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Monday, September 20, 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, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Jim Pearman, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present. City Councilmember Sven Goldmanis was absent.

Special Business

Day of Concern for the Hungry Proclamation
Mayor Alan Merkle read Proclamation No. 121 proclaiming September 25, 2004 as a Day of Concern for the Hungry.

Appearances

Glenn Sparrow, 2220 82nd Avenue SE, commented on the Site Grading Plan for the new Community Center at Mercer View. He feels that the designers failed to provide the City Council with a proper summary of the consequences of on-site versus off-site disposal of surplus excavated material. He noted that although he and his neighbors do not legally own their view, he feels that the City did not take into account the negative impact the changes have made on the neighborhood.

Mayor Merkle directed City Manager Rich Conrad and Project Manager Brandi Matthews-Fox to evaluate the current plan and lower the height the hill approximately 4 feet by adjusting the east slope of the hill.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of September 7, 2004 as amended:
Page 5, Councilmember Reports,
“Councilmember Jahncke inquired about the date of the Second Reading on the ULDC Amendments on Design Standards Outside the Town Center.”


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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 646,542.24  
Payrolls: $ 467,596.68

AB 3907: ARCH Project Allocation for Summerwood: Approve the use of $8,817 or previously reserved general funds and loan repayment funds, previously allocated for the ARCH Housing Trust Fund, toward the Summerwood Apartments Project (Redmond, WA) as recommended by the ARCH Executive Board.

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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

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

Regular Business

AB 3897 VFW Hall Historic Designation
Associate Planner Shelley Krueger explained the history of the VFW Hall on Mercer Island. She explained that certain criteria has been met deeming the building historic according to the Mercer Island City Code.

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

Approve Resolution No. 1340 providing for the historical designation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Post 5760 building, located at 1836 72nd Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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

AB 3916 Open Space Conservancy Trust 2005-2006 Proposed Work Plan
Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer and Parks Arborist Paul West detailed the Open Space Conservancy Trust 2005-2006 Work Plan as it continues the implementation of the Pioneer Park Forest Management Plan that was adopted in 2003. Project work consists primarily of removing invasive plants in the park. Hazard tree removal, fire risk management and resolving boundary encroachments are also plan activities. The Trust board will continue public outreach efforts to develop support among businesses, community groups and schools to recruit volunteers and resources for park projects. The Trust will begin to develop a new sign system to help trail users to find their way through the park.

Council asked questions of staff and received the report.

AB 3917 Middle School Property Transfer
City Engineer Patrick Yamashita explained the need for the property transfer of the detention pond at Islander Middle School as it is a key public stormwater facility that benefits from operation and maintenance by the Maintenance Department as they have the staff resources and experience to properly manage this facility.

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

Direct City Engineer to accept and record quit claim deed transferring fee simple interest in the Tract to the City.

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

AB 3915 Acceptance of the Bid for the Sale of Bonds for the Community Center
Financial Operations Manager Francie Lake presented the four bids for the sale of bonds for the Community Center. She informed the City Council that the low bidder was RBC Dain Rauscher Inc. and asked the Council to formally accept the low bid.

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

Pass Resolution No. 1334, accepting a bid from RBC Dain Rauscher Inc. for the sale of the City’s Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds, 2004 and authorizing the terms of such bonds, all as provided by Ordinance No. 04-18.

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

AB 3914 Six-Month Financial Report (no presentation)
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:

Suspend City Council Rule 5.2 allowing adoption of Ordinance No. 04-19 on first reading.

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

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

Move to adopt Ordinance No. 04-19, incorporating certain budget revisions to the 2003-2004 biennial budget, and amending Ordinance Nos. 02-13, 03-03, and 03-05, 03-12, 03-18, 04-07, 04-15, and 04-16.

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

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

Increase water revenue by $100,000 due to increased water sales and appropriate $100,000 for and increase in water purchases.

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

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

Appropriate $25,000 from the Sewer Fund for additional odor control repairs to Pump Station #4.

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

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

Re-appropriate $50,000 from other projects within the Street Fund for the change order needed for Forest Avenue Improvements.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 6-1 (Councilmember Grausz dissented).

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
The Council unanimously excused Councilmember Goldmanis’ absence.
Mayor Merkle will be absent October 11, 2004.

Planning Schedule:
The October 18th Council Meeting was moved to Oct 11th.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment: 9:38 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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