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Spokane County City of SPOKANE VALLEY Council Position NO. 2

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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  • Brandi Peetz

  • Michelle Rasmussen

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 (509) 994-3879
Town where you live Spokane Valley
Experience (300 characters max) I have nearly 10 years of city-related experience; seven as a staff member who developed and managed departmental budgets, the Six-Year Business Plan and the online customer service response program. I have been a Planning Commissioner for the City of Spokane Valley for the last three years.
I am the Sr. Director for Campus Services (Parking & Transportation and Mail Room Services) at EWU. Prior, 2008-2015, I worked for the City of Spokane Valley as the Executive Assistant to the City/Deputy City Manager. I developed the Council’s and 2 other department’s budgets and managed those budgets while preparing the city’s Six-Year Business Plan - the working document and format the city still uses today. Additionally, I interacted with citizens on Council’s behalf when questions came through our online customer service request system. I am also a Spokane Valley Planning Commissioner, past chair, 2016 to present. I am part of the WSDOT TDM (Transportation Demand Management) Technical Committee and I have been a part of the STA Citizen Advisory Committee for the last two years. My previous work experience includes 25 years’ employment with various private companies while my husband and I owned a small remodel construction and low voltage surround-sound company.
My vision for the city is to continue to provide quality public safety, continue our good roads and transportation infrastructure (Bridging the Valley), and expand job growth consisting of higher wage jobs so we can keep our young, qualified talent here all while performing these tasks under a lean government.
Quality services are expensive. The city needs to continue to manage the money wisely as our economy is great today but it may not be in the near future. The public safety contract is over half of our budget and maintaining our streets needs to have a sustainable form of revenue. These are good discussions to have with our citizens. What level of services do you want and what level are you willing to pay for?
The city needs to continue, as it has, to follow the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process which identifies and analyzes environmental impacts associated with development and Council decisions.
We are currently in the process of obtaining funding for the second Bridging the Valley project at Pines Road; Barker is already underway. Again, funding is the issue for these projects. As we move forward, using some surplus money to assist us in opening up more opportunities to obtain additional grant funding is most likely the best return on our citizen’s investment and will affect the greatest number of citizens.
As a city, we do participate financially in a regional program where beds/treatment are available for Spokane Valley homeless in the City of Spokane, however, perhaps we may need to look at this differently. We need to continue to support our policing efforts as first responders and provide them the resources they need to act quickly as they assess the conditions on the street. As they identify the problem, being able to enter the individual directly into mental health or drug/alcohol rehabilitation immediately, speeds the process for healing and gets at the root of the problem which stops the cycle of homelessness. Perhaps a community task force, structured similar to SCOPE, with citizens who are trained might be another option to assist.
We need to continue to support our Police as they maneuver through state and federal laws concerning this issue.
The city has various forms of communication set up with its citizens. Some forms are through council meetings where open public comment is available, councilmember emails are published on the city website, communicating through an online customer service request program also on our website, citizens can call directly and speak with any councilmember and citizens can call to meet with them as well. In addition, public notices are sent to citizens affected by projects, the Mayor places a recap of the council meetings into the Exchange paper and all of the council meetings are published on webtv, also on the website. There are many community functions where councilmembers have the opportunity to meet with citizens as well.