The Mercer Island City Council discusses priorities for the year at its 2017 planning session. File photo

The Mercer Island City Council discusses priorities for the year at its 2017 planning session. File photo

Agenda set for Mercer Island City Council’s planning session

Council and city staff will set goals, review issues and discuss good governance on Jan. 26-27.

The Mercer Island City Council will meet on Jan. 26-27 for its annual planning session at the Community and Event Center, to set goals, review issues and discuss good governance.

It will be the first planning session for new council members Salim Nice and Tom Acker, and the first led by Debbie Bertlin as mayor.

“The annual planning session is designed for the council and staff to spend [one and a half] days strategic planning and goal setting,” according to the agenda posted at www.mercergov.org/CouncilMeetings.

On Friday, the group will start with facilitated ice breakers and team building activities at 3 p.m., followed by a recap of 2017 accomplishments and lessons learned at 5:45 p.m.

On Saturday, the group will start to set the work plan for the year by identifying goals and “must dos” for 2018-2019. After lunch, staff will go over emerging issues for the 2019-2020 budget, including infrastructure needs, personnel costs, changing demographics and service level impacts.

A review of council-staff communications guidelines and rules of procedure will follow at 2:45 p.m. Adjournment is expected at 5 p.m.

Contact City Clerk Ali Spietz at 206-275-7793 for more.

More in News

Hundreds attended the King County Career Fair last July at the Embassy Suites in Bellevue, which featured exhibitors from top employers throughout the area. File photo
King County Career Fair set for March 5 in Bellevue

The free event will feature dozens of top employers from region.

Diving deeper into the state bridges report

Interstate 90 bridges between Seattle and Mercer Island were deemed “structurally deficient.”

Learn about employment law at March Chamber of Commerce lunch

Lawyer George Tamblyn is the featured speaker at the next Mercer Island Chamber event.

Mercer Island School District announces new director of learning services

In other school news, kindergarten enrollment is now underway.

Islanders report theft, fraud and arson

The blotter consists of officers’ accounts of crimes and other incidents in Mercer Island.

Assessor urges eligible homeowners to seek relief from property tax increases

The average property tax increase will be 18.18 percent on Mercer Island.

Washington State Capitol. Photo by Nicole Jennings
Washington may soon teach sexual abuse prevention in schools

The State Legislature is considering training aimed at improving child safety.

‘Disney and Dessert’ fundraiser for Mercer Island orchestra students is Feb. 25

The Team O booster club organizes the annual event for fun and funds.

Early returns show voters approving Mercer Island school levy

Replacement educational maintenance and operations measure is passing with 71 percent of the vote.

Most Read