MI Weekly

    A weekly update from the City of Mercer Island

Table of Contents
Like us on Facebook

(For event details, visit the City's online calendar or click on a specific event)

June 17

June 18

June 24

June 27

July 1

July 2

July 3



Volunteer Opportunities 

City Hall Address
9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
[Currently not open to the public due to COVID-19]

(206) 275-7600

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

Donations Requested 

The Mercer Island Food Pantry relies on your donations - during the COVID-19 pandemic we are accepting only grocery store gift cards for distribution -
Click for more info.
June 17, 2020 | Vol. 15 | No. 25
JuneteenthCity Council Endorses Juneteenth
The Juneteenth flag; click to learn more
The City Council is pleased to endorse Friday, June 19, as Juneteenth 2020 in Mercer Island. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, recognizing African American freedom and emphasizing education and achievement.

Mercer Island will join many other communities across the country to celebrate Juneteenth, when people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today.
ONE MI, the Mercer Island PTA, the Mercer Island School Board of Directors, and the Mercer

Island Community Fund, invite all Islanders to jointly celebrate this Friday from 5:00-8:00pm, even while we stay apart. Islanders are encouraged to mark this historic day with (socially distanced) front yard and park cookouts, picnics, and music while building community with neighbors. Everyone can share Juneteenth traditions that include drawing the Juneteenth flag, reading the Emancipation Proclamation, and serving red foods and drink, which symbolize resilience.

Learn more at: www.juneteenth.com
AwardsMercer Island PTA Awards
Click to learn more about the MI PTA Council
Last week, on June 10, the City was most honored to receive two awards from the  Mercer Island PTA Council . The annual event, presented online this year, recognized exceptional people and organizations that have served the students and families of the Mercer Island School District.
  • MI Community Partner: The City's Youth and Family Services Department (MIYFS) was recognized as a local Island organization that "goes above and beyond standard expectations to help and facilitate local units, and that helps build a cooperative relationship between students, schools, and community."
  • Outstanding Advocate: Cindy Goodwin (Recent Director of MIYFS). This award recognizes and honors individuals for their advocacy work on behalf of children and youth.
Thank you for your support!
UpgradesWater System Upgrades
Click to learn more about the project
The City of Mercer Island evaluates various components of the water system on a regular basis to ensure that the infrastructure remains in good condition and maintains adequate capacity to provide water to customers.  

As water mains age, they need upgrading to improve the system's structural integrity and reliability, and improve water flow for fire suppression. Other piping to capture stormwater (rainfall) also periodically needs replacing.

This week the City's contractor, Oceanside Construction, launched a summer project in the vicinity ( see map) of Fruitland Landing and St. Monica School, which includes  the following elements:
  • Replace 1,400 feet of water mains
  • Replace 34 water service connections to homes
  • Replace 8 City fire hydrants
  • Install 180 of new stormwater piping and 6 catch basins
  • Roadway restoration and repaving
Affected neighbors have been notified. Learn more and read updates here:  www.mercergov.org/2020WaterSystem  
Mercer Island Goes Green
Water2019 Water Quality Report
Click to view the full report online
The City of Mercer Island's  Water Utility is pleased to release its 2019 water quality report, reflecting that the City is in full compliance with all applicable standards for drinking water.  

For efficiency and sustainability, the City continues to publish the report in an electronic format, as permitted by state regulations. All Island addresses will receive notice of publication via a small postcard in the mail.

Please contact the Public Works Department at (206) 275-7608 with any questions or concerns, or learn more here: www.mercercergov.org/WaterUtility 
MindMental Health Awareness Contest Winners
A winning poster by Mia Thiagarajan; click to learn more about MIYFS Counseling
Last month, the City promoted awareness of May being  Mental Health Awareness Month. The City's Healthy Youth Initiative (HYI) and the Mercer Island High School  Minds Matter Club partnered to sponsor the 2020 "Be Kind to Your Mind" art contest. 

The contest drew 33 entries ranging from elementary to high school aged youth, and this year's winners were  Mia Thiagarajan, Aadyaa Singhal, and Arshia Singha. Other entries will be posted soon on the MIYFS Facebook page.

Mental health is important in all stages of life and now more than ever, it is important to build connection and advocate for mental health awareness on the Island. If you are in need of mental health support, please call the MIYFS Intake Line at (206) 275-7657; this is a confidential phone line, and our clinical team will return your call within one business day. For more immediate assistance, call Crisis Connections at (206-461-3222).


For questions and comments on the MI Weekly, contact