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Monday, June 21, 2004

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:33 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.

Special Business

Mayor Merkle presented the Citizen of the Year award to Myra Lupton for her dedication to Mercer Island. Myra Lupton thanked the Council for the recognition. She also thanked the Parks and Recreation staff for putting together the farewell and ground-breaking ceremony at the Community Center at Mercer View on June 19, 2004.

It was the consensus of the Council to move AB 3877 (Amendment to the 1976 I-90 Memorandum of Agreement) to the first item of Regular Business.

Appearances

Glen Sparrow, 2220 82nd Ave SE, asked the Council to consider revise the grading plan for the new Community Center as is will remove two playfields.

John Rose, 3066 67th Ave SE, requested that the Council consider using different flooring for the new gym so more multi-purpose events could be held there.

John Ewald, 4103 Boulevard Place, thanked the Council for the farewell and ground-breaking ceremony. He also complimented the Council on the process of constructing a new Community Center.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of June 7, 2004 as amended:
Page 1, Appearances,
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 5000 square feet. He stated that the changes are expensive and that no other jurisdictions in the area have this requirement.


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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,001,970.86  
Payrolls: $ 475,813.59

3883: Summer Celebration! Fireworks Displayprove the fireworks display applications submitted by Western International Fireworks, for a Display on July 9, 2004, near Faben Point, sponsored by Summer Celebration!

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Pearman 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 3877: Amendment to the 1976 I-90 Memorandum of Agreement
City Manager Rich Conrad reviewed an amendment to the 1976 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Council consideration. The 1976 MOA set the design, construction and operation of the I-90 freeway between Seattle and Bellevue.

Appearances (conít)

Ira Appelman, 6213 83rd Place SE, expressed concern that the amendment gives up single occupancy access in the center lanes of I-90.

Mary & Al Hughes, 5625 86th Avenue SE, asked the Council to protect Mercer Islandís right to have Single Occupancy Vehicles (SOV) in the HOV lanes.

Nancy Spaeth, 8320 SE 34th Street, uses the HOV lands as a SOV every day and needs to be able to travel quickly to Seattle.

Dieter Kaetel, 7201 87th Avenue SE, stated that he advocates for High Capacity Transit, but would like to see it defined better.

Yarden Weidenfeld, 8864 SE 60th Street, stated that it is the Councilís duty to represent the citizens of Mercer Island and the citizens would like to keep the SOV access.

Bob Williams, 3704 77th Place SE, sees no advantage in giving up the SOV access in the HOV Lanes.

Diane Smedly, 7704 88th Place SE, stated that the amendment would affect property values and the quality of life on Mercer Island. She believes that as a policy rights should not be given up unless there are very good advantages.

Marty Gale, 9404 SE 54th Street, President of the Mercer Island Action Forum, read statements, made by Councilmembers regarding the I-90 center lanes, from the 1999 MIAF voters pamphlet.

Pietra Walker, 3308 West Mercer Way, stated that Mercer Island does not need to quickly commit to HCT and that there is no reason to sign the amendment.

John Nelson, 8457 SE 39th Street, asked the Council to preserve SOV access in the HOV lanes.

King County Councilmember Rob McKenna believes that the timing is not right for the amendment and that Mercer Island should keep the SOV access in the HOV lanes.

Elliot Newman, 8525 SE 79th Place, Co-Chair of the Committee to Save SOV Access, believes that the amendment to implement R8A should be passed otherwise rejection of the amendment will result in the State Transportation Commission stepping in and reverting back to R2B. He also believes that R8A may be able to preserve SOV access for Mercer Island.

Brad Miller, 9302 SE 43rd Street, he urged the Council not to give up SOV access unless there is a huge advantage.

Glenn Sparrow, 2220 82nd Ave SE, stated that doubling the size of the park-and-ride will not help Mercer Island; it will just add more people to the island.

Gordon Ahalt, 9204 SE 57th Street, is pleased with the provision in the amendment to preserve the bicycle-pedestrian path. He would like to Council to address SOV access for Mercer Island rather than passing the amendment and waiting until HCT is ready to be implemented.

Following Council consideration and discussion of the amendment, it was the consensus of the City Council to wait to make a decision until the other parties have completed their approval processes.

AB 3881: Community Center at Mercer View Ė Project Implementation Actions
City Manager Rich Conrad reviewed the history of the Community Center at Mercer View Project. He detailed the significant public involvement, the role of the project review committee, the cost containment strategies, the project cost estimate and the project financing.

Bob Hull and Amy DeDominicis from Mill Hull Partnership, LLP, Troy Pyles and Dave Breen from Vanir Construction, Inc. and Brandy Matthews-Fox from CPM, Inc. answered questions from the Council regarding the project.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow, seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to extend the meeting until 11:30 pm. Motion passed 7-0.

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

Award the Community Center Abatement and Demolition contract to low bidder WM Dickson Company in the amount of $116,500 including the base bid and Alternate 1 and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract.

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

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

Authorize the City Manager to proceed with the bid process for the construction of a new Community Center consistent with the design contained in the proposed bid documents.

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

To amend the motion to read:
Authorize the City Manager to proceed with the bid process for the construction of a new Community Center consistent with the design contained in the proposed bid documents, but remove the second north path from the main bid and add this work to the bid alternates.


The Chair put the question on the motion to amend; Motion Failed 3-4 (Deputy Mayor Cairns, Mayor Merkle, Councilmember Pearman and Councilmember Goldmanis dissented).

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

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

Authorize the City Manager to execute an agreement with CPM Services for Community Center project construction management in an amount not to exceed $220,000; execution of such contract being contingent upon award of the Community Center construction contract.

Mayor Merkle recused himself from this vote based upon prior working relationships with Vanir Construction Management, Inc.

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

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

Authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with artist Wayne Chabre to create the Community Center Stairway Panel Art Project not to exceed $80,000.00; execution of such contract being contingent upon award of the Community Center construction contract.

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

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

Authorize the City Manager to execute an amendment to the Miller Hull Partnership, LLP. architectural services contract not to exceed $100,000 to provide for construction observation.

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

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

Direct staff to proceed with Option 1 for issuing Councilmanic Bonds for the Community Center Project.

Councilmember Grausz had stepped out of Council chambers and was unable to vote on this motion

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

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
There were none.

Planning Schedule:
There were none.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment: 11:38 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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