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Monday, December 06, 2004

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:34 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.

Appearances

Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, suggested that the City install crossing flags and lighted street strips at the new crosswalk area between Sudden Printing and the new Starbucks.

Karen Garoski, Suburban Cities Association Director, introduced herself to the Council and gave an update of current SCA activities.

Minutes

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of November 15, 2004 and the Special Meeting Minutes of November 29, 2004 as written.

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

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,561,931.29  
Payrolls: $ 440,771.59

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Pearman 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 3933 Municipal Court Judge Confirmation
City Manager Rich Conrad introduced the recommendation for confirmation of Judgeship for Mercer Island Municipal Court. He detailed the interview process for the judgeship and offered Wayne Stewart as the nominee for the position.

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

Confirm Wayne Stewart as the Mercer Island Municipal Court Judge effective immediately and direct the City Clerk to administer the oath of office to the Judge.

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

City Clerk Ali Spietz administered the Oath of Office to Wayne Stewart for the office of Judge of the Municipal Court of the City of Mercer Island.

The Council took a short break to celebrate Mr. Stewart’s appointment. The meeting reconvened at 7:03 pm.

AB 3938 Boys & Girls Club Facility Development Proposal
Milt Reimers, 8616 North Mercer Way, MI B&G Club Board Member, stated that the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club needs a new or renovated full service club with dedicated space for teens. The proposal is for a shared use facility with classrooms for the Mercer Island School District and the club, a field house with four gymnasiums and space for weightlifting and fitness, and the addition of 120 parking spaces on the North Mercer Campus. He detailed the cost, the proposed schedule, the key issues and opportunities the plan has.

Public Comment:

John Rose, 3066 67th Ave SE, reminded the Council of economic analysis of the $1 million for the Boys & Girls Club that he provided to the Council a year ago.

Blair Rasmussen, 8463 West Mercer Way, stated that the athletic fields and gyms have not been updated to meet the current needs of the Island. He spearheaded the proposal where everyone would win; the City, the Boys & Girls Club, the Mercer Island School District and the athletic clubs on the Island.

Phil Flash, 3005 69th Avenue SE, stated that Mercer Island all ready has a facility and he asked how this proposed facility compares with other communities of 20,000 residents. He was also concerned with the historic nature of the current Boys and Girls Club building.

Suzanne Skone, 2834 60th Avenue SE, stated that there is nothing positive for teens to do on the island and that there is not enough gym space on the island.

Todd Bale, Mercer Island Boys & Girls Director, stated that the current facility is old and not compatible for current programming. He feels the new site has much more to offer.

Ed Pepple, 5734 91st Avenue SE, is concerned with athletics on Mercer Island. He feels that the high school facilities are inadequate. There is not enough space for all of the teams to practice and play games.

Ken Trimpe, 5002 92nd Avenue SE, stated that there is no space available for club programs and there is no consistent schedule of the current facilities.

Brian Emmanuels, 1900 Faben Drive, believes that the current facilities on the Island are inadequate for sports. He believes that teens deserve a better and safe place to hang out that is within walking distance of the high school.

Dino Annest, teacher and coach at Mercer Island High School, stated that having the new facility close to the high school is crucial and that a facility that offers athletic and non-athletic activities is important.

Betsy Seeton, 2740 West Mercer Way, is worried about the needs of 10-year-old and under crowd at a new facility, losing green space, and the speed of the project.

Fred Glick, 7644 SE 41st Street, stated that his landscape architect firm helped develop visual aids for the North Mercer Campus proposal. He is concerned that the process is done right and recommended that master planning is used to look at all of the potential issues.

Brad Chase, 4467 Forest Avenue SE, stated that there are legitimate concerns regarding the proposed plan, but that it is a very unique opportunity.

Roy Schuler, 3054 60th Avenue SE, stated that the Boys & Girls Club should be centrally located but is concerned with the speed of the project. He believes the high school should use portables for at least one year so the project will not be so rushed.

Mike Gossler, 3212 74th Place SE, is involved in the select basketball program on Mercer Island and the field house will be very helpful.

Kurt Boyd, 7040 91st Avenue SE, encouraged all parties involved to contact other groups that have done fast track projects like the one proposed.

Mayor Merkle stated that this is not a City project; it is between the Boys & Girls Club and the Mercer Island School District. He stated that no decision has to be made now and more discussion needs to happen first.

AB 3935 Design Standards Outside the Town Center (2nd Reading)
Development Services Director Richard Hart presented a revised Ordinance No. 04C-08 setting design standards for non-residential buildings outside the Town Center for adoption.

Mayor Merkle opened the public hearing.

There being no comments the Mayor closed the public hearing.

After Council discussion the following motions were made:

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

Approve Ordinance No. 04C-08 as revised and modified in Exhibits 1 and 2 of AB 3935.

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

Amend Section 19.12.050(a)(2) to read:
“To provide for safe and efficient parking and loading areas while minimizing their visual and noise impacts through design and screening.


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

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

AB 3936 Public Hearing: 2005-2006 Biennial Budget Adoption
Finance Director Joanne presented a spreadsheet with the CIP issues that Councilmembers had identified over the course of the budget hearings.

Mayor Merkle opened the public hearing.

There being no comments the Mayor closed the public hearing.

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

Pass Ordinance No. 04-23, adopting a budget for the City of Mercer Island for the years 2005-2006.

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

AB 3937 2003-2004 Budget Adjustments (no presentation)
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Pearman to:

Move to adopt Ordinance No. 04-24, incorporating certain budget revisions to the 2003-2004 biennial budget, and amending Ordinance Nos. 02-13, 03-03, 03-05, 03-12, 03-18, 04-07, 04-15, 04-16, and 04-19.

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

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

Increase water revenue by $90,000 due to increased water sales and appropriate $90,000 for the increase in water purchases.

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

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

Appropriate $128,000 from the Trust Fund for transfer of excess proceeds from the Thrift Shop to the General Fund.

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

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

Appropriate $10,000 from the Firemen’s Pension Fund for retirement payments to retired firefighters.

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

AB 3934 Yakima County Jail Interlocal Agreement Amendment (no presentation)
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Direct the City Manager to execute the Second Amendment to the Yakima Jail Contract.

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

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Grausz will be absent at the January 3, 2004.

Planning Schedule:
Councilmember Pearman requested that the review of adding historical sites to the historical ordinance by added to the planning schedule for next year.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
There were none.

Adjournment to Executive Session: 10:08 pm

Adjournment: 10:45 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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