim deed transferring fee simple interest in the Parkwood Recreation Tract to the City.

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

AB 3845 Information on Public Safety Dispatch Center (Tour, Presentation and Discussion)
Public Safety Director Ron Elsoe, Services Commander Al Lacy, Operations Commander Ed Holmes, and Fire Commander Walt Mauldin presented information about the history, duties, activity levels, and budget of the current Mercer Island Dispatch Center. Staff then gave the Council a tour of the facilities including the records room.

Staff explained the staffing challenges and technology issues that the Dispatch Center is facing and the results of the departmental study that was done to determine possible options for the center. Data was presented for 5 different options as they related to effective service delivery, economic feasibility, administrative feasibility, and Mercer Island command and control.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
There were none.

Planning Schedule:
June 21, 2004: Award Demolition of CCMV Contract and 100% Construction Documents and Authorization to go to Bid.

Board Appointments:
Mayor Merkle appointed Councilmember Pearman to the Community Center Art Committee.

Councilmember Reports:
City Manager Rich Conrad reported on the timeline for the Community Center Project and tenant improvements for the Luther Burbank building.

Adjournment: 11:32 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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