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Dec 28, 2016 | Vol. 11 | No. 52
CM_ReceptionWelcome Reception for Julie Underwood, New City Manager
New City Manager Julie Underwood; click to learn more about her professional background.
The public is invited to a short reception on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, to meet the City's new permanent City Manager, Ms. Julie Underwood.

Light refreshments will be served in Council Chambers at City Hall (9611 SE 36th Street), from 6:15-7:00pm, prior to the regular City Council meeting.

Ms. Underwood has nearly 20 years of local government management experience, and since March 2014, has served as the Assistant City Manager for Daly City, California, a first-tier suburb of San Francisco with a resident population of over 100,000. Learn more about Ms. Underwood from the City's press release.

For more information about the reception, contact Ali Spietz, City Clerk, at (206) 275-7793.
Light_RailLight Rail Update: New FAQ Posted
The East Link rail alignment; click for new FAQ
This week, the City issued the latest round of FAQ (December 28) regarding light rail plans and future vehicle access to I-90, answering some of the most common recent questions that have arisen.

The City is currently planning the next community open house for late January 2017.

To view related documents, studies, recent editorials, and other historic agreements, visit this archive page.

Mercer Island Goes Green
Recycle_TreesHoliday Tree Recycling Options
The City will chip your tree for FREE
When the holiday season winds down, most Islanders need a way to dispose of their holiday trees. The City encourages Island residents to recycle their trees and suggests choosing one of the following options:

Tree Chipping
The City's annual holiday tree chipping service is offered for FREE from December 27 through Friday, 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 it for use in City parks, trails, and open spaces. 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
Tree Collection
All curbside yard waste customers can also set holiday trees out on their regularly scheduled collection day. Trees must be free of flocking, tinsel, ornaments, and metal hangers, cut to 4-foot lengths, and tied into bundles less than 2 feet by 3 feet. Use biodegradable string or twine to secure bundles instead of nylon, plastic, or other synthetic materials.  (Note: Flocked trees are not recyclable and will not be accepted; put flocked trees in the garbage.)

For more information about holiday tree services, contact the City Public Works Department at (206) 275-7608.
No_GrinchPreventing Residential Package Theft
Be alert for package thieves in your neighborhood; click to learn more about crime prevention
For the third year in a row, this holiday season MI Police Department officers have been conducting extra patrols as part of what they call "Operation No Grinch."

The intent of this special emphasis is to reduce the number of burglaries, motor vehicle prowls and --in particular-- package thefts by running proactive patrols through the end of December.

The MIPD asks all residents to call 9-1-1 as soon as possible whenever you notice a vehicle following a delivery driver (e.g. UPS, Fed Ex, USPS) in a suspicious manner.  Package thieves wait until deliveries are left at the victim's front porch, then swoop in quickly to steal the boxes before anyone notices.  Tips from alert neighbors have led to arrests on the Island.

Learn more about Crime Prevention at this MIPD webpage. Or visit the MIPD's Facebook site to learn more about "Operation No Grinch" (post from December 1), and to follow the latest crime updates.  
StormsAre You Ready to Take Winter by Storm?
Click to learn more about the City's Emergency Preparedness program
As the storm season gets fully underway this winter, Mercer Island may see more lowland snow events, windstorms, downed trees, heavy rains and even landslides.

The City's Emergency Preparedness program advises all residents to take standard precautions for winter events, such as:
  • Prepare to be without power
  • Set aside non-perishable food and water for 3 days
  • Plan for the loss of landline phone service and internet connectivity
  • Keep cellphones charged
  • Locate flashlights and spare batteries
  • Prepare for winter driving
  • Know your neighbors and check on the elderly or infirm
When the power goes out, check the online outage map at Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) website, or call their outage hotline at 1(888) 225-5773 for more information.

Learn how to assemble your own emergency kit at Take Winter By Storm.
Alert_SystemSign Up Today for City's New Emergency Alert Service
Click to sign up now for official
City of Mercer Island alerts
The City recently joined a new emergency alerting system in partnership with King County, using a vendor that serves hundreds of other cities nationwide (Code Red).

ALERT King County allows Mercer Island residents to receive important information about major emergencies via telephone, text, and email based on their Island address.

Sign up today! Registration is free and confidential.

The service will not be used for minor, or brief events, only major emergencies such as: earthquakes, very damaging winter storms, large landslides, and boil-water advisories.

If you don't have a landline telephone any more, it is ESPECIALLY important that you register your cellphone number, or the City has no way of calling/texting you in major emergencies!

The system already includes most landlines, but those users can also register in order to select additional contact options if they wish.

The City also encourages residents to follow its Facebook and Twitter feeds, as those social media outlets are used in both minor and major emergencies to spread important information.

For questions on the new alert system, please Email MIPD Officer Jennifer Franklin, Emergency Manager, at: jennifer.franklin@mercergov.org.


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

ross.freeman@mercergov.org or 206.275.7662.