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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, April 05, 2010

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, Dan Grausz, Steve Litzow, Deputy Mayor El Jahncke and Mayor Jim Pearman were present. Councilmembers Mike Cero and Mike Grady were absent.





Stephanie Kornblum, 2278 72nd Ave SE, Co-President of Mercer Island Preschool Association, spoke about the grant from the MIPA to the City for the Deanes Childrens’ Park Adventure Playground and the continued partnership between the two organizations.





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

Adopt the Study Session & Regular Meeting Minutes March 15, 2010 as written.

Motion PASSED 5-0.



Consent Calendar:


(2)        Payables:         $472,186.54 (3/11/2010) & $320,480.50 (3/18/2010)

Recommendation: Certify that the materials or services hereinbefore specified have been received and that all warrant numbers listed are approved for payment.


Payroll:             $620,756.98 (3/26/2010)

Recommendation: Certify that the materials or services specified have been received and that all fund warrants are approved for payment.


(3)        AB 4524            2010 Interlocal Agreement for Waterfowl (Canada Goose) Management

Motion: Authorize the City Manager to sign the 2010 Interlocal Agreement for Waterfowl (Canada Goose) Management.


(4)        AB 4522            MI Preschool Association Grant for Deanes Childrens’ Park Adventure Playground

Motion: Accept the grant of $6,175.75 from MIPA for the Deanes Childrens’ Park Adventure Playground.  Appropriate $6,175 in the 2009-2010 CIP Fund for the Deanes Childrens’ Park Adventure Playground.


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

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

Motion PASSED 5-0.






Regular Business:


(5)        AB 4523            Open Space Conservancy Trust Annual Report


Parks Natural Resource Coordinator Paul West introduced Open Space Conservancy Trust Chair Don Cohen who presented the Trust’s 2009 Annual Report and the proposed work plan for 2010. Chair Cohen spoke about the Trust’s work over the last year and the ability to do more work because of the levy funds.  He stated that volunteerism was way up and that signage and a kiosk helped to increase park use.  He highlighted the letterbox program that the Trust will undertake in 2010.  It is a scavenger hunt program in Pioneer Park that will be rolled out over the year.  He also spoke about the potential transfer of the Engstrom Open Space to the Open Space Conservancy Trust.



 (6)       AB 4525            I-90 Briefing with Sound Transit & WSDOT


Deputy City Manager James Mason introduced Representative Judy Clibborn (and Chair of the House Transportation Committee), Katy Taylor, WSDOT Public Transportation Director, Craig Stone from WSDOT Tolling Division and Jim Edwards, Deputy Director of Design and Engineering for Sound Transit who provided an overview of the projects that impact portions of the I-90 corridor on Mercer Island.


The presentations and discussions included information on modifications to HOV lanes and ramping (R8A), updates on the East Link light rail project and the Mercer Island station, and an overview of issues related to regional transportation including freeway tolling and the proposed light rail alignments.


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

Resolve that the City of Mercer Island opposes any East Link route that does not include a parking facility for at least 1400 vehicles in South Bellevue that would be easily accessible to I-90 traffic.

Motion PASSED 5-0.





Councilmember Absences:

Councilmember Cero and Grady’s absences were excused.


Planning Schedule:

City Manager Conrad handed out an updated Planning Schedule and explained recent changes.


Board Appointments:

There were no appointments.


Councilmember Reports:

Mayor Pearman reminded everyone that Saturday April 10th is the opening day for Little League and the ribbon-cutting for the new fields.

Councilmember Bassett spoke about possible the Council versus School Board challenge to change their carbon footprints.



Adjournment:          9:22 pm

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