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Country Village granted one-month extension

The Mercer Island School District approved a one-month extension on the lease for Country Village Day School (CVDS) at a school board meeting last Thursday, June 12. CVDS had been petitioning for the extension since voters approved additional levies earlier this year.

CVDS will eventually move to more permanent grounds on the North-end of the Island at the former site of the John L. Scott offices near City Hall, but board members and faculty worried that they wouldn’t be able to ready the unit in time, without interrupting programming.

The 30-day extension would start September 1 and run through the end of September.

Roadwork ahead

This year’s busy season of road construction in the greater Seattle area has already begun.

Drivers can expect two more weekends of full closure of SR-520 bridge.

Crews working for WSDOT and Sound Transit have begun work to realign the eastbound I-90 off-ramps to Bellevue Way and I-405 as part of a project to add HOV lanes to I-90 between Seattle and Bellevue. This stage of work will require around-the-clock closures of the East-bound off-ramps to Bellevue Way and I-405 later this summer.

Beginning in July, work to replace two aging expansion joints on West-bound I-90 at the East Channel Bridge, between Bellevue and Mercer Island, will close three lanes around the clock for up to seven days.

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Transportation officials remind drivers to protect yourself, your passengers and workers when traveling in a work zone.

There were close to 1,500 work zone collisions in 2013. With summer construction underway it’s important to slow down. More than 90 percent of work-zone collisions result in injuries to the driver and passengers. Set a good example. Slow down, pay attention. More than 40 percent of work-zone collisions in Washington involved a driver age 30 or younger.

Parks & Rec’s Marilyn Anderson retires

After 33 years of service to the Mercer Island community, popular city employee Marilyn Anderson retired from the Parks and Recreation Department May 22, 2014. Anderson was hired as the first female maintenance employee for the city.  She served in many roles throughout her career, including at numerous volunteer events across the parks system, at special events such as Summer Celebration and Mostly Music in the Park, on capital improvement projects, and other parks and trail maintenance responsibilities. She’s had a passion for working outdoors and says she has cherished every moment of her career.  Known throughout the community, Marilyn’s personality, spontaneity, and dedication have had a tremendous impact on her coworkers.  The Mercer Island community, and the city thanks her for such notable service.

Coval developers file land use petition

The developers behind 18 town houses planned for the historic Coval property have filed a petition under the Land Use Petition Act (LUPA), pending a potential redesign of the project.

In court documents filed May 14 by MI 84th Limited Partnership, the petition alleges the city’s decision was an “erroneous interpretation of the law.” Since the city rejected the Coval development in February, the Coval family has sold the lot to MI 84th Limited Partnership. The petitioner also alleges that the redesign process provided by the city’s development regulations is optional, not mandatory.

The Coval house has been featured on HGTV”s “Million Dollar Homes” and has its own website. Some regard it as an iconic piece of Island history.


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