Mercer Island to host reception for city manager candidates | City briefs

City news for Mercer Island.

City news for Mercer Island.

Meet the city manager candidates Thursday

For the past several months, the Mercer Island City Council has been conducting an executive search for the next permanent city manager, following the departure of Noel Treat in December 2015.

The city will host a public reception from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday for citizens to meet the finalist candidates in the Mercer Room at the Community and Event Center. Most council members will be in attendance at this event, but the council will not be taking action on any city business at that time.

There are four candidates: Jill Anderson, Robert Larson, Patrick McDonnell and James Thompson. Interviews begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Slater Room at the Community and Event Center. Read their bios here.

Contact City Clerk Ali Spietz at for more information.

Spring recycling event statistics

Almost 800 vehicles went to the city’s annual spring recycling collection event at the Boat Launch on April 9, carrying a total of 96,673 pounds of discarded material. That averages to 123 pounds each, a 9 percent increase over last year.

The event also provided a collection opportunity for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services: attendees donated 1,300 pounds of items for the city’s Food Pantry, and $3,053 in cash.

Some highlights this year included 30,020 pounds of appliances, scrap metal and electronics; 12,445 pounds of reusable household goods; 15,080 household batteries; 49 used tires; 23,580 pounds of confidential paper shredded onsite; 12,246 pounds of cardboard; 35 cubic yards of Styrofoam; and 6,240 pounds of scrap wood.

Apply for Char Fox scholarship

A new scholarship, Char Fox Girl Forward Award, is available through Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) to Island girls and women planning advanced academic or vocational education. The scholarship will help them get a solid start in their academic careers by financing tuition, books or housing.

All applicants must be female, a resident of Mercer Island and enrolled in either a vocational or academic program. Paper applications are available at the MIYFS offices in the Luther Burbank Administrative Building. The deadline is May 15.

For questions or applications, contact Cheryl Manriquez at 206-275-7869 or

Calkins Landing park reopens

The city’s restoration staff has been hard at work on a project at the street-end park, Calkins Landing. The project was designed in 2013, construction began in August 2015 and major work was finished six months later followed by shrub and groundcover planting.

Highlights include an ADA-accessible picnic table, a stormwater detention vault and daylighted drainage swale, and native species plantings. The restoration was completely funded by the King County Flood Control District Subregional Opportunity Fund, which focuses on projects that address stormwater issues.