City releases explainer videos on residential code
After many months of community input, and recommendations from the city’s Planning Commission, the City Council is now working on the final details of the updated residential development standards.
The council will meet on Sept. 5 and again on Sept. 19 for final deliberations, with adoption expected at the second meeting.
In order to help residents understand the various components under consideration, staff have released a series of educational explainer videos that are now available via the city’s webpage, or on the city YouTube channel.
Learn more about the proposed changes and download the draft code at www.mercergov.org/Residential, and send questions or comments to the City Council or staff by emailing email@example.com.
Lincoln Landing design meeting is Sept. 6
The Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a public meeting to discuss the conceptual design for the upcoming Lincoln Landing renovation project from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 6 in Room 102 at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. The community is encouraged to provide input on the design of this street end park for access, site aesthetics and wildlife habitat quality.
Representatives from PND Engineering and HBB Landscape Architecture will present a conceptual design for the park area, discuss project constraints and objectives, and will incorporate community input as they develop the final project design. The design team and city staff will be available to answer questions about the project.
Throughout the design process, written and electronic mail comments are welcomed. For more, contact Parks Natural Resources Manager Alaine Sommargren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art UnCorked returns Sept. 8
The fourth annual Mercer Island Art UnCorked event presents an evening of wine tasting, art, music and food in the heart of downtown Mercer Island, at the Outdoor Sculpture Gallery along Sunset Highway at 78th Avenue Southeast, on Sept. 8.
Organized by the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, a portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Mercer Island Youth and Family Services and Mercer Island High School scholarships.
More than 15 Washington vintners, brewers, and cider-makers, many with Mercer Island connections, will be pouring two or more of their products at booths, while juried artists will be showing and selling a selection of handmade artwork. Wines poured will be also available for purchase that night only at a small discount.
Learn more about tickets and more at www.mercerislandartuncorked.com.
Mercer Island celebrates Women’s Equality Day
Everyone was invited to visit Mercerdale Park at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 for the Mercer Island Women’s Equality Day celebration. The event was held before the final Mostly Music in the Park performance of the summer with dream pop band Lemolo.
In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated Aug. 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.
To read the City Council’s proclamation of Women’s Equality Day, go to www.mercergov.org/files/proc209.pdf.