Council approves crosswalk at 32nd Street on Island Crest Way
At its April 3 meeting, the Mercer Island City Council approved a $341,574 project to upgrade the existing crosswalk at Southeast 32nd Street on Island Crest Way by adding a pedestrian signal, enhancing the crossing and improving accessibility and circulation for pedestrians traveling to and from the Town Center.
Two new LED street lights, new crosswalk pavement markings, signing and new ADA ramps will be installed. This area of Island Crest Way is five lanes wide and has the highest traffic volume and speeds on the Island.
A $257,338 grant from the Transportation Improvement Board will cover most of the cost, with the city’s Street Fund funding the balance. This project was one of eight applications in the Puget Sound to receive funding from the TIB.
Council, School Board to meet April 20
The Mercer Island City Council and School Board of Directors will have a joint meeting from 5-7 p.m. April 20 at City Hall. Topics of discussion include the Fall 2016 Healthy Youth Survey Results, the 2017 update to the district’s demographic study, Legislative updates on school funding and McCleary requirements, the interlocal agreement for sports fields, school bus cameras, possible levies in 2018 and an Interstate 90 and mobility update.
Mercer Island firefighters get social
The Mercer Island Fire Department now has a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MercerIslandFire.
Follow them, as well as the Mercer Island Police and Emergency Management page at www.facebook.com/MercerIslandEmergencyPreparedness, for crime news and police updates. The Mercer Island Thrift Shop, Youth and Family Services Foundation and Parks and Recreation Department are also on Facebook. See www.mercergov.org/SocialMedia for more.
City collects pounds of recyclable material, food donations at annual event
The city reported that 889 vehicles arrived at the annual spring recycling collection event at the Boat Launch on March 25, carrying a total of 98,546 pounds of discarded material, which averages to 111 pounds each.
The event also provided a collection opportunity for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. Attendees donated 1,200 pounds of items for the city’s Food Pantry, and about $3,000 in cash.
Some highlights this year included: 32,460 pounds of appliances, scrap metal and electronics; 9,877 pounds of reusable household goods; 12,750 household batteries; 61 used tires; 19,856 pounds of confidential paper shredded onsite; 10,450 pounds of cardboard; 40 cubic yards of Styrofoam; and 13,780 pounds of scrap wood.