MI Weekly

    A weekly update from the City of Mercer Island

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Dec 19, 2018 | Vol. 13 | No. 51
Mixed_UseJoint Proposal for Commuter Parking and Mixed-Use Project
Project location; click to read full press release
On December 17, the City announced that the two project finalists, MainStreet Property Group LLC and Shelter Holdings / Weinstein A+U, have agreed to merge both organization's proposals for a commuter parking and mixed-use project just steps away from the light rail station (currently under construction and opening in 2023).

As a result of these discussions, MainStreet Property Group will be the developer of the project and Weinstein A+U will join the MainStreet team as the lead Architect and planner. GGLO Design will remain on the MainStreet team as the interior designer. Due to this announcement, the City Council now plans to discuss next steps at its January 15, 2019 meeting.

Learn more from the full news release.
Fiscal_PlanCity Developing Fiscal Sustainability Plan
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Earlier this year, the City hired a third-party consultant to review the methodology and assumptions built into the financial projections and forecasts used by the Finance Department. This analysis provided a sound basis for understanding the City's financial ability to fund services during the next six years in the face of looming budget deficits. Management Partners is a professional management consulting firm specializing in helping local government leaders improve their operations for over 20 years, identifying problems and best practices that reveal ways to increase organizational effectiveness.

Following that report, the City Council then requested the creation of a fiscal sustainability plan that would help it grow the City's Contingency Fund (aka "Rainy Day Fund") to equal a minimum of two-months of the annual General Fund budget, as per recommended best practices. As part of implementing such a plan, City staff will need to identify additional efficiencies, evaluate service delivery model changes, capture further cost savings, and find new enhanced revenues. 

At the December 18 Council Meeting (Agenda Bill 5520) Management Partners laid out its strategy and project timeline; a report is expected as early as April 30, 2019.  
ViaductState Highway 99 Three-Week Closure
Highway 99 closure map; click for more detail
Are you ready for the State Highway 99 Closure in less than a month? On January 11, 2019, WSDOT will began demolition of the viaduct in downtown Seattle, but won't open the new tunnel for THREE weeks. Major congestion is expected!

It's a good time to start looking into alternative routes, carpooling, telecommuting options, etc. Learn more from the WSDOT project site.
Mercer Island Goes Green
Tree_RecyclingHoliday Tree Recycling
The City will chip your tree for FREE
The City's annual holiday tree chipping service is offered for FREE from December 26 through Sunday, January 13, for MI Residents only. 

Undecorated holiday trees can be brought 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 safety, leave your tree in the designated location only.  When dropping off your holiday tree for chipping:
  • Remove tree stands
  • Remove all ornaments and lights
  • Deliver your tree only during daylight hours
  • Note: No flocked or artificial trees will be accepted
  • Note: No garbage or other yard waste will be accepted
For more information about holiday tree services, contact the City Public Works Department at  (206) 275-7608 
Holiday_HoursHoliday Closures for City Facilities
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As usual, City facilities will close in observance of Christmas Day and New Year's Day on Tuesday, December 25, and Tuesday, January 1.
The Community and Event Center (MICEC) is also currently closed from December 17-25 for end-of-year maintenance, and has other reduced hours during the holiday period until January 2; check this page for details.
Enjoy the holidays and thank you for your understanding!


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

ross.freeman@mercergov.org or 206.275.7662.