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Douglas County Town of Waterville Mayor

The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. He or she shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the city, and shall have general supervision of the administration of city government and all city interests. The mayor essentially serves as both the leader in name of the city, and the day-to-day active city manager.

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    Jill Daling Thompson

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Phone (509) 683-3072
Town where you live Waterville
Experience (300 characters max) I have served Waterville for many years, including Town Councilman for last 5 years and volunteering with Waterville Mainstreet, NCW Fair department chair, Badger Mt. Ski Hill, and others. I have served on the Chelan Douglas Public Health Board, Federated Church Board, and alternate on Link Board.
I was born and raised in Waterville, graduating from Waterville HS before getting my Bachelors in Nursing at WSU. Although I spent much of my adult life in Bellevue, I returned home 8 years ago. I love this town and since my return, have worked tirelessly to sustain this community that means so much to me. I have served on the Town Council for the last 5 years, and understand the challenges that our wonderful community faces. I have worked in several unique health care settings which have given me the leadership skills to bring to this position. These include managing Chelan Home Health and Hospice, managing research projects at UW, and recently working with NCW Accountable Communities of Health to improve rural health care in this region. I am an active volunteer, and have spent most of my free time volunteering on activities that promote this wonderful community. As our long time mayor retires, I feel I have the best experience and skills to manage the transition to a new mayor
Waterville currently has a building moratorium in place due to limitations of our sewer and water systems. We need to balance rates to be affordable and fair with the need to repair, replace, or upgrade these systems. There has been an erosion of funding opportunities for small rural towns to maintain adequate infrastructure. In order to be a sustainable community, we must find innovative ways to address our infrastructure issues so that controlled growth can occur. Secondly, we need to address the problems facing our historic downtown district. Too many buildings are empty and decaying. This is a resource that needs to be utilized and presents an opportunity for economic growth. Finally, Waterville is a town that runs on volunteerism. I believe in the value of community and the need to support and build ways for all our residents to feel a part of this community and work to sustain it.
The most urgent issue we face today is the undersized sewer system. Every spring, we risk overflow of our lagoon system which would cause ecologic damage. We have had a project plan in place to upgrade this system when funding becomes available. Additionally, the sewer mains are aging and leaking. This contributes to our spring overflow risk. Several areas are in critical need of repair or replacement. Funding is elusive for these projects, but we need to take action now to make our requests for funding competitive.
Communication is key to working successfully, not only with the council, but the town staff as well. I would use both my leadership skills as well as my analytic and data management skills to communicate all aspects of issues to both groups so that the best decisions can be made. I would make transparency a priority, and respond as best I can to all questions that arise. I believe that understanding the "why" goes a long way to helping us all stay focused on the goals.
We all need to be responsible for understanding our contribution to keeping our environment as clean as possible. Waterville currently has one of the highest rates of recycle in the region, and I would support continuing this project. We need to consider our use of organic sprays and fertilizers in our park systems. Water conservation programs are a priority for the longevity of our aquifer water system.
Funding for infrastructure maintenance is becoming very difficult to find. We need to look for ways to maintain our infrastructure that are cost effective for both short term and long term. For example, crack sealing may help to extend the life of our roads with less cost than overlays or replacement.
Due to our current building moratorium, we have few immigrants in our community, legal or otherwise. As those infrastructure issues are resolved, I would like to see our community be welcoming to people of all backgrounds.
Homelessness is an extremely complex issue that is worsening in part due to the housing crunch, lack of mental health providers, and a major shift in health care cost obligation to the patient causing bankruptcy and loss of homes. Due to distance of our town from social services that support the homeless and the building moratorium. Our pioneer heritage supports a culture of assisting our neighbors who are in need. This is probably the best way our community can respond to the homeless that do settle in our community.