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Monday, July 19, 2004

Call To Order

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

Appearances

John Ewald, 4103 Boulevard Place, commented on the efficiency of the boat launch operations during the Sockeye salmon fishing season.

Minutes

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

Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of July 6, 2004 as amended:

Page 1, Study Session,
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds presented the Capital Improvement Program for the 2005-2006 Budget for City Council review. With general direction and feedback from the Council on the proposed project mix and financing strategy including a list of projects that can be delayed in order to free up funds to reduce potential Community Center debt, staff will present a final CIP at one of the Budget meetings this fall.


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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 471,033.11  
Payrolls: $ 915,013.32

Deputy Mayor Cairns moved agenda item (3) AB 3893 to the fist item of Regular Business

Councilmember Goldmanis asked questions regarding line items in the payables report.

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

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

Regular Business

AB 3893 2004-2005 Interlocal Agreement with MISD for Counseling Services
Deputy Mayor Cairns asked a question regarding the budget for counseling services.

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

Authorize the City Manager to sign the 2004-2005 Interlocal Agreement for Counseling Services with the Mercer Island School District.

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

Amend the Interlocal Agreement to require the Mercer Island School District to make monthly payments to the City.

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

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

AB 3891 Public Hearing: Allocation of 2004 ARCH Funds
Development Services Director Richard Hart introduced the item and Associate Planner Shelley Krueger. She described the 2005 pass-through funds program and Mercer Islandís allocation amount. Max Bigby from ARCH answered questions from the Council.

The Deputy Mayor opened the Public Hearing.

There being no comments the Deputy Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

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

Accept the 2005 CDBG pass-through estimates and adopt Resolution No. 1338 approving the year 2005 Community Development Block Grant Pass-Through funding allocation of $65,898 to ARCH.

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

AB 3896 2004 Roadway Improvements Bid Award
Street Engineer Clint Morris answered questions from the Council.

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

Award all schedules of the 2004 Roadway Improvements project to Kemper Construction Corporation in the amount of $442,914, set the project budget at $522,110, and authorize staff to administer the contract.

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

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 04-16 incorporating budget revisions to the 2003-2004 biennial budget and amending Ordinance Nos. 02-13, 03-03, 03-05, 03-12, 03-18, 04-07, and 04-15.

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

AB 3895 Communications Center Presentation
Public Safety Director Ron Elsoe Operations Commander Ed Holmes, Fire Commander Walt Mauldin, Services Commander Al Lacy and Mark Nelson from ADCOMM Engineering presented three options for Mercer Island Dispatch Services and answered questions from the Council.

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

Accept the recommendation of staff and authorize them to move ahead with the cities of Bellevue and Kirkland to prepare formal agreements for Dispatch Services, along with an associated budget.

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

AB 3894 Open Space Vegetation Plan Progress Report
Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer and Parks Arborist Paul West presented the progress and the next steps of the open space vegetation plan.

The Council asked questions regarding the planís focus on canopy trees and not on invasive plants. Staff responded that preserving trees (i.e. removing ivy from trees, clearing around existing sapling trees and planting new trees) is more cost effective than removing invasives in the shrub layer (i.e. removing blackberry, ivy and English Holly and replanting with native plant species). Following discussion Council received the report.

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

Direct the City Attorney to amend the Section 5.2 of the City Council Rules of Procedures to include all ordinances in the first and second reading rule and bring it back as a Consent Calendar item at a future meeting for approval.

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

AB 3886 State Mandated Model B&O Tax Ordinance
City Attorney Londi Lindell explained the current state law mandating the adoption of the model B&O tax ordinance to address business concerns regarding alleged multiple taxation associated with Washington State citiesí B&O tax and to make the tax easier to administer and more uniform in its application.

The Deputy Mayor opened the Public Hearing.

There being no comments the Deputy Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

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

Bring AB 3886 and Ordinance No. 04-13 back for a 2nd reading at the September 7th, 2004 Council meeting.

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

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Mayor Merkle and Councilmember Grausz were absent. Moved by Councilmember Jahncke, seconded by Councilmember Litzow to excuse the absences. Motion passed 5-0.

Planning Schedule:
Councilmember Litzow requested that the Amendment to the I-90 MOA be the first item of business on August 2nd 2004.

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

Confirm the Mayorís appointments of Donna Buckingham, Joyce Hedlund, Jason Tolkin and Theodore Black to the Youth and Family Services Advisory Board.

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

Councilmember Reports:
Deputy Mayor Cairns re: Councilmember Salary Commission
Deputy Mayor Cairns re: the Eastside Transportation Meeting.

Adjournment: 10:36 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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