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City of Shelton Council Member #4

This contest is a primary for the April election of new members of the Shelton City Council. The two candidates for each seat from this primary will advance to the special election to expand the council, to be held April 25th. The city council sets the general policies of the city, which are implemented by the city manager and staff. One of council's main duties is the adoption of policies and the enactment of the city's annual budget. City council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending , whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for city employees.
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    Eric Onisko Local business owner

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What do you see as the most pressing environmental issue in Shelton?

How can you balance development with sustainability?

How do you see making your city more livable for seniors and the disabled?

How do you see bringing more living wage jobs to your city?

What is your experience in preparing and administering a budget?

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Experience (Max 350 characters) I am a member of Kiwanis International and the Disabled American Vets (DAV) Chapter 60. I have fifteen years with Mason County Public Health. 24 years with US Army. BS in Biochemistry 1998
Town where you live Shelton WA
Question 1. The most alarming concern I have is the living environment for our citizens. The homeless, the renters and low-income homeowners all have exposure to environments that contain everything from lead water pipes to leaking roofs. The young are more at risk because their bodies and minds are still developing. Who provides the safety net for these conditions? With the average rent running over eight hundred a month, renters deserve better living conditions. Where are the services to help seniors homeowners with problems like structure, pest control, broken windows, and inadequate heating systems? It is not just a Shelton homeless problem, but a national problem. Some people are on the street because they choose not to trust NGOs or fear their” hidden” goals; others are too proud to accept handouts. I believe that some are results of cost of living out pacing standards of living.
Question 2. In 1950 the public-school systems were unprepared for the onslaught of the baby boomers. No one saw the number of kids that were coming. The work in infrastructure is the way to go. Sure, it is arduous now but in the future, it will be good to have systems that aren’t band aided to function. I can’t predict the future, but careful planning can help us see the next big opportunity.
Question 3. Modern technology has extended and improved the quality of life of many seniors that have access to preventive and acute medical care. There are some that suffer afflictions that impact their daily live. A family support group is the best help for maintaining quality of life. Many families do not live locally and cannot be depended on for assistance. Agencies that do provide services do help a lot. ADA compliant venues for non-motorized transportation does help, but can be expensive. Better light at crosswalks is becoming more important. Get big corporations out of health care
Question 4. A living wage has become very rare in the age of consumerism. Labor is labeled as a something that can be outsourced to the lowest bidder. We need to have more schooling for the trades. We need to attract industry that can use those trades and skills. We don’t need to continuing paying for yesterday today and tomorrow.
Questions 5. I have no experience in preparing or administering a budget.
Experience (Max 350 characters) I have owned 3 businesses in Shelton and 1 in the county. Currently own and operate 1 in the city and 1 in the county.
Campaign Phone (360) 561-2297
Town where you live Shelton
The City’s C-street dump.
There are enough people in the city and county if we had more options for much larger box stores. Jc penny’s Macy Costco and dining options I believe people wouldn’t have to leave Shelton.
Better lit streets Lower water/sewer rates maybe on a scale Affordable housing by rezoning for tiny houses
Shelton needs to attract manufacturing by making it affordable to build and do business here. Also we should encourage small businesses and give them the same attention that we give big business.
Budgeting my own business. The city manager and city controller prepares the budget and the council adopts it based on priorities.