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Whitman GARFIELD TOWN Council (5)

Term: 4 yrThe 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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    Kevin Pickron (NP) Social Worker

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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 (509) 635-1428
Town where you live Garfield, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Working with others defines what a social worker does on the job. My experience in working with other in crisis comes from working as a social worker in Idaho.
The town of Garfield WA is an older town with aging water and sewer pipes. The Town is often thinking of only the current crisis instead of planning and committing to a plan to slowly replace or otherwise upgrade this aging system. I would like to see the town develop and set money aside to start upgrading the infrastructure along with repairing breaks.
Homelessness in a town of 600 is usually responded by individual residents helping the person who has become homeless. We see the homeless staying with friends, or family. This is a community issue that our town works to deal with at an individual level.
Seniors citizens in the Town of Garfield seem to either be on a fixed limited income or enjoying a full retirement. I work with and visit with the seniors in our town and find they often play key roles in town. Helping with transportation, helping with meals, or otherwise providing input into the town. I work with the seniors on helping them with computer related issues, and talking to them about the past.
The town of Garfield government has not approached the issue of legal or illegal immigration. While the residents of Garfield have at times privately hired undocumented immigrants. I don't feel the town should at this time take stand other than to make sure that the town hire people who are legally allowed to work in the United States.
The town of Garfield needs to start seeking out grant applications for revitalization. This would include downtown restoration outside the budget of local residents. Local residents have improved our downtown with flower pots, a local cabinet shop moving into a vacant building, and a small store. Currently the big issue I see in town is broken fire hydrants. I believe in getting parking lines painted, and refreshing the old restaurant would help drive people to stop.
I believe getting the broken fire hydrants working is currently our most urgent issue.
If elected I would meet with the mayor and other council members individually to try and develop a plan that could be brought to council for improving out town infrastructure. I believe staying close to city management, and employees gives someone insight into the town struggles and would seek out employees feedback to bring to the city council.
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