City briefs: I-90 tolling update and 'Buy a Key' fundraiser

City Manager’s I-90 tolling update

At the end of 2013, Mercer Island staff worked closely with the legislators during the special legislative sessions to seek funding for SR 520 that would not involve tolling I-90.  Staff were pleased that the final proposals discussed during Senate and House negotiations did not include I-90 tolls.  Unfortunately, the Legislature did not reach agreement and pass a final transportation package, leaving the question of tolling I-90 unresolved.  The Legislature’s regular session has just started and the city is hopeful that the Legislature will again take up transportation funding.

The city will continue to work with key legislators to advocate for funding packages that do not involve tolling I-90.

City staff will also continue to monitor the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) environmental impact study of tolling.

City “Buy a Key” fundraiser Concert

The Mercer Island Parks and recreation Department are holding a “Buy a Key’ fundraiser concert to help purchase a Yamaha Clavinova digital piano for use at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center to be used for lessons, entertainment and more. The concert will feature the Emerald Three Trio, with members Robin Lorentz on violin, Ron Walker on the accordion and flute, and Connie Wible on the piano, and keyboards.

The event is set for 3 p.m., February 9, at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center, Mercer Room. Tickets $10 per person or $25 per family (3+)

Call 275-7609 to purchase tickets.


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