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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) 286-8319
Email gehringfororting@gmail.com
Town where you live Orting
Experience (300 characters max) I currently sit on the City Council. I have experience through my job at the City of Puyallup, where I work with local and federal contracts, the State auditor, WSDOT and Department of Labor. I have experience with budgets and understanding City Code and Regulations.
We are an old town that was originally a railroad town. Our infrastructure is small, as is the population of our town. I think overall, we have done well maintaining most of the infrastructure we have, based on the availability of staff and funding. However, I think we are going to have to start making a new City Hall building and some new police building a priority.
That is a difficult question for a town of our size. We currently do not have the funding, the budget, or the resources available to aid in much of the homeless issues. We do provide for food and clothing through our amazing community donations and our greatly supported food bank. I think for the future issues with regards to homelessness we need to address more affordable housing, better transportation to and from outside needed resources, and more employment opportunities.
I hold our senior citizens in very high regards. Our seniors are an essential part of our communities past and can offer us direction and perspective when sometimes we are not able to see what road we are going down as a community. One commitment I have towards our seniors is that I do not ever want to see them “taxed” out of their homes. A great majority of them have worked their entire adult lives to own their homes free and clear of a lingering mortgage. I don’t believe in taxing them with additional property taxes or utility rates increases is something we should be doing. I know in the past, when we have put forward a property tax increase or a rate hike for utilities there has always been a lower provision in place for our senior communities. I think this is wonderful and I would like to see this amount ever lower if our budgets will allow.
I think we should be following and taking the lead from the federal government following federal guidelines.
Some of the major issues facing Orting is 1) Support of our schools – We need additional schools due to large growth. I do not want to see our community used as a statistic of what not to do with overcrowding schools. 2) Our community’s concerns over the drug epidemic. Although this is by no means new to Orting or any other town for that matter, it is a growing issue that must be addressed. In Orting, we have wonderful advocates who are getting information out to families needing assistance with this problem. I do not want to see the drug epidemic continue the path of being a political issue. I want to see it becoming a community issue, where anyone and everyone can ask for help and receive help. 3) Traffic and transportation is a huge issue for us in Orting.
Transportation Many people forget Orting does not own or control traffic flow on HWY 162. So, when we are waiting for what seems like an eternity to either to work or to get home, I would like to start having open discussions with WSDOT and come up with some PRATICAL ideas of how best we can alleviate this heavy traffic. Obviously, a town of just under 8,000 people does not cause the traffic backups that we are currently experiencing so what can we do to make this current situation better for all? That is an essential topic I think needs to be addressed. Also, as part of our transportation needs we do not have public transportation. I am aware there some good elements to this and then there are some bad ones as well. I do think however that we need to figure out something by means of public transportation to aid people who do not or cannot drive. It’s important to keep our citizens able to move about town and continue with their independent needs. A long term public transportation plan
I don’t think there is one perfect way to work with someone, whether it be our Mayor or our City Administrator. Our Mayor in Orting is elected. As such he is a representative of our citizens. So I would treat him with the same respect and correspondence I do the other council members. Our Mayor oversees the day to day functions of our City and our City employees. I think it is very important to have an open line of communication with the Mayor and can have continual discussion as to what is happening within the City daily.

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