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After 25 years of service, Odin retired as a police Captain. He has a Master of Criminal Justice and an earned Certification in Advanced Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities.
Odin is a City Councilman in Liberty Lake, and was elected as the Mayor Pro Tem by his peers.
Liberty Lake has been blessed with fairly stable road maintenance and modernization as time moves forward. We have two issues that need to be addressed by the Council, in both short and long term strategies.
In the very near future, the Harvard Road Bridge, which crosses Interstate 90, needs to be updated and have lanes added. This bridge is critical in keeping our North and Southside communities connected and moving work force related traffic in and out of Liberty Lake.
Following the Harvard Road Bridge update, the City needs to concentrate on a new I-90 interchange at Henry Road.
As a planned and integrated designed City, the developers provide an assortment of affordable housing, ranging from apartments to single family residences.
To directly answer your question regarding homelessness, at this time the City’s best response would be to encourage social and religious organizations to do what they do best, take care of and assist the homeless, hungry and those in need.
Personally I believe in the family unit taking care of their own as far as possible. I know that there are hundreds of reasons that come to bear when making this decision. Sometimes, it just isn’t possible.
I was a Certified State of Washington Senior Ombudsmen, charged with the over all care and comfort of seniors. Also, when necessary, I would have to investigate individual or corporate entities where abuse or neglect was claimed.
As a Board of Directors member for the Spokane Transit Authority, I have successfully worked with the STA CEO and Department Directors, to have a bus route extended that will provide a much-needed access to Para-Transit service for one of our senior living facilities. We should see this operational in 2018.
As many small cities across our United States, we do not have the housing, jobs, or budget to assimilate numbers of illegal immigrants.
Legal Immigrants must remember that they are guests in our Country; until such time that they become citizens.
By the mere inclusion of this question, you obviously understand the “hot” topic that this covers. Actually, this question can be simply answered; follow and apply the law of the land!
I believe that there is also a moral component to this question. And this is the part that cities have to wrestle with. When an issue likes this affects the entire population of a city, the community needs to voice their opinions, and as the law allows, the City Leader’s should honor their resident’s direction. Quintessentially, this is what “community” is all about.
There has been much talk about the City of Liberty Lake building pools. But 9 out of 10 conversations with constituents cover traffic congestion, especially where growth is concerned. Let me clear the air. I am not against pools. But Pools are not necessities! Addressing traffic congestion, traffic being compounded by commercial and RV vehicle influx, is a NEED.
Budget management is a need. In case no one has taken the hint, our residents want us to pay attention to the services we already provide, be money wise, and take care of their investments. Our City is still young and there is a time for everything; today is our opportunity to prepare for a successful tomorrow. That is a need!
The City needs to slow down its growth patterns and develop a long term Citywide strategic plan, where equipment, services and real-estate acquisitions are planned for, developed and reviewed for compliance.
Budget management and a Citywide Strategic Long Term Plan
Our City has an elected Mayor, and his primary job is to oversee the daily operations of the City. He has no vote, except in rare circumstances that do not involve finances. The Council is in charge of budget oversight, creation of laws, ordinances and resolutions. They control land use (within the law) fund salaries and benefits, approve or disapprove appointees to City boards and attend Council and sub-committee meetings.
I will always support any Mayor who has the best interest of the residents as his major focus. But in all cases, I reserve my option to object, question, exercise discussion amongst the Council and examine all ideas, propositions and financial dealings. This is to ensure full disclosure, transparency in conception and delivery, so we can sincerely guard the residents resources. My pledge is to the people of Liberty Lake, not the Mayor, personal agendas or any other entity.