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Stevens CHEWELAH Council #2

Term: 4 yrSalary: $1,200The 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 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)?

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The two biggest infrastructure issues that the City of Chewelah is currently facing are water and streets. We have been discussing issues with our water system, and the best course of action to take so that we can avoid huge problems with it. We did have a pump go out, and we don't want to be caught unaware like that again. As for the streets, some of them need to be fixed, especially since we had a harsh winter and then the damage caused by flooding this past spring.
Thankfully, we don't have a huge problem with homelessness in Chewelah. We did have a warming center for cold winter nights, but we were able to close it down due to not needing it to be open. Having said that, I'm sure there are people who have no home who did not use the warming center, and are still in need of some services. Luckily, we have churches in town that try to take care of those people. Because of the churches taking care of them, the City does not really need to do much about it.
I believe that our senior citizens need to be taken care of. Since so many seniors are on limited incomes, I try to vote for things that keep their costs low enough to live on, and vote "no" on things that make it harder for them to live in their own homes. Sometimes, it isn't as simple as that, but it is still what I try to do.
As far as I am aware, we have not faced this topic yet. As a City, we are bound by the 'higher' laws of the State. It stands to reason that since WA has already been declared a "Sanctuary State," we would need to abide by the law and approach it from a legal standpoint. I know that not all citizens would be happy about it, but as a City in WA, how could we go against the laws that we are bound to uphold? It is a situation we would have to discuss long and hard before committing to any action.
Currently, Chewelah is facing two issues of note: demolition of the old pool before selling the property, and lifting the moratorium on businesses that sell marijuana and supplies. The pool has been closed for several years, and the property sits in a state of disrepair. In regard to the marijuana businesses, we have been petitioned to lift the ban. One argument is that it has not stopped the businesses from existing near the City, but the City receives no revenue from the State from those sales
I would have to say that the issue of the moratorium is the most urgent. The pool property has been sitting for several years, and isn't going anywhere. However, the City is in need of revenue, and discussing lifting the ban seems to be an important discussion to have, especially in light of the recent request to lift it.
The Mayor of Chewelah encourages open dialogue from the Council, City Employees, and the Citizens. When I have needed to clarify something, or ask questions, I have been able to sit down with the Mayor and discuss things. We also have a City Administrator, who is hired by the Mayor rather than the Council, as I understand it. I have been able to discuss issues with him when I needed to.
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