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Island City Of Langley Langley Councilmember Position 5

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) 632-2268
Email thomas.gill@whidbey.com
Town where you live Langley, Washington
Experience (300 characters max) 8 Years of attending nearly every council meeting and workshop, 2 years as chair of the Planning Advisory Board, and ongoing education through MRSC about how to properly operate city government.
Langley currently has a well operating sewer system, by it isn't being utilized fully by the residents, causing the costs to be higher for the rate payers, and not allowing the system to generate enough income to be able to properly maintain the infrastructure. By expanding the coverage, the costs can be better shared among the city's residents and the rate increases in order to upgrade and maintain the infrastructure, and reduce the run off heading towards our cliffside.

Additionally, the city has a distinct lack of sidewalks and storm sewer. One is a public safety concern, especially along our more highly traveled roadways, and the other contributes to some instabilities in our critical areas, especially along Edgecliff, and near Saratoga Creek. I want to work with staff and property owners to address both these issues in the most un-intrusive ways possible.
Working to reduce the barriers to construction to hopefully increase the inventory of homes, working to have more mixed use locations, and working to reduce utility costs, hoping to create more affordable housing in the process. Additionally, working with community organizations to work to assist those in need to be able to get back on their feet and stabilize to get off of the streets and build a better future for themselves and our community.
Langley currently contributes funds to Senior Services of Island County, and is working to increase our support. The programs offered by this organization are of great use for the Senior Citizens in our community, and all the support we can provide is a great boon to our aging community. It would be my goal to attempt to entice physicians into our city and a drug store, to reduce the burden to seniors having to travel too far from their homes in order to maintain their health and wellness.
Langley currently has a policy that does not ask for immigration status for any services, including police assistance, and that should be maintained. There is not currently a compelling reason for the city to make any stands one way or the other, but if the need arose, I would be in favor of protecting our residents from attack, regardless of status.
Langley thankfully has few major issues. Drug abuse, an aging population, and limited housing opportunities are the big three in my opinion.
Drug Abuse, is a problem that most communities are facing at this point. It is my desire that we work on treating the causes of Drug Abuse which has been defined in other parts of the world, and they include unstable housing, unstable work environments, and lack of community. More community events, encouraging more diverse and higher paying jobs, and working to reduce housing costs can help address the root causes of drug abuse, while also supporting treatment options for those already stuck in the vicious cycle of abuse.
I currently have a great working relationship with the Mayor, and we bounce ideas off one another constantly. It is my hope that that will continue into the future. It is my desire that the council also hold several workshops with the community to brainstorm ideas that they community finds to be desirable to them and to help improve our community.
Phone (360) 730-1064
Email peterforlangley@gmail.com
Town where you live Langley WA
Experience (300 characters max) Peter comes from a 42-year career at Boeing, with diverse roles in marketing, sales, and engineering before promotion to VP HR. He has volunteered extensively in the arts, human services, and education, with leadership positions on local, regional, and national organization boards.
a. Affordability for new residents, fairness in applying rates, infrastructure costs
a. Partnering with and supporting Non Profits like Ryan’s House, Whidbey Homeless Coalition, etc. b. Comprehensive review of zoning and development regulations.
a. I am one, and am interested in a safe environment for bicycling and walking. We have and must continue to emphasize disability access (ADA), residential affordability, promote policies that support aging in place, supporting paratransit and initiatives like South Whidbey At Home (SW@H), our Senior Center organization, etc. b. Creatively draw seniors into City projects where their wisdom and industry can benefit everyone. c. These ideas facilitate living in place through activities and accessibility, civic engagement, supporting mobility, and activity via non-government groups.
a. At least maintain inclusive city resolution and keep our minds open regarding an ordinance as the nation decides how to deal with a broken national immigration policy.
a. Effectiveness of communications with citizens, transparency and accessibility of web site. b. Business friendliness, particularly for “Greater Langley” (South Whidbey) c. Environmental issues, protection of bluffs & shorelines.
a. Today’s priorities are likely to be superseded by tomorrow’s events; and we need to be nimble and flexible. b. Through effective use of diverse grants, staffing, and citizen volunteers, multiple challenges facing Langley can readily be pursued in parallel.
a. Civility and dialog are critical for government at every level. I will be happy to work with the Mayor of Langley in a constructive and cooperative way, with each of us recognizing the chartered roles. The Mayor administers, the Council legislates.

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