Sewer savings to repair, build, pay fines

The Mercer Island City Council has finalized a list of priorities in order to allocate the $2 million in savings realized from the construction of the sewer lake line project that came in under budget. The multiyear $22 million project involved the replacement of the crumbling sewer line along the northwest corner of the Island.

On Monday, Oct. 3, the Council finalized its list to disperse the money. The list includes:

• $350,000 to design a new South End fire station.

• $500,000 to replenish a pair of city reserve funds.

• $100,000 to increase the reserves for firefighter union retirement payments.

• $185,000 to pay the public records fine, and accompanying attorney fees in the Lindell lawsuit.

• $100,000 to implement the pedestrian, bicycle and facility plan.

• $400,000 for a utility booster station on First Hill.

• $28,000 to pay unbudgeted sales and B&O taxes to the state.

• $84,000 was set aside to rebuild/repair the I-90 boat launch and police dock.

• A total of $110,000 is to be spent on studies including $25,000 for a possible community pool; $70,000 for Town Center transit options and $15,000 for an audit of the city’s human resources department.

• The remaining amount of $17,584 was transferred to YFS.

The Council declined to use $200,000 to reduce water utility rate increases to customers, decided not to fund a communications position and reduced by half the amount to be spent on a study for a community pool.

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