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Clark, Cowlitz City Of Woodland Council Position #2

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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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 (360) 225-8688
Email bobmotep@aol.com
Town where you live Woodland, WA
Experience (300 characters max) I run a busy screen printing and embroidery business and have been in some form of sales and management my entire adult life. I am also a current board member and volunteer at our local Woodland Action Center Food Bank.
Woodland actually has some serious infrastructure issues at this point in time regarding roads and transportation. One that I am most familiar with would be the intersection’s at Exit 21 during peak hours. I am one of the commuters that are stopped on I-5 trying to use the Northbound off ramp at 5:30PM during the weekdays with commercial trucks that take up more space than passenger cars. This is a subject that has been mentioned at many a council meeting and the finger is always pointed at Olympia when it could be as simple as adding truck access routes like some of our neighboring towns have done. For instance, Exit 22 was designed with tractor and/or commercial trailer traffic in mind and it doesn’t flow into a main arterial street.

As a volunteer and board member of the Woodland Action Center (our local food bank/social service agency) as well as a regular outreach participant, I am very familiar with folks experiencing the crisis of homelessness.

Something Woodland does not currently have would be clear and appropriate policies in regards to homelessness. What I would like to see are policies that not only protect the constitutional rights of people experiencing homelessness but also take the health and safety of all residents into consideration. This year I opened a "Warming Station" by renting a city owned community building and it operated for 6 days during our coldest week in January. Then, during the Summer, the City of Woodland opened their council chambers to folks needing a "Cooling Station". Woodland does not have a policy response for extreme weather and I think that is something every city should have in place long before it is needed.
Something I try to do is help keep folks informed of what is going on locally via social media. One thing that has had a pretty good response is by posting live video of city council meetings so that people can participate even if they can’t be there in person. I live in the neighborhood I grew up in and most of my neighbors are retired folks living on fixed incomes and a large portion of the clients we serve at the WAC Food Bank are seniors. With the lack of affordable housing, continual increases in local taxes, utilities and high cost of living some of our seniors are really struggling. My hope is that by staying informed about local government, their voices can be heard.
Woodland is a farming community and has always had a large immigrant population that work in agriculture. I don’t know that there is a clear stance for Woodland to take when there are Federal and State laws that don’t always coincide with each other leaving us in a “legal limbo” of sorts.
The steady increase in calls for Police service are indicative of the increase in crime for our area. Our town virtually shuts down when there is freeway work or natural disaster due to our limited freeway access. Woodland also suffers from a lack of multi family rental properties which I think leads to local people moving away. Woodland currently has around 100 families within the school district that are considered homeless per McKinney–Vento and the local food bank serves around 800 families per month so there are far more people struggling with poverty and homelessness than most folks realize.
The most urgent issue facing Woodland is our under funded, understaffed Police Department. Our population has grown to a little over 6,000 people within city limits yet we only employ 6 call responsive police officers, a Chief of Police, one Sergeant and one Detective. Our previous Chief of Police, as well as our interim Chief, referenced national calculations for towns of our size needing 2 officers per 1,000 residents to adequately provide 365 days of coverage. Due to this staffing shortage, in 2016, the Woodland Police Dept. logged around $200,000 in overtime. The long shifts, patrolled by lone Police Officers, is not only unsafe for the Officer but it is gross negligence in regards to the safety of the residents. The steady increase in calls for service are indicative of the increase in crime for our area creating more calls then our Officers can attend so we are always reliant upon neighboring agencies for backup.
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