The City of Mercer Island operates under the Council/Manager form of government. In this form, the City Council of seven elected members hires a City Manager to act as Chief Executive of the City. The City Manager reports directly to the Council and carries out their policy directions. Council's vision statement and annual retreat outcomes provide a framework for city operations.
Councilmembers listen to their constituents, the Island residents, and also receive advice and help from the Council-appointed Boards and Commissions. The Council is vitally interested in hearing the voices of all the residents and in increasing citizen involvement. All Councilmembers serve at large for a standard term of four years; appointees filling vacated seats generally serve a shorter term. Every other January, the Council itself selects a Mayor and Deputy Mayor from among the seven councilmembers for a two-year period.
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Mercer Island City Council
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2017-2018 City Council Goals
The goals listed below were developed after the Council’s 2017 Planning Session in February, where Council identified priorities and goals (“the what”) for the upcoming year and after the Leadership Team’s retreat, where staff prepared a draft work plan (“the how”) for the Council to review.
The 2017-2018 City Council Goals are:
Goal 1: Preserve I-90 Access and Mobility and Prepare for Light Rail
Goal 2: Maintain the City’s Residential Character
Goal 3: Enhance Communications and Opportunities for Community Engagement
Goal 4: Maintain Quality of Life Services by Addressing the City’s Financial Challenges
Goal 5: Strengthen and Realign City Manager Role and City Council-Staff Relations
Goal 6: Address Outdated City Code and Practices
Click here to read detailed information about the 2017-2018 City Council Goals and Work Plan.
City Council Meetings
Unless otherwise posted, Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall (9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040) on the first and third Tuesdays every month; Special Meetings and Study Sessions begin at 6:00 pm; Regular Meetings begin at 7:00 pm. [Note: Meetings were moved from Monday to Tuesday starting on Sept 5, 2017]
To view City Council meetings as they occur live or view footage of past meetings (from 2011 to present) go to the City Council Meetings - Agendas, Minutes & Videos page. Also included are links to agendas, the documents for each agenda item, and minutes (if available).
Click here to view agendas and minutes from Council meetings prior to 2011.
Click here for definitions of commonly used terms on Council meeting agendas.
Click here for information about speaking at Council meetings (Appearances) and the Council Chambers Code of Conduct.
Council meetings also air live on MI-TV (Channel 21) and are typically rebroadcast at 10:00 am T/Th/Sa/Su and 7:00 pm M/W/F.
Open Government Trainings Act
The Open Government Trainings Act enacted by the 2014 Legislature (ESB 5964, Laws of 2014, Ch. 66) requires training for some local government officials in the fundamentals of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), Public Records Act (PRA), and records retention requirements. Click here to view more information and links to training videos to fulfill this requirement.
Mayor Proclaims April Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Apr 11, 2018 – At last week’s April 3 Council meeting, Mayor Debbie Bertlin proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the City of Mercer Island. The proclamation is intended to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Individuals c... Read more...
Mayor Proclaims April 22 Earth Day in Mercer Island; Invites Island to Apr 14 Sustainability Fair
Apr 4, 2018 – At this week’s Council meeting, Mayor Debbie Bertlin proclaimed April 22 as Earth Day in the City of Mercer Island, and invited all residents to celebrate by attending the City's annual Leap for Green Sustainability Fair on April 14 at the Community and Event Center.
The p... Read more...
Serve Your City! Council Seeking Citizens for Boards & Commissions
Mar 25, 2018 - Help improve the livability of Mercer Island by getting more involved in your community. The City Council is seeking a diverse range of citizens to serve on several volunteer advisory boards.
Appointments to boards and commissions are made by the Mayor and affirmed by the Cit... Read more...
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City Council Special Meeting
Tuesday, April 24, 2018Notice is hereby given that the Mercer Island City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:00pm for an Executive Session to consider the selection of a site or the acquisition of real estate by lease or purchase when public knowledge regarding such consideration would cause a l... Read more...
City Council Regular Meeting
Tuesday, May 01, 2018City Council regular meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays every month at 7:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers (9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040), unless otherwise posted (click here for agendas).
Special Meetings and Study Sessions usually begin at 6... Read more...
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