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City Council - Agenda     
Monday, August 03, 2009

Call To Order:


Mayor Jim Pearman 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:


Councilmembers Bruce Bassett, Mike Grady, Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke (arrived 7:17 pm) and Mayor Jim Pearman were present. Councilmember Mike Cero was absent.





(1)        AB 4459            Solid Waste Contract


Utility Board Members John Ewald, Ben Levie and Rob Sexton joined the Council for a Study Session to explain their recommendations to the City Council regarding service level changes in the solid waste contract.  The Utility Board Members and the City Council discussed the following issues: truck replacement, winter yard waste collection, inclement weather interruptions and basic service levels for yard waste.



The Study Session adjourned at 6:57 pm.  The Regular Meeting began at 7:03 pm.



Mayor Pearman recognized Star Scouts Max Foster and Jaime Laderfelt from Troop 457 who were in attendance as part of receiving their citizen merit badges.





Jeff Borgida, 1600 127th Avenue NE, Bellevue, General Manager for Allied Waste Services, spoke about contract negotiations for solid waste services between Allied Waste and the City of Mercer Island. 


Max Foster, 5001 East Mercer Way, asked about why the hybrid garbage truck costs so much and why is a hybrid truck is actually needed.  He stated that did some online research and found trucks at half the price. 





(2)        It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:

Approve the Mini-Planning Session Minutes of July 20, 2009 and Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of July 20, 2009 as written.

            Motion passed 5-0.



Consent Calendar:


Councilmember Grausz moved AB 4453: Luther Burbank Shoreline Restoration and Off Leash Area Project Acceptance to the first item of Regular Business.


(3)        Payables:   $744,138.15               Payroll:    $653,073.31



(5)        AB 4458            Set Public Hearing Date for East Cove Long Plat
Motion: Set the public meeting date for the proposed East Cove Long Plat for September 8th, 2009.


(6)        AB 4456            Identity Theft Prevention Program Resolution
Motion: Adopt Resolution No. 1414 establishing the City of Mercer Islandís Identity Theft Prevention Program pursuant to Sections 114 and 315 of the Federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003.


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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion passed 5-0.



Regular Business:


(4)        AB 4453            Luther Burbank Shoreline Restoration and Off Leash Area Project Acceptance


Councilmember Grausz asked if the funds that were unspent for this project will be spent for further shoreline restoration in Luther Burbank Park.


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

Accept the completed Luther Burbank Shoreline Restoration and Off Leash Area Project and authorize staff to close out the contract.

Motion passed 5-0.



            No AB              Sewer Lake Line & Ballfield Bond Bid Update


Finance Director Chip Corder reported that the City received seven bids for the Sewer Lake Line and Ballfield Bond.  The winning bid was PNC Capital Markets.



Councilmember Jahncke arrived at 7:17 pm.



 (7)       AB 4460            Solid Waste Contract


The Council continued their discussions of the solid waste contract from the Study Session before the Regular Meeting regarding rates and timing of rate increases for the solid waste contract.


Jeff Borgida, Allied Waste General Manager, spoke about the fuel being used by Allied Waste to reduce carbon emissions.  He spoke about researching using compressed natural gas also.


Councilmember Grausz stated that he would like Allied Waste to suspend rate increases for 2009 due to the economy and begin the new rate in 2010.


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

Direct staff to enter into discussions with Allied Waste to extend the current solid waste contract for one year.   

Motion passed 4-2 (Councilmembers Bassett and Grady dissented).



(8)        AB 4462            Adoption of Charter for City-School Ad Hoc Committee Regarding South Mercer Playfields and Elementary School Field Improvements and High School Stadium Field Replacement Interlocal Agreements


City Manager Rich Conrad presented a charter for a City-School Ad Hoc Committee for sports field improvements for adoption.  He stated that a draft interlocal agreement between the City and School District for playfields improvements has been presented to the Parks and Recreation Council Sub-Committee.  The Ad Hoc Committee will now vet the issues in the interlocal agreement raised by the Sub-Committee before the interlocal goes before the City Council and the School District Board.  City Manager Conrad also stated that staff is seeking authority to retain a design firm for production of design and construction specifications for the South Mercer Playfields.


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

Approve the City Council Ė School Board Ad Hoc Issues Committee Charter For Sports Field Improvements. 

Motion passed 6-0.


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

Authorize staff to proceed with project design activities for the South Mercer Playfields turf project.

Motion passed 6-0.





Councilmember Absences:

Councilmember Ceroís absence was excused.


Planning Schedule: 

There were no changes.


Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.


Councilmember Reports:

Councilmember Bassett spoke about the Green Ribbon Commission Meeting.

Councilmember Grady spoke about the NPDES Phase II Permit process and he commended the Police Department for their work during Seafair.

Councilmember Grausz spoke about an email from a citizen that the Council explains the used of fertilizer in regards to the NPDES Phase II Permit. Communications Coordinator Joy Johnston spoke a regional effort regarding stormwater use.

Deputy Mayor Jahncke spoke about the number of BUIís during Seafair.

Councilmember Bassett spoke about the success of the second annual National Night Out.

Mayor Pearman spoke about the completion of the preschool playground at Luther Burbank Park.

City Manager Conrad spoke about YFS staff who were asked to join group of experts in the region for drug and alcohol abuse among youth panel.



Adjournment:          8:58 pm


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