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Franklin County City of Pasco Council Member, At Large, Position 7

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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  • Patrick Guettner

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    Zahra Roach

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 (509) 545-8089
YouTube Video Franklin County
Town where you live Pasco, WA
Experience (300 characters max) My diverse, yet pertinent, professional and community service experience is ideally suited for service as City Council
Professional - Project/Engineering Management

Civic/Community - Chairman, Regional Zoning Commission; Key Man, U.S. Jaycees, Community Development; Scoutmaster; Squadron Commander, Civil Air Patrol; Chairman, United Way, Governor's Community Leadership Award

Economically vibrant and diverse, clean and environmentally safe, family-friendly, crime and drug-free, picturesque, a model for 21st-century mid-sized American city, a center of continued enhancement of educational, commercial and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Getting everyone on board in sharing and executing this vision.
Pasco is already a "Tree City". Its role is to be an example of that title. Trees must be a part of any development efforts. Protecting the environment needs planning, both short-term and long-term, plus buy-in from the citizens both private and commercial.
Pasco is facing $200 million in outlays over the next few years in replacing it 25-45 years-old water and sewer systems. $40 million will be needed in the near future. Prudent planning, review and execution of these crucial infrastructure components is necessary.
Homelessness has a multitude of near-term solutions. The best solution is always prevention. Pasco has a good start with this problem with its new Gospel Rescue Mission. Such facilities can be an initial point in identifying ways and means of prevention. Another solution is enforcement of vagrancy and panhandling laws. This solution has already been put into place at the panhandling sites at Walmart on Road 68 (The panhandlers there have disappeared). Homelessness will never go away, so a long-term plan by the City should be developed with all affected agencies to coordinate solutions.
A city such as Pasco is not really in the loop on these national issues which are typically in the jurisdiction of the federal government. The city can, however, offer its input while at the same time cooperating with the federal government. A mutual plan could be developed to address current issues and head off future issues.
Regular town meetings at various locations rather than at the City Hall. The weekly meetings of the City Council are very poorly attended by the public. The City broadcasts these meetings, but the number of viewers is unknown. A survey could be held to determine the viewership and efficacy of these broadcasts. Media coverage of the meetings is also nominal. More could be encouraged. The city could specifically invite groups of citizens.
Phone (617) 953-4405
Town where you live Pasco
Experience (300 characters max) 8 years on Pasco Planning Commission; 4 years on Children's Developmental Center Board and Foundation Board; 7 years Employee in Pasco School District; 3 years Ben-Franklin Fair & Rodeo Scholarship Committee; 2013 WSU Master Gardner Certification
I have served the people in Pasco for many years. I taught at Pasco High School and New Horizons for five years and was awarded Teacher of the Year. I have served on the Children's Development Center board since 2015, providing services to disabled children. For the past 8 years I have served on Pasco Planning Commission and I am currently the Chair. These years of service and being a resident for over 30 years has prepared me to serve the people of Pasco as a council member.
Pasco is a thriving and innovative town that is rich in diversity and culture. I plan to be a leader that encourages innovation by supporting and attracting businesses, improving mobility for all residents young and old, and committing to partner with Pasco School District to provide excellent education for our children. I know that developing commercial revenue helps our city to thrive while also keeping our taxes down. Children and adults enjoy being able to get out of the car and walk, run, or bike around our beautiful city and they should be able to do that safely and with continuity throughout the city. Finally, when we have quality public schools, it makes us an attractive community that people want to live in, that students and parents appreciate, and that businesses want to invest in.
Pasco is growing at a rapid rate in the housing sector. There is no strong voice that is advocating for a balance to this growth except for my own. I am that voice on the Pasco Planning Commission, advocating to convert undesignated land to commercial or industrial zonings. I have encouraged my fellow Commissioners and Pasco City Council to retain commercial land within the city because it is the responsible thing to do for our growth.
Pasco and the Columbia Basin boasts excellent weather and a variety of recreation. We have a regional effort to keep our ridges to rivers connected for all the residents who want to bike, walk, run, hike, or boat in these areas. I have voted in favor of this when the local group Rivers to Ridges proposed this connectivity plan. Conservation is incredibly important and something I am deeply passionate about. I believe that smart and fiscally conservative protection of the environment is the role of the City Council. If we prioritize our natural beauty and landscapes, then we can also reap the benefit of attracting ecotourism from visitors.
Mobility and transportation are quality of life issues that affect all residents. Pasco needs to continue to improve it’s roads, sidewalks, traffic, and make them accessible for all travelers whether they are in car, bikes, or walking. I have voted for and been an advocate for the Master Bike Plan that was adopted by Planning Commission in 2012. This is a plan for the city to adopt to encourage multiple modalities for its residents. It also encourages a healthy recreation for residents of all ages. In my 8 years on the Planning Commission, I have voted in favor of using federal block grants to improve sidewalk conditions in the older areas of Pasco and to bring others up to ADA compliance.
I have spent a lot of time talking about and adopting options to create more affordable housing in our community. Residents of our community make different incomes and they have different living needs. As a City, we have to accommodate for these residents' varying needs. The Planning Commission is creating new tools for the City to use. I have been in favor for adopting new zoning language that would allow for tiny homes in our city. I believe in compassionate intervention. A significant amount of people who are homeless are veterans. Connecting people with resources would include getting medical attention, finding a shelter, finding a food bank, often times it includes finding addiction rehabilitation and behavioral health resources.
Pasco has a rich history of welcoming immigrants. Our great railroad system was built by Chinese and Japanese Americans. Our agricultural industry has thrived because of Mexican immigrants. I am a daughter of immigrants who came here for higher education. Our immigrant communities bring richness in diversity and great contributions to our City. I think that Pasco has been and should continue to be a city that is inclusive of the diverse people that come here to make it great.
The City of Pasco is doing a great job of broadcasting its meetings on Charter Cable, on Facebook, and on its website. This is an excellent way for residents to watch boards, commissions, and its City Council. One way that council members can be visible is by showing up to community events at graduations, parades, fairs, etc to answer questions or simply meet their constituents.