Pend Oreille City Of Metaline Falls City Council Member #3
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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Sam Mcgeorge (NP)
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)?
Town where you live
From my perspective, the major infrastructure challenges we currently face are our waste water (both collection system and treatment) and our streets. Keeping our treatment system in compliance with state and federal regulations strains our resources. We need to do some paving but mobilizing a contractor for small jobs is cost prohibitive. We need to partner with paving projects in the area to reduce the overall cost.
Low cost housing, both temporary and longer term, is available locally from private sources. In a small community, we tend to address these issues on a case-by-case basis.
My commitment to all our citizens is to prudently use public resources to facilitate an environment where we can thrive. This means we need appropriate emergency services, waste water treatment, paved streets and other basic amenities.
To my knowledge, illegal immigration has not been an issue locally. Some of the credit for that must rest on both local Border Patrol and the Customs and Border Protection people from our communities. If individual issues arise, we will work with law enforcement and the shareholders to resolve the issues.
My biggest concern is the economic sustainability of the area. Businesses struggle to survive and locals lose opportunity to stay and thrive. My biggest frustration has been watching the town try to meet the increasingly stringent standards set by the state and federal regulations.
Meeting the regulations is always a short-term goal until new regulations are passed. Economic sustainability is vital to our community.
I will continue to treat people with respect, listening to concerns and solutions before making a decision. I try to keep an open mind and treat everyone fairly and honestly.
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