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Island lags behind in updating schools
A night to remember
King County Library Board meeting tonight in Bellevue Mercer Island City Council, staff and community members will attend tonight’s KCLS Board meeting in Bellevue to petition for a three month delay of the Island’s library remodel. The meeting opens with public comments at 5 p.m. For information and directions, visit: www.kcls.org.
Since 2003, Bellevue has put $800 million toward rebuilding its schools
Planning Commission meeting tonight on Coval project
By Mary L. Grady
Be the envy of your friends. Get your Seahawks Super Bowl head gear right here on Mercer Island. The colorful party hats, designed by Island artist, Marianne Bond, are on sale at Cascade Frames at 3049 -78th Ave S.E. Proceeds from the sale of hats will benefit Children’s Hospital.
Not too early to plan for summer camps Registration for all Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camps will begin Feb. 1. Those who register by Feb. 14 will receive $20 off and a chance to win an additional discount on other camp registration. To register and find out more, go to www.mercergov.org.
Council moving beyond I-90 issues Library, theater and Town Center are also focus of 2014 Council agenda By Celina Kareiva
After Islanders vocalized concerns about a KCLS library remodel at several public meetings this past week, City Council responded in kind. Council sent a letter to the KCLS Board, requesting a 90 day postponement of construction to allow for more input from Islanders. That and other topics took the stage at a planning session this weekend, which will set the city’s 2014 agenda. The annual “retreat” has been a tradition since 1987 and outlines city priorities for the year
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ahead. Among the topics discussed were the Town Center, a performance venue for the Island and transportation.
Library remodel Mercer Island’s library remodel is funded by a 2004 bond passed by King County voters and will address three main grievances: The uneven lighting, acoustics and flow of the space. But many library users worry the remodel is just change for the sake of it. Since a KCLS presentation Jan. 7 about the latest design plans, several Islanders have organized and brought their case to the city. Fifty people signed a petition passed around at an extended study session Tuesday, Jan. 21. The petition requests a project delay until a representative is selected or advi-
sory committee formed to speak to the desired scope and design of the space. Though testimony varied, all in Tuesday’s crowd said they were avid users of the library who wanted to make sure the space retained its charm and Mercer Island roots. “We would like a remodeling plan that addresses any necessary upgrades, while keeping the character of the current library,” said Marcia Mellinger to council. At an initial meeting Jan. 7, KCLS staff responded to audience hesitation by claiming construction costs were already on the rise, and that the project could be jeopardized if stalled. Staff also reassured the crowd that similar projects had been successfully completed in other cities. Library users also spoke at the weekend’s Friday planning session during a KCLS staff presentation. Reacting to the strong turnout, city council sent a letter to the KCLS Board of Trustees in anticipation of its meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 29. The
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Luca, age 8, and his dad, Matt Galvin had a memorable evening at Century Link Field at the NFC playoff game cheering on Seattle Seahawks in their winning game against the San Francisco 49ers.
The City’s Planning Commission will hold an additional public hearing on the Coval property at 7 p.m., tonight, Jan. 29, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting is to allow for more comments by the public on the 18 houses planned for the five-acre property on 84th Avenue S.E. For more, go to www.mercergov.org.
The Mercer Island School District is asking Island voters to approve a $98.8 million bond to pay for a new elementary school and make changes to Mercer Island High School and Islander Middle School. District officials say that the schools are overcrowded and facilities need to be updated to respond to the needs of 21st Century students. No major construction projects, such as building a new school, have taken place within the school
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