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ME P, CER ~SLAND REPORTER. Wednesday July 22. Page A2 . ~, By ERIC STEVICK his vote to be in the mainstream But that is not the mare reason Two city counedmembers have for Stewart's decision not to run (oh|the Reporterthey will not seek "i'm not going to run for any- re-electmnnextfal] thing." Stewart said. dispelling Gordon Rasmussen and Bill rumorshe might seeka positionon Stewart said last week they will the school board not be candidates in the council "l want to spend the next let race for three positions, years with my kids. I also have to Incumbent of the third position, make some adjustments in my Mayor Beth Bland. has announced personal life 1 just don't think I her candidacy for a second term have the time or the energy to do Rasmussen said after several the job the way it should be done," week- consideration, that "I want Stewart said h, d~, somcthin~ else for a while Stewart added he is still "most The time commitment ts such that concerned" with the way the i ust decided not to throw my hat rouncd will handle several issues into the ring You can work 2o~ 3 J -- most immediately the Farmers hoursamonthap.d[eelhkevouare Net World Life proper(3 at'- not putting m enoff~n'T#l~, Ras quired by the city in a land ~wap in mussensaid July 1979 The council recentb Rasmusset~lms been tn~tolved in voted to allow City Manager Larr~ M ercer Island government for !0 Rose to negotiate a lease of the old year> Before~erlang~, ~e coun- Farmers building r nt was atqD mod, to.l, he city Stewart, along with 'ouncii- planmn ' commission He later member JimHorn. dissented chaired the commission He also l don't think the commumt.v served a~ chairman of the school knows what's going on with the dlstr:ct Citizen's Advisory Coun- Farmers building," Stewart said c'A "There was no reason for an ex %hen runnm for ofhce In 1977 ecut]ve session That was stupid Rasmussen criticized tht, councd It was not even appropriate for an fer not thoroughly considering cit.~ executive session. ' Stewart planmn His platform at that added tlme wa, "If we dont impose de- Stewart has also, pubhcly velopment controls not. the land theorized that a "'small coahtion' will be ~zone " on the Island wants to turn Mer- Rasmussen unseated Position '2 cerdale property into a "Ta3 mcum0er, t (;rant Beck Since Mahalcity hall the,L he has pushed for controlled Stewart said he was frustrated land development legislation with the lack of cooperation be- The 2d-year Mercer Island resl tween the cn.v and the school dis- dent said he was Impressed with trio(. He cited "'bureaucracy" and the tree thinkang exhibited by "the intransigent positions of the colleagues on the council. He said cttv manager and the school su- councdmembers voted on the perintendent for the allegedly in- Issues rather than by their pohti- effective relationship cat afhhatton The councilman has trad tional- Stewar would appear to dis- ly been a strong advocate of using aerev The councils maverick city tunds to support community memoe': said he was frustrated services ,hich the financlaliy- w th tee council because many constrained Mercer Island School members voted with the popular District underwrites ssue A third issue which the courted He said he has felt "'ineffective" must continue to resoh'e is the and hke an "outsider" for the last completion of 1-90. Stewart said tw: years because he didn't swap Stewart added that the public GORDON RASMUSSEN BILL STEWART shouht keep ~ts eye on the 'granny the council enacted four major flats' issue before the c~t.v's plan- land development ordinances, in- ning commission. The commissmn eluding a steep slope ordinance. may amend the city code to let ho- He also successfully pressed for meowners establish rental units the ordinance regulating condo- within single family dwellings, minium conversions, "I think they Ithe eouncill better Stewart left his job as assistant be careful on that. It's a good idea principal at Mercer Island High if it only caters to the elderly." School two years ago to become Stewart said. principal at Kent-Meridian High Stewart. like Rasmussen. has School. He also served on the been an ardent advocate of land Mercer Island Parks Advisory use and building controls. At his Board. first council meeting. Stewart Stewart unseated Position 1 in- culled for a moratorium on resi- cumbent Amos Wood in the 1977 dential construction until the city primary election and defeated passed more stringent develop- Frank Potter in the general elec- men( controls. Soon thereafter, lion Filing begins Monday, July 27 for city council, school board offices Candidates for two school position board positions and three cltx School Board President Gret- council spots up for election this chen Ilgenfritz and Vice Presi- fall must file at the Kant, Count) dent Cleveland Anschell have Elections Office next Mondax already declared they wE.: run through Friday. July 27 trroueh again 31 Two of the three council To run for the councd one members whose positions art, must be a registered voter" and up for re-election have told the have hved on Mercer Island for Reporterthey will not seek see- at least one year. accordmz tu dad terms Bill Stewart and county election officials A $1, Gordon Rasmussen have pulled filing tee is also required, based out of the running in positions 1 on $60,t-per-year remuneration and 2. respectively. Seerelated received by counctlmembers story, this page. Filin z for the school board 1 Mayor Beth Bland announced tree her intention to run for re-elec- Pnmar election (ill be tide two weeks ago and Fred held Sept 15 it more than two May said last week he will seek candidates itie tor the same election toanopencouncilseat Forthcoming meetings: DESIGN COMMISSION will meet at 7 p m tonight. July 22 in the Community Center at Mercer Viex~. to consider requests ranging front change oI a gate location lu development ot an 8d-unit condominium Agenda include, request by lnterdeve- lopment Corporation to build an l -unit condominium on 76th Avenue S E. west of the Devington. behind Aibert ons : request for remodeling at Island Terrace Apartments: approval ot a sign for Fire Station No. 2: and other items CITY COUNCIL will meet at 7:45 p.m Monday. July 27 at the Community Center at Mercer View to hear a proposal to with- draw the city from the Social Security program: 1o consider a proposal from the Roads and Trails Boant t,) reverse the traffic flo~ through the Mercer Island Post Office i)arkin~ lot from northbound to southbound, to relieve a traffic problem at the intersection of 78th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 32nd Street: and to hear the city engineering department's recom- mendation for a contractor who will construct right turns east and westbound on Island Crest Way and Southeast 40th Street HEARING EXAMINER will entertain two requests at 2 pm Friday. July 24 William C Gilbert. 41M t block E Mercer Way, is requesting a five-foet variance in the 75-foot lot width mini- mum in an R 9.6 zone. in order to accommodate a subdivision of his property In a continuance from a previous meeting, Terence Deeny. 820o block of Seashore Drive. is requesting permission to build a covered moora ze within 5o feet of a public street end PLANNING COMMISSION t'iI[ hold a public meetin~ at 7:3(i pm Wednesday. July 29 at the Community Center at Mercer 'ie~v. to hear citizens' ,)pinions on changing the Mercer Island zoning code to accommodate rental units tithm single family dwellings, or "'granny flats ' Recent action: PLANNING COMMI&qlON at it> Jul3 15 meeting decided to recommend approval of the watercourse setback deviation re- quested by Dean Gudtr, undson, finding the new plans submitted sensiHve to the site and acceptable to the neighbor present at the meeting: discussed the Mercer Island zoning code. and in particular recommended further discussion of mini-day care centers and whether to retain present limit of three children per center. ~Holders of state day-care hcenses are presently being denied licenses from the city, SCHOOL BOARD at its July 16 meeting received the proposed 1981-82 district budget, with final approval set for Aug. 27: ap- proved employment agreements and salary schedules for ad- ministrative staff members and confidential employees for 19SI-82: held an executive session discuss three personnel items: directed Superintendent Craig Currie to draw up resolu- tions to be sent to the legislative assembly ot the Washington State School Directors Association in October. regarding suffi- cient funding for gifted education and King County property tax collections: adopted ! olicies regarding purciaa ing -- bidding. purchasing -- authet zation and control, student fees. the ele- mentary remediation program and the elementary school li- brary services program : approved regulations regarding prin- cipals' salary schedule, administrative staff and confidential employees' salary schedules, purchasing -- bids and contracts. evaluation study for procurement purposes, and requisition and PO procedures: approved a six-month leave of absence for Rodney Thomas. media technician: recalled for employment two more teachers -- Kathleen Kellogg and Deborah Von Holt -- who had received reduction in force IRIF notices May 8: hired Mike Gray of Gray and Williams to provide investment services from Sept. 1. 1981 to Aug. 31. 1982: and accepted a bid of $14.934 from Herff Jones to print the high school yearbook. After executive session, the board recessed until 7:45 a.m. this morning, when it took action to rehire other certificated em- ployees on continuing contract who had been served RIF no- tices Barring an3 unforeseen prob- In addition, construction work- lems. two lanes of eastbound traf- ers are expected to complete an fic will open on schedule next asphalt overlay on the pedestrian- Monday on the new $16 milhon b cyclist sidewalk today and to- Eas Channel Bridge local high- morro That route is also sched- way officials report, uled to open Monday. Currentl~ the brid~e ]s open to All together, three westbound westbound traffic only lanes and two eastbound will be in ts of the KITTENS. ANYONE? These 8-week-old domestic shorth- a:r are playful and lirterbox-trained. One is beige, the other qra They'll keep away mice. warm your lap, entertain with a put and give a great deal ot pleasure and love in return w'rv little care. Have a cat. These are among the many fine pets awaiting adoption at The Humane Society. 13212 l-,a tqat, k av. Bellevue Telephone is 641.0080. No new dispatcher hired as yet A new C ty of Mercer Island dl - mportance when we have the patcher probably will not be hired time." Parsons said "Essentially. for' another two weeks, accordinz everythin of Importance is on It, Deput3 Police Chief Phil Par- schedule W son.- The staff has been one person Parsons said ne is trymg to or a- short since former chief dispatch- raze a t vpm= test time for the 15 er Toni White res]gned May 28. dispatc e: applicant He is hop- Parson expects one of the four mg t, set ui, tee test m the tirst veteran dispatchers to be named week of August and conduct Inter- to the chiet dispatcher position vlew s sh~r: ly thereafter Parson~ admitted that having a Of the 15 applicants. Parsons shorthandc, t dispatch stall "'has said that a couple of them were been a hardship ' but he said he males, which automatically dulled will take much time as he needs their chances The .lob description t,) choose In, most qualified appli- asks for females only because the cant dispatcher-- often the only female "tVe at, bas~call3 dome the present -- must sometimes serve most ~mpurtant thm~', tirst and as a matron when searehing fe- catchm~ up ,'4 the thlne~ of lesser male suspects Island boy improving after boat accident r,!, .~'l~del 1, t,l Mort'el 1 lztt~,i ',~i- It'!lOl'te~l COnSC|(II.| allot :w.I,r,~ m M,mda3 m Irt.~lrlLi 51.~,:: It,~;Ht;,: alter ht ~a- in iU. It"; ~' ~.t [IIlltH" tUi)e.t)qlit! it(.'(; tl~'~F i,i>' "I'tl,",tt3", . Jul~, I t'31"~' blll('~' {h' ~AH Ill~olxed 131 tht' act idl'rH ~hlch occurred tilt l,akv ~ashmt:to:~ ih' ~a, reported t,~ ha t' [WP!I u|~t'onsulous tot several d:, ~ - ["LtIIHI lllelnhers could no! h~' It ( Ilt(, IOl' c(.irllll"leEl and tht, ex l('r:t (,t iH~ IrllUFle~ are not klro~ l! PROFESSIONAL HOMECLEANING SERVICE dedicated to cleaning home and providing soeclal services the way you woulO tt you did them vourself' Staff trained and bonOed 2808 E. Madison 325-2101 MERCER ISLAN0 CYCLERY 1633 S.E, 27th 2324443 YOU CAN RENT CARS AND TRUCKS FROM THEM IF YOU WANT, BUT !t s cheaper to rerq them from Brooks-McKnight Rentals F,om $~0 O0 a Oay plus ~Oc a miie Bellevue's Auto Row Bellevue's locally owned independent car rental agency ASK ABOUT OUR UNLIMrrED MILEAGE RATE [ 4x4LUV ] CALL 454-8931 mercer Island travel inc. 232 1431 UnlTEO ALAN BUNIN, M.D. ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF HIS OFFICE FOR PRACTICE OF FAMILY MEDICINE 1031 116th AVENUE N.E. BELLEVUE. WASHINGTON 98004 LOCATED RIGHT IN FRONT OF OVERLAKE HOSPITAL MAIN ENTRANCE Or-'l= ICE HOURS TELEPHONE BY APPOINTMENT 453-9485 Lc GL 2)I C Service and sales by -. the L port Loelamann's Plaza III active athletes concept. 643.42OO operation, along with the side- seem to move along at a pretty walk, Eventually, the bridge will good clip." Larsen said, have eight lanes, with the two ad- Traffic on the old East Channel ditional lanes designated for (ran- Bridge will be barred by Aug. 17. sit That bridge, built for $527.000 in Rudy Larsen. assistant project 1939. is scheduled to be dismantled manager for the East Channel from Aug. 17 to 28. Removal cost is Bridge. said he did not think the estimated at $1 million new bridge would totally alleviate the rush hour backup problem Construction of the new 1-90 from the South Bellevue Way exit highway link began in 1969 but was to the ramp traffic from Highway halted soon thereafter when an in- 405 junction was obtained by environ- "I don't think the backup is any mentalists wanting the bridge worse than it has been in the past, plans scaled down Construction and when they open up the north resumed in June 1979 lane between South Bellevue Way The new bridge has a 65-foot and East Mercer Way. I think it vertical clearance, compared to will improve," the current 35-foot clearance on That lane is also expected to the old bridge The larger clear- open Monday, ance is expected to accommodate Larsen attributes the backup to tall ships and boats after the bulge the exits themselves and not to the IS removed from the Mercer Is- new bridge, land floatinz brid~e Labor Day "'Once the merge is made. things weekend Wdham '. [)olo~ ~. I)A'M DIplomate, American Collect, Laborator~ Ammal Medicine ITCHING EARS Dog or cal ears may itch fYom mites infeclions by bacteria or fung~ or yeasts, allergies, or foreign bodies such as gra~s a~ns, Predisposing causes a rt' excessive hmr in the ear canals espe- cially m poodles: warm weather, and moistul'e from swtmmm~ which pro mote mtcrobm| growth. Scratchln~ at the ear area tan also be caused by m- |ected teeth or gums or tonsils, fleas, or sensitivity to flea collars Comphca- lions ot scratching include lacerations, and hematomas in which the ear be- comes painful and swollen with bhmd and m ust be corrected surgically N ex I hypothyroidism ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL OF MERCER ISLAND ~',X;III~M( IX)I() X'~ D~ M," I I ! Songs & Novelty Acts for all occasions. Helium Balloons. too'.! lie HA E THE [NIQUE GIFT TUE 'LL NE ER FORGET A SINGING TELEGRAM FEAT[RING" Iioney Bunny The French Maid The Showgirl Belly Dancers The Dancing Sheik Clowns Mr. Wonderful The Latin Lover , Sooper Chicken ~ '. Call 451.T[NE 451.8863 41 *