Kittitas City of ROSLYN Council 5
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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What is your record of public service?
How would you describe your vision for your city?
How do you plan on interacting with the citizens of your city?
What methods will you use to work with the mayor (if you have an elected mayor) or the city manager or administrator (if you have a chief administrator hired by the council)?
What role should your city/town play in dealing with environmental issues?
How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness and affordable housing?
What should be your city/town’s plan to deal with existing or potential racial inequalities?
What should your jurisdiction do to address the revenue shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 crisis?
Town where you live
City of Roslyn
Experience (300 characters max)
I have listed my experience in the campaign questions .
I have served on Roslyn city council in 2015 for a temporary council position and a on Roslyn city council as full time member from 2017 -present. During that time I have been on the Pubic works committee and Administrative committee .I am the Roslyn Historic cemeteries liaison for the past 4 years and completed several projects . I have also been on several project committees for the city during that time . I have served on the Kittitas county tax lodging committee from 2015-2017 and and also on the Kittitas county resolution board for 2 of those years. I was nominated and completed the Kittitas Leadership program during my time on city council.
I believe it is important to make our city a sustainable place for our residence to live and raise their families. It's critical that we have a balance of keeping the economic growth for our small business owners at sustainable levels to prosper but also strive to keep the quality of life that Roslyn residence expect. Roslyn is a very unique in its own way as we our historical city and it is very important that we keep this identity as we move forward in these challenging times with the pressures of growth. So I believe we need to work together as a community to achieve the sustainability, the growth, the historical value ,and the quality of life Roslyn residence deserve.
I interact with our community in many ways from volunteering at several events through the year and being out in the public and also supporting our small businesses and always open to conversation with our residence. I use social media to an extent but would rather have face to face conversations as they are always more productive. My council email is always available to the public and always with a quick response .
I believe in having an engaged city council is good way to work the mayor but also having a relationship with the mayor that you can approach and have good tough discussions as needed. I believe in being an active council member and being on top of the issues your city faces is important to be able to communicate with mayor and also providing good policy to back it up. I also think having good community committees that express community needs is another way to communicate to the mayor.
I think your city should lead the way and set the example on environmental issues from how you treat your own local environment. We as a city are getting ready to sign a interlocal agreement in Kittitas county to improve on all environmental recycling through the next 20yrs . Hopefully this will help lead the way for a better vision locally on dealing with these issues.
With the new growth coming into our community and stressing the importance of affordable and attainable housing is important . Working with your city council and new development and trying to create policy that can help force these issues. Continued outreach to local sources ( churches, Hopesource ,etc..) and talking with them about how can the community help with the homeless and reaching out to the county for possible funding or support to help create a safe environment for the homeless and a way to get them in an improved quality of life.
I feel lucky that I live in a community that is fairly diverse in many ways. The city of Roslyn was the first city to have the first black mayor in the state of Washington in 1975 and I'm proud of that. I think that this is a great building block for our community and we can use that to help create the proper environment for everyone. Talking about these issues up front and center and making people aware that these issues still exist and working together and showing examples of how you can get past them.
I believe our county has done a good job of getting funding through the CARES ACT for each of our communities. Now the tough work begins on how can we make the best of the funding received for each community. I think we start with small business and find out what their needs our to create a sustainable economic future as this crisis continues. Our county is made up of small cities that already have budget shortfalls prior to the pandemic and makes this extremely challenging . I think small communities will need to share resources to help each other out as we move forward. The county will need a continued effort to reach out for as much federal assistance as we can get and have every city stay involved with full support.
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