MI Weekly

    A weekly update from the City of Mercer Island

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Debbie Bertlin

Volunteer Opportunities 

9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040



Monday - Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm

Donations Requested 

The Mercer Island Food Pantry relies on your non-perishable food donations to keep the shelves stocked year-round.
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May 2, 2018 | Vol. 13 | No. 18
Mercer Island Goes Green
Recycle_StatsSpring Recycling Event Statistics
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recycling on Mercer Island
The City's annual  spring recycling collection event at the Boat Launch on April 7 was once again a great success, with impressive results. 

Despite the rainy weather, the City's contractor reported 649 vehicles arrived, carrying a total of 66,308 pounds of discarded material, which averages to 102 pounds each, comparable to other previous events.  The event also provided a collection opportunity for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services: attendees donated 325 pounds of items for the City's Food Pantry, and approximately $1,700 in cash. 

Some highlights this year included:
  • 24,900 pounds of appliances, scrap metal, and electronics
  • 7,148 pounds of reusable household goods
  • 10,730 household batteries
  • 76 used tires
  • 13,516 pounds of confidential paper shredded onsite
  • 7,920 pounds of cardboard
  • 35 cubic yards of Styrofoam
  • 2,560 pounds of scrap wood
The City thanks residents for their participation in protecting the environment, recycling as much as possible, and supporting the Food Pantry.  Learn more about curbside recycling and other options at this City webpage.
Financial_ChallengesFinancial Challenges Next Steps
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Almost a year ago, the City began a public engagement process to share information about the City's financial challenges with the community and to seek public input on how best to balance the budget. While the current 2017-2018 budget has been temporarily balanced using a one-time surplus, the City is projecting significant deficits starting in 2019.

Dozens of presentations have been delivered, meetings held, and hundreds of questions answered. The City has also offered other opportunities to learn more, such as an all-Island mailer, and call-in Telephone Town Hall community meetings. In a few weeks, the City Manager will deliver her summary of this process to the City Council, along with the recommendation of a 23-member Community Advisory Group (74% in favor) to take the levy to public vote in November. The Council will kick off its deliberations at a June 5 Public Hearing.

In the meantime, residents can learn more about the process at www.mercergov.org/FinancialChallenges or watch for more public presentations and updated FAQ.
RestorationVolunteer at Homestead Park
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Many of the City's restoration events are in partnership with crews from EarthCorps or the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, but staff are pleased to announce a new collaboration.

Beginning Saturday, May 5, the Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with forest steward extraordinaire Virginia Arnon to restore the forested habitat at Homestead Park. Come join her from 10:00am-2:00pm on the first Saturday of each month to remove invasive plants. You are guaranteed to meet new friends, hear and see a multitude of birds that call Homestead Park home, and have fun in the forest!

Please RSVP directly to friendsofhomesteadpark@gmail.com.
Family_NightFamily Night May 18
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The Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to host its second annual Family Night at the Community and Event Center on FridayMay 18, from 6:30-8:30pm. This event was created to encourage families and community members to come together and enjoy an evening of music, food, crafts, active games and fun; last year's kickoff drew over 90 participants.

Join us this year for an unforgettable trip around the world! Taste international treats, play multicultural activities and games, and dance to music from all around the planet. This FREE family event is for all ages, and a great activity for the whole family; please register online or by phone before May 15 (Course number 1368)


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

ross.freeman@mercergov.org or 206.275.7662.