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Whatcom County Council At-Large Position B

The county council is the legislative branch of government, and it enacts ordinances, adopts the budget, and exercises oversight of the administration. The council can override a veto by the executive with a two-thirds majority vote or greater. Its role is similar to the role of a city council in a mayor-council city. Whatcom has a seven-member nonpartisan council.The County Council exercises its legislative power by adoption and enactment of ordinances and resolutions. The Council is elected to adopt plans for the present and future development of the county; conduct public hearings on matters of public concern; create county government policy; create land use rules; enact public safety laws; establish the compensation for all county officers and employees and provide for the reimbursement of expenses; establish, combine, and abolish non-elective administrative offices and executive departments and establish their powers and responsibilities, except as otherwise provided for in the Whatcom County Home Rule Charter; levy taxes, appropriate revenue, and adopt the county budget; set speed limits no-shooting zones, and animal control regulations.

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    Carol Frazey

  • David Ramirez

Biographical Information

How has your experience prepared you for this position?

What will be your top three priorities, if elected?

What measures do you favor to keep your county economically viable?

How do you view balancing development with protecting our natural resources?

What do you think are the most important environmental issues your county will face due to changing climate?

What are the issues surrounding your county's infrastructure?

How do you think your county should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

How do you think your county could best respond to homelessness and the economically disadvantaged?

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Experience (300 characters max) Whatcom County Councilmember since 2018.Current Board Member Whatcom County Generations Forward and Northwest Regional Council, Past Board Member Whatcom County Childhood Obesity Task Force and Run Like a Girl.
I have been serving in this position of the Whatcom County Councilmember At-large Position B for the past 7 months. I love that we have the opportunity to vote on all issues regarding the health and safety of the residents of the county. I take each of these votes to heart and reach out to the people who are affected by these decisions. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve in this position.
The most important issues facing Whatcom County are the health of individuals, the environment, and the economy. Individual Health: We are looking upstream for lifelong solutions. One way we are helping is by focusing on families with children from birth to age 8. With those in need, we are making sure children and their families have resources for mental and physical health so that they have the opportunity to thrive. Environmental Health: We are going to be updating the Critical Areas Ordinance in the Shoreline Management Program. Economic Health :I am on the Business and Commerce Advisory Committee. We are looking at ways that we can help keep businesses here in Whatcom County and attract innovative businesses. The first area that we are looking at is how to provide work-force housing. This is housing that is affordable for those working. So, not only do we need affordable housing, but we need work-force housing that allows people making a good wage be able to afford a mortgage.
To keep our county economically viable, we need to make sure that we have work-force housing and quality childcare available to our county residents. Currently, successful local businesses are considering leaving the area because of these two crucial issues. Workers cannot afford to live here. As a member of the Whatcom County Business and Commerce Advisory Committee, we are proposing creative solutions to help alleviate this burden from businesses to provide economic stability to our county.
We all need clean water and clean air to survive and thrive. Keeping our natural resources protected needs to be our first priority. There is still a lot we can do to balance the increasing development in our area. Some of these ideas are not popular, and they protect our environment • PDR The Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) to preserve county farm and timber land. PDR Program was established in 2001 and has purchased 139 development rights on 1,134 acres through 22 agricultural easements. This will preserve land while allowing more development closer to city centers. • Tax Incentive for Multi-family Units: • Mobile Home Parks with a co-op for mobile home buyers to obtain mortgages • Kulshan Land Trust
Water rights and availability is and will continue to be the most important environmental issue due to climate change. We need to bring everyone to the table including tribes, farmers, and developers so that we can move forward to a positive future for our environment and children.
We need to update current infrastructure and expand to areas along I5 and our Urban Growth Areas to allow for housing and business growth. The cost to provide infrastructure continues to grow. Currently, the Bellingham Port, Whatcom County, and the Public Utilities District are working together to provide fast, reliable internet service throughout the entire county. We are moving ahead on this and making way for broadband to the Kendall area.
Our job on the council is to look out for the health and safety of the people in Whatcom County. Regardless of immigration status, this is our responsibility. During my first county council meeting on December 4, 2018, we voted on Resolution 2018-050 to “ensure that “”compassionate approaches” are built into all public related services and contract including human service programs…” With this resolution, we made it clear that we will not ask for documentation of immigration status of those individuals seeking services.
We need to work with nonprofits and organizations along with the government to provide a variety of options to help. Currently, we have one 24 hour point of entry for those who are unhoused who wish to be housed and that is the Drop-in Center. This is faith-based and some do not feel comfortable with this or that they will be around users of the addictions that they are trying to stay clear of. So, it would be good to have at least two 24-hour points of entry with some type of up-to-date database to let everyone know the openings available at each housing or warming center location. This type of communication is extremely important because this is an area we had miscommunication occurred during a crucial time. Agencies and programs that are helping are: • Homes Now • Lydia Place • Bellingham Home Fund • Opportunity Council There is no ONE solution. It is going to take a combination of non-profits and government working hand in hand to help.
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