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Tree removals, power line work set for Pioneer Park this week

Planned tree maintenance work by the city will begin this week in Pioneer Park to remove unsafe trees and to ensure public safety for all park users. Signs have been posted along the perimeter trails to alert park users about intermittent trail closures, and neighborhood groups have been notified.  The city hopes to complete this work along Island Crest Way before a Feb. 2, volunteer stewardship event, so that new plantings will not be affected. For more, contact Paul West, Mercer Island Parks Department Natural Resources Coordinator at 275-7833.

At the same time, Puget Sound Energy will be replacing two power poles and a major service wire near Pioneer Park, on the east side of Island Crest Way at SE 68th Street to improve electric service and reliability Island-wide. Contractors Asplundh Tree Expert Company and Potelco Inc., began work this week to trim and reshape up to 11 trees for the project. The city is discussing suitable future replacement species. When complete, this project will result in increased electrical reliability for the entire Island.

The wood chips from both projects will be reused for local park maintenance.

For questions about the PSE work, contact Project Coordinator Alex Finger at (253) 312-3723.

Check your home for radon

The  United States Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month.

Mercer Island is in a moderate risk area of Washington state. The the State Department of Health recommends that all homeowners test their homes for radon gas.

For information, go to the EPA support portal.



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