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Snohomish CITY OF MARYSVILLE COUNCIL POSITION #2

Term: 4 yrThe 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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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)?

Phone (425) 971-0030
Email info@electmarkjames.com
Town where you live Marysville
Experience (300 characters max) Business owner, Hometown Values Savings Magazine, Marysville since 2004. Prior to that I worked approximately 20 years in the medical field, and served 7.5 years in the US Army. Volunteer with several local non-prof organizations, Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer.
FIRE/EMS: After personally looking into the situation by spending time speaking with fire officials and seeing first-hand what some of their concerns are, I am of the opinion that our EMS & Fire Services are in need of more personnel, updated equipment, increased training time and new/updated facilities.

TRANSPORTATION: Our city leaders have come up with a fine 6 Year Plan to alleviate some of the current traffic issues and prepare us for the inevitable growth-related issues of the future as best they can forecast. As good as the Plan may be today, there will no doubt be unforeseen issues that will arise as the city continues to grow. I would like to see an annual review in order to make the necessary course corrections as these issues arise.
Our thinking as a society should be, do to others as you would have them do to you. Truly homeless people should be treated with respect and love and encouraged to seek the help that is provided through local, regional and faith-based support groups and charity organizations like The Salvation Army, The Marysville Food Bank, Housing Hope, Snohomish County Human Services, Cocoon House, Fresh Start and the Housing Authority of Snohomish County to name a few. (See HASCO.org or HomelessShelterDirectory.org for more help.) These and many others are already established and ready to help the homeless. The drug-induced homeless population is another issue that should be addressed medically as a health issue and with law enforcement assistance when needed. Long term in-patient facilities are needed in conjunction with skills re-training programs to help these people stay away from future abuse.
All people should be thought of and cared for with dignity, respect and consideration with regard to physical and mental ability. Senior services and physical access for homes, businesses and especially for public areas should always be taken into consideration. Regarding end-of-life issues, Medicare & Medicaid are the only option for many of our elderly population. At the present time this is the only option for those who have no money, insurance or outside help. There needs to be a better Managed Care/Hospice option that will address this issue as we see more Baby Boomers enter the final years. Perhaps this will be addressed nationally as we see changes to our health care system unfold in the next few years. I am blessed that both of my parents are alive and live locally. My father is a retired Air Force veteran and has taken steps to see that senior-care/end-of-life issues are taken care of for both himself and my mother and I am committed to assist them as needed.
Immigrating ILLEGALLY is a crime. See https://www.justice.gov/usam/criminal-resource-manual-1907-title-8-usc-1324a-offenses I believe that we should uphold and enforce our laws. As far as I know, the City of Marysville does not take an official stand on the issue other than requiring our local law enforcement and judicial officers to abide by State and Federal laws regarding "illegal" immigration. Immigrating LEGALLY is encouraged and desirable for all of our States & Cities. Immigrants founded our nation and we are all a product of their efforts and hard work. As a unified, healthy and strong nation we will continue to grow and be prosperous as long as we uphold the laws of our country and expect the same of newcomers.
ECONOMIC GROWTH: Marysville is not known for being a business-friendly city. We have an opportunity and with it an obligation to foster a healthy business atmosphere for our current businesses and to encourage the right businesses to come and make Marysville their home. To do that we need to be attractive to businesses. To that end I will work with the City and the County to facilitate the completion of the new MIC (Manufacturing Industrial Center) to our north side. I would also love to see our south side waterfront developed into a destination retail marketplace for locals and tourists alike. Just imagine a Marysville Public Market loaded with local and regional retailers, shops, restaurants, breweries, distilleries & wineries as you walk alongside the cobblestone pedestrian-only streets along the waterway.
Fire & EMS issue. These men & women have been stretched tight for much too long.
I will work diligently to ensure that the lines of communication are open between the Mayor, Administrator and myself so that I will have the best information available in order to make good decisions as a representative of the citizens. It is important to keep in mind the separation of powers, in this case the legislative and executive, and to listen to and respect each other.
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Phone (425) 330-6981
Town where you live Marysville Washington
Experience (300 characters max) I have served 6 terms on the city council, including a term as Mayor Pro Tem. Prior was a Planning Commissioner. Serving on committees, boards at local, state and national levels for government, business and civic organizations.A successful business owner for over 40 years, active in my church.
We are a full service city and our utility capacity is adequate due to the long range planning and our citizens pay a reasonable rate. Because of the growth we have had our streets and main roads do get congested, but they are complete from north to south and from I-5 to Highway 9. We have a 6 year plan where there will be an off ramp from I-5 unto Highway 529 at the south end of the city that will allow an exit to avoid the many trains going through the city and also an overpass on Grove Street between State Ave and Cedar Ave. As a council member one of my highest priorities is public safety and health, I have served as a member and chair of the Fire Board and the Public Safety Committee and i represent Marysville on the Snohomish Health District.; and Governor appointed State Board of Health. I serve on the National League of Cites Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations committee. Also a member of Puget Sound Council of Governments Growth Management Policy Board.
This is a big issue everywhere...drugs, alcohol , and mental illness are much of the cause..the new behavior hospital opening next week in Marysville will be helping some, we have wonderful volunteers through our faith community working with the Everett Gospel Mission and some homes the city owns (even though they are planned for another use in the future) we are able to house a few who are in transition, Also, we do not have room in our jail to put those who just want to get out of the weather. Again, the faith community has stepped up in the past winter seasons to provide cold weather shelters. Our council is investigating how to implement social workers imbedded with our police officers...other communities are trying it, so we need to watch what happens with them. We are keeping our downtown and parks safe with police patrols and those on bicycles, along with the Marysville Volunteers who are eyes and ears of our police patroling parks, vacationers homes and schools.
Since I am one of them, I relate to their concerns and needs. I have been on the forefront of curbs and sidewalks that make it easier for those who have mobility issues and also trails that are usable for all and benches to sit if one needs. The Ken Baxter Community Center has programs, but over the years seem to have been cut back or do not exist any more...I would like more funds go toward this program.
This is an issue we have not had to deal with...the Mayor's Diversity Council I think is doing a good job
Opioid epidemic is very real here..our law enforcement and emergency responders are equiped with Narcan if they get to the victim in time. Law enforcement and schools are working to get drugs off the strees and especially out of the hands of kids...but it is a problem that needs addressing
Public safety and addressing traffic congestion
Talking is always a good plan. Marysville has a Mayor with an open door policy..so most of the current council take advantage of that and we have good interaction with each other. We do work well with each other and our staff. Willing to listen and collaborate

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