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King, Pierce City of Milton Council Position No. 6

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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  • Mark E. Hutson

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    Phil Linden

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Experience (300 characters max) I'am a Registered Nurse at Auburn Medical Center. Previously I have been employed as a WSU Extension Educator and Recreation Specialist for the City of Shoreline.
My experience, education, & commitment to community make me uniquely qualified for Position #6 on Milton City Council. I have degrees both in Nursing & in Recreation & have worked for WSU Extension and City of Shoreline as an Extension Educator & Recreation Specialist. As a Registered Nurse I have been employed by Multicare(where I currently work), & Confluence Health. I have volunteered for the WA State 4H Foundation & I have served in the US Coast Guard. My professional career has been entirely devoted to bettering communities' quality of life. As I have worked for municipalities, state universities & non-profit health care, I have experience in connecting our families & neighbors to regional services, opportunities, & education. I have worked with the very young & old from all backgrounds & walks of life & have witnessed the impacts our leaders' decisions have on residents & the community. I want to use my background to close the gaps in service, where they exist & improve Milton.
My vision for Milton is that which is echoed by the residents of our community. After talking with residents, people are concerned with traffic and potential over-development. I see Milton as residential gem, sitting on a high point looking over the South Sound. We can avoid the pitfalls that other municipalities have fallen into by ensuring the protection and retention of Milton's small town charm, while implementing the advancements required to keep Milton modern, vibrant and safe. Good infrastructure,and quality services will maintain Milton as one of the best places to live in the region.
The governing body needs to strengthen Milton's development control ordinances; implement the objectives of the Milton Visioning Plan; reexamine traffic conditions and truck routes and their impact on residential neighborhoods. Greater cooperation and coordination with adjacent towns and county governments is needed to protect our small town character. The developmental pressures on Milton as this region grows is enormous. It is going to take a council member that will advocate for the people of Milton to ensure that the community continues to be a great place to live. Crime, traffic and over-development are major concerns.These issues must be addressed in a comprehensive fashion to guarantee Milton remains a quality place both for now and in the our future.
Milton is in a unique position, by owning its electric utility we are accessing WA State generated clean power. Wind, solar and hydro is plentiful in Washington and we can provide our residents with access to those resources. Further, home solar projects can continue to be encouraged, thus providing cost savings for the home-owner and strengthening the electric grid. With our proximity to the Commencement Bay and Puget Sound, it is important that we continue to build infrastructure that filters our storm-water appropriately. While development projects should be supported to improve our economic base, their environmental impacts must be carefully scrutinized. Milton can be clean and green and an environmental leader with sound governance decisions.
Many of Milton's roads and sidewalks are in need of attention. Several roads are too narrow for the traffic volumes carried, Also many roads without sidewalks are hazards to pedestrians. Vehicles are using residential streets to avoid congested arterial highways. A traffic mitigation plan should be implemented. A needs assessment should be undertaken to help prioritize needed improvements.Then a capital Improvement plan and budget could be adopted after a financial analysis determined the ability of the town to afford any necessary expenditures. Regarding other infrastructure needs,I support Milton's recent decision to upgrade the sub-station to ensure the electrical grid is modern and safe.
As a registered nurse I have worked on the front-line of addiction, mental illness, poverty and homelessness. Homelessness is a complex issue that must be well understood to have an appropriate and effective response. In our area we have homeless individuals that cannot afford housing but work or are willing to work with the goal of housing affordability. Food banks, drug free shelters, and assistance in making connections to county and state resources may be all these people need to get through a traumatic period. There is also have a homeless population that suffers from addiction and mental illness simultaneously. Psychiatric and addiction treatment will stabilize these individuals. It is important that we support those that seek treatment by getting them into a health care setting for treatment. Follow-up programs like AA, NA, and outpatient treatment provide for their continued support and care.
As a potential member of Milton's City Council, I support comprehensive Federal legislation to addresses the weaknesses in our current immigration policy. I support an immigration system that is fair, clear, supports due process and the provisions of the Constitution. Asylum seekers should have opportunity to be given safe haven from violence. Personally, I do not support family separation at the borders, which can do irreparable harm to young children who are unable to realize what is happening to them.
I support the continued development of the city's website that has a 'Council Update' tab that could inform citizens of issues and developments that may require public involvement. A voluntary list of resident's email addresses could provide information and alerts regarding things that are happening in Milton. Edgewood, Fife and Milton would benefit from a media collaboration that highlights local stories, events and general information that is relevant to our neighbors on the North Hill.