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MERCER ISLAND REPORTER, Wednesday, September 30, Page A2 By TERESA WIPPEL pletes its analysis, recommenda- the meeting. Board member Cleve tions for property disposal will be Anschell tried twice to amend per- Looking for ways to ease the sent back to the school board for sonnel reports, whieh requested school district's financial pmb- its approval approval of supplemental con- Ictus, the Mercer Island School (For a related story on surplus tracts, to stipulate that they could Board declared as surplus fourproperty, seelzageA7) be approved only if the district re- ~asreels of district-owned property tained the option to terminate the t Thursday night, opening the contracts if needed to save money door to their sale. IN ANOTHER EFFORT to off- Other board members, however. Each of the properties -- East set the predicted shortfall, the did not go along with Anscbell's Seattle, Tarywood, Secret l'ark board approved a resolution re- suggestion. Board President Gret- and the 40 acres adjacent to ,%outh questing an emergency advance of chen llgenfritz said it was "im- Mercer Junior Hi~h -- is zoned for basic support funds from the state, portant to be consistent." and residential use Based on state law. the request others on the board agreed that The board's move was in re- would allow the district to receive interrupting the contracts -- sponse to an announcement by 10percent of its apportionment for which cover coaches, club advt- Gov John Spellman that alloea- the entire year. The estimatedsors and department heads -- tins to all state agencies, including amount would be $7, ,4.752, after school had started could be education, would be cut by 10.1 The district will have to pay disruptive. percent to soh'e the states, revc back the advance out ot appor-The board sent a resolution to nue shortat e ttonmcnts received during the Gov. Speihnan, declaring that "'a 2"hat announcenlent, coupled months of May and .June. 1982 In state of financial emergency with the Sept 15 failure o[ a ape- addition, the state is entitled to exists" within the district and cial district lev.~ 1or capital ira- any interest that may he earned on asking him to call an immediate provements and maintenance, the advanced lunds, special session of the legislature. spurred board members to lake The main reason ior the resolu- Superintendent Craig Currie the first step toward gaining2 reve- lion, accordm to District Busi- tohl board members they have hue trom tile surplus land hess Manager Mary Ailred, is that three options regarding that emer- The mlnlediatc h/lure ol tilt: it will be cheaper for tile distrit't to e, ency: deficit spending during the properties lies ill the hands ot thv receive an advance from the state, 19,~1-82 year, retrieving the deficit district's fiscal committee, whwh rather than cuntlnuc (ill varran| ()vet" a two-year period until Aug. will analyze possible uses accord- interest 31. 19S;4: deficit spending with the ing to a ratm system approved b~ Warrant interest ts what the money recovered at the end of one the board last sprm~ The system school district pay~ the hank t. year -- Aug. 31. 1983: or balancing was developed alter another dis cover its accounls when thv tits- the current budget by cutting ex- trict propcrl.~. Mcrccrdalc Field trier has a negative cash penditures I l percent. was declared surplus earl last The 11 percent figure is slightly year. THE THEME OF" hscal belt- higher than Spellman's I0.1 pet'- Alter the t/seal committee com- tit~htenin~ recurred thrtmt2hou! cent cul because the state su- Mercer Island waterfront seven-foot depth as the "line of owners can put away their depth navigability." sounders and measuring sticks, This line would have been the and not worry how deep their demarcation between private and docks extend into Lake Washing- state-owned lakebed. This mea- ton. suring point would have put por- For a while, lions of some Mercer Island docks City Couneilmember Jim Horn on state land, raising the question told the council Sept. 28 that "Is- of potential leasing requirements. land waterfront owners success- Horn said he told the DNR "that fully bought time maybe three seven feet deep was unacceptable; to five years" in their recent effort that Lake Washington deserves to squelch the Department of Nat- special attention from other lakes ural Resources' establ/shment of over 1,000 acres because it exceeds t 4 pegintendent of public instruc- tion's office is allocating to school districts only 98.5 percent of their apportionments. The remaining money is being held back until final calculations are made re- garding adjustments in teachers" salaries. BOARD MEMBERS EX- PRESSED some hope that the fi- nancial problems could be eased with a legal ruling expected Oct. 5 from the State Supreme Court. Twenty school districts have joined in a motion contending that the $3.5 billion state school appro- priation is inadequate for basic education. A similiar suit filed by the Wash- ington Education Association .WEA) in Thurston County Superi- or Court has been consolidated with the state case. The board also: reviewed the goals of the board for the 1981-82 school year: received a report from Paul Diaz. director of curriculum, re- garding a timeline for planning for the middle school and 4-year high school reorganization; approved a second reading of the 1981-82 school calendar, and a first reading of a policy regarding trav- el reimbursement, and renewed an agreement tor ser- vices provided by Dan Reff. finan- cial consultant. 22,000 acres: and that Mercer Is- land taking the lead role in watch- land deserves special attention dogging the issue, since they too because it has more shorelands share similarplights. per acre than other waterfront Also at the Sept. 28 council communities." meeting, the council approved the DNR decided to withdraw its city's three.year membership in a blanket line of navigability dictate King County consortium which Sept. 4. after much pressure by eft- oversees administration of federal izens and legislators. It will in- Block Grantfunds. stead establish jurisdietion over shorelands on a lake-by-lake King County Housing and Corn- basis, thus giving Lake Washing- munity Development Block Grant ton a lower priority. Funds help pay for low-ineome "Although the sleeping dog housing repair programs here, woke up for a minute and went youth services, senior citizens back to sleep, it leaves Mercer Is- programs, and Community Center landers having to be forever at MereerViewoperations. watchful on the issue," added The City of Mercer Island will Horn. A citizens' group of approxi- hold two public hearings to report mately 170 persons was formed the progress of these block grant and is headed by Robert Orr and programs at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wendell Hurlbut. Monday. Oct. 12, at the Communi- Horn said the communities of ty Center at Mercer View. Coordi- Hunts Point, Yarrow Point, Beaux nator Rich Conrad is the city's ad- Arts, Medina and Bellevue have ministrator. For more informa- expressed interest in Mercer Is- lion phone Conrad at 233-3562. Recipe contest deadline Friday Creative cooks have until 5 Recipes will be judged by a p.m. this Friday, Oct. 2. to enter committee of home economists. recipes in the Mercer Island and 18 finalists will be invited to Reporter's "'My Favorite Reci- bring the dishes for evaluation pe"contest, by a Taste Panel meeting Grand prize will be a week- Thursday. Oct. 22 at the Corn- end for two at Salishan Lodge. munity Center at Mercer View. Gleneden Beach. Oregon. Winning recipes plus many Five other winners in six cat- others of special interest will be egories will receive $50 certifi- published in the Reporter's an- cates toward purchases from nual holiday" recipes edition. Carol Gilmour. Ltd Mercer scheduled for Tuesday. Nov. 3, Island dress salon. Of particular interest are rec- An entry form is on page B5 of ipes that are "tasty. holiday- todays Reporter. Additional like. a new idea or have an eth- forms are available at the Re- nic appeal for the holidays."porter office. 2737 77th Avenue said Sally York Brown, contest Southeast. and at Mercer Is- chairman land food stores. Forthcoming meetings UTILITY BOAlU) will meet at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Sept. 30, at the Community Center at Mercer View to discuss the preliminary 1982 water and sewer budget and related utility items. ROMIS AND TRMLS BOARD meeting scheduled for Oct. 5 has been cancelled because of lack of agenda items. Recent action MERCER ISLAND CITY COUNCIL at a special meeting Sept. 23 voted 5 to 2, with Horn and Stewart opposed, to amend Ordi- nance 483, which formerly called for the renovation of the Farmers New World Life Building to serve as a city hall. The amendment aUows the future sale or lease of the building by resolution of the council. The plan to use it as a city hall was deemed "impractical and undesirable." Some 75 citizens were in attendance, many opposed to the amendment. CITY COUNCIL at its regular meeting Sept. 28 approved a three-year (to 1984) agreement to join other cities in King Coun- ty in a consortium to acquire Housing and Community Develop- ment block grants from the federal government; recognized Bob Orr and Wendell Hurlbut as co-chairmen of a citizen's oommittee to address the issue of "line of navigability," estab- lishment of harbor lines around Mercer Island; and in execu- tive session discussed police association contracts now being negotiated. Action on an ordinance to expand the city's proper- ty insurance and delete coverage for claims against the city was postponed until Oct. 12. SCHOOL BOARD at its meeting Sept. ?,4 declared surplus four parcels of property: East Seattle, Tarywood, Secret Park and the 40 acres adjacent to South Mercer Junior High; approved a resolution requesting an emergency advance of basic support funds from the state; approved a resolution to be sent to Gov. John Spellman requesting a special session of the legislature; approved a second reading of the 1981-82 school calendar, and a first reading of a policy regarding travel reimbursement; re- newed an agreement for services provided by Dan Reff, finan- cial consultant; assigned extra class sections in social studies, math, English and Spanish to four high school teachers, to re- lieve unexpected overcrowding in those classes; approved of student participation in a research project to he conducted by Dr. Jim Minstrell, high school science teacher; and approved additional supplemental teachers' contracts. DESIGN COMMI881ONat its meeting Sept. 23 approved the architectural plans for phase I of the Interdevelopment Cor- poration's planned 80-unit condominium on 76th S.E. Phase I is the northernmost of two 40-unit buildings. The board, in the ab- sence of its landscape architect, requested that landscape plans he resubmitted. Also approved was the request by Rainier Bank to remove the 19 poplar trees causing damage to its parking lot, and replace them with European Hornbeam. There was contin- ued discussion of a proposed study of directional signs for major locations around the Island, and discussion of potential beauti- fication projects for 1982. Home construction alive and well Contrary to its nationwide mal- ahead of $780.339 reported for Au- aise. home construction appeared gust. 1980. the accumulated valua- alive and well on Mercer Island in lion of building permits for the August. 1981. year is still less than half that for Eleven new homes were started the same period of 1980. $7.383.090 plus additions and alterations to as against 1980's eight-month total houses, a new banking kiosk for of $18.252,310. The latter tigure. Rainier Bank. and miscellaneous however, included permit for the repairs as reported by the city huge Farmers New World Life In- building department, surance Company building in the Six duplex units ranging in cost business center, now nearing from $71.000 to $75,500 and totaling completion. Without Farmers. is- $441,000 were started in the East sued in July, 1980. the 1980 building Mercer Park II subdivision at 3636 figures, and those for ]979 as well. 93rd Avenue, S.E off Gallagher would be roughly comparable for Hill Road. These are part of the the three years. planned unit development rezone Total number of permits issued approved early this year by the last month was 21, well below the city council, to enable construe- 39 granted in August. 1980, lion of affordable housing next to thesouthCommercialof 1-90. office zone just Liquor license denied Five single homes were started The Washington State Liquor ranging in cost from $77,801 to Control Board has disapproved a $230,807 for a waterfront residence request by Consolidated Restau- on the Island's west shore. Costs rants. Inc. for a class AC license to are exclusive of land and clearing, sell beer and wine in conjunction Although total building permit with food sales at Quincy's, 7700 valuation of $1,168.835 is well S.E.27th. COCO.is a one-year-old female black-and-tan Shepherd- Airedale. Housebroken. friendly, she ts especially respon- sive and understands some conunands like "sit" and "stay." Coco awaits adoption at The Humane Society, 13212 Eastgate Way, Bellevue. where the telephone is 641-0080. (Photo by Dave F, kren) REQUEST FOR APPLICANT MERCER ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS COMMITTEE There is one vacancy for a community member on the dis- trict's Instructional Materials Committee. Applications may be picked up at the Administration Building, 4160 861h Avenue S.E Mercer Island, Washington. Completed applications should be returned to the same address on or before October 8, 1981. Applicants will be interviewed by appointment on Octo- ber 12, 13 or 14, 1981 ; beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Adminis- tration Building. The appointment to the committee will be made at the regular meeting of the Board of Directors on Thursday, October 15, 1981. Board policy 6161 and RCW 28A.50,103(D require that this committee be appointed, with the approval of the school board, by the school district's chief administrative officer. Recommendation of instructional materials shall be by the district's Instructional Materials Committee, in accordance with district policy. Approval (of instructional materials) shall be by the local school district's board of directors. A complete jewelry appraisal service with fine jewelry' in N.~'. Antique Shows While you wait , lnt0rrdal appraisals or h)rmal appraisals t0r insurance or estate purposes. 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