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My name is Brent Hals and I am running for reelection as the Mayor of Roslyn. Since I was appointed by council, and then elected by the citizens of Roslyn, I have learned a great many things about the challenges we all face as well as the hurdles we must overcome in the coming years.
After finishing up the previous Mayor's term, I am hoping the citizens of Roslyn will allow me to server a full term as their Mayor.
1) How to manage the threat of wildfire to our mountain town.
2) Continue to work towards better parking availability in our downtown core.
3) Control the growth we are seeing while maintaining our small town feel and charm.
Wildfire is always a worry and must be continuously mitigated and prepared for. The city has just finished a forest heath project which involved the thinning of the Roslyn Urban Forest tree stands, and the next step is to work on using controlled burns to further lessen the fuels that feed fire. We are in the process of getting permits for these controlled burns with the DNR.
I always try to have open lines of communication with council, and listening is probably the most important aspect to communication.
I think it is best up to the individual citizens to be aware and conscious of the environmental issues of our generation.
Road and sidewalk improvements are always something Roslyn works towards, and we continue to do so.
While I do not feel Roslyn has immigration issues, we should make sure we keep an eye out for people that need help and guidance.
If homelessness were to become an issue in Roslyn, we would work with surrounding communities and the county to help people find the resources to meet their basic needs of food and shelter.
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Math and science teacher for 38 years.
City Council member in the 1980s and 1990s.
Forty four years Roslyhn resident.
BS Degree form the UW in Biological Oceanography.
Masters Degree Mathematics Ed.
Former firefighter, logger, contractor.
small business owner twice.
I retired a year ago from 38 years of teaching mathematics. I have previously served on council in the 1980s and 1990s. I would like to serve the City. I have many ideas and the experience working with people to actualize them. I also have administrative experience and earned a principal certificate, which required a year as principal intern. I have the vision to see the many important issues we face as a city and have the energy, time and drive to address them.
Three major issues facing Roslyn now are the existential threat of catastrophic wildfire, the challenges of managing rapid growth, and upgrading and maintaining our water infrastructure.
The most urgent challenge we face is that of wildfire. We are surrounded by forest and regularly subject to seasonal drought. We must continue and expand the firewising efforts around and within the town. This needs to be a cooperative effort between the city, the fire department, and other local and state agencies
I will work with council in a cooperative environment in which the strengths of each member are used to the city’s benefit. Decades of teaching have trained me to evaluate people’s strengths and find ways to use them. Most importantly, I maintain the dignity of all, and feel everyone has contributions that will be honored.
We all—individuals, families, businesses, cities, countries-- have a responsibility to protect and enhance the environment. The threat of the climate crisis is becoming more evident every day. Some at the federal level are denying the science and putting the whole world at risk of disaster. What can we do? The City of Roslyn must encourage rooftop solar projects, recycling efforts, sensitive treatment in the woods around town that protects the forest ecosystem, and much more. Decisions about everything we do must be made with an eye toward the environmental consequences. After all, the aforementioned wildfire risk is a direct result of both the larger climate crisis and forest and town management practices.
Our water system is special and unique. We must maintain and enhance all aspects of it, from the watershed to the tap. This has been an ongoing issue for decades. I was on council in the 1980s when we annexed the Domerie watershed to protect it from logging. Then in the 1990s, I again served on council and worked to resist the effort to consolidate our water system with that of other local entities. I will work to always keep Roslyn improving and in control of all parts of our water infrastructure.
If and when we are directly affected by immigration issues, I will approach them from a posture of compassion, dignity, and assistance. The national conversation has been corrupted by a willful attempt at division and fear. This marginalizes those in need, strips them of human dignity, and distracts us from developing well thought out policies that help people who come from sometimes unimaginable situations. I believe we need to enact policies that address immigration in a fair and compassionate way.
This issue needs to be addressed from a position like that I have outlined in my response to the previous one. We must help those in need, always with an eye to human dignity, and not ignore or marginalize them further.