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Whatcom County City of Lynden Council Position 2

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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    Ronald DeValois

  • Darren Johnson

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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I have served ten years on Lynden's Planning Commission and 16 years on the City Council. Before that I was part of a citizens committee that provided a vision for Lynden's growth.
Lynden is going to grow because of its character. Growth should be well-planned giving due consideration to the basic services the city must provide. Lynden should be a livable community that is safe, attractive and affordable.
Housing affordability is a concern, so is the lack of a medical facility for Lynden's size. Securing adequate water rights is a concern as the population increases. An expanded YMCA facility looms large in many people's mind. It comes down to money.
As the city grows, it encroaches on agricultural land. The challenge is not to be overly land-hungry. Lynden wants to be supportive of agriculture for it is part of Lynden's roots. The city responds responsibly to environmental mandates coming from Olympia.
The north side of Lynden is subject to flooding under certain weather conditions. Lynden has acquired a lot of park land that needs to be developed. Some arterials and surface streets need up grading. A second fire station is not too far off. Funding these projects is the challenge.
There are homeless people in Lynden, but not many. Working with local agencies is the best solution.
Immigration has not been a major concern. Leaving this for federal agencies seems to be the best approach.
Communicating with Lynden's residents is best done by notices with utility billing, newspaper items, posts on the city website and special meetings on a given issue.
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