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Cowlitz City Of Kelso Council Position #1

The City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city.
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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) 355-7660
Email Jeff_mcallister@aol.com
Town where you live Kelso, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Security Services, Customer Service.
Kelso has road repairs that need to be addressed and in some areas aging sewer infrastructure.
Zoning overlays for Shelters would be a start. Attracting in patient treatment and rehab facilities to the City could help alleviate the issue as well by helping the part of the homeless population that have substance abuse problems preventing them from attaining housing and income.
Senior Citizens are a valuable resource in knowledge and history. Supporting the Public Library and Senior Center so that Seniors could remain more active and social. Supporting infrastructure and public transportation systems help them reach these and needed medical facilities.
There are hardened criminals in the immigrant population that should be deported. I do not believe, not do I support deporting hard working immigrants that have not committed any major crimes. The policy of deporting all "illegal" immigrants ends up hurting the children and families of immigrants that are citizens.
Economic Development, Community Health and Revitalization are all important issues facing our area. The Changing Economy has caused a shift in industrial focus that has left Cowlitz County in a slump. A growing heroine epidemic has also been felt here. A shortage of affordable, stable housing needs to be addressed.
All of the issues I listed, and by no means is it exhaustive, are interconnected. Of those I listed Economic Development is probably the most urgent, and leads to the ability to address the other issues by bringing resources into the City.
Open minded communication and a willingness to learn, and listen are all important tools I can use to work with the City Manager in accomplishing goals.
Phone (360) 431-8107
Email Dan@vannelliforkelso.com
Town where you live Kelso WA
Experience (300 characters max) I am new to community service. I bring with me a wide range of work experience. from the entry level laborer in industrial cleaning to Dispatch and operation manager for commercial tractor trailer fleet.
The city is doing a great job working on the roads and sewers right now. I have talked some current council members and our city manager and our infrastructure is being worked on. Minor road is being fixed now, Yew Street was just finished. Future projects are being looked at now and the repairs will continue.
People are homeless for many reasons. Lack of affordable housing, poverty, physical/mental health issue, drug and alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, family and relationship problems, and domestic violence are just a few of the reasons. To deal with this you need to treat the issue. We need to look at ways to bring in developers to build affordable housing. Kelso has a lack of usable land for building large number of homes or apartments. Looking to the future redevelopment of current homes may be the answer. Therapy and rehab for many of the issues are also required to reducing and maybe ending homelessness in Kelso. Emergency shelters that operate in time of harsh weather. Not low barrier shelters they do nothing to improve the situation.
Many of our Senior citizens are on fixed budgets and have some limitation on the day to day activities they can perform. As a city council man I would encourage them to contact me with their issues. I recently sat in on a Senior Citizens discussion at the senior center in Kelso. I learned of some of the issues they deal with. From the property managers threatening them to needing help with yard work or the increasing cost of rent out pacing retirement income. We have many organizations and citizens willing to help them. As a city council member I would be effective in getting them connected to the right group or person to help. I would help in any way I could.

City/towns should have no issue with legal immigration. Illegal immigration should be handled at the federal level. Our police force should act according to the law. I would like to see illegal immigrants given the chance to immigrate legally when they are working in school and with criminal record.
Growth is our biggest issues. We need to build more homes/apartments and fill our commercial/industrial areas with business.
Affordable housing is most urgent. This will reduce homelessness and improve the quality of life in our community. In turn would improve our appeal to companies looking to invest in our industrial and commercial land.
have watched the council and staff work together on problems going back and forth on issues before the city. Looking at cost, timeline, feasibility, legality, and every angel you could think of. It is a strong exchange of ideas based on experience that helps lead them to a solution the city council can agree to.

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