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December 31, 1970     Mercer Island Reporter
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~siness they i Photo k LIBRARY MERCER ISLAND, WASHINGTON VOL. 17 NUMBER FIFTY -TWO 20c PER COPY THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1970 Full speed ahead on business center beautification plans was voted Monday night by Mercer Island City Council. Despite reservations about the median strip in landscaping plans for 78th ave. S.E S.E. 27th and a short portion of 76th ave. S.E the Council authorized Richard Haag and Associates. landscape architectural firm, to proceed with plans so bids might be awarded by May 31. The latter is deadline under terms of a $50,000 award by the King County Design Commission of Forward Thrust Funds. The Council also directed City Manager Den Hitchman to request a one-year delay, to May 31, 1972, of the King County Design Commission. Roadblocks due to pending traffic study and Interstate-90 plans were cited as just cause for delay in final planning. Walt Hinman, Planning Commission Chairman and an employee of Puget Power, told the Council that future undergrounding of power lines should not disturb the plantings. Trenches would probably be at the edge of the roadway, Hinman said, and the tree plantings are proposed for the opposite, "inboard" side of the sidewalks and for the median strip. The Council agreed that while undergrounding the power lines should be the first step, no funds are available for the project, estimated to cost around $100,000 just on the streets in question. The two-hour discussion was a virtual replay of a Town Council meeting of late June, 1970, when the Town decided- to apply for the Forward~ Thrust award with the plans Haag had drawn. At both Town and City meetings, speakers expressed interest in the concept of a green canopy covering an ugly area, while engineers put forward the many problems and inconveniences which might be involved. Albert Moss told the Council that 28 years ago a Mercer Island Advisory Committee, of which he was a member, "strove to make Mercer ff Island beautiful. I am glad to see we are still trying," Moss said, "and what we began m 1942 might get going again." Mayor Aubrey Davis, Jr said Mercer Island "can't afford to lose the $50,000, but we can't afford to waste it, either." Davis and the Council approved Hitchman's suggestion that a thorough '~q~'affic study, with an eye to access to the various businesses, be undertaken in conjunction with Haag and Associates' further planning. The Council approved staff recommendation that volunteer firemen be paid at the rate of $6.00 per fire call to which they respond. Cleveland Anschell was reappointed to a six-year term on the Planning Commission, and Oscar Jensen to a five- year term on the Road Commission. ops Mercer Island's merchants not make his appearance until choice of night lights for will give a case of baby food. have stockpiled a plethora of January 4. Thomas was the baby's room. detailed on pages I0-II, presents for the first baby to first child of a Boeing engineer Both parents will be treated include three $5.00 savings be born in 1971 to an Island and his wife from Sweden, Mr. to dinner at the Royal Fork, accounts, one each from First couple, and for his parents, and Mrs. Soren Eskel and the Mercer Island Federal Savings and Loan Last years First Baby, Johnsson of2805 75th PI. Thomas Soren Jonsson, did This year's First Baby gifts, WHEN YOU OPEN" AN ACCOUNT OF $300 OR MORE! ,j~ o Reporter will supply an 8 by I0 photograph of baby and parents, after the photo is published. For the crib, Mayfair Department Store will contribute a baby blanket, and Christopher House a crib bumper. When baby is old enough to travel, he can go in an infant seat supplied by Pay 'n Save to get his staffed Teddy Bear from 7-11 and later his first walking shoes from Roberts Shoes. Also for the future, Robby's Association, National Bank of Commerce, and Seattle-First National Bank. Mercer Island Florist will send flowers and The Hair Pen will contribute a shampoo and set for the baby's mother, who will also receive her choice of colognes from Lakeside Drugs. Alms' Drugs will givea $5.00 gift certificate, Looks' Pharmacy a roll of color film with processing, and Rocking Horse a baby book in which to keep the pictures. Lola's gift shop will give a 2-quart 1 ellon-hned aJtln1illUI11 ell ,'.t.'r ole ~tlh insulated coy- crcd dl~h for ~er~tng. ~'est Bend 5-9 cup ehxtr*c coffee maker kc~ap, cotfee ser~ mg hot automatically. Black leather ~allet for men. Beauttful Princess Gardner pur~e for ladles. FREE INSULATED CASSEROLE-SERVER o, AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC COFFEE MAKER o, PRINCE GARDNER WALLET o PURSE. Remember, ~ou alv, a>s earn highest available mterest here 5",i da>-ln to da)-out m passtx~ok ~avtng up to 6"o in investment accounts. Interest t, compounded dad~ on all account~. Come save with us tl~' . . . and choose one of these fine gifts. FIRST MUTUAL I FIRST MUTUAL ,JSAVINGS BANK Main (Ntice Bellevue .%quart. Bcllcsue GI. 4-6303 Crossroads Branch 1563.~ N.t!. Xth 7a7-37~ Other Offices: Is~quah and Monrt~" ~%a,vtngs ln~ured to $20.tXXl by i-l)lC rntng Effective tomorrow, outdoor burning is illegal on Mercer Island. The ban is by action of the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Board, whose regulations have the force of state law and supersede local ordinances. Run Busby, Supervising Air Pollution Inspector for King County, said violations should be reported to the Agency, whose 24-hour telephone number is AT 4-2650. Six inspectors, with radios, are on duty throughout the County, and one is on Mercer Island at some portion of each day, Busby said. Busby said the ban applied to all populated areas of King County which had not previously outlawed open burning. Both Bellevue and Seattle banned burning some t~rne ago. Violations can be treated under criminal or civil codes, Busby said. Criminal penalties include fines of from $100 to $1,000 and up to one year in jail; pena]ty under civil procedure is $250 per day of violation. The Mercer Island PTA- Council announced this week it would sponsor a series of workshops for parents on "The Drug Scene," from January 18 to February 3. The workshops will include talks and discussion about drug users, terminology, and the responsibility of parents. Conducting the talks will be psychiatrists, school personnel, and Mercer Island detectives, with high school students participating. No charge will be made, but each group is limited to 90 persons, and reservations must be made. A parent may sign up for one workshop only, with second choice specified. Deadline for registration ts January 11. Registration coupon is included in this issue, and address is: Mercer Island PTA Council, P.O. Box 432, Mercer Island, Wash. 96040. Details of the workshops follow. All are from 7:45 to 9:30 p.m. JUNIOR HIGH WORKSHOPS January 18, Mercer Crest multi-purpose room, 4136 86th ave. S.E.: Dr. Roger Eddy; Mrs. Alberta Stokes from schools; Detective Jim Myers, Mercer Island Police: or January 20, Methodist Church, 70th S.E. and S.E. Continued on Page 16. ) II Ill 1st BABY IN 1971? Your Mercer Island merchants have gifts galore for the first Mercer Island baby born in 1971. So, proud Papa, come out of the clouds and let us know. AD 2-1215 Prizes are detailed on pages ],lib-l- of** Jay's Reporter. m