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Ferry Town Of Republic Councilperson #5

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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Biographical Information

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 (503) 891-3701
Town where you live Republic, WA
Experience (300 characters max) 9 years US ARMY CH-47 technician, 2 years Quality Control / Aviation Management. 8 years sole proprietor business experience. 2 years franchise management. 2 years volunteer service (local), 5 years activist experience (Pacific NW).
Republic desperately needs basic infrastructure such as crosswalks, drainage and erosion management, and improvements to the water/sewer delivery systems. It could also do with a community center, to benefit the entire community.

Affordable & habitable rental housing is also an issue.
Republic has a lot of county and state resources that handle what little homelessness exists. While there are exceptions, it is often due to an individual's refusal to accept or meet requirements of such assistance. Habitable housing is a much more recognizable issue, and with winter temperatures dropping to as low as -15 degrees a serious one.
See above where I mention a community center. While some senior citizens rely upon younger/local individuals for transportation and shopping, many are self sufficient and could be best served by a centralized location for resources. Interaction with younger people is also a plus, as our youth need the interaction just as well.
I think Republic is understaffed in law enforcement enough already, and should not be tasked with anything that relates to FEDERAL jurisdiction.
Republic needs a new school building. The one that exists now was built 50 years ago, and that's beyond it's life expectancy. Maintenance is no longer able to extend that lifespan, and Republic's kids could best be served by a 21st century school with 21st century resources. Raising of taxes is ALWAYS an issue for this region, but I have seen the community commitment to it's children and believe the Bond will pass. I would support it's passing completely.
Most urgent is the school, followed by basic infrastructure.
Of all the communities in the country I could have chosen to retire, Republic is the choice I will never regret. While it hasn't always been easy, moving here from out of the area, there has been progress. The city management has been an echo chamber of "tradition" for quite some time. That may not always make it possible to work with the Mayor or other City Council members. However, the best interests of this community will always come first. Beyond that change (or upgrades) will take my personal time, resources, investigation, and commitment. I will not only have to offer ideas, I will have to sell them. As someone who is retired but still very much active, I would do the extra work.
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