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Kittitas City of ROSLYN Council 6

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    Janine Brodine

  • Tom Missel

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Phone (509) 649-2223
Email brodineforcouncil@GMAIL.COM
Town where you live ROSLYN
Experience (300 characters max) I have served the Roslyn community for over 14 years. A professional educator and writer, I taught students in Seattle School District and adults at the University of Washington for 30 years. I have a reputation as an organizer and a facilitator who prioritizes assuring that many voices are heard.
For 14 years, I served on the Roslyn Planning and Historic Presentation Commission (RPHPC), ten of them as chair. As directed by the council, I led the revision of Roslyn’s architectural design code as well as codes relating to subdivisions, livestock, signs, lighting, critical areas and vacation rentals. In 2008 our commission revised the zoning codes and worked with a consultant to draft the Comprehensive Plan. On behalf of the city, I wrote (and we received) six grants from the Department of Archelogy and Historical Presentation to survey the historic integrity of buildings in Roslyn. I helped begin and still serve on the RTown Community Board where I have co-organized community events including 10 years of art walks, art festivals and street dances. In 2013, I co-organized a community meeting to determine the future of the Roslyn Farmers Market and continue to serve on that board. I believe in working with and for my community.
My vision is for the city to maintain historical integrity, build economic vitality and ensure a robust infrastructure. One goal of Roslyn’s Comprehensive Plan is to maintain and strengthen Roslyn's designation as a National Historic District. Roslyn’s historic designation is unique – and is fragile. Our commission revised architectural codes to support the unique historical features of the town. For example, new downtown streetlights mimic the style of 1900-era street lights. As the RPHPC chair, I encouraged commissioners to think 20 years into the future: I would do the same as a councilor. Maintaining an infrastructure that also respects the historic designation is critical. Managing Roslyn’s 120-year old water pipelines should be a priority. Roslyn is lucky to have an active downtown association, and it would be wise to have the city council work more closely with that organization as we strive for consistent economic vitality.
Citizens tell me that it’s a challenge to have their opinions heard -- they are frustrated. I want to create opportunities for community input into major city decisions. This would support a goal in the city’s comprehensive plan: increase community awareness and involvement in decision making. In mid-2021 the council voted to approve a contract to extensively log the Roslyn Urban Forest to decease the presence of spruce beetle damage. Citizens with extensive forest experience, whose opinions would have been useful, had limited chances to express those opinions. Another issue is that there are barriers to citizen comments during council meeting. While many councils allow citizens to sign in at the beginning of a meeting, Roslyn requires speakers to sign up by 1:00 the previous day – at a time when many of the documents to be discussed are not available. The current 4:30 meeting time also prohibits many working residents from participating. I believe those should be changed.
In my role as RPHPC Chair I worked with four mayors and four city planners. For many years, my opinions and experience were welcomed and respected. I trusted the mayors and the mayors trusted me – even when we disagreed. Working with mayors, city staff and fellow councilors requires respect for differing opinions on the part of everyone involved. I don’t feel that this climate of reciprocal respect has not been maintained, which is evidenced by the seven strong community volunteers, including myself, resigning in protest in 2020 and 2021. In my professional life as both a high school and university instructor, I worked with numerous principals, university deans and leaders of educational service districts. Sharing information on a regular basis was important, as was having meaningful, robust discussions. Discussions share information, require careful listening and clarification of ideas. They take time.
One of Roslyn’s unique characteristics is that 60 percent of the town is forest or parkland. This gives us an opportunity to impact the environment in specific ways. Supporting the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Roslyn Urban Forest, the lead forest management team, with resources is critical. A specific task is to help them revise the Land Stewardship Plan which protects the forests “ecological values and historical sites while providing for a quality non-motorized recreational experience.” Healthy trees contribute to healthy air. It’s important that our community balance the health of the forest with protecting the town from forest fires. Roslyn has had a Dark Skies ordinance pending for nearly two years. Once the council approves it, it would manage light pollution. Finally, maintaining the health of our creeks and streams with locally, trained staff is critical. Roslyn water famously comes from Domerie Creek and we need to protect the watershed.
In 2000, one could buy a house in Roslyn for $60,000. Now a house for $205,000 is a good deal and many cost upwards of $500,000. Rents are also high, and rentals are hard to find. This is a crisis for the young who are starting out and for senior citizens on fixed incomes as well as a problem for businesses who seek adequate staffing. Encouraging Accessory Dwelling Units or “Bachelor houses’ would help. Currently, Roslyn’s ADU code requires an independent water and sewer hookup which costs to $10,000, which discourages ADU’s. Roslyn averted a form of housing crisis by restricting vacation rentals to the commercial zone, while allowing residents to rent out a room or more in their home if they wish. I led a team which planned two community meetings to get citizen input into how the new code should read. I now serve on the Planning Advisory Team for Forterra’s Number 4 Mine project. The group has robust discussions about what the housing units will look like.
According to surveys by the Roslyn Famers Market, the town draws an average of 2,500 tourists on any summer weekend day. Roslyn has a reputation for respect and friendliness to visitors. Our plan should be to encourage these positive relationships. According to a recent census, Roslyn’s population is 97% Caucasian. What this doesn’t show is the rich background of families from Italy, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Scotland, England, Germany and Scandinavia. In 1888, African American miners were brought from the mid-west by the railroad to break a six-month old strike. The town has a long history of respect for cultural differences. This is also evident in our 27 distinct cemeteries which still serve descents from the Polish, Lithuanian, Slovakian Croatian, African American and other communities. Appropriately24 nationalities are represented among the 5,000 graves. Maintaining support for the Roslyn Cemetery Commission helps keep us aware of our cultural richness.
The biggest issue of the Covid-a9 pandemic is to keep all people safe - residents, workers, visitors and children. The city has a specific obligation to support the safety of its employees as well as its citizens and to implement public health regulations as conditions change. The city pays a per capital fee for emergency services including Medic 1 and KVH and I would support and advocate for that to be in the annual budget. The town has been oddly fortunate is that tourists have continued to visit and support our businesses during the Covid-19 crisis. While many businesses have maintained fiscal health, the virus has also spread. Enforcement of mask mandates and discouraging super spreader gatherings of large numbers of people would help slow the current increasing spread of the Delta variant. The council should have robust discussions, including community meetings, to hear what community concerns are about revenue shortfalls—both for families and businesses.
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