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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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June 27, 2018 | Vol. 13 | No. 26
SurveyCity Satisfaction Survey Generates Positive Results
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Since 2004, the City has conducted a biennial citizen survey to track customer satisfaction with City services, to identify citizen priorities, and to gather input on significant community issues.

The 2018 survey was conducted by mail to randomly selected households with a goal of 400 responses in order to achieve robust statistical significance. In total, 711 surveys were completed, leading to a margin or error of just 3.7%. A summary was recently presented to Council, including some very positive highlights listed below:
  • 95% of the residents surveyed indicated they were "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with Mercer Island as a place to live - this figure is 25% higher than the national average. 
  • 94% of those surveyed indicated they were "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the overall feeling of safety in the City - also 25% higher than the national average.

The survey found that 79% of residents are satisfied with the overall quality of City services (only 5% are dissatisfied). Compared to other cities, Mercer Island rates 36% above the Northwest regional average, 32% above the average for similarly sized communities, and 30% above the U.S. average in the overall quality of services provided by the City.

Click here to view the full 2018 results, and other recent surveys. Staff are developing plans to address underperforming areas.

Citizen_of_YearCouncil Names Laurie & Victor Raisys Citizens of the Year
Victor and Laurie Raisys with the full Council;   click to read press release
The City Council began recognizing outstanding efforts of citizens in 1990 and has continued this tradition for more than 25 years.
Honorees are individuals or entities whose achievements may have gone unrecognized in some settings, but who have improved Island life through a broad base of community service, fundraising, or other means.  This year's recipients (for 2017) are Laurie and Victor Raisys, who have made a significant impact on the community as residents and as owners of Island Books.
As third generation Islanders, Laurie and Victor bought Island Books in July of 2015 after careers at Microsoft and have worked diligently to preserve the sense of community found at the bookstore and enhance this local legacy ever since. 
Supporting the Mercer Island community and giving back to local organizations is second nature to Laurie and Victor. They have sponsored special events like the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Giving From The Heart Breakfast & Shopping Day, the Mercer Island Schools Foundation Breakfast, the Farmers Market, Summer Celebration, and supported the local business community through the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, where Victor is a board member. 

Read the full press release here or learn about past awardees.
Mercer Island Goes Green
EV_TipsReady For an Electric Vehicle?
The EV chargers at City Hall see lots of use; click for more EV info from PSE
Did you know there are now about 28,000 electric cars on the roads of Washington state, and more added every day? Here on Mercer Island, we have about 400 in operation; the City itself has 3 on-road and 3 off-road models in the fleet. 

With an ever growing range of models available, i t's getting easier to choose an electric vehicle (EV) for your next purchase. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has launched an online portal to help its electricity customers assess all  the costs and benefits of driving an EV, and offers information on topics such as installing EV chargers at home, as well as upcoming test drive events.

Learn more at www.pse.com/ElectricCars  
Board_VolunteersDesign Commission Vacancies
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The Mercer Island City Council is seeking applicants to fill two un-expired terms on the Design Commission effective August 2018 and September 2018.

The Design Commission is an advisory board to the City Council with regulatory power on matters related to design in the City's Town Center, commercial, office, and multi-family residential areas. Specifically, its mission is to promote quality community design and enhance construction and maintenance practices that will create an aesthetically attractive, easily accessible and economically healthy environment throughout Mercer Island.

The Design Commission meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm in the City Hall Council Chambers. Applications are due by Friday, August 10, 2018; click here to apply. Contact City Clerk Deb Estrada with questions at (206) 275-7793.

Coffee_CopCoffee With a Cop Returns
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The Mercer Island Police Department (MIPD) once again invites you to come join your neighbors and local police officers over a cup of coffee in this ongoing series of sporadic meet-ups. There's no set topics or agenda, just casual conversation.  

The roving event will be hosted this Friday, June 29, from 4:00-6:00pm at the South End Starbucks: 8415 SE 68th Street. See you there!


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

ross.freeman@mercergov.org or 206.275.7662.