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.


  • December 1 City Council Regular Video Meeting

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    01 Dec 2020

    12/1 Agenda
    12/1 HTML Agenda Packet

    The virtual meeting will be broadcast live on MITV Channel 21 and live streamed on the City Council’s YouTube Channel

    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 the City Clerk and leave a message before 4 PM on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances" on your correspondence. Each speaker will be allowed three (3) minutes to speak.

    Public Appearances: Notify the City Clerk in advance that you wish to speak on camera and staff will be prepared to permit temporary video access when you enter the live Council meeting. Please remember to activate the video option on your phone or computer, ensure your room is well lit, and kindly ensure that your background is appropriate for all audience ages. Screen sharing will not be permitted, but documents may be Emailed to Council.

    Join by Telephone at 6:00 PM: To listen to the meeting via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 845 6756 7233 and Password 235104 if prompted.

    Join by Internet at 6:00 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet via your computer, 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 845 6756 7233; Enter Password 235104

    4) The City Clerk will call on you by name or refer to your email address when it is your turn to speak. Please confirm that your audio works prior to participating.

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Let’s Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 3 PM on the day of the meeting will be forwarded to all Councilmembers and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes of the meeting.

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  • November 17 City Council Regular Video Meeting

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    16 Nov 2020

    11/17/2020 Agenda
    11/17/2020 HTML Packet

    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 the City Clerk and leave a message before 4 PM on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances" on your correspondence. Each speaker will be allowed three (3) minutes to speak.

    Public Appearances by Video: Notify the City Clerk in advance that you wish to speak on camera and staff will be prepared to permit temporary video access when you enter the live Council meeting. Please remember to activate the video option on your phone or computer, ensure your room is well lit, and kindly ensure that your background is appropriate for all audience ages. Screen sharing will not be permitted, but documents may be Emailed to Council.

    Public Hearings by Video: The Mercer Island City Council will hold three public hearings, previously noticed, at its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6 pm:

    1) Town Center Moratorium
    2) Ad Valorem (Property) Taxes and Revenue Sources
    3) 2021-2022 PRELIMINARY BUDGET

    Join by Telephone at 5:00 6 PM: To listen to the meeting via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 878 9160 5154 and Password 851646 when prompted.

    Join by Internet at 5:00 6 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet via your computer, follow these steps:

    1) Click this line
    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 878 9160 5154; Enter Password 851646
    4) The City Clerk will call on you by name or refer to your email address when it is your turn to speak. Please confirm that your audio works prior to participating.

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Let’s Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 3 PM on the day of the meeting will be forwarded to all Councilmembers and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes of the meeting.

  • November 2 City Council Regular Video Meeting

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    23 Oct 2020

    11/2/2020 Agenda
    11/2/2020 HTML Packet

    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 the City Clerk and leave a message before 4 PM on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances" on your correspondence. Each speaker will be allowed three (3) minutes to speak.

    Public Appearances by Video: Notify the City Clerk in advance that you wish to speak on camera and staff will be prepared to permit temporary video access when you enter the live Council meeting. Please remember to activate the video option on your phone or computer, ensure your room is well lit, and kindly ensure that your background is appropriate for all audience ages. Screen sharing will not be permitted, but documents may be Emailed to Council.

    Public Hearing by Video: The Mercer Island City Council will hold a public hearing at its special meeting on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5 pm to to receive comments on an ordinance extending the deadline in 2020 for the public to submit proposed amendments to the comprehensive plan and development code to November 2, 2020 as approved by Ordinance No. 20-15. Comments during the live public hearing may be made by telephone or internet as outlined below:

    Join by Telephone at 5:00 PM: To listen to the meeting via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 869 6635 2156 and Password 329470 when prompted.

    Join by Internet at 5:00 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet via your computer, 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 869 6635 2156; Enter Password 329470

    4) The City Clerk will call on you by name or refer to your email address when it is your turn to speak. Please confirm that your audio works prior to participating.

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Let’s Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 3 PM on the day of the meeting will be forwarded to all Councilmembers and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes of the meeting.

  • October 22 City Council/MISD Joint Video Meeting

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    20 Oct 2020

    10/22/2020 Agenda

    The virtual meeting will be uploaded to the City Council’s YouTube Channel as soon as available.

    Join by Internet at 6:00 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet via your computer, click this link provided by MISD

    Join by Telephone at 6:00 PM: To listen to the meeting via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 834 9409 3204

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Let’s Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 3 PM on the day of the meeting will be forwarded to all Councilmembers and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes of the meeting.

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  • October 20 City Council Regular Video Meeting

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    19 Oct 2020

    10/20/20 Agenda

    10/20/20 Agenda HTML Packet

    The virtual meeting will be broadcast live on MITV Channel 21 and live streamed on the City Council’s YouTube Channel

    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 the City Clerk and leave a message before 4 PM on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances" on your correspondence. Each speaker will be allowed three (3) minutes to speak.

    Public Appearances by Video: Notify the City Clerk in advance that you wish to speak on camera and staff will be prepared to permit temporary video access when you enter the live Council meeting. Please remember to activate the video option on your phone or computer, ensure your room is well lit, and kindly ensure that your background is appropriate for all audience ages. Screen sharing will not be permitted, but documents may be Emailed to Council.

    Join by Telephone at 6:00 PM: To listen to the meeting via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 896 6808 6562 and Password 851646 when prompted.

    Join by Internet at 6:00 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet via your computer, 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 896 6808 6562; Enter Password 851646
    4. The City Clerk will call on you by name or refer to your email address when it is your turn to speak. Please confirm that your audio and/or video works prior to participating.

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Let’s Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 3 PM on the day of the meeting 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

  • October 13 City Council Special Video Meeting

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    08 Oct 2020

    10/13/20 Agenda

    10/13/20 Agenda Packet - The agenda packet includes the agenda coversheet and a 3-page agenda bill, introducing the preliminary budget discussion. The 2021-2022 Preliminary Biennial Budget is a very large document that is conveniently located on the City website.

    The virtual meeting will be broadcast live on MITV Channel 21 and live streamed on the City Council’s YouTube Channel

    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 the City Clerk and leave a message before 4 PM on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances" on your correspondence. Each speaker will be allowed three (3) minutes to speak.

    Public Appearances by Video: Notify the City Clerk in advance that you wish to speak on camera and staff will be prepared to permit temporary video access when you enter the live Council meeting. Please remember to activate the video option on your phone or computer, ensure your room is well lit, and kindly ensure that your background is appropriate for all audience ages. Screen sharing will not be permitted, but documents may be Emailed to Council.

    Join by Telephone at 6:00 PM: To listen to the meeting via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 899 5891 5497 and Password 851646 when prompted.

    Join by Internet at 6:00 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet via your computer, 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 899 5891 5497; Enter Password 851646
    4. The City Clerk will call on you by name or refer to your email address when it is your turn to speak. Please confirm that your audio and/or video works prior to participating.

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Let’s Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 3 PM on the day of the meeting 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

  • October 6 City Council Regular Video Meeting

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    01 Oct 2020

    10/06/20 Agenda

    10/06/20 Agenda HTML Packet

    The virtual meeting will be broadcast live on MITV Channel 21 and live streamed on the City Council’s YouTube Channel

    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 the City Clerk and leave a message before 4 PM on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances" on your correspondence. Each speaker will be allowed three (3) minutes to speak.

    Public Appearances by Video: Notify the City Clerk in advance that you wish to speak on camera and staff will be prepared to permit temporary video access when you enter the live Council meeting. Please remember to activate the video option on your phone or computer, ensure your room is well lit, and kindly ensure that your background is appropriate for all audience ages. Screen sharing will not be permitted, but documents may be Emailed to Council.

    Join by Telephone at 6:00 PM: To listen to the meeting via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 886 2197 8225 and Password 851646 when prompted.

    Join by Internet at 6:00 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet via your computer, 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 886 2197 8225; Enter Password 851646
    4. The City Clerk will call on you by name or refer to your email address when it is your turn to speak. Please confirm that your audio and/or video works prior to participating.

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Let’s Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 3 PM on the day of the meeting 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

  • September 22 City Council Special Video Meeting

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    22 Sep 2020

    9/22 Agenda

    9/22 Agenda HTML Packet

    The virtual meeting will be broadcast live on MITV Channel 21 and live streamed on the City Council’s YouTube Channel

    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 the City Clerk and leave a message before 4 PM on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances" on your correspondence. Each speaker will be allowed three (3) minutes to speak.

    Public Appearances by Video: Notify the City Clerk in advance that you wish to speak on camera and staff will be prepared to permit temporary video access when you enter the live Council meeting. Please remember to activate the video option on your phone or computer, ensure your room is well lit, and kindly ensure that your background is appropriate for all audience ages. Screen sharing will not be permitted, but documents may be Emailed to Council.

    Join by Telephone at 6:30 PM: To listen to the meeting via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 844 9184 5646 and Password 851646 when prompted.

    Join by Internet at 6:30 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet via your computer, 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 844 9184 5646; Enter Password 851646

    4) The City Clerk will call on you by name or refer to your email address when it is your turn to speak. Please confirm that your audio works prior to participating.

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Let’s Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 3 PM on September 22, 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.

  • September 15 City Council Regular Video Meeting

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    09/15/20 Agenda

    09/15/20 Agenda HTML Packet

    The virtual meeting will be broadcast live on MITV Channel 21 and live streamed on the City Council’s YouTube Channel

    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 the City Clerk and leave a message before 4 PM on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances" on your correspondence. Each speaker will be allowed three (3) minutes to speak.

    Public Appearances by Video: Notify the City Clerk in advance that you wish to speak on camera and staff will be prepared to permit temporary video access when you enter the live Council meeting. Please remember to activate the video option on your phone or computer, ensure your room is well lit, and kindly ensure that your background is appropriate for all audience ages. Screen sharing will not be permitted, but documents may be Emailed to Council.

    Join by Telephone at 5:30 PM: To listen to the meeting via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 873 8416 6905 and Password 851646 when prompted.

    Join by Internet at 5:30 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet via your computer, 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 873 8416 6905; Enter Password 851646
    4. The City Clerk will call on you by name or refer to your email address when it is your turn to speak. Please confirm that your audio and/or video works prior to participating.

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Let’s Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 3 PM on September 15, 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

  • September 1 City Council Regular Video Meeting

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    26 Aug 2020

    9/1/2020 Agenda (Study Session 5 PM; Regular Meeting 6 PM)

    9/1/2020 HTML Packet

    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 the City Clerk and leave a message before 4 PM on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances" on your correspondence.

    **NEW** Public Appearances by Video: Notify the City Clerk in advance that you wish to speak on camera and staff will be prepared to permit temporary video access when you enter the live Council meeting. Please remember to activate the video option on your phone or computer, ensure your room is well lit, and kindly ensure that your background is appropriate for all audience ages. Screen sharing will not be permitted, but documents may be Emailed to Council.

    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 891 5543 6527 when prompted. The City Clerk will call on you by name or by your telephone number when it is your turn to speak. Please unmute your phone. Please note, the phone number you provide to the City Clerk must match the number you call in on.

    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 891 5543 6527; Enter Password 851646

    4) The City Clerk will call on you by name or refer to your email address when it is your turn to speak. Please confirm that your audio works prior to participating.

    Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Lets Talk Council Connects page. Written comments received by 3 PM on September 1, 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.