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Monday, November 29, 2004

Call To Order

Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns called the meeting to order at 6:05 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, Mayor Merkle (arrived 6:33 pm), and Deputy Mayor Bryan Cairns were present.

Special Business

Public Safety Director Ron Elsoe presented a Concerned Citizen Award to Lucie Brown and her father, Jeff Brown for helping prevent two people from drowning in Lake Washington.

Appearances

Jane Meyer, 7420 North Mercer Way, President of the Mercer Island Sister City Association, urged the Council not to reduce the Sister City budget for 2005 and 2006. She detailed all of the upcoming events between the City of Mercer Island and Thonon les Bains.

Jane Billbe, 8852 SE 72nd Place, a junior at Mercer Island High School, went to Thonon les Bains two years ago and cherishes all that she learned and continues to learn from the people she met and the experiences she had.

Regular Business

AB 3932 Proposed 2005-2006 Budget – Property Tax and Budget Issues
The Deputy Mayor opened the Public Hearing at 6:15 pm.

John Ewald, 4103 Boulevard Place, urged the Council not to reduce the budget for emergency management as it will play a crucial role in an emergency.

William Ellis, 4815 East Mercer Way, as a member of the Mercer Island Radio Operators group also asked the Council not to reduce emergency management budget as they work together to help provide communications all over the island in case of an emergency.

The Deputy Mayor closed the Public Hearing at 6:20 pm.

Finance Director Joanne presented a spreadsheet with the various issues Councilmembers had identified over the course of the budget hearings. Council reviewed and discussed each item and made the following motions:

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

Reduce Emergency Management position by 50% for the 2005-2006 proposed budget.

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

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

Remove $5000 from 2005-2006 Public Safety Budget for use/purchase of tasers until presented to the Council in spring of 2005.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 5-2 (Deputy Mayor Cairns and Mayor Merkle dissented).

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

Reduce the Community Education budget (Fire Department) by $15,000.

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

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

Reduce the Council’s salary back to $100 for Councilmembers and $150 for the Mayor per month for those elected in 2005 and then in 2007.

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

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

Reduce Land Use Code Writing budget (Development Services Group) by 50 percent.

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

It was the consensus of the Council to increase the Luther Burbank Levy by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as authorized by the voters.

It was the consensus of the Council to increase Development Services License/Permit Fees in 2006.

It was the consensus of the Council to increase the B&O License Fees in 2006.

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

Pass Ordinance No. 04-21 appropriating funds and fixing the amount of taxes to be levied for the year 2005.

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

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

Pass Ordinance No. 04-22 authorizing an increase in property tax revenue for 2005.

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

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

  1. Pass Resolution No. 1342 a resolution of the City of Mercer Island, Washington establishing classifications of water users and a schedule of charges for water usage, establishing a schedule of rates for fire service, establishing a schedule of special service charges, establishing meter and service installation charges, establishing connection charges effective January 1, 2005, and thereafter.
  2. Pass Resolution No. 1343 a resolution of the City of Mercer Island, Washington establishing rates and connection charges for sewerage disposal services supplied by the City of Mercer Island effective January 1, 2005, and thereafter.
  3. Pass Resolution No. 1344, a resolution of the City of Mercer Island, Washington establishing the monthly service charge for storm water services supplied by the City of Mercer Island effective January 1, 2005 and thereafter.
The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

It was the consensus of the Council to defer discussion of the CIP issues and adoption of the 2005-2006 budget ordinance to the regular meeting on December 6th, 2004.

Councilmember Jahncke asked why the City was functioning under the Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Plan from 1996 (Exhibit 2, Page 11). City Manager Conrad responded that it was a twenty-year plan that was adopted in 1996 that the City is still operating under it.

Councilmember Jahncke would like the 2nd Sentence of the last bullet of the Street Maintenance and Construction Policy (Exhibit 2, Page 13) modified to read: “Using 2002 as the revenue benchmark, funding will be increased by an annual factor of not less than inflation plus one percent.”

Councilmember Litzow asked when the “newly” adopted narrower residential street standard was adopted. Deputy City Manager Symmonds responded that is was adopted in the 1999-2000 budget and the words “newly adopted” will be removed.

Councilmember Jahncke asked about fourth bullet on page I-36 of the 2005-2006 budget regarding the definition of expanded transit center for the Park-and Ride lot.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
There were none.

Planning Schedule:
Councilmember Jahncke suggested reviewing the Comprehensive Plan Amendments before Critical Areas Ordinance.
The regular meeting of December 6th, 2004 will begin at 6:30 pm.
The regular meeting of December 20th, 2004 is canceled.

Board Appointments:
It was moved by Deputy Mayor Cairns; seconded by Councilmember Jahncke to: Appoint Nina Tan to a youth position, expiring in May 2006, on the Youth and Family Service Advisory Board. The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment: 8:41 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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