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Grays Harbor County City of Ocean Shores Council Position 3

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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  • Frank Elduen

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    Richard Wills

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?

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Phone Campaign Phone ‪(360) 209-3418‬
Town where you live Ocean Shores
Experience (300 characters max) A year on the planning commission. 3 years of attending council meetings gavel to gavel.
o I learned a lot about leadership serving 24 years in the army and retiring as a First Sergeant, the equivalent of a Senior Operations Manager, overseeing approximately 220 employees and perhaps 100 million dollars’ worth of equipment. o I learned a lot about cooperation, working with peers and motivating followers as a fitness instructor and assistant manager of a gym for 11 years. o Working as a self employed handyman gives me a good sense of relevant maintenance issues. o I learned a lot about empathy and sensing what others feel by working as a massage therapist for eight or nine years. o Working as a city planning commissioner for the last year and attending, gavel to gavel nearly every city council meeting over the last three years has helped me understand and appreciate the issues specific to the community of Ocean Shores.
I see Ocean Shores residents becoming more ecologically aware and realizing that functional ecology is more than not cutting down a few trees on small lots. We would realize removing invasive Scotch Broom and other mono-culture species would allow native flora and fauna to return and thrive. We would stop using the chemical fertilizers that promote algae blooms. We would manage our wildlife, allowing healthy population balanced herds. Obstinate residents would realize that feeding wildlife does far more harm than good. We will, when possible, preserve contiguous lots as habitat because checkerboard lots are not functional wildlife habitat. All property owners would learn the value of native species and buffer zone plants. I see a pedestrian friendly downtown with crosswalks, sidewalks and bicycle lanes. And finally, I see dramatically improved communications with one resource providing information on events, projects and opinions of our legislators.
City resources, primarily money and staff time. Staff is currently stretched so thin nobody has time, even if only to inform a facilitator who would post updates.
As a beach community and the fasted growing city in the county, I believe Ocean Shores should take a leadership role in: o banning single use plastics. o reducing or eliminating runoff nutrients which flood waterways promoting unwanted, runaway algae and noxious weeds. o providing state of the art storm water drainage facilities that include oil contaminant separation and removal. o setting an example for responsible choice and use of pesticides that would minimize health risks and are also cost effective .
o Although our roads are in pretty good shape, the transportation district would benefit by increasing road maintenance funding and a more aggressive repair strategy. o Both our wastewater and potable water plants are robust and should serve our needs for decades. Our supply pipes are the weakest link. However, they should last another 50 to 70 years with an affordable, as needed replacement strategy. o Both city hall and the police station are simply too small to be efficient. The city would benefit from one structure that accommodated all of the city police and administrative staff.
o There are very few locations within our tiny peninsula suitable for locating any types of homeless facilities. In addition, the city simply does not have the resources needed to help homeless persons, from medical care to social services. o The most useful thing the city can do is to create compassionate zoning and ordinances for locating, staffing and maintaining the non-profit organizations equipped to deal with transient homeless persons. o Support our current food bank and school lunch programs. o Be compassionate, many persons become homeless after a relatively short run of bad luck or overwhelming medical bills.
o First, I would re-frame the question. Persons fleeing chronic poverty, war – whether civil or drug, genocide, despotism, or tyranny are not criminal. Such persons may be and perhaps often are, simply and legally undocumented. I cannot conceive how any person claiming to be human could turn away anyone, especially a mother or a child, who are fleeing from life threatening circumstances, certain death, or rape. o Second, undocumented immigrants are actually the victims of a program of oppression and exploitation fashioned by greedy business owners. The undocumented have little choice but to work without adequate compensation, often in deplorable conditions, for employers who are getting rich off of suffering, oppression and exploitation. If illegal employers were framed as the social criminals they actually are, the number of undocumented immigrants simply seeking a higher standard of living would rapidly decline.
o The recently started, once a month “communicate with council” meetings are great. o In addition, the city website is due to be updated and made more user friendly. o A weekly or monthly newsletter would be helpful o A city event / meeting calendar would also be helpful o Some residents seem to expect the mayor to personally knock on their door and let them know what is going on. I feel that we residents have a responsibility to check the many resources that the city currently uses - monthly mayor articles in the Observer, regularly scheduled city staff radio broadcasts, the city webpage (even though it is in need of updating), attending city council meetings, etc.