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Kittitas City Of Ellensburg Council 2

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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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Phone (509) 306-1462
Email jim4eburg@gmail.com
Town where you live Ellensburg, WA
Experience (300 characters max) I lived in small towns most of my life and did farm work while growing up. After grad school I was in church ministries for over 20 years. Then I started and ran a successful printing business. After selling the business I worked in retail hardware - primarily in the tool and power tool areas.
We are fortunate in Ellensburg that we do not have urgent infrastructure issues. The city has done a good job of planning for the streets, utilities and has plans in place to continue expansion and improvement.

Two areas need some ongoing attention and improvement. First, as the city grows and as we continue a focus on the downtown core, parking will become a greater problem. The second area of concern is flooding in some of our neighborhoods. This can be difficult because a lot of the problem originates outside the city with a complicated array of streams. Much of this will be mitigated as the flood control area on the west side of town is completed. The city must also continue work closely with the county for solutions.

There is much interest in alternative energy sources. The city has been a leader in experimenting with solar and wind energy generation. These are good, but will not be a significant part of our system until cost effective means of storage are available.
The city can provide basic safety and emergency services as they do for all within its boundaries. Social service needs are best handled by the private sector – churches and social service agencies. I believe strongly in helping others, but with my own money – not yours.
The city has a Senior Citizens Advisory Committee to keep the Council aware of needs in that demographic. We have the Senior Activity Center to provide some social and educational needs. There is an expanding transit system to help get around including Dial-A-Ride and Paratransit through HopeSource. We are fortunate to have first class health care available.

I would like to see an expansion of opportunities for Seniors to serve. Feeling useless does not contribute to good mental or physical health. Many of us, and I am one of this group, believe we have a lot to offer.
Immigration policy is not established in the city but at the Federal level. I am in favor of a Congressional solution that establishes a clear path forward for all who are presently undocumented. I favor immigration that is in compliance with Federal regulations. I have been personally involved with helping to assimilate people new to our culture.
Everyone always mentions economic development, affordable housing and livable wage jobs.

Ellensburg is ideally situated for economic growth. We are a well run city at the junction of two freeways. We are served by a railroad. We have all the necessary utilities, and our area provides the opportunities for a desirable lifestyle.

Here’s the real issue – do we want to grow and are we willing to invest some tax money to make that happen? We like our brew pubs, our good restaurants and our great shops downtown but we have to attract some major employers in manufacturing, high tech and clean industries. That will happen only when we provide the same incentives that other cities are offering.

The Ellensburg Business Development Authority has done some good things but I favor the establishment of a Port Authority. It is the best available tool to bring about economic development.
Economic growth will go a long way toward answering the issues of wages and housing. Housing will become more affordable as wages increase.

Almost all of the largest employers in Ellensburg are government related in some way - CWU, Kittitas County, Ellensburg City, School District, etc. These are all good and necessary, but development of profit producing businesses is crucial.
There is in place a structure for each council member to meet regularly with the City Manager. This provides for good and open communication. I have found the City Manager and the Department Heads to be very easy to communicate with.

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