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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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July 4, 2018 | Vol. 13 | No. 27
Mercer Island Goes Green
Bikeshare Bikeshare Pilot Program to Launch Mid-July
A LimeBike electric-assist model to be used in the City's pilot program; click for other mobility information
T he City of Mercer Island is pleased to announce the launch of a free-floating bikeshare pilot program intended to provide new mobility options for residents commuting to and from the Park & Ride (8000 N Mercer Way), as well as other users who may wish to conduct errands or travel around the Island car-free, as a supplement to local public transit options.
Starting mid-July, for three months, the City and bikeshare provider LimeBike are hosting a fleet of 25 electric-assist rental bicycles available to any rider. Bicycles will be restocked at key locations ("hubs") daily, but may be ridden anywhere, and parked at any legal, public location. Electric-assist will allow a wider range of users to take advantage of the fleet, and will make hill-climbing much easier. All bikes will be available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week, and normal E-Bike fees apply: $1 to unlock, then 15 cents/minute to ride.
This program is offered in addition to the City's ongoing rideshare pilot program (with Lyft and Uber) as another way to help reduce Single Occupant Vehicle (SOV) usage, decrease congestion, and broaden the range of available transportation options.
Administrative costs for the pilot program will be covered by an October 2017  settlement agreement  with Sound Transit that offsets the impacts of light rail construction and operation, and also partially compensates for permanent impacts to local traffic patterns.
In making its decision, Council noted strong community interest in bikeshare, the ability to experiment with nimble mobility alternatives, and the opportunity to gather performance data that will inform the future of bikeshare after the pilot period. Results from an ongoing web survey of over 330 people indicated that approximately 34% of respondents would be willing to try a bikeshare pilot this summer, with another 12% requiring more information.
Program outreach is now underway, and will include a booth at Summer Celebration; FAQ's and additional details will be available soon on a custom City webpage.  
Summer_CelebrationSummer Celebration 10 Days Away!
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Now that summer is back again, make sure you mark your calendar for the City's annual Summer Celebration Festival next weekend, July 14 and 15. This year's theme: Island Vibes...

All weekend long, the festivities will unfold at Mercerdale and Luther Burbank Parks, offering events for all ages and interests. The City's fireworks show starts at approximately 10:15pm on Saturday night, July 14

Make sure not to miss the scenic boat rides around the Island; buy your tickets now!
Other highlights this year include:
Financial_ChallengesUpdate on Financial Challenges Deliberations
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Two weeks ago, at the June 19 City Council meeting, City Manager Julie Underwood delivered her recommendation that the Council ask voters to consider a 6-year levy lid lift by placing a measure on the November 2018 General Election ballot.

The 6-year levy lid lift would "lift" the City property tax levy lid and reset the current property tax rate of $1.00 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $1.22 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2019. To fully bridge the gap, she also recommended additional revenue enhancements  in order to continue operating and providing services at current levels in the community. T he full recommendation (Agenda Bill 5445) is available  here .

Council received this information and will discuss further at its  July 10 meeting; it must make a decision on whether to proceed with a levy by late July 2018.   If it chooses to proceed, additional Council Meetings may be required to  determine the exact language and terms of a levy proposal for the November ballot. 

Learn more about the City's Financial Challenges and read FAQ at:
Food_PantryFill-the-Van Food Drive
Fill this van with food! - click to learn more
The Food Pantry operated by the City's Youth and Family Services Department (MIYFS) depends on local food donations from service clubs, faith organizations, PTAs, businesses, individuals and families to keep the shelves stocked.  The Food Pantry is visited almost 1500 times per year by qualified Island residents and there is typically a 30% increase in visits over the summer months. At the same time, summer is the leanest month for food donations as many of our donors are on vacation.
To bridge the gap, MIYFS is launching a new "Fill the Van" food drive campaign during the weekend of Summer Celebration, July 14-15. The van will be in the Summer Celebration parade and at the MIYFS booth to highlight the issue of food insecurity which also impacts some members of our community.
Please bring a bag or two of non-perishable food items and help us fill the van to the roof! Also, if you shop locally at New Seasons Market, they offer the ability to donate easily to MIYFS at the checkout.
Suggested non-perishable food items for donation include canned fruit, canned tuna, pasta sauces and meals-in-a-box (e.g. Rice-A-Roni) products.  For more information, contact MIYFS at (206) 275-7611.
Planning_MtgsLong-Term Planning Community Meetings
Meetings begin on July 16
The Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation and the Stroum Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle (SJCC) have been serving the community from their location on the NE corner of Mercer Island since about 1970, and the French American School of Puget Sound moved to the Island in 1999. These three organizations have partnered closely over the years to maximize available space on their properties and meet operational needs.

All three non-profit organizations are now jointly launching a long-term process to plan for the future, and explore the financial, operational and maintenance needs that will allow them each to continue serving the broader community. The groups have launched a public engagement dialogue that includes community meetings on Monday, July 16 at 9:45am (at Herzl-Ner Tamid), and at 6:00pm that night (at SJCC).  Community input is also welcomed at: future@sjcc.org  


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

ross.freeman@mercergov.org or 206.275.7662.