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Monday, October 11, 2004

Call To Order

Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

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

Appearances

There were none.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of October 4, 2004 as amended:
Councilmember Goldmanis asked if the salary commission meeting was an open public meeting. Assistant City Attorney Wayne Stewart confirmed that it was. Councilmember Goldmanis then 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 Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Confirm that all City Council Board and Commission meetings are open public meetings.

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

Councilmember Goldmanis requested that the minutes of the Independent Salary Commission distributed to the City Council.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,039,372.43  

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 7-0.

Regular Business

AB 3924: Public Hearing: Proposed 2005-2006 Budget: Priority 1 and Priority 2 Services
Public Safety Director Ron Elsoe, Operations Commander Ed Homes, Services Commander Al Lacy, and Fire Division Commander Walt Mauldin presented and overview of the following Public Safety Services defined as Priority 1 Services:
  • Patrol: crime trends/challenges
  • Investigations: all follow-ups
  • Marine Patrol: call volume, VIP events, special events
  • Specialty Teams: PS Dive Team, Bike Patrol, SOT
  • Fire Emergency Responses
  • Fire Prevention
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Communications: Dispatch transition
Deputy City Manger Deb Symmonds, City Attorney Londi Lindell and Finance Director Joanne Sylvis presented and overview of department expenditures for the City Council, City Manager’s Office, City Attorney’s Office, Municipal Court, Finance Department and General Government which are all Priority 2 Services. Director Sylvis then discussed revenues and they relate to property tax and business and occupation tax and license fees.


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

Extend the City Council Meeting until 11:30 pm.

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


The Deputy Mayor opened the Public Hearing.

There being no comments, the Deputy Mayor close the Public Hearing.

AB 3905: Public Hearing: ULDC Amendments to the Design Standards Outside the Town Center
Development Services Director Richard Hart explained the 5 areas of change in the ordinance requested by the City Council for the first reading in May 2004. They are:

  1. Reduce the length of the landscaping section
  2. Clarify the design review process and threshold requirement
  3. Code official will exempt certain areas if they are non-significant
  4. Clarify the review process for submittals and pre-apps for design review
  5. Modulation requirements
Staff also reviewed how the design standards apply to the PBZ, the design standards for signs and “should” versus “shall” language throughout the text.

The Deputy Mayor opened the Public Hearing.

Marcia Dawson, 8812 SE 77th Place, Design Commissioner, stated that the current standards are 30 years old and the Island has changed and grown a lot. She spoke of the changes that the Design Commission has reviewed and made to the standards.

The Deputy Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

After Council discussion the following motion was made:

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

Adopt Ordinance No. 04C-08, setting new Design Standards Outside the Town Center with the following changes:
  • 19.12.040 (B)(2)(a), …Such modulation should always be addressed on both the horizontal and vertical planes and should be considered for the vertical plane
  • 19.12.040 (B): Reverse #7 and #8
The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 3-3 (Motion failed for lack of majority).

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
The Council unanimously excused Mayor Merkle’s absence.
Councilmember Dan Grausz will be absent January 3, 2005.

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment: 11:44 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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