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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:36 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

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

Special Business

King County Library System Director Bill Ptacek and Sally Porter, Managing Librarian at Mercer Island Library, presented a short video about the Capital Replacement Bond Measure and discussed what it means for the Mercer Island Library.

Appearances

Sue Stewart, 3205 84th Avenue SE, Citizens to Preserve Upper Luther Burbank Park, reported that the Ivy Brigade in partnership with the City’s Forest Stewardship program removed ivy from 83 trees and removed a total 63 cubic yards of ivy. She expressed concern that the City has not been providing adequate time for citizens to respond to issues and that notification of issues and new policies is not sufficient. She encouraged the Council to survey the citizens regarding development in Luther Burbank Park.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of August 2, 2004 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 2,562,589.74  
Payrolls: $ 474,432.06 (08/06/04) $ 469,875.33 (08/20/04) $ 469,635.05 (09/03/04)

AB 3904: WA State Printers Interlocal Agreement: Authorize the City Manager to sign the Interlocal agreement with the State of Washington Department of Printing so that the City can use the printing services of the State Printer.

It was moved by Councilmember Pearman; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis 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 3903 Reinvesting In Youth Proposal
Youth and Family Services Director Cindy Goodwin introduced Reinvesting In Youth Executive Director Jim Street and King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng who explained that the proposal seeks to invest money into early intervention services for high risk youth in order to save money that might later be spent in the more costly juvenile justice system.

Following Council discussion staff was directed to include $4000 for Reinvesting In Youth in the budget for 2005 and 2006.

AGENDA ADDITION:
Councilmember Litzow and Councilmember Goldmanis requested adding AB 3912 to the agenda to discuss the 1976 I-90 Memorandum of Agreement Amendment Referendum Petition. It was the consensus to add the item after Regular Business Item #7.

AB 3911 Northwest Parks Foundation Resolution
Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer explained that the proposed resolution and agreement will establish a Parks Safety Net Fund which acts as a donor intermediary for directed donations to the Parks and Recreation Department through the Northwest Parks Foundation as donors typically desire to make their contributions to a recognized 501(C)3 organization for tax exemption and reporting purposes.

Kristen Bush, Executive Director of Northwest Parks Foundation, was in attendance to answer any questions.

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

Adopt Resolution No. 1333 establishing the Park Safety Net Fund through the non-profit agency Northwest Parks Foundation and authorize the City Manager to sign an agreement for the establishment and dispersal of Parks Safety Net Funds.

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

AB 3910: Authorization of the Sale and Issuance of Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds for Community Center Building
Financial Operation Manger Francie Lake explained, that as part of the financing plan selected by the Council for the new Community Center at Mercer View, the Council must adopt the required ordinances and documents for issuing Councilmanic Bonds to provide $2,000,000 in funds for the project.

David Thompson with Preston Gates, the City’s bond counsel, was in attendance to answer any questions.

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

Suspend City Council Rule 5.2 allowing adoption of Ordinance No. 04-18 on first reading.

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

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 04-18 authorizing the issuance of limited tax general obligation bonds of the City in the aggregate principal amount of not to exceed $2,090,000 to provide funds to construct a new community center; providing for the terms of and security for the bonds; and authorizing the sale of the bonds by competitive bid.

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

AB 3906 Luther Burbank Public Involvement Plan
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds explained that at the 2004 City Council Retreat, staff was directed to prepare a request for qualifications for public involvement services to employ an outside expert to design and implement a thorough public involvement process for planning for the future of Luther Burbank Park.

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

(1) Authorize the City Manager to a sign professional services agreement with Norton-Arnold & Company for both Luther Burbank public involvement services and a comprehensive public involvement assessment and manual; and (2) appropriate $27,925 from the Contingency Fund and (3) appropriate $50,000 from the CIP and reappropriate $22,175 from existing CIP projects to establish the project budgets.

Councilmember Litzow withdrew his motion.

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

(1) Authorize the City Manager to a sign professional services agreement with Norton-Arnold & Company for Luther Burbank public involvement services and at Council’s future option, a comprehensive public involvement assessment and manual; (2) appropriate $50,000 from the CIP and reappropriate $22,175 from existing CIP projects to establish the project budget; (3) the professional services agreement shall provide that estimates in scope of work shall be shown as “not to exceed”; (4) limit outside expenses to $18,100; and (5) provide that Task 1 include at least one public hearing.

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

AB 3912: Referendum Petition No. 04-01 Seeking to Repeal Resolution No. 1337 Authorizing the Mayor to Execute an Amendment to the 1976 Memorandum of Agreement Relating to I-90
The City Council adjourned to Executive Session to discuss potential litigation under RCW 42.30.110 for 10 minutes. The Executive Session ended at 9:56 pm and the Regular Meeting reconvened.

City Attorney Londi Lindell explained that a referendum petition had been submitted to the City of Mercer Island seeking to repeal Resolution No. 1337 which authorized the Mayor to execute an amendment to the 1976 I-90 Memorandum of Agreement.

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

Repeal City of Mercer Island Resolution No. 1337.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 2-5 (Proponents of motion Councilmembers Goldmanis and Litzow).

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

Adopt Resolution No. 1341 Directing King County Records and Elections to place Referendum Petition No. 04-01 on the November 4, 2004 ballot.

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

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

Direct the Mayor to notify the other parties to the Amendment that the Mayor has withdrawn his signature from the Amendment until after the November 2, 2004 General Election.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 3-4 (Proponents of motion Councilmembers Goldmanis, Jahncke and Litzow).

It was the consensus of the Council to direct the Mayor to appoint members to the committees advocating approval and advocating rejection for the Voters’ Pamphlet for the General Election.

AB 3899 State Mandated Model B&O Ordinance
It was moved by Deputy Mayor Cairns; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Adopt the state mandated model B&O Ordinance No. 04-13 and direct staff to return with a resolution setting forth the B&O tax rates based upon direction staff receives from Council during upcoming budget meetings and hearings.

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

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Goldmanis will be absent September 20, 2004.
Mayor Merkle will be absent October 18, 2004.
Councilmember Jahncke may be absent September 20, 2004.

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

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

Confirm the Mayor’s appointment of Helen Olsen (term expiring May 2006) to the Youth and Family Services Advisory Board.

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

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Pearman: Economic Development Council Presentation
Councilmember Jahncke: Second Reading on the ULDC Amendments on Design Standards Outside the Town Center.

Adjournment: 10:57 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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