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.
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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Goal 6: Address Outdated City Code and Practices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.
City Council Selects Mayor and Deputy Mayor
Jan 10, 2018 - At its first meeting of the year on Tuesday night January 9, the City Council selected a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor from among themselves, in a process used by about 50 other cities across Washington State. Learn more about this system of local government here.
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City Council January 2018 Meeting Schedule
Jan 5, 2018 - City Council meetings are typically held on the first and third Tuesdays every month at 7:00pm in City Hall, unless otherwise posted (click here for agendas).
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City Council Regular Meeting
Tuesday, January 23, 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).
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2018 City Council Planning Session
Friday, January 26, 2018Notice is hereby given that the Mercer Island City Council will hold its annual planning session on Friday, January 26, 2017 (3:00 – 6:30 pm) and Saturday, January 27, 2018 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center (8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040).
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2018 City Council Planning Session
Saturday, January 27, 2018Notice is hereby given that the Mercer Island City Council will hold its annual planning session on Friday, January 26, 2017 (3:00 – 6:30 pm) and Saturday, January 27, 2018 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center (8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040).
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