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Mercer Island, WA 98040


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July 3, 2019 | Vol. 14 | No. 27
RecologyAdditional Information on Recology's Private Roads Waiver
Some of the Island's private roads depicted in purple;  click to view full map
The City has been working closely with Recology to help clarify the language and reasoning behind a private roads waiver that was mailed to approximately 1900 residents several weeks ago in late June.

Based on resident feedback received, Recology is refining the waiver and accompanying letter and will be sharing that information as early as next week.
In the meantime, Recology continues to staff a phonebank just for Mercer Island and the City urges any customer with questions to call for more information or to discuss service needs. Recology is also eager to meet with residents onsite to discuss any access issues and the condition of private roads. Saturday appointments are available - please call them today at (206) 381-6980.
In general, if a given address is being served today by a smaller Local Access Vehicle (LAV), it is very likely that Recology will choose to do the same, but route managers would like to gather additional information through discussion with affected customers.
Many residents have asked how long a private roads waiver would be in effect - the answer: for the period during which the customer is serviced by Recology at the residence on the private road, but not longer than the duration of the main City contract with Recology, which is 10 years (Oct 1, 2019 - Sept 30, 2029).
Others have wondered what protections exist for the customer: the main contract contains a number of provisions regarding negligence that are unaltered by the private roads waiver. Per the contract, Recology is responsible for protecting all public and private facilities, and is responsible for all other damage to property and person not covered by the waiver that is caused by its actions. View the contract, and other information, on the City's public engagement web site.
The City will continue to convey residents' concerns and looks forward to continued coordination on outreach messaging.
Mercer Island Goes Green
Water_Quality2018 Water Quality Report Goes Electronic
Click to view the full report online
The City of Mercer Island's Water Utility is pleased to release its 2018 water quality report, reflecting that the City is in full compliance with all applicable standards for drinking water. In an effort to be more sustainable, this year the City has chosen to move to an electronic format, as permitted by state regulations.
As a result, rather than sending the traditional full color, 6-page report to all Island addresses, the City has substituted a small postcard with links to the comprehensive  online report. This action helps save thousands of dollars in printing and mailing costs, and makes more efficient use of resources.

Any resident that still prefers a printed copy should visit the Utility Billing counter of City Hall, located at 9611 SE 36th Street. Please contact the Public Works Department at (206) 275-7608 with any questions or concerns.
EventsPopular Summer Event Series Begin Next Week
A Shakespeare park performance;
click for details on both series
The City is pleased to announce that two long-running summer event series return to Mercer Island parks next week:  Shakespeare in the Park in Luther Burbank, and Mostly Music in the Park in Mercerdale! See details below...
Shakespeare in the Park
(performed by Wooden O)

  • Location: Luther Burbank Amphitheater
  • Dates: Most Thursdays-Sundays, July 11-August 11
  • Time: Most performances begin at 7:00pm
  • FREE
  Mostly Music in the Park
  • Location: Mercerdale Park
  • Dates: Thursdays, July 11-August 15
  • Time: Pre-concert activities (e.g. art-marking, openers) start at 6:00pm, headliners start at 7:00pm
  • FREE
PavingEast Mercer Way Paving All of Next Week
Prep work along East Mercer Way last week; click 
for Public Works Department information
Now that significant prep work is mostly complete, next week contractor crews plan to pave East Mercer Way from the 4300 block to SE 53rd Place, weather permitting. The City anticipates it will take all five days to complete, paving one direction at a time and starting southbound. 

Flaggers will allow alternating through traffic in the other lane, but delays of up to 10 minutes may be possible, primarily due to dumptruck access needs. Work hours will be 7:30am to 5:00pm daily.

Thank you in advance for your patience; please contact the Public Works Department with questions or concerns at (206) 275-7608.  


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

ross.freeman@mercergov.org or 206.275.7662.