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City Council - Agenda     
Monday, May 06, 2002

Call To Order

Mayor Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:08 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Susan Blake (arrived 6:38 pm), Brian Cairns, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz (arrived 6:10 pm), El Jahncke, Jim Pearman, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Study Session

AB 3654 Boys & Girls Club Joint Use Status Report
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds and Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer presented a status report on the Joint Use proposal presented by the Boys & Girls Club. Council was asked to hear the briefing about available recreation spaces and uses at the Boys and Girls Club and give feedback on a cost/facility-sharing methodology and other terms of an interagency joint use agreement.

Upon polling the Council, their opinions on whether to agree to the proposed cost/facility sharing was divided. Without a formal decision before the Council, discussion resulted in Councilmembers Grausz, Jahncke and Goldmanis in favor of the proposal, and Councilmembers Blake, Cairns, Merkle and Pearman not favoring the proposal.

Special Business

Public Safety Director Jan Deveny presented Battalion Chief Chris Tubbs with his certificate of completion for the Executive Fire Officer training from the National Fire Academy. The National Fire Academy chose Battalion Chief Tubbs’ research paper as the paper of the year.

Public Safety Director Jan Deveny presented Battalion Chief Shawn Matheson the Distinguished Service Award for his Search and Rescue efforts at Ground Zero in New York City in September.

Appearances

Natasha Lekwa (3719 88th Ave SE), Andree Burns (8001 SE 71st Street) and Naomi Glick (7644 SE 41st Street), introduced the new cybercafe, Bounce, that will be a place for teens to hang out before and after school. Their goal is to raise $6,000 to open a restaurant and $30,000 to be successful. The opening will be Monday, June 10, 2002.

Judy Olson, 3474 77th Ave SE, is the owner of Finders Gift Shop in the Boyd building on SE 27th Street. She asked the Council to help with the parking problem in front of her store and the 10 other business in the Boyd building. Up to one half of the 25 parking spaces are taken up by cars parked there all day. She turned over a petition signed by about 750 people to restrict parking to 2 hours between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Minutes

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

Approve the Special Meeting Minutes of April 29, 2002 as amended:
Page 2, Affordable Housing Workshop
It was the unanimous sense of the Council to support a plan to go forward and develop workforce housing on Mercer Island on the site on the south side of I-90 currently on Luther Burbank Park.


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

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

Approve the Special Meeting Minutes of April 29, 2002 as amended:
Page 2, Affordable Housing Workshop
There was unanimous support from the Council to further consider Workforce Housing development on Mercer Island.


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

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

Approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of April 15, 2002 as amended:
Page 2, Item (6)
After Council discussion there was general support of:

  • Installing raised crosswalks with textured and/or colored concrete at SE 27th Street and SE 29th Street on 72nd Avenue SE and removing the all-way stop at SE 27th Street on 72nd Avenue SE.
  • Installing a stop sign on southbound 71st Avenue SE in the vicinity of SE 29th Street.
  • Installing street lights at intersections on 72nd Avenue SE.
  • Installing on-pavement speed limit sign (25 mph).
  • No traffic circle at SE 32nd Street.
The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 688,999.97  
Payrolls: $ 411,847.61 (04/19/02) $ 415,308.65 (05/03/02)

AB 3655 Kiwanis Fireworks Sales Permit: Approve the fireworks sales permit for the Mercer Island Kiwanis Club in conjunction with Independence Day (July 4) 2002.

AB 3656 Summer Celebration Fireworks Display Permit: Approve the fireworks display permit for Summer Celebration on Friday, July 12, 2002.

It was moved by Councilmember Cairns; seconded by Councilmember Jahncke 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 3659 Homestead Field Design and Master Plan Review
Parks & Recreation Manager Greg Brown reported on the progress of the field turf renovation of Homestead Field. Consultant Bruce Dees gave estimated costs for the additional elements of the proposed Master Plan.

The Mayor opened the floor to public comment.
Sue Stewart, 3205 84th Ave SE, advocated for the addition of a batting cage for the Mercer Island High School girl’s softball team. She proposed it would be partially funded by fundraising and City funds.
Craig Olson, Athletic Director at the Mercer Island High School, clarified that his letter did not intend to imply that some or part of the $500,000 earmarked for the High School football field and track should be diverted to Homestead Field.
Carrie George, Mercer Island School Board, affirmed the Board’s commitment to gender equity in school sports programs. She reported that the District is looking at sources to contribute toward a batting cage for girl’s softball. She also stated how grateful she is for the partnership with the City for the high school field.
Ken Dorsett, 4028 82nd Ave SE, who served on the Homestead committee, told the Council that pedestrians on 82nd Ave SE have to walk in the street when events are going on because of the cars parked on the side of the road.
The Mayor closed the public comment period.

The following motions were made after Council discussion of the drainage plan and the master plan for Homestead Field.

It was moved by Councilmember Blake; seconded by Councilmember Cairns to:

Accept the proposed field drainage improvement and authorize project staff to proceed with construction documents and advertise for bids.

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

It was moved by Councilmember Blake; seconded by Councilmember Cairns to:

Approve the Homestead Field Master Plan as presented contingent upon design review.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Failed 1-6 (Councilmember Blake proponent of motion).

AB 3657 Evaluation of On-Street Parking in the North End
Public Safety Director Jan Deveny presented information regarding the on-street parking restrictions put into effect in the north end of the island in early January 2002. He also relayed the information that was gathered from a survey conducted by the City to determine if residents think the parking program has helped parking in their neighborhood.

Chamber of Commerce Director Judy Clibborn presented information regarding the parking restrictions in the downtown area. She also summarized the general response to the parking restrictions from business and employees in the Central Business District.

The Mayor opened the floor to public comment.
Gordon Iwata, 2257 80th Ave SE, ITAC Co-Chairman, would like to see the City return the useable right-of ways to the owners, develop guest and visitor parking permits, and gain more control of the overflow parking from the Park and Ride. He believes that these goals can be achieved by installing a Residential Parking Zone.
Tom Donahue, 2284 78th Ave SE, stated that the current problems started in the mid-80’s by selecting the current site as the Park and Ride and that the assurances that were made to mitigate impacts of overflow parking were never acted upon. He advocates for a Residential Parking Zone to be implemented in the North-end.
The Mayor closed the public comment period.

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

  • Direct staff to establish a parking permit system for visitors/guests and for service/construction companies in the North Mercer neighborhood. The permit system can be implemented without further review by the Council.
  • Authorize the City Manager to give notice to the owner of the leased lot, James Cassan, that the City of Mercer Island will be canceling its lease on 31 of the spaces.
  • Authorize the City Manager to make changes in parking regulations and signage to respond to changing conditions.
The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Council directed staff to come back with authorizing legislation for Residential Parking Zone criteria and procedures in 4 to 6 weeks.

AB 3660 Overview of Parks and Recreation Management and Budget Issues
Deputy City Manager Deb Symmonds and Parks & Recreation Director Pete Mayer presented the overview of the Parks and Recreation management and budget issues. They asked the Council to validate the current list of initiatives and issues affecting the department’s work program.

City Manager Rich Conrad summarized his understanding of Council priorities for the Parks and Recreation department as a 4-tiered set, with the first tier being focused on the recreation programming and daily operations. The second tier is putting resources into the capital projects to which the department is already committed. The third tier is focused on the new projects that are coming up such as the Community Center and Luther Burbank Park, and the fourth tier are items such as open space acquisition and urban forestry plans.

After lengthy Council discussion regarding the current items the Parks and Recreation Department are working on, ones that are upcoming, and those in the future the Council directed staff to return with the Parks and Recreation management and budget policies reflecting:
  • A proposal, as part of the Capital Improvement Plan, to undertake major repairs to make the current buildings function during the interim while a community facilities plan evolves.
  • A focus on the recreation part of the City’s Parks, Recreation, Trails, Open Space and Arts Plan that will be updated in order to become eligible for grant funds for Council priority projects.
  • Clarification of the budget documentation and the staffing table for the Parks and Recreation Department to more accurately reflect the status of current employees. There will be no increase in budget and no new expenses related to this topic.

Open Council Discussion
(See Councilmember Reports)

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Cairns to be absent from the May 20th Meeting.
Mayor Merkle to be absent from the June 3rd Meeting.
Councilmember Grausz to be absent from the July 1st Meeting

Planning Schedule:
Add the Criteria and procedures for a Residential Parking Zone in June or July.
There will be a joint meeting on May 30th of the City Council and the Mercer Island School Board.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Blake stated that the Planning Commission suggested that the City Council review its Planned Unit Development regulation in connection with the Workforce Housing idea and that the City involve the neighborhood around the proposed site.
Mayor Merkle said that there was an article in the Seattle Times regarding workforce housing for teachers in Seattle.

Adjournment: Tuesday, May 7th 2002, 12:31 am

[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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