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King County City of Normandy Park Council Position No. 5

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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    Kathleen Sherry

  • Michelle Sipes-Marvin

Biographical Information

What experiences have you had that qualify you for this position?

How would you describe your vision for your city?

What are the obstacles in the path of achieving your vision?

What do you think is your city/town’s role in dealing with issues surrounding the environment?

What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastructure?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

How would you propose the council communicate with the citizens of your city or town?

Phone (206) 496-2591
Town where you live Normandy Park
Experience (300 characters max) Community volunteer, participating in Normandy Park events for Emergency Preparedness, Winterfest; Babysitting certification; Pet Food Drive; and Friends of Normandy Park activities. Former buyer and procurement manager for Research & Development and New Programs at The Boeing Company.
As a former buyer and a project manager for Boeing, I worked with many different groups of people with varying needs and opinions. These experiences taught me that a successful outcome depends upon listening to all views, finding common ground, and working together to achieve mutual goals. These skill-sets are what I will bring to discussions of city issues. On a personal level, I've helped organize and participated in several city events. At home, I've been a senior care giver which provided me lessons in empathy and taught me more about government services.
A community-oriented, safe residential area where individual rights are respected and people work together for the common good. A place that provides safe play areas for children and gathering spaces for a variety of interests. A place where all ages can find something that is meaningful for them to do, if they so choose. A city Council that listens to its' residents opinions, and acts for them, or shares its reasons for not doing so.
Major decisions are being made outside council meetings, without all members in attendance, and without public involvement. Leadership is not sharing rationale for decisions affecting many others. Some council members are proposing a change to current government structure of a professional city manager and elected council. Some council members are also working to disband the Economic Development Committee, a successful group of local business, resident and community leaders, against residents stated wishes.
Our City is a Steward of the Environment. It is responsible for protecting our streams and waterfront from pollution and runoff. We must protect our natural habitat for all creatures. We should show our young citizens the wonders of our area and how to protect it, with nature walks and classes.

We also have the responsibility for actively participating with the Port of Seattle growth decisions. Both noise and particulate matter pollution are increasing, affecting our homes and our families' health. We need more visibility in the Community of discussions at the Port.
Road and sidewalk maintenance and aging city hall/police/ community center facilities. We share boundaries with other jurisdictions--Burien, Des Moines and King County-- and must work with them on joint issues. There is limited land for development to increase our tax base . Normandy Park is a small city with limitations on tax dollars. We wish to support our police department, replace/repair aging public facilities and plan for the future. We must develop a 5-10-25 year plan for immediate and long term requirements to keep our city safe and a desirable place to live, and we must work hard to find alternative revenue to do so.
Our City must be aware of local services available. There are numerous facilities and services available to assist, including the newly formed community services group located in Burien and another at Highline Hospital. These are intended to assist people before becoming homeless as well as after. Normandy Park could plug into these existing programs.

Individuals could contribute to food banks, local school programs and Mary’s Place with donations, and volunteer through church or service groups to support the homeless. The city might sponsor a food drive in the fall, in lieu of the annual Zombiefest which was cancelled by council vote.
If the City has inquiries about immigration, I believe we might provide referrals to local Legal Aid and agencies specializing in these issues. Our City should act humanely and treat anyone inquiring with dignity.
Council Meetings and deliberations should be transparent. City and Committee meetings must be open to all interested. Agendas must be publicly posted PRIOR to the meeting. Minutes should be posted in the council room and at QFC as well as on the city website. We should look for a second location at Towne Centre to post minutes. Meeting agendas could be posted in City Hall and the local blogs at least 2 days prior to a meeting where a vote is to take place, assuring those interested would know to attend a council meeting. City wide issues might be in articles in the City Magazine, if publication timing allows.

If something is particularly egregious, I advocate for neighborhood gatherings for discussion of concerns and ideas prior to Council voting, and a delay in said voting until everyone understands the council rationale.
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