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Snohomish County City of Stanwood Council Position 6

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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  • Marcus Metz
    (NP)

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    Sid Roberts
    (NP)

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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Phone (425) 954-4008
Town where you live Stanwood
Experience (300 characters max) Lynnwood City Council 2012-2015, Community Transit Board Member 2012-2015 (Alternate), Stanwood Planning Commission, 2018-2019, Snohomish County Public Health Advisory Council, 2016+ (currently chair).
I was elected to the Lynnwood City Council in 2011 and served there for one full term. I served as Vice President on the council for 2 years and served and several outside boards and commissions. Those appointments included 4 years on the Community Transit Board (alternate), 2 years on the Snohomish County Board of Health, 4 years on the Lynnwood Disability Board. I currently serve on the Stanwood Planning Commission and as chair of the Snohomish County Public Health Advisory Council. While on the Lynnwood City Council, I helped with Sound Transit planning for the Lynnwood connection, helped with zoning discussions for the Lynnwood City Center area and sponsored the smoke free parks ordinance as well as a ban on residential fireworks. I have also served on boards in the faith community and have run a small real estate business for 35 years.
I would describe my vision for the city as one of managed growth. Stanwood is growing rapidly and we must protect and provide infrastructure and make common sense zoning decisions. My professional experience in land use will help me lead in this area.
One of the biggest obstacles in Stanwood is balancing the small town feeling with the economic reality of growth. Leadership and communication is needed.
Stanwood, like others cities in the PNW, have a vested interest in the environment. Stanwood has a big problem that many of our neighbors don’t have: we have the flood plain to deal with. Some climate scientists have predicted that climate change will cause much in the floodplain. Some have said that of our downtown to be underwater in 50 years. Whether that is true or not will be seen. Planning needs to take place that will look at that issue and other flood plain issues with common sense.
Currently, the water storage towers are being upgraded. That is a good thing and will help store and supply the city of water storage for some time in the future. In terms of sanitary sewer, plant fees are charged for each building permit that helps keep the sewer plant in operation. However, planning should be done to carefully estimate the future needs. In terms of road rebuild, the Transportation Benefit District is funded by sales tax. Stanwood does a pretty good job of keeping up the road repairs.
Homelessness is on the increase for a whole host of reasons. However, true homelessness is on the increase because of the high cost of housing. Rental property is high in Stanwood and new homes start in the $400’s. Many people are forced to decide between a car and a house. Stanwood needs to keep an eye on fees and taxes in and around building. Currently, to obtain a building permit, it costs $26,000 just to get a permit out the door. Affordable house is an oxymoron. If we don’t keep the costs in line, more true homeless people will live in our community.
I don’t think the city of Stanwood should have an active position. This issue is mostly a federal issue. While it may be helpful to discuss, addressing national issues on a local city council is a great way to digress into disagreement.
I think social media and website is probably the best way.