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City earns transparency recognition

The League of Women Voters of Seattle recently recognized the city of Mercer Island for meeting high standards of transparency in government.

The League commended the city and City Council for providing announcements and agendas in the local newspaper, opportunities at the beginning of each meeting for citizens to address the Council, and detailed minutes of the meetings; as well as televising the meetings and making information available via the Web site and print media.

“With planning sessions held on Mercer Island and televised meetings, the city has provided chances for citizens to observe and listen and think,” said Myra Lupton, a League of Women Voters member. “In the past, they have held planning sessions as far away as La Conner, so they’ve come a long way.”

Arts, Senior Commissions members needed

The Mercer Island City Council is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Arts Council and three vacancies on the Senior Commission, effective immediately.

Arts Council members advise the City Council on matters related to the arts and organize art events through the year. Eleven members meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center. One term expires on May 31, 2009 (the applicant who fills this position will be considered for re-appointment in May) and one term expires on May 31, 2012. Senior Commission members advise the City Council, Parks & Recreation and Youth & Family Services Department regarding matters affecting seniors ages 55 and older. The seven members meet on the third Tuesday of the month from 7-9 p.m. (September through June). Applicants must be 55 years or older. Two terms expire on May 31, 2009 and one term expires on May 31, 2010 (applicants who fill these positions will be considered for re-appointment). Contact Ali Spietz at 275-7793 or ali.spietz@mercergov.org to apply.

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