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  • Bradlee C. Seehafer (NP)

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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 (503) 516-1800
Email amyweissfeld@gmail.com
Town where you live Stevenson, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Amy has served on City Council since 2000. Since moving to Stevenson in 1996, she has been active on the United Way and Wind River PDA boards, the Chamber of Commerce board including a turn as President, with the EDC, and as Co-Chair for the Rock Creek Playground & School Levy. She's an entrepreneur
The biggest issue facing our city is the need for a new waste water treatment plant. Most importantly, we want to keep our rivers clean (and legally have to do so) and people healthy. Our current plant is 25 years old and has served us well, but it's reached the end of its planned lifetime. And, starting in 2012 but spiking in 2015, the city has exceeded the BOD (biochemical oxygen demand - the amount of oxygen needed to break down organic material in water) allowable amount set by the Dept of Ecology. This will be the biggest project the city has ever done, and it requires proper leadership, vision and financial acumen. It's a given that we need a new plant. The trickier question is how big (capacity projections based on expected growth, mitigated by conservation projections), what can we afford, how much money can we get from grants and loans and how will this affect rates? Please get involved. We need you to be a part of the solution. Traffic and parking are also big challenges.
We have emergency short-term housing and currently work with various agencies to subsidize housing for some. Homelessness continues to be a challenge though and Council recently discussed the need to pass an ordinance relating to sleeping on benches after being asked by a local business to remove a bench. We decided that at this point the problem wasn't severe enough to pass an ordinance, and have passed local service organization contact information on to people in need. That said, we're keenly aware of the lack of affordable housing in our area and have been pursuing strategies to encourage multi-family and more affordable options with all developers.
The City of Stevenson serves all our residents and recognizes that seniors are a distinct population with their own set of needs and challenges. Namely we work hard to keep city taxes and infrastructure like water affordable. And we support our local food bank financially.
To date this hasn't been a big issue for our city, although we certainly recognize that it's a large issue federally and at the state level.
Traffic, speeding and parking continue to be hot issues for our downtown core. We recently removed a stop sign on first street (I was the lone dissenting vote on that) and have worked closely with the public, law enforcement, WSDOT and local businesses to try to solve what is essentially an issue exacerbated by unequal taxation on trucks betweeen OR and WA. There is no easy solution. The speed readout boards have helped. We continue to debate whether or not first and second streets should be one way or not. And have been applying for grants to conduct a transportation study.

Another important infrastructure challenge is the need for a new firehall. Last year we purchased land. This year we need to move forward with plans for a building.
The new waste water treatment plant is absolutely the biggest issue and expense facing our community.
All available methods, but primarily open, honest communication. We are fortunate to have a responsive staff and a good council made up of thinking, caring citizens who are smart, ask lots of questions, and conduct dialogue in a mutually respective way. This fosters lots of ideas and results in a well-run city. I look forward to the possibility of working with our new city manager, Leana Johnson, recently hired from White Salmon, and our new mayor elect, Scott Anderson.

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