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TV talk show Finding a fun career behind the scenes/C1 agnREPORTER Wednesday, April 20, 1994 to pay for-Mere By Chris Norred Mercer Island Reporter Keeping the popular Communi- ty Center at Mercer View as a se- nior and recreation facility will most likely involve tax increases, according to a report this week. Four payment options were , outlined in the report and all‘raise taxes, except one, which calls for an already strained citybudget to cover the additional cost of the community center. Tom Weathers described the four plans on Monday at a joint Burning for learning 4w: Mercer Island, Anna Matheson, left, and Delores Erchinger were honored by the City Council last week as co—recipients of the Citizen of the Year Award. Both were recognized for their service to the Island as volunteers and community activists. For more than 30 years, Anna Matheson hasbeen a dedicated advocate for senior citizens through a number of organizations. Delores Erchinger has been a volunteer and commu‘nityactivist for decades, primarily for the Chamber of Commerce, the Historical Society and the senior programs. __ ‘~ Will Islanders raise-taxes meeting of the School Board and City Council. He is chairman of a special committee working to re- solve the ownership issue. , “I don’t think anybody is going to see anything here that is magic or new,” Weathers said. Since 1980, the community cen— ter has been leased and operated by City Hall for recreation and service programs. But the build- ing is owned by the Mercer Island School District. ~ The district started discussing the sale of the property last year. Funds from the sale will be used er Washing ton ’b.‘~ Andrea Marchese to remodel Mercer Island High School, board members say. By the end of June, the special committee will choosethe most economical plan for the city to buy the property. UNTIL THEN, citizens need a . chance to learn about the pay- ment options and comment on them, according to Weathers. -. However, much of theepublic concern may have been put to rest earlier this year when‘ the — Please see ‘Mercer View’ on A4. 75 cents District picks two architects for next building Jahncke dissents over fee issue By Laurie McHale Mercer IslandReporter he Mercer Island School Board last Thursday approved selection of two architectural firms to begin - design and engineering work in anticipation of modernizing the Island’s three elementary schools.» ' The board voted 4-1, with El J ahncke dissenting, to approve the administration’s recommendation to hire Erickson , McGovern Architects to work on two of the schools, and Harthorne Hagen Architects to work on the third. How the work will be divided is yet to be determined. From about 30 firms that submitted proposals, five firms were selected for interviews and evaluation. The review team included associate superintendent for business services Mike Ziara, board member Jon Oesting, Facilities Advisory Committee member Raymond Moy, maintenance supervisor John touches to 1-90 The center lanes. on 1-90, «.L_-'Wh1ch* provide Mercer Island drivers a breezy commute into I Seattle each morning, are clos— ing at 8:30 a.m., one hour earli— er thanusual. The center lanes reopen for eastbound traffic at 2:30 pm. Melissa .Loomis, spokeswom— an for the Department of Trans— portation, said work crews need the extra hour of closure time each day to finish the project by ’June as scheduled. _, ‘. In June, the center lanes will begin full-time operations, with : the hours of direction change to be determined. Also in June, 1—90 ramp me- ters will be added to westbound projects Mead and city building official Bill Price. Ziara told the board that he wants to work with two firms in order to bring another one into a working relationship with the district, and to get cost analyses from two sources rather than one, in anticipation of a major modernization of the high school down the road. Erickson McGovern is also providing architectural services on the Islander Middle School remodel. JAHNCKE dissented from the majority because the motion before the board contained no mention of a fee amount or how fees would be determined. The motion stated “fee to be negotiated.” “What’s the range on the fees?” J ahncke queried Ziara. “I don’t feel comfortable saying go hire at any fee.” Oesting said it is important to trust the district’s professional staff and to hire firms with a track record. Superintendent Dick Giger told J ahncke that the district was merely asking the board for authority to enter into a Please see ‘Architects’ on A2. on—ramps from Mercer Island. Ramp meters are stop lights that allow cars onto the freeway at four-second intervals. The meters will operate dur— ing rush hour to reduce traffic jams. This month, construction crews are busy on North Mercer Way, repaving the roadway that was damaged by heavy trucks during construction of 1-90. Drivers on the roadway may experience slight delays, but the road is remaining open during the paving work. The project is paid for by the state as a mitigation for the con— struction effects on Island road- ways. Get in on an “action team’ By Laurie McHale Mercer Island Reporter There’s still time to volunteer to help with strate- gic planning for the Mercer Island schools. School superintendent Dick Giger told the school board at its last meeting that 54 people had volunteered to serve on one of four "‘Action Teams” as of late last week. The district would like to have 60 to 80 mem- bers on the four teams. Strategic planning will move to the next phase of the planned process with an orientation meeting on April 25 for people‘who have volunteered for the Ac- tion Teams. ‘ The teams will spend the next few months putting meat on the bones of the four strategies developed by the 26-member Strategic Planning Team that ‘met for three days last monthin Port Townsend. The four strategies are: . 0 development of standards and assessment. methods consistent with school reform and world— class standards; (development of a comprehensive system of pub- lic service; ' ‘ 0 development of students’ abilities to set goals and prepare for careers and lifelong learning; 0 review of instructional methods to support stu-, dents in reaching their personal best. Director of Instructional Services Mike Soltman told the board that anyone who volunteers will be in— Vvited to serve on one of the teams. In addition, he said, individuals with specific expertise were also being invited to participate. For information on the teams, call the superin- tendent's office at,236—3300,. School board member Boyd Vander Houwen stat- ed that $11,500 had been spent to date for the con- sulting services of Larry Huggins of the Cambridge Management Group. It’s anticipated that the expenw diture will total about $30,000 for the three phases of * ‘ ‘3 ' « p Maxwell snags“ the strategic planning process. Mercer Island firefighters stand watch as a 64vyear—old log cabin at 5906 80th Avenue S.E.‘ goes up in smoke during a training exerr‘ A community forum will be held at 7 pm. Mon~ cise last Saturday. The cabin had belonged to Dick and Margaret Kent, who bought the property in 1950. After Margaret died “1' day, May 16. m the Mercer ISlémd ngh Selloffl L1' 1988, it passed t6 grandson Torn Kent, who recently put the property up for sale. The land has beenipurchased by a‘ family in bral‘y, m Dar? t0 dISCUSS the Strat'eglc 131811111118 PTO- Issaquah, but the home would be too difficult to remodel. Firefighters conducted “room burns” last week, to. simulatevconditions in— 9853- The mam focus 0f the meeting W111 be a State‘ side a burning building, before torching the structure on.Saturday. imandated' hearing on Student Learmng Improve- ment Grants. . ‘ ‘ ‘ A t l” I l. i