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City Council - Agenda     
Monday, November 06, 2006

Call To Order

Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 6:29 pm in the Library at Islander Middle School, 8225 SE 72nd Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Mike Grady (arrived 7:15 pm), Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor Jim Pearman were present. City Councilmember Sven Goldmanis and Mayor Bryan Cairns were absent.

Appearances

Bruce Bassett, 8551 SE 82nd Street, spoke about the success of Grass Lawn Field in Redmond. He would like to see the Island Middle School field converted into turf.

Frank Morrison, 8545 SE 45th Street, spoke about the Families and Education Program Petition that was presented to the City Council and School Board at the joint meeting in May.

Chris Lewis, 8147 West Mercer Way, President of MI youth Soccer, spoke about the generations of Mercer Islanders playing on the fields. He supports converting the IMS field into turf as it would make it more playable and would take the pressure off the grass fields in the winter.

Chris Gillis, SE 60th Street, spoke about the lack of bike routes/lanes and the lack of a plan for bicycles on Mercer Island. He also supports the proposals for the South Mercer Playfields.

Dave Patterson, 4907 East Mercer Way, supports a turf field at IMS. He is a player, parent and coach and stated that improving the surface will help soccer on Mercer Island grow.

John Ewald, 4103 Boulevard Place, spoke about the importance of Public Safety Days on Mercer Island. He also thanked Council and staff for having a Council meeting on the South end of the Island.

Chad Bickers, 7634 85th Place SE, stated that players don’t want to play on dirt and turf id safer and more pleasant. He supports converting the IMS field to turf.

Ken Glass, 8450 SE 83rd Street, spoke about low-flying aircraft flying over Mercer Island to land at Renton Municipal Field. He encouraged the Council to stay in touch with Renton regarding changes in airport traffic.

Toby Suhm, 7819 SE 22nd Place, thanked the Council for the Community Center at Mercer View saying it is a great addition to the community. He also supports a turf field at IMS.

Dan Taylor, 8114 SE 74th Place, supports a turf field at IMS not only for soccer but for lacrosse as dirt fields are hard on lacrosse equipment and markings cannot be maintained as well.

Regular Business

AB 4135: DSG Fees Report by FCS Group

Steven Land from FCS Group presented the Development Service Group Fees Report to the City Council. The report shows that while the overall DSG fee structure is in line with an appropriate level of cost recovery, staff believes certain fees are not in line with the actual cost of delivering service. City Attorney Londi Lindell and Interim Director of Development Services Kirsten Taylor answered questions from the Council.

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:
Direct staff to return with a Fee Resolution covering proposed fee adjustments for selected land use actions, building permits and utility inspection services at the December 11, 2006 City Council Meeting as part of the adoption of the final 2007-2008 Biennial Budget.

It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Table the previous motion until the completion of AB 4133.
Motion Passed 5-0.


AB 4133: Development Services Review

Acting Director Taylor walked the Council through a typical permit application from the first contact with City staff until final completion of all permit conditions (also known as a certificate of occupancy for commercial projects).

Ian Stewart from Evans McDonough briefed the Council on the results of the statistically accurate survey of DSG applicants covering DSG operations.

City Attorney Londi Lindell and Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher reported on the information collected as a result of interviews with key stakeholders who have used DSG’s services or delivered DSG services to get in-depth details of problems. Examples of stakeholders interviewed include builders, architects, property owners, church and community club leaders, schools and one time single family residential remodel applicants.

Following discussion there was consensus by the City Council to implement the following staff recommendations:
  • Reclassify an existing DSG employee’s position to create a City Ombudsman
  • Convert 3 existing contract employees (Utility Site Inspector, Permit Technician, GIS Utilities Analyst) to 3 budgeted full time equivalents (FTE)
  • Add 1 contract FTE (Building Plans Examiner)
  • Implement an administrative policy of prior administrative interpretations standing unless there is a threat to public health, safety and welfare
  • Implement internal systems to insure consistent code interpretations
  • Implement minor code amendments

The Council then considered the tabled motion from the previous agenda bill (AB 4135)

It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:
Direct staff to return with a Fee Resolution covering proposed fee adjustments for selected land use actions, building permits and utility inspection services at the December 11, 2006 City Council Meeting as part of the adoption of the final 2007-2008 Biennial Budget.
Motion Passed 3-2 (Councilmembers Grausz and Grady dissented).


AB 4134: 2007-2008 Preliminary Budget Review: Priorities 3 and 4

The Deputy Mayor opened the Public Hearing. There being no comments the Deputy Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

Finance Director Chip Corder and department directors presented Priority 3 (reliable public infrastructure) and Priority 4 (attractive, high quality neighborhood & business environments) functions. Director Corder gave a General Fund budget overview showing the revised increase percentages over the 2006 base budget for new services and cost adjustments. He also presented follow-up items from the October 16 Council meeting. Each director briefly reviewed the Priority 3 & 4 functions in his/her department.

The Budget Hearing schedule is as follows:

  • November 6: Priorities of Government 5 & 6 (Regular Meeting)
  • November 13: Revenues and Capital Improvement Program (Special Meeting)
  • November 20: Final Public Hearing and 2007 Preliminary Property Tax Levy (Regular Meeting)
  • December 11: Adopt Final 2007-2008 Budget, 2007 Property Tax Levy and 2007 Utility Rates (Special Meeting)




AB 4134: 78th Avenue SE Town Center Street Design Update

City Engineer Patrick Yamashita and Joe Giacobazzi from KPG presented a design for improving 78th Avenue SE between SE 27th Street and Sunset Highway to provide a pedestrian plaza “feel” for the roadway and streetscape in the corridor as directed by the Council at the July 24, 2006 Council Meeting.

It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Authorize staff to proceed with the recommended design approach for improving 78th Avenue SE between SE 27th Street and Sunset Highway.
Motion Passed 5-0.


Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Mayor Bryan Cairns and Councilmember Goldmanis’ absences were excused.

Planning Schedule:
There were no changes.

Adjournment: 11:07 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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