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Pierce CITY OF FIRCREST Council Pos. 1

Term: 4 yrSalary: $1,608The 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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    Matthew P. Jolibois (NP) Accountant and owner of accounting firm

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    David M. Viafore (NP) Owner/Manager Viafore's Italian Delicatessen (32yrs)

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What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastucture?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

What are other major issues facing your city or town?

Of those listed above, which one is the most urgent?

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 an chief administrator hired by the council)?

Phone (253) 565-0569
Town where you live City of Fircrest
Experience (300 characters max) 4 terms on the Fircrest council, current Mayor. Gonzaga University BA in Accounting, Bellarmine High School, St. Charles Grade School. Alice Peers Park and Masko Park clean up, initiated the Fircrest Adopt-a-Park program and initiated the Communications; Rec Center and Pool Advisory Committees.
We have taken on a huge sewer replacement project that is one of the biggest project in the history of our city. When the cost of this project rose to $20 million dollars, I reached out to see what other municipalities have done to save money on their projects. I learned a lot and brought that knowledge to Fircrest staff and was able to save the city millions on this sewer project thus reducing the cost of the project and saving you money.
As a small suburban city in Pierce County we do not have a homeless population. But if any Fircrest resident needed any assistance I would like to hear from them so we can get them connected with programs to assist them.
I grew up in Fircrest and understand that it was our senior population that built the foundation that has made Fircrest an amazing place to live, work and play. And for a city our size, we do have a larger senior population so I am always finding ways to ensure we protect our seniors since many are on fixed incomes. That is why I support senior exemptions for the bills they pay to the City of Fircrest and support senior recreation and social programs that city offers. We cannot balance our budgets on the backs of our seniors and must ensure they can remain living in their homes.
As a Fircrest councilmember, I have worked with our staff to build a great relationship with our state and federal elected officials. If the City of Fircrest or one of its residence needs assistance with any immigration issues, we can process that matter with our state and federal government officials.
We have improved how we communicate and educate our citizens about what is going on at city hall. But we can do better. I will work to give citizens more access to city business so they understand what we are doing on their behalf and with their tax dollars. I will work to put the same information the council receives before meetings online for citizens to review. We must also be planning for the future or our city because we do not have space for future growth to offset future increases in running the city. We are in good financial shape but if we want to be a city far into the future, we must use our space wisely, ensure our staffing costs are realistic and that we do not run to the taxpayers every time costs increase. Fircrest is financial stable and our budgets are balanced. I will work to ensure that we are now and into the future. That is why we cannot go back to the old ways our city was run where citizens were left in the dark and there was no accountability.
I have to say it is a tie between Fircrest being a city far into the future and not returning to the old ways the city was being run. I will use my experience as an accountant representing you on council not only during budget time but everyday as costs increase and our population will not grow much over the years. That is why I lead the effort to install cost-saving LED lights and utilize the convenience of online bill paying. I saved you money by successfully lowering the costs of the city’s sewer project by millions of dollars and brought revenue, jobs and business to our city by unifying efforts to end the Fircrest prohibition. Those are the types of efforts I will continue to work on to keep our city a great place to live without crushing you with bills from the city. Also, our city is much more transparent and you can now contact staff directly via email and pay bills with a credit card. We cannot go back to the old ways of running our city.
I will continue to work with the city manager, council and staff to build on ways to engage citizens and get their input on how we run the city. I want to give citizens all the information council gets before meetings so they can know what is going on and let us know how they feel about a specific topic. If a citizen contacts the city, I want them to get a response ASAP and a answer to their problem or concern. And I want to have citizens to share with the city when they have a great idea on how to make Fircrest better. As the only candidate to grow up in Fircres, I am blessed to be raising my daughter Collette in Fircrest. I am dedicated to working with all stakeholders to make sure our city's future remains bright for our children and future generations.
Phone (253) 566-1850
Town where you live Fircrest
Experience (300 characters max) 24 years Fircrest Council, Mayor 20 years; Pierce County Cities & Towns Association (3 terms); Pierce County Economic & Community Development Citizens Advisory Board (2 terms); Co-Chair Pierce County Sheriff Specialized Service Task Force; Rio Del Verde HOA (2 terms).
The biggest issue is major repairs to the Pool and Recreation Building. Both facilities need immediate attention, especially the pool. We need to balance the needs and wants of our park system to maintain its' beauty and cost effectiveness. Overall, the city has done a good job on prioritizing its Capitol projects in Utilities and General fund. I am proud of the improvements that have been made in water and sewer, especially water flow which has lowered most residents fire insurance.
Homelessness needs to be addressed more on the county and state level. They have the tools for proper funding which they have ignored for to long. This has been put on the back burner and communication needs to improve at all levels. No one jurisdiction can resolve this on their own.
I have the highest level of commitment to our seniors, especially with fixed incomes. In the past I have co sponsored legislation to create programs to assist them with utilities. I'm a major supporter of senior programs in our recreation department, recognizing that these activities are vital to some of their independence.
Fircrest Has made it a priority to have a community based police department. We are a welcoming community recognizing that we have to follow State and federal law.
One of the biggest issues facing our community is that our elected officials understand the responsibility of fiscal management. We must present balanced budgets that don't rely on our reserves for operation. Strong fiscal management is a must. The council must continue to update the infrastructure of our utilities and buildings without jeopardizing the cost of services to citizens
The renovation of our Community Center and pool needs immediate attention.Fircrest has enjoyed both these facilities and they are very much part of what makes Fircrest special.As I mentioned, we have done a good job prioritizing Capitol projects. The community center and pool have been put off to the end. The City Council will have a difficult time balancing the needs and wants of the citizenship while maintain a budget that is affordable and sustainable for years to come.
Recognizing that we are a Council/Manager form of government, the council must adopt clear and understandable goals for the City Manager.Previous council members have relied on the weekly updates and e mails which I have found very useful. I will also make myself available for weekly face to face meetings to make sure communication and expectations of each other is met. logo


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