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Monday, May 17, 2004

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:07 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

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

Study Session

AB 3868: ULDC Amendments on Design Standards Outside of the Town Center
At the May 3rd Council meeting Council directed staff to prepare for a policy discussion about the extent and level of design review outside the Town Center. Development Services Director Richard Hart presented information to the City Council for discussion with staff regarding the specific areas of the proposed ordinance, which staff would review for modification, involving intent of the design standards, specificity, length, complexity, and thresholds for non-review. Following discussion Council directed staff to bring the amendments back at a later meeting for a first reading of the ordinance.

The Study Session was adjourned at 7:10 pm to Executive Session to discuss potential litigation under RCW 42.30.110 during the Councilís dinner break. The Executive Session ended at 7:50 pm and the Regular Meeting reconvened.

Appearances

There were none.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of May 3, 2004 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,573,797.74  
Payrolls: $ 460,720.25

AB 3872: 2004 Water System Improvements Bid Award (SE 42nd St/83rd Ave SE): Award the 2004 Water System Improvements Ė SE 42nd St/83rd Ave SE project to Earthwork Enterprises in the amount of $159,223.85. Appropriate $45,535.00 from the Water Fund, set the 2003-2004 biennium project budget to $265,535.00 and authorize staff to administer the contract.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Cairns 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 3867 Public Hearing: CO Zone Amendment to Allow Retirement Homes (1st Reading)
Principal Planner Gabe Snedeker described the proposed amendments to allow retirement homes as a permitted use in the Commercial Office Zone and answered questions from Council regarding the amendments.

Robert Thorpe, President of R.W. Thorpe and Associates, 705 Second Avenue, Suite 710, Seattle, concurs with staff and the Planning Commission on allowing retirement homes in the CO Zone.

Kristen Scott (Weber + Thompson Architects for ERA Care Communities) explained that ERA Care provides diverse housing types that are compatible with the Growth Management Act and that several uses already allowed in the CO Zone, such as health care services, special needs housing and schools, are compatible with a ERA Care retirement home community.

Eli & Rebecca Almo, 1325 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, thanked the Council, staff, and the Planning Commission for reviewing the proposed amendments to the CO Zone to allow retirement homes. They gave history and background information on ERA Care Communities.

Mayor Merkle opened the Public Hearing.

Alan Friedman, 3656 93rd Ave SE, believes the floor area ratio of the proposed retirement home in the CO Zone is too high.

Richard Aramburu, 505 Madison Street, Suite 206, Seattle, representing residents of East Mercer Park and Watercourse Place, opposes the proposed amendments to the CO Zone. He asked the Council either to reject to significantly modify the amendments as the CO Zone is not a desirable location for a retirement home.

Arne Carson, 3645 93rd Ave SE, urged the Council to walk the property. He feels that staff has ignored many issues in the determination of non-significance.

Janet Wegner, 9312 SE 36th Street, read a letter from Pastor Jim Fergin (9316 SE 36th Street) stating that the retirement home will put too many people in a small space and will change the aesthetics of the neighborhood.

Ricardo Wegner, 9312 SE 36th Street, concerned that there is no language in the amendments protecting the greenbelt.

Anne Arakaki-Lock, 9150 Fortuna Drive, representing Covenant Shores, stated that the waiting list is long, but people come to Covenant shore for the quality of the service. She stated that she is concerned with competition for staffing.

Arthur Mendelsohn, 8418 SE 47th Street, Has stated that the Council needs to decide what the benefit of the facility would be to Mercer Island and the greater community. He believes it is a non-polluting entity, it will contribute to the prosperity of the community, and it will enhance the tax base.

James Peterson, 6815 84th Ave SE, spoke as a consumer and a potential customer urged the Council to pass the amendments as he would like to stay on the Island.

Dan Hungate, 7414 92nd Ave SE, stated that retirement housing is very much in need. He highly recommends ERA Care.

Joe Wald, Covenant Shores Resident, expressed his opinion regarding a new retirement home in the CO Zone.

Howard Miller, 4848 East Mercer Way, stated that the CO zone has changed over the years as the community has changed. He highly recommends ERA Care.

Jay Forsyth, 3641 93rd Ave SE, urged the Council to view the retirement home as a potential investment, but is concerned about traffic control.

Connie Foseid, 8632 SE 63rd Street, would like to be able to move into retirement home and stay on Mercer Island.

Mayor Merkle closed the Public Hearing.

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

Extend the Council meeting by one hour, until 11:30 pm.

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

Following discussion staff was directed to bring back the proposed Ordinance No. 04C-10 with amendments for the CO Zone Amendment to Allow Retirement Homes for adoption at the June 7, 2004 Council meeting.

AB 3871 Adoption of the Updated Transportation Plan
It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Adopt the proposed 2005-2010 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan.

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

AB 3870 Jail Administration Interlocal Agreement
It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Authorize the City Manager to enter into the Interlocal Agreement for Jail Administration in order to provide for the management of the City of Mercer Islandís jail populations among the Yakima Jail Facility, King County Jail Facility and City of Renton Jail Facility and appoint Jim Pearman as Mercer Islandís 2004 Assembly Member.

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

AB 3869 AT&T Telecommunications Lease Amendment
It was moved by Councilmember Cairns; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

  1. 5017 Lease. Direct the City Manager to enter into the Telecommunications Site Lease Agreement covering the existing wireless communication facility located at 5017 90th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, requiring the undergrounding of the equipment cabinet, increasing the size of such underground equipment cabinet but not modifying the existing utility pole and/or antennas (with revised page 5).
  2. First Amendment. Direct the City Manager to enter into the First Amendment to the 4621 Lease covering the existing wireless communication facility located at 4621 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island, increasing the size of the underground equipment cabinet but not modifying the existing utility pole and/or antennas.
The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Pearman will be absent June 7th & June 14th, 2004.
Councilmember Grausz will be absent July 19th, 2004.

Planning Schedule:
I-90 Memorandum of Agreement
Public Safety Communications Center
June 21st & July 6th have longer meetings, start at 6:00 pm

Board Appointments:
Mayor Merkle appointed the following members to the Comp Plan Update Stakeholders Group:

  • Bryan Cairns (Council Representative)
  • Jarrod Lewis (Planning Commission Representative)
  • Susan Blake (Original GMA Comp Plan Representative)
  • Randy Keeler (Builder/Contractor Representative)
  • Emmett Maloof (Chamber of Commerce/Business Representative)
  • Leslie Bain (Architect/Professional Services Representative)
  • Steve Bryan (At-Large/Former Planning Commissioner)

Councilmember Reports:
Appointments to salary commission: Litzow Pearman: signs for relocating businesses

Adjournment: 11:16 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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