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City Council - Agenda     
Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 7:07 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.
Councilmembers Bruce Bassett, Mike Cero, Mike Grady, Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present.
Michael Agather, 3420 79th Avenue SE, spoke about a recreational vehicle which is parked on the street in his neighborhood and is moved every 72 hours to avoid being towed. He presented a petition, with signatures from his neighbors, asking the Council to amend the parking ordinance to prevent violators from avoiding penalties by making inconsequential, immaterial changes in where the vehicle is parked.

Jeff Borgida, 1600 127th Avenue NE, Bellevue, General Manager for Allied Waste Services, asked the Council to approve the proposed solid waste contract with Allied Waste.
(1)        It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
            Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of August 3, 2009 as written.
            Motion passed 7-0.
(2)        Payables:     $1,177,964.58 (8/5/09)          Payroll:     $659,129.45 (8/14/09)
                                    $986,107.23 (8/13/09)                             $640,071.84 (8/28/09)
                                    $397,714.30 (8/20/09)
                                    $1,857,557.84 (8/27/09)
(3)        AB 4463            Change Public Hearing Date for East Cove Long Plat
Motion: the public meeting date for the proposed East Cove Long Plat to November 2, 2009.
It was moved by Councilmember Litzow; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.
Motion passed 7-0.
(4)        AB 4465            Snow Plow and De-Icing System Purchases Acceptance
Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher presented information to the Council regarding acquiring two additional small plows that would allow quicker and more reliable snow removal in neighborhoods with challenging access and a de-icing system that could serve 8 miles (16 lane miles) of main routes throughout the Island when needed.
It was moved by Councilmember Grady; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Use $40,000 of the $260,000 originally appropriated for the purchase of two used maxi pumpers in the Equipment Rental Fund for the acquisition of a de-icing system and two additional snow plows.
Motion passed 7-0.
(5)        AB 4461            Mercer Island Youth Drug and Alcohol Use and Community Response White Paper
Youth & Family Services Director Cindy Goodwin, YFS Administrative Manager Derek Franklin, Police Chief Ed Holmes and Assistant City Attorney Shane Moloney presented a White Paper that outlined the issue of underage drinking on Mercer Island. It detailed the levels of youth drinking and the current prevention efforts from four key youth serving entities: the Mercer Island School District, MI Police Department, City Attorney’s Office and the Department of Youth and Family Services. They also outlined the shift within the Youth and Family Services Department to using an Environmental Approach that takes into consideration the community’s enforcement of laws, access to alcohol and the social norms.
The Council engaged in lengthy discussion of the White Paper and the issues and solutions contained therein.
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Direct staff return to the Council by December 7, 2009 with further proposals to address youth drug and alcohol abuse including changing in existing policies designed to:
1. Improve use of community service as a method of providing appropriate consequences for violations of law.
2. Improve enforcement activities on days and evenings which historically have been occasions for drug and alcohol abuse by youth.
3. Improve communications to and among parents to enhance drug and alcohol abuse preventions in the home and the community.
Motion failed 3-4 (Councilmembers Cero, Grady and Grausz were proponents of the motion).
It was moved by Councilmember Bassett; seconded by Councilmember Cero to:
Direct staff to return with greater specificity of the suggestion of Council participation in funding of Public Serve Announcements for broadcast on channel 21 and designation of drug and alcohol fines and fees to support Island prevention efforts.
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Grady to:
Amend the previous motion to add:
…and proposals to improve communication to parents on youth drug and alcohol abuse.
Motion to amend passed 7-0.
Main motion passed 7-0.
(6)        AB 4464            Solid Waste Contract
It was moved by Deputy Mayor Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Direct staff to finalize the new contract with Allied Waste and authorize the City Manager to sign the contract presented in AB 4464 as Exhibit 1).
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Bassett to:
Direct staff include a provision in the contract, with language to be negotiated with Allied Waste to be consistent with the last sentence in item 10 of AB 4464 (Allied also has agreed to make the Island first in line in receiving trucks that use alternative cleaner technologies).
Motion to amend passed 5-2 (Councilmember Litzow and Deputy Mayor Jahncke dissented).
Motion passed 6-1 (Councilmember Cero dissented).
(7)        AB 4466            Second Quarter 2009 Financial Status Report & 2009-2010 Biennial Budget Adjustments
Finance Director Chip Corder Second Quarter 2009 Financial Status Report which included details on the General Fund revenues and expenditures, the Utility Funds, all other funds, the Capital Improvement Program and budget adjustments. He also presented an ordinance amending the 2009-2010 Biennial Budget to include budget adjustments to the General, Street, Criminal Justice, Beautification, Municipal Arts, Capital Improvement, Youth and Family Services and Equipment Rental Funds.
It was moved by Deputy Mayor Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Litzow to:
Adopt Ordinance No. 09-11, amending the 2009-2010 Budget.
Motion passed 7-0.
Councilmember Absences:
There were no absences.
Planning Schedule:
Councilmember Cero asked about the timing of the Island Crest Way/Merrimount Intersection agenda item.
Councilmembers Grausz and Litzow asked that amendments to parking regulations be added to a future meeting in 2009.
Board Appointments:
There were no appointments.
Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Bassett invited all to attend the September 15th Green Ribbon Commission Meeting.
Councilmember Grady spoke about grant opportunities for sustainable efforts and purchasing electric vehicles and charging stations.
City Manager Conrad spoke about the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition grant application.
Councilmember Cero spoke about a low-flying jet into Renton Airport.
Councilmember Grausz spoke about the City Council – School Board Ad Hoc Issues Committee Charter for Sports Field Improvements meeting where the interlocal agreement for sports field maintenance and improvements was discussed.
ADJOURNMENT:          10:28 pm

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