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Four forms of city government determine the administrative role of any city council. Most Oregon cities with populations over 2,500 have the council/manager or council/administrator form, in which the council hires a chief executive officer to be responsible for the daily supervision of city affairs. Portland has a commission form of government, where the elected commissioners function collectively as the city council and serve as administrators of city departments. Smaller Oregon cities typically have the mayor/council form, in which the legislative and policy-making body is a popularly elected council.An elective city officer shall be a qualified elector under the state constitution and shall have resided in the city during the 12 months immediately before being elected or appointed to the office. In this subsection "city" means area inside the city limits at the time of the election or appointment. In addition, a councilor shall have resided in the ward the councilor represents during the 12 months immediately before being elected or appointed to the office.Please see City Charter.

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  • Andrea L. Blum
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    Elizabeth Fisher
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    Jennifer Letz
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Biographical Information

What kind of leadership can you bring to the City and the City Council?

What do you see as the city's major needs and goals?

How would you address the needs of the homeless in our community?

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Town Where You Live Sisters
Your Experience/Qualificatons I am running to be your Sisters City Councilor because we are heading into trying times (pandemics, bigger fire seasons, water shortages) and I want to help assure your voices are heard and represented in the making of decisions about our future. Sisters will grow in population; that is unavoidable. The management of how it grows is of great importance to you and me.
County Deschutes
As a councilor for the City of Sisters, I will work hard to assure all voices impacted by forthcoming decisions are heard. I will listen, collaborate, and compromise to make progress for the greater good of our community. If the council becomes bogged down for any reason, I am the kind of person who will find another way. We will work together and make progress toward a sustainable Sisters' future.
Three main needs: 1. Thru traffic controls (there is a 10 year project that is about to go under construction in the next year or so to complete two more roundabouts at the east end of town) goal - Assure no delays 2. rowing fire hazards (Sisters coordinates with several Fed/State agencies to address fires to have proactive mitigation plans) goal - Assure public knows 3. Affordable housing (Sisters lacks middle to low income housing solutions for local workforce) goal - build for them
The homeless need homes. Large cities which have provided small abodes for the homeless have seen fewer deaths from freezing, fewer unwanted encampments and the formerly homeless begin to have normal lives. One idea is to work with our tri-cities (Bend & Redmond) to research what has worked best & then determine a joint path to create areas near each of our cities which provide an array of mini-homes. These would would need to be planned, funded and managed by a "Shelter" like organization.
Town Where You Live Sisters
Your Experience/Qualificatons Bachelor's of Science from Oregon State University. The ability and willingness to learn and do what is best for the people of Sisters.
County United States of America
Term 2021-2024
I can bring a gentle kind of leadership that involves listening more than I talk. I will make it my priority to get input from as wide a range of constituents as possible, especially those most underrepresented in Sisters. I view the job of City Councilor, not as a way to amplify my own voice, but rather the voices of others.
I think a major need is creative transportation solutions including a better bypass and more options for walking and biking. Another need is to properly implement, with community help and input, the aspects of the Sisters Country Vision Plan that will make it more inclusive and accessible to all.
I would advocate not to close any of our parks, including our RV park, to the homeless in the winter months as we currently do. I would also inquire into whether our budget could support, or even fiscally benefit from, a housing first model. I know that many cities actually save money in the long run by getting homeless people off the street and into no strings attached housing, and I would be curious to find out if that is feasible in Sisters.
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Town Where You Live Sisters
Your Experience/Qualificatons Occupational Background: Sustainable Operations Specialist, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, Bend OR; Board Member, The Environmental Center, Bend OR; Backcountry Park Ranger, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon AZ. Educational Background: Prescott College, MA Sustainable Management; Willamette University, BA Film and Media Studies; Bend Senior High School. Prior Governmental Experience: Street Maintenance Funding Committee, City of Bend; Planning Commission, City of Prineville.
County Deschutes
As a sustainability professional, I am a creative problem-solver and always seek solutions that best serve the economy, the environment, and promote social equity. I always have an eye to the future and will ensure decisions made today will also work for the Sisters of 10, 20, and 50 years from now. I look forward to working with the engaged citizens of Sisters to shape a safe, stable, and welcoming community for residents and visitors alike.
Local and regional growth are straining Sisters’ housing supply and infrastructure. While growth is inevitable, the negative impacts often associated with it are not. As a Councilor, I will use my knowledge of transportation management and urban planning to accommodate additional residents and visitors while maintaining the special, small-town elements residents of Sisters love. And as a former wildland firefighter, I will focus on making our community more resilient to wildfire.
“Homeless” is a term applied to people under a wide variety of circumstances that lead to housing instability. For some, the lack of housing inventory (at all price points) in Sisters is causing this instability. I will work to ensure current and future development provides for a wide variety of homes, including affordable housing. I will also work with Deschutes County to ensure homeless people with mental health or domestic violence challenges are getting access to available services.
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