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Clark County City of BATTLE GROUND Council - Position NO. 3

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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    Neil Butler

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    Shauna Walters

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) 608-7994
Town where you live Battle Ground
Experience (300 characters max) I have more than 15 years of experience utilizing fiscal management. Within that experience I have been able to build my knowledge and understanding of identifying shortfalls and maximizing opportunities. I have also been able to build relationships with key decision makers and creating solutions.
I have more than 15 years of experience utilizing fiscal management. Within that experience I have been able to build my knowledge and understanding of identifying shortfalls and maximizing opportunities. I have also been able to build relationships with key decision makers, and creating solutions that benefit all parties.

I have also been deeply involved in volunteer in and then the community to help make my home town a better place.
Battle Ground stands at the edge of opportunity. The voters have voiced their desire to build upon the livability of the city and reinforce the community feel so many have come to know and expect. This vision needs to be addressed in a number of ways First, the infrastructure needs to support the community. Whether it is fixing intersections and roadways, or addressing the pedestrian needs, good infrastructure connects a town like no other project can. Second, safety and security build confidence in those who live here. I am committed to the police and fire needs to secure our property and ourselves. Third, I am focused on the parks and community events. They are the glue that cements the other pieces together and helps our city be great.
Time is the greatest obstacle. Results that build to this vision will take time and hard work. I am committed to that effort. The other obstacles are relatively minor compared to my desire to increase the livability and maintain the affordability of Battle Ground. Working with key decision makers and finding ways to use the resources that we have over time will result in the desired destination.

Do no harm.
The infrastructure needs to support the community. Whether it is fixing intersections and roadways, or addressing the pedestrian needs, good infrastructure connects a town like no other project can.
Homelessness is more complicated than 1000 words. The approach needs to come from many partners and needs more effort than just throwing money at the problem. The problem will always be greater than what we, as a city, have to give. As different approaches present themselves, I am committed to researching them for effective and comparing them to the values of the city.
It is not the lawful place of the city to council to make decisions about this subject. We have representatives, elected to represent the ideals of the community. As voters, it is our responsibility to let them know what we want at a national level.
Facebook, mail, person to person at meetings
Phone (360) 989-5378
Town where you live Battle Ground
I worked in the field of health care, starting in the Army as a combat medic where I achieved the rank of Sergeant. I attended 2 separate leadership training courses before deploying to Iraq. While deployed, I was responsible for our Brigade Aid Station and had 8 Soldiers in my charge. After leaving military service, I became a supervisor in an inpatient/outpatient lab and had 40 direct reports. I lead a group called the North County Sons of Daughters of Liberty whose mission is to get local municipalities to adopt 2nd Amendment sanctuary resolutions. In June of this year, our group was able to get a sanctuary resolution passed in Yacolt, Washington by holding rallies and going door-to-door to get signatures on a petition. Since March, I have attended many Battle Ground City Council meetings to keep abreast of what issues our current council is dealing with.
I grew up in this city before it could even be called a city. I returned to Battle Ground after traveling with the military for 17 years and was shocked at the amount of growth Battle Ground underwent in my absence. While I miss the days of old, I am realistic in the fact that urban sprawl from Portland is happening and we need to ensure that our infrastructure, public safety needs, and schools can keep up with the tremendous amount of growth we are experiencing. One of the things that I envision for Battle Ground is to keep the small-town charm. Old Town is a great representation of that small-town ambiance, but we can absolutely do better. Local traditions like our holiday decorating, Harvest Days celebrations, Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Memorial Day ceremony, and honoring our veterans should be used as a vehicle for our community to come together.
Community engagement is critical to achieve the abovementioned tasks. The biggest obstacle is getting dedicated community members and nonprofit groups to step up and take responsibility to see a project through to the end. We have been too accustomed as a society to depend on our government to provide everything, including experiences, and have lost the art of coming together as a community for the greater good.
In May 2019, the City of Battle Ground adopted an Environmental impact policy that largely relies on state and federal documents as a template for how to deal with environmental threats. It is absolutely our duty to enforce and maintain regulations set in place, seek to be good stewards of our land, and enforce existing codes for new and old construction. Battle Ground does a great job maintaining protected wetland areas. I hope to ensure urban growth does not encroach on those areas.
The explosion of housing developments and new big-box businesses have stressed our streets beyond capacity. The main streets face continuous congestion and traffic is being diverted to routes that were not designed for anything more than residential traffic. Small lots with very small yards force children to play in the streets causing dangerous situations when motorists travel through the neighborhoods. Timers on the traffic signals also create artificial traffic jams because they are close together with different timing for the lights, essentially stopping a car going east-west or west-east at every light. 20th Avenue is a rollercoaster to navigate. We also do not have enough sidewalks and walking paths.
While homelessness has not hit crisis levels yet here in Battle Ground, I appreciate the group “Just One Thing” in their proactive approach to dealing with root causes rather than the symptoms of homelessness. I was able to attend their last meeting and learned a lot about the homeless problem we have here in our town. We have to get the homeless population connected with resources to allow them to have the confidence to be productive members of society again. Things like counseling, wardrobe assistance, basic human need assistance (food, toiletries, etc) are a hand-up approach. This is the way we change homelessness.
Legal immigration is what our country was founded on. We are a beacon in the world for immigrants to come and prosper. Some of the hardest working and most successful people I know have immigrated from other countries, legally. Illegal immigration circumvents the system we currently have in place and is offensive to those who went through the arduous process of coming here legally. Illegal immigration stresses our already stressed resources. I believe in enforcing federal immigration laws as they are written and I believe law enforcement should cooperate with ICE to identify and remove all who have chosen to break the law by coming here without going through the proper channels.
While the town’s website provides comprehensive information about upcoming events and important issues impacting the town, many people do not frequently visit that website and look to other forms of social media for their information. I am aware that the City of Battle Ground has a Facebook page, but that also does not have a large following. I like the idea of placing a digital sign on main street with key dates of upcoming events, meetings, and other activities. This is a sure way to reach those who have not caught up to the digital age. Any important upcoming decisions that have widespread impact should be sent out in mailers so that the residents can have a chance to attend a council meeting and voice their opinions on the issue.