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Snohomish City Of Snohomish Council-At-Large Position #4

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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    Tom Merrill (NP) Retired

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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 (425) 954-5908
Email ElectTomMerrill@tmmerrill. om
Town where you live Snohomish
Experience (300 characters max) 30 years’ experience as Computer Information Systems and Change Management Professional. Twenty years at PACCAR, including serving as Director of Technology. Established a coaching practice - helping young managers be successful. Served on the City of Snohomish Open Government Committee.
Water and sewer rates are an issue and work continues to bring them lower. The agreement with Everett to supply city water lowered rates, and future reductions should come when the last users of the old water treatment plant are converted to county water systems.Traffic on Avenue D/Bickford and Second Street is a growing congestion and pedestrian safety issue as rural areas continue to grow and use these streets as a bypass to major highways. Downtown parking availability is also an issue as Snohomish expands as a tourist destination.
There is little that Snohomish can do on its own about this heartbreaking issue.That said, the city has a role and a voice to contribute in active participation with the agencies, cities, church groups and non-profits in the search for innovative solutions.
I commit to working to keep Snohomish a desirable and enjoyable place for seniors to live. I’ll work for decisions that keep Snohomish affordable and safe for seniors.
City law enforcement should continue with the purpose for which it was chartered – to serve and protect the citizens of Snohomish. Our police department is neither staffed nor funded to enforce federal immigration law. This has never been a traditional municipal law enforcement activity. Discussions at the national level indicate that undertaking immigration enforcement is likely to diminish the effectiveness of local law enforcement and possibly make our town less safe by reducing cooperation with law enforcement personnel.
We will undergo a big change in the coming year with the transition to an elected mayor and 5 to six new city council members. Longer term, maintaining the city revenues required to sustain and improve services requires careful thought and ideas – we have little room to grow and add new businesses. We also have the challenge of providing safe, affordable housing for starter families and seniors. Plans to address both business space and affordable housing in the Pilchuck area have been made and require follow-through.
The most urgent of the above is the change over to the new form of government. Most institutions are terrible at adopting change with minimal disruption. Continuity of city services and city projects, and retaining city personnel, all depend on how well we manage this change.
I will put my experience and knowledge at the service of the city and city administration. I have experience with managing change and in bringing diverse opinions and differing factions together in agreement. I believe in transparency and listening to all voices – people support what they help create.

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