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Mercer Island and Sound Transit Resume Negotiations

Mar 27, 2017 - On Thursday, March 23, 2017, Sound Transit board member Claudia Balducci introduced Motion No. M2017-38, which would appoint up to three board members to meet with the City of Mercer Island elected officials. The motion was supported by the Board.
 
Mercer Island Deputy Mayor Debbie Bertlin was present on behalf of the entire Council to testify in support of resuming negotiations.
 
The City Council voted unanimously in February to file a civil suit against Sound Transit and WSDOT to ensure an effective mitigation plan was in place, as promised, prior to the scheduled start of light rail construction in June 2017.
 
“The Council believes that being at the table is preferable to litigating. Nevertheless, the City’s lawsuit, which continues to move forward, is intended to provide another way for us to protect ourselves from threats to safety and mobility,” said Mayor Bruce Bassett.
 
Deputy Mayor Bertlin stated, “We’re hopeful that resuming talks opens a path to new negotiating opportunities which results in a win-win for the Island and the region.”  Click here to view Deputy Mayor Bertlin's talking points.
 
The Council’s representatives for these discussions include Deputy Mayor Bertlin, Councilmember Dan Grausz, and Councilmember Jeff Sanderson.
 
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