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City Council - Agenda     
Monday, January 05, 2009

Call To Order:
Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.
Roll Call:
Councilmembers Bruce Bassett, Mike Grady, Mike Cero, Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present.
Mayor Pearman read an article naming Mercer Island as No. 20 on the Forbes list of the Most Educated Small Towns.
Peter Donaldson, 3635 88th Avenue SE, recognized the leadership the Council has shown by the report on sustainable practices the City has started and continued.  He suggested that the Council hold off on fleet upgrades until it can be 100% electric vehicles and that the City should adopt green building practices.
Jonathan Harrington, 9514 SE 68th Street, thinks the City has taken great steps in sustainable practices.
Bert Loosmore, 4639 Forest Ave SE, thanked the Council for actions toward Sustainability.  He suggested that rather than just focusing on global climate change, the City should look toward specific sustainable practices to reduce individual ecological footprints.
Callie Ridolfi, 3432 72nd Avenue SE, encouraged the City to set some interim stretch guidelines to reduce carbon emissions over the next 3, 5 and 10 years.
Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, 3212 West Mercer Way, she commended the Council for the sustainable progress over the last few years, but she feels that Mercer Island is still behind. She encouraged the Council to take vision further out than a lifetime.
(1)        It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Approve the Revised Special Meeting Minutes of December 8, 2008 as written.
Motion passed 7-0.
Consent Calendar:
(2)        Payables:   $1,116,030.35                Payroll:  $597,106.30 (12/19/08)
                                                                                $542,279.22 (01/02/09)
It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion passed 7-0.
Emergency Preparedness Officer Jennifer Franklin reported on the activation of the City’s Emergency Operations Center during the December storm and Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher reported on the street clearing and clean-up during and after the storm.
Regular Business:
(3)        AB 4381            Town Center Parking Time Limits (2nd Reading & Adoption)
Development Services Director Steve Lancaster presented an ordinance that creates additional parking in the Town Center and changes the time limits for parking in the Town Center. At the previous meeting staff was directed to bring back an option for 4-hour parking at either one or both ends of Sunset Highway.  Three options were presented to the Council.
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Approve second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 09C-01 as approved on first reading with the following modifications: 
Add to Section 2:
B.            In the Town Center
1.         Time-Limited Parking.
d.         4 Hour Limit. Parking is restricted to 4 hours in the cul-de-sac located on the east end of Sunset Highway 
Delete from Section 2:
C.            In the Town Center
21.        PermitRestricted Parking…
a.         Cul-de-sacs located on the east and west end of Sunset Highway.
Motion passed 7-0.
(4)        AB 4384            Fee-In-Lieu Ordinance Amendment (1st Reading)
City Attorney Katie Knight and City Engineer Patrick Yamashita… presented an ordinance that would amend MICC Chapter 15.11 “Fee In Lieu of Storm Water Detention”, designating Mercer Island as one drainage basin instead of four since all runoff from the Island drains to the same receiving water (Lake Washington).
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Waive City Council Rules of Procedures 5.2.
Motion passed 4-3 (Councilmembers Bassett, Cero and Grady dissented).
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Adopt Ordinance No. 09C-02 amending MICC Chapter 15.11Fee In Lieu of Storm Water Detention.
Motion passed 6-1 (Councilmember Grady dissented).
(5)        AB 4386            Sustainability Work Plan
Communications Coordinator Joy Johnston spoke about the City’s effort to measure and track the sustainable practices with software from ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability incorporating that data into the City’s performance measurement system.  She also spoke about public outreach efforts with carbon emission reduction, the Leap for Green event in April, the updating of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities plan, the Healthy Ways to School program, a climate action task force, and a household sustainability plan.
Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher explained the City’s involvement in the regional Evergreen Fleets Initiative.  He also spoke about boosting recycling rates on Mercer Island by partaking in a pilot project with Allied Waste that provide incentives to customers as a reward for increased recycling.  Director Boettcher also detailed the process for upgrading the City’s facilities to more efficient practices and equipment.
Development Services Director Steve Lancaster spoke about the Planning Commission’s work to identify and evaluate regulatory barriers to implementing sustainable development practices on Mercer Island.  He stated that staff will also be evaluating incentives for promoting sustainable development, LEED standards and other existing programs with energy efficient incentives.
City Manager Rich Conrad spoke about possible development of an infrastructure for electric car plug-in stations throughout eastside communities.
Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Cero will be absent for the Planning Session (January 23-25, 2009).
Planning Schedule: 
The 2nd February meeting will be on Tuesday, February 17th.
Board Appointments:
There were no appointments.
Councilmember Reports:
There were no reports.
Adjournment:          9:20 pm

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