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Benton City Of West Richland Council Pos. 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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    Richard Bloom (NP) Environmental Consultant

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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 (509) 539-7630
Experience (300 characters max) 36 year experience working for DOE contractors on the Hanford and Rocky Flats sites as an environmental professional.
Like many cities, long term funding to maintain infrastructure is an issue for West Richland. While much of the cities current infrastructure is relatively new, it is a struggle to fund needed maintenance to the older sections of the city and maintain our parks. Continued growth and development only means a growing future challenge.
The City participates with the other area cities with the Benton Franklin Health Department's Community Action Committee (CAC). Homelessness is a regional issue that is best addressed on a regional basis. The focus on the CAC is to proactively prevent homelessness. http://bfcac.org/housing-assistance
As a senior citizen myself, I am committed to being one.

Seriously, retirement services is becoming the third leg of our local economy. The city currently offers discounted utility services for low income seniors and as a current member of the Ben Franklin Transit (BFT) board, providing economical and convenient public transportation options for seniors is one of my focus areas. While all of the current fixed route buses are ADA compatible, Dial-a-ride is an important program that has to be maintained affordable. The new redesigned BFT 110 bus routes through the CIty provides convenient transportation to Yokes, Queensgate, and Columbia Center for most of Bird Hill.
It shouldn't.
The City has no major issues, but there are some future projects that require attention. 1. The current City police facilities are currently inadequate and a new facility is needed. This will require identifying the appropriate location as well as the size/cost. 2. The Red Mountain interchange on Interstate 82 will spur development which needs to be carefully planned. 3. The current City Code needs a though review. The City Council failed to complete the review of the revised development code earlier this summer. This effort not only needs to be completed but expanded to include our other codes.
There is likely nothing that is urgent but the code review is likely the most important to complete with the current City Council members to avoid having to bring up to date any new members after the election. .
Honesty and openest has always been my approach at working with the mayor and other council members.

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