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Monday, June 07, 2004

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:35 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, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. Councilmember Steve Litzow and Jim Pearman were absent.

Special Business

City Manager Rich Conrad explained the various projects within the Egov Alliance. Building Official Crystal Kolke explained that in February 2004 the City of Mercer Island and the Egov Alliance were presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Digital Government Award by Washington Software Association (WSA) for

WSA Director of Public & Government Affairs, Lew McMurran, presented the award to Mayor Merkle and the City Council stating that this was the first time the award has been given to a local government entity. Mayor Merkle praised Rich Conrad for his pioneering work with the Egov Alliance


Mike Pattison, Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, 335 116th Ave SE, Bellevue, expressed concern regarding the requirement of fire sprinklers in buildings over 500 square feet. He stated that the changes are expensive and that no other jurisdictions in the area have this requirement.

Arne Carson, 3645 93rd Ave SE, stated that there are many residential property owners adjacent to the CO zone who would like to comment on the amendments.

Kristin Scott, Weber Thompson Architects representing ERA Care Communities, reminded the Council that the building will not be massive, that this is a text code amendment for the entire zone not just the proposed property and that through the design review process they will mitigate any negative impacts on the neighborhood.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 372,281.51  
Payrolls: $ 469,119.17

AB 3878: Comcast Basic Cable Rate for 2004: Adopt Resolution No. 1355, establishing maximum permitted rates for basic cable service, installation and equipment charges by Comcast effective July 1, 2004.

AB 3876: Emergency Purchase of Equipment: Appropriate $20,252 from the Equipment Rental Fund for the emergency replacement of the Maintenance Departmentís asphalt roller (equipment #223) and utility trailer (equipment #198.1), and the Parks and Recreation Departmentís utility trailer (equipment #142).

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 5-0.


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

Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of May 17, 2004 as amended:

Page 3, Item 7, 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 for the Jail Administration Assembly pursuant to the Interlocal Agreement.

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

Page 4, Councilmembers Reports:
Appointments to salary commission: Litzow
Pearman: signs for relocating businesses

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Regular Business

AB 3879: Adoption of Construction Codes and Development & Construction Fee Resolution
Building Official Crystal Kolke presented the amendments and additions to the construction codes for Mercer Island and the resolution for development and construction fees.

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 04C-12 to adopt and amend the new construction codes, and Adopt Resolution No. 1336 to clarify permit fees.

Councilmember Cairns withdrew the motion.

Council directed staff bring back AB 3879 (Adoption of Construction Codes and Development & Construction Fee Resolution) on the Consent Calendar at the June 14th Council Meeting with detailed information regarding the changes (made by the City of Mercer Island) to the new construction codes.

AB 3875: CO Zone Code Amendment to Allow Retirement Homes (2nd Reading)
Principal Planner Gabe Snedeker presented further information on density, roof appurtenances, setback, parking requirements and building massing and modulation, as directed by Council, for the second reading of Ordinance No. 02C-10 amending the CO Zone requirements to allow retirement homes and care services.

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 04C-10 amending the Commercial Office Zone regulations to establish Care Services as a permitted use and establish revised development and parking standards.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 4-1 (Councilmember Grausz dissented).

Councilmember Grausz proposed a motion to revise Ordinance 04C-10 to include a maximum density of 40 units per acre. The motion died for a lack of a second.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmembers Litzow & Pearman was absent. It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke and seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to excuse the absence. The motion passed 5-0.

Planning Schedule:
Special Meeting of June 14th, 2004 for Budget and Construction Codes.

Board Appointments:
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Confirm the Mayorís Annual Board & Commission appointments as presented.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-0.

Arts Council
Erin Curtiss, Position 5, Term 2008
Sandra Schilling, Position 6, Term 2008

Design Commission
George Wittman, Position 3, Term 2008
Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, Position 4, Term 2008

Open Space Conservancy Trust
Don Cohen, Position 1, Term 2008
Diane Kinman, Position 5, Term 2008

Planning Commission
Douglas Rigby, Position 3, Term 2008
Jarrod Lewis, Position 4, Term 2008

Utility Board
Benjamin Levie, Position 1, Term 2008
Joel Massmann, Position 2, Term 2008

Youth & Family Services Advisory Board
Bill Bell, Position 5, Term 2007
Amber Curnow, Position 6, Term 2007
Kim Nakano, Position 7, Term 2007
Brianne Fitzpatrick, Term 2006
Brian Tolken, Term 2006
Grace Wandell, Term 2006
Casey York, Term 2006
Sam Chasen, Term 2006

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment to Executive Session: 10:03 pm

Adjournment: 10:38 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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