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.
Councilmembers Bruce Bassett, Mike Grady (7:35 pm), Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present. Councilmember Mike Cero was absent.
Mayor Pearman spoke about the recent visit by students from Mercer Island’s Sister City Thonon-les-Bains France.
John Worthington, Renton resident, asked the City of Mercer Island to keep the number of stops for the East Link project to one and let the busses feed the system.
Myra Lupton, 3443 72nd Place SE, commended the Parks and Recreation Department for the success of the sailing program launched in the summer of 2008.
(1) It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Deputy Mayor Jahncke to:
Approve the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of February 2, 2009 as written.
Motion passed 7-0.
(2) Payables: $546,332.60 Payroll: $603,648.30
It was moved by Councilmember Bassett; seconded by Deputy Mayor Jahncke to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion passed 6-0.
(3) AB 4393 Arts Council 2008 Annual Report and 2009 Work Plan
Arts and Cultural Events Coordinator Amber Britton introduced Arts Council Chair Helen Martin who highlighted accomplishments by the Arts Council in 2008. She also spoke about their work plan for 2009.
Councilmember Grausz asked about the possibility of the Arts Council and the 1% for Arts in Public Places helping the Youth Theatre Northwest.
Council directed staff and the Arts Council to review the proposed plan and reduce staff hours to 900 for 2009 as well as review the guidelines for the use of the funds from the 1% for Arts in Public Places.
(4) AB 4394 Second Amendment to Northwest Center Pool Agreement
Recreation Superintendent Diane Mortenson presented the 2008 Northwest Center Mary Wayte Pool Annual Report as well as the second amendment to the agreement with Northwest Center concerning the operation of the Mary Wayte Pool which extends the term to December 31, 2010. Northwest Center’s Director of Community Pools Chris Sumi answered questions from the Council.
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Authorize the City Manager to enter into the 2nd Amendment to the “Agreement Between the City of Mercer Island and Northwest Center Concerning the Operation of the Mary Wayte Pool”, to extend the term to December 31, 2010 and to accept the 2008 annual report.
Motion passed 6-0.
(5) AB 4390 Lake Line Construction Project Budget
Assistant City Engineer Anne Tonella-Howe presented the Sewer Lake Line and Pump Station No. 4 Replacement Project cost summary and funding sources in order to set the construction budget for the entire project. She also spoke about the completion of the Luther Burbank Shoreline Restoration Project.
It was moved by Deputy Mayor Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Set the budget for construction of the Sewer Lake Line and Pump Station No. 4 Replacement Project at $24,221,000.
Motion passed 6-0.
Councilmember Cero’s absence was excused.
Councilmember Grausz will be absent on March 2, 2009.
Deputy Mayor Jahncke will be absent on March 2, 2009.
Mayor Pearman will be absent on March 16, 2009.
Councilmember Litzow asked about the 2009 Council Work Plan and when the Planning Schedule will be planned out for the year.
Councilmember Litzow asked for a list of staff hours for all City Boards and Commissions.
The City Council / MISD Board Joint meeting will be rescheduled to another date due to Council absences.
There were no appointments.
Mayor Pearman stated that he and the City Manager will be going Olympia for the AWC Legislative Conference and to meet with the Governor’s staff to discuss tolling and transportation.
Adjournment: 8:27 pm