Council Connects

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2020 City Council: (left to right, front) Wendy Weiker, Benson Wong, Lisa Anderl; (left to right, back) Jake Jacobson, Salim Nice, Craig Reynolds, Dave Rosenbaum


The City Council wants your feedback!

Council Connects is an engagement tool to help the community provide feedback to the City Council about upcoming policy issues.

We know that traditional public engagement (attending public meetings or providing written submissions) can often be time consuming and inconvenient, and sometimes daunting.

Council Connects gives you the opportunity to have your say on issues that are important to you, at a time and place of your choice. It is just one piece of a broader city effort to make it easier for you to engage with local government.

How does it work?

Staff will post Council Meeting packets to the Council Connects page on the same day they are distributed to Council, typically the Thursday or Friday before a Council Meeting. Once posted, the meeting-specific comment section will open for community feedback.

Comments received before a Council Meeting will be compiled and given to Council to be read ahead of that meeting.

To keep this page relevant, only the past four meetings will be visible. For past Council Meetings go to www.mercergov.org/councilmeetings.



The City Council wants your feedback!

Council Connects is an engagement tool to help the community provide feedback to the City Council about upcoming policy issues.

We know that traditional public engagement (attending public meetings or providing written submissions) can often be time consuming and inconvenient, and sometimes daunting.

Council Connects gives you the opportunity to have your say on issues that are important to you, at a time and place of your choice. It is just one piece of a broader city effort to make it easier for you to engage with local government.

How does it work?

Staff will post Council Meeting packets to the Council Connects page on the same day they are distributed to Council, typically the Thursday or Friday before a Council Meeting. Once posted, the meeting-specific comment section will open for community feedback.

Comments received before a Council Meeting will be compiled and given to Council to be read ahead of that meeting.

To keep this page relevant, only the past four meetings will be visible. For past Council Meetings go to www.mercergov.org/councilmeetings.


  • July 7 City Council Regular Video Meeting

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    8 days ago

    July 7 Agenda

    July 7 HTML Agenda Packet

    A Note About Registering to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak live during Appearances will need to register their request with the City Clerk at 206.275.7793 or email deb.estrada@mercergov.org and leave a message before 4 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances for July 7 Council Meeting" on your correspondence. The City Clerk will call on you by name or telephone number when it is your turn to speak.

    Join by Telephone at 5:00PM: To listen to the meeting or speak live under Appearances via telephone, please call 253.215.8782...

    July 7 Agenda

    July 7 HTML Agenda Packet

    A Note About Registering to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak live during Appearances will need to register their request with the City Clerk at 206.275.7793 or email deb.estrada@mercergov.org and leave a message before 4 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances for July 7 Council Meeting" on your correspondence. The City Clerk will call on you by name or telephone number when it is your turn to speak.

    Join by Telephone at 5:00PM: To listen to the meeting or speak live under Appearances via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 879 1682 1355 and Password 851646 when prompted.

    Join by Internet at 5:00PM: To watch the meeting over the internet or speak live under Appearances, via your computer microphone, follow these steps:

    1) Click this link

    2) If the Zoom app is not installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download it.

    3) If prompted for Webinar ID, enter 879 1682 1355

    4) Enter Password 851646

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Lets Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 4pm on July 7, 2020 will be forwarded to all Councilmembers and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes of the meeting.

    For the safety and wellbeing of the public and staff, the City strongly recommends that people attend the meeting by viewing the live feed of the video conference on the City’s YouTube Channel, or on MI-TV Channel 21.

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  • June 16 City Council Regular Video Meeting

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    29 days ago

    06/16/2020 Agenda (5:00 pm)

    06/16/2020 HTML Packet with helpful links to individual documents

    A Note About Registering to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak live during Appearances and/or the Public Hearings will need to register their request with the City Clerk at 206-275-7793 or email deb.estrada@mercergov.org and leave a message before 4 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances for June 16 Council Meeting" on your correspondence. The City Clerk will call on you by name or telephone number when it is your turn to speak.

    Join by Telephone at 5:00 PM: To listen to the meeting or speak live under Appearances and/or the Public Hearings via telephone, please call 253-215-8782 and enter Webinar ID 890 1709 7992 when prompted.

    Join by Internet at 5:00 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet or speak live under Appearances and/or the Public Hearings via your computer microphone, follow these steps:

    1) Click this link

    2) If the Zoom app is not installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download it.

    3) If prompted for Webinar ID, enter 890 1709 7992

    4) Enter Password 851646

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments received by 4pm on June 16, 2020 will be forwarded to all Councilmembers and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes of the meeting.

    For the safety and wellbeing of the public and staff, the City strongly recommends that people attend the meeting by viewing the live feed of the video conference on the City’s YouTube Channel, or on MI-TV Channel 21.

    Comments closed on June 16 at 4:05pm.

    06/16/2020 Agenda (5:00 pm)

    06/16/2020 HTML Packet with helpful links to individual documents

    A Note About Registering to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak live during Appearances and/or the Public Hearings will need to register their request with the City Clerk at 206-275-7793 or email deb.estrada@mercergov.org and leave a message before 4 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances for June 16 Council Meeting" on your correspondence. The City Clerk will call on you by name or telephone number when it is your turn to speak.

    Join by Telephone at 5:00 PM: To listen to the meeting or speak live under Appearances and/or the Public Hearings via telephone, please call 253-215-8782 and enter Webinar ID 890 1709 7992 when prompted.

    Join by Internet at 5:00 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet or speak live under Appearances and/or the Public Hearings via your computer microphone, follow these steps:

    1) Click this link

    2) If the Zoom app is not installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download it.

    3) If prompted for Webinar ID, enter 890 1709 7992

    4) Enter Password 851646

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments received by 4pm on June 16, 2020 will be forwarded to all Councilmembers and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes of the meeting.

    For the safety and wellbeing of the public and staff, the City strongly recommends that people attend the meeting by viewing the live feed of the video conference on the City’s YouTube Channel, or on MI-TV Channel 21.

    Comments closed on June 16 at 4:05pm.

  • June 9 City Council Special Video Meeting

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    about 1 month ago

    June 9 Agenda

    June 9 Agenda Packet

    June 9 Agenda Packet HTML

    A Note About Registering to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak live during Appearances will need to register their request with the City Clerk at 206-275-7793 or email deb.estrada@mercergov.org and leave a message before 4 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances for June 9 Council Meeting" on your correspondence. The City Clerk will call on you by name or telephone number when it is your turn to speak.

    Join by Telephone at 5:00 PM: To listen to the meeting or speak live under Appearances...

    June 9 Agenda

    June 9 Agenda Packet

    June 9 Agenda Packet HTML

    A Note About Registering to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak live during Appearances will need to register their request with the City Clerk at 206-275-7793 or email deb.estrada@mercergov.org and leave a message before 4 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances for June 9 Council Meeting" on your correspondence. The City Clerk will call on you by name or telephone number when it is your turn to speak.

    Join by Telephone at 5:00 PM: To listen to the meeting or speak live under Appearances via telephone, please call 253-215-8782 and enter Webinar ID 819 7079 6501 when prompted.

    Join by Internet at 5:00 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet or speak live under Appearances via your computer microphone, follow these steps:

    1) Click this link

    2) If the Zoom app is not installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download it.

    3) If prompted for Webinar ID, enter 819 7079 6501

    4) Enter Password 851646

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments received by 4pm on June 9, 2020 will be forwarded to all Councilmembers and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes of the meeting.

    For the safety and wellbeing of the public and staff, the City strongly recommends that people attend the meeting by viewing the live feed of the video conference on the City’s YouTube Channel, or on MI-TV Channel 21.

    June 9 Update: Comments closed at 4:55pm.

  • June 2 Regular Council Video Meeting

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    about 1 month ago

    June 2 Agenda (Executive Session 5:00pm; Regular Meeting 6:30pm)

    June 2 Agenda Packet

    June 2 Agenda Packet HTML

    A Note About Registering to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak live during Appearances will need to register their request with the City Clerk at 206-275-7793 or email deb.estrada@mercergov.org and leave a message before 4 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances for June 2 Council Meeting" on your correspondence. The City Clerk will call on you by name or telephone number when it is your turn to speak.

    Join by Telephone at 6:30 PM: To listen to the...

    June 2 Agenda (Executive Session 5:00pm; Regular Meeting 6:30pm)

    June 2 Agenda Packet

    June 2 Agenda Packet HTML

    A Note About Registering to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak live during Appearances will need to register their request with the City Clerk at 206-275-7793 or email deb.estrada@mercergov.org and leave a message before 4 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances for June 2 Council Meeting" on your correspondence. The City Clerk will call on you by name or telephone number when it is your turn to speak.

    Join by Telephone at 6:30 PM: To listen to the meeting or speak live under Appearances via telephone, please call 253-215-8782 and enter Webinar ID 885 8830 0430 when prompted.

    Join by Internet at 6:30 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet or speak live under Appearances via your computer microphone, follow these steps:

    1) Click this link

    2) If the Zoom app is not installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download it.

    3) If prompted for Webinar ID, enter 885 8830 0430

    4) Enter Password 851646

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments received by 4pm on June 2, 2020 will be forwarded to all Councilmembers and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes of the meeting.

    For the safety and wellbeing of the public and staff, the City strongly recommends that people attend the meeting by viewing the live feed of the video conference on the City’s YouTube Channel, or on MI-TV Channel 21.

    Comments closed at 4:45pm on 6/2/2020.

  • May 19 City Council Special Video Meeting

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    about 2 months ago

    May 19 Agenda (5:00pm start)

    May 19 Agenda Packet

    The May 19 City Council Special Video Meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm using video conferencing technology provided by Zoom. The meeting can be viewed in real time via the livestream on the City YouTube Channel and is televised on MI-TV Channel 21. In addition to the City’s livestream, the public can listen to the meeting live by calling (253) 215-8782 and entering the Webinar ID: 831 6865 4859 when prompted.

    Virtual Public Hearing Instructions:

    Register to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak live during Appearances and/or the TIP Virtual Public Hearing...

    May 19 Agenda (5:00pm start)

    May 19 Agenda Packet

    The May 19 City Council Special Video Meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm using video conferencing technology provided by Zoom. The meeting can be viewed in real time via the livestream on the City YouTube Channel and is televised on MI-TV Channel 21. In addition to the City’s livestream, the public can listen to the meeting live by calling (253) 215-8782 and entering the Webinar ID: 831 6865 4859 when prompted.

    Virtual Public Hearing Instructions:

    Register to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak live during Appearances and/or the TIP Virtual Public Hearing will need to register their request with the City Clerk at (206) 275-7793 or email deb.estrada@mercergov.org and leave a message before 4PM on the day of the May 19 Council meeting. Please reference Appearances or Public Hearing for May 19 Council Meeting on your correspondence. The City Clerk will call on you by name or telephone number when it is your turn to speak.

    Telephone: To listen to the meeting or speak live during Appearances and/or the Public Hearing via telephone, please call (253) 215-8782 and enter Webinar ID 831 6865 4859 when prompted.

    Internet: To watch the meeting over the internet or speak live during Appearances and/or the Public Hearing, via your computer microphone, follow these steps:

    1) Click the link https: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83168654859?pwd=aFZ4WkIwS1R2Z0FNajZuRlVtUVFWUT09
    2) If the Zoom app is not installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download it.
    3) If prompted for Webinar ID, enter 831 6865 4859
    4) Enter Password 851646

    Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Lets Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 4PM on May 19, 2020 will be forwarded to all Councilmembers and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes of the meeting.

    In Person Appearances: Pursuant to Governor Inslees Stay Home, Stay Healthy order and Proclamation 20-28.2, in person appearances will not be allowed and City Hall remains closed to the public.

    If you have questions, contact City Clerk Deb Estrada: deb.estrada@mercergov.org.

    Comments are now closed (5/19/2020, 5:00pm).

  • May 5 City Council Special Video Meeting

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    29 days ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    May 5 Meeting Agenda (5:00pm start)

    May 5 Meeting Packet

    The May 5 City Council Special Video Meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm using video conferencing technology provided by Zoom. The meeting can be viewed in real time via the livestream on the City YouTube Channel and is televised on MI-TV Channel 21. In addition to the City’s livestream, the public can listen to the meeting live by calling (253) 215-8782 and entering the Webinar ID: 851 0273 4923 when prompted.

    Telephone: To listen to the meeting or speak live under “Appearances” via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 851 0273 4923 when prompted.

    Internet: To watch the meeting over the internet or speak live under “Appearances,” via your computer’s microphone, follow these steps:
    1) Click the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85102734923?pwd=K3hNcnRXd1RTZVZqQURqak1wRi9BQT09
    2) If the Zoom app is not installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download it.
    3) If prompted for Webinar ID, enter 851 0273 4923
    4) Enter Password 851646

    Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Let’s Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 4pm on May 5, 2020 will be forwarded to all Councilmembers and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes of the meeting.

    Virtual Appearances: Individuals wishing to provide live, spoken appearances will need to register their request with the City Clerk at 206.275.7793 or email deb.estrada@mercergov.org and leave a message before 4 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference “Appearances for May 5 Council Meeting” on your correspondence. The City Clerk will call on you by name or telephone number when it is your turn to speak.

    In Person Appearances: CANCELED This will only be permitted if Governor Inslee lifts the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order – in that case, strict meeting attendance guidelines and social distancing measures will be required of all attendees. Please note, all Councilmembers will be participating remotely and there will be limited staff present. Unless otherwise announced, City Hall remains closed to the public.

    If you have questions, contact City Clerk Deb Estrada: deb.estrada@mercergov.org.

    Comments are now closed.

    May 5 Meeting Agenda (5:00pm start)

    May 5 Meeting Packet

    The May 5 City Council Special Video Meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm using video conferencing technology provided by Zoom. The meeting can be viewed in real time via the livestream on the City YouTube Channel and is televised on MI-TV Channel 21. In addition to the City’s livestream, the public can listen to the meeting live by calling (253) 215-8782 and entering the Webinar ID: 851 0273 4923 when prompted.

    Telephone: To listen to the meeting or speak live under “Appearances” via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 851 0273 4923 when prompted.

    Internet: To watch the meeting over the internet or speak live under “Appearances,” via your computer’s microphone, follow these steps:
    1) Click the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85102734923?pwd=K3hNcnRXd1RTZVZqQURqak1wRi9BQT09
    2) If the Zoom app is not installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download it.
    3) If prompted for Webinar ID, enter 851 0273 4923
    4) Enter Password 851646

    Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Let’s Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 4pm on May 5, 2020 will be forwarded to all Councilmembers and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes of the meeting.

    Virtual Appearances: Individuals wishing to provide live, spoken appearances will need to register their request with the City Clerk at 206.275.7793 or email deb.estrada@mercergov.org and leave a message before 4 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference “Appearances for May 5 Council Meeting” on your correspondence. The City Clerk will call on you by name or telephone number when it is your turn to speak.

    In Person Appearances: CANCELED This will only be permitted if Governor Inslee lifts the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order – in that case, strict meeting attendance guidelines and social distancing measures will be required of all attendees. Please note, all Councilmembers will be participating remotely and there will be limited staff present. Unless otherwise announced, City Hall remains closed to the public.

    If you have questions, contact City Clerk Deb Estrada: deb.estrada@mercergov.org.

    Comments are now closed.

  • April 21 City Council Special Video Meeting

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    about 1 month ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    April 21 Meeting Agenda (5:00pm start)

    April 21 Meeting Packet

    The April 21 City Council Special Video Meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm using video conferencing technology provided by Zoom. The meeting can be viewed in real time via the livestream on the City YouTube Channel and is televised on MI-TV Channel 21. In addition to the City’s livestream, the public can listen to the meeting live by calling (253) 215-8782 and entering the Webinar ID: 875 8582 4180 when prompted.

    Public comments will not be included in the agenda for this meeting, but residents with feedback for Council on current issues or agenda items are invited to submit them in advance by 3pm on April 21.

    If you have questions, contact City Clerk Deb Estrada: deb.estrada@mercergov.org.

    April 21 Meeting Agenda (5:00pm start)

    April 21 Meeting Packet

    The April 21 City Council Special Video Meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm using video conferencing technology provided by Zoom. The meeting can be viewed in real time via the livestream on the City YouTube Channel and is televised on MI-TV Channel 21. In addition to the City’s livestream, the public can listen to the meeting live by calling (253) 215-8782 and entering the Webinar ID: 875 8582 4180 when prompted.

    Public comments will not be included in the agenda for this meeting, but residents with feedback for Council on current issues or agenda items are invited to submit them in advance by 3pm on April 21.

    If you have questions, contact City Clerk Deb Estrada: deb.estrada@mercergov.org.