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King County City of Snoqualmie Council Position No. 2

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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    Elaine Armstrong

  • Katherine Ross

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 360-921-2329
Town where you live Snoqualmie
Experience (300 characters max) Three years lobbying Congress with Citizens' Climate Lobby and creating political will for effective climate action.
For the past three years with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, I have worked to create the political will for a sustainable future. I meet with concerned constituents, conveying their comments to members of Congress. I work with others to encourage businesses and local governments to endorse an effective climate policy and write letters to the editor encouraging people to take action on their own behalf. As a retired teacher, I know the importance of local support for schools, sufficient impact fees and funding so every child has an excellent experience. As a homeowner, I know the worth of every dollar. Public officials should deeply respect the people’s money and return excellent value for every penny.
Snoqualmie is a beautiful city. My vision is to create a Snoqualmie that supports an enjoyable daily experience for every resident. Interactions with city government will be respectful and supportive. Expenditures and salaries will be made public with comments welcomed. The day to day experience for residents should come first. Growth will be widely publicized before permits are granted. All the traffic patterns will be studied for impacts rather than only a few blocks from developments. Actual environmental tests will be done when there is a possibility of pollution in order to protect the people. Neighborhoods will have easy access to shops by foot or bicycle. All commercial locations will be filled with thriving businesses important to the people who live here. I want creative solutions to commuting so residents have easy access to public transportation. City codes will require green building certification.
Our precious small town is in danger of losing its neighborly character. We are growing very quickly and residents often know nothing about new developments. Proper notice of variances is not given. Variances are given even without the consent of the planning committee. Council has changed the city code to limit residents’ speech when they come with concerns. As a result the city has lost their trust and frustration and tempers are boiling. Traffic studies are inadequate. Schools, roads and utilities are not being sufficiently supported by developers. Daily life in Snoqualmie is becoming difficult: schools are overcrowded, traffic is getting denser on every main street, and property taxes and utility bills increase every year. Development is encouraged for land and waterways that have a history of pollution. Trees are cut down for new buildings. There are structures that are incomplete or empty in our neighborhoods.
Our city joined the K4C (King County-Cities Climate Collaboration) agreement to reduce greenhouse gasses by 25% by next year and 50% by 2050. Voluntary efforts have been encouraged. Much more can be done. The city can write code that new commercial building will earn Green Building Certification. Developers of housing can be encouraged to earn Green Building Certification as well. Creative traffic solutions need to be made before permits for development are approved. How can we assist more people to easily access public transportation or ride sharing to and from work? For daily errands, we can create shuttles or mini-bus runs to help people, parents, and youth get to common locations such as downtown, the YMCA, to return from after-school activities or shopping and dinner.
The downtown portion of Snoqualmie has an aging water and sewer system that needs to be updated. There are problems with the current water waste processing system as well. Water availability for growth is insufficient. There may be problems with the bridge over the Snoqualmie River towards Snoqualmie Falls with increased traffic to serve the Salish development planned by the Muckleshoot tribe and development planned for the Old Mill Site. The bridge may need to be replaced. Traffic jams persist at the I-90/ SR 18 interchange in all directions during an expanded rush hour mornings and evenings creating hazardous conditions daily.
The City could hold town halls requesting input and perspectives on homelessness from our own community or together with North Bend. Our community could combine resources with North Bend for housing, food, mental health and social work resources. If all agencies and volunteer organizations could work together we could address this difficult problem in a humane and effective manner.
We have many legal immigrant residents who work in IT companies. They often have robust support through their work, friends and families. Local churches and a Snoqualmie Valley Interfaith group seek to have regular dialogue so we can get to know each other and share cultural values. The city can continue to sponsor "Meet your Muslim Neighbor" meetings where we can make good connections as a community. I am not aware of a significant problem with illegal immigrants in our city. If one arises, the city should consider creative solutions, possibly partnering with nearby cities to offer support for transition to a more stable status.
Our city needs to be much more open about proposed growth and development. They should follow their own code and notify by mail to correct addresses when a variance to the growth plan is to be considered. They should hold Town Hall opportunities for any proposed development that would have a large impact on the community. Environmental impacts of past pollution should be taken seriously and openly discussed. The city needs to be very welcoming of citizen engagement from the planning committee input to citizen comments at Council meetings. Severe restrictions on input should be removed. I would continue a policy of providing for public records requests rather than restricting and charging for them. I would create opportunities for thorough dialogue on every issue of concern. This would create trust between the city and its community which will save time and money in the long run.
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