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December 31, 1970     Mercer Island Reporter
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In a rather large nutshell, here is what happened on the local scene: JANUARY The Town Council formally asked the City to annex the Town area, and the City agreed, ~ccepting the merger terms Builders-developers Byron Emery and Dave Stabbert donated four acres of open-space greenbelt to the City of Mercer Island. Stabbert told the City Council he hoped he was starting a precedent City Planning Director Gerry Bacon told the Interstate- 90 committee he thought Mercer Island might obtain similar consideration, that of a design team, as that accorded by the Highway Department to Seattle's Central Area. City officials moved to reconsitute the 1- 90 Committee, which began meeting regularly once again . First Baby Thomas Soren Jonssen made his appearance January 4 The schools named a Chicago architectural firm architects for the proposed South End high school . . . and John Wilhite, an Island south end pioneer, moved his house onto a barge for the journey to Sequim. After a four-month delay at the water's edge the house was finally under way. FEBRUARY The Wilhite home arrived in Sequim and was carted inland without serious damage . . . The hillside at the southern end of East Mercer Way collapsed, undermining the road and threatening at least one home . Voters turned down a $5 million bond issue which was to have begun a south end high school, meanwhile passing a building fund levy. Voters also turned down public sale of the Mercerdale property The Cyclemates made their first appearance, and announced their cross-country plans to a skeptical community The MIHS cagers, after a miserable season's start, took a 15th straight contest, against Bellevue, to tie with the Wolverines for the Kingco League lead and go into playoffs . . . The City passed a dog leash law And the Mess-Ralston greenbelt proposal was first presented publicly. MARCH The Islanders would up fourth place in the regionals . . John Lackland was appointed by the Mercer Island School Board to replace recently-elected Richard Saunders, who had moved away and resigned The 1- 90 Committee requested the State Highway Department to appoint a design team for the Mercer Island portion, RON ADAMS JUDGE OLWELL and itself appointed a committee to help chose such a team Police Officer Ron Adams was reported recovering miraculously from being shot through the head by a burglary suspect The City Council decided to "pursue" the Mess-Ralston proposal, and asked its staff to prepare a written analysis . . . A fight brewed in East Seattle over a proposed neighborhood waterfront park In a public meeting, citizens told the School Board what they were thinking about schools and buildings A voter registration drive, with an eye to the forthcoming annexation election, was announced by COIN, "Committee for One Island Now" . . Aroused residents killed a proposed L.I.D. to put a drainage basin in the southwestern portion of the Island The City received deed to the "pond area" of Mercer Island Estates The Reporter organized a "Tramp-In" of the Tarywood property, to show school and city officials the wreackage wrought by construction of storm sewers The schools appointed a committee of naturalists and soils experts to direct reclamation . . . The County accepted annexation as a ballot issue for the May 19 election Committee for One Island APRIL A fifteen-year-old Vancouver, B.C boy drowned in the East Channel whilte canoeing after dark . . . The schools announced they would employ the University of Washington special education facilities to renovate the local special ed facility, and to take some of Mercer Island's students . . . A meeting called by the newly- formed Mercer Island Environmental Council all about 1-90 packed the high school auditorium, a "first" for a public meeting . . . The 1-90 committee reviewed and stated its goals and priorities Ren Haugland launched a petition drive to request action by King County on the Luther Burbank property. Lease on the brick administration building, by County to City of Mercer Island, had been pending for almost two years, and meanwhile County neglect of the property allowed thousands of dollars of damage by vandals Associate Superintendent Charles Murray, formerly acting superintendent, left Mercer Island schools after 18 years A junior-senior high school Student Advisory Board (to the School Beard and the Superintendent) was formed The League of Women Voters announced that its registration drive had registered 381 persons, of which t12 lived in the Town of Mercer Island. Thereby, the Town's effective voter rolls were almost doubled, enabling validation of the forthcoming annexation election On Earth Day, April 30, the high school parking lots were empty, except for bicycles Next day, the filled again with cars . . A three-year-old Shorewood boy slipped away from home to look at boats, and drowned in Lake Washington MAY Emmanuel Episcopal Church acquired the Island's first pipe organ In response to a letter from City from City Mayor Aubrey Davis Jr. and Town N~yor Arthur C. Burton, State Highway Director George Andrews assured Mercer Island that 1-90 would go back to the drawing boards, with a "design team" to be selected from architectural and engineering firms . . Negotiations for lease of the Luther Burbank building, and for purchase of Island Crest Park as well, were reopened between City and King County City /V~nager Donald Hifchman reported that after study of the Mess-Ralston proposal, he thought the community "should give it a try" And the 1-90 dragon, a creation of artist Ted Rand, was named "Gasper," City Mayor Aubrey Davis, Jr receives the "key to the Town" from Art Burton, July 1. name proposed by Island Park Elementary School student John Larsen in a community-wide contest sponsored by the Reporter . . . The Reporter was joined by the Environmental Council and the Pre-School PTA in objecting to terms of the proposed purchase of Island Crest Park which would leave the way open for sale or trade for school construction The Reporter also opened the issue of open burning permissiveness on Mercer Island. It was the summer of the Cyclemates. 4,k ~Z~ ,~rl 4tdTIC 0C[4~ JUNE Mercer Island leaders made their ideas known at Seattle design hearings on 1-90 The City Council approved purchase of Island Crest Park, after del~ j clause which would permit sale for school purposes . . . The Cyclemates left on their pedal to New York City, fifteen junior high school youngsters and a teacher who determined to cross the country on muscle and nerve alone . . . Mercer Island's first "Paddle-o Rama," was held, in which fifteen boats sti~rted and three or four finished a circumnavigation of the Island's 14m~le shoreline under oar or paddle An All-Island meeting provoked good turnout and much interest, and the City decided to create a study committee to pursue the Mess-Ralston proposal The King Count/ Council approved the document which would sell to the City Island Crest Park and lease to the City the administration building at Luther Burbank Park Mercer Island's 1.90 priorities were given stafewide support, primarily by Governor Dan Evans and State Senator Brian Lewis, 41sf District State senator . . . The City's road program was blasted, with the mayor insisting upon long-needed revision . . . Metro reported Lake Washington the cleanest it has been in twenly years. q Continued on page 11 ) Children