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Port Angeles, WA
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The city has approximately 120 miles of roads and 40 miles of alleys. Currently, the city’s street Pavement Condition Index is rated at 43. A PCI of 43 is considered “Poor” condition. The city’s alleys are rated with a PCI of 5, which is considered “Very Poor”. A Port Angeles Transportation Benefit District is needed to raise the funds needed to begin street restoration programs.
The city needs to work more closely with organizations such as the Shelter Providers Network. The city has approved cottages of 750 sq. ft. We need also to bring back boarding houses. Zoning revisions need to be looked at. Projects like the Mt. Angles View through Peninsula Housing Authority need to be encouraged. Administrative obstacles to projects like this must be drastically reduced.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the Port Angeles Senior Center. I have served as treasurer of this Board. I am involved in many activities at the Center. I also drive the Senior Center bus taking the seniors on many entertainment and shopping trips
This is a Federal issue, and is not something the Port Angeles City Council can or should be involved with. Port Angeles has many local challenges that we need to devote our time and resources to
The three top issues are the Elwha Water Facility water rights, the opioid disorder epidemic and the need for economic development in our community.
The Elwha Water Facility is the most urgent. The federal legislation that authorized the removal of the dams on the Elwha River specified that the Department of Interior must protect the quantity and quality of water to Port Angeles. They are planning to walk away from this responsibility. The water filtration plant is not functioning and will take approximately $50 million to repair. It is very expensive to operate. Such a move could seriously jeopardize our water supply and bankrupt our city.
I currently have an excellent working relationship with the city manager. We meet regularly to discuss issues. I am provided with the same packet city council members receive before each city council meeting
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Employed by OSP Sling, Inc. for 25 years, 15 years as President and owner. Employ 30 employees in the Sequim and Port Angeles area. Served as President and Board Member at Peninsula Golf Club for 8 years. Sat on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army in Port Angeles for 6 months.
Some of the issues facing our cities infrastructure are road upkeep, school facilities, existing city properties that are not being utilized and could be sold to for potential businesses. Homelessness, drug use (i.e. opioid and heroin) should also be at the top of the priority list. The Elwha water controversy with the National Park and the City is an issue that will need to be resolved in an effort to avoid Federal litigation. The lack of competition with internet providers is an issue as we need to try to provide high speed internet services to coerce tech type industries to relocate to the Port Angeles area.
I believe that we need to build a better relationship with entities such as Serenity House in order to gain a better idea on the real numbers of homeless in the community are and what is the main cause that they find for homelessness. We have a huge shortage of affordable housing and rental complexes in Port Angeles which is driving rental costs sky high. While there are not a lot of family wage jobs in the Port Angeles area it is difficult for families to find a rental they can afford. We need to reach out to other small towns and see if they have ideas that are working for them and learn from that.
I believe senior citizens are a very important part of the local community. Rather they worked in Port Angeles or retired here from a different area they continue to support the local restaurants, retail shops and other types of businesses. The city needs to continue to support the PA Senior center as much as possible. Council should consider making seniors exempt to any future rate and fee increases on their primary residence as more than likely they have already paid for the previous sewer, water lines, etc. We need to make sidewalks and other infrastructures safe for seniors in need of scooters, wheelchairs, etc.
Immigration both legal and illegal is an issue in all cities and more so on a National level. I believe we should follow current guidelines set forward by the Federal Government. I strongly believe if an officer runs the name of an illegal immigrant that is pulled over and there is a warrant to detain he or she they should do so. I also believe we should punish any local business that is taking advantage of hiring illegal immigrants that they are aware of. I fully support legal immigration as defined by the Federal Government.
We have a lot of run down commercial buildings sitting vacant. We have a serious opioid addiction problem, lack of mental health facilities and drug detox/treatment facilities. Almost every neighborhood has run down alleys with poor lighting and large pot holes, etc. We have a lack of funds the police department and this creates and environment that neglects safety. I believe the number thing every city needs to start with is a safe environment for its people.
I believe the most urgent issue we have is homeless and drug addicted individuals wondering the streets of Port Angeles. This issue drives families away from the area and deters any businesses considering the Port Angeles area from relocating or starting a new company in the city.
I look forward to who the new Mayor will be on the City Council. Not only would a look forward to help in creating a “team” concept with the many new faces on the council but also building one on one relationships with each and every one of them. I would encourage occasional one on one meetings with the mayor to give him my personal mindset on some issues. As long as we don’t overstep the guidelines of a quorum I would encourage the council to have smaller meeting outside of the monthly group meetings.