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Christmas tree recycling It’s that time already. Place your Christmas tree on the curb for pickup on your regular yard waste day. Make sure there are no items left on the tree. Flocked trees will not be accepted. The tree must be cut into sections no longer than 4 ft. Questions? Go to www.republicservices.com/
Expanded high school could generate 250 more trips around mega-block Mary L. Grady
Mercer Island Library remodel King County library officials will meet with the community to discuss plans for remodeling the Mercer Island library and describe how the temporary quarters will work. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m., Jan. 7 at the library. For more, go to www.kcls.org.
County Executive Constantine to speak at Chamber lunch King County Executive Dow Constantine and Deputy Executive and Islander, Fred Jarrett will speak at the January membership lunch at noon, Jan. 10, at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center. Reservations are recommended. Call 232-3404 before Jan. 7. Tickets are $15 for members or $20 at the door.
Secret Service visits Probus Club Special agent Robert Kierstea will speak on the history and the many missions of the United States Secret Service at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 8 at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. All are welcome.
Matt Brashears/ Special to the Reporter
Mercer Island High School senior running back Devlin Conway is pursued by Lake Washington’s Scout Callens (left to right), Dylan Bacher and Josh Wikel in the first half of the Islanders’ 34-3 homecoming win against the Kangs in September. See more sports highlights on page 10.
Sound Transit to help Island with parking Sound Transit will commit up to $6 million to find more parking for Island commuters By Celina Kareiva
By early morning most days, every spot of Mercer Island’s Park-and-Ride is filled. The city has long been aware of the issue. Now a fix might be in reach. Sound Transit has agreed to commit up to $6 million to address overcrowding of the Park-and-Ride, mitigation for the mobility lost by the construction of light rail in I-90’s center HOV lanes. The existing Park-and-Ride
full before they’re able to park, is to find a way to work with Sound Transit to get parking just for Island residents, so that they have some certainty they can drive to the Town Center, park and take public transit.” Treat says the city isn’t interconsists of 447 stalls and two stories. Even after a 2006-08 expan- ested in expanding the existing sion of the lot, scaled back by Park-and-Ride. The structure council to be slightly smaller than can’t support another level so for financial and practiits original footprint, cal reasons, council the Park-and-Ride and staff are looking is packed like sarat alternatives in the dines most weekcity’s Town Center. days. Many of those Early conversacars come from off tions have generated Bruce Bassett, Island, commuters three sites after a Mayor of Mercer Island from either Seattle or previoulsy discussed other Eastside cities, Walgreens locawho use the lot and tion was taken off the table. They transit center during the day. include Auto Spa car wash, Dollar “We’re working with Sound Transit to see how to address that Development’s planned location challenge,” said city manager Noel for a boutique hotel and a site at Treat. “One of the things we’d the intersection of S.E. 24th Street most like to accomplish given and 76th Avenue S.E. owned by how crowded our current Park- Leon Cohen.
Late last month, the School Board heard again from Transpo, the traffic consultant evaluating how traffic patterns and volumes around the high school and throughout the nearby community, will change after an expanded and remodeled high school begins receiving students in 2017. Transpo was charged with estimating the impact on local streets and intersections that would result from the construction of a 15,000 sq. ft. expansion and 10-classroom addition to Mercer Island High School in three years time. The remodeled and enlarged school would accommodate 1525 stu-
“There are so many different moving parts.”
and-Ride gets and that Island residents often get there and find it’s
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