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City of Renton Council Position No. 1

The 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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    Randy Corman (NP) Engineer and City Councilman

  • Neil Sheesley (NP)

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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 (425) 271-6913
Town where you live Renton
Experience (300 characters max) Renton City Councilmember for 24 years; Council President for five years; Chair of Public Safety Committee; past chair of every council committee; represented Renton regionally in I-405 committee, Salmon Habitat recovery, and other committees; Boeing engineer/manager for 33 years
Roads and bridges: We're maintaining what we have with highly efficient city crews and good partnering with private contractors. Decreasing federal and state funding has required that we implement development impact fees and business taxes in order to keep up with traffic growth. We have several projects in work to improve traffic flow in progress, including work with the state on I-405.

Public Safety Facilities: We're adding a Fire Station in Kennydale to improve response times for fire suppression and aid cars. Our police station is about 19 years old and adequate but it could use a training center which we are working to fund.

Utilities: We've had to update many sewer and water systems in recent years because of age and capacity. This will continue.

Parks and Trails: We've completed excellent annual maintenance on parks, and added some new parks and trails, but long-term updates like the docks at Coulon Park are needed. We are working on plans.

Our Renton Housing Authority is one of the most effective in the state, with over 1000 units of well-managed subsidized housing. Still, people are camping around Renton and other cities in Washington because they can't afford a home and are unable to obtain emergency shelter. In cases where people are temporarily down on their luck financially or temporarily jobless, current systems are reasonably good at connecting them with agencies, temporary sheltering them and then putting them on a path toward permanent housing. More funding for the Housing Authority, along with affordable housing incentive programs, would further improve this. In cases where people are homeless because of addiction or mental illness, or refusal to accept assistance, the problem requires additional health services along with housing assistance.

Minimum wage workers have had to go further out to find housing, and they can be assisted with better transit and more-affordable urban housing options.
Seniors citizens contribute immensely to all aspects of the fabric of our community, and it's my goal that every Renton resident feel safe and fulfilled remaining in Renton throughout their golden years. I have four grandchildren living in town, and no plan to leave this community ever. I've worked hard to improve our city for seniors, including funding and promoting our thriving senior center; adding police officers, fire fighters, aid cars, and fire stations to ensure public safety; improving the accessibility of parks, trails, and other public amenities; working to keep taxes and utility fees as low as possible to lesson the impacts on fixed-income residents; setting special reduced fees for low-income or disabled seniors for utilities and pet licenses.

We should focus our precious city law enforcement resources on maximizing public safety for our residents, which rarely involves researching immigration status of suspects, and never witnesses and victims. We do not want to discourage people from calling the police due to their immigration status, as that would make the community less safe for all of us. We have designated Renton an "Inclusive City" and adopted police policies consistent with these values. We have recruited a group of citizens with diverse backgrounds to serve as our "Inclusive Task Force", and they provide input, oversight and recommendations for our city policies.
The opioid crisis is dramatically harming the whole county, including Renton, and is becoming a major issue for us.

Affordable housing supply in Puget Sound is not keeping up with demand, making home ownership out of reach for more and more citizens and apartments more expensive.

Sound Transit 3 taxes Renton residents heavily, and only provides a Bus Rapid Transit Line to our City while many smaller cities are getting rail lines. We have to ensure that the BRT delivers excellent service, and that we are next in line for a future rail line.
The opioid crisis is the most urgent issue in our city, and we are partnering with County, State, and Federal efforts to combat it. Our Mayor represents Renton on the King County Opiate Task Force, and Council is working with this task force to improve what we can and seek help where we need it. I will continue to use my council position to battle this problem as best I can, including following up on ideas and suggestions from residents. We are losing far too many loved ones to addiction and overdose, and to violence associated with illegal drug trafficking.
Over 24 years I have worked successfully with four Renton mayors, including current Mayor Law for 10 years. During five of these 24 years I was Council President, and I met weekly with the Mayor to ensure that Council priorities aligned with the Mayor's priorities. In years when I was not Council President, I work with the Council president to make this connection. In addition, Renton is small enough and the Mayor is accessible enough that I call the mayor every week or so to discuss issues that are important to me as a single council member, even if the issue has not been adopted by the full council. This is a good step for getting staff assistance in researching concerns I have. And of course I formally work with the Mayor at council meetings, as the Mayor chairs these meetings.
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