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Final Shoreline Council Meeting of August is Tonight; Executive Session to Precede It

Council expected to approve Shoreline Water District franchise agreement and discuss Echo Lake traffic issue report

The final Shoreline City Council meeting of August will be held today, Monday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at City Hall's Council Chambers.

Prior to the main meeting, in Conference Room 104, at 5:15 p.m. the Council will discuss Council operations. It's possible that the proposed plastic bag ban will be discussed. That is open to the public. At 6:15 p.m., the Council will go into a closed door executive session to discuss litigation, according to the Council agenda. That executive session is not open to the public, per state law, although some critics maintain that the Council discusses things other "pending litigation."

Do they? Well, the meeting isn't public, so Patch has no idea unless someone who was there says that happened. And so far that hasn't happened. To Patch's knowledge.

The Council will go on recess for the remainder of the month, and returns to action on Tues. Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.

Here's what's on tonight's agenda:

Consent calendar:

Authorize the City Manager to Renew the Regional Affordable Housing Interlocal Cooperation Agreement and Guidelines with King County

Authorize the City Manager to Execute an InterlocalAgreement with King County to Obligate FTA Grant Funds for the Aurora Corridor Project N 192nd – N 205th Streets

Ordinance No. 637 Adoption of Shoreline Water District Franchise Agreement

Public hearing:

Public Hearing to receive citizens’ comments on the 2013 Human Services Funding Plan and the Proposed Use of 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds

Action item:

Motion to Authorize the City Manager to Execute the Contracts Implementing the Human Services Funding Plan

Study items:

Echo Lake Traffic Issue Report

Community Renewal Areas

Wendy DiPeso August 14, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Regarding your comment "That executive session is not open to the public, per state law, although some critics maintain that the Council discusses things other "pending litigation." Do they? Well, the meeting isn't public, so Patch has no idea unless someone who was there says that happened. And so far that hasn't happened. To Patch's knowledge." For months the Council was discussing the proposal to purchase Seattle Public Utilities in Executive Session. City Attorney Ian Sievers told the Council that purchase of the utility could be deemed a real estate transaction. Even if utility acquisition can be defined as a real estate transaction according to relevant provisions of the RCW an executive session is only warranted if a public meeting could result in an increase or decrease in the price of said real estate. Since the City of Shoreline has a written agreement from the City of Seattle not to negotiate with any other entity, public knowledge would have had no effect on the price. Therefore Executive Sessions for the proposed utility purchase was a violation of the Open Meetings Act. It was not until Councilmember Eggen divulged the plans in his campaign literature by mistake that the public was made aware that anything was going on. It was only after members of the public raised a fuss that the City then sent out a press release and hand picked citizens to serve on an Ad Hoc committee to study the proposal.
Tony Dondero August 14, 2012 at 05:36 AM
If you are saying Wendy, that the city and the Council broke the law, which you are, that's a serious allegation. Do have an attorney who will back you up? Will a judge? Will a jury? And what is the greater point you are trying to make?
Karla Fay August 14, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Tony, the city council met in executive session to set the criteria for evaluation & recruitment of the city manager, which is not allowed by law. Reviewing and discussion the applications to the city manager position is allowed. The city council also met in executive session to discuss the NEC jail in July 2008 when no real estate negotiation was being discussed. When the Washington State Attorney General Open Government Ombudsman wrote to the city council about it, the city attorney didn't even bother to show the letter to the city council.
Janet Way August 14, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Executive sessions seem to be overly utilized by staff and council, in my opinion. But a few months ago four citizens, including myself attended a meeting that was posted to be an "executive session" for the purpose of discussing the process to select member of the Planning Commission, and narrow down whom they would interview. Two councilmembers asked us to leave, but we quoted the state statute and that we would not be leaving. We felt that the interpretation of "open public meetings" being used by the staff and council was incorrect. The council committee decided to "work around us" and proceed without discussing particular candidates. Later at a subsequent council discussion, it was decided that these meetings for selection of members of council appointed committees or commissions would no longer be done in executive session. Lesson learned: sometimes these policies are open to interpretation and public actions can have an impact.

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