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Pend Oreille City Of Newport Mayor

The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. He or she shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the city, and shall have general supervision of the administration of city government and all city interests. The mayor essentially serves as both the leader in name of the city, and the day-to-day active city manager.
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Address 200 N Fea
Phone (509) 671-1567
Email whitebear@conceptcable.com
Town where you live Newport,Washington
Experience (300 characters max) *16 yrs. City Council, Newport WA. *3 yrs. Chair, Planning Commission, City of Newport *10 yrs Five Star Enterprise Community *10 yrs board member Rural Resources *8 yrs adjutant, DAV post, Priest River *18 yrs member Area Agency on Aging
It's time for a change.I am a believer in term limitations.. When some one has been in office too long they become complacent and begin to assume more authority than they are entitled.Some begin to operate in some what of a vacuum when making decisions. There is some times a tendency to operate outside of the parameters of the team that includes the city council. I believe that our current mayor has fallen into that trap.
1 ) Limitations on the city funding streams for the annual operating budget. In the past few years the state legislature has laid claim to income streams that were line item income for city budgets .ie. State liquor tax monies.

2) The downtown business district in Newport is dying. along with it's sales tax.

3) Volunteerism is at an all time low, which effects festivals and tourism draws
Of the three, I believe that finding ways to revitalize the downtown business district is the most vital. the downtown corridor is the first thing that tourists, prospective new residents and prospective new business owner see.If the city looks like a ghost town it will make it difficult for tourists to find a reason to stop.
I am a senior citizen and am an 18 year member of the Planning and Management Council for Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington. (ALTCEW) As a member of this council I participate in advocacy and planning at local, regional, state and national programming and funding issues.We address issues involving seniors in general and the most vulnerable senior population in specific. I am involved with senior meal programs, senior health programs, and senior housing issues with private, state and federal programming and funding sources. I am also a member of the Governing Board for Rural Resources Community Action. This organization also deals with senior issues as part of it's community involvement.
I feel that the issue is one that is primarily governed by federal statues and a city such as Newport has neither the resources or standing to set a policy that is contrary to standing law.
The main issues surrounding the city's infrastructure are involved with trying to find ways to fund the upgrading of aging residential streets and the infrastructure of our water and sewer system with out placing an overwhelming burden on the city's residents.
I think that as small as Newport is we have neither the revenues nor resources to address homelessness directly. We need to find ways to encourage new businesses both retail and industrial (light manufacturing) to locate here.. If we can grow our employment and tax bases it would be many steps in the right direction.

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