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Ocean Shores WA
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No political experience yet.
I have held elected office on various non-profit boards. As an officer, I have been responsible for overseeing the institution of new programs and acquisition of new properties, budgets of up to $1.8M, and staff policies.
My vision of Ocean Shores is one of deliberate planned fiscal health, of putting the days of reactive leadership behind us. The City is coming out of a time of economic incompetence and debt. It is time to move into a phase of economic health and plan for our future.
Small thinking and reactive behaviors. We need a professional Development and Planning Director who can formulate a 5-year and 10-year plan and then help us find the tools to achieve those goals
The City must stop waiting to see if some other entity will step up and protect our environment. We have asked for single-use plastics to be banned, we have asked that glyphosates be restricted, and we have asked that clear cutting of properties be stopped; all to little avail. The idea of waiting until the environment is protected at the State level is irresponsible. This City should be capable of taking the lead on important issues.
This city was planned 50 years ago with big dreams of becoming a celebrity getaway. While the utilities are allegedly capable of handling growth to the upper limits of land available, the highways leading in and out of our city are not. Our retail infrastructure is based nearly completely on tourism and barely serves our full-time residents. This means more residents are traveling those roads daily, going 18 to 70 miles away for basic needs.
We are currently working with the County offices designed to mitigate the homeless issue locally. There is no framework for the City to help yet, but it will have to be addressed proactively. Something as simple as an office with help to attain resources would be a start. The current focus appears to be outlawing the building of any type of shelter. There is a phenomenal food bank that does help the homeless and some in the City think that should be enough.
I am not certain we have any impact at all on immigration issues here. In this instance, I would have to say that we are required to follow existing laws regarding immigrants. Since the City does not provide any social services, we really do not have means to even identify immigrants at any level.
I hope that council will continue its newly-formed listening sessions with three members at a time hosting open sessions to answer questions and hear what the citizens are interested in or concerned about. I also hope council continues to provide open communications when requested on subjects the citizens speak out on during Public Comment at Council meetings. Town hall meetings periodically, especially when the City is hoping to roll out new programs or projects is of monumental importance and I would like to see council begin to move that direction. Individual council members should be asking to attend the various citizen meetings to see what people are doing to make this a better place to live. In a nutshell, more civic engagement overall.
Town where you live
Experience (300 characters max)
Director of Operations McDonald’s, Owner of Martin Bruni Liquor
Prior Operations Mgr Alaska McDonald, Field Service Manager McDonalds Northwest Region
Western Washington University Bellingham Washington 1984
Eagle Scout, Secretary/Treasure of Greater Grays Harbor
My background has given me opportunities to face difficult situations and find solutions to the problem. As a person who owns a business, I understand the challenges of regulation, taxes and managing budgets. I have found success in every opportunity that has been given to me. As the Vice President of the Washington Small Liquor Association, I know the difficulty of dealing with Government and large business making it difficult to survive. It can be done with work and determination.
As a Council Member, I have helped in getting the Corp of Engineers to work on Erosion, added Financial Principles in city budgeting, brought forth and passed Ethics for the Council, started putting money aside for Road work and lowered the debt significantly in my last term. I have gotten results and my background is about getting results.
The city needs to work together and focus on big items that will need help outside of our city. Health care or lack of access is one of the issues which the city faces. It impacts citizens that are forced to leave because of it and significantly costing our EMS financially more because of long drives to the nearest Hospital. Ocean Shores can get many things done that will significantly improve if we can focus on big items and bring multiple groups to the table to get things done.
We need to continue to be very intentional with spending as past councils proved to spend beyond the revenue is a recipe for disaster, that our city is still recovering for it. Having a Council member who takes spending and looking for the future is critical to maintaining a financially healthy city.
We also need to have a balanced growth for the city to understand the balance of property rights and livability of our city. This will take time to understand what our long term Zoning needs are.
Finding funding sources to support the important needs of health care and other big projects items. Once we find the funding sources having the citizens and leaders of Ocean Shores come to a general agreement of a path forward. Many ideas end up not moving forward because of the lack of working together and understanding there are items that not all will agree on. It is easier to no move forward then to, this will not in the long term solve some of our most pressing needs.
Ocean Shores location put our city on the leading edge of environmental issues. The impact of pollution of the Ocean is very apparent and our wildlife and plants are a constant reminder we live here because of this. We have to balance growth with the environment and seek out options to protect the environment.
Our top issue is erosion near the jetty. As the issue can impact the sewage treatment plant and housing it is important to continue the focus of repairing the Jetty and reinforcing the Sewage Treatment Plant. A longer-term study is needed for our Canals and Lakes as these are a very important part of Ocean Shores and as they become filled the impact will be significant.
This is an issue which all cities are dealing with at different levels. Ocean Shores is not large enough or have the current resources to significantly put together a program on its own. The city should have a say in the location and operations of any type of Shelter that is proposed.
Our cities first priority should be our citizens and support the needs of those who live here. This is currently being filled by our non-profits to expand the current levels it should be and the direction of those who are already involved and are part of our city, before being told by those who do not live in Ocean Shores what we should do.
This currently is not a major issue in our city and should follow the current laws.
The council should have a monthly open forum to receive citizens feedback. The council should post on the cities website information on issues that are upcoming which would include reports from committees and material on items that are being researched. I would also like to see a Facebook and Twitter feed posting information about the council.