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Clallam CITY OF PORT ANGELES Council Position No. 2

Salary: $6,600 Term: 4 year The city council sets the general policies of the city, which are implemented by the city manager and staff. One of council's main duties is the adoption of policies and the enactment of the city's annual budget. City council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending , whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for city employees.
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What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastucture?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

What are other major issues facing your city or town?

Of those listed above, which one is the most urgent?

What methods will you use to work with the mayor (if you have an elected mayor) or the city manager or administrator(if you have an chief administrator hired by the council)?

Phone (360) 461-6171
Email mfrench768@yahoo.com
Town where you live Port Angeles
Experience (300 characters max) Bachelor of Arts in Music, Central Washington University (2005); Local business owner (First Street Haven Restaurant) for nearly 10 years; Vice President, Hamilton Elementary PTO; Volunteered with Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra and Port Angeles Light Opera Association
I’m concerned about the state of our infrastructure, but I’m also satisfied with our long-term capital improvements planning. Our streets and pipes especially are in need of significant upgrading and repair, but our budget is tight. Our citizens are already bumping up against the ceiling of how much they’re willing to pay in utility rates and property taxes, so I fully support the innovative sales tax increase proposal by Public Works which should help ameliorate many of these concerns.
This issue is complex and interconnected with many other current issues. The city should encourage the construction of low-income housing, through zoning, partnerships, grants, and any other tools it has. We should do more to fund social services like Serenity House, many of which were cut drastically in years past. Our police officers shouldn’t be the only ones forced to address this issue; in spite of that, they have been professional and compassionate and deserve commendation.
Senior citizens play an important role in our town, especially in our civics. They live on fixed incomes that are planned out with extreme care and strategy, and we should recognize that raising utility rates and local taxes too much can adversely impact them, more so than working-age citizens. I want to encourage more communication, volunteerism and interaction between our citizenry in general and our local government, and I think our senior citizen community is a great place to start.
We should follow federal and state laws and directives. I may have personal feelings about how federal law should be changed, but our City government generally should not become involved in national political issues on one side or the other.
1) The Elwha River water treatment facility and our dispute with the National Park Service 2) Economic Development 3) Citizen interaction with local government (both elected and unelected officials/employees) 4) Opiate use disorder crisis
The Elwha River water treatment facility and our ongoing dispute with the National Park Service is a crucial, existential issue that we must resolve in a manner satisfactory to the City of Port Angeles. Without an adequate commercial water supply, local mills and other industry would not be able to function. This also could potentially impact local drinking water. The City should continue to negotiate with the NPS and could also consider a tort claim in federal court.
We are extremely lucky to have Dan McKeen as our City Manager, and I am looking forward to developing a close professional relationship with him. A key concept in working with other Council members or the City Manager is the principle of charity; even when in disagreement, it's crucial to see the other's position in the best light possible, and not ascribe ill intent to their words. We've seen far too much outrage and controversy in the past; I hope to encourage charitable rational dialogue.
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