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9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040

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(206) 275-7600


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8:30am to 5:00pm



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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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Mar 18, 2020 | Vol. 15 | No. 12
CoronavirusCoronavirus Videoconference and Update
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Coronavirus webpage
At 3:00pm this Thursday, March 19, City Manager Jessi Bon will host the second episode in the City's ongoing series of live video conferences to update the community on the City's coronavirus response and continued preparations for extended impacts.
 
Donna Colosky (MI School District Superintendent), Laurie Givan (Exec Director of the MI Chamber of Commerce), Cindy Goodwin (Director of the City's Youth & Family Services Dept), Ed Holmes (Police Chief), and Steve Heitman (Fire Chief), will all join the briefing to provide updates and help answer questions from the community. Watch live on the City's YouTube Channel or on MI-TV Cable Channel 21.
 
Topics to be covered include: Police and Fire situation briefings; City service changes; Support for local business; New Public Health orders and more.
 
If you have questions, please email them to by 2:00pm Thursday to  citymanager@mercergov.org and staff will try to address them during the presentation. The event will also be recorded and available online the following day.
 
These live City situation briefings will be held every Thursday at 3:00pm until further notice.
TIPTransportation Improvement Program: Comment Period Extended
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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 2021. The process of updating Mercer Island's TIP includes opportunities for the public to provide input. The public comment period began on March 16 and due to the coronavirus outbreak, has been extended to run through the date of the TIP Public Hearing (expected late May, 2020). C omments can be  submitted online .
 
Those who are interested in learning more about the TIP, viewing the TIP adopted by the City Council last year, or submitting an online comment for consideration in the 2021-2026 TIP, should visit the 2020 TIP page on the  City's public engagement portal: Let's Talk Mercer Island
Mercer Island Goes Green
RecycleSpring Recycling Event Postponed
The Spring recycling event 
has been postponed
Due to the regional coronavirus outbreak, the City's popular Spring Recycling Event has been postponed.

Originally slated for March 28, the event will be rescheduled to a later date at the South Luther Burbank Parking Lot.

The Recology store in Issaquah has also closed temporarily, but curbside recycling for regular items continues to operate as normal.

AssistanceCoronavirus Community Assistance
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Food Pantry operations
This week, the City closed the Luther Burbank Admin Building, transitioned remaining Youth and Family Services staff to telecommuting, and moved Food Pantry operations to the nearby Community and Event Center. 

The Food Pantry has also shifted towards offering only gift cards to patrons, via drive-up service. To donate $25 or $50 food cards to its operations, please use the new (temporary) dropbox inside the Police Lobby at City Hall (9611 SE 36th Street), or mail them to MIYFS (2040 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040). Please contact Tambi Cork, Community Development and Administrative Manager, at tambi.cork@mercergov.org for questions regarding food pantry donations and operations.

In other community news,  New Seasons Market on Mercer Island  has reserved 8:00am-9:00am (Monday-Friday) as a Senior Shopping Hour; the Senior Discount is also extended to all open hours, Monday-Friday, as a courtesy.

The  Island QFC's  also recently agreed to a similar program, reserving 7:00-8:00am for Senior Shopping on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The City thanks the rest of the community in advance for their understanding and voluntary compliance; please call each supermarket with questions about eligibility.
 
Finally, according to regional authorities, the Pacific Northwest's blood supply has significantly decreased due to extensive blood drive cancellations and closure of businesses and universities. For the sake of all future patients, Bloodworks Northwest is urging the community to step up and donate if eligible. Visit  www.bloodworksnw.org.

 

  
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