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Pierce County City of FIRCREST Council Position 4

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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    Joe Barrentine
    (NP)

  • Jason Medley
    (NP)

Biographical Information

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What do you think is your city/town’s role in dealing with issues surrounding the environment?

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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?

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Email joebarrentine@yahoo.com
Town where you live Fircrest
Experience (300 characters max) Nearly 20 years as a journalist serving as both a photo editor and photojournalist at the three largest newspapers in Washington state. Currently, I am on the communications staff at the Port of Tacoma. Co-founder of Grit City Photography, a Fircrest-based commercial photography business.
As an active member of the Fircrest Pool, Community Center and Parks Steering Committee, the co-founder of a small, Fircrest-based photography business and a member of Pierce County’s volunteer community, I have a body of experience that will allow me to effectively represent the people of Fircrest. After 20 years in journalism and three years working in the communication department at the Port of Tacoma, I’ve seen firsthand how policy is made and how it affects the community. I’m dedicated to the idea that every person should be included in the conversation as policy is created.
The feeling of community in Fircrest is second to none and I want to help maintain that spirit for generations to come. I believe our diverse and ever-changing community needs policy to reflect the interests of all residents, those new-to-town as well as those whose families have lived here for generations.
Communication and outreach are the keys to inclusive policy making. I will work to reach deep into the various segments of our community to help residents understand the conversations that are had and impacts of the policies being discussed.
I believe that the Fircrest City Council must play a leadership role in dealing with climate change by finding ways to inspire and educate our community as they go about the business of running the city. It is incumbent upon the city to model the possibilities while looking for ways to help residents make informed, sustainable choices.
While large projects like the pool and rec center have taken the front seat in infrastructure conversations of late, I believe ensuring a regular maintenance cycle for our roads, sewers, and water systems are the priority to keep big financial surprises form striking the city.
Homelessness is a regional issue and it will require regional solutions. I believe Fircrest will have to work with Pierce County and other cities to make sure those members of our community experiencing homelessness have access to the resources they need to work their way back into housing. It is also incumbent upon the city to make zoning decisions that will ensure a diversity of housing options within our community.
As a small city with limited resources the Fircrest Police Department needs to be focused on keeping our residents safe and our property secure. I believe that a common-sense approach to handling people with immigration issues should be encouraged. We should also continue to encourage our delegation in Washington D.C. to pursue comprehensive immigration reform.
The Fircrest City Council currently uses many tools to communicate with residents including the website, social media, Town Topics, community meetings, and emails. I’d like to see the council use more surveys to help inform decision making and guide conversations. I also believe that residents should have regular access to council members outside of meetings. To foster this, I intend to have monthly office hours open to all residents for conversation.
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