MI Weekly

    A weekly update from the City of Mercer Island

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(For event details, visit the City's online calendar or click on a specific event)

Feb 7
6:00pm Planning Commission Regular Meeting 

Feb 10
8:30am Ham Radio Class and Test
10:00am Community Meeting - Financial Challenges

Feb 13
7:00pm Utility Board Meeting

Feb 14
 6:30pm Arts Council Regular Meeting

7:00pm *Canceled* Design Commission Meeting

Feb 15
 7:00pm Mercer Island Radio Operator (MIRO) Meeting

Feb 16
7:00pm Community Dance
Feb 19 
Holiday - City Facilities Closed

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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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Feb 7, 2018 | Vol. 13 | No. 6
Mercer Island Goes Green
GHG_ReductionRegional Planning for Greenhouse Gas Reductions
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Today several Councilmembers and staff attended the annual climate action summit convened by the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) and hosted by King County Executive Dow Constantine.
The K4C is a formal partnership based on the principle that local governments can achieve greater action on climate solutions by working together. Since its inception, K4C has grown to 14 member jurisdictions, representing 75 percent of King County's two million residents.
Using this K4C structure since 2011, King County and a growing list of local cities -including Mercer Island, which was a founding member- have been working across political boundaries to set targets, pool resources and make progress in reducing regional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 
The K4C has supported formal adoption of shared countywide GHG emissions reduction targets, that are also endorsed by the City of Mercer Island: 25 percent by 2020, 50 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050 (compared to a 2007 baseline).  The collaboration has also developed a comprehensive shared vision and policy framework that addresses clean energy, green building, land use, forests, and other topics.  
Clean_AuditCity Receives Clean Audit for 23rd Year Running
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The State Auditor's Office (SAO) has published its most recent independent audit of the City's finances, marking  23 years in a row of clean audits - a very uncommon and notable accomplishment.  The full audit (from fiscal year 2016) is now available on the City's website.

"I'm pleased to see yet again how well the City's financial team oversees our finances," said Julie Underwood, City Manager.   No other indicator provides a better measure of an organization's financial management practices and stewardship of public resources, according to Finance Director Chip Corder.

All local governments in Washington are audited regularly by the SAO , in accordance with state law. It is a detailed process that takes several months to complete and rigorously assesses how the City manages, uses, and safeguards public resources, and determines whether the City's financial statements are accurate and complete.
Financial_ChallengesUpcoming Financial Challenges Outreach Events
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This weekend the City will continue its ongoing series of public outreach events regarding a budget deficit projected to begin in 2019.

This Saturday, February 10, from 10:00am to Noon at the Community Center, residents are invited to come learn more about the topic andask questions of the City Manager and City Finance Director.

In addition, the City is pleased to announce the rescheduled date for its second call-in community meeting, known as a Telephone Town Hall, on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:00pm. Join in the conversation from the comfort of your own home! Learn more or register here

The  Community Advisory Group  (CAG) appointed by the City Manager to discuss the financial challenges and identify possible solutions is now halfway through its meeting series. View the CAG meeting schedule here.

Learn more about this issue and read an extensive FAQ on the City's custom webpage:  www.mercergov.org/FinancialChallenges
TIPComments Due on 6-Year Transportation Program
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Mercer Island and other cities in Washington State are preparing annual updates to their six-year transportation improvement programs, known as a "TIP."  The TIP includes roadway, pedestrian, and bicycle projects planned for the six-year period beginning in 2019.  The process of updating Mercer Island's TIP includes opportunities for the public to provide input; the public comment period runs until February 12, 2018
Learn more about the TIP here .
MarathonAnnual MI Half Marathon: Sunday, March 18
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The 46th annual Mercer Island Half Marathon organized by the Rotary Club hits the streets and trails of Mercer Island on Sunday, March 18, 2018. This will result in temporary road closures and some traffic delays. Five different run or walk events benefiting colon cancer awareness will take place throughout the morning. 
Mercer Island Police, Rotary course marshals, and volunteers will provide traffic control throughout the day. Signs will clearly denote detours and areas of temporary traffic delays. Bicyclists and drivers are asked to comply with requests made by race officials. If you must use East, West, or North Mercer Way, please travel in a counterclockwise direction to minimize delays. Residents are advised to use Island Crest Way for North/South travel, if at all possible.
Events begin at 7:30am and ends at approximately Noon; click here for more schedule information.
Click here for course maps.
Click here for special travel advice for cyclists.


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

ross.freeman@mercergov.org or 206.275.7662.