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.


  • September 22 City Council Special Video Meeting

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    22 September, 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 August, 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.

  • August 25 City Council Special Video Meeting

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    25 August, 2020

    8/25 Special City Council Agenda

    CITY OF MERCER ISLAND
    NOTICE OF SPECIAL VIDEO MEETING - *REVISED*
    (EXECUTIVE SESSION & SPECIAL MEETING)

    Notice is hereby given that the Mercer Island City Council will hold an Executive Session on Tuesday, August 25, at 4:00 pm to discuss pending or potential litigation with legal counsel pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) for approximately two hours. All Councilmembers, City Attorney, and staff will be participating remotely using teleconferencing technology provided by Microsoft Teams. This portion of the Special Meeting will NOT be open to the public.

    After the Executive Session, at 6:15 pm, the City Council will hold a Special Meeting to discuss and take action on citywide communications related to Sound Transit. All City Councilmembers and staff will be participating in the meeting remotely using teleconferencing technology provided by Zoom. Pursuant to the Governor’s Safe Start reopening plan, and for the safety and wellbeing of the public and staff, City Hall remains closed. The public is encouraged to attend the Special Meeting by viewing the live feed of the video conference on the City Council’s YouTube Channel ), or on MITV Channel 21.

    Join by Telephone at 6:15 PM: To listen to the meeting via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 884 2644 7232 and Password 851646 when prompted.

    Join by Internet at 6:15 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 884 2644 7232
    4) Enter Password 851646

    Deborah Estrada, City Clerk
    Revised Notice: Agenda Email List of Record, August 24, 2020 at approximately 12 PM, PST
    Previous Notice: Mercer Island Reporter, August 19, 2020

  • August 4 City Council Regular Video Meeting

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    31 July, 2020

    8/04/2020 Agenda (Regular Meeting 5:00 pm)

    8/04/2020 HTML 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 PM on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances for August 4 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 895 3830 2579 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 895 3830 2579

    4) Enter Password 851646

    5) 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 4 PM on August 4, 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.

  • July 21 City Council Regular Video Meeting

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    15 July, 2020

    July 21 Agenda

    July 21 HTML Agenda Packet

    A Note About Registering to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak live during Appearances and/or the 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 4 PM on the day of the Council meeting. Please reference "Appearances (or Public Hearing) for July 21 Council Meeting" on your correspondence. The City Clerk will call on you by name or by telephone number when it is your turn to speak. If you are participating using a smart phone, please unmute your phone and/or verify that the microphone setting is enabled.

    Join by Telephone at 5:30 PM: To listen to the meeting or speak live under Appearances and/or the Public Hearing via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 823 4829 2374 when prompted. The City Clerk will call on you by name or by your telephone number when it is your turn to speak. If you are participating using a smart phone, please unmute your phone and/or verify that the microphone setting is enabled.

    Join by Internet at 5:30 PM: To watch the meeting over the internet or speak live under Appearances and/or the Public Hearing, 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 823 4829 2374

    4) Enter Password 851646

    5) 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 4 PM on July 21, 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 7/21 at 5:40pm.

  • July 14 City Council Special Video Meeting

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    10 July, 2020

    July 14 Agenda
    July 14 HTML Agenda Packet

    A Note About Registering to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak live during Appearances scheduled that evening 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 14 Council Meeting on your correspondence. The City Clerk will call on you by name or telephone number when it is your turn to speak. Please unmute your phone.

    Join by Telephone at 5:45PM: To listen to the meeting or speak live under Appearances via telephone, please call 253-215-8782 and enter Webinar ID 857 6179 5926 and Password 851646 when prompted. The City Clerk will call on you by name or the telephone number you provide in advance of the meeting. Please note, the phone number you provide to the City Clerk must match the number you call in on.

    Join by Internet at 5:45PM: 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 857 6179 5926
    4) Enter Password 851646
    5) The City Clerk will on call 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 4pm on July 14, 2020 will be forwarded to all Councilmembers and a brief summary of the comments will be included in the minutes of the meeting.

  • July 7 City Council Regular Video Meeting

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    01 July, 2020

    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.

  • June 16 City Council Regular Video Meeting

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    30 July, 2020
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    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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    16 July, 2020
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    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.