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Monday, October 04, 2004

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 7:37 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 (arrived 7:38 pm), El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Jim Pearman, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.


Steve Bryan, 2426 70th Ave SE, encouraged the Council to look at other jurisdictions Critical Land Ordinances and compare them with Mercer Island’s as it is less regulated.

Carolyn Boatsman, 3210 74th Ave SE, complimented staff on a well organized public input process. She encouraged the Council to choose option 2 as it is less expensive. She also stated she was concerned about public trees laden with ivy falling and injuring citizens.

Joe Franzi, 4463 East Mercer Way, commented on the new restrictions on parking around the high school. The parking at the high school is limited and the students have to park on the surrounding residential street. As a working parent, he relies on his daughter to drive herself to various activities after school.

At Councilmember Grausz’ request, City Manager Rich Conrad responded to Mr. Franzi’s comments. “No Parking” signs are being installed along 86th at the request of the residents based on a neighborhood survey. School District officials were notified in advance of the “No Parking” sign installation. District officials agreed that the city should enforce parking restriction on 86th Ave SE. School officials, students, residents and City staff have begun discussions to find a resolution to the parking problem. City Staff is first working with the school district regarding the number of parking spots required under the High School’s SEPA submittal.

Erica Reiling, 4358 86th Ave SE, is a neighbor of the high school and cannot have friends over and park in front of her house. She also asked how many people responded to the survey of parking on 86th.

David Stein, 8902 North Mercer Way, expressed his opinion that students should be involved in the discussions regarding parking around the high school.

City Manager Rich Conrad responded that students were to be involved in the process and discussions. He stated he will get back to Ms. Reiling with the answer to her question.

Rita Moore, 4509 Ferncroft Road, requested that the Council select option 2 for the Open Space Vegetation Plan. She believes that this is the only option that does not allow additional degradation on the island.

Marguerite Sutherland, 4525 96th Ave SE, urged the Council to choose option 2 for the Open Vegetation Plan. She suggested that instead of having even funding over the 20 year period that the City frontload the funding and put most of it in the beginning.

McKay Duer, 5010 92nd Ave SE, asked the Council how many students were involved in the parking discussion and their names.

City Manager Rich Conrad responded that he did not know but that he will get back to Ms. Duer. He encouraged Ms. Duer to contact the principal at the high school for more information.

Marcia Mellinger, 4630 90th Ave SE, supports option 2 for the Open Space Vegetation Plan. She encouraged the City to give more support to neighborhood parties and projects.


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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of September 20, 2004 as amended:

Page 3, Item 9, 3rd motion,
It was moved by Councilmember LitzowJahncke; 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.

Page 3, Item 9, 5th motion,
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 65-1 (Councilmember Grausz dissented).

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 675,158.48  
Payrolls: $ 455,132.96

Councilmember Jahncke pulled AB 3908 from the consent calendar and the Mayor added this to the first item of Regular Business.

AB 3919: ICA and HOME Agreement Proposed Amendments: Approve the proposed amendments to both the CDBG Interlocal Cooperation Agreement (ICA) and the Home Investments Partnerships Program Interlocal Cooperation Agreement (HOME).

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; 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 3908 Interlocal Agreement for Sharing Building Department Staff
Building Official Crystal Kolke answered questions from the Council regarding the agreement.

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

Authorize the City Manager to sign the Interlocal Agreement regarding mutual assistance concerning building permit applications and inspections with the other participating cities (Bothell, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, and Woodinville) for sharing building department staff.

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

AB 3921 Independent Salary Commission Report
Human Resources Manager Kryss Segle introduced Peter Orser who explained the process and conclusions of the independent salary commission for the City Council.

Councilmember Goldmanis requested the name of the commissioner who dissented on the vote for an increase. Commissioner Orser responded that he would speak with the individual and then get back to Councilmember Goldmanis.

The Council received the report.

AB 3909 Beckes Long Plat Final Approval
Associate Planner Shelley Krueger explained the history and process of the Long Plat (Laura’s Lane). City Engineer Patrick Yamashita answered questions from Council.

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

Grant final subdivision approval by the City of Mercer Island of SUB03-005 (Laura’s Lane). Recording of the final plat with the King County Department of Records shall constitute the official approval of the subdivision.

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

AB 3922 Open Space Vegetation Plan
Parks and Recreation Manager Pete Mayer and Parks Arborist Paul West presented the findings and highlights of the Open Space Vegetation Plan.

The Council received the Open Space Vegetation Plan and directed staff to return with a financing plan reflective of Option 3 so that it may be considered for inclusion into the 2005-06 Biennial Budget. Option 3 is level of service B on the two highest ranking second priority properties and level of service C on all remaining priority 2 and 3 properties. This option reflects the ranking of properties found in Appendix B of the plan. The estimated cost to implement this option is $1.58 million over 20 years ($79,000 per year).

AB 3920: Public Hearing: Presentation of 2005-2006 Biennial Budget
City Manager Rich Conrad, Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds, and Finance Director Joanne Sylvis presented the 2005-2006 Biennial Budget to the City Council.

The presentation included an explanation of the budget process, the definition of the City priorities and services by type, the City’s fiscal status, including revenues and expenditures, and budget drivers that will effect the General Fund, Utilities, and the Capital Improvement Program.

The Budget Hearing schedule is as follows:

  • October 4: Budget Message (Fiscal Overview, Revenues, Budget Schedule)
  • October 11: Community Safety Efficient/Legal Services (Jails, Courts, Criminal Justice, Dispatch, Property Tax, Beautification/B&O Tax)
  • November 1: Infrastructure; Neighborhood & Business Environment (Utility Rates, CIP Projects, Development Fees)
  • November 15: Cultural/Recreation/Health/Education Services (Parks & Recreation Financing, Luther Burbank, YFS Financing)
  • November 29/December 6: Budget Adoption (Discussion, Property Tax Ordinance, Utility Rate Ordinance)
The Mayor opened the Public Hearing.

There being no comments the Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Mayor Merkle will be absent October 11, 2004.

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment: 11:08 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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