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City Council - Minutes     
Monday, December 13, 2010

Call To Order:


Mayor Jim Pearman called the meeting to order at 6:07 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.



Roll Call: 


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





New Eagle Scout Recognition


Mayor Pearman recognized Mercer Island youth who have recently achieved the status of Eagle Scout: Jared Thomas (Troop 457), Tracy Wright (Troop 624), Alex Friele (Troop 457) and Aaron Azose (Troop 647).  They each spoke about their projects and received a letter from the Mayor acknowledging their achievement.  Diane Pottinger, Cascade District Advancement Chairperson, spoke about how many dollars were saved with the volunteer work to complete their projects.



Acknowledgement and Commendation of Councilmember Steve Litzow’s Service to the Mercer Island Community


Mayor Pearman read a resolution (No. 1348) commending Steve Litzow for his service to the citizens of Mercer Island.  He spoke of the accomplishments of the Council during Councilmember Litzow’s tenure.  The Mercer Island Police Association also read a letter thanking Councilmember Litzow for his support of the Mercer Island Police Department during his tenure.


Councilmembers thanked Councilmember Litzow for his service and wished him luck in his new role as Washington State Senator representing the 41st Legislative District.


Councilmember Litzow thanked the citizens of Mercer Island for their help and support during his service over the last seven years.  He also thanked City Manager Rich Conrad and City staff for their dedication to City of Mercer Island.  He stated that it has been his honor and privilege to have served with the other members of the City Council and he hopes to take the collaborative spirit of serving the Mercer Island citizenry to Olympia with him.



City Manager Conrad provided a report on the effects of the storm on Mercer Island over the weekend.  He stated that the storm drainage system functioned well and staff was on duty over the weekend to clear debris and keep the water flowing to the lake.  He noted that there were three landslides on private property and three properties were significantly affected by the slides.  Mercer Island sewer systems were also managed over the weekend by staff and there were no major backups, however, one of the King County sewer pump stations backed up and King County staff have remedied the issue.



SPECIAL Business:


AB 4590            Interlocal Agreement with Mercer Island School District for Aquatic Services for Mary Wayte Pool


Parks and Recreation Director Bruce Fletcher provided background information regarding recent developments with the Mary Wayte Pool operations.  He stated that since the Mercer Island School District is the facility and land owner of Mary Wayte Pool, the School Superintendent will seek the responsibility to take over all aquatic services on school district property.  He further explained that in order to continue public swimming and programs for Mercer Island residents, staff is proposing to enter into an interlocal agreement with the District.  The School District will sub contract with a qualified pool operator and will guarantee hours and programs similar to the Northwest Center pool schedule.


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

Authorize the City Manager to enter into an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Mercer Island and the Mercer Island School District for aquatic services at the Mary Wayte Swimming Pool with the following amendment to Section 4.3:

4.3     In the event that the sub-contractor incurs an unavoidable operating loss during any year of this Agreement, it may apply to the District for an operating subsidy not to exceed the available balance held in the City of Mercer Island’s reserve account dedicated for this purpose.  Payment of any subsidy to the sub-contractor under this section shall require prior approval of both the District and the City.

Motion PASSED 6-0 (Grausz absent).



AB 4589            3rd Quarter 2010 Financial Status Report & Budget Adjustments


Finance Director Chip Corder presented the 3rd Quarter Financial Status Report and spoke about the revenue shortfall for 2010.  He presented an ordinance to amend the 2009-2010 Budget with adjustments the Council has made since May 2010.


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

Suspend the City Council Rules of Procedure 5.2 and adopt Ordinance No. 10-10, amending the 2009-2010 Budget.

Motion PASSED 5-1 (Cero dissented, Grausz absent).



AB 4594            Adoption of 2011-2012 Budget


Finance Director Chip Corder presented an ordinance to adopt a final version of the 2011-2012 Budget for the City of Mercer Island that incorporates changes made by the Council and staff over the past few months during budget hearings.


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

Adopt Ordinance No. 10-15, which adopts a budget for the City of Mercer Island, Washington for the years 2011-2012.

Motion PASSED 5-1 (Cero dissented, Grausz absent).



Adjournment:          7:39 pm

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