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Monday, November 15, 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, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Jim Pearman, and Mayor Merkle were present.


There were none.


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

Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of November 1, 2004 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 762,418.69  
Payrolls: $ 470,276.53

It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; 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 3931 Park-and-Ride Project Environmental Assessment
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds gave background information and explained the NEPA and SEPA environmental processes, the status of project review processes, the proposed bicycle lane for North Mercer Way, air quality and noise monitoring, analysis of traffic impacts and proposed mitigation, and the status of the transfer of property.

Sound Transitís Project Manager Eric Beckman and Transportation Planner Howard Wu answered questions from the Council.

Councilmember Goldmanis asked questions regarding traffic mitigation, adding signals, and how the City will protect itself from further mitigation in the EIS.

Councilmember Jahncke stated that bicycles need to be addressed island-wide before putting a bike lane on North Mercer Way. This is a policy issue and should not be driven by the City Engineer. He proposed that the Council addresses the broader issue on bicycles on Mercer Island by ordinance. This issue needs to be addressed and implemented not just discussed.

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

Authorize City Manager to send letter of concurrence to Sound Transit confirming the methodology and cost sharing of future traffic signals.

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

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

Be understood that all improvements to North Mercer Way (on City owned right-of-way) between 77th Avenue SE and 80th Avenue SE, including lane configurations, sidewalks and landscaping and excluding the Park-and Ride lot, are a matter of City Council policy and staff is directed to take no further actions to approve changes to North Mercer Way without City Council review and approval.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 4-3 (Deputy Mayor Cairns, Mayor Merkle and Councilmember Pearman dissented).

AB 3930 Public Hearing: Proposed 2005-2006 Budget: Priority 5 and Priority 6 Services
Finance Director Joanne Sylvis introduced the presenters and the order of business for the presentation.

Financial Operations Manager Francie Lake explained accounting changes in Youth and Family Services (YFS) that the trust funds have been dissolved and donations are now treated as department revenue and the YFS General Fund contribution is capped at $465,000 starting in 2005.

Youth and Family Services Director Cindy Goodwin talked about the MIYFS Departmentís vision, mission, history and philosophy. She detailed the clients served in 2003 and explained the department based services provided to the citizens of Mercer Island. She also compared the funding for Mercer Island human services with other similar cities.

Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer introduced the staff that were in attendance and he detailed the departmentís mission, highlights and statistics. He explained the sources of revenue, 2005 expenditures and the major changes from the 2003-2004 to the 2005-2006 biennium. He answered questions from the Council.

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing.

There being no comments the Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
There were none.

Planning Schedule:
The Special meeting on November 29th, 2004 will begin at 6:00 pm.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns reported on the following issues from the Eastside Mayorís Meeting: (1)cities sharing jurisdiction with a neighboring city for court services, (2) initiatives should be required to include an economic impact statement, and (3) evasions of real estate excise taxes from the he attended. He also commented on Sound Transitís Phase 2 for the upcoming Eastside Transportation Partnership meeting. .

Adjournment: 11:06 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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