MI Weekly

    A weekly update from the City of Mercer Island

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  Jan 3
6:00pm *Canceled* Planning Commission Meeting

Jan 9
7:00pm City Council Regular Meeting

Jan 10
6:30pm Arts Council Regular Meeting

7:00pm Design Commission Regular Meeting

Jan 16
6:00pm City Council
Special Meeting

7:00pm Utility Board Meeting

Jan 15

Holiday - City Facilities Closed

Jan 17
6:00pm Planning Commission Regular Meeting 


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The Mercer Island Food Pantry relies on your non-perishable food donations to keep the shelves stocked year-round.
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Jan 3, 2018 | Vol. 13 | No. 1
CouncilCouncil Transitions Complete
Councilmember Nice (left) first began serving in July 2017; Councilmember Acker (right) began serving in November 2017. Click for more about the City Council
As 2018 kicks off, the membership of the City Council will be finalized, following November elections and a complicated transition that began last summer.

In July 2017, the resignation of Jeff Sanderson from Position No. 4 prompted a Council vote (6-0) to fill the vacated position immediately by appointing Salim Nice, who was running unopposed in the November election for Position No. 2. By State law, Mr. Nice was allowed to serve in Position No. 4 until November 28, after which time the winner of the race for that position, Tom Acker, was immediately seated.

With the departure of 18-year Council veteran Dan Grausz, Mr. Nice will once again be seated on Council (in Position No. 2) per normal procedure at the first meeting in January 2018, on Tuesday the 9th.

Councilmember Benson Wong, successfully won his reelection campaign and continues to serve on Council in Position No. 6.
Learn more about Council Positions at: www.mercergov.org/Council
MIPR_BudgetThe ABC's of Our Parks
Learn more about MI Parks 
and Recreation Department
Did you know that each of the 35  public parks  on Mercer Island is designated by the Parks and Recreation department as Level of Service A, B or C?
Level A parks are well manicured and the grass is mowed, weeded and fertilized regularly. Parks staff make sure the trails are clear, and bathrooms are maintained daily. Level A parks include Aubrey Davis Park (Lid, Boat Launch, Outdoor Sculpture Garden, I-90 Trail), Mercerdale Park, Homestead Park, Island Crest Park, South Mercer Playfields, IMS sports field, MICEC grounds, and Luther Burbank Park.
Level B parks are mowed less often and receive regular but not daily garbage service. These include Rotary Park, Pioneer Park, First Hill Park, Roanoke Park, Secret Park, Clarke and Groveland Beach Parks, Ellis Pond, and Slater Park. 
Level C parks meet basic safety standards and receive maintenance visits from staff every few weeks, but lack garbage and restroom service. Level C parks include Calkins Landing, Clise Park, Proctor Landing, and 18 other street end parks.
In the 2014 citizen survey, 88% of residents surveyed rated the city's maintenance of parks, trails and open space positively. "To have so many Level A and B parks in such a small community is unusual," says Parks director Bruce Fletcher. "It's part of the great quality of life on Mercer Island. My hope is that we'll continue to maintain our high park standards in the future." 
With a staff of 30, the department maintains 460 acres of  parks and open space and 30 miles of trails, operates the city's sports fields and playgrounds, oversees the  Mercer Island Community and Event Center, and delivers 150  recreational programs and events per year.
AffiliationsStaff Allied With Wide Range of Professional Organizations
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In order to stay current in their profession, make use of technical resources, or to ensure compliance with accepted industry standards, many City employees belong to professional organizations in the Puget Sound region, Washington State, and internationally.
The City recently updated its comprehensive list of organizations and affiliations, and the range is quite notable. See the list here: www.mercergov.org/professionalorgs

All staff must follow the City's own  code of ethicsIn addition, many employees must adhere to ethics codes stipulated for their particular profession. That list can be viewed on this page:    www.mercergov.org/codeofethics .  
Mercer Island Goes Green
Tree_RecyclingHoliday Tree Recycling Underway
The City will chip your tree for FREE
The City's annual FREE tree chipping service is underway through Friday, January 12, for MI Residents only.  Please bring undecorated holiday trees to the City Public Works Shop at 9601 SE 36th Street (behind City Hall) during daylight hours where staff will chip the tree and re-purpose the material for use in City parks, trails, and open space projects. 

For more information about holiday tree services, contact the City Public Works Department at (206) 275-7608.  
Holiday_ShipHoliday Ship Recap
A crowd enjoys the holiday ship and other illuminated boats
On Friday, December 22, the Argosy Holiday Ship returned to Luther Burbank Park and delighted beachgoers with its onboard choir, and accompanying parade of boats. A large crowd enjoyed a beach bonfire and warm drinks while watching and listening to the free event from the south end swimming beach.  


For questions and comments on the MI Weekly, contact
Sustainability & Communications Manager Ross Freeman at

ross.freeman@mercergov.org or 206.275.7662.