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Douglas City Of East Wenatchee Council Position 3

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)?

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Address Same as above
Phone (509) 679-9286
Email neilcjohnson@hotmail.com
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Town where you live East Wenatchee
Experience (300 characters max) Owned Wenatchee Office Supply from 1978 to 1999; worked for Pacific Northwest Bank for two years; worked for Health District from 2002 until 2009: retired in 2009; elected as City of Wenatchee Finance Commissioner for two four year terms;4 years on Wenatchee Council and 12 on E. Wenatchee Council.
1)The ability to take care of roads and make upgrades as appropriate are crucial to the long term success of our infrastructure in our valley. 2) The upgrade of our Public Work buildings is essential. The old school buildings are very old and decrepit. The large trucks and equipment must stay outside in the elements because there is no building big enough to store them all. The place is so old that there is not any potable water to drink. So the water must be purchased elsewhere and brought into the buildings. 3) Tenth Street from Eastmont Street East to Kentucky needs storm drains, sidewalks, and repaving. 4) The Gateway Project on the corner of Ninth street and Valley Mall Parkway needs to be finished as a classy welcome to East Wenatchee.
Homelessness is a really difficult issue. We have decided to work with the City of Wenatchee in a joint effort to address this issue. The two cities have spent money on some infrastructure issues like side walks, financial support for the City of Wenatchee/Chelan County Housing Authority and other homeless shelters. There is an idea that comes from Utah and addresses the issue of helping each person off the street with a place to live and counseling for issues that prevent those who are homeless from working like mental health, drugs, alcohol and other challenges. Right now this is only in the discussion stage but is worth some more consideration.
I am a senior citizen so I have a lot of empathy for those who have daily aches and pains and no longer are the young spry self they use to be. In East Wenatchee we have a discount for senior citizens on their garbage pickup from Waste Management. We have a senior center in Wenatchee for all the senior citizens in the Wenatchee Valley. We have a public bus system called Link in our valley that has regular trips close to the Confluence Health Center, Central Washington Hospital, stores and shopping centers in both East Wenatchee and Wenatchee. It is well respected system and the rates are reasonable. We are working on issues as the above question which could help seniors who are having trouble with daily life.
Since we are not a border city, we have very little direct exposure to illegal immigration issues. Our police interface with the border patrol as is appropriate with the federal authorities and obey the laws pertaining to immigration. According to our area schools we have a one third Hispanic population of children. I think that this is a better estimate of our population of Hispanic population than the census collects every ten years. The Hispanic population produces many excellent workers and those are respected and beloved by most of the population in our valley.
!) More money for upkeep and repair of our road infrastructure. Each year we are awarded about $300,000 in gas tax from the tax. However, one intersection light with the computer run software to operate and address traffic issues is $300,000 which leaves us with no extra money to address our local streets.
The upgrade of our public works building is essential to the health and efficiency of our Public Works Department. Without all the tools this department need, the City of East Wenatchee will fall short of our community expectations for a well run city and a well keep street system that keeps up with the growth of our community.
The ability for the City Council in East Wenatchee to work effectually with the administration led by the elected mayor is a real exercise in teamwork and leadership. There are lots of give and take and discussions about where our priorities should be at any time. In this environment there are significant times of discussion and comprise to focus on the group priorities. At time it is difficult and time consuming but very rewarding in the end. I am very fortunate to work with an administration and fellow council people who respect each other and work together for the common good.

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